Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Five

Wow. Already we're a week into 2011 ... where did the time go? It just keeps slipping away from me!

We traveled back to Hamilton late Sunday night, but I felt I still needed a bit of a break. So I've been ignoring my laptop, snuggling up with Pat, a mug of hot chocolate or tea & a good book (right now I'm reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo). A few things have started cropping up though where I've thought "I should blog about that..." so I think it's about time to get back into the swing of things. I figured a Friday Five would be the easiest way to ease my way into it.

If I kept this list to what I've been up to this week as I usually do, it would look something like this:
  1. Read.
  2. Sleep.
  3. Eat. And eat some more.
  4. Clean up a little.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 3.
Exciting? Not so much. But very relaxing.

Instead, here's a list of 5 things I've been wanting to show off or talk about:
  1. I took down my tree & most of my Christmas decorations. I still have a few more boxes to find & fill - plus a trip to storage to clear out the apartment. It makes me sad to put it all away after enjoying it for a few short weeks, but it's ready to go. I really want to clean up & de-clutter this weekend, start off the new year on the right foot.
  2. I received some fabulous vintage dishes this year that I want to use & display to their best advantage. I love dishes! My favourite are these three Jadeite pieces from my mom:She also gave me this lovely tea set:And a platter that used to belong to my great-grandmother:My grandma also passed along this gorgeous plate:It was a wedding gift from a friend. My aunt also gave me her set of Christmas dishes, but I didn't unpack those. I'll just have to wait until next year to use them!
  3. I also added some Christmas pieces to my salt & pepper shaker collection. These adorable ornaments were in my stocking:And these presents were from my sister-in-law:Too cute!
  4. My mom also fueled my obsession with garlic. These two pieces were my santa gift:A garlic baker & a garlic keeper!Now I'll be using garlic in everything (lucky Pat!)!
  5. The weather has been alternatively snowy & warm. I captured a snowy moment last night:
I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year - here's to keeping those resolutions!


Nicole's Homemade Treats...The Blog said...

SWEET! Love the jadeite!!! The sale and pepper shakers are too cute!

esn said...

You salt and pepper shaker collection must be amazing judging from this sneak peak.

Amanda said...

thanks! you can see the rest of my s&p collection here:

Christie Cottage said...

The dishes are great! The tea set is awesome and the salt & pepper shakers are too cute!

Thanks for sharing!


Mrs Linee said...

After my post on "These are a few of my favourite things" - I am feeling quite sad at clearing out so much after yor post - I love the pieces you received... But must remind myself it was the right thing for me to do at that time☺

Bianca said...

ooh you cleaned up! And YAY for garlic!
Love that view....