Thursday, May 15, 2014

Colorful Kitchens Revisited and More

And #5 takes it! I think. My readers are a bit capricious with each doing her own thing. It was quite a ride through comments. ☺

Now I've been looking at each of those kitchens again and I think I've figured out what makes each one of them sing. It's not the paint, the appliances, the cabinetry or the apron sinks. What is it? The flowers! The fruit! The plants! We can do that. Surely. Oh, and one other little thing...they're all clean.

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Did you hear me screaming around 4 yesterday afternoon? Ai yi yi. I was playing kickball with the grands wearing inappropriate shoes (clogs) when I managed to slam my big toe into the tar driveway. I felt that I would faint it was that bad and then, fearing that I would scare the boys way too much, I just sucked it up and limped off the field whimpering slightly. Well, that was after the initial scream or two. I can't imagine how it is that I am the grandmother of two very active boys who really want zero to do with tea parties and crumpets. And, in their economy, nothing is better than a person who will play their games. This includes one decrepit grandmother, at least until someone better shows up. It may kill me! I'll show you a photo of the offending toe later on with a warning for the squeamish.

I was also screaming the day before yesterday. Did you hear that one? After a couple of hours of creating a tea towel tutorial (say that three times fast), I realized that I had done it incorrectly and it would all need to be taken apart. Stay tuned as I have no intention of allowing a tea towel to whip me.


Okay, here's the toe photo. If you are squeamy, look away now.







See that big toe? I can't set it all the way down on the ground, but it's so swollen that it lands there anyway...sort of...the indicator is that the second toe has disappeared since I am trying to keep the hurting bits in the air. See the color of that stone? Just about the shade that matches the toe. I promise not to mention it again.

I refuse to leave you with this image. I don't want to scar minds. I was out to take a photo of the neon azalea against the gray morning.


Rather a muddled mess, but I couldn't think about camera settings with this toe. Oops. Can't seem to get it off my mind.
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37 comments:

  1. OUCH!! Sorry about your big toe!

    The azaleas are gorgeous. I love the color!

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  2. Awww.so sorry about the toe. You did, however, make me smile. Try to have a great day. Blessings

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  3. I can imagine that toe is just screaming at you. Keep it up dear, a reason to sit still for awhile. You are wonderful to keep up with your lively grandsons, I'm not surprised about #5 winning. I think the pops of red in it helped too.

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  4. Oh dear...sorry about your big toe. Those toes jams can really set you back. Glad you have that beautiful color to perk you up. I'm afraid I'm missing most of the Spring color in my own yard but I've been rewarded by seeing those same plants and color in grand gardens along my journey. Hope you can keep your foot up for a while today!

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  5. OUCH!!!! You get 100 bonus grandma points for the mode of injury, though. Any grandmother who would suffer whilst playing foot games in clogs is just too cool for words. (But I really do hope it mends soon.)

    As for the kitchen, I chose that as my favorite before reading this new post so I guess I'm in good company.
    I loved what you said about what REALLY made each one pretty, though, So true.

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  6. She must be broken for sure, the toe that is, and will get you a time out for future games for at least a month?
    Our grands started and ended with a boy but in between are 4 girls that love tea and crumpets, I am so lucky and any rough stuff, grandpa has been part of.

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  7. Oh no... so sorry to hear this, Vee. You are quite a trooper to be able to suck it up for the benefit of the grands. I did something similar last summer and still remember the pain shooting all the way up my leg and stopping me in my tracks for several minutes. Not fun at all.
    I'm thinking this might be a good day to stay away from tea towels in favor of propping your feet up with a nice cup of tea whilst gazing at that beautiful azalea.

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  8. Well you get the biggest points of all for grandmahood with that toe! Soo sorry that it happened. The things we do huh? Looking forward to that tee towel tutorial. Glad you are NOT going to let it beat you! lol Take it easy today Vee. Keep that toe up for a while at least!

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  9. I am sorry to hear about your toe, but glad to hear you're out and about with the grands. How fun! - well, until the toe incident. :-(( LOVE that kitchen and that dash of red that just cheers it utterly! (utterly?) Well, you know.

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  10. Sorry about your toe and I agree with Debbie --- extra points for Grandmother of the day! Put your feet up and have some tea.

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  11. Hope your toe heals quickly! Have you soaked it in Epsom salt?

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  12. So sorry about your toe, Vee, I can just see those two precious grand boys running to help grandma and you saying "nothing to it." I can relate having had many injuries while grands visited in summer, one reason I kept Epsom salt around , it came in handy for said injuries, I keep it around now for old age aches and pains.~smile~
    You always set the standard for us all, carry on! So looking forward to the tea towel tutorial
    Your azalea is so lovely.
    BTW it took me a while but I finally figured out what MGCC was. ~grin~
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  13. OUCH! I've been there and done that and I know it hurts, Vee. I hope it's not broken. At least you can wear sandals now. :) I've walked out of clogs and clog shoes before and stepped on the heel edge right with my arch! That hurts. I think clogs are dangerous shoes. Do you remember the old Dr. Scholl's Wooden clogs? I wore out at least 3 pairs of them in my much younger years. And I had nice trim legs back then too. Ha! Your azalea bush is gorgeous! It's supposed to go up to 21 or 72 here today. I hope. And I hope you can put your feet up for a bit. xo

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  14. OH- Those sorts of things hurt SOOO bad! The picture was not nearly as bad as I anticipated!;>) lol I don't do clogs well at all- I am too clumsy for them I think. lol One time I dropped a full can of Sudden Beauty (remember that) hairspray from a top shelf onto my toe-direct hit. It was the closest I ever came to passing out-I actually saw stars it hurt so bad.
    Well- guess you won't be kicking anybody's butt today. Hubby is safe! xo Diana

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  15. So sorry you were hurt - I need to send you a pair of proper boots for football and other manly pursuits with the grandsons! As for me, I'm just enjoying teatimes with girly girls as much as possible now that it's perfect weather for gazebo dining. We usually have supper our there too.

    Take care dear Vee - our mature (sounds better than 'old') feet, and all the other appendages, are so precious and require a lot of TLC.

    Love, Mary

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  16. Ouch! Put that little piggie on ice and kick butt with the other foot, Vee! Proud of you for playing kickball with the grand boys. Have a great day and I'm off to check out your kitchens... :)

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  17. Oh by the way, your blog is beautiful!

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  18. Oh yeah, go with the flowers, fruit and plants. It's cheaper and when they become a bore, just pitch them and start over. Good call.

    OMgosh about the toe! Be sure to ice it, then watch the nail to be sure it doesn't change color. If so, get medical care. I didn't when I stubbed my toe 2.5 years ago and it went fungal on me. (My Bad!) Now I may be losing my nail. I keep forgetting I'm old and need to be more gentle with the aging bod. Hope your toe escapes this fate. ~:)

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  19. Yikes!! That toe stub must have hurt bad. You are right about the fruits and flowers. When the magazine did the photo shoot at my home, they brought in tons of beautiful flowers and fresh fruits to use as props. It made my house look beautiful!

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  20. So sorry about your toe. Ouch! Hope it's better soon.

    Look at all the green on your trees! We're not there, yet.

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  21. I put out three azaleas last year and they are doing so well this year. Your's is beautiful! Hope that toe heals quickly. You're a great grandmother and those boys are so lucky!

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  22. Oh your poor toe! I hope it's on the mend. I know it can last quite awhile though.. good thing you didn't break it!
    I did stop by your blog a few weeks back! I can't seem to get into my old blog... although I still get an email if anyone comments on it. I'm not sure what happened but I can't log into it. I haven't started a new blog. My Mother has terminal cancer and so I really haven't felt much like blogging. Perhaps someday I'll be back. I used to love it so much!
    ((Hugs))
    Laura

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  23. Oh ouch! I'll bet that hurt. I stub my toe on random things inside the house- no way would I try running outdoors! Lovely flowers- maybe a nice relaxing afternoon by the flowers with a hot cup of tea? Prop that toe up!

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  24. Oh dear, my stomach actually did spirals as you described what you did to your toe. I do hope you had it looked at, although I've heard there isn't much they can do with a broken toe, too hard to splint. Rest assured, I've done almost exactly the same thing to my toe, which probably explains the sympathetic stomach churnings. Time to put your toe up, maybe ice it and have those boys play at being your nurse by bringing you treats and tea. If you let them wrap your opposite leg (so as not to touch the toe) and take your pulse while they take your temp, they will no doubt enjoy the game while you get a little pampering.
    The azalea is gorgeous, flowers just seem to glow on cloudy days! Looking forward to that tutorial, but no rush, you need to put that foot up!

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  25. Owey!!! You are a good Grandma!!! I didn't hear a thing over here!

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  26. Good thing you don't need to 'tiptoe through the tulips" anytime soon. Ouch!

    You're a good Gran to play with those boys! They'll always remember it!

    Beautiful Azaleas - such a beautiful color.

    That kitchen is beautiful!

    Deanna

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  27. Oh you poor thing. I hope your toe heals quickly.
    The azalea is beautiful. I've seen them blooming around here too.

    Yes, cleans kitchens go a long way no matter what the colors.

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  28. ow! I have one daughter, but also two boys, and I can't tell you how many times they shot hockey pucks at their goalie mom, or got me to shoot baskets with them, or run around with nerf guns! And me, a tea party kind of mom! Your grands will remember what a good sport you were, and will have great memories! Hope your toe feels better.

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  29. Oh ouch! I love my clogs, but they can be a bit dangerous. I've walked out of mine going downstairs, not a good thing. Take it easy for awhile with that toe. The azalea is gorgeous!

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  30. Hope you're pampering that toe Vee, and hope it's not painful for too long. Your azalea is so beautiful. I have a large rhodo that is the same color. It'll be a few weeks before it's in bloom though.

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  31. Ooooh. I feel your pain. Once, many years ago, while playing in the waves at the beach, I accidentally kicked Tim in the shins and broke my big toe. I blame it on the powerful current. Oh the pain. It took a surprisingly long time to heal.
    Love that azalea - such a gorgeous color. Clean kitchen. Yes. As I look at mine with counters covered with dirty dinner dishes. What am I doing here blogging?

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  32. Oh, my toe is throbbing with sympathy pains! And I am grimacing. Keep that foot propped up! Hmmm...but then how will you keep up with the boys? Or place flowers and fruit to beautify your kitchen? Or clean the kitchen?

    Oh dear. And injured toe is quite a bother. Makes me think of the passage about the Body of Christ and its members...

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  33. Okay, now I finally know about the sports injury by reading the posts in reverse order. Kickball.... I will learn from this lesson from one Nonni to another (nana), always wear appropriate shoes when playing kickball, or even playing with the grands at all. My only child, a girl was always very quiet and liked tea parties and crumpets. With her two little boys however, I'm learning about dirt, t-ball, trucks, dinosaurs, and constant motion. Wouldn't trade them for anything. Can't wait to see the tea towel tutorial.

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  34. I'm glad it was #5 that took the prize! So sorry about the big-toe-that-got-bigger. When one member (big toe) of the body hurts...they all hurt in sympathy, right?

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