We’ve been very busy dealing with medical details, errands, and changing over from winter to spring, and my poor blog has suffered as a result. I hope this week’s edition of Leila and Rosie’s get-together will get it back on track!
Let’s start with the PRETTY–as a way of easing into things. This is the first bloom on the Nelly Moser clematis, and isn’t it lovely? You can see there are some other buds waiting to open. It has taken this long for the weather to begin to warm up around here.
This is my contribution to FUNNY. The Tiger Eyes Sumac went through the winter with two bare stems and nothing else, but now its first leaves are emerging. Eventually they will be long feathery branches, but right now they look so gawky! These make me laugh every time they catch my eye.
My last photos–well, they sort of cover HAPPY and FUNNY and REAL. Happy, because I’ve been trying to find time to make a big batch of split pea soup with ham, and I finally got to it. A double recipe, about 5 quarts, so now I have plenty in the freezer!
BUT…you know how, when split pea soup is simmering, it can send up a big bloop from its depths? Well, I had the ladle in there, checking it out, when a massive bloop somehow escaped from the pot and plastered itself across my chest! Funny and real! Here’s the shirt I was wearing, and you can see the spots left from the bloop. They’re being treated with my never-fail spot remover, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. First, check out the shirt.
It was quite the bloop, as you can see! However, not even on the same scale as what happened to my mother, making pea soup in her pressure cooker, when a phone call distracted her from her cooking, the pressure cooker blew off its gasket, and the pea soup was plastered on the ceiling, walls, and cabinets. So, you see, there is a little family history here.
Anyway, I was going to tell you about my excellent spot remover, which works particularly well on grease spots. It’s called Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover and comes in a very little bottle, only 2 oz, and you squeeze it out one drop at a time. It claims to be environmentally safe, and has a whole list of stains it supposedly works on. I’ve only used it on oily or greasy spots, and blood spots, but I really rely on it. I buy it in quilt shops or fabric stores. Oh, I should tell you that it says to wait 5-10 minutes before washing, and you really do have to do that. In fact, I find that it works best if you leave it in overnight, or even a couple of days. Sounds crazy, I know, but I have brought shirts and pants back from the dead with it. And the little bottle lasts a long time. (BTW, I have no contact with the company and what I’ve said is completely unsolicited. I guess nowadays people get paid to push products, so I have to say that.)
Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s a long weekend here in Canada, and I hope yours is sunny and happy!