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October 14, 2011

A Week in the Life, Day 5

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Friday, Day 5 of Adventuroo’s “Week in My Life” challenge.  I started out really wondering what I’d be able to show you today for a weekday that I haven’t already shown you this week, so I sat down at the computer after work to catch up with comments, reading many of your blogs, and checking Ms. Adventuroo’s site too.    By the way, see that iced coffee next to my computer?  I’ve finally discovered the secret to making good iced coffee with my beloved Keurig.  The secret is, use iced coffee K-cups, brew over ice,

then pour that into another glass with ice – that’s the best way to get it cold quick.

One of Adventuroo’s suggestions for Friday was to think of things you are most thankful for; for me that would be my family and my home.  That got me thinking, how about a little tour through my house?  It isn’t a big place, so it really won’t take too long, and I won’t even remove the general clutter that builds up over the course of the week!

Remember how I said I wouldn’t want my readers to barf at the sight of my daughters’ bedrooms?  I changed my mind.  Here they come.  Any of you who have teenagers, had teenagers or have will-be-teenagers can tell me how the rooms compare in slovenliness.  The girls got their bedrooms repainted this past summer in colors of their choice, with promises to keep the rooms clean – HA!



I took these pictures standing on the girls’ beds.  (Teddy decided to follow me about the house on my photo tour)

I skipped the picture of my room; it was kind of boring since my waterbed takes up most of my tiny bedroom and there really isn’t any showing of my personality in it.

Back down the hall to the dining-room-come-project-room: here’s where I sit when I write these blog posts and work on quilts.

Okay, I lied.  I picked up some of the clutter in the kitchen.  That central island is often heaped upon by week’s end, and when I came home from work today I couldn’t stand it any more and started picking up before I thought of taking you on my house tour.  Odd bits of clutter, however, remain:

Through the kitchen to the living room, land of the fur-covered rug:

Again, only hints of how fur-covered this rug usually becomes.  Hubby had been busy taking apart and putting back together the vacuum cleaner and partially vacuuming the rug in his attempt to convince me that I don’t need a new vacuum cleaner, Dyson or otherwise.

I made a really good dinner tonight.  Want to see?

Those are the main ingredients: pork tenderloin, apples, green onion, cranberries and bacon.  How could it not be good when there is bacon involved?

While the seared tenderloin roasts in the oven, the other ingredients sizzle together to form a delicious chutney-style topping for the pork.

The girls and I sat down to eat and – yum! it’s a keeper recipe.  The simple fact that both of my girls liked it makes it a keeper.

Reading and sharing the daily comics page from the newspaper has become an unofficial dinner-time tradition around here.  Yup, we still subscribe to an actual made-of-paper newspaper.  I suspect we are a dying breed in that respect.

That’s it for today.  Unfortunately tomorrow, (Saturday), which should be a sleeping-in kind of day, won’t be for Meghan or for me.  Tune in tomorrow to find out why.


  1. Thanks for taking me into your home. Yep, those are teenagers rooms. Reminds me of mine grwoing up. When forced to clean my room, everything went under the bed or in the closet. 😉

    Comment by tedgriffith — October 15, 2011 @ 8:06 am | Reply

    • I think I’d be okay with them stuffing things in the closet! At least then it wouldn’t be all over the floor!

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2011 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  2. WOW! OK, Melissa’s room looks almost spotless compared to your girls’ rooms! I’ll have to make sure she never EVER sees these pictures (wouldn’t want her to get any ideas! LOL) When it gets too much, I threaten to clean up FOR them (aka walk in there with a trash bag). You’d be amazed how fast they decide to clean up! Of course a couple times a year, I still need to go in there, armed with a big trash bag or two and help them get rid of some stuff they really don’t need anymore. Just last week-end, Sara sold enough of her old toys (to a consignment store) and books, that she’s too old for (to a used book store) to get just over $47!!

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 15, 2011 @ 9:03 am | Reply

    • Oh there’s so much stuff in this house we could get rid of – a dumpster would be more helpful than a trash bag, however. I deal with their rooms by making them keep their doors shut!

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  3. Cool! My house looks just like yours and I don’t even have teenagers!! 🙂

    Comment by Dawn — October 15, 2011 @ 10:17 am | Reply

    • You do have a fur-child though- do you have furry floors?

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  4. Yep, I remember when the kids were still at home and had rooms very similar to that. Now it’s just husband, 2 cats and 2 dogs and me – my desk is a mess, largely because I HATE filing an put it off to the bitter end. Then there’s the things I keep meaning to get out to the garage but still clutter the back bedroom/craft room. Maybe today. Maybe. Oh, and did I mention my closet?

    Comment by Carol — October 15, 2011 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • Oh let’s not even get into the closets, Carol! That would be truly scary, and I’m not just talking about my daughters’ closets! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2011 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  5. Well… je dirai une chose : ta maison est animée, colorée et pleine de vie. Ta cuisine sent/smells bon et ton coin couture m’inspire aussi grâce au jardin tout près. J’avais les mêmes chaises brunes que toi ! Merci de cette visite de votre maison familiale 🙂

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 15, 2011 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

    • Tu es tres gentil, Isa – “animee” est un bon mot pour ma maison! Merci!

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2011 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  6. Those look like typical teen rooms, definitely! Not only does it make me cringe that we’ll be there all too soon; it is also a reminder not to complain about the toys that now clutter the family room and the living room. That is nothing compared to the mess of a teen room. And yes, I go through and clear out periodically. I’m actually in the midst of a big clear out. It is taking forever, but I’m pleased with my progress. I’ve lost count of the number of boxes of stuff we’ve donated, but that’s ok. We don’t need all that junk anyway.

    That pork recipe looks great; I’m going to have to try it.

    Good luck on your vacuum decision.

    Comment by Andrea L — October 15, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

    • I remember the days of having a toy box in virtually every room in the house! Those days are past (sometimes that’s good, but sometimes it feels sad) and the mess has definitely changed. Mess and all, I try to enjoy as much as I can – college days are getting too close for comfort.

      If you’d like the recipe I used, here it is: http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000116022,00.html
      The only changes I made were that I used scallions instead of the leak (and more like 1/2 a cup rather than a full cup) and no rosemary – I don’t like rosemary.

      Comment by Karma — October 15, 2011 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  7. Oh your dinner sounds YUM! We’re both cookers in our house and love trying new recipes. Does the bacon go in raw with the fruit or do you cook it separately?

    I’m scared for teenagers! I have a while but I remember what my room looked like. Haha.

    Comment by Melissa {adventuroo} — October 15, 2011 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

    • Hi Melissa – thanks for dropping by! Dinner was delicious and easy too. The bacon gets cooked before the fruit, but you cook the apples and cranberries IN the bacon grease, so it is fully of bacony goodness.
      Having teenagers is interesting for sure! We have our moments of butting heads, but they are good girls. The solution for the rooms? Close the doors!

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2011 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  8. Recipe linkage?

    Comment by JenniferA — October 16, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • It is up there in my reply to Andrea! Check it out! Easy & delcious!

      Comment by Karma — October 16, 2011 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  9. Ohmygoodness, you showed the girls’ bedroom!!! I am giggling. I remember what our teenager bedrooms looked like. Our boy was actually much neater than our girl. Will they discover you’ve posted these on-line?

    Comment by Kathy — October 17, 2011 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

    • Ah, well, I honestly don’t think they mind too much. I don’t know how often they actually read my blog, but there haven’t been any shrieks of embarrassment. (Those are two different bedrooms, of course; I’m assuming you knew that and it is just a typo above with the singular “bedroom” in your comment)

      Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

      • Sorry, I type too fast! Sometimes I read too fast, too…

        Comment by Kathy — October 18, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

      • No problem Kathy – I just didn’t want you to think I had two girls in one room; they make all that mess in their own rooms, LOL! 😉

        Comment by Karma — October 19, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

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