Downsizing Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up To Be … and Ducks!

I was under the misguided impression that downsizing was simply a matter of decluttering our stuff in order to move to a smaller house/apartment – and it is. But I am also finding out, quite quickly, that it’s also about buying smaller stuff and replacing old stuff that’s worn out!

For instance, most of my kitchen equipment is for a large family. Now there’s only two of us, the enormous pots and pans, woks and colanders etc. are just too big to cook a meal for two in. It also seems that everything is breaking or wearing out at the same time! At first I was horrified and then delighted at the prospect of going shopping to my favourite stores – Pier 1 and Ikea.

Of course it has to be a slow business because, as always, we’re on a budget. It would be so lovely to simply walk into a store and buy everything I need all at once, but that would involve making my landlord quite unhappy when he discovers I’ve spent the rent.

So, last week, we replaced our dish dryer. I wish I could say I bought a dishwasher, but, alas, I am still the sole dishwasher in this old house, so a new dish dryer had to do. So after an hour or so of wandering the Ikea store and adding to my wish list, we finally made it down to the first floor where we bought this lovely specimen.

Such is my life that I actually got excited about washing dishes for at least a day or two until the novelty wore off 🙂

My next purchase was a colander, and Pier 1 was the store for us. Again, we added to our wish list before buying this


and it looks so pretty, I hung it on the kitchen wall instead of hiding it in a cupboard.



Before we left the store, my eye fell upon two of the most beautiful oil bottles I have ever seen. I make my own salad dressings (see the recipes section of this Blog) and, up until now, have been putting them in jars. I just had to have them


In an effort to try and keep my dining room table a place for dining instead of a place where we drop all our sunglasses, car keys and the like (we are using the hallway drawer set up more often – it takes a while to change long-time habits), I bought two candles with the idea of placing them on upturned wine glasses. We have more wine glasses than anything else! It seems to be working – the clutter is now in the hallway drawer thingy

We can now actually eat supper at the table without spending I-don’t-know-how-long removing all the stuff first 🙂

We have had buckets and buckets of rain which has turned my already flooded back yard into a complete lake system complete with … ducks! I couldn’t get close enough to take really good photos of them, but there are about 10 or so that have taken up residence in the lake and swim around very happily all day long

If you look to the right of the big tree, you’ll see 3 or 4 of them.

Next – an upgrade to our TV stand.

Hope you all have a great weekend.


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