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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Folding, Packing, Cleaning & Sewing.

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This is a photo I hope my friend Lynn Provencher from Florida sees.

I’ve placed the dolly she gifted to me, made by her sweet mama, at the top of my folded stacks of quilts on the living room couch ready for transport to Virginia.

I checked beneath the dolly’s britches.  Her mom signed and dated the dolly’s bum back in 1995, around the same time that my own doll pattern business was going hog wild.  Oh how I loved those babies, bunnies and bears!  Blanche, Lynn’s mom and thus the dolly’s name will be amongst the first treasured items to make the journey across the state line into Virginia when we obtain ownership of our new digs on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th.

Blanche reminds me that no matter how old I get, I need to nurture and encourage the little girl who still lives inside of me.  Have you said hello to your inner child lately?  We need to let them come out and play every now and then.

Moving always makes me feel like I’m playing house.  And I’m looking forward to playing house in Virginia!


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The sewing nook is now packed up.

Even the machine is put away.


After I finished sewing these:

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More than 500 in one gallon zippy bag?

What was I thinking?

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More folding and boxing and packing.

And bathroom scrubbing.

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And I aproned up while doing all of this --

My nickname should be Messy Bessy.  I have RUINED so many of my favorite shirts simply because I bellied up to the sink too closely while washing dishes, or got spattered while cooking or greasy while simply oiling, de-linting or cleaning a vintage machine.  

Let’s not even TALK about eating, especially when it comes to things like SOUP.  Or Salad. Or ice-cream.

I need to go through life with a bib on.

My Great-Grannie’s voice came to me while scrubbing out yet another wayward spot that had landed on a favorite t-shirt.  “Put your apron on!”  So I did.

It might be old fashioned, but I’m tired of buying something fun that I love, and having it ruined while cooking bacon, or sipping ice tea. According to my family I have an invisible hole in my lip and that is why dribbles are found everywhere on me.

Am I the only one?  Are there any other apron wearers out there?  And I’m talking full cover top to bottom apron, not one of those cutesy things that just goes around your waist, leaving your upper part exposed to dirt magnet disasters.

This is a test.  This is a test to see if I can keep my clothing nicer for longer.

Put it this way – Butchers wear aprons for a reason.  To protect their clothing from what their jobs throw at them.  I’m a fabric butcher.  Life is messy.  Put an apron on!

Just don’t forget to take it off before you leave the house.

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Saying goodbye to these daffies.

Thank you for brightening my spring times!

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Saying goodbye to this view. 

Thank you for causing me to slow down and appreciate the nature around me.

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Saying goodbye to these ridges, hidden when trees are fully leafed out.

Thank you for reminding me that even if I can’t see the beauty, it is there.

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This remains unpacked.

I’ll be back the evening of the 16th for what could be our last sleep-over. I left this for some possible evening stitching.

We’ll have a loaded trailer of stuff to take to our closing in Jefferson on the 17th, and we’ll go straight to the new place from there to drop off load number one.  We may or may not sleep in Virginia the first night, it depends on how much we can get unloaded.  There will be many back and forth trips over the next several weeks from one cabin to the other to get the job done. The two cabins are about an hour’s drive apart from one another.

At this point I’m glad that we don’t have to be all OUT of the old one in one day.  We can take our time.  I'm also glad that it is MARCH and not January.

No time to waste this morning, though.  Jason and Jenny are coming up to Wallburg for a weekend visit and I need to get home to see them! 

I’ll catch you from there!

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Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage nine patch quilt found in North Carolina.

The hard part for me is letting go of the need for control, and trusting that better things are on the horizon.

We can mourn the changes, or we can look at them as an exciting adventure. I choose adventure!

I also chose to eat the last Klondike bar from the freezer for breakfast as we prepare for this move….There was only one, and I was the only one here.  It seemed to make sense to me!

Have a lovely Saturday, everyone!


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82 comments:

grammajudyb said...

Such an exciting adventure for your family. And, yes, I am an apron wearer. In fact, in my sewing room this week, I am making a two-sided apron for my granddaughter. (she is 32, almost, mom of two and a regular apron wearer) Love your all over cover up one, I think I have a pattern for one like that...putting it on my next "to-do" list. Have a great weekend.

PalmerGal said...

I should wear an apron or bub! I know those spots on the front of the shirts.

LadyLike said...

Yes! I wear my apron especially when cooking or cleaning up the kitchen. As I get older, I'm getting shorter and I always end up with a line of water across my middle from leaning again the sink! I have made quite a few aprons for myself, family and friends and they are used. Keep using your aprons and save those treasured shirts :-) Love your blog, quilt stories and best of everything with your new cabin.

Sandra Meyer said...

I've learned through the years that a FULL apron is for me 'cause I'm so messy when cooking and washing dishes, and eating. I find it hard to eat a meal without something falling on my shirt or blouse! I TRY TO BE CAREFUL!!! But, I love the full aprons, never the little waist aprons. I need FULL coverage!!! :)

Angela Bowling said...

I don't wear an apron. I put on an old sweatshirt that is extra long. I have 3 of them and they are at least 20 years old or more. They were made by Hanes and they are tunic length. AT first I wore them with my regular clothes but as they got older, I started using them as PJ tops because they are so warm. But now, because they are so worn and stained, I use them to protect my clothes when I cook. They protect everything that could get splattered on. I now need to make me some new PJ tops to replace my apron/sweatshirts.

Claudia said...

I always wear an apron when I cook. I am messy. I should probably leave it on when I eat. So excited for you with your new adventure!

Panto Pam said...

How exciting for you thinking about setting up your new sewing space in the new cabin! Yes, I am an apron wearer and I want one a full size one, not a half size either. And I want POCKETS for either a kleenex or my cell phone Have you seen the ones made from the front of a man's shirt? A friend of mine made one for each of her girls from their deceased father's shirts.

badputts said...

I NEED to start wearing a full apron!!! I don't know why I don't even think about it, but definitely need to protect my clothes from ME!! I have a hole in my lower lip, also, Bonnie...... constant mess...... even when I really try to concentrate on being extra careful. Congrats on your new Quiltvilla2, can't wait to see all that you create there and to catch glimpses of the beauty around you!
Safe travels and happy moving!!
Betsy

All8 said...

Another full apron wearer here! My paternal grandma wore one, I wear one, and my 21 yr old DD wears one. I hate spending money on clothes (plus, not a huge fan of clothes shopping)and then to have them too stained to wear out of the house just because I lived life. Those aprons need to have at least a bib and I do have a couple of vintage ones that wrap around, but are too short for my torso, maybe it's time to take a pattern off of them and readjust the straps, buttonholes and make the bodice part longer....

Congratulations on your new cabin! I hope that it proves to be the sanctuary you need and will refresh you whenever you need it, well, once everything's settled. Thank you for sharing the process. I appreciate you for including us in your lovely life. Congratulations again and kudos to you for accepting new blessings!

Sundae Quilter said...

I use my 'natural' shelf a lot when I eat also. I think that is another reason why we have it :-)

oh, and now my big stack of quilts doesn't look so big. I just need another house to put some of them in

Don't overdo it girlfriend! Take care!

Lois Wylde said...

Absolutely yes! Can't seem to do much without my apron...just part of the wardrobe....i never forget to take it off but now slippers are another matter....twice in the last month. First time we were going out shopping...too far from home to turn around. I sent my husband in a store to buy me a new pair of sandles, ( good excuse), and just this week looked down at my feet while standing in the vets office and there they were! No turning around then! I might add that these are no ordinary slippers either...being from Canada and wintering in Florida...they have a lovely round of thick fluffy fur (imitation) all arounf the top of these suede booties.....what can I say, sometimes it gets cold in Florida too.

khowardquilts said...

I am not an apron girl, but maybe my shirts wouldn't take such a beating if I did wear one. Though some of the wear and tear is from outside work and not housework.

Valerie said...

Ice cream for breakfast! One of life's little pleasures.

QuiltingCyclist said...

Dear Bonnie,. I too must have a hole in my lip! I wear an apron as well. When I first married, I quickly tired of spilling food on my clothing while cooking. Then I remembered that both my mom and grandmothers wore aprons! It works well and saves on washing and spot cleaning. On another topic, looks like your move is going well. I am not moving but could do with a good sorting and disposing of unnecessaries!! Good luck with all your moving. And, put your apron on. From the white haired lady you met at Panera's in February in Pearland, Texas. Mona

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I have taken to wearing a full apron as well - ruined too many shirts while cooking mainly - but sometimes instead of eating at the table we eat in front of the tv and then I spilled down the front - trying to eat at the table more because of that

Mary said...

I have a Quilting Apron to hold my Tweezers, seam ripper and snips while at the Longarm. Klondike is good anytime of the day. Gluten-free. I have some of my mom's aprons. They could tell me stories of rationing sugar in the Depression and picking Tomatoes on my Grandpas Farm.

Cathy Means said...

Well ... I have both a full apron (with Fred Flintstone on it from Chilliwack BC) which is well worn and my bright red terry bib which covers shoulder to shoulder and down past my waist. I bought my bib ahead of needing it but I am so glad as it saves me from myself! After several fractured vertebrae I can no longer bend over my plate/bowl when I eat so it is a necessity! I went one step further and made a scrub top to use when sewing to try to stop all my clothing from being covered in strings ... it was a nice thought ... but I think I would need bubblewrap because strings go everywhere! May you take all your good memories with you to your new QuiltVilla and prepare to make many more!

Bonnie said...

Bonnie, I know how you feel...not in control. My home of 27 years is on the market. We had a nice young family come through who made an offer...way low. We. countered. They countered and wanted us to 'give away the farm' for a song. It has been a week long roller coaster ride with disrupted sleep and worse yet, lack of focus on quilting. Province is waiting, calling me, but I am lost in the future where I have no control of life. Hard times. I am off to quilt today, gaining control of what I can control. Later I will throw on my Cookie Wxchange apron and whip up some black bottom cup cakes. Chocolate is always good for the soul, no? 😉

celkalee said...

I am now and have always been an apron wearer. I am a bit sloppy and like all the pockets that I have. I make my own with sweet fabrics etc. I am Apronettes!

JanetG said...

I'm an apron wearer. Once I realized I wipe my hands on my pants as I cook, I apronned up. Greasy pants and shirts are not what I want. Enjoy your new place.

Laurie Armold said...

I've learned to wear and apron, but I've also learned that Lestoil is amazing at getting grease spots out of clothing. It's hard to find up here, but I use it to treat all types of stains with great success.

Janet said...

I'm also an apron wearer....One year for Christmas I cross stitched on brown canvas a butcher's apron for my Dad who was a great cook, barbequer, and host....It said Welcome to Papa John's Bar and Grill" (grandchildren called him Papa). After he passed away the apron came back to me and I wear every night while cooking dinner . Like getting a hug from him everyday 😊

Sharon Grieser said...

I have been an apron wearer for years.
I hate wrecking my clothes when I cook and clean!

Lori Huffman said...

Oh Bonnie, I enjoy reading your blog so much. I too, am an apron wearer. I need to get in the habit of wearing it not only when cooking and sometimes eating but when cleaning and when sewing. I am covered in threads every time I leave my sewing room, which is my happy place. Enjoy your visit this weekend and I'm sure you will have lots of wonderful times at your new cabin in Virginia. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and your life with us. You bless us all so much.

Sue Powell said...

Yes, I am an apron wearer! I would not go with out one and even travel with mine. Found a pattern that keeps "the girls" covered and does not "slide to the side" if you know what I mean. LOVE it so much I have made two now as after 10 years, one wore out and it is double sided so I went through 2 layers. :-) It is a gem, let me know if you need the pattern. ;-)

Adrienne Cleave said...

I always wear a bib apron when cooking but mine doesn't have the coverage that yours does. I should also wear it for the "messy" cleaning. Now I want to find a "full coverage" pattern like yours to make a couple.
Tradition locally is to enter your new home for the first time with salt, bread and water... life needs a little seasoning and so you'll never go hungry. Presumably the water will be connected, so don't forget the bread and salt!
Excited for you!

ElizBell said...

My denim apron was gifted by my mother 20 years ago. It has a burnt orange Longhorn on the front with the words "Cook 'em, Horns!" I wear it every day, still missing Austin, my hometown, and the University of Texas, my alma mater.

Candra Sowder said...

I make aprons and potholders for bridal showers...just did 2 this week! I try to find their kitchen colors and coordinate them. I make them higher and wider than the patterns so they cover everything. They are also reversible. It's easier to invert and run an eighth inch topstitch than it is to hem it, and provides more protection. The brides seem to like them. I have tried several styles and just like playing with the fabrics and cuts.

Lee said...

I keep thinking that should I ever not make quilts any longer, my fabric stash can make aprons or new shirts. I'd like to wear aprons but don't have any, though I do have three snap-front, sleeveless smock-like shirts that I wear for the same purpose. I've found that a product from Amway, their SA8 liquid prewash is the best thing for getting out stains, including oils and bacon grease spatters. I've even used it on spots on shirts that have already been washed and dried and it's removed the spots. I would buy it by the case! The spray version is ok, but the liquid works best. I do not sell it, so I'm not trying to drum up business. Looking forward to seeing how your new cabin comes together. I'm sure you're excitement, with ownership less than two weeks away, is really building. Enjoy your day with your son and his lady.

dian said...

My Mom always wore an apron much like yours. Sewing her aprons with a fold over hem and trimmed with ric rac for strength was my first sewing experience. When Mom needed a new apron or two, I had another chance to practice sewing. I now know why she wore that style-it kept her dress clean while doing the many tasks of a farm wife with seven children.

I also now appreciate having an apron that hangs from my shoulders rather than the annoying kind that hang around you neck and never quite fit the fuller figure!

mascanlon said...

Always cook with an apron, My sweet mil made me a dozen as a shower gift almost 50 yrs ago. I still have the holiday one but the others are long shredded with use. Now I make my own or buy the heavy twill ones at the cooking store.

Cats said...

Dear Heart: you make perfect sense vis a vis the Klondike Bar... now... i LOVE aprons, have b een known to make many different lovelies... however, due to my extra "natural" insulation, they tend to make me hot! It would make so much sense to wear aprons, and i too, should wear a bib most of my meals!!! if i'm not wearing an apron. sigh, i loved and felt a twinge reading this last little bit about leaving the cabin behind. Maybe you could dig up a few of those daffodils and plant them in Virginia... you'll be so happy to greet them next Spring!!! Happy adventures, life is good. <3 the MomCats

Mary said...

I usually only wear an apron (I too only wear a full apron) when doing marathon cooking. When cleaning I have some old t-shirts I use to clean or garden. For some reason I get caught in apron so save them for cooking. Enjoy your new adventure!

Lilac Joan said...

I say that I have a drinking problem! Always spilling and choking! I think I will try the apron thing. A long time ago a friend gave me a full apron from her flying days. It was a full apron and I loved it.

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rebecca said...

Perfect sense!!! Klondike bars take up way too much room to pack 😄 Go for the adventure. Some are hard but so many are wonderful. Thank you for all you do for the quilting world and enjoy your aprons. I remember my grandmas and my mom always wearing them. Warm memories ❤

Winding Ways said...

I have one apron for cooking and another for the grubby stuff like cleaning the bathrooms. And when I take off my apron in the evening and hang it on its hook my family knows I am off duty and they had better fend for themselves.

Mego said...

You crack me up! As I have reached a 'certain age' I have several aprons. I don't know WHAT happened but I am constantly dropping SOMETHING somewhere...Last year for Christmas I gave all my women friends aprons...and they absolutely loved them!!

teachpany said...

I love that you saved the last Klondike for your breakfast. And yes, I also need an apron. Most of my shirts had stains, and I can get most of the splatters out, but I can't eat pancakes or waffles without getting syrup right there, on the shelf, lol. Same with pasta, and some salads. Occasionally ice cream, too. My formula for getting the spots out is Tide and Shout, rubbed into the spot, then wash. Works most of the time, lol. Hugs, and enjoy the transition. I can't wait to see your new QuiltVillaVa.

Sherri said...

It's refreshing to know I'm not alone in my struggle!! You know, I have two aprons, but I never remember to wear them till it's too late!!

I have clothes I wear in public, (only a few outfits left now), and the rest are strictly for a home bc they're so grease-stained that I can't wear them in public anymore!!

I worked at Kresges during my teen years as a cook/waitress in the lunch counter. Wearing a full apron was mandatory when cooking. Unfortunately, I developed the habit of wiping my hands on my apron......I've never been able to shake that, so now it's my clothes ��

Karen said...

Yes, I am a wearer of aprons. I have a whole rack full of them in the hallway by my kitchen, but I wear them around the house. All are full aprons. No sense putting on simply the skirt! I did not come to the apron habit until well into my 40's. Call me a slow learner! I wish you much joy and sunshine in your new cabin. It can be hard to kiss the past good-bye.

Linda Schiffer said...

LOL about the apron. Yes, I do have a bib (though I often forget to wear it:). I love that Messy Bessy - haven't heard that in years but it soooo true for me. :) Also Fabric Butcher. LOL.

Aprons are very useful, utilitarian objects. It's a pity that socialogical overtones make them so fraught with significance. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and we shouldn't throw out the baby with the bathwater. LOL


:) Linda

Penny said...

My favorite children's book was Henry Paints His Wagon." Paint covered Henry ends the book with:"I'm just a little messy, Betsy!" So I love your nickname. And yes, I'm an apron wearer.

Laura said...

Oh yes I am an apron wearer! Full length aprons! Sometimes the "girls" get fed if I forget to one! LOL

Marjorie Hair said...

Hi Bonnie, I don't wear an apron but I do keep a bottle of Spray and Wash under my bathroom sink. At the end of the day I check my blouse to see if any part of it needs a little treatment before it goes into the hamper.

jackie said...

Don't need one when I eat, but when I bake I tend to wipe my hands on my hips. Have several hung strategically around the kitchen.

Linda said...

No, I do not wear an apron, but instead, I pull an oversized t-shirt over my head when I am doing messy jobs. I'm short so a big t-shirt covers more of me than many aprons would and also protects my sleeves. Yep, somehow I have even managed to splatter my sleeves with spaghetti sauce. I never did see a point in those 1/2 aprons that only cover the bottom part of our clothing. The majority of the splatters, spills, dishwater, end up on the top half.

Feathers in my Nest said...

I'm lost w/o my aprons...just like my Mother...I've made 2 of them & they've held up nicely. Especially need one when out in the gardens, because I always wipe my hands on myself.
Oh, Virginia! Sounds Divine!

phillip's nanny said...

My daughter, Ambrosina, and I both wear aprons, she collects apron patterns and makes all our aprons, I wouldn't have any clothes left if I didn't. I also have a leaky lower lip and need a bib, I am thinking about designing some grown up bibs. lol

GrrannyH said...

I wear an apron. In fact, several are so old and have been bleached so often that I have mended the tears and am still using them. I still have fancy aprons with Brandenburg lace that I would put on if we were having a guests for a dressier occasion, not the usual shorts or blue jean get togethers. Then I would wear the fancier apron after the guests arrived if I needed to be in the kitchen to get the last things ready and did not want to get my clothes messed up. And when I had kids, if we were going out and I needed to feed them after I had gotten dressed, on went an apron! Actually, when the kids were learning about solid food, I thought a rain coat might have been more appropriate! I love my aprons and the every day ones show it! I don't cook or do dishes without an apron; I am amazed at people who consider doing either without one. I even gather herbs from the garden wearing an apron.

Becky Cameron said...

I think I should wear a bib when I eat even though I have a full front apron I still drop food down the front kinda painful when it's hot meat I am checking for doneness or pasta

Sue J said...

I wear aprons. I found an pattern at Walmart for less than $2, so am in the middle of making one from sugar skull fabric from my stash. I plan on making more with stash fabric. I've got some with chillies all over it...that may be next and keep it for the kitchen.

Julie Vernon said...

Bonnie, I hear ya mess sister! Honey I can hold a closed bottle of bleach and have it all over me uncapped!!!! Like you, tee and shirts have to be tossed before they should be because I am a card carrying member of the Messhood of Sisterslobs ...aprons do work...when remembered to be put on.
Smiles, JulieinTN

B Timm said...

I "NEVER" need aprons....that's why my cream shirt is in the wash just now with taco/tomato sauce being removed��

Cheri Dawn said...

I want an apron! And a Klondike bar!!

MoeWest said...

I saved a tutorial from Martingdale a few days ago called 'Shirt Tales Apron' for making an apron from a man's shirt. You would be all covered up with that one! There are lots of times I can think of where you need to cover up with an apron, like when making (or eating) spagetti sauce. I must remember to think of moving as 'playing house' next time we move! That's more fun than thinking that moving is hard work.

mtquilter said...

I do wear an apron in the warmer weather and an old hoodie sweatshirt when it's cooler. I don't know how those food network cooks/chefs cook without one. They must go through a lot of clothes! I also seem to spill almost everything I eat on my shirt. It used to be a family joke that I only ate pizza when I had a white shirt on. A few years ago I discovered original Dawn dish soap as a laundry stain/grease remover. Since then I keep a bottle in my laundry room. Works better than Shout.

Bella Harriger said...

Here is another proud apron-wearer! My logic is the same as yours - why ruin the clothes that I like? When my toddler granddaughters are here and want to "help" in the kitchen, they quickly claim which apron they want to wear. They are so tiny in them. I made each an apron of her own for Christmas. Now I need to get two toddler ones here!

ShirlR said...

Bonnie, I was so happy to see you wearing that apron, and so happy to see that there are so many ladies who still wear them! Absolutely no one I know wears them around here, except me; I cannot even think of cooking anything in my kitchen without my full-cover apron on, and the bib part really has saved my good clothing from those little mishaps when eating. Hurray for aprons! Thanks!

Robin Medley said...

Good tidings in your move Bonnie. Good that you do have some sewing to keep you centered. I should take up sewing again and sew me some aprons. I have discovered ZOUT as a stain treatment . It is not Shout but with a Z and it too is hard to find but even if you miss the stain the first time and dry it in the dryer try hitting it again with a bit more ZOUT , throw it into the washer and it is GONE!
Happy St. Patty's Day to you .

Wendy said...

Hi, Bonnie

my newly found tip for dealing with oily stains - apply a little bit of goo gone and let it sit for a bit and then wash. Pinterest tip - it works.

Good luck on the move.

WiltedQuilter said...

We have some really tacky spaghetti bibs we bought in Italy and we always wear them when we eat messy food. They look ridiculous, but they do the job.

Donna Endresen said...

Bonnie:
I am with you-I wear aprons all the time, and I make aprons. I wear half aprons that were made by my aunt. BUT, my favorites are the full length ones, as I rub my hands on my apron when I am baking.

I have to learn to wear one when I am cleaning. I have holes in shirts from bleach splashing on new or near new shirts because I do not take time to protect them.

I share your philosophy about when we have to let go of something, it is only because God is preparing us for something better. I hated leaving my nice 4 bedroom in CA, but my retirement home in AK is much better, and amongst all the nature, I couldn't ask for a better place to retire.

Happy Moving to the new Quilt Villa in VA!

Donna
Kasilof, AK
Where my daffodils are still asleep under 2 ft of snow! At least we have winter this year, and had snow for the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race today!

Bettie Sue Goolsby-Doyle said...

Bonnie keep a small bottle of Dawn near the washing machine, put a drop or two on the spot especially a greasy spot, it will be gone the first washing, I thought I had ruined a really nice top as I was in a hurry to cook, but thankfully the Dawn took care of it. Have a wonderful move. Did you get rid of anything?, I have a hard time giving up"stuff".

Bettie Sue in Middle TN.

Donette said...

I have tried them all, the best are Lestoil, Dawn, and hair shampoo.

Ginger B said...

Oh this is so me! I get dressed to go somewhere, look down, yep I cooked in this shirt. The bad thing is I HAVE aprons. I put one on and wear it all day till bedtime. Then I forget to take it back to the kitchen so that when I need one it's there. Sigh...I need to remodel my kitchen to make a place to put my aprons.

Justine Self said...

Bonnie, you and I are so alike, LOL. We haven't moved in nearly thirty years but back when we used to every few years, it was so exciting and very much like playing house. It's like a fresh new start each time. I wear aprons, when I remember, and there should be a bib hanging there as well. When I get dresses, I always check for spots. Likely as not there will be one. When my husband and I went on our first date, my collar dipped into my salad dressing, French dressing on a white collar!

Nancy said...

Wow, I am amazed that you will get the keys the same day. We recently had to wait until the money was acknowledged as received and the title was transferred to get the key. They rushed the title transfer paperwork through on a Friday otherwise we would have had to wait until the next Tuesday for the keys.
I need aprons all the time. Although I have gotten very good at removing stains over the years.

Sherry Whalen said...

I SHOULD wear an apron - and I have the spotted shirts to prove it, I have aprons but I never think of it...I grew up in the '60s and I am not sure I ever saw my grandma without an apron. They were great, they covered her entire dress (oh yeah, I never saw my grandma in anything but a dress). I wish I had some of her aprons....

Always In Stitches said...

I love aprons. I do wear one while cooking or even quilting. It keeps those pesky threads from sticking to my clothes. Bonus.....it reminds me of my mom. She always wore an apron while working in the kitchen. I remember she wore house dresses when she was cleaning or doing house work.

Jackie said...

I have learned the hard way. Now, I even wear my apron when I go to the firing range, so I have pockets to pick up my brass.

Ruth Bradford said...

You are definitely talking about me....and probably many other women who have the same problem with spatters on lovely shirts. My hubby just looks at me blankly when I spill food while eating something. He can't figure why I am so "sloppy"....he doesn't ever drop food on his shirts. My biggest culprit is cooking. I always think, so it's not bacon, so I won't get splattered....wrong! It doesn't matter what is cooking on the stove, with or without EVOO....could be rice or a scrambled egg. It always ends up on me. Now, I did start wearing a full apron, so how do spots still end up on my shirt. Does it seep thru the fabric?? Well, I think I finally resolved the issue. I now make aprons from a soft canvas fabric. It's thicker (like a twill fabric)and the spots even wash out of this fabric entirely. BTW, I have a daughter who has the same problem, so guess what she is getting for the next birthday. Love your packing stories....leisurely is definitely the word when it comes to moving. Best of luck.

Jill Leslie said...

Hi Bonnie,
I recently moved from a large city in Ontario, Canada to a much smaller town- to get away from the congestion, for a quieter life AND to be close (3 blocks!) from our grandchildren. After 33 years in one house where our children grew and matured into wonderful ladies, I left after shedding a few tears. And I have not looked back nor rued the day. The memories aren't in those 4 walls they are in my heart. We love it here in small town Ontario where we are having new experiences and are making new memories. May you be as happy with your move as we have been with ours.

Kigwit said...

My sister and I are both apron wearers-and apron makers! We've made all the women in our family aprons-and I've made some for my DH! When my grandmother died we allowed everyone in the family to pick out one of her aprons. It's nice to have that sweet reminder of her. I even keep one hanging up in my mother's pantry as I seem to cook every time I go over there! I get warm sometimes in an apron, so I keep a box fan blowing on me. My DH thinks it's funny but I get a lot done this way!

Wendy said...

All the best to you in your new digs
Did the cabin get sold or your house or both?????
Hope all goes well
Wendy D

Nonnie said...

Best of luck on your move. I am definitely an apron wearer. Have been for nearly 50 years. I usually wear a heavy apron from places like Williams Sonoma, but I love te old time ones from the 30's. Especially the one Sally Fiels wore in "Places in the Heart."

Fran Russell said...

I'm also a dribbler. What works for me is to spritz my shirts with Shout. It works wonders. For best results, spritz the spots and let them sit awhile while you wash other loads. Warm water is best; hot water will set the stains.

Bren said...

Sometimes reading your blog makes me wish I were you. Then I realize we are the same in many ways. I moved into "OUR" first house we've ever owned in Nov of 2015, so we've had 2 Thanksgiving and 2 Christmas here, only moveď 2 and a half miles from our first house we raised our children in and spent the first 40 years of my married life there... rented it cause the land lord wouldn't sell us the 4 acres... (he owned 17 ranches and couldnt let go of 4 lousy acres) anyway we're still moving things to the new house. The old one was just falling apart. Anyway everything got washed before going into the new house. Many shirts were thrown away because of food stains, paint drippings or barbed wire cuts an holes.... several.were my quilting t-shirts... sad... while moving and washing I found my wedding present from my great grandma Buena Barclay. She made me a full apron. I used it daily when first married. Perfect in the garden to bring in beans and strawberries, I always used it to gather eggs... and there was always a hanky in the pocket... just like her apron... why did I stop wearing it?... I know why... when I got married I weighed 98 pounds but not anymore... time to loss some pounds or make a bigger apron... great memories. Thank you Bonnie. You warmed my heart. Bren

SandyPA said...

There goes MY secret! I wear my apron while cooking. It's my uniform as the household chef. And then I "forget" to take it off when sitting down to eat. Yes, I use my apron as a bib and napkin. Like you, I made an apron in junior high and I still have it. My grandmother had taught me to sew as a young child, and I was the most experienced seamstress in that junior high class. My apron was the first to be finished, so I had time to embroider a mushroom on the pocket. Many years later, I made an apron for my daughter (bright rainbow colors) for her to wear when we made cookies together. She still has her special apron. Maybe now I need to make one with a tiny quilt block on the front pocket.

Cheryl in Friendsville said...

I wear a full apron almost every day for cleaning and cooking. Sometimes I wish I could wear one when I am eating out. It never fails that something dribbles down on the "twins" while I'm eating ;-) I have a selection of aprons for different holidays - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc. I was just gifted a vintage piece of fabric with a green pattern on it. So now I need an apron for St. Patrick's day!!

Edie L said...

I just automatically grab the spray and wash for my shirts before I put them in the washing machine.

PJ said...

What would You do for a Klondike Bar- Wear an apron!!! Yes!!!