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YES! WE NOW HAVE AIR CONDITIONING!!

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We have been without AC for two weeks and I hurt my back last week. No idea how I hurt it; probably something strenuous like -breathing 😉. Last year while driving, I came to an unprotected intersection (no lights or traffic signs). I looked left, then right, the left again. It was upon that second left that I felt something pop in my neck and then came the pain! Yes, I strained a muscle in my NECK according to my pcp (primary care physician). Anyway, I am on the mend and playing catch up.

So many gardens in our area have done well with tomatoes and I am grateful they shared with us, so I decided to make some fresh salsa this morning.

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What’s a little bending over to chop tomatoes, onion, celery, bell pepper, jalapeños, cilantro, celery while I am on the mend from a pulled muscle in my back. I’m a little on the tall side and often have to stoop or bend slightly to wash dishes or utilize the counter tops. The average sized people in the house don’t have this problem. Ok. Moving on. The salsa came out wonderful as usual. I try to save containers I get from stores to re-use and to keep from buying more plastic container -my portion of lessening my footprint on the planet.

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After everything was cleaned and put away, I made some eggs over medium, sprinkled with cheddar and salsa. Hmmmm…brunch.

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Making old things new!

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As I was spring cleaning, I had a garbage bag full of old sheets and worn terry cloth towels. But for the holes, they were in good condition. Since I am newly into recycling and repurposing, I decided to hang onto them. Around Easter, we had family to come visit and I realized that I did not have the abundance of towels I was use to having. I decided to drop off all the clothes to the thrift store to clear the last of the clutter and head to the department store over pay for towels at the last minute. I always look around the thrift store (I call it the treasure trove) as I drop off things. It is usually when i am not looking for anything that I find something that is a great deal. That right, I found brand new white bath sized towels with labels and tags attached. For $1.00 each, I snatched them up and ran home to wash & dry them.

Later that evening I was vacuuming my sewing studio and noticed how full my scrap fabric box was. I took the bag of terry cloths and places them on top of the scraps. That is when my brain, that never shuts off, lit up with the idea of sewing fabric to the old terry cloth towels to make towels to be used in the kitchen and brightly colored fabric sewn to the ends of the bath towels to liven them up a bit. I like to have lots so small towels downstairs to catch spills, wipe the dogs paws and kids messes quickly. Here are few…

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My guest all loved my towels and all asked for some, even after I told them how them came about. Almost everyone who comes to my kitchen asks about my dishtowels. So I finally decided to make some for those who wanted them. Best part of all, they are willing to pay! I did them all a favor bought new terry cloth though 🙂 this is the journey so far …

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Who knows, perhaps some will make to my etsy shop 😊 you can check to see if I have actually put some up at http://www.sewpureandlovely.etsy.com