Sweet Friends, Duke’s Mixture, 01.2020…what’s this post about, you ask? When I was a little girl, my mom would have a clean out the frig day a couple times a month. Our dinner on those days would be what she called a “Duke’s Mixture.” A little of this and a little of that. As I started writing this post, I wondered where in the world my mom learned that expression. Turns out it goes back to our Appalachian ancestry and a brand of tobacco created by a thrifty North Carolina farmer who created a “stew of tobacco odds and ends, and this led early on to the phrase duke’s mixture we sometimes still hear used today, to mean a hodge-podge of something.” [source]
While our dinners on that night included little or no tobacco, they were an assortment of leftovers that didn’t necessarily go together. But created a filling smorgasbord of a meal.
Which brings us back to this post, Duke’s Mixture 01.2020. Can you guess what it is? Yup, some blogging odds and ends I am putting together. Joining Lauren for “Glossies Made Me Do It,” Shay and Erika for “Let’s Look At…” and whatever else I need to catch up on. So let’s get to it.
Duke’s Mixture 01.2020
I am labeling this Duke’s Mixture 01.2020 because, despite all my efforts to the contrary, I know every month there will be a handful of posts I struggle to get to. One of my winter goals is to get organized on my blog. And I am trying. I’m trying.
Glossies Made Me Do It
This series asks what has a magazine inspired you to do lately – think about something, read something, try something, etc.?
Discovered this ‘glossy,’ “Small Space Organizing,” while standing in line at the register in Dollar Tree. With my goal of decluttering and better organizing our home fresh on my mind, decided to pick it up. I am following along with Home-Storage-Solutions “52 Week Organized Home Challenge.” And the first weeks of the challenge have us working in the kitchen. Cami’s arrival slowed me down a bit but I am going to get real busy in my kitchen next week.
This edition of the magazine had a 4-page spread with tips and tricks for organizing the cooking and eating zones. They listed the following steps to an organized kitchen.
- Analyze and plan: What works and doesn’t work in these areas.
- Pull everything out: I am dreading this but need to do it. Next week. My cabinets are pretty well organized with like things together but I may find some surprises.
- Categorize: Sort items into five groups – keep, give away, donate, sell, recycle/pitch. Probably won’t sell anything but will donate. Find new place for all small appliances together.
- Toss or giveaway: Expired food and broken or no longer used appliances. Take directly to trash cans. Don’t pass GO.
- Rezone: Organize and store items where they make the most sense. I have done this already, when we first bought our home. Take photos to inspire me to keep things that way (usually not a problem) and to share with YOU.
The article also suggests using clear plastic containers to store and keep certain foods fresh. Because it is so dry here, we don’t have much trouble with cereal or pasta, chips or crackers getting moisty. Poor choice of words…damp? Stale? But I do like the idea of moving my pasta into clear acrylic canisters. How do you store such things? Right now I just keep everything in their original boxes.
Let’s Look At…
your bedside table.
So thankful that I regularly clean out my nightstand! There weren’t too many surprises lurking inside the drawers. And the top of my nightstand is truly just as you see it here. Ok, well, I did line things up. But didn’t remove anything!!
From left to right:
- Samsung Gear Fit charger
- Tin basket of assorted lotions and linen sprays
- Smaller tin basket with sleep aromatherapy lotion and Intensive Care lotion
- Mercury glass lamp
- Photo from our marriage blessing ceremony
- Control for our knock-off Sleep Number bed
- Alarm clock
- Cady-drawn ceramic tile/coaster
- Kindle in yellow cover
- Readers in green glasses case
That’s a whole lotta lotion. But I like different fragrances. And have been using some of the Bath and Body Works wintry scents this season.
Again, didn’t remove anything but just kind of lined things up so you can see them better. And moved the Astro-glide and Equate personal lubrication liquid toward the back. But here I am, keeping things real, and calling attention to both! What can I say? We live in a desert so there is considerable dryness going on over here. My legs, arms, feet.
- Zig zag bag of more lotions and potions
- Aqua umbrella in case we get too lubricated
- Black arm band and pouch for iPod
- Eye glass cleaning cloth in tulle bag
- Pink My Little Pony comb
- Love note from Cady
- Thumb drive
- A Mother’s Heart journal completed by my mom
- Under her journal is my journal
- Underneath mine is a manila envelope with hand-written entries to the journal prompts my mom didn’t have room to respond to in the journal
- More Tums in the orange medicine bottle
- Assorted gels including Voltarin in a box for relieving muscle pain
- Jar of essential oil for encouraging better sleep
This drawer is less packed. You’re welcome!
- White basket of phone charging cables
- Blue bag with charger for my complexion brush
- Rectangular silver bag with my nose hair trimmer
- Purple and white plastic container with electric nail file
- Paisley iPad cover
- Kindle screen protector
- Blue waterproof bag for my Kindle/Nook when I read in the pool
Aren’t you glad there are only 3 drawers?
- Video conversion kit – never opened, wanted to convert VHS tapes from my TV show to DVDs for my grandbabies
- Black case for my .38 Special which is stored in our gun safe
- Striped softy socks
- Candle warmer
- Several picture frames
- Zales jewelry box in which I have a favorite necklace Lauren gave me when she was little, need to have it repaired
- More body lotion, a fragrance for every season
Could probably clean out these drawers a bit more – might not need all of that lotion. Ha!! But there’s no hurry. We don’t get to the master bedroom in the “52 Week Organized Home Challenge” until mid-July!!
10 on the 10th
One of the link-up series I have enjoyed participating in over the last couple of years has been 10 on the 10th. The series has been passed along from one blogger to the next but no one is hosting it this year. And I am thinking about adopting and adapting it into a Q&A kind of thing. Ten questions on the 10th that other bloggers can respond to. Kind of like the Blended Blog Asks series from a few years ago. Still thinking about this. But if you blog, would you be interested in joining me?
Do you subscribe to any magazines? When I was in high school, I was very sick with a sinus infection (more than once), and I remember my mom buying my first “Seventeen” magazine to read as I recuperated. I read that thing from cover to cover and back again. Then started subscribing to “Seventeen” and did the same thing with every issue. Graduated to “Glamour” and finally, in my college and young adult days, to “Cosmopolitan.”
You can join Lauren for her “Glossies” series the second Friday of the month. Join Shay and Erika for the “Let’s Look At…” series on what I think is probably the second Wednesday of the month. But don’t hold me to that.
This was a red letter week at our house. PC started his new job and Cami was born. Next week, I will be helping with Cia and Cami in the mornings. Francisco has to return to work already! Hope to continue blogging, though, and making progress on my winter goals.
Thank you for joining me, girlsies!!
Hugs and kisses,