Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Break ~ Day Trips and Spring Cleaning

March Break is coming to an end this weekend and we have accomplished quite a bit.
We did some fun things like visiting the farm.


We took a day trip to the Mennonite area of St. Jacobs and Elmira, Ontario.

photo: via world66.com

We stopped at the Ontario Livestock Exchange (K's favourite), Picard Peanuts (J's favourite), and the Quilter's Nine Patch quilt shop (my favourite.) Hubby's favourite part is lunch and driving through the country. By letting the guys hang out at the livestock exchange to see animals and livestock trucks (apparently this is fascinating) for a couple of hours, they sleep in the truck are very patient while I stroll through the quilt shop. This time of year is so quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of market days during the summer and fall seasons.

 

We also accomplished lots and lots of sorting and organizing. We took several boxes and at least 7 large garbage bags of stuff to the thrift store. It is nice to start spring with all our closets organized and all the boy's too small clothes cleaned out. I was way too into it to take many photos, but I couldn't resist a photo of the mess in the entry hall cupboard. Embarrassing, but this was right after we emptied all the junk from a day trip out of the truck (looks like I need to fix the door panel too.)
BEFORE


AFTER


I already had the baskets and they fit much better than the cheap plastic ones in the before. Being heavier they don't tip over either. It's too early to put away all the scarves, hats and mitts but they are so much tidier now. The top left is for our dog Remington's stuff, and J, K and I each have one. When warmer weather comes and actually stays, all the winter gear goes in lidded plastic tubs on the top shelf of the hall closet. The baskets will then hold sunscreen, summer hats etc. Our home doesn't have a mudroom or side entry, so all traffic and stuff comes through our small front entry. This little pine cabinet is narrow enough not to get in the way but holds enough to make it practical. The cutout in the wall above the cabinet lets much needed light flow into our living room, but makes it impossible to put coat hooks on this wall. In lieu of that I added hooks to the trim in the first set of steps into the basement. My teen boys are allergic to hanging their coats and hoodies on the hangers in the more convenient closet, so hooks are the solution. Now I'm off to drool over some gorgeous mudrooms. SIGH! Have you started any spring cleaning or organizing?

9 comments:

  1. I love a trip to St Jacobs! Did you go by the covered bridge? It's a treasure.

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  2. I'm a huge fan of both St Jacobs and Emira but 'sigh', I usually go and have to wade through the crowds of visitors during peak season. Great idea to go during the off-time. You're ahead of me Elizabeth as I'm yet to start any Spring cleaning.

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  3. It's funny but I was in St. Jacobs yesterday at the Stone Crock as that is where my son and his fiance are ordering food from for their wedding (sandwiches and veggie trays etc). You got a good picture of one of the horse and buggies.

    One of the other things I also did this week was organize our front hall closet. I don't have any new baskets though, so I still need to do that so it is really organized. I was mostly culling old mitts and scarves so it only contains what we really use. We seem to have had parallel March Breaks - too funny!

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  4. Sounds like you had a fun and busy week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. Mmmmmmm chocolate covered coffee beans from Picards! I haven't been to a Picards in a while!

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  6. We've started some spring cleaning, but I think I'm really going to get started next week... We just got a new dining room set that has to be re-finished, so that's going to be taking up a bit of my time for now. But we're moving in a few months, so a good clean up is in order!

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  7. I desperately need to start spring cleaning too... my sewing room looks like there was a tornado. I had to laugh when I saw that your boys were allergic to hanging up their stuff... I'm thinking it's not an allergy but perhaps a virus since my kids had, and one still has, that particular ailment!

    ~Chris

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  8. Oops, thanks Grace, I forgot to credit the Mennonite photo. I fixed this. I'm a bad blogger, I remembered my crocheting for the car ride but forgot my camera.

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  9. I was in St. Jacobs the past few days! Just got home last night and am trying to catch up on email and blogs. We went to the Market yesterday morning and it was insane there with everyone inside! I like it better when the summer vendors are there - more people but they seem spread out more. Got some wonderful antiques at the St. Jacobs Antique store that I hope to post about later tonight.

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