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I have spent the last couple of days trying to get the house decorated for fall as I clean through.  A few years ago I made, by hand not machine, two quilted fall table runners.  I know they are in this house.  Do you think I can find them?  I am positive I put them in a certain place that I would surely remember this year.  I do not remember.  Having moved so much I envy people who can put things back in the same place year after year after year.  Sometimes I go to get an item and have to think about which house I am actually living in right now.  I will find them I am sure.

Along my travels throughout the closets in this house I found many other things.  In one closet was a bag full of purses that our daughter owned at one time.  I thought I had given her back all her purses.  This child had to have a new purse for everything it seems.  I had not ever seen this before and I love it that our granddaughter is carrying on the same tradition with which our child now has to deal!!!  I will toss these leftovers in the recycle for the Vets next time they come.

I have to now hang my head and admit publicly that I found tote bags numbering well over 20 – maybe more – in all of my closets.  Perhaps my child was not the original bag lady?  Tote bags do not count right as they can be folded and do not take up much room?  Darn how can you say no to cheap or free?

I have three bags that look just alike – the Avis Bags.  I cannot remember why we have them – whether it was a trip we all took or my husband rented a car a number of times with the company where he worked.  I know a dear friend also had almost as many as we.  They are very sturdy bags and carry enough in them for a weekend away.  Four was a good number for our family and each one of us got one.  I was surprised I still have them over 20 years later.

There is a bag from Waldenbooks.  Is that store around anymore.  It was buy some get one free.  At one point I think I had three of these bags – you never know when you will need one.

You could get bags for joining groups-Doubleday Book Club, Panola Country Club, Southern Living magazine, BeautiControl Cosmetic Company.  I bought bags as mementos of trips as being an easy thing to bring home.  I have bags with French logos, Hawaiian themes and Michigan lighthouses.  Let us not even talk about all the cloth grocery bags that are in the car in case I remember to actually take them IN to the store for refilling.

One of the bags I have that I really enjoy is a bright yellow covered with blue Iris.  The colors are dramatic and it is a great size for carrying.  I must get it out again.  I am not sure where I got this one.  It does remind me of the Memphis area.

We lived in Cordova which was just outside Memphis and Germantown, TN.  My husband’s office was in Germantown.  In the spring the whole area was awash with Iris of all colors.  I went to the site to discover that they have over 400 varieties in the area.  It seems that most home gardens in the area had iris in them. 

I had not ever known much about the iris except it grew wild.  They were blue and sticks and did not interest me much.  As I grew older and saw how beautiful the blossom was and discovered the many varieties I had a totally different take on them.  In the spring I love to have bouquets of iris and daffodils or iris and lilacs.  Yummy!  

The end of this is what do I do with all these bags?  I suppose I could toss them.  Recycle them?  Well some of them maybe.  After all aren’t they like scrapbooks of travels???  Maybe I can use them in my decorating somewhere?  For sure I am going to take them shopping today – right!!!???  I can’t get rid of the iris bag or the convention bag or the red bag or…



tote tree – 2 hrs later

$1.16 for shower curtain rings – had macrame hanger





I could subtitle this as Tupperware vs Pyrex.  I tossed most of my Tupperware into the recycle bin during a fit of angst Sunday night when I could not find a cover to match the dish I held in my hand.  I just scooped up every single cover and container and tossed them out the back door.  Well that is a clear picture however that is where the recycle bin sits so I did not just toss them to the wind as the previous sentence sounded.  It was a very freeing experience.

I had been thinking of doing this for some time.  I have been in the process of divesting myself of the plastic containers.  I have some of the larger items and do not use them that much though when I want a grater the cover of the green Tupperware set is the one I look to find.  This is probably too old for Tupperware patrons today to remember.  Also I still have flour and sugar and crackers in containers.  It is the little reusable ones that drove me to the brink.   I have a small sense of betrayal as Tupperware bought BeautiControl for whom I sell products as well as use them myself.  Truth be known and to let myself off the hook a bit, a lot of the plastic containers were also reusable Hillshire Farms container.  Out they went!

I started replacing the plastic a few months ago when I tossed the narrow necked plastic juice pitchers in witch I have been known to mix a batch of Bloody Marys.  They were not coming as clean as I wanted in the dishwasher even after we got a new one.  I just was happier once I got two glass pitchers and could look and see clean inside and out.

My dad used glass containers recycling pickle jars to hold dribs and drabs of leftovers for another meal.  I did not understand why he just did not buy the plastic stuff.  Now I do.  I also understand that some sort of chemical is given off by the plastic if you reheat them in the microwave.  Dad rarely uses his microwave either.  At almost 91 perhaps he knows more than I thought.  Oh that is a silly statement.  Just ask him – he knows it all!

Yesterday I bought a set of Pyrex that will now hold my leftovers.  It was interesting to look at what was available in the local large box store.  The set I purchased do have plastic (color coded) covers so hopefully no drips as my husband takes them back and forth to work.  They are a blue hued glass which is quite attractive. 

Talk about retro.  I have a green dish with a glass cover to hold my butter.  I am looking for other glass products to suit my needs.  I am going backwards in my kitchen.  I remember my aunt having plastic covers that fit perfectly around her bowls of leftover like little berets.  I am seeing those again and I look forward to getting some of those for my own use.  What’s old is once again new again.  

Perhaps one day I will learn to cook for just two again and I can avoid the whole issue.