~ The Humble Bungalow ~
The garden out front has many plants and flowers.
Among them are yellow rudbeckia flowers
a variety of yellow, pink, and red roses.
The deer have been by munching on the Hostas and the Hydrangeas so the new garden help suggested that we try spraying with BOBEX...
it is all natural but is very stinky and it deters the deer from chowing down on the plants that have been treated.
Our tiny entry hall is rather cluttered,
it is where we hang our coats
store our brollies
Inside the picnic basket are winter woolly scarves and gloves.
No room for a wardrobe and no closets...
This wee area of the living room is where I write cards.
The quartersawn oak arts and crafts desk has many compartments inside
which I use to store our address book, stamps, pens, and cards.
We have such a small living area on the main floor...
about 975 square feet so we need to be careful not to collect too much stuff!
In 100 year old + bungalows, storage was not originally a consideration.
People generally did not have a lot of extra things...
they were living on limited incomes, credit was not available and so people tended to be quite frugal.
Our bedroom closet is really small and we have to renovate that room someday. Mr. HB will redesign our closet and have some built in drawers installed.
We use the downstairs closets for our out of season clothes.
Trying to keep a minimal wardrobe is my goal but every so often I act on impulse and buy something that is usually something that I already have represented in my current wardrobe.
Buying a variation of something that I already own and don't really NEED
is a waste of money.
This summer I paid attention to
what I wore regularly
what did not get worn often
what never got worn.
3 dresses were worn regularly and two others hung in the closet.
I wore 2 pairs of pants and the same few tops weekly.
The rest languished away...
Why have something if it is not being used especially when storage is an issue?
The exercise also showed me that the clothes I wore
were those that made me feel good wearing them
they are the better quality more expensive items in my closet.
With that in mind, I plan to buy fewer things come the Fall and opt for better quality "investment" pieces.
It seems to me to make sense not to waste the space, time and money
on something mediocre that is not going to be a workhorse in the wardrobe.
Clover Point on Dallas Road
the start of my regular 5 km. walking route.
Midway along the route Ross Bay
looking across at The Olympic Mountain Range in Washington State.
Ross Bay and the trees that line the edge of the historic Ross Bay Cemetery.
Walks have been lovely with the sunny warm weather...
breezes have been slight which I appreciate.
Plainsong was a good book...
a slightly different genre than I usually read but it came with high praise from the gal at the bookstore.
I have reserved the second in the series, Eventide, at the local library.
In other news...
The scale has responded to the no alcohol regime.
I quit the wine habit last Tuesday.
Several readers have emailed me regarding me giving up alcohol.
My new tipple...non alcoholic wine.
It tastes good and has way less calories than real wine and is less expensive.
The information on the bottle
may be of interest to you.
I sip a couple of glasses at night,
one before dinner and one with dinner.
Willows Beach walk
mixing up the walk locations for a variety of scenery.
There is a tearoom near the playground.
Mom and I used to stop in after our walk along the Esplanade.
I have taken tea here several times this summer and I think of her when I sip my cuppa.
My Mulberry knapsack has been getting a lot of wear this summer.
I love to be hands free when walking and it is the perfect size for my prescription glasses, wallet, lipstick, tissues and keys.
I love the colour of the leather and the details.
It is a sturdy bag that should wear well for many years.
Have you seen The New Amberley bag by Mulberry. ?
Positively Smitten with this bag...
I like the shape, the brown embossed croc finish, and the clasp detail
it is not too big
so there is no worry that I would be carrying a too heavy bag and injure my shoulder again!
Plus it is a bonus that it is a cross body bag.
Perhaps I will invest in this one...
it has been ages since I bought a "new" handbag.
The last two have been thrift shop finds.
Back to the garden...
One of the Hostas that the deer have munched!
Thankfully the giant Rudbeckias seem to be safe from the deer.
Are you familiar with books by Kristin Hannah?
Firefly Lane (2008) is a page turner...
Kristin has a large number of books to her credit
and why have I not read her novels before this?
I have no clue!
Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog
taking time out of your day to read the blog and glance at the pictures.
Hope that you are enjoying these last few days of August.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~