Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dusting, decluttering, and the new Victoria

I have so many items on my To Do list today. After a season of working a few days a week, my house is sorely neglected. I can write my name on the dust in my living room! What would my mother-in-law say to that? (Fortunately, I doubt there is dust in Heaven so she's fine.)

I awoke early this morning to the sound of trees complaining about the ferocious winds blowing through our area. The corresponding sound of heavy rain beating against the window caused me to return to sleep a couple of times. (There is nothing like the sound of rain to make me relax.) However, it was soon time to slip into my warm and cozy favorite item of clothing (my red flannel housecoat, a gift from my daughter the year before Miss E. was born) and begin the day.

It was rather alarming to turn on the only channel we can receive on the little Living Room TV and find the entire state under a tornado watch! Thankfully all was well this morning but severe weather could return by afternoon and evening. I sent Christopher off for his day at work with a homemade bacon and egg "McMuffin", a packed lunch, my debit card to stop by Arby's if he does go to his tennis class this evening, and a few very strong warnings to keep in touch in case the weather takes a turn for the worst (thoughts of that movie about autumn storms, Night of the Twisters, running across the video screen of my mind).

I did peruse through Victoria last night. I even took the time to fully read a couple of articles. All I can say is it is far more wonderful than I expected. It is evident the Editor/Publisher was a true Victoria fan and that makes all the difference. There was a feel to the original Victoria that I doubted anyone could reproduce. Trust the people who publish Tea Time, Southern Lady, etc. to recapture the magic.

Now to that never-ending To Do list. When I'm working at my own pace and there are no deadlines to come up against (as in company arriving this evening or the President is stopping by on his way to Camp David)... I enjoy the process of getting the house back in order. That is how I'm hoping it will be today as I do some cleaning, decluttering, and baking. All done a little at a time with coffee or tea breaks, music in the background, and another peek at Victoria as a reward for work well done.

This is truly the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Even if it involves a lot of dusting. :)

Photo: Canning Day, Janet Kruskamp,


Morning Glory said...

I subscribed to the original Victoria for many years, but became disenchanted when the editorship changed, as well as the magazine. It lost its distinctive style at that point. I'm going to buy one at the store and take another look now.

La Tea Dah said...

I'm excited that your new Victoria has arrived and is to lovely! I'm still waiting for mine --- abit impatiently, I must say. Nothing yet, but hopefully it will arrive today!


Anonymous said...

My Victoria came in yesterday! I wanted to immediately start reading it, but my husband and children are going on a trip all day Saturday and I will be ALONE ALL DAY! so I'm saving it for Saturday. Or, trying to anyway - I caught myself opening the cover and had to smack my hand!
Nita in SC

Quinne said...

Hi Brenda :) I hope that you have a most blessed and productive day! Thanks for your notes on the Victoria :) I am excited to heat that it has its former "flavor"... Love to you! Q

Vee said...

Yay! I am so glad to read that your time spent with Victoria was well worth your while. I can't wait to get my mitts on one!

smilnsigh said...

I certainly hope the weather held, to _just_ wind/rain.


KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, I so love your writing. Tornados? Oh my. I don't know if my nerves could stand thinking about Tornados. You are very brave. I went looking on our magazine stands for Victoria this week, but none to be found. Victoria was always my favorite magazine, and I still own stacks of old ones that I use for my artwork. I literally moved them from New Jersey to Hong Kong to Toronto and back to the States. Well, I hope all is well with your weather and you got that To Do List tackled. Blessings, Karen