August 2, 2010


Posted in Cleaning, Home, Organization tagged , , , , at 9:09 am by Liliana

Creating order out of chaos

Creating order out of chaos

My sister Branka is a great organizer. Creating order out of chaos gives her pleasure and a sense of accomplishment.

She approaches each challenge systematically and with purpose. Currently, she is working on my basement.

The task is daunting, believe me, I have been avoiding it for years. But a few weeks ago, the basement got flooded, and something needed to be done right away.

Thank goodness that Branka was willing to adapt this project as her own. My gratitude is beyond measure.

First, she cleaned the place up. We had tons of books, bags of children’s paraphernalia, Branka’s and Joe’s belongings. She went through everything, organized keepsakes in labeled plastic boxes and threw away the rest.

Then she painted the ceiling white, the walls sunny yellow, and the bookshelves sparkly white.

Next, she will be overseeing the tiling of the floor – our brother-in-law is taking on that job.  We bought creamy beige ceramic tile and I can’t wait to see what our basement will look like when it’s installed. It will make doing the laundry almost fun!

All I can say is – thank you, dear sister, for bringing order into my life!


June 3, 2010

The Secret Garden

Posted in Children, Family, Garden, Home tagged , , , , , at 6:50 am by Liliana

weeds and more weeds

Weeds and more weeds

Most of my readers know how bustling and hectic my household has been this spring.

My sister and her family have moved in. My niece has just graduated from high school, and my daughter and nephew are graduating from college in June. My oldest son is preparing to move to the East Coast to study international law. Grandparents are visiting from Florida. I have a full time job. A lot is going on.

We are organizing a large celebration for all three graduates at the end of June. The invitations have been designed and sent. The idea is to have the event outside, in our garden. We will place a number of tables and chairs under trees, cover them with white tablecloths and place little containers of wild flowers on each table. We hope for a perfect, sunny day, although I can’t imagine why. It has been raining non-stop almost every day the entire spring. Not a little bit of rain, but torrential monsoon-like downpours that bring to mind climates much more tropical than Michigan.  As a result, our garden is overgrown in weeds.

I started painting the outdoor furniture a month ago. We have an old, pealing arbor on the patio, and I have decided to spruce it up with dark, hunter-green paint. I plan to paint the two benches and the metal garden furniture the same color so everything looks fresh and elegant. I have scraped off the old paint and applied the primer. That is as far as I got. The furniture has been sitting in the middle of the weed-ridden patio for weeks now. Even when I have a few minutes to paint, it doesn’t matter. The wood is either already wet, or it is raining. The ladder has been patiently waiting next to the arbor.

Well, we only have a few weekends left and a lot to do. The furniture needs to be painted. Every inch of the garden is covered in lush, tall, healthy weeds. They need to be pulled out and replaced with flowers. We have a patch of vegetable garden that has no vegetables. The weeds there are impassable. I have no idea what can be done in that corner. Vines are crawling up the side of the house. We need to pull them out and mulch the shrubbery. The stubborn areas between the patio bricks need to be weeded. And then, the flowerpots are waiting for new tenants.

We can do this. Right?