Monday, May 20, 2013

SPRING CLEANING AT THE LAKEHOUSE


So, we've been here since Saturday.  You might remember that a bachelorette party took place here a few weeks ago.  My daughters had told me that the place was cleaned top to bottom before and after the party.  Well, it turned out, not so much after.  There were a ton of towels in the laundry room as well as the sheets from the beds and something sticky all over the floors.  I think by now you have realized that I'm a closet clean freak.  Give me a few old rags, paper towels and cleaning products and I can make a day of it.  Since I've been simplifying so much at home, I decided to do the same here.  I started with the counter above.  I had every appliance I owned on this counter including a food processor and smoothie blender that I used maybe once.  The dishes on the shelves are used everyday, the open shelves are pretty and functional.  But a little editing never hurts!

The washing machine ran two days straight, I washed all the floors and cleaned the bathrooms.  The Husband tinkered with his new fishing boat, and wow, what a nice boat it is!  Once it's in the water I'll take a picture of it.  I know you are just dying to see it! ;-D

So, I woke up this morning thinking we were leaving and The Husband said, "Let's stay one more night."  Fine by me!  One thing I'm not doing is cleaning!  I may go up to the big farmstand where they sell flowers and make some pots.  I'm debating whether to do tomatoes this year.  I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I never seem to get more than one or two on a plant the past couple of years.  We'll see.

And that's all I have for you now.  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  The Husband is out trimming the boxwood hedges right now and I'm so excited because I'm going to try to make a wreath with the clippings.  I better go grab a rake!

Joining Brenda at Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday.

XO,
Jane 



62 comments:

Diane Mars said...

Oh I would so love to have a getaway like yours... how fun to have a Lake House please enjoy twice has much for me too! ox, Diane

20 North Ora said...

How wonderful to have a place to go. Just enjoy the peace and quiet after all of the hubbub you've had the last few months.

Have a great day!

Judy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a fabulous get away you have, work and all I know you love it. I miss the days of getting away from the real world. Yepper anxious to see the "boat" I know he's so proud of it.. hope he's feeling better. Good luck on the tomato growing.
fondly ~lynne~

Helen said...

Hello there! I reserved a nice little chunk of time this morning to return and read your blog posts ... the wedding, all the prep, your cabin, your decor touches ~ loved reading about all of it. I appreciate you and the zest you have for living.

(We need Home Goods to come to Bend)

Laurie said...

what a lovely escape , your cottage is delightful! Take a rest today, enjoy your beautiful home!

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

So lovely. I do find that when we get away all I seem to do is clean.

As for tomatoes, I had the same problem. Last year I decided to start heirloom tomatoes from seed, I planted Black Krim. I will never go back now. They thrived and were the most delicious tomatoes I have ever had. Very juicy and lots of tomato not just seed. I started them this year a month ago and they will go into the garden very soon. I bought the heirloom seeds on Etsy.

You should give a a try you will do it every year.

Hope you are having nice weather,
Sue

SmilingSally said...

LOL It sounds as if you bought this VACATION home so that you'd have something to CLEAN.

Stay yet another day; sit and read. Ah...

Melanie said...

I think your daughter and friends should've hired a cleaning service for after they were done partying! Sheesh, just what you need is another house to clean. I think you'd better truly enjoy today...maybe a little puttering, gardening, and reading. Put your feet up! And don't forget a glass of wine. :-) I'll be emailing you later today...xoxo

Barbara F. said...

A wonderful and productive weekend, Jane. I do like that Hoosier hutch. xo

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Oh how very nice to have a lakehouse to escape to! I'm a clean freak too. I think it's because I can actually SEE my accomplishments when I'm done. :) Can't wait to see the boat! Did he name it? We're kind of strange and even name all our cars. LOL!

Theresa said...

Good for you Jane! Hope you really enjoy your time at the Lake:) Have a blessed week dear friend, HUGS!

Made In The South said...

You go girl... Looks like a busy weekend! Don't ya love it when they tell at its clean, but not quite. LOL
Oh I wish I had time this year to plant some tomatoes. Nothing says summer like a home grown tomato sandwich.
Enjoy your week,
Melissa

Beth said...

Enjoy spending time in your Lake House.

Have a wonderful summer Jane.

Kathy Moreland said...

Wow! You've been so busy. Everything looks so good, clean and crisp! We're leaving for our lake house tomorrow morning for a couple of weeks. I'm hoping to find some fun things to do, if it's just rearranging a few things. Either way, I'll relax and enjoy the change of scenery. Have a great week!

Julie Marie said...

Oh Janie, I loved this post!... I just wish I was there at your lakehouse too!... everything looks fabulous and I want your Hoosier cabinet!!!... your countertops look so pretty... yet not fussy... relaxing looking... yes, I want to see a pic of hubby's new boat... I am on this ocean~sea~lake kick right now... and boating has always been a big part of it for us too... glad you get to spend another night relaxing there... and YES, you need to plant tomatoes!... here's a little tip (you probably already know this but)... water, water water!!!... when we had our little farm, I would plant 36 tomato plants as I wanted to share with my sisters and have lots for salsa... my neighbor across the way was kind of a pompous guy (his wife called him the Oracle as he thought he knew EVERYTHING)... anyway, he told me I was giving my tomatoes too much water... he hardly ever watered his... come Harvest time, he had only a handful of puny little tomatoes on his and I had bushels and bushels of beauties!... I took him over a bushel of mine and told him they were from my "overwatered" tomatoes... ha ha ha... he couldn't believe it!... sooo, long story, but make sure they get LOTS of water and LOTS of sun!!!... I don't plant 36 anymore, but still do plant alot... xoxo Julie Marie

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

If I could escape to where there was a water view, I'd do it every chance I got. Things look so pretty and clean!

Did the kids think those towels were just going to wash themselves? Too bad they didn't bring them home to you, but at least you had the washer and dryer at the lake. Kids...they never grow up!

We just had a little shower, the first of whatever this mess is they say is coming. Are you supposed to get all the bad weather too. You know how much I love storms...not.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Jane, YIPEE!!!! Love going to the little get away place.....love yours......so country cozy your lake house is....Enjoy, Francine.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Sounds like you were busy, busy with your cleaning and de-cluttering! It looks great Jane!

Debra @ Homespun said...

LOVE that Hoosier and the shelving in the kitchen / what a pretty display you have there! :)

Natasha In Oz said...

That is such a great holiday house you have there-you are so lucky! Your 'tweaks' are perfect too!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

Angela Ryder said...

Love your lakehouse!! The open shelving is awesome! I know exactly how you feel about our definition of clean compared to our childrens! It can be extremely different! LOL! Sometimes I'm amazed that they grew up in my house!!~~Angela

Mary said...

so glad you and A were able to have a good time and extend it a bit!! You certainly worked hard Jane and I would have been right there alongside you because i'm a neatnik/clean freak too!!!!

Look foward to seeing the boat. Meanwhile I'm here in SF and tomorrow Paula and I leave for Tokyo. Will be embarking the ship on Thur. and heading out to sea!

I may be incommunicado for a while but will be thinking of you.
Hugs - Mary

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a nice couple days Jane and tomorrow will be even better:@) I can't believe this weekend is Memorial Day, time goes so fast-enjoy:@)

Olive said...

Dear Jane, can you come here for just four hours and clean? I am supposed to be cleaning but after 2 PM I just tucker out. I love all the shelves in your kitchen. I hope you enjoy that day of rest, olive

Karen said...

Spring cleaning, I love/hate it LOL. At least you get to do it at a nice getaway. Thanks for visiting!

Knitty said...

We'll be heading to our place in a few days and I wish I had your enthusiasm for cleaning. It isn't cleaning in general that I dislike, it is cleaning the cottage. We are on the fence about some repairs and updates, needing some advice from a trustworthy contractor about some structural issues. Getting someone to show up there can be a difficult as a lunar landing.

The location and feel we have when we're there are still great so all is mostly well. I just can't imagine why people don't fall all over themselves trying to meet me, right?

Donna said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous, Jane! I am in love with the open shelves, you are so organized! And I have always loved Hoosier cabinets, I bet you have lots of fun with it! Hope you are enjoying your time at the lake!

❀ JoAnne said...

I'm loving your lake house kitchen, Jane. So pretty with all of the shelves. Nothing like a nice clean house too ~ just makes everything seem a little better!

Kristi said...

I had no idea you had a lake house! I LOVE IT! And I'm SO with you on the simplifying! I have been doing the same thing. And trust me, I like my "stuff" but sometimes it's just too much! And your Hoosier looks fantastic, what a fun prop to decorate :)
Kristi

Doreen@househoneys said...

Isn't it great to squeeze out another day and have a long weekend? We have a weekend home by a lake also and last week I left on Wednesday and hubs joined me on Friday and we came back yesterday. So I had five blissful days and must admit I did zero cleaning although the place needs it!

Sounds like a weekend place is not the only thing we have in common. My daughter recently got engaged so maybe you can give me some pointers ;).

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Lake House...lucky you! Love your hoosier cabinet!
Blessings,
Cindy

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a lovely place to be able to clean and tweak! I can't relax until everything's in it's place and things are clean... which you wouldn't know by looking at my little cottage right now. Everything's AMUCK... I'm spring cleaning and everything gets moved and washed so everything's EveRyWHerE.... ;-D And, I am NOT kidding...

We live in a little "city" and the darn deer have eaten my tomatoes .... nearly every one.... for the past two years. Darn it all...

Big huggies!

xo
S

Melanie said...

I also forgot to mention in my last comment that I LOVE the open shelving in your kitchen! :-)

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous kitchen you have there at the lakehouse, Jane!
Everything looks wonderful!
The next time you go up, hopefully you can just relax, and enjoy yourself.
xo

Privet and Holly said...

I love that you are
a nester! And what
a lovely nest your
lake cottage is, indeed!

Hope your non-cleaning
adventures make your
heart sing.....planting,
cooking, reading, whatever
it may be : ) Enjoy!

xo Suzanne

Leslie said...

I just have one thing to say...
Can I move in? I am always in awe of your lake house. As my kids would say.. it's Gorge! : )

Chatelaine said...

I would love to have a lake house but that is just a dream for now.

I adore your open shelving. Can you come and do my spring cleaning since you enjoy it so much?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
I know how beautiful your lake house is!
I love how you tweaked too.
I bet it was so nice to get away after all the big festivity's!
Got any idea's yet when we might plan our Cedarburg get-away?
Summer will be here and then of course unlike winter, it just flies by.
Big Hugs friend,
Cindy
I am fighting off a cold I got from Addison and it is a doosey..I have felt like crap.

Laura said...

you re so lucky having a lake house; and a boat!!! wow, my husband is dreaming of a boat; one day ; perhaps this year; it will happen! wot a lot of cleaning! its always great to be able to sit down and admire allyour hard work though!

Traci said...

How nice to be able to escape to the lake. Bummer that you had to clean but at least you had a day to relax!

xinex said...

It is looking pretty and clean there now, Janie.How nice to have a getaway not too far away from home, looks relaxing too...Christine

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOL I read this post but didn't comment. I love the open shelving in your kitchen!

Trip and his friends, plus Shanley and her friends have been to the lake since I was last there, so you can only imagine what a terrible mess the men made and then the college students on top of that!!! I dread going back to the lake....HUGE messes! *sadface*

xo,
RJ

Designing Domesticity said...

Wow, a weekend at the lake sounds delightful - minus all that cleaning, at least for me! ha. Glad you are enjoying! Liz

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Your weekend sounds WONDERFUL! I bet it is lots of fun to clean your playhouse. Glad you had fun!

must love junk said...

Doesn't it feel so good to weed out and get things cleaned up? Your lake home is making every envious-including me! ;)
Susan

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

It probably felt so good to spring clean everything! I have really been trying to simplify my clutter and it has been a huge relief!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Jane Sweetie...
What a beautiful share. I love seeing your lake home. It speaks of love and peace. The perfect place to sit with a cup of lemonade or tea and just enjoy the surroundings. What a treasure you have there.

The hoosier cabinet is TDF. Jane I love it. I know there is one out there just waiting for me to discover it too. Yours is exquisite.

Don't you just love the kids? Always leaving some dirty laundry for us. LOL...

Can't wait to see the boat. Hope DH gets to feeling better soon, and can get back to his own self.

Have a glorious weekend sweet friend. Many hugs, smiles and much love, Sherry

Deb said...

Sounds & looks like the perfect getaway ♥ Have a wonderful time!

Kit said...

Oh you sound so happy! What a fun time. I am like you and just love getting everything all spiffed up and orderly. Would love to see a pic of the house. Kit

bj said...

Hey, Janie girl...I love those open shelves for dishes. We have too much dust out in West Texas but I love looking at yours.
So glad you have such a wonderful getaway....a lake house is a dream for almost everyone, I think. :))
xoxo

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love the idea of having a cottage...so cute. And your shelves are gorgeous, all tidy, and shiny.

Jen

Maria Elena said...

You are so lucky! What a fabulous place to go enjoy some quite time. Stop cleaning! LOL

Kelly said...

I just love how cute your kitchen is in the lake house! You're like me and have to have things clean before you can rest. I'm afraid that if I had a second home, I would just worry myself to death with keeping it up all the time. It sounds nice though to have a place to go off to with a lake right outside your door! Can't wait to see the wreath you're going to try and make. Those wreaths are expensive, so to make your own will be nice!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I think I need to let you cut lose in my little house and whip it into shape! :)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jane!
I have visited this post about five times.

Last week, I was a participant in my first blog party. With our anniversary and work...I became so behind on my blog comments.

I don't believe that I have ever seen this view of your Lake House kitchen before! It's darling!

I love the white shelves, with the sparkling clean glasses and dishes, the HOOD OVER THE STOVE, and THE HOOSIER CABINET! OMGoodness!

I was smiling, as you were writing about how the kids told you that they left it clean!

Glad to hear that you and The Husband were able to stay a little bit longer!

Mr D and I aren't planting a vegetable garden this year. We love going to the farmers markets.

Thank you for your anniversary wishes, and your address!
Enjoy the three day!
~Lynne
withLove!

Sarah said...

Jane, I'll book you a flight and you can come help clean and edit here. '-)
Your lake house kitchen looks like a wonderful place to spend time. Have fun cleaning. '-0

June said...

You are so blessed to have such a beautiful place to get away Jane. I love every inch of that kitchen. I think if I were there with you I would mess it up just so I could clean it up again!!! I'm so glad you decided to stay another night because I am on my way :)
sending hugs...

Deserae said...

Hope you had a nice week at the lake and didn't work too hard?!? Can't wait to see your boxwood wreath! Happy Memorial Day!!!!
~Des

Isabelle Thornton said...

Love your shelves! So pretty! I read your next post but it would not let me comment on my phone... I love your picture wall. Love all the memories. I need to do something like that. I have no pictures in the house. I think it is because we moved so much. I can't beleive how fast the years go by! About your friend. Have a super day.
Isabelle

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Oh my goodness! You are a cleaning machine! Can you come hang out at my house for a while? Your kitchen looks great! Very clean! You washed every glass? Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it. I hope you rested some.

awal.ny said...

Jane, you make cleaning a lakehouse sound fun. I am on the lookout for a small cottage on the lake in our area. I would love to find a little place to vacation at each year, even if it is in retirement. Alaina

Lindsey Domer said...

I am swooning over this kitchen! Love how cottagey it feels. I especially love the open corner shelving!

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