Cleaning Distraction

put·ter 2 

v. put·tered, put·ter·ing, put·ters


To occupy oneself in an aimless or ineffective manner.

To waste (time) in idling: puttered away the hours in the garden.

[Probably alteration of potter, probably frequentative of Middle English poten, to poke, push, from Old English potian.]

putter·er n.
Do you ever start out cleaning but end up puttering instead? Yesterday an attempt to de-clutter the kitchen counters cost me valuable time as I began to “putter!” Another habit/inclination that I picked up from my mom I suppose. Sometimes however, it’s precisely what one needs. And it makes cleaning slightly, more attractive.
This putter session resulted in a temporary (summer) fix to adorn my terribly outdated garden window. I picked up the fun outdoor party lights (above) recently and decided that they might add some glam inside, as I (Cinderella) wash (load in the new dishwasher) the dishes. Now, how can I construct a valance out of some of these vintage/antique garden prints and seed catalogs collected over the years. Ideas anyone? Not to worry, I’ll scan & print, to preserve the charming ephemera.

7 thoughts on “Cleaning Distraction

  1. The results of your puttering are beautiful. I love to putter, it seems as though when you finally get around to task it’s a bit more enjoyable! Have a great day Cinderella! Your kitchen is beautiful.

    1. Hi Joy – Oh good. The lamp is this little fixture clamped onto an old can handle. It’s been in my window for years & years. The rest of the garden cans/pots I’ve collected for years & years. 😉

  2. hello Janet, how about taking some string an attaching it across the the window than use wooden clothes pins to hang your seed packets? that would be a quick fix 🙂

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