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July 30, 2012


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have a glorious week! i may hang the 'gone fishing' sign on my site, too. summer is so terrifically brief and beautiful. i cannot wait to see what you get up to, of course. is it nice to know how many people are now wishing for that tax rebate to come through for you? x

April Sharman

I am in love with that lampshade in the window, it's so pretty!


Have a great week off! For the anti-fly method to work you have to have something shiny placed in the bag of water. I find pennies are the most effective. I do this at my cottage in northern Canada where flies are a massive annoyance and it works so well, it has something to do with their vision and it disorients them. I am a huge fan of your blog by the way, and I hope this helps!


You know how to finish on a high note :-). Bonus is adorable.
Enjoy your week off.


NOOOO! I love your blog, I check it every single day and wait for your new posts... I don't really know why, I don't even read blogs, but for some reason I have been reading yours for a few years and every idea I have taken from it is still in use in my home, so practical, and so beautiful!! My husband cannot understand my obsession with white, lol, if only he knew...
Have a lovely vacation, and I can't wait to see what you check off your list!!!


Have a great week. Thanks so much for the shopping link, I thought you had done a post like this but couldn't find it, I had only gone back as far as January! I'm going to get a small notebook and jot it all down and I'm off to get my Swedish money today. Stockholm here I come! :0))


Hej Benita!

Vi är mitt i våra köksfunderingar och jag är väldigt förtjust i ditt val av högblank kökslucka. Det jag funderar på är hur mycket "underhåll" du lägger ner varje dag för att slippa stänk och fingeravtryck?

Tack för en fantastiskt trevlig blogg med mycket inspiration!



Mmm, DONUTS. Love 'em!!

I think I would actually like to live in your kitchen. Every time I see a picture of it I get so totally relaxed (till I start comparing it to our construction-site kitchen).

And newbie neighborhood kitty looks so careful and friendly. Hope he gets let into the club!


Knappt nåt alls men så försöker vi bara ta i handtagen och inte i själva dörrarna. Någon gång i veckan går jag över området med handtagen med en microfibertrasa. That's it :).


The new kitty, Bruno, is so incredibly cute. He's a Cornish Rex so he's super slim, has a curly do and "talks" all the time :).


A café near us uses the water baggie method against flies, and it does seem to work. I have a modern chandelier with prisms over my dining table in my living-dining-kitchen and hardly ever get flies, so it works for, too!


How sweet!

paige @ luxperdiem

We used to put a penny in the bags when we showed sheep for 4-h. I think adding a coin might help!


While I enjoy ALL your pics & posts, your cats always steal the show! :)


Sleeping Bonus... How adorable! Enjoy your week!


They do, don't they :)


Love the disco globe hanging from the kitchen shade!

Have a terrific staycation! I look forward to seeing how you've passed the time. Enjoy!


Wish I could have that donut right now. Could do with the sugar. What's the bag of water supposed to do? Scare the flies away...?!

Vicki K

I forgot how gorgeous that refrigerator is!


In the US, I was told to put a few shiny copper pennies in the bag of water for the flies, something to do with fly eye sight being disrupted like another commenter said. A few shops around town swear by this method and are able to leave their doors open all day in the summer, including food shops. Enjoy your staycation...

Annemarie Thomas

as Meagan and others have said, if you add a shiny penny to the water bags, it works. it seems the penny shines light on the fly's eyes and this makes them go away.

for individuals i have found, and this looks screwy, that having those dryer sheets hanging out of your pockets other parts of clothes, or all around your chaise loungues really works.

Jules Means

OMG your cat pix are amazing! My faces are "cat central" and "the end of the garden". You should do a little book of your best ones...have a great staycation! :) Jules

Jules Means

Make that favorites...(not faces...?)


Hi, Benita, enjoy your week off! One idea I have heard against flies is to have pots of basil, lemon balm, and other such herbs around the window sills, but I don't know if it would be effective. I still use your method of rooting basil, by the way, it's the best. We don't seem to have huge numbers of flies indoors in the UK, unless the house is near a river or similar breeding area. Although I remember as a child seeing flypapers hanging up in an old farmhouse we visited. I was scared of it, and thought it attracted the flies, so they certainly had a lot. I also love seeing your cat photos, and am glad that Bonus has finally settled. I do have a small idea for a future post, I would love to know how you learnt your languages, and how you maintain them. Best wishes, Mal


Yes, supposedly it will act like a magnifying glass which confuses and scares them off.


I've adressed this before so I'll skip the post but here's the answer :).

I speak Swedish, English, French and German.

Swedish because I live in Sweden obviously.

English we start learning early at school over here and hear every day on TV and I used to have a lot of foreign contacts and do a lot of travelling through work where I spoke and wrote English all the time.

I went to L'Ecole Francaise in Stockholm so I started learning French at the age of seven. I very rarely speak French but I've spent some time in France before so it's all still there.

My mom's German so that was my first language. I hardly ever speak it but I still remember most of it and can still understand when I occasionally watch something on TV :).

I lived in Finland until I was four and can still understand a tiny bit of Finnish, just a few words here and there.

I also studied Italian for a short while but gave it up but would love to take that up again sometime in the future.


Bonus's 1/2 moustache & stately whiskers always remind me of the elegant Hercule Poirot! Just like Poirot, Bonus hangs back to "employ the little gray cells" and leaves the "dirty work" to Mini :)


pennies or tinfoil..hmmm...wonder if a disco ball would do the trick??


We do call him Mr. Poi (1/2 of Poirot) for that very reason :)


The one hanging in our kitchen window doesn't help unfortunately.


Love it Love it Love it




Hi, Benita, thanks for your response about languages, I'll look for your earlier post. I always admire the standard of your English, and I'm sure you could learn Italian or anything else if you had the opportunity to use it (by a visit to Italy!!). I have loved hearing Swedish and Danish with the current crop of Scandinavian programmes purchased by the BBC (Wallander, etc.)

Enjoy the rest of your break, Mal xxx


Bonus looks awsome!!!
Female cats seem to be more clever then male one but also more "bitchy" in certain ways, at least I made an experience like this. Pitty for your cute cat newbie.
Have a great week :-)


So that is where all your energy comes from = sugared donuts :) Must commit to memory.

There are so many reasons why your blog is so successful, but one thing that stands out for me and can't be overlooked is just how good your photographic eye is. It was your images that first drew me into your world of white, DIY and all things Swedish etc., but besides the images what keeps me coming back is also your creative energy, zest to do things right and your MacGyvering skills!
Enjoy your remaining days off.


I agree with Paula... your images are fantastic, but it is your ability to see the potential in your environment and to make that potential your reality that is truly astounding. I look at my world in a new way as soon as I see the ways thaty ou see yours, and I find it truly inspiring. At first I thought it was just a fad for me, but after so long of always coming back to see what you have going on next, and using so many of your ideas and loving the results I know it is far more than that. I speak Spanish, Russian, English, and some bad French... dad was a diplomat so I lived a few fun places as a child.


This is truly great!! Your images are lovely and you're right- I could never ever resist a sugary donut. It's too good! life's too short!

Cathy Trails


I would love to know where you got your planters that are on your deck. They're so cute.


I usually put a cup of water and some dish soap as flies are attracted to sweet things. But this can also attract bees too.


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