Ah, yes. I've heard those words many times over the years. I'll admit to rolling my eyes (when my back is turned) or even mouthing the words, "Oh brother," when the man who uttereth those words looketh away.
You see, my man is blessed with an ultra-sensitive nose. He can detect vapors in the air that no human could possibly recognize. I swear he can smell colors, he's so good. So you can imagine the tense moments if a pet has barfed, or worse yet, let loose from the other end. Things like carpet smells, trash smells, mildewed-clothing-left-too-long-in-the-wash-machine smells really do bother him.
It's too bad we live in an old house that suffers from what we call, "Old House Smell." (We're very creative.) Thirty years of Texas dust and previous inhabitants' Marlboro's just can't quite be covered by new carpet and fresh paint. It still retains the Old House Smell, and its twin, "Old Hotel." Eau de Old Hotel shows up when the house has been closed up for a couple of days.
I think everyone pretty much knows what THAT smells like. Need I say more?
We're big into "Po'Poree" and air fresheners around here because we have to be. I've been known to bake cookies just for the smell.
Well, we eat them too, but only because they are THERE and we'd hate to waste them.
What does your house smell like? Does is smell fresh and inviting? Does the kitty-litter box leave a lasting impression? A Home Sanctuary appeals to the all the senses, including the sense of smell. I love for my family to walk in and say, "Mmmm! Smells good in here." You can just see how it makes it feel like HOME when things smell nice.
Today's Small Thing is to make your home smell good in some way. You could light a scented candle or open a special air freshener. Better yet is to bake something delicious or simmer some oranges and cloves on the stove. Your home will feel wonderful because you are paying attention to its aroma.
POINTS: 40 for delighting the noses at your house