Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
I know we are genetically programmed to see and recognize faces but geeze….this is getting ridiculous and slightly disturbing…..lol.
I never really looked closely at the tile in the boy’s bathroom. I mean, I chose it when we remodeled their bathroom but I never used their shower so I was never ‘up close and personal’ with it, until now.
Today I stepped into the shower and came face to face (literally!) with this:
Do you see it?
By the look on his/her face I’m not sure who was more surprised…..
(ba dum tish!)
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
There is a time in your life when all your friends pair up and there seems to be a glut of weddings to go to. You know how it is. It was during this time my then fiancé and I spent a great deal of time at the ‘huge wedding venue’ in our town. It was a gargantuan place catering to all the needs of a bride from the tacky chapel (where they actually had a cloud effect for the bride to enter, complete with dry ice vapor and colored lights!) to crystal chandeliers at every turn.
They had enough rooms to cater multiple receptions at one time. It was a great way to comparison shop, so to speak. We used the cocktail hours to slip from our invited party to crash some of the other receptions, just to see what they had to offer. (I would have liked to have sampled their entrees too but that would have required more duplicitous shenanigans than just mingling with the crowd during the cocktail hour!)
It was during one of these reconnaissance missions that I was introduced to a canapé that was so perfect in its simplicity I immediately knew I needed to reproduce it at home. It was just a slice of salami rolled around a sweet baby gherkin, cushioned by a dab of cream cheese but the juxtaposition of the sweet and salty was perfection!
I tell this story as the prelude to this:
I made them when the boys were little. It was the perfect finger food for little hands. But one day I didn’t have the required ingredients so I improvised and I invented ‘Bologna Roll-ups’! (I’m pretty sure I didn’t really invent them but I’m taking credit anyway!)
It’s just a slice of bologna rolled around a sliver of cream cheese. It was a hit! They liked them better than the salami version so it became a staple in our lunch repertoire.
And to this day, when I’m feeling nostalgic, (or when I’m just jonesing for some bologna) I still treat myself to a few….
They may not look pretty but they sure taste good! Right guys?
Monday, August 22, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Eggs are versatile little things aren’t they? They can be scrambled, fried, poached, baked, coddled, boiled, even eaten raw (yuck) their versatility is endless.
I always have eggs on hand and I almost always have some hard boiled eggs in the fridge to grab for lunch.
So, yesterday as I was doing my morning chores I saw I needed to make some. No problem, I grabbed a pot and a few eggs, ran some water over them, set them on the stove, started the timer and continued on with my morning routine.
A little while later, as I sat at my computer, I heard a strange POP.
Hmmm…….. that was an odd noise. Then I started to smell something.....peculiar …..
Husband was making bread in the machine and my first thought was maybe something had gone awry and it was popping circuit breakers. Then I heard another POP, and another, and the smell was getting stronger so I got up to investigate.
I entered the kitchen just in time to watch in fascination as a white blob arced across the room!
Oh, SHIT!!! I TOTALLY forgot about the eggs!!
I was so distracted by what I was doing I didn’t even hear the timer when it went off!
I quickly grabbed the pot, threw it in the sink and ran cold water over it but it was too late.
I have to say I have never seen burned egg SHELLS before……….
I sometimes worry I will run out of things to post about…..
I see that may not be the real problem here…..lol
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
My friend Annie is a fiber artist. She has an eye for composition that I admire and envy. She can put together scraps of fabric in such a way that tells a wonderful story!
Recently she posted these pictures of a piece she was working on and I immediately fell in love!
It was wonderful!
I studied the pictures, looking at every little detail and wishing in my heart of hearts it was mine.
Fast forward to the day we met up for a visit. When I saw her walking into the shop with a bundle tucked under her arm my heart skipped a beat!
WISHES REALLY DO COME TRUE!
It now resides on the Big Red Chair, and whenever I sit there I caress it and cuddle it and smile.
Thank you so much Annie!!! You will never know how much I love it!
Monday, August 15, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
[Okay, let me preface this post by saying I am a traditional girl who likes square rooms. I know and understand 90° angles in a house.]
This house is contemporary. I guess that means the design calls for asymmetry. To that end the architect designed it with all sorts of odd walls that come together at unusual angles.
For example, in the laundry room the wall suddenly turns a corner and forms a small triangular space they made into a counter top. It’s next to the sink so I guess it does serve a function but they put a regular square cabinet under the sink wasting all that space under the counter.
I suppose they did this because it backs up against the master bath. And the master bath is a plethora of odd walls at all sorts of strange angles.
We took down the plant shelf (that was so 1980’s) and that has helped quite a bit.
Which finally brings me to the point of this post……...
In taking down the plant shelf Husband had to open up part of the wall. When I happened to look inside the first thought that popped into my head was, “OMG!!! Look at that rat’s nest of two by fours! I was certainly right when I decided against becoming an architect. All that math would have killed me!!”
Monday, August 8, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
When Son1 was little there was a time he was having ‘issues’. He was sleep walking, had night terrors…..something was bothering him but he wouldn’t talk about it. We tried to get him to tell us what was wrong but he clammed up like a….well, clam!
Until one night when I was tucking him into bed.
We did our usual nighttime ritual, read the stories, said goodnight to all his ‘friends’ i.e. his stuffed animals, including Wolfie.
Wolfie was a puppet. A cherished member of the window seat gang.
I don’t know what came over me but as we said goodnight to everyone I grabbed Wolfie and started talking to Son1 in what I thought was a comforting Wolfie like voice.
And to my surprise he responded as if Wolfie was alive and a separate entity. Not just Mommy with a puppet on her hand!
So I went with it. I, or rather Wolfie, asked him what was bothering him. And Son1 spilled the beans!
I don’t remember now what the problem was or how we resolved it but I do remember that for a long time after Wolfie was part of our night time ritual. Every night Son1 would tell Wolfie how his day had been and if there was anything going on he would ask Wolfie for advice.
I guess it worked out okay. Son1 isn’t too badly screwed up.
But at the time I remember how terrified I was!!!I had no idea what I was doing!!! There’s a HUGE difference between a background in Early Childhood Education and a degree in Psychotherapy!!!