.....and other random stuff......

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Decisions, Decisions……

Soooooo many kitchen decisions!

Like….to pendant or not to pendant, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of Husband’s disagreement,
Or to take arms against his opinions
And by opposing them……..risk A HUGE ARGUMENT……..

Here’s the quandary…..we were going to have pendant lights over the island. BUT……once we took down the pantry and plant shelf that divided the living room from the kitchen it opened up a great sight line. And I don’t want to disrupt that sightline with pendants. Husband thinks it will be too dark and shadowy over the work areas on the island………I think the answer is pot lights.
Not only will they be flush against the ceiling but they are aim-able…..thereby eliminating any shadow problems…..shall we take bets on who is going to win this debate? Any takers?????

PLUS….I love the little ‘triangle’ where the different ceiling heights come together and I don’t want to take away from that by hanging anything in front of it. You couldn’t see it before but now I think it’s a great focal point! 

Friday, September 21, 2018

A Story

My hairdryer broke.
I bought a new one.
I don't like it.
The End
(colored pencils)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

What was Captain Hook's name before he got the hook?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Husband Makes Art

Abstract sculptures! 
I have competition. LOL

Friday, September 14, 2018

We’re on the Cutting Edge of Design!

I was going to title this ‘The New Normal’ referring to the upheaval going on while we’re renovating the kitchen. But as I took the picture to go with the post I remembered seeing something on TV…..

HGTV’s Smart Home is supposed to be the cutting edge of technology and ‘coolness’. In the master bath they’ve put a ‘pop up’ coffee maker. I guess when you’re on the cutting edge you’re too ‘cool’ to go to the kitchen for your coffee.
HGTV's coffee in the master bath.
Our makeshift coffee 'station' in the boys bathroom.....
Somehow it's just not the same.......

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

What's the difference between normal ketchup and fancy ketchup? 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lessons Learned

I’m reading a book about artists and their studios. In it the author asks them what was their first memory of being encouraged for their art/creativity. That got me thinking…….who WAS the first person to encourage my creativity, seriously..….besides my parents……

I think it was my seventh grade art teacher. I don’t remember if the teacher was male or female (although, I tend to think it was a young man….) or what his name was…….but I remember loving that class.

I remember how I felt when I was in that classroom surrounded by all those art materials. Oh, the possibilities! At that time I had no illusions that I could draw…..or maybe I just didn’t care that I couldn’t but I wanted to try every single one of the art supplies in that room anyway!

Some of the assignments weren’t what I would have chosen myself but I was still interested in learning ABOUT whichever medium he was trying to teach us.

I remember we designed and screen printed all the posters for all the school events. We mixed paints and learned about color theory. We spent an entire year studying and drawing the large tree that was outside the classroom window.

And we dabbled in clay.

I remember the teacher being impressed that I was making something entirely different than the other kids…..and different than what he had instructed. I was excited about what I was making! I couldn’t wait to take it out of the kiln and see how it turned out!

On the day we were going to get our finished masterpieces I rushed into class and…….my heart sank. There, on the shelf, with all the other perfectly fired pinch pots sat my beautiful Egyptian inspired urn, its BROKEN handle laying limply at its side.
 (yes, I see the 'face' too!) 

Because the handle broke and the neck drooped the lid no longer fits but 
over the years I have come to love its ‘brokenness’……more than I think I would have loved it if it was intact. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Muse Comes to the Moving Hand

Working on that premise (wise words from a dear friend) I just stated scribbling in my sketchbook….and these guys showed up. I wonder what they’re looking at….and what they’re trying to tell me…..

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Why doesn't the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie? 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Some Days…….

….things just don’t go right.
It’s been a while since I’ve done anything artistic. Well, okay, I did one quick face sketch and I drew a circle and shaded it….calling it an apple. But, other than that, I haven’t been very creative. Maybe because the house is in such disarray….or I’m just not feeling ‘it’.
Then I saw a quote that tickled my brain and I thought I’d try and put an illustration with it……
Well THAT didn’t go as planned……

Back to the drawing board!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Why is the Lone Ranger called 'Lone' if he always has his Indian friend Tonto with him? 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Necessities of Life

Toaster and microwave, check!
Coffee maker, check! 
Pantry with staples, check! 
All the necessities....just a bit disorganized......lol.

Friday, August 24, 2018

It’s a Jungle Out There

The weather has been so hot, humid and rainy the vegetation is running amok! I can’t spy on my neighbors anymore!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

If a bald person works as a chef at a restaurant, do they have to wear a hairnet?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Back To School

It’s back to school season in my corner of the world.
Which makes me think of this day…......and how I still feel guilty for telling him school was going to be FUN!
So happy and excited.......
Reality has set in......
(if I recall correctly, we had a hell of a time getting him to go back the next day....)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

If pro and con are opposites, wouldn't the opposite of progress be congress? 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Too Funny…….

I was browsing Facebook on Sunday and stumbled upon someone using an app called Wallapp.  It lets you drag and drop your artwork into a room setting so you can see what it would look like on the wall in a real life setting. I think you can even upload a picture of your room to see what it would look like on your own wall.

I’ve probably stumbled on this before….or something like it…..but for some reason this time it just tickled my funny bone!
Here are a couple of the ones I saved……

This one I’ve titled “Let’s Scare the Baby!”
Because can’t you just imagine the poor child having to look at that staring at him every day!
What sort of psychological scars would THAT cause???
(but it does look kinda nice on the blue wall…..)

Friday, August 10, 2018

I’m Not Lost, YOU’RE Lost

When Son2 was little he had the annoying (and frustrating, and SCARY) habit of wandering away from us when we were in public. To the point where both Husband and I would hold onto his wrist with a death grip. 
We initiated this practice the MINUTE after he dashed out of the limousine and into the crowd to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza……giving his mother a heart attack!

We would try and give him a little freedom where we thought it would be safe.

One such place/occasion was when we went to Barnes & Noble bookstore. How much trouble could he get into in a bookstore I reasoned? I would deposit him in the kids section and tell him I would be in arts and crafts if he needed me. A short time later I went to look for him but he wasn’t in the kids section anymore.

Being used to his meandering I wasn’t worried. I started to look for him. I looked in the cafĂ©, no Son2….I looked in the magazine section…..no Son2…..this particular store had a magic section so I looked there….nope….no kid……
I went back to the arts and crafts section thinking he went there to find me and that’s when I heard over the loudspeaker: “Will Son2’s mother please come to the information desk. He says you’re lost.”


I had to laugh because of course HE wasn’t lost, I was!

When I got to him he was upset and mad at ME for not being where I said I would be!

I think he finally got the point though because after that he didn’t seem to wander quite so far or so often……

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

Why do 'fat chance' and 'slim chance' mean the same thing? 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


This is a disclaimer of sorts……

A disclaimer of my failing memory.

After eight years of blogging I’m forgetting which stories I’ve told and which ones I haven’t shared with you yet. In these cases I do a search of the blog so I won’t re-post something I’ve already shared.

EXCEPT….I’m not finding them….. 

I search using a keyword that I’m pretty sure I used in the story, and it brings up some posts but not the one I’m looking for. And I SWEAR I’ve posted it already….I even think I remember some of the comments people made about it!

Unless I’m hallucinating….which isn’t out of the realm of possibility….…..

I’ve decided not to obsess or worry about my failing memory and just plow right ahead.

So, if I’ve already told some of these stories, I apologize….just think of me like your crazy Aunt Glady who tells the same stories over and over again every Thanksgiving…….

(everybody loves a re-run, right?)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Funny Monday

I’ve decided to change Punny Monday to just plain Funny Monday. It’s always good to start off the week with a giggle so here goes………

Friday, August 3, 2018

And So It Begins.....again

And so we bid a fond (snort) farewell to the LAST of the pink! 

We haven't ordered ANYTHING yet (cabinets, appliances, countertops) but Husband is chomping at the bit to get started! 
I don't mind....good excuse to not have to clean! LOL 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Clever Boy!

Unable to find a broom or a mop to tidy up a house he was showing......Son2 improvised.....

Clever boy! 

Punny Monday

 I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thoughts on a Thursday

If something "goes without saying", why do people still say it? 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


I bought grocery store flowers last week. 
The reason I'm posting these pics today is because I've never seen flowers (and the water in their vases) last this long! The water is still crystal clear and not one of the flowers has dropped a single petal. 
This is NOT normal.....
but it's kinda nice, don'tcha think?