Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Julia Child!

When I was a kid, my mom, sister and I used to watch Julia Child most Saturday's on PBS. Back then cartoons ended by 10:30 or 11 am and we only had five to ten channels anyway. No need for a remote!

PBS had the Victory Garden and the Frugal Gourmet after cartoons but my sister and I tended to drift away to play during those shows. Not so with Julia! We always had some giggles when she cooked and something about her voice made you take notice.

Our favorite Julia episode had to be when she lined up the raw chicken bodies like a parade of beauty queens. Oh how we rolled with laughter!

While I was in college, I saw a biography/interview show with Julia on the Food Network. I was fascinated with the diverse life she led and how she persued making complex french cooking into something anybody felt they might try. This interest in Julia came in handy when I started interviewing for jobs. I was frequently asked, if I could meet or dine with (however that standard interview question was posed) three people, dead or alive, who would I choose. I'd always say Jesus takes up one of those places and then give the other two spots to Abraham Lincoln and Julia Child. I know this probably seems an unlikely combination but it definitely keep the interview interesting.

I just always thought she would be entertaining company. Of course I'd have a bazillion questions for Jesus and Abraham Lincoln seems such a wise man. But Julia seemed like she'd have a lot to add to the conversation. She traveled and when she was younger, she worked in the secret itelligence division of the Office of Strategic Services during WWII. She went where no one had gone before and had a cooking show on what would eventually be PBS. Julia also seemed to genuinely love and enjoy her husband.

So in honor of the date of Julia's 100th birthday, I'll set four places at the table and hope that Julia's bringing the cake!

Google even had a header for today.

(Images via, google and

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Evening

One of the best parts of summer is undeniably the long evenings. Here's a recap of how we spent the longest evening of the year.

T made meatloaf {his own recipe} and we had corn on the cob. Delish!

After dinner, we decided an evening drive was in order. We took off to the North into the most gorgeous light. Not too far past where we live there are big open rolling fields, still green despite the hot wind that keeps blowing. Between the high places, thick stands of trees line rocky creeks. We were winding along on two lane blacktop, watching the sun alternately go hazy behind a bank of full storm clouds or shoot piercing gold rays as it peeked around. I was too caught up in the light to actually take any pictures of course!

By the time I thought to pull out my iphone the light had changed again and we were looking directlly at a boiling barrier of storm clouds hiding the sun. Our longest evening seemed like it might not go the distance. I still managed to take a few shots near Smithville Lake. We stopped for ice cream and sweet tea on the ride home.

It has been windy {and hot} here for many days. When we arrived home, I went immediately to the backyard and started watering the tomatoes and the flowers in pots on my deck. Both are doing ok so far but require near daily water due to the heat and wind and lack of shade. While I was out in the yard I discovered that about a handful of my red raspberries were ripe. No photos of those either because I ate them straight away!

As I write this thunder and lightning are putting on a rain show. We needed it soooo much. I hope it is enough to soak into the ground and make a difference.

Well that's my Wednesday summer evening. How was yours?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Easy Does It on the Walls

A few days ago, I showed you my version of easy wall art. To me the best part of this is how easy it is to change and personalize. I found a lot more examples for when I'm ready for a change.

For one post with 55 images click here for inspiration.

Or you can peruse my collection of wall images here.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Easy Wall Art

{Some of the items in the photo: a few scrabooking accents, a photo of my grandma and a lifelong friend dressed up during the 1920's, a glass bead bracelet I bought in Venice, another photo of my grandma with her dog from approx 1919, and a Christmas ornament I bought in Germany}

A couple of months ago I ran across this post from Lauren at From Our Hiding Place. I've seen other ideas like this before but her post stuck with me. It was so simple but so cute!

When I re-arranged my craft room recently, I ended up with a totally blank wall where two large cabinets had been. I thought of Lauren, grabbed some twine, tiny clothes pins and random stuff to use. It was done! I originally only meant for it to be temporary but I like it so much, I stopped looking for anything else. The best part is how easy it is to change!

Take a look at Lauren's blog. I'm soooo jealous of her factory cart coffee table and that her husband seems be as much of a junk enthusiast as she is! I also had to laugh because her last two posts are exactly what I've been thinking about as well. She posted about her love of instagram and how she'd tried making her own laundry detergent. I wrote a post about how much I was using instagram lately and was going to publish it right after I showed off my wall in this post. So now you know what's coming up next! Thanks for the inspiration!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Around Here

The image above is from SignFail on Etsy. They have several others that I find very funny.

This image is very much what I think is going on in our yard right now. The grass is so green, it almost seems to be glowing. The same is true for my little garden. Maybe I can share some images of that tomorrow. I have been doing a lot of yard work, splitting and moving perennials and rose bushes and mulching all the landscaping. I am sore in places I don't think muscles existed. But garden work is good work. It always makes me feel like I've done something with my day.

Besides the outside stuff, I've been doing a lot of thrifting and antiquing. More on that to come.

Last but not least I am getting ready for a visit from my little G and E (nieces) and their parents. I haven't seen them since February. Much, much too long! Here the are in February enjoying mini cupcakes. Can you tell who liked her's the best?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


gallivant (\ˈga-lə-ˌvant\) : to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure


Apologies for the minimal posting. I've been gallivanting near and far.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Easter + Spring Projects

I'm working on my versions of these projects. I'll let you know how it goes!

I'm not sure I'll get to this one. Some pastel fuzz balls would
make this a very festive spring project.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Since my birthday is so close to this holiday, I'm no stranger to the clover and pots of gold. Hopefully it will be all luck and riches for you and yours!

Whether you celebrate today or not - wear some green! (I learned the hard way. Someone around you will not have grown out of the urge to pinch!)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Surveying the vast literature of happiness research, prominent scholars suggest:
Buy experiences instead of things; buy many small pleasures instead of a few big ones; pay now for things you can look forward to and enjoy later.
David Brooks from this article in the New York Times

Found at here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Little Place + Big View

Oh what I wouldn't give for a little place with a big view!

images via 1| 2| 3| 4| 5| 6| 7

Monday, March 12, 2012

"Rather than trying to live one way or the other,
perhaps we should adopt the mentality that we
weren’t made to be perfect,
for perfection is only cultivated and shaped by
what we imagine perfect to be."  ~ Nina Yau

See more at Castles in the Air.

Monday, January 23, 2012

“What we see changes what we know.
What we know changes what we see.”
~ Jean Piaget

Thursday, January 12, 2012

To Do's in Hawaii

Planning is one of my favorite parts of traveling. To me, it makes the whole experience last longer. First you armchair travel by reading all about a place then you get the actual trip. Now that I think about it, scrapbooking rounds out the experience by letting you travel all over again a third time. (More on that in another post.)

On the upcoming trip to Hawaii we are going to Maui for a few days and then on to Kauai for a week. We've been to Kauai two other times but we haven't visited Maui. I've been thinking about how we can spend our time and have come up with a list of things I want to do while we're there. Since we haven't been to Maui yet, my list is pretty open. We are meeting a group of friends so we'll kind of go with the flow on what they're doing. We've definitely got a list of stuff to do in Kauai that we've enjoyed before but I've been thinking of a list of to do's that we haven't gotten around to yet. That is one of the great things about going to a place more than once. You are always adding to your list of fun.

Let's see how many of these things we get to.

Maui To Do List

1) Drive the Road to Hana. I think it would just be wrong to go to Maui and not make this journey.

2) Visit Alii Kula Lavender farm. I don't know if T will go along with this or if my allergies will allow me to enjoy it. I'd still love to see the acres of lavender.

3) Head to the North Shore and watch some big wave surfing. The ocean is a magical powerful thing. We've seen some pretty crazy surfing on the other islands we've visited but the North Shore is a mecca. I have absolutely no desire to surf myself but I love to watch man vs nature.

4) Visit a black sand beach. On the Big Island, we accidently ended up on a very, very new black sand beach. We were lost and entirely too close to the erupting volcano so I have to admit I didn't really get to enjoy it. There's one on the road to Hana so maybe it will go better this time!

Kauai To Do List (Stuff we haven't done)
I have to admit that as I was thinking of this list, almost everything involved food!

1) Go to a regular old farmer's market. This has been on my list since our first trip. Last time we were wondering around and happened upon what I will call a "fancy" farmer's market in a new and trendy shopping center. It was interesting but way over-priced. I'd like to go to a back of the pick-up truck, bring your own bag, at the town ball field farmer's market.

2) Drink straight from a coconut. I've seen people with these drinks but haven't gotten to try it yet. Maybe at the farmer's market?

3) Buy some Hawaiian salt. I admit it. I have a salt issue. I love it entirely too much. I'd love to try some of this states varieties. Plus I can take it home!

4) Enjoy a REAL shave ice. I'm on the hunt. As we've road tripped around the island, I've had some supposed shave ice that seemed to me like poor excuses for snow cones. I'm anxious to try to find something authentic and see if it lives up to the hype.

5) Eat some sushi. Sure I can do this anywhere but I'd like to try it here. T doesn't like sushi so we'll see how this goes.

6) Go to Polihale State Park. We haven't been over to this coast yet. I'm not sure our rental car will make it but I'd love to see the Napali Coast from this angle.

7) Take a helicopter tour of the island. Ok here's the deal. T refuses to do this because 1) it is expensive and 2) he thinks it is asking for some kind of terrible accident. When I pointed out the perfect safety record of one of the tour companies, he responded that they can't stay perfect forever:) So I'm not expecting to cross this off the list. (yet)

So that's my list. See! I told you - a lot of food!

(See I told you - mostly food!)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What's not going on here

January is suppose to be National Organization month or some such thing. So far it feels completely the opposite to me. I had big plans of winter decor projects, organizing my pantry, getting some furniture painted, scrapbooking, starting work on the dollhouses and finally getting some more items hung on my walls. And on and on and on...

But honestly none of those things are going to happen before February 1st. I know this for a fact. First of all, my lovely little nieces are in town for a few weeks so I've been hanging out with them. The other reason nothing is going to get done is because we're going to Hawaii for 12 days! I'm not complaining, I'm just saying it is a big distraction. This will be our 3rd trip to the state of Hawaii. We are going to Maui for the 1st time and also returning to Kauai, which has been our favorite island so far. It is approaching too quickly and frankly I'm not ready. It is a terrible idea to go somewhere that requires a bikini this close to Christmas! Anyway, I still hope to do some posting but it may be a little quiet here until the trip starts.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.”  ~ Stephen King


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