Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Here he is...my baby boy who turns 24 today. This picture was taken in the spring of 2007 by one of his college roommates. I bought the suit and all, and I mean all, the trimmings for his potential job interviews and thought I should at least get to see how he looked in it after the alterations. Pretty handsome, huh? Turns out he got a job in Seattle ( he went to school in Rochester, NY) without ever going on an interview. He scored his job as a Web Developer at Pop.us ( a large, interactive marketing firm) with a spur of the moment, unscripted phone interview, less than a week before graduation. Then, the child who I raised to be independent (perhaps too much so), negotiated his salary up $5K, found an apartment within walking distance to work, packed up his few important belongings, took a train to his girlfriend's (talented digital artist KarenPetrasko.com)place in Ohio and they embarked on their adventure. I am very proud of this fine young man who is a talented professional, a budding cook and a wonderful son. He makes me proud.
If you see him walking around Seattle today ( what are the chances??) wish him a Happy Birthday! Oh yeah, and tell him to call his Mother more often.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have been given this award by Tara at Days Missed on a Hammock. Tara lives on Long Island and shares wonderful photos of her life on her blog.
I was also given this award from Susan at The Little Yellow House. Susan lives in Southern California and often blogs about places I have been. Makes me feel like I am on vacation in SoCal again.
Melissa at Sunbonnet Cottage also gave me this award. Melissa lives in Idaho and I don't think I have ever met anyone from Idaho. Isn't blogging great; we meet like minded women from all over our country and around the world. Don't get me started on "It's a Small World Afterall" a ala DisneyLand. It's in your head now...admit it!
These two awards are from Deserae at Peeking Thru the SunFlowers. Gotta love that diamond..I have never had a diamond. Think I could somehow cut this out and paste in it a ring?? Probably not convincingly, huh?
You know I am supposed to pass these on and it was pretty easy to pass awards on when I didn't know so many bloggers, but now I don't want to hurt anyones' feelings, so I will just use the cop out. Please feel free to take these and proudly display them on your blog. Anyone reading this post deserves these awards at least as much as I do. Go ahead...just take them.
The girls at The Summer Kitchen have asked me to play along with a 7 Quirks Meme. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to come up with this; I consider myself pretty quirky. I asked Bob to name some of my quirks and he looked at me like I had at least three heads. Was he scared or just so used to me after 17 years that nothing surprises him?
1) My bed has to be made just so before I can get into it. Pillowcase openings facing out, sheet folded over blanket nice and straight. No messy sleeping for me.
2)I never drink anything with my meals. My parents made us wait to have our milk at the end of our meals and as an adult I just never drink anything while eating.
3) I have a very strong sense of smell. I even smell things in my dreams. I have never heard of anyone else with olfactory dreams.
4)I have never seen Star Wars or 2001, A Space Oddyssey or Jaws.
5)I am very claustrophobic.
6) I don't like being under water. These two quirks make a career as a submarine captain extremely unlikely. I would die of fear just being in a submarine.
7)I once was caught smuggling beer ( which I don't even drink!!) into Fenway Park. The humiliation I suffered to save a boyfriend and his friend a few bucks, which they had to spend anyway.
If you find this fascinating, and want to know more, check here .
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Here it is and not a minute too soon. I am glad to say that I am getting used to the new look and miss the spinach vomit sink less each day, lol! Since it is a small bathroom there is not room to show you the tub, but it is white ( Glory Be!) with white tiles to the ceiling and the Madras type stripe shower curtain remains for now.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Beverly at How Sweet the Sound has a post about perfumes today and as I read the comments I remembered all the perfumes/colognes I had used in my life and I could actually smell them! And that perfumed stationary I used to write to my beau on, well that was another time and place for sure! Last night I made Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ( before I went to Fenway Park) and the aroma brought me back to the gathering room in our Church basement where we would go for the Dime a Dip suppers back in the 50s. Of course they used to be Nickel a Dip before the price doubled.
So tell me, what perfume do you wear and what is the most evocative scent from your life?
P.S. Nantucket Briar is my signature scent now, but I have had many in my not so lurid past, lol.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I have received a few awards lately and am still working on a post regarding those. More on that later.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Why parents drink!! Thought this was amusing, but thankfully my kids are grown now!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I came home and was so excited I didn't even bother to strip the leaves, which is a rather tedious chore. I just twisted it into a circle, added a couple of wires to keep it together and hung it from this peg. Now, here is the thing, the berries are still inside their little husks, but as soon as they get some direct sun or heat they will "pop". This usually happens in the back seat of my car!
By Sunday night they had almost all popped and I had stripped most of the leaves off. I like to leave a few for the organic feel of it. Note it isn't really round and that is just the way I like them, kinda free form. Now the problem is...where to hang it. It is not really big enough for my front door and I don't usually hang them inside as they are messy, what with more husks falling when you walk by. So, not very practical, but I have to make them. Anyone know of a 12 Step Program??
Today my friend Jane ( she of Southern California fame) mentioned on Blissfully Domestic that she was going to hang the grapevine wreath I made for her 25 years ago. Yes, she is practical and sentimental. When these wreaths first became popular, once again in Country Living ( *the* magazine of the early 80s), you couldn't just buy them, so my Ex-husband and I gathered grapevines on the side of the road, soaked them to make them more pliable and made a couple of wreaths for gifts. I must be smarter now because I make them with very little time or effort. It is very helpful to cut the vines while they are still alive.
Grapevine growing in the rear part of my yard known as "The Woods". I kept it on the ground this year. Much easier to harvest if it is not growing up a tree, lol.
Cut the vines as long as you can. Leave the tendrils and cut off the leaves. Makes me think I should use them to serve cheese or something. Leave them on the ground to rot!
Bring the stripped vines to the table to work on them
Find something round or another set of hands.
Grab all the vines at once and twist into a circle. Add wire to hold the circle in place. These vines were long enough to go around again. I wired it top and bottom. Now go back
and weave any shorter vines in. Use the tendrils to "lock" pieces together if possible, the tendrils are so cool.
This is what it looks like now. I will let it dry for a few days and then remove the wire at the bottom. After it is dry you can weave other vines into it. I have used Honeysuckle vines or even Morning Glory Vines. I bet squash vines would work too. I love how the different vines are different thicknesses, textures and dimensions. I love my wreaths to be very organic in feel with a lot of depth. Okay, I know you can go to Michael's and buy one for $2.99, but I get tremendous enjoyment out of doing this in the sunny fall weather.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here we are in Skagway, Alaska. As Bob says, "you be the skag, I'll be the cool guy"! What a card that guy is, huh? I just read somewhere that when Sarah Palin moved to Alaska as an infant the family settled in Skagway. Let me just say that I am very glad my parents made different choices! This was probably the poorest of the towns we visited. The town is very flat with huge mountains all around and as you can see in the photos the weather was...bleak. Are you surprised. It was colder here, only in the upper 40s and before we left the wind was gusting at a pretty good clip ( as we Vermonters say). We walked around as much of the town as we could and despite a small airport with a couple of nicer houses fronting it, the town was pretty much as bleak as the weather. So come along and take the tour.
Let me note that in the middle of this "Qaint little drinking town with a fishing problem ( as the T-shirts say), there is a very nice weaving shop and an imported Oriental rug store with rugs starting in the thousands. Who buys Oriental rugs in Alaska? Also several diamond stores. We bought neither!
The largest Peonies I have ever seen. Truly the size of dinner plates and blooming in the end of July.
The railway that takes you to the White Pass and the Yukon Territory. Not included in our budget this time around.
Town Hall ( where they kindly keep the doors open after hours so the public restrooms are available). Very hospitable.
That is it for Alaska. We cruised all day Friday and got back to Seattle bright ( it really was) and early Saturday morning. We spent the day playing in Seattle and then had dinner with my son. Bob left Sunday AM early and I stayed on at the Kitsap and Olypic Peninsulas. Not many pictures, but I will regale you with those tales another time. This successfully ends our travelogue of Alaska and British Columbia. Thanks for your attention!