finding delight in the mundane since 1936


Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's like a heat wave

Whenever I'm with you
Something inside starts burning

And my hearts filled with fire

Something's got me amazed
Don't know what to do
My head's in a haze

It's like a heatwave burning in my heart
I can't keep from crying
Tearing me apart...

(Martha and the Vandellas 1963)

I took this photo during 100 degree weather last summer!

WHOA! Do you know how much it cost to keep a 75 year old house cool in a heatwave?! My energy is through the roof! This is not the time to climb into the attic and add extra insulation or start a new exercise routine that will have you sweating in the first 4 minutes!
And since I don't want to heat up the kitchen I decided to grill out, but Not in the heat of the day.
So after church I stopped by the grocery store to get some fixins for this weeks meals and after dark I fired up the grill with about $25 worth of protein to go with some fresh produce. This will allow me to take my lunch this week and have dinner ready and waiting when I get home!

chicken breasts, salmon, steak

I'm also including some of my favorite Pinterests re-pins to go with my Heatwave theme:

Which reminds me, I forgot to get some essentials today: asparagus, garbage bags and sugar-free non-dairy creamer for my coffee! Uggh!  

Oh well, stay cool my bloggies!

grapefruit sorbet

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Painter's Day Dream (part 1)

I would love to paint the secretary in my master bedroom but I love the contrast that it provides since it's covering an unwanted window (sounds nuts but without going into a lot of detail, I get crazy amounts of sun in my room from the other window and this one looks right out onto the deck). 
I inherited the desk from my grandmother and found the hutch at a flea market on Capitol Hill. I took a wild guess that it would fit and shipped it back (glass doors and all!). It fits like a charm but I can't afford to have a professional restore it to it's original wood finish so painting might be the next best option.
It's also missing a finial at the top so I might as well try to pick up one of these while I'm at it:

one of my favorite blogs posted this recently: Haven and Home
She got this pic from Eddie Ross who shows the steps he took to paint his desk. Notice how he replaced the glass inserts with mirror so you can't see the junky stuff inside! 

Some possible color options from Living in Color

while I love the greiges, I think the palladian and constellation blue would tie in nicely with the ceiling and master bath wall colors...

 then there's the other piece that I want to paint:

Yesterday my grandparents encyclopedia bookshelf was a spider shelf, out in the garage. Now it's a shoe shelf for frequently worn shoes...maybe it's waiting to be painted too?

at least until I can find something like this to display my shoes in:

So I wish that I could promise you it'll be done Pronto, but at this point I'm still daydreaming because I have so many other things to handle right now.

Any tips on what I should do?


Stay tuned for Part 2...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nocturnal Pie Making

I think I'm predisposed to late night peach pie baking like my grandma! 
When I was a kid she'd make them with peaches she harvested from her fruit trees out back, during the cool of a summer night. She didn't have a recipe, but I watched very carefully!

my momma's cake stand and linens

Before you think that I wrecked my diet, let me tell you, I've developed the will power of a Roman soldier! 

And It's NOT for me!!!!

It's for my brand new neighbor who was born early Sunday morning.

Well...not for her, I got nothing to feed Her with, 
but mommy and daddy will be hungry and will likely host lots of well wishers and family members in the next week.
I also made a pasta dish, some fresh crescent rolls, steamed broccoli, sweet iced-tea and some hand churned Blue Bell vanilla ice cream to go with that pie. 
Yeah, I'm kind of a nut but doesn't the bible say to love your neighbor as yourself?! 
(Mark 12:30-31).

I don't plan on having a baby anytime soon (or ever) but having been to two funerals in the past couple of weeks I've been thinking a lot about life in general.
I want to live the kind of life that merits a 'Well done good and faithful servant' and I would hope that when I go home to glory someone will comfort my family with something good to eat and a warm hug!

Truthfully, I always say "oh, I'm gonna make so and so a meal or go help out in their time of need or celebration" but I get busy and though I really want to, I just don't do it. Oddly enough, I'm incredibly busy now, but I know how much my neighbors prayed for this little blessing and I figured it's worth staying up late for just this once!

plus, sleeping is for babies!


p.s. Lest you think I'm a saint: 
my ex-boyfriend called to tell me that he's a new father too. 
(he really called to gloat about his latest accomplishments after we broke up.) 
And while I'm truly happy for him...guess what... I'm NOT baking him a pie!

It's FRIDAY and we made it! 
Looks like my late night baking spree's not quite over...

I made these for the staff at work because we've had a really hard week 
(and I only succumbed to one spoon full of batter!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

even when my life is hectic, she has a way of putting it all into perspective...

maybe I just need to take a nap in a basket!

btw, thank God it's hump day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crazy Week

I only have a quick moment to say that I wish I was enjoying summer with you all out in blog land but I have an absolutely crazy week that I'm dealing with! Without going into a lengthy explanation, I'm feeling pressure from all sides to make decisions and juggle numerous projects and responsibilities. I have to keep remembering that God sees all and has already laid out a path for me. I don't need to be stressed or burdened, and I don't need to fret, He is trustworthy to see me through the craziness.

I'd love to be by the pool with a good book and fresh fruit...but that'll have to wait. 
I just have to take one step at a time.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

I'm No Fashion Buff

Okay, so I've never been a fashionista, fashion buff, clothes hag, whatever you wanna call it... 
I've always gravitated toward classic separates and splurged on shoes that I wear into the ground! My philosophy is to layer, layer, layer and feel as comfortable as possible, but I usually end up looking like a DORK! 
My own sister almost turned me in to the folks at TLC's 'What Not to Wear'! 
But now that I've lost so much weight I have to give away the old and start anew... well, I'm also trying re-purpose clothes I haven't been able to wear for years.

 Rarely do I go to the big department stores because the discount stores are my playing field. 
I'm a regular Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target scrounger.

So during a recent stop through TJ Maxx,
I strolled around and picked through a few things then instantly fell in love with this flirty little dress. 
It seemed to hide all of my figure flaws and accentuate the positive. It's really comfy and I think it will still fit when I loose this last 20 lbs. and if it had pockets I might not ever take it off!
I got the shoes a week ago as a special treat to myself for accomplishing a long term goal 
(they were on sale of course).

With a little personal grooming (hair, nails & makeup) 
I'll be ready to hit the town or go to work or to church (the neckline isn't as plunging as it looks!)

In cooler weather I imagine a soft scarf, fun tights and ankle booties.

btw, the neckace is from Target!

they are super comfortable, I just can't talk on the phone and walk at the same time 
(when I multi-task I become a bit discombobulated!)

Top it all off with a mani/pedi in my favorite colors
('Samoan Sand' for the hands and 'Red My Fortune Cookie' for the toesies! I take my own to the salon so that I can do touch ups on my own, if needed)

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Adventures

(handsome husband not included)

Someone that I admire as a designer and artist is moving today! Out of the blue someone made an offer on her house and she found another one to buy within a matter of a few weeks. 
Some years ago she painted this red brick house a cream color, added accents, new front doors and shutter dogs! As cute as it looks outside, it doesn't compare to what she's done on the inside 
(but unfortunately I don't have any pictures of that!)

I'm awaiting some good news too: 
My neighbors are expecting their first child in the next two weeks and I'm expecting something quite significant in the next couple of weeks myself! Can't tell you just yet but I'm praying for God's perfect will and patience.

So, Hug the House and Here's to New Adventures!


Monday, July 4, 2011

I went to a garden party...

to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories 
and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party,
they all knew my name
No one recognized me, I didn't look the same
But it's all right now, I learned my lesson well.

You see, ya can't please everyone, so ya got to please yourself...

I stepped back in time and visited an older relative who is one of my Heroes. She's 88, retired, plays tennis, hikes, ice-skates and still drives. She owns the home that she's lived in since 1959 and still has a rotary phone. Her garden is absolutely delightful, full of grape arbors and plants she's had for decades! She invited me to a Forth of July garden party of a neighbor and friend, a young retired couple who have traveled all over the world (most recently India). Their front yard is a vegetable and flower garden (pictured above), based on 
"The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden" from by Ivette Soler. It was gorgeous...what a great idea! It was such a multi-cultural blend of people, wonderful conversation and fresh tasty food that I didn't want to leave! I could do without cell phone and internet if there were more garden parties like that!! 

(Timber Press, $19.95).

I'm so doing this next year...Have you seen my weedy front yard?!

And many many Thanks to all of those who encouraged me while I was away! It was a pleasant surprise...
my last post was rather cynical...sorry!

lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)

Garden Party Lyrics

Artist: Ricky Nelson