Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I feel like I've gotten so picky in my older age. What about you? Picky about stuff? I was just thinking about some of my picky pet peeves today...

1. I have to use a certain keyboard, now that I've worked on a laptop for the last year. Just got the Dell KM714 and I love it! It's very Apple-like.
2. I have to have a clean cut at the top of a bag of chips. A ragged, torn open bag makes me crazy.
3. The bed has to be sort of made before I get in it at night. It can stay unmade all day, but it has to be organized and fluffed before I jump in to sleep at night.
4. Updated after my walk today: If you're going to put pumpkins on your porch, remove the stickers!

Now that I'm actually writing the list, I can't think of many. I guess I was just feeling picky enough to list this out, but hey, maybe I'm not so picky after all. I'm sure there are so many more. I'm sure James could come add about 10 items to the list...he's always hearing my kvetching about one thing or another.

And on that note, happy Fall!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pink sky, great witch, and magical realism

Lately, we've had the most beautiful pink skies, with the coolest cloud formations. The second pic is the greatest witch ever, isn't she? And the book, by Neil Gaiman, was so great: a perfect, pre-Halloween read.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Chef Yotam talks Plenty More

Sounds like a great cookbook. I could have a library of cookbooks. Need to get in front of that stove a LOT more! Yotam has a chain of restaurants, called Ottolenghi in the UK. And, oh wow, look at this recipe for Cinammon rice pudding with cherry compote and pistachios. Sounds heavenly.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The big cover-up, part two

Isn't it amazing to see how this stuff works? These guys are so talented. Soon, the big swoosh will be but a memory. We are slowly making the house our own. This work did, however, delay the front triangle area of grass from being done (we're having the old grass dug out, cactus mix added, border added, plantings added), but there is equipment right on that very spot, so the projects are shuffling.

Top photo: the empty space.
Second one: Al and David, prepping the outside of the wall. Makeshift scaffolding! Wow...
Last one: from the inside, front courtyard - ready for stucco.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Swoosh no more: house front face-lift

We are making strides on the front of the house again. The stained glass swoosh, which I have been calling the Taliban logo, is now out. It did not go willingly, and took much sawzalling (sp?). While this wall is also in the "needs to go" category, I'm not sure we will ever go that far. Perhaps the next owners! Today we are also replacing all the wood around the garage and stuccoing the areas that look funky. That strange square of stucco at the right of the planting bed is also gone. Oh happy day. That bugged me to no end. 

In the last pic, James' van shows through. Gee, maybe he's parked across the street because Sherri is in his spot. Ha!! Not really...it's just to give the workers more room.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I (heart) Prince Ea

A powerful message. I also listened to his take on Ferguson, which was equally on target. The question is whether we take these steps, and try to affect change.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Visiting Maui

Went to Maui recently for 7 days and I re-familiarized myself with what it means to relax. It is so slow and balmy and breezy and lush. The second to last pic was taken up at Haleakala National Park, and the last one was the beginnings of the three hurricanes that threatened our departure. Our friends, who stayed on after we left, said it was no biggie.

The first two pics are my vistas, left and right, from the beach in front of the house we stayed in; taken at just after sunrise. We stayed on the north shore in a residential area. Quiet, very few people, perfect.

Curled up cats