Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chanel, take me away

Karl, in all his regalia. Flanked by Stella Tennant. Love her.
The clothes, the fabrics, the table decorations, the pearls on the pockets! Pure gorgeousness: Chanel style.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Getting neat

Two angels descended on my bedroom and made it all neat and organized! Poof! Very inspiring/motivating to do more in the rest of the house. I am hunting a Dymo Labelmaker as we speak. They were great a categorizing the chaos into like batches.

They dropped down from this cloud: 

Blogger is not cooperating with me on formatting. However, the blurry picture is all me. :)


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.