Sunday, October 19, 2014
return my tortoise-slow iPhone 4 for a $200 credit and experience real legibility and speed again. The hubs said, "You'll be spending so much time fooling around on your new toy, you won't even know the Series is on." Which may be true, but that's the beauty of the World Series. There is so much more baseball to play after Game 1. Gooooo, FedEx!!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Frank Bruni, for the much-needed injection of common sense today. Does Ebola scare me? Sure, a little...at least, for now. Does my heart break for the victims in Africa, Dallas and elsewhere. Of course. But, at 58 (going too swiftly on 59,) I'd rather worry about the health enemies I can see and understand, including worry.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|A painting of Downtown Lawrence, artist unknown.|
|Working on rewrites in our shiny new library.|
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Short Jewish Gal arrived from hot and dry L.A. yesterday, on time and bearing gifts: A beautiful necklace with an azul stone that matches my eyes for me, and this most appropriate tome for the new reading room. In return, I gave her lodging in my son's old room and crisp, cool fall weather. She is here for the first official reading of the play we co-wrote, "It's All About the Hair." Tonight, actual actors will ascend on BoomerGirl's house for a table read, followed by dinner which the SJG and I will prepare this afternoon. We are excited! Meanwhile, we are basking in the afterglow of the Kansas City Royals' play-off victories. That's the Boomer Girl's hometown team and SJG's adapted team since the Dodgers are out of it. I may not convince her to purchase a souvenir Royals t-shirt, but she will no doubt take the name Billy Butler aka "Country Breakfast" home with her on Wednesday.
Friday, October 10, 2014
|New bronze fixtures. Shelves will have a new leaded glass cabinet door, eventually. I need better towels.|
|Obligatory box of Kleenex to go on back of toilet.|
|Game of Thrones... New Moon... P is for Peril|
|I've always been a sucker for bathroom humor.|
|Some titles may be replaced as the bookcase fills up.|
|Go, Dog, Go... Oh, Baby! Go, Baby!... Flush!|
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Last Sunday evening, the children (and a couple grandchildren) gathered around my mother's dining room table to view the cast-offs up for grabs in the latest installment of "The Great Giveaway." This time, it was china, silver and odds and ends Mom found in the closets. While my sisters were poring over the silver serving pieces and fine china, I found myself uninterested in anything but these cool informal plates....
I knew nothing about them - just that I loved them - but have since discovered they are the "Laurita" pattern by Della-Ware, hand painted and hand glazed, probably from the 40s. They belonged, originally, to my maternal grandmother.
There are 12 of them, so I decided to put eight in the glass cabinets in the kitchen.
This meant I had to displace the Polish pottery formerly in those spaces and the only place to put them was here...
in what is starting to look like the crazy hoarder lady's dining room. There are two corner cabinets, each equally full. I live in fear that the shelves will collapse. (The good news is, my daughter loves Polish pottery, too, and I've decided not to make her wait until I die to get some.) My other major acquisitions were these huge brass candlesticks. At some point, I had put away all my brass. I don't know why. It reminded me too much of the super-shiny 80s, I guess. But, after a good polish, these gorgeous creatures have inspired me to dig out those old wedding presents. Sometimes, you just need a little shine in your life.
|They had me at "no two are alike."|
|I wish I knew what the 14 meant. Or, is it 1K?|
|So bright, cheery and cottage-y!|
|This right here is the illustrated definition of "insane."|
|I'm thinking lovely red bows at Christmas time.|
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
How's that bathroom coming along, you say? Oh, pretty good. The walls were a challenge to patch, but I sanded the last of the mud yesterday. (Note to DIYers: Always wear your best black DKNY pajamas to sand drywall mud. The white dust gives them added pizzazz.) The hubs insisted on doing the painting. "Twist my arm and I'll cry 'Uncle'," I told him.
The new sink fixtures and accessories I ordered from Overstock.com are supposed to come tomorrow. Hopefully, the light fixture and toilet will be installed tonight. It's been a little scary having to sprint to the master bath every time nature calls. My 58-year-old bladder doesn't always give me a lot of notice.
|Sink getting new faucet. Little shelf getting a cabinet door, custom-made from leaded glass, eventually.|
Monday, September 29, 2014
|At least, my stomach isn't sticking out.|
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|Fall Lodge. One of the many on the Big Cedar property.|
|That big window is the bathroom. There were two more big windows on the corners.|
|Our next door neighbor, the waterfall.|
We were just up the hill from the picturesque wedding chapel which was busy all weekend long.
Summer season was winding down, but we managed to find an outdoor heated pool that was open, complete with built-into-the-rocks hot tubs. We had the place to ourselves. I love it when that happens.
|That's a little more leg than I normally would show. Guess the warm water (and the wine) loosened me up.|
The new big thing at Big Cedar since my official press visit in 2008 is Top of the Rock...
|Osage Restaurant and Buffalo Bar patio|
the incredible Ozark Heritage Preserve with restaurants, wilderness trails, a museum and cave, and other features surrounding a Par 3 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. (The Big Cedar complex is the vision of owner Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shop fame.) On Saturday night after dinner, the hubs decided to try out the practice range with complimentary rental clubs. $15/bag of balls.
|Even barefoot, he put on a clinic.|
We decided the course - or the air - is magical, because he hasn't golfed in two years but was hitting them over the entire range and down into the mountains. We're talking out of the park! People were even applauding from the restaurant patio.
|Another wedding chapel at Top of the Rock.|
The place reminded us a lot of our trip to Scotland, except for the sunshine. In fact, every night at sundown, bagpipers serenade the guests before the firing of a canon. I can't recommended Big Cedar more highly.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I decided to go for the burn yesterday and remove the old sheet music from Walls 3 and 4. Done!! (But, oh, my aching 58-year-old shoulders! And, my back! Good God, my back!) Then, while looking at paint samples, dreaming of getting this thing DONE, my daughter suggested that as long as "we" were painting the bathroom, to be known in the future as "the library"....
|Paint colors too dark. Cabinet doors to go on that built-in shelf.|
It's called Desert Broom and although it looks gray here, it's actually got a little blue in it. "We" will be painting next week. But, first, I was moaning and groaning so much last night, the hubs decided to take me away for the weekend to a spa. Or, at least, a place with a hot tub. Find out where tomorrow!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
A) The bathroom is going to look GREAT at the end of it all.
B) My clothes steamer is a godsend.
C) My upper arms and shoulders needed a good workout, anyway.
D) I've earned tons of extra 'wife points' with the old man.
E) Working in a tiny closet, alone, has given me focused time to solve some problems and think of new ideas, including other do-it-yourself projects (for better or worse.)
F) I was a genius to ditch my pants yesterday and work in my underwear. So less messy.
G) I can't wait to go to the paint store tomorrow and pick out my color!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
|A pox on my walls!|