Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
First of all, I will not shop on Thanksgiving. No how, no way, ne-VAH. I loathe the very idea of it. Shame, shame, shame, Macy's! Tut-tut, Target! Booooo, Best Buy! Woe to you, Wal-mart!
But, I will not judge. If someone wants to spend the holiday doing this...
who am I to say it's wrong...and completely insane? What I will do is participate in Black Friday. The last two years, I have had to work because, as the downtown director, I was solely responsible for Santa's arrival in my fair city. That, my friends, makes for a stressful day.
|OK, maybe I had a little help from Fire and Rescue.|
Now, since I'm retired and because my husband's hip surgery is moving up to mid-December, I'm jumping into the Black Friday fray and then again on Small Business Saturday. I'm developing my strategy now. Friday: "Bizarre Bazaar" crafts show at the arts center, 40% off everything sale at the garden center, then home to make Turkey Mulligatawny soup. (Can't overdo it on the first day.) Saturday: Support the small businesses by hitting three or four of my favorite shops downtown, then home to make turkey chili and decorate for Christmas.
Then again, I may spend the whole weekend in my pj's.
Monday, November 25, 2013
This is one of countless boxes of old photos containing memories dating back to the late 60's. There are four or five photo albums and a few scrapbooks floating around, too. Plus, all the pictures in frames on the walls and various tables. Not to mention all the great vintage family photos in my mom's house. I've been meaning to convert those images to digital for the last ten years, but my old scanner leaves much to be desired and takes up too much desktop space to keep out all the time.
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That's why I'm tickled pink that a review sample of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner is on its way to my house. Battery powered, the color flatbed scanner features a patented flip-and-scan technology that allows for scanning photos in place without removing them from an album or frame. This saves you time and the frustration of dismantling picture frames, only to break the glass and...well, maybe that's just me.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
sweet potatoes, as seen on Rachel Ray, in my Crockpot. They'll cook all day, then I'll simply unplug the thing, put the whole shebang in the car, and plug it in when I get to Mom's. Why didn't I think of this 30 years ago?
Except for the year he lived in New Zealand, my son has never been away from home on Thanksgiving. This year, he'll be in Brooklyn with his girlfriend (and future, er, roommate) celebrating the holiday with friends. He'll stay for two weeks, looking for a job and a new apartment for the two of them to share in January. I was getting a little melancholy last night, wondering what Thanksgiving will be like without him moaning loudly in appreciation over my stuffing and sweet potatoes. Then, his girlfriend posted this photo on Instagram:
My first reaction was "Fiddler on the Roof on Ice!" (He didn't have time to get a haircut before the trip.) Then I thought what a lucky couple of kids. The night before, they sat two tables down from Mike Myers (Wayne's World) at a restaurant. (The texts were hilarious.) AND, we'll get to go visit in the spring!
Friday, November 22, 2013
How do you remember that day?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tonight, I will be Lisa Richardson, escort service owner from New York City, who is accused of shooting her former business partner, Judge Paul Tu, in a premeditated ambush. Of course, I did it in self defense. At least, that's what I'm going to try to convince the jurors in my nephew's mock trial at law school. I would do anything for my nephew but I'll admit to being very nervous about tonight's performance. He said his grade doesn't depend on it but added, "Of course, it's always nice to win." I will be cramming with the depositions all afternoon. In the meantime, what does a supposedly innocent madame wear to court?
Monday, November 18, 2013
|Get a load of the retro art on the brochure. Don Draper's getting a new hip.|
Soft Surroundings which filled in the gap, especially in the tunic department.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
this woman and her blog, my racks are now cleaning themselves in my bathtub. (Hint: The trick is dryer sheets.) I even threw in the rack from my stainless steel sink (which is grosser than the oven racks, if that's possible), for good measure. I'll let them sit for the suggested 18 hours and, hopefully, give them a quick brush and return to my oven all shiny and sparkling. I'm living' the dream, people!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
|My lane - indicated by kick board, fins, water shoes and aqua booties.|
|Except I kneel on the board. Sitting's for wimps.|
Jean Straps - a simple but genius solution to my problem.
Don't laugh. Under boots and a tunic sweater, these are going to be fab!
Employing those funny little garters we once used to hold up our stockings, pre-pantyhose days (and, yes, you could make your own...but why?), these little gadgets do the trick. But, if you want something even simpler, I just discovered that Macy's still sells stirrup pants in a ponte knit...and they're on sale right now (yes, I bought two pair.)
|Yeah, so those nude pumps - not so much.|
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Here's some good information on ways to send financial aid to the people of the Philippines. I'm sending mine to the local Red Cross via PayPal. Quick, easy and desperately needed.
Friday, November 8, 2013
here, here and here. Okay, okay. So, maybe that's the way to go, especially if you want to live past 70. I was getting bored with the Atkins/Ketogenic/hybrid thing I've been trying lately. I miss my quinoa and rice...oh, and fruit! Bring on the fruit! And now, a little shopping....
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|Something tells me she's going to get more work than I will.|
Monday, November 4, 2013
|Items BB will not be taking to New York but, for whatever reason, didn't go into storage.|
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I'm an accident waiting to happen in the kitchen. I will cut, burn or otherwise injure myself every time I attempt to cook a meal. My worst trick is trying to lift a lid from a steaming pot on the stove without the benefit of a hot pad or oven mitt. Thankfully, I saw this on the internet today.
My God, what a brilliant idea! Just slip three corks through the lid handle and - voila! - no more finger burns. I wish I could remember the source of this genius so I could offer proper attribution. Whatever it was - whoever they were - they have my undying gratitude.
|Now, I can stir my sautéed cinnamon apples without scorching my digits!|
|Not to be confused with double rainbows|