Sunday, November 16, 2014

Whizzing By

No, not Howie whizzing...


I am in great need of comfort food tonight 
so I whipped up this and will add some eggs,
and a cup of HOT HOT Coffee

I'm sure all of you post 50, remember sitting somewhere
with your elders and listening to their talk
of the time flying by and the poor condition 
of the youth of the times.
Maybe it was the front porch of a grandparents'
home or around the dining table as the "women folk" cleared
the table after a Holiday meal.

BUT it does fly by as we age.
but WHY?
Why does change speed up?
Are we racing to the inevitable finish line?

My summers pre teen went on forever.
There was camp, vacations and long,
 long summer days and nights of playing hide and seek
and playgrounds and tree climbing.

Graduation of DD was 18 months ago.
I started the blog right before she left right?
(6 + years ago!?)
DS just changed jobs in LA.
Didn't he just move there?
(Nearly 3 years ago!?)

Now 21 years after moving into this home
with a 3 and an 8 year old,
I am overhauling the exterior so it will be 
unrecognizable to some.
Just the removal of the big tree
has caused some to whizz on by in error.
All the vintage stuff scattered
on the front porch and around the yard
has been removed or reduced.
Thanks to pal Sue who "shopped" here yesterday
I know it found a good home.

Change is sometimes good, change is sometimes sad
change is sometimes rapid.
The only certainty IS change.
21 years ago when my husband and I bought
this home we felt that we now owned a mansion.
We walked through the newly framed structure
giddy with excitement and promise.
We had doubled our square footage for
 the same monthly payment. 

My world was certain and true and wonderful.
Those 21 years then whizzed by.
Wheelbarrows full of wonderful memories, 
buckets full of sad days,
and a gallon or two of despair,
have whizzed me right back to my front porch 
in the blink of an eye...
where I sit looking at the house as it is right now
and realizing that after Monday
it will be changed forever.

"It's just the way it changes 
like the shoreline and the sea
but let's not talk of love or chains
and things we can't untie
your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey that's no way
to say goodbye."
 Leonard Cohen

Make it a good week chickadees


Friday, November 14, 2014

Getting Your Feet Wet

So I shut off the downstairs lights, lock up and head in here to the den to check mail and Howie knows it's bedtime and follows me in but I feel like I've neglected him for days and I have... so busy at work, so I call him over to my chair.. he puts his front paws on my leg and I start talking sweet talk to him, and ruffling his ears and he pees on my bare foot.


oh Howie

Eisenhower (Howie)                                                                                                                Justice                                                                                                                           

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Red Rage

Please explain to me how we can send something
like this 310 million miles, MILLION< I SAID
MILLION miles into space, ten bleepin' years ago,
and yesterday have it get to a pre-determined comet, 
hover there while they are both moving,
 and then drop for 7 hours down onto the comet,
 and attach itself
and start sending data back to earth,
as the comet makes it's way to it's destiny of
burning up in the sun.

we cannot end, or even reduce hunger,
stop wars,
reduce global warming,
or even listen to what 95% of all scientists now
agree is FACT about climate change,
throw all slimy lobbyists out of Washington,
get the Kardashians and their kind off the tube,
agree that great health care is a given, not a privilege,
really-really educate our/all kids well,
or pass a damn bill in our government?
If I started a list with all the bleepin' things
we could and should be doing, 
I would still be typing said list 10 years
from now and very little will have changed, 
and I would have imploded with my red rage.

Let's put all the ignorant, selfish, hateful, self serving people
on the next one going up and let them fry their ass
as they ride their special comet toward the sun.

so.... it's been a while since I had a rant-
don't mess with my ranting self,
I am savoring my anger..

while at the same time
marveling, no... awe struck that human beings
 are brilliant enough to do such a thing.
10 years!

1/2 the time it takes to launch a child
into happy productive adulthood.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Evolution Of A Wiser and Happier Broad

Took a mini road trip to St George, Utah
yesterday with two gal pals.
Gone are the days of long or even several day long
 road trips and a frenzy of buying.
 I happily returned home with this meager selection,
and with memories of 
a delicious lunch and happy conversations
on the road...

As I continue to evolve into the 
woman I wish to be,
I know I need to be wise with whom
 and what I include in my world, 
if I hope to stay true to my goals.

Those of you who have kindly hung around here over
the years know that I have been "internally" downsizing,
even though right now 
I am unable to "externally" downsize
(actually move out of this too large abode)

This means I now have more empty drawers, 
empty closets and my under the bed spaces
are no longer crammed with stuff
and the garage has empty boxes and bins.

All of this makes me soooo happy.

I still have stuff,
don't misunderstand...
I still buy a few selected things,
after much, much, nauseatingly much consideration, 
with apologies to anyone who has to witness me
 giving items "a ride in my cart".

Accumulation however is not desired,
and I am committed to always have FAR
more going out than coming in, until
I only possess what I need, use and adore.

I am not there yet, primarily because to do 
that now would leave me in a house with
many totally empty rooms.
Unless I purchase gym equipment for an entire room,
 roller skates for another, do wall to wall yoga mats
for a third and maybe a hot dog stand for the fourth,
that seems kinda silly.
So I do what I can as I can..

About 12 large boxes and 3 huge bins
of holiday decor left
this house since summertime,
so 1 small box of a perfect hue of wee
reproduction Shiny Brite ornaments came in.
The rest of my road trip stash
 will go into the studio,
to be used in projects, for myself,
 my friends, and the booth.
If I can keep this kind of balance going,
a much wiser and happier gal I'll be.

local friends

Ronda and I worked in the booth
 a couple hours today.
We have loads more going up each week,

with the goal being to have 
completed stocking for Christmas by 
"Doodlebug" on December 6th. 

Ronda has the loveliest stocking shaped
wine holders for hostess gifts,
 and gorgeous Holiday themed table runners,
in a variety of fabrics.
 Her last series sold out quickly, so
don't wait too long.
And for your Vintage Loving friends,
her "Vintage" embroidered
caps and tees are best sellers 
and she has them in my favorite color

Have a great week chickadees

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Every time a bell rings....

....Christmas must be near

Starting to fill up the booth.
Doing a major Holiday overhaul soon.

Lovin' me some simple felted trees
I had to make a set of three to keep for me

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Today I am giving you a gift..
(you're welcome)

of obsession

I want all of you to be obsessed about 
expanding your brain...
Reading and watching something a mite more
interesting and beneficial than
perhaps your usual fare.

I have become obsessed with this site
and start each day with a visit and a cup of Joe

I may see the most incredible animals from the Amazon,
 proof of horrible climate change or
the effects of gravity.

Each morning I excitedly click on my 
mailbox from them and I am transported
to the world and it's wonders.
Yes, there are some silly links
 but there should be humor in
your day as well and you decide what brain food
you need at the moment.

They send me an "amuse bouche"
of ideas and photos to select from and I am off
the charts, placing new ideas and photos into
my aging brain,
sparking synapsis to function and question
and expand.

I signed up for daily email,
and most days that is enough,
but when I have time to wander,
 I select from the vast archives
and explore.

Feed your brain, your soul, your sense of wonder.

There is always time to return to a friend's photo of
their latest meal on FB, or the latest 
wood pallet DIY on Pinterest,
or the latest celebrity pushing their "latest" 
on the tube.

My daily dose of Brain Food is completed
 before my coffee gets cold...

Now go feed your frontal, temporal
and parietal lobes

To local gals:
Ronda and I have been working on Holiday
stuff and will be up at Goat Feathers soon,
and in all the coming weeks,
filling up with 

Stop on in to see us...

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween and Hummingbird

Kids at party last night


and another video you must see

Friday, October 31, 2014


Thursday, October 16, 2014


fever, chills, vertigo and coughing
a plague of sorts
I sleep as if I will never wake, and rarely do....
phone messages heard faintly through a fog
a trash can piled with tissues

dragging myself to shower later...the dogs smell fresher than me,
and they are 2 months overdue for grooming.
the illness ooozes through one's pores

I was bragging last week that my annual winter crud
was tardy in arriving...
serves me right 

you do not poke the bear of fate
unless you are prepared to pay the price.
the price is 

F ever
C hills
  V ertigo
      C oughing

and just when beautiful fall arrived.....


Friday, October 10, 2014

Stay For The Credits

Stay for the credits and cheer 
as darling daughter Hannah's name scrolls up

St Vincent
Opens today

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This whole middle died this summer

It all looks naked.
I misted up as each large branch
 crashed to the ground.

My painter/slash tree guy
posed for me to send to the kids.
He's a character.

I think the kids were both a little sad also.
That stump he is sitting on
will end up in the back yard as a side table.

Naked and sad

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Splurges and Purges

Try to keep up
I'll be all over the place.

Took me over three weeks to decide to splurge on these
flax linen sheets.
I have wanted them for about 15 years.
That seems about right.

Putting them on the bed today led to me purging 
the linen shelf and then I wandered into my
closet and purged about 50 plus pieces of clothing.

After 21 years I am repainting the house.
Not so much a splurge as an "overdue".
I have an HOA and have to use approved colors.
Out of 31 schemes there is only one I can stand

Body: Heather (DEC773)
Trim & Garage Door: Navajo White (DEC772)
Accent & Pop-Outs: Shaggy Barked (DEC771)
Front Door (option): Center Ridge (DE6230)
Front Door (option): Swiss 
Coffee (DEW341)

I'm doing the door and shutters dark- the Center Ridge one.
So much drama with assoc, and estimates etc.
 oy vey

Will also be purging entire back yard as I have
 to move all the vintage stuff before painting anyway, so
seems the right time to do that and haul it up to the booth.

The baby ash tree that came with the house
21 years ago, is sick..... is dying.
All the other ash in the town are also sick 
with some kind of bore.

Every first day of school
my kids stood in front of that tree
to have their pictures taken.

Tree is 2 years old

Couple more years of growth

1st day of Ben's senior year with buddy Jake -12 years ago
tree is now double that

Removing it is breaking my heart,
but Monday is the day.
That tree has shaded my home from
 the harsh sun of lala land and I feel
guilty that I could not save it, 
though for three years I tried.
Damn, those front rooms will be
 scorching next summer.

OK so watch this gopher

I discovered, at the very ripe old age of 61,
 that I still cannot let a hand or foot dangle
 off the side of the bed for fear of....
what? a hand, a monster?
I tried for around 3 minutes last 
night and could not do it.
While pondering that childhood trauma, 
I recalled that I had to line up 
all my dolls and animals in my bed so that
no one would feel favored in any way
and with their heads above the covers so
 that they could breathe.
anyone else out there a comrad?

Now watch this
thanks to Jill Ruth

I am not techno stupid I use it-
 My life does not Revolve around it.
Look up at the world occasionally folks,
it's in trouble.

and my final 1 1/2 cents

Would everyone please stop 
making stupid people famous?
oy vey

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

400' Of Cute Studio

Slightly over 400' sq feet studio
Borrowed treasures from home, some
film castoffs and craigs list 
and creativity = a charming space for DD.
I think she made a wonderful nest. 

Aunt Iva's old trunk (storage)
This IKEA couch has (storage) under the chaise area and there
is a pop up section, that turns it into a queen bed for guests.

DD remade the butterfly collection 
she found cheap in thrift store.
We found the shelves at Target
 for less than $21 total including brackets.
 Most of knick knacks are from her room at home,
and painted vases $4 ea at target clearance.
Boxes and tins hold desk supplies since she has no drawers.
Simple table used for desk

Divided cubby from Mom's hallway
 frees up limited cabinet space.

Vintage yellow cabinet from my
 family room acts as a pantry;
they secured it to cabinets behind. 
It also helps visually separate the kitchen.
Chalkboard back of cabinets backs up to couch,
and provides "leaning" area.

These were the two unpainted cabinets 
we bought from Lowe's and then we added a laminate top. 
This added two cupboards and two drawers to kitchen
as well as much needed counter space.
I found orange top canisters for $4 each.

Vintage cabinet on right from DD's room at home,
dining table from Mom's living room.
Chairs - We got deal from Target for $17 each due to 
metal caps missing from legs. Pays to "Ask for discount"
Linens from home
Stacked end tables $24 make another bedside table
and two bins inside act as drawers and hide clutter.
Rusty wire circle memo holder was
 found in desert dump in lala.
The trunk moves to the base of bed 
when couch is in pull up mode.
Bed on risers with end to end bins (storage) underneath.

Metal calendar purchased at BIG NSS sale,
 painting is one of DD's.
I just bought her the above sink drainer from IKEA,
since there is no other space to air dry dishes.
I thought it was so clever.
Except for fridge you see the
 entire kitchen provided by apt.

Believe it or not they could entertain 10 for dinner
with the seating inside and on porch. 
Folding table, two chairs from Mom's yard
sit on wee patio.

Atrium on bottom floor sends all this green up to her,
along with lots of hummingbirds.

The whole studio is rich with color- hard to tell here..
Blue tiled fireplace and wall mounted tv area
are the last space being tweaked (show when complete)
Two closets and a small bath complete the space.

I could live here so easy peasy.
Yes there is more purging, downsizing,
simplifying headed my way.
I am obsessed with the tiny house movement.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I'm Falling

As the birds fly,
so do I, 
into FALL

A few touches here and there

Burlap pumpkins from last year

Simple displays
No kitchy stuff
Lots of nature

Cozy reading in corners

Bowls of Nature

Birds and nests, more naturals

Family of wool sheep from the huge sale this summer

Thick, chunky, creamy wool pumpkins
also made last year

...and now I can cook once more
stews, soups, casseroles
FALL glorious FALL
I love you!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

CA Targets are just WRONG

Went to CA last week to visit with the kids.
now I am back in lala.

Gas expensive
Food expensive
Homeless folks everywhere we drove,
and heard on the radio they had just
 knocked down and "cleared" an entire 
community of homeless the day I arrived.
Robin William's work is still needed.

Traffic is horrid
Ocean beautiful
Urban Home store WAY COOL!
CA cuisine fresh, delish and lovely
Lots and lots of Starbucks thanks to many gift cards
from my B-day brunch

CA Targets confuse me
(backwards, reversed, and just WRONG)

Kids cooking for me is wonderful
Kids laughter enthralls me
Hannah's barely 400 sq feet is adorable
I could so live in that space!
(you'll just have to believe me for now)
Tears shed at the leaving part,
so hard to drive away

Extra 2 1/2 hours on drive home,
thanks to idiots who left the same time I chose to :D

Pooches happy to see me for about 5 minutes and then 
they plopped down for naps...

Tired mama
Very happy mama

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Troop Of Four

Hannah Anam Ben Blake

Kudos must be given to my Troop
who pulled off a fabulous Birthday Brunch
on Saturday.

Ben printed out custom omelet menus
and the guests checked off their requests
 and he got to work!
14 custom omelets came out 
of my wee kitchen and we fed them 
lots of other sweets and savories.
See the tip jar?
That was my friend Annie's idea..hilarious
and he got some tips hehe

We had some peach and Proseco 
mimosas ( polished off 7 bottles actually)
We drank the eighth bottle at breakfast this morning.
Trader Joes
Dixie Peach Juice and Proseco
Try it!

Ben and Anam left this afternoon 
and had a horrible drive home, but arrived safely.
An LA to Vegas  trip, and the reverse can go south quickly...
today was one of those days..
Hannah and Blake leave tomorrow.

Of course you all know 
I am in heaven when my four 
are here at home, or I am there with them.
I am so blessed that they were able to 
share the day with all my gal pals.
My friends were able to see first hand these 
wonderfully funny, polite, kind, accomplished young adults.
Mama so proud of this troop.

and oh my, the wonderful gifts 
I was showered with!
I was very spoiled by all.


Many of you already know
because we email privately,
but sadly I have news about my friends
 who moved to MN.
Mr. arrived by private plane from CA hospital
to MN hospital on Sunday morning.
Moving van to their newly purchased home
arrived Monday.....

and because the universe is a mystery
and often cruel and we cannot ever understand 
the whys....
Mr. died quietly two days later on Wednesday.

Mrs. is devastated and now has to rebuild a new life
far away from her friends.
The move was solely done to help Mr with his 
advancing health issues..and now....
the future is turned inside out for her.

We love her, we miss her.
We send her our thoughts and prayers constantly.
Please add her to your prayers.

May everyone have a week of grace.