Saturday, July 31, 2010
My days as an electrician's helper are over and we have moved on to buying appliances. First a real dishwasher. We have lived in this house 11 years with an apartment size dishwasher, which is 18 inches wide instead of the normal 24 inches. Through all of our research on line, we have come to the conclusion that there is just too much information on the web, at least in terms of rating and opinions. We walk in the store with a brain full of data, look around and dishwashers, listen to the sales person and walk out with information overload. We've done that twice and did not buy a dishwasher. We have not even explored stove, refrigerator, counter top, floor and back splash! We were sure we wanted stainless appliances, but have discovered it shows fingerprints and dirt more than white or black. And with 2 dogs that is something to consider. But, the kitchen would look SO nice with stainless appliances. So, we go back and forth. It's not really a roller coaster ride, but we are going round and round! Soon, we will decide and the ride will stop and I can get off. I hope?
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Oh, I'll let you all in on my secret. I love Johnny Depp. He is "easy on the eyes" and he plays great parts and does it well! This is a clip form Chocolat, from the middle of the movie, about 10 minutes long. There are few Depp movies I do not care for but Chocolat is one of my favorite all around movies. Depp is only one of the fine actors in the movie. You can read a review here http://thecelebritycafe.com/movies/full_review/23.html If you decide to see the movie, make sure you have some chocolat close at hand!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
|Courtesy of FoodTV - Alton Brown's Macaroni and Cheese|
Saturday, July 24, 2010
|Rug Hooked Wall hanging - 18" x 18"|
Thursday, July 22, 2010
it's hotter than the hinges of hell. I haven't thought about that in a long time. And I'm not going to explore where that comes from. My imagination, and yours, can probably do just fine! But jeepers! It's been really hot here in Jersey for way too long. My husband has decided that as bad as the winter was, with all the snow he'd rather have that. And he's doesn't like winter! And it's not even August yet. We thought we might retire in a southern state and avoid the cold winters, we are wondering if we should rethink that. But, we must be thankful for what we have, including a the ability to choose where we live, a house to live in, and on some nights, central air.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
|Twins heading across our driveway towards the house.|
|One of the twins, watching me in the window.|
Friday, July 16, 2010
We still need rain. A brown yard is not attractive. I begin to worry about the woods that surround us. And the weathermen say we are headed into a 10 day heat wave. Thus the reference to the dog days of summer. But what are the dog days of summer. Thanks to Wikipedia I learned that The Old Farmers Almanac lists the traditional timing of the dog days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. Ancient belief suggests that the Dog Star was somehow responsible for the hot weather. Who's responsible for the rain? I think daily prayers for rain are in order.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Finally, it is a rainy day. We need rain very bad here in Central Jersey, and many other places. The grass is brown in many places. I believe the green areas I see, may be weeds, crab grass, things of that sort. We are watering the garden, but some municipalities are putting a moretoreum against the unnecessary use of water. Just this morning my husband was trying to remember when he last mowed the yard. We decided it was before vacation on June 25th! This past winter when we had several feet of snow on the ground I thought how wonderful the slow melt of the snow would be for the grass. And it was. But now we need a little water, please. My grandmother used to tell me time flies the older you get. And she was right. I will enjoy the summer, water or not, because before I know it, winter will be here again. There are lots of things I like about winter, but, there are some things I would change, possibly the length of it. Spring and Fall could be longer then. Hmm, if we are working on a perfect world, I should probably start with something a bit more pressing? Oh, I'm just dreaming!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
|Trying to choose our next car|
|Car Show, FontHill, Doylestown PA|
This weekend was also the beginning of summer vegetable meals. Last night we had the first jersey sweet corn. And was it every good. Anyone remember the scene from What About Boy where Bill Murray is eating sweet corn? Yeah. that's how good it was! Today we had steamed yellow beans and yellow squash for lunch. I can remember meals at my grandmothers where vegetables were all we had. And they were all fresh from the garden. I think fresh vegetables straight from the garden made me a very picky vegetable eater.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
It was back to work today. I need some semblance of order to my days so I don’t just rush through them. I had started reading in the mornings on vacation and decided I would try to read just for a little bit each morning to start my day off with a sense of calm and a relaxed feeling. I decided against a painting book as that requires larger blocks of time to delve into than I can devote on a work morning. A few months ago I had started to read Coaching the Artist Within, by Eric Maisel, but the book got buried among magazines. I unearthed it last week while on vacation and started to read it again. It’s really a wonderful book. He coaches artists, musicians, writers through their different types of road blocks by first learning about their lives, habits, interests and concerns and then begins to ask them tough question, questions that they just can’t ask themselves, maybe because they really don't want the answer? The stories are very insightful.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Today we switched gears and went from a day of fun to a big project, the beginning of a kitchen remodel. It actually started last weekend when my husband removed the breakfast counter in the kitchen. All that remained was a post with three light switches (power) that had to be moved before the post could be removed. As is often the case with a project in an older home, we discovered some things we did not anticipate. Thankfully, we work well together and being an electrician’s helper, or whatever the job calls for, it not a bad job, a bit frustrating for both of us at times though, but we work through it. But with no electric that meant as no painting and no computer for the better part of the day today AND I could not check my work email. It turned out to be the beginning of a real vacation. I don’t think I will be able to check it tomorrow as we have to finish this project tomorrow so the power will be off tomorrow too, but hopefully not all day? And with the long weekend beginning tomorrow, at some point it just won’t matter what’s is my email box. The weather was beautiful today, the humidity broke. We took many breaks to contemplate our situation and enjoy the weather. And I continued to read which is something I really don’t get a chance to do when I’m working.