Saturday, February 28, 2009


I so love these pears from Harry and David. I order them as Christmas gifts, but I have to admit, it ends up being a case of "one you, two for me" before I'm done. They called me early last week with an end-of-the-pear-season sale. OF COURSE I had to have a box. I also sent a box of cheese and meats for the college boy. The local grocery store once stocked something they called pears like these, but they were vastly inferior. I bought the box of a dozen intending to share them here and there, but I don't know. . . they might not last that long.

Friday, February 27, 2009

You Showed Me Yours, Now Here's Mine

My friend Kathleen dared to show her garage (here), so I accept her challenge. Here's mine. It's not really a garage anymore. More of a bike shop. It hasn't housed a car since the days when we had a Triumph TR6 as the worlds most expensive garage shelving. Getting it out of there coincided with the boys (hubster too) getting into cycling. I tried coexisting the gardening stuff in there for a while, but all of that is now in a separate shed. It's easier to keep the garage in usable shape now that the oldest son is off to school, but it's still something of a mess. Hubster intends to "redo," but if you've read any of my earlier posts, that level of change will be a long time coming.

Sweet Molly Face

My friend Kathleen uses Photoshop to make cool pictures of her dogs (like this one). Here's a cute one of Molly-- Kathleen-- wanna give it a shot?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I saw this picture on Mrs. Blanding's blog (one of my favorites). I'd like to have built-ins like this with the window seat, but what to do about the pesky radiator? The spousal-unit has a real thing for underfloor radiant heating to get rid of the radiators. I like the IDEA of them, but the reality is, it will be very expensive to retrofit our wood floors.

I Decided

I decided to go for the Orange Blossoms with Bees needlepoint. At the rate I stitch, if I start now, I might have enough money tucked away to afford the Cityscape by the time I'm done with the Bees.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Stitching Project

It's time to select my next needlepoint project. I love almost everything at Ehrman Tapestry, but here's the short list. I think the Orange Blossom with Bees is my favorite. I'd love your opinion!

These next two (Peacock Tile) are pretty much the same, though I think the black background is more dramatic than the cream.

The Painted Ladies are very beautiful, and I like the background detail.

This next one is called Dalmatian Poppies. If you know me you know why the name drew my attention. As you can see, the flowers have nothing to do with canine Dalmatians, but it's still pretty.

This last one, French City Scape, is to die for. Something about the depth of field, the colors, the architecture really draws me in. Too bad it's $2,200. That's about $2,100 more than my budget.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Watching the Superbowl

Russ made a big pot of his chili-- soooo good, and we settled in to watch the Superbowl. Some of the ads were in 3D, hence the special glasses, but initially we didn't know which ones. At every break in the game Russ put both pairs on, just in case.

Poor Little Honey Bear

Poor little honey bear! Zack put him in the microwave and apparently this was a bad thing. I think he now looks remarkably like the figure in Edvard Munch's "The Scream." I think I'll keep him.