Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tools of the trade

Most of my day is spent at a computer, so I jumped at the idea to "build" something for a blog post image on healthcare.  I had saved this clay tool set and off I went to carve a pumpkin.

Using the official Obamacare logo, I ended up with this:

What previously was a woman holding a regular pumpkin,

with a swipe of my magic mouse, is now an "Obamakin"

See the whole story on the exchanges here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Donation riddle

What do I get when I combine my donation box,

a quote from Einstein,

and a photo of a galaxy taken by my son?

Answer: an inspiring thought:
small house quote from albert einstein

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

If we could all be like Derek

I just finished a lovely series on Netflix called "Derek".

In episode four (around 16:20) there is touching scene where an old woman transfers the only material possession she has to the trusting caretaker's new boyfriend. 
(Derek of course is sitting and watching this special moment eating french fries in the room.)


A song comes on by Nickel Creek called "Doubting Thomas" with these first lyrics:

Listen to the song here. or better yet, watch the whole series.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #18 Diffusing the situation

There is a killer living in my house. 

Right between the fake fern and the soft soap.

I can't blame the company, they warned me on the front of the package.
My fact-finding spouse asked that we remove them from the house.

Goodbye Citrus Cilantro and Island Orchard, hello distant hound and barbell strength.

The EPA says the volatile organic compounds (VOC) can create a list of symptoms:eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches; loss of coordination; nausea; liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage; allergic skin reactions; dyspnea, or shortness of breath; declines in serum cholinesterase levels; emesis, or vomiting; epistaxis, or nosebleeds; fatigue, visual disorders, and memory impairment.

Read more:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Safe and sound

One can now buy a life-size safe at Costco. 
So far I only have my Pampered Chef scraper to lock up, so I'll pass.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

One win for the Lorax.

My day was going fine until this landed on my front step.

My blood started to boil and I headed in to call or email the CEO of Dex .
 As I ripped off the plastic, I was pleasantly surprised.

With a proud click of "confirm" I am free of any future directories.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ana Williamson Architect

Love the unique work coming from Ana Williamson Architects.
Accent colors, a lit garage, interesting angles and a no maintenance lawn. 

Love the simplicity in landscaping around the tree and off-center cements pavers.
White stuco mixed with wood...ahhhh so interesting.
Nice overhang and a bathtub with a view. 
Bright white kitchen with focus on the center island.
Lots of fresh flowers and only two bowls on the shelf...great balance.
This backyard brings me back to one of my first posts when my son's solution to my blog header dream house was to have the kitchen table outside of the house. He was totally right.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Where the fun people stay

By using an empty warehouse in Germany, Michael Schloesser collected vintage campers and turned them into a hostel called Base camp Bonn. It is set up like a campground and you can rent them out. Each has a different decor and theme. Brilliant. Gotta go.






Monday, October 21, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #17 Psycho shopper.

I can't stand shopping with myself these days.
The torture of buying and accumulating things wears on my desire to even approach a register.

The shopping list had packing tape on it for weeks.
In our house when there is a product we need multiples of, we assign it to Costco.

When I went to Costco, instead of 2-4 rolls of packing tape, there were eight.
I call up my mental calculator wondering if two rolls at Target would be the same as eight rolls at Costco.
The second stage is the emotional one...think of all the care packages I will send out.
The third stage is rational... we will need more rolls to move and tape boxes shut.
So I bought it.
A whopping $22.49 for eight rolls of tape.


I squirmed as I unloaded the multi-pack to the trunk of my car.
On the way home I detoured to Target.
There they were. A multi-pack of tape for only $3.29.
I bought it.

Why can other people stock up with this industrial amount of packing tape and I consume my whole weekend wondering which to buy?

To make me feel better I paid twice the amount for farm raised eggs and organic beef to know that I had made somethings life better.


Yeah, I could dress as myself for Halloween.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Is using a paper towel evil? by Catherine Mohr

Is it better to remodel a current home to be more efficeint or start from scratch? 
Interesting TED talk about the benefits of creating a sustainable structure by looking at what types of energy is used. Catherine Mohr you are my green geek role model.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Zombie collection back where it belongs

The annual halloween party at my brother's house was last weekend.
We were allowed to recycle our costumes from the zombiefest this past summer.
I offered my daughter this spray painted and torn wedding dress and she didn't even consider having it drycleaned and stored.

Zombie myth has it that one of these suits was taken out to a firing range and had real bullets shot through it. 

Included in the backyard decorations was a jumpsuit I had sewn and wore in my flashback days.
How many people get to revisit their wardrobe in a backyard graveyard each year at Halloween?

Looks like my jeans made the party too!

These costumes are now off my shelf and buried in my brother's garage for next year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Patrick Dougherty

College hunting led us to this whimsical house sculpture by Patrick Dougherty.  
It is called lean on me. 

Stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty called "Lean On Me"

Monday, October 14, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #16 Exposed scrapers

If you don't own one of these Pampered Chef scrapers, you won't understand why I went out and bought a $25 dollar pizza stone just because one of them comes free with the purchase after I had lost my original one. The lost scraper appeared one day and although I don't need two,  I am removing one from the kitchen and sticking it in my jewelry box for safe keeping.

I had a delightful night out with a group of moms whom I have shared many years watching our kids navigate through school. It must've been at least five years that we have gotten together and here is the first thing three of the four said to me.

"I read your blog all the time."

I was blown away.

The conversation continued wondering why I don't open up the blog to comments.

So today I flip the comment switch to see if I am not alone on this journey.

As a special gift for those ladies,











































Friday, October 11, 2013

It's a new day

Someone may never want to buy the house I live in now and rake 69 bags of leaves. 
The woman in the house I drool over, may never ever leave. 
I may never let go of the rocking chair hanging in the garage. 

 But if I concentrate on the daily victories, I'm heading in the right direction.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

50 shades of wood

Is this a humorous sales technique or do we attach meaning to possessions?
Either way, this person has referred to me as her mother and I have NEVER been on that table.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dan Phillips: TED talk on making houses with recycled things

With a majority of our world's waste coming from building and tearing down structures, Dan Phillips had me glued to my ipad with all his resourseful transforations of unusual items.

I have posted his work before in my article about Lloyd Kahn. Phillips covered the inside of a ceiling with leftover frames.

His sense of humor mixed with featuring "blemishes" and not worrying about things being perfect was refreshing.

My favorite application was his use of license plates for a roof.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Multiple Monday Series- #15 Chipping away

Having things stored in a plastic bin is a bad idea because I never know what is inside. 
Let's take my Nestle morsel collection.

 The current count is one mega bag of regular chocolate chips,
two opened mini-chips, and five bags of butterscotch chips.

My love affair of mixing chocolate with butterscotch chips started in junior high. 
The home Ec teacher taught us how to combine both with chow mein noodles. 

Now, it is a staple for our "cabin bars" recipe or to dip with strawberries.


What can I do to get the morsels under control?

Here is my solution.
 I will mix both flavors until the apocalypse supply dwindles.
(Nestle take note of this new product idea.)