November 13, 2011

Sewing 101

My first attempt at an iPhone cozy – not great.


November 13, 2011

was a beautiful day for a jog on the river


November 11, 2011

Another Death and One Month Later

Wow – life sure has taken a few turns lately. I’m having trouble keeping up with the cuckoo, much less my blog.

Soon, another photo tour is in order.

October 12, 2011


I’d rather be at home writing.

October 2, 2011

Bathroom Renovation

My renovation list is getting shorter, though not by much. This bathroom was the biggest pain! Tiny space and angled ceilings – nothing was easy in there. I used wainscoting to cover the old tile that someone had painted over. Paint colors – Martha Stewart “Celery Bunch” on the walls and Valspar “Du Jour” for the trim.

Still need a new sink/vanity in there, but at least the space looks presentable. Now for decor!

I should have taken better “before” shots….too late now:





September 25, 2011

The Flood, The Death, and The Wardrobe

That would be a great book name, come to think of it.

I’ve been unplugged –  and it all started with the earthquake.

The earthquake itself didn’t cause the trouble, but that marked the beginning of a streak of misfortune.  During my visit south, a hurricane came through. Upon our return, my fiance’s brother passed away, prompting a visit to his family in Newport, RI.  While we were there, our house flooded…just the basement, which was more than enough, thanks.

We’re renovating in other parts of the house and had many things shoved into the basement that typically wouldn’t be there – all of my winter clothes included. Since we were out of town, we obviously weren’t here to get anything out of the path.  Though the recent tragedy has reinforced an understanding that it really is just all “stuff”, and there are things much more important than stuff.

This area floods once every thirty years, on average – and it happened during a time that we were out of reach and couldn’t do a damn thing about it.

Today marks the day of the banishment of further bad luck.  The house is finally back to normal, and clean! But man, what a lot of work the past few weeks have been.

Moving forward-  we have an estate to manage and I have a wardrobe to re-build.  As if three years without a dress code at my previous job didn’t do enough damage to my style (going to work in gym clothes or just whateverwaslyingonthefloor was way too easy), losing most of my cold weather duds has finished it off. Most of the items now in my closet are either worn out or never worn, and the disorganization has been the culprit of more frustration than necessary – so this re-vamp is a good thing.   It’s just too bad I can’t get the insurance to cover it!

As with any new endeavor, I start with a bit of research online. This article by youlookfab regarding “Wardrobe Capsules” seems like a good place to start, so today I’m going to start planning the outline for my new wardrobe.

September 14, 2011

Photos: Sailboats in Newport, RI

We were in Newport, RI this past week. The visit was for an unfortunate reason, but the area is just beautiful. Next time, I’m taking a real camera and plenty of time. These were taken just after a late lunch at The Castle Hill Inn, overlooking the bay.






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Photo Tour: Small Town Mississippi

September 5, 2011

Photo Tour: Small Town Mississippi





The town isn’t run-down, I just looked for old things that made for interesting photographs. Though small, it was a great place to grow up – good people and a simple life. My feet stay on the ground even when my head is in the clouds thanks to a good ole’ southern upbringing.

Yup, this gal is made of fried okra and cornbread.

September 5, 2011


I tried to make a pot-holder and my measurements were WAY off! I can’t get the darn thing on.

Ah well- I needed a pin cushion anyhow. :0)


August 27, 2011


Experimenting with the ProCreate iPad app