Saturday, May 29, 2010

I hope you get to do some of this

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hey! I just planted those...

This morning we woke up to this giant snapping turtle laying eggs in my newly planted hostas.

She looks prehistoric

It's flipping Wild Kingdom around here lately.  Sunday we had a Pileated Woodpecker and 2 deer in the yard as well.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hot in the City

It's mid 90's this week and our 100 year old house is hot upstairs, but very pleasant in the basement.  We need to replace the 2 extremely ugly light fixtures over the stairway anyway, so I think to save on AC costs installing 2 ceiling fans would help pull up some of that cool air.  Plus the visual impact of two fans in a row would be awesomeness.  So here are my criteria: they have to be hugger (flush mount) since the ceiling is only 8 ft.  They have to be 36in blade diameter since there are 2 of them in a small space and they have to have lights.  Oh and they have to be cool looking.  So far I have found 2 that fit the bill.  Both at Lumens. Both about $400.  So I will have to wait to get them for awhile.  Which do you like?

Picture this one without the drop pole.  Do you have a good source for fans?  Or are they taboo to you?

Monday, May 24, 2010

At my house today

We are looking at annuals at one of my favorite places, the Tonkadale Garden shop.

There were so many choices, I got overwhelmed and left with nothing or I could have spent $500.

Now we are hanging in the shade as it is almost 90 degrees.

ok truth in blogging, this was yesterday.  today I am at working (blogging.)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Have You Seen This One?

This sh*t cracked me up.

Sh*t my kids ruined is a hilarious blog and one of my new faves.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Got Wood?

This is sitting in my front yard.  We had it cut down on Saturday.  And before you go all tree-hugger on me, we are planting about 6 to replace it.  This monster is a black walnut and it rained down slimy walnuts that injured cars and people and made it impossible to live in our front yard.  The only thing that would grow underneath it were moles.  (like the animal, creepy little things)

The mister thought we would sell the wood.  Then we thought how cool would it be to tell people that our walnut floor was once a tree standing in our yard?  So now we are researching that option.  Meanwhile, the tree continues to mock me while it prevents the landscape projects from starting still.  I'll show you tree, one day I will be walking all over you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

But Now I Am

I wasn't really a soccer/football fan before but....

And I enjoyed this article in Vanity Fair.  Here is an excerpt:

In 38 days, it begins. The World Cup captivates more people around the globe than any other event, sporting or otherwise. Every four years, in pubs and corporate boardrooms, thatched huts and flophouses, fans of “the Beautiful Game” gather around televisions and transistor radios—and now, for the deep of pocket, iPhones and 3-D flat screens—to cheer for their heroes. They watch and listen by the billions, holding their breath at every corner kick, falling to their knees or leaping for joy at every goal scored. That this year’s tournament is in South Africa, where apartheid was the law of the land until 1994, only adds to the heightened sense of celebration—this is about a whole lot more than just soccer.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Another project finished

Since the mister has been out of work he has kept himself busy with many projects around the house and yard,  like this, this, and my kitchen where he replaced the sink, countertops, faucet, and put in a tile backsplash which I will post when he grouts it.  He likes to get a project 90% done and then leave it for awhile.  I don't know why, but I try not to complain since he is so handy. And handsome.

Last summer he built this "tree house".  This spring he finished the sandbox underneath.  I would love to add one more detail.

Sunbrella® Awning Stripe Outdoor Drape, 50 x 84"

Wouldn't it look awesome to use Sunbrella drapes to enclose the sandbox, and have them tied around the 
post like these from Pottery Barn?But Since I don't yet have drapes in my living room it would be a little
silly to drop $800 to perfect the tree house.

She doesn't really care.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The End of Innocence

Whoa. I don't know if I should feel ashamed, disgusted, or sorry for envying their sex appeal. The proper response would probably be a mix of the three. Mainly I just feel jealous. I've never looked that sexy in my life.
If you are too disturbed to watch the whole routine just skip to the last 30 seconds. It's the best/worst part.

Do these kids even have parents?  Or just a dance teacher and a pimp?

from the Tosh.O blog on

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gifts for the Grad

I have many grads in my life this year and my favorite place to get them gifts is a local shop called Patina.  Walking into the store is a feast for the eyes, as they have a little of everything all beautifully styled and arranged in color themes.  Here are a few picks I though looked good, and you can order them online if you are not near the TC metro area.

This book looks inspiring,  How Many People Does it Take to Make a Difference?

Who doesn't need one of these?

Peace pillow.  They all go through this phase.

I love office supplies.  They will too.

He's cute.  Wrap him up with a gift card or a check.

Monday, May 10, 2010

How to layer your rugs

Even though I am morally opposed to killing Zebras, this is how you do it right.  


Friday, May 7, 2010

Who Knows?

Only a dude could spend 8 hours at a job interview (yes 8) and not know if he has the job or what the job pays.  Just sayin.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photography of Debi Treloar.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cross Your Fingers

Prosecco by 96dpi.
The mister has a job interview tomorrow.  He has always worked in the hockey industry, but this one is with a wine distributer who specializes in what happens to be my favorite drink of all time: Prosecco!  Coincidence?  I think not.
Surely it is a sign from above.

Monday, May 3, 2010

They Go With Everything

Beachy, modern bedroom: Stripes + wood + white by xJavierx.

Paul Costello, Domino 2005

gasl_rugs_12 by decorno.
From Domino via Decorno

Little Green Notebook
And of course this one from Lonny.I love bamboo shades.  I think they could work almost anywhere.  Tell me I am wrong. I dare you.

Martha uses them too.  So you should.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Project Day

Mack always wear his hard hat when he helps Daddy with projects.

The big reveal!   I really like them.

In this photo, they look a little too small for the space, but in real life, they look awesome.
Thanks Amanda and  Valorie!