Monthly Archives: September 2008

cold weather bedding

I really have been obsessing over this bedding situation from TOAST . So perfect for fall and winter. I love the combo of the old fashioned, neutral ticking with the floral. Oh, if only money were no object, I could buy all of the things on my list. Sigh. I think I'll try to get some cheap flannel ticking sheets and a vintagey graphic floral to accent it, and find an old soft woolen blanket and just try to recreate for cheap. Not that I'm really going to get any sleep or spend any time in bed in the winter months this year! Maybe bebe will quickly start sleeping through the night! A girl can dream!




housewifey duties

Monday is always a pretty slow day around here. Just trying to get back into the swing of things after a snug and fun weekend. I have been trying to embrace my stay-at-home-mom-housewifey side and just approach the seemingly mundane duties of such a woman with zeal. I find that if I stick to a schedule, all of the tasks that need doing sort of take on a meditative, strangely soul satisfying experience.

Monday is laundry day…



And Monday is figure out what to eat for the week day…although I found myself today going through all of my Fall back issues of Everyday Food magazine and compiling a big list of all of the Autumn-y food I need to make or bake. Those magazines have so many great recipes, but it is so difficult to remember what you saw where, or keep track of which recipes you'd like to try. So I am just going to go through seasonally and make a sort of index of what I've made, or would like to make.


so very quiet…


I am sitting here, savoring a quiet moment on a rainy afternoon. We were supposed to have a garage sale today, but we got rained out, so it's been a lazy day. Clara is napping and Jay is out. I'm munching on a rather yummy piece of Banana Bread with Coconut and Pecans from the Magnolia cookbook, and I just started to feel the need to post. I know I am rather silent here, and I apologize. I have alwyas been something of an introvert, so sharing does not always come easily. But a couple of friends have pointed out my stinky blogging, as well as my quiet sort of nature, and I thought I better just post something already, lest I just completely turn into a recluse!!



The belly is getting bigger, the days are getting shorter and the impending arrival of our wee little babe, (who happens to be another girl!!) is getting close. I have been spending alot of time just feeling nesty and reading books, and bonding with Clara. I think it must be normal to have feelings of guilt about bringing another child into the family. Clara is so used to our time together, and of course to being the center of attention, that I am sure it will be a hard adjustment. So we've been spending alot of quality time together.


It has been a very busy couple of months around the house. We've been doing tons of home inprovements (a big old breakfast bar in the kitchen, with a big slab of black walnut for the top), Clara's new room is in the works, new windows for upstairs. Plus we're thinking of putting in a woodstove to save on heating costs this winter. Also, one of the things that is leaning us in that direction, is the fact that we have TONS of firewood now. We had three huge white oaks in front of our house that were attacked by gypsy moths the past 3 years, and they were dying. It was a very sad thing, but they were chopped down two weeks ago. They were HUGE trees. Almost 200 years old, and enormous. It was sad to think that they had been there for all of those years, for the whole life of our house, and then chop, gone in a matter of two afternoons. But they had been looming ominously over our house, and one big branch falling could have taken out our top floor. Here's a picture of me standing by the one trunk. Big, huh? Oh, I mean the tree. ha!


What else, what else. Lots of family type functions and happy get togethers. Lots of autumnal preparations in the past couple of weeks. Oh, last weekend, I went to another great Earth Angels event! It was such a perfect sunny day and really lovely. Jen has some pics on her blog. But she had some amazing prices on some amazing work, so I did buy a couple of things (bad!) Here's some stuff waiting to be hung. Did I mention I have a phobia about hanging art in the wrong spot. It takes me ages to hang a piece, let alone a bunch of stuff. I mean it's only a nail hole, right?? Issues, I tell you.  Anyway, two little paintings by Laurie Meseroll and a little shadow box by Debbie Hartwick  


A little doggie pincushion also by Debbie Hartwick


I also picked up a couple of other little cute things. Who can resist, I ask you??

Oh, I hear a crabby toddler calling my name. bye for now!

Holiday Crafts!

Be sure to check out Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine! Not only is it filled with tons of cute stuff to make for Halloween and Christmas from some amazing artists, it also features a project for a couple of my birdies!