Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gettin' Ready For Gobble Day

Thanks Tee for your very good comment. I would probably have broken the shades by Christmas!

My menu to take to G's sister, who always has Thanksgiving, is now complete. Because my family is multi people I bring a lot.

Mini cupcakes for the kids
Peas with pearl onions and mushrooms (G's mom's recipe)
Flank steak crostini
Mini lasagna cupcakes
Double chile queso dip
and if I have time, Fingerling potato bites with asiago
The carrot cake cupcakes are done and are just waiting until tomorrow for the cream cheese frosting.

The flank steak is marinading in the refrig.

The mis en place for the lasagna cupcakes are ready to assemble. I need to go to the hospital in a little bit to get my bi annual Prolia shot so I will have to wait until I get back home to continue.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Post Fix Up

It is overwhelming to think of what went on at my house in the last five weeks. The wind was up to sixty miles an hour and all the windows and doors (except a few that were already new) which count well over fifty were replaced. To get the old ones out the cuts were six to eight inches around the outside so when the window was out and the new one was put in, the perimeter had to be replaced, inside and outside. That in itself is hard to digest.
All the windows that went all the way down to the deck were lifted up a foot, as this photo shows.  The  water damage we have had to incur in the bouts of wind driven rain are a constant battle and this will hopefully help in that regard.

Bad, bad photo but the main level of the house has built in blinds.  Not between two panes of glass but in front on their own fitting and as my pic shows, they can completely cover the window or go up, down or anywhere in between.  They are the bomb.  The windows are Marvin and I think the guy told me that they have a patent on these.  I have been slowly taking off the syran wrap that holds them in place, taking off the multitude of stickers (why?) and sitting down to rest.

My new car comes today.  Yeah, I know that I already have a new car (since Feb) but I don't like it so I am having the same car (only six years newer) that I had before delivered and the guy is gonna show me stuff, all of which I do not retain, and he will leave the car and take the other one back.  Life is good.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Here Comes The Bride

I met Anna Mac when she was three years old. It was at a pow wow for a ski trip we were planning to Snowmass, Colorado. Her parents were friends of my sister and her husband. There were several families with connections to all of them somehow.  Some of us were a bit miffed, thinking that a small child would cramp our style as our kids were easily ten at the youngest.  She was something, don't get me wrong.  Anna was never a small child.  She was funny and insistent and clever and cunning.  And now she is married.

We sat at the wedding in the fourth row, just behind the ring bearer (three) and the flower girl (18 months) so getting off a shot with the camera without a bobbing toddler was not gonna happen.  Anna and Kyle are a perfect couple and wow, what a beautiful bride she was!

Our table was festooned with rose petals.

Anna's mom, a very dear friend of mine, looked beautiful.  We had a fantastic night.  So did the bride and groom!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


I had to come to Panera so that I could order furniture on line. As is usual with our returning home, the internet and the phones do not work.

Comcast comes tomorrow but that doesn't mean that we necessarily have service.  We have been very busy since we returned.  More on that later.

Micky and I went to a Chris Daughtry concert last night.  It was just okay.  It was very loud and he is much more of a rocker than his songs imply.
It was the same venue as Train was so it was the band and it's equipment that were loud.  We

decided we are to old for this rocker.  Another stone unturned.  Hope to be back to blogging tomorrow afternoon.  We have a wedding tonight (ninth this year) and unless someone has a shotgun wedding, it should be our last of the year.  It'll be fun.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Room With A View

This is the view of the center window in my upstairs office. I never actually saw the whole thing before

 because it is usually so sunny, it's blinding until the sun gets higher in the sky.  Although the houses here are close together, I like that so much better than what I had in the last house.

 And the back yard, as seen through a screen on my studio porch,  is noisy with water fowl and I love it too.  Too much quiet is too much.

Not today.  It's in the low 50's now and isn't supposed to go as far as 60ยบ today.  I know, it's still better than what we are traveling to tomorrow.  I have gotten pictures of snow and cold ground.  There's a reason why we winter in paradise.

We are traveling in the car a few miles to take our walk in nature trails that we have been talking about since we moved here.  The cool air will be perfect for that.

Today is the day to get stuff ready to head home.  Laundry needs to be done and some plants need to come inside.  I have to get all the stuff I plan on working on in the car ready too.  I have a lot to do when I get home.  I just looked at my calendar for the five weeks I am home and it's pretty chocked full.  That's a good thing!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Finishing Touch

I finished up part of this bedroom (I think it's yours). I decided to have unmade beds while there is no company and wash and make the bed as someone comes to visit. I think that's a better way to do it. The pillows are also stored in the closet until time to use and that makes the bed look kinda skimpily


I may have to do something about that. This is the comforter and shams that I painted,  The shams were originally only grey and white.  We were waiting on the new carpeting before we did much to the rooms.  We knew we would probably be the only one's here until after Christmas.

I finished covering mu two 4 x 8 design walls with flannel.  I have a few more things to wrap up before I go home tomorrow.  Then the holiday cooking will start.  I am not looking forward to the snow but I am very anxious for the total rehaul of our house on the lake.  Just in time.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday Stuff (Yeah, That Was Yesterday)

I was pretty much over the moon when I went to my first meeting (or more of a get together) of the Modern Quilt Guild yesterday. It is absolutely what I wanted. I am not a 'meeting'person and this is nothing like I am used to with groups. It was very laid back with little time spent on minutes and finances and all that. It meets the third Saturday of the month (the only drawback is the use of a Saturday in the middle of the day) and I will get used to that. This group is relatively new, having been founded in 2009 in Los Angeles and there is now over 100 guilds around the world. I am lucky enough to spend half my time about five miles from one of those.  I loved everyone I met.  Yeah!

Finally, after waiting for six weeks, my special order area rug was delivered.  It is the same as the one
across the room that is called the dining room (I don't make this stuff up) and I no longer am living with just a rug pad and a deconstructed cocktail table.  This is Bella's hang out (she can see outside from the arms of the couches) so we wanted it to be just right.

We have three more days before we have to join the throngs up north tromping through the snow!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What's Going On

I spent yesterday on this guest room.  I am now second guessing myself.  I am very big on capturing the bottom corners of the comforter so I will make some sort of ties today.  It makes for much easier bed making than with out it.  I wanted to have bright and very Florida colors but I may have gone overboard.  I will have to think about it.  The headboard covers are to cover up the asian headboards that the previous owner left.  They match my bed skirts and I think that the color is too much.  I am only here for three more days and so I will let it go for now.  I am thinking of a more subtle color in the near future.

And Sergei is in the media room right off the studio, at 8 a.m. installing a Murphy bed.

Friday, November 14, 2014

I Am Floored

I am just not a berber carpet kinda gal. It seems as though every thing (mostly pins and staples) tend to get caught in it. This was the floor of the studio and the stairs going up to the new bamboo floors. The stair was still carpeted so I chose the same color for the stairs and two guest rooms that had this lovely white berber. I chose the carpet because I could get different pile heights and I wanted a shorter pile on the stairs. I was a bit trapped in the studio yesterday while they were carpeting 19 stairs and two landings so I took up a long ignored project of sewing the hems of these 18 napkins.
Today we will be waiting for the area rug that was back ordered due to the larger than normal size (13 x 9).  I can't wait to not walk into my bedroom and just see a rug liner on the floor of the living room!  It's all coming together.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Our days are getting very crowded because we have 'windows' of time to work around and want as much as possible to be done before we head back north for the holidays.  Today it's carpeting and the arrival window is 9 to 11 so we had to actually set the alarm to get up early enough to get our walk in.  G is at the dermatologist and I am waiting for the installers.

Yesterday the day got completely away from us.  I had an orthopedic appointment at nine and then I had a lovely luncheon with three neighborhood quilters!  Saturday I am attending my first Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  I am also joining the Sarasota quilt guild and maybe the Venice guild.  I have lots of choices.

I have five more days in paradise and wanna make the most of it!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All Around The House

This community that we now call 'home away from home,' is always surprising us. I guess we didn't read the small print on the bylaws and other stuff that comprises the big binder that houses all the info pertaining to the neighborhood and it's happenings . We woke up today with this view. Everywhere we looked there was a pallet
of mulch.
As we looked closer we realized that each home had it's own pallet.  It was timed perfectly with the arrival of our tax bill.  Probably on purpose, would you say?

This association does so much more than I would have ever dreamed they did tho'.  I am duly impressed.  This is our pallet.  It's so cute, isn't it?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meet And Greet

G and I went to a progressive dinner on Saturday night.
It consisted of an appetizer stop,
where I brought these crostini.  They are store bought crostini with a shmear of pesto, a piece of medium rare marinaded flank steak with a dollop of creme fraiche and chive.  I also brought the reuben balls and dip but it was so hectic to get them out of the oven hot, on the serving platter and into the car (in the rain) that I neglected to take a picture.    

We also went to the main course (chicken of all kinds) with a side and then dessert, which we took a pass on.  It was lots of fun!

I went to a 'craft' session at a new acquaintance's house, Donna, to compile little planters.  There were lots of us that showed up.  It is for a fund raiser that is scheduled right after we head north so I will not be able to attend.

The sun was so bright that we had to close the blinds, hence the poor picture.

Donna was really into shells and what you could make with them.  That was her inspiration to compile all these lean cuisine containers full of shell creations.

There were little cups with styrofoam, spanish moss, and other fillers including balls and leaves that we could use for the little flower arrangements.
I think in a couple hours we managed to do close to fifty of the little flower arrangements.  I have survived another meet and greet.

Today I have a new member meeting of yet another group I joined.  This one is more philanthropic than social.  I wanna keep busy!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Purchasing Power

I couldn't come home without a couple purchases from the Village of the Arts First Friday.  I got this

masterpiece of a pig on a three wheeler.  It was only $36!  What a shocker.   And it's a good size; probably 12 inches wide (the bike).  I am a sucker for a bargain and a circle.

I refrained from purchasing this yard art (surely the neighborhood has restrictions for tacky as I have not seen one of those shadow marlboro man in any yard and haven't yet seen any two garage doors adorned with 'his' and 'hers'.)  I think the body is made up of the end of a crib.  It just caught my eye.
The mobile of broken glasses and sunglasses caught G's eye.  He exclaimed that he currently had enough crap eyewear to make one of his own.  That cinched the, not purchasing it, dilemma.
This was whimsy and I liked it but did not purchase it.  I now wish I did.  I have the perfect spot for it and it's in your room!

This chardonnay bottle body of a fish just had to come home with me.  It was the perfect matchy matchy thing to put on my new table centered in my new

furniture grouping on the studio screened-in porch.  It's all coming together!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Scary Stuff

Last night we joined up with my brother Dan and his wonderful wife Dori to join in on the festivities in downtown Bradenton for a monthly art walk in the Village of The Arts. Here they are, and aren't they cute? My brother will be sixty in March.

 It is a neighborhood that is gradually becoming an artist colony where most of the artists live in the back of the house and have a gallery in the front.  Needless to say, when a house comes up for sale, it's pretty much a given that it will be artsy.  The theme of the monthly event changes every time.  Because the Day of the Dead was just upon us, the theme was skeletons.

They were everywhere, in art, on people, on children,

on clothes.  It was lots of fun and we had a grand outside dinner after.  Try it.  You'll like it.  It takes place on the first Friday of each month.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Doggy Style

I love this paper pieced dog and decided when my sister was finishing up her blocks for Chai that I wanted to do it for the next raffle for the humane society.  Because it is very labor intensive I had decided to set a time to do one a day so the burden wouldn't be so great.  But just getting ready for one was a bit daunting, let alone 20 or so.

I ended up cutting large sections of each color and labeling them and then sticking a straight pin through the whole amount.  I started with cutting out 10 dog blocks.

These are all black noses, ears, and legs and tail.   The next group will be brown and then I will wreck a noter.  It makes the project easier if I do a block a day.

Lesson Learned

Well, it's pretty firm that I am not allowed to buy big things on line, sight unseen. Both G and I have committed to the fact that I have no idea what the hell I am getting, quality wise, and having it drop shipped is bad enough, but then to try and put together something that clearly doesn't fit together is another thing all together. I purchased a small indoor/outdoor set for a small screened in porch off the studio. I thought it was good looking and a pretty good deal but it was none of the above. It was junk. G spent a day trying to assemble it and then left home for a while to cool off and came back to try again, with the same result. He had already broken down the boxes and they were out on the curb for recycling. He just got mad and reassembled the boxes, repacked the order and got on the phone to the company in California and told him his difficulties and they were very nice and asked if he could take pictures of the problem. He took the pictures and all was well, we could return the poorly manufactured items. That was early last week. It took another week to get the shipping labels correct and then the freight service was to deliver from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. yesterday. G was on the phone at 5:20 asking what was up and the freight company said that the 8 to 5 window was for commercial locations and residential was 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We had to wait all day for pick up when we didn't need to. Yuck! The guy in the big truck rolled in at a quarter to 8. He looked beat. I learned my lesson.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Want A Wonton?

When it was cold a couple days ago I decided that what I would like is some homemade wonton soup. I went shopping and got all the ingredients and after bringing them home and doing all the chopping prep (shitake, bok choy, bamboo sprouts, scallions, ginger and garlic) I decided I was too tired and refrigerated them all for a later date. So, when I realized the temp was back in the eighties I decided that it wouldn't do to put off the production and so last night I dug in and made ninety or so wontons and finished up the stock and served it up for dinner.  It was mighty good and I have dinner for at least three nights in the freezer.

I freeze the wontons (uncooked) on a sheet pan and when the soup is room temp I put it in freezer containers and drop five or six wontons in it and label and freeze.  To me, just making a dinner, if it isn't a baked potato and a steak, is to labor intensive.  I want to see something left over when I have put in all the work.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Do Your Patriotic Duty and Vote!!!

What a bad photo this is! I would take another but the camera is downstairs now and I am too lazy. This is the tv room right off the studio where I am also putting in a Murphy bed.  Anyway, we went shopping on Sunday for the whole day, looking for couch and loveseat replacements for these crappy ones I got online at Overstock. They really are bad. The bottom cushion is at an angle so you are half off the couch after sitting there for a bit. I finally found what I wanted at Florida Leather Gallery but it has to be made so I have to wait six to eight weeks. That's pretty much okay because I will only be here for a couple more weeks until after the holidays. I can make due.  Oh, and I got red leather to change it up a bit.  I love the new rug.  I got it online and was very pleased with it's construction.

Don't forget to VOTE today.

Monday, November 03, 2014

DD & D

I was looking at photos, looking for some furniture that I took a picture of and happened upon this group of photos from Sonoma Cali, where we happened on a Diners, Drive Ins and Dives restaurant called the Freemont Diner.  By the looks of it I would put it in the dive category.

The majority of the seating was out side and they had a nice postcard replica painted on a galvanized wall.

Drinks were served in customized ball jars and Nancy and I

were in charge of guarding the booty.

This food was amazing.  This was my order, only I can only guess that it's grouper because I have eaten several meals since and don't remember.
This was Nancys and I think it was a fried green tomato BLT.

This was G's with a side of cornbread and a burger bigger than his head.

Frank was as always, oh so practical and got grilled cheese and tomato bisque.  Oh, yeah, and he wouldn't share.

This crazy truck was permanently parked out in the front of the building

with a skeleton in the passenger side seat.  It was a fun experience.  I mean come on, this girl loves to eat!