Wednesday, January 28, 2009
photo - one of my lovely old doors, waiting for me to come up with an idea
Several years ago I was at my favorite recyled building materials haunt and I found a pair of doors. It was love at first sight and I plunked down the money for them. It's never a lot of money at the ReStore but considering the fact that I didn't need them, didn't have a place for them, didn't really have the foggiest idea what I would do with them...it's a bit odd that I made the purchase. But...like I said - I saw them - I loved them - I bought them.
Ever since that day I've been moving them from one spot to another out in the barn to make sure they don't end up sitting in a puddle of water (leaky roof) or get bumped , knocked over and broken....perish the thought!
This week the light went on...I found a picture that will now give those doors a home, a function , a chance to be all they can be!
And I will have a really groovy cabinet....
I just have to build it....hmmmm.
I'm sure The Husband would be happy to give me a hand, this thing is gonna be big, and those doors weigh a ton! Really honey, I've got it all figured out...it doesn't have to be fancy...it's just going in the barn!
Of course the idea photo is painted gray...it's all I see these days. ;)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Yipppieeee...I'm a winner!
Lori over at Lipsmacking Goodness (she's on my sidebar over there on your right )had a contest for her blogaversary a while back. Lori is cooking light and she bought this Cooking Light book for herself..and one a a give away to her readers. I love to collect cookbooks so I was particularly interested in the contest.
Here's the deal. I never win. The Husband is the winner around these parts, not me. So imagine my surprise when Lori picked my name out of the hat! I about fell over. The neat thing is that I was one of her first commenters when she started her blog, I was also new to blogging and when I saw her first posts I wanted to encourage her to keep up the good work - and helllooo...the girl posts wonderful recipes.
The book came in the mail today and it's fabulous. Much like Lori I'm trying to
lighten up my cooking a bit. When I diet I tend to stick to the same old recipes, afraid that if I branch out I'll completely fall off the wagon - which of course always happens. I looove good food, good cooks, parties that good cooks host where they serve yummy stuff. If someone tells me they went to a party my first question is usually about the food, not "who was there" or "what did you wear".
So, thanks to Lori...I can still be all about the food, it will just be a bit lighter - and hopefully so will I :)
Pop on over to Lori's ....there's lots of yummy stuff. The last recipe of hers that I tried was the miso salad dressing... it's fabulous!
*Sorry about the sideways photo, Blogger is being a bit snarky lately.
Monday, January 26, 2009
But first...is anyone else having problems loading pictures on blogger? I've written a few posts with pictures and they come out all garbled so I just give up and go do something else...mean old blogger.
Okay...I've decided to start playing around out in the crafty part of the barn. It's the old calf nursery, we cleaned it all up..lottts of pressure washing...ewwww - how do tiny little calves splatter pooh that high? Hubby helped me hang some plywood on the walls, they had some barn insulation so that's good. Then I got kooky with paint, one wall is red (it was 5 bucks on the reject cart at Home Depot)and the rest are yellow. It's still a barn but the feeling is a little bit red/yellow/funky/Scandinavian kitchenish. Friends gave me a reject desk that you see in the photo...the orange chairs are from my friend Susie, they're from her childhood breakfast table... that chair with the red throw was my moms, for my entire childhood that was the chair she sat on in the evenings to do her needlepoint.
The place is full of old rejects but fun none-the-less. It's where we have the pumpkin carving party, where we have the wreath making party...you can make a huuuge mess and close the door and walk away.
Since I have a giant itch to paint -and I'm kinda sick of the yellow/red thing...this is where the grey is going to go. I'm going to do one corner at a time and the desk corner is where I'm planning to start. Using a dark gray on the base of the desk, a softer gray on the upper shelf...maybe a faux stone treatment on the half/walls, they're yucky old concrete and need something, not sure about that though cuz I know "faux" is sooooo over. But hey...it's a barn. I don't know that I care if I'm totally off trend, faux is fun annnd cheap...this place is all about the cheap.
Oh...and the circus tent treatment on the ceiling would be so cool out here!
What do ya think...do it? Am I nutso?
Too late, as soon as I post this I'm headed to the paint store!
Wanna come over and help paint?
he he he
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The new vehicle that we bought last fall came with satellite radio, and a free trial period of Sirius Radio. Well...the free ride is over and it's time for us to make a decision. I love having satellite radio, especially when I drive to the cabin - when I go over the mountain pass I don't get radio signals but I DO get Sirius....and I love it. Part of my decision making process for any purchase is research, that's just what I do. The research on Sirius has turned up a whole lot of unhappy customers...oh. my. if the posts are to be believed the folks at Sirius have built quite a bad reputation.
So...any advice? Do it? Don't do it? Anybody out there been double billed and had "sirius" problems trying to deal with the customer service department?
As it stands right now I won't be signing up....ahhh...the power of the internet.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Last weeks adventures got me all fired up to pretty
things up around the farm.
I saw so many beautiful spaces, the sun was shining,
it was one of those magical spaces in time where
everything was spontaneous and filled with laughter.
I met new people, I was charmed, intrigued and inspired.
Sometimes adventures have that effect,
when I come home they make me want to change things up.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The furniture and cabinets in the party barn are all recycled, the cabinets at the cabin are all recycled...mostly from the Re-Store in Bellingham.
I love the Re-Store, I hadn't been there in a while so last week when I was in town and just happened to be driving by....well...of course I had to stop in and see if there was anything that needed to come live at the farm. I saw this desk, I walked away from this desk, drove home...and this desk haunted me all evening. I told The Husband about it and he gave me his usual Re-Store chuckle....this has happened more than once...I see it, I walk away from it, and then I can't stop thinking about it.
The next day I went back to look at it again and I decided I just had to have it. When The Husband went with me to pick it up he looked at me - he looked at it - he looked at me again and said "you paid how much for that?".
It's the first time in oh-so-many purchases at the Re-Store that he has questioned my judgement. I told him he's gotta have the vision. I see it stripped all the way down to raw wood and sitting in front of a window at the cabin, or painted a really soft buttery yellow and scuff sanded, or painted a glossy black with glass drawer pulls....oh....imagine the possibilities.
The man needs the vision I tell ya, now that the desk is home and in the project barn, I still really like it...he still thinks it's UGLY!
What do you see? Painted? Stripped? Returned to the Re-Store and re-donated?
Monday, January 12, 2009
I had purchased the ingredients for this dip but didn't have the chance to make it. Other recipes always seemed to push this one over to the side.
The only shot I have of it...before I put it in the oven.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
hey.... a girl can't do it all.
If you're local check out the Lettered Streets Coffee Shop on Dupont in B'ham.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Heard a few stories about people who think their car is some sort of batmobile, that they can drive through two feet of flood water without bad stuff happening. Sorry kids, cars are not boats...use your noggin. Barricades at the end of the road are there to keep you from drowning your car, it's not a slalom course set up for your amusement.
There are barricades at both ends of my road, I've seen crazy people drive around the policeman that is stationed there to keep folks safe...ayyyeeee!!! For crying out loud, pay attention people!
I know...cranky lady post...but heck...somebody's gotta say it.
Down the road a bit, here at this old farm... we are now the proud owners of a 20 acre lake, my sweet husband promised me years ago that someday we could live on the waterfront, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My word of the year. Not one to do resolutions, I prefer to just choose one word that I would like to wrap up my plans for the year...no disappointment, no failures...just a concept or idea.
This has been my New Years process for more than a decade, I hear it's become trendy...not gonna say I'm a step ahead, I'm usually more of a step to the side kind of girl - unintentional of course.
"The word" is almost always and action verb, not crazy action like "run", more in the realm of "stretch" or "focus" (last years word).
So, without further delay...the word is....
.....yup...I'll be fifty in August. I know it's not an action verb. But I'd like FIFTY to be about action.
Fifty actions. New stuff, stuff I haven't done before, places I haven't been.
Life around here seems to go in three or five year increments. Jobs, tasks, projects...seem to run from 3-5 years...and then it's time to change it up. From 45-50 a lot of stuff got done around here, but it seemed a bit repetitive. Not that there weren't opportunities, I think I just stayed on the farm and took care of things around here, happily puttering away, I felt pretty centered...perhaps a bit self-centered. I passed on vacations, adventures, ski trips, parties - the list goes on.
I'm not making a list of fifty things I want to do, I'd like to be open to possibilities, to snap out of that home-centered mentality. Like when I took a road trip about ten years ago, I flew by the seat of my pants and ended up staying at a cottage belonging to a friend of a friend. Just beyond the cottage there was a grove of trees, it was incredible...there were picnic tables, a stream, cozy chairs....and a giant trapeze.
Every Sunday a group of friends gathered to "fly".
I was a chicken, I didn't "fly". But I hope that this year, if I end up at the end of a road, and there is a trapeze...I hope that I at least climb that ladder and stand on the podium and think about taking the leap.
Tonight I'm adding the first thing to my list, it's silly really... I'm just going someplace I said I didn't care to go...but now that I'm looking to add to "the list"....it's a whole new mindset.
Only 49 to go.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Clara asks Shelly some questions.
Clara: Where did you go when Santa was here?
Shelly: I was over there by the punch bowl..next to Brad.
Clara: Huh uh....
Shelly: Sure I was, right over there...see? Here's my punch cup.
Clara gives Shelly a stern gaze.
Then Riley has a few questions for Uncle Ron.
Riley: Were you Santa?
Uncle Ron: No silly, I was right here...remember?
Riley: Oh yeah, so who was Santa?
Uncle Ron: Santa was Santa.
Riley: No really....who was Santa?
Uncle Ron: Why don't you think Santa was Santa?
Riley: Cuz Santa had hands like a lady.
Hmmmm....I guess next year Santa should wear gloves.
My blogger buddy Jerrie posted this meme a while back. She left an open invitation to anyone who wanted to play along. I ran through the list, plugged in my answers and left this post in my drafts to publish another day....in proper Shelly fashion I sorta forgot about it.
I've been making a few fun lists for the new year....but that's another post. For now I'll leave you with this.
It's a random list of 100 things, you're supposed to alter the print to bold if you've done whatever is listed. I followed Jerrie's lead and added the odd sassy comment to some of the line items....cuz I kinda like being a little sassy once in a while. * (my sassy comments)
If you want to play along just cut and paste and post on your blog...be sure to let me know because I'd love to pop on over and read all about it!
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band..(playing bass with friends probably doesn't count huh?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world......(both)
8. Climbed a mountain...(Table Mountain, not that big but still cool)
9. Held a praying mantis....(first time last summer ;)
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped...(noooo wayyyy)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea,.....(at the helm of a sailboat...yikes)
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child...(nope - only stray dogs and cats)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (it was closed when we were there...grrr)
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill....(only when I was my own boss)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise, (sailing for a week counts right?)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors,(does Kansas count?)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language,( just enough Italian to get around)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing, (Sedona...cool red rocks)
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke.....(my sisters made me)
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud, (all the time...I'm a gardener)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching....(many times - I love it, especially from shore)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64.Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving.......(no stinkin' way)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check, (mom was in the hospital - I was 26 & a wreck)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar....(in Russia- with a champagne chaser, interesting custom... first you drink a shot of vodka. Vodka, caviar, champagne...glad I was in my twenties, these days I don't think I could do that....hanggggoverrrrr.)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square....(and Red Square! I'm square ;)
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone.....(a few)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle, (been the driver)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible.....(a lot of it, but not from cover to cover)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (uh...NO)
88. Had chickenpox......(twice!)
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous....(John Travolta!)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake..(been there - didn't swim)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Today I stood in front of the oven, froze...and just shook my head. I botched two batches of bars...in a row.
Make crust, top with caramel sauce...bake...then top with crushed candy topping.
I made crust, topped with caramel annnnd topping.....and baked.
Duhhhh. Make that Duh, repeat ...and duh again!
They're not terrible...they're just terribly ugly, and very buttery.
Tomorrow is my mother-in-law's 80th birthday, Saturday we are having a little party for her. Today I started baking for the soiree - I've been told to plan on about 100 people. At the rate I'm going we'll be eating botched bars around here for months.
Freaky thing is I stayed home last night and didn't have any sort of libations.
If there is someone out there missing their hangover brain...it came to my house.
This is why Shelly shouldn't bake.