Stuff and Nonsense…

Jen-and-MinThese two make me want to start singing “Sisters” from White Christmas….I’m going to do it, “Sisters! Sisters!  There were never such devoted sisters….”  Minerva on the left is definitely Rosemary Clooney.  I love the was she’s staring down her schnoz at Vera Allen, I mean Jennie Weasley.

Buff-and-CatThese two just want some more grass clippings.  You’ll note Buffy has saved a tiny piece for later.

Ash-climbing-TreeA tree blew down during a storm last week.  It was dead and we were actually pricing having it taken down when thunder storms eliminated the issue for us.  Blessedly, the storm was traveling in a rare southerly direction, thereby preserving the fence you see behind it.

Kids-on-TreeThat’s not the only miracle either-you’ll note that not one, but two of my children are playing outside.  Playing! Outside!

Ashton-Garterstitch-scarfI tried to coax this one to model my Keyhole scarf-he was not pleased.  Looking back with the clarity of hindsight, I’ve had better ideas.

Flowering-weedYou see that?  That’s a weed.  The picture is pretty, but the weed is not.  It has stickers in addition to the little flowers and it is vining through my dwarf azaleas in a way that is not ok.  Weeds, we have lots of them…

Budding-Live-OakWe also have lots of these.  At the moment this picture was taken, this sweet little Live Oak Seed pod was still attached.  I don’t think any of them are attached anymore and they’re covering every square inch of the place with their polleny presence.  I don’t think “polleny” is a word, but I’m going to pretend it is.

And just when you think you can’t stand the pollen any more-not even one more minute…

Purple-Iris-BudYou remember…that pollen, it has a purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Enemy of Leisure

A month.   That’s how long it’s been since I’ve posted.  January 8th-February 10th.  That’s whack.  Why?  You may ask-I’ll be glad to share.

Work.

A month of grueling, thankless (except for the paycheck), work.

It’s the enemy of leisure, you know.  So I’ve had to be selective with my time.  Kids…hubbie…tired.  Fatigue is also the enemy of leisure.  I haven’t been completely off-goal, but I have been very limited.  I’ve done some reading, and I’ve done some knitting, and that my friends, sums it up.  Throw in a couple of rented dvd’s and a few good meals and I’ve just recapped the last month in 105 words.

Comfort and Joy!

I woke up this morning and cuddled with my six year old.  He still likes to cuddle with mom, thank goodness!  I made Nutella cocoa and a rich, strong latte and sat down with my family in the morning light.  And I felt happiness.  In that way that you feel it in random moments.  Tired, but relaxed and content.  So lucky. Such Comfort and Joy!

LatteAnd I spied our tree sitting there in the morning light and it was beautiful.

Latte-treeSo I grabbed my camera, because that what you do, right?

Christmas_Tree_Wideangle

 

You take pictures of things that are beautiful!

Christmas-Tree-Day

Pictures of Comfort and Joy!

 

 

 

The List…Etsy Edition

I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to the time drain that is Etsy.  You log on “for just a minute” and an hour and a half later, you forcibly pry your fingers from the keyboard or screen.  Despite the obvious pitfall to browsing (loss of sleep), I do it because it makes me happy.  I love the clever, diverse, creativity you can find there. So here’s another list.  This time it’s a list of Etsy finds that I think are neat.  I use the word neat because not all of them are pretty, not all of them are cool, and although I acknowledge that some of them are kitschy, I find them all to be very….well, neat.

1.  Blown Glass Acorn Earrings $15.00…nuff said.

2.  I love this brown leather journal…hand embossed, tea stained and adorned with a butterfly.  Pricey at $75.00, but very cool.

3.  I love (!) these dictionary prints by Collage-o-Rama.  The moose is my favorite, but frankly I’ll be buying a set of these for one of my special friends who “gets me”. Priced at $7.99 (and a buy 3 get 1 free seasonal special!)

4.  I covet many things found in the Claylicious store, but I especially love these little owls.  the colors are awesome at $27.00 each.  I love the orange!

5.  Love butterflies…love this bracelet.  A sweet deal at $9.99.

6.  I didn’t really know I had a thing for moose, and then I reviewed this post…This is awesome and I love it!  A moosehead from WhiteFauxTaxidermy…$99.99.

And yes, I said “I love” like 50 times in this post, but can you blame me?  So much Etsy and so little time!

 

 

Archiving Happiness

It started yesterday.  I found myself randomly archiving moments of happiness.  I posted a status on Facebook last night-the first time I’ve posted in months.  It stated simply, “Rudolph!”  Since that moment, the list has grown incrementally, and now, it’s bubbling over…I must share…

rudolph1.  As stated previously, Rudolph makes me happy.  Yes, he’s awkwardly animated, and the dentist is irritating, but it doesn’t matter. There’s a mob of us for whom Rudolph was an eagerly anticipated event, even if Santa was skinny and more than a little mean.

2.  Sam Adams Winter Lager makes me happy.  Especially at this moment, when my beer is so cold that I have to analyze whether it’s actually crystallized or just deliciously chilled.

3.  Mindlessly surfing Etsy makes me happy.  I’ll probably post on this topic separately. So many talented and creative souls! I love the baubles I find there, and I think I’ll have to share my favorites very soon.

4.  Cozy blogs make me happy.  To be specific, those bloggers that evoke a sense of comfort, beauty and home with their posts.  They inspire me.

5.  Christmas lights make me happy.  Apparently, I won’t be growing out of it.  I find them beautiful, and oddly calming.  I think my favorites lights are those that take a small, modest, maybe even shabby home, and turn it into a hodge podge of color and festivus.  I love the celebration implied by the effort. Lights are pretty.

6.   The word “Festivus” makes me happy.  If Seinfeld existed for no other purpose, then the creation of this word justifies it’s existence for me.  I celebrate the concept of festivus.

7.   Christmas themed fiction makes me happy.  This ever-lengthening list of books is also destined to be a future post on it’s own merit.  During the month of December, I read Caron, McComber and every other beautifully sappy version of Christmas love I can get my hands on.  Some are wonderful! Some are terrible! And they all make me happy.

8.  Sappy holiday movies on the Hallmark channel make me happy.  I watch them constantly from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  The conflict is predictable, the problems are solved (frequently by a Christmas miracle) and they usually end in a cavalcade of seasonal joy.  They also remind me of my Daddy.  Pops and I watched many a sappy Hallmark movie together.  Our philosophy was simple.  Life is stressful enough.  Why would you watch stressful TV?

9.  Anticipating someone’s reaction to a gift makes me happy.  The idea that I can make them feel special is a gift in itself.

10.  Spending time with all of you through “Such the Like” makes me happy.  It’s gratifying in a way that supersedes the norm.

I like this archiving of happiness.  I like it very much.

 

The List

It’s been exactly a month since my last post.  In that time, I’ve worked…hard.  Work, work, work….makes Amy a narrow and creatively void soul.  Not really, but I did feel sorry for myself a little.  I had to travel for business in November and I returned Thanksgiving week with three days to ready our home for my husband’s family Christmas.  Yes, Christmas.  Twenty of my in-laws descended the Friday after Thanksgiving for what can only be described as two days of typical, quasi-dysfunctional mayhem.  It was nice.  I then careened back into work.  Today, I took a deep breath.  I poured a glass of wine, and for the first time in a month, I sat down at the computer and logged into my WordPress account.  My friends, it’s been too long.  I missed you.  I missed me.

But the reality is, I have bupkis for content.  Not a lot besides work, family, etc,  happening here.  I have managed to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done.  It was one of the priorities I had to slot in front of my time here.  While shopping, I have happened across some pretty neat stuff.  So in the absence of anything substantive, I present you with my official 2012 Christmas list.

1.  Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks….I chalk this one up to Jennifer Hansen’s Craftsy class.  I’ve coveted them for months now.

Denise Hooks

2.  Boots!  I can’t get enough of them….all kinds…all of them!!!

UGG

Frye

6pm grey wedge

Frye CindyI freaking love them….seriously…good to know there are areas in life where I can magically morph into my 25 year old self.

3.  A great general purpose lens for my Canon Rebel…maybe this one?

Canon lens4.  Some watercolor pencils and paper

Watercolor pencil5.  A really good stovetop espresso maker.  I paid 9.99 at TJ Max for the one I use and it’s a pain in the arse.

Bialetti TrioBialetti Musa6.  PJ’s!

Santa PJ'sI love me some Santa Claus!

Sock Monkey Santa PJ'sI love me some sock monkeys!

7.  Slippers!

slipper flip flops

Mukluks

Tall Mukluks

clog

I wear a lot of black and brown.  Slippers should express your colorful self :)

8.  Earrings! Of any description…not terribly picky.

Aga Earrings

These are by Aga Designs.  I find I love everything she does-including her Craftsy class.

EtsyI found these on Etsy….

David YurmanDavid Yurman….a girl can dream, can’t she?  But really, who needs David Yurman.  Last year, my sweet baby girl helped her daddy pick out a pair of dangly gold and turquoise earrings at Target, and they are the bomb! Mama likey the earrings.

9.  Time

10.  Energy

There you have it! The first installment of my 2012 Christmas list. Hubbie asked for it weeks ago.  Better late than never! Have a great week my friends!