Friday, December 5, 2014


I just wanted to whiten my teeth.  It seems like everyone these days has freakishly white teeth.  As if their mouths had never enjoyed coffee or red wine or blueberry pie.  I love all those things, especially coffee.

I've used Crest whitestrips before, and they're great.  Costco has a great deal on them.

Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Whitestrips & Stain Shield
You get two different boxes in this package!  So the whole family can whiten for one low, low price.  But first we have to get the package open.

After 10 minutes, a pair of scissors and 2 paper cuts ...

I got it open.  Is all that wrapping necessary?  Are yellow-toothed thieves rampantly sneaking strips out of the package, thereby behooving Crest to swath them in impenetrable cardboard?

Whatever.  I whitened.   


Monday, November 17, 2014


Recently, Baxter needed some meds.  He had some stomach distress, and as soon as that was cleared up, he started itching uncontrollably and needed more treatment, which meant he had to take a lot of different pills.  And he had to wear the Cone of Shame.

He does not like the Cone of Shame.

He doesn't like pills much, either.  I used some leftovers to "hide" the pills. 
This is some chicken, which I tried to make into a little pocket to hold the pills.  He didn't fall for that.

He ate the chicken and spit the pill out, clean as a whistle.  I know they make actual "Pill Pockets" for pet medicine, but I didn't have any.  I resorted to peanut butter, which worked quite well.

But for the ultimate in doggie pill-giving, you can't beat ...

Liverwurst.  Any dog I've ever known will gulp down whatever you wrap in this stuff.  Some humans think it is delicious spread on toast, but I won't say who.  So ... Baxter, what do you think of pills now?

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


My husband and I were rushing to get to a meeting at the high school.  I came upstairs to see if he was ready and discovered he was wearing this ...

Which is fine, except that I was wearing this ...

We dressed alike.  Again.  This happens ALL THE TIME.

Usually we just roll our eyes and go with it, but we did not want to look dorky in front of the teacher, or principal, or teens, or anyone else we may encounter at the high school.  At least, more dorky than we usually do.

I asked my husband to change, but he didn't have another shirt ironed and ready.  So I changed to a navy and white striped tee with a nautical edge.   It looked spiffy.

My parents dressed alike all the time, and they were married 59 1/2 years.  So maybe we're on to a good thing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


My mom is coming to visit for a few days.  I'm so excited!  And I really need to clean.

And I really need to wear my glasses when I do so, because I just realized that my bathroom blinds look like this.

The left side is the side I cleaned today, the right side is how they have looked for Lord knows how long.   I think I should get contacs.

We also have been making some home improvements ... like we finally put up a banister to the basement.

My husband designed that himself, so that Baxter can still sit on the stairs and look out the window!

He will be so grateful.  And we put up shades in my son's room ...

To go with the lovely re-purposed chest of drawers dresser I featured in a previous post.

Have I mentioned how much I love my Swiffer?

Do they give Nobel prizes for cleaning products? 

Mom will be so happy she doesn't have to look at this ...
That's the Swiffer loaded with cobwebs and dust that I had been peacefully coexisting with for many weeks.  Let's forget all that now, and say ...

Welcome, Mom!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I buy a lot of bananas.  We all love them, but we each love them in our own way.

As you can see, I keep bananas at all different stages of ripeness on hand.  My older son likes them slightly green, my younger son likes them with just a few brown spots.  I will eat them anyway at all. 

The only thing I don't like ...

is when there are no bananas.  At least it gives me a chance to wash out the ceramic pasta bowl that my mother-in-law made years ago.  We eat more bananas than pasta in this house, so that's why I "re-purposed" the dish.

When the bananas get too brown,

I make muffins.  We eat a lot of banana muffins.  Then there was the time our dog Baxter got into the muffins, ate a few, and hid a few around the house.

Including one on my pillow.  What a good doggy!!

After we eat the bananas, we like to leave them all over the house, or sometimes we throw them in the trash in the laundry room.

Growing up, we ate bananas with mayonnaise on them.

Is that a mid-western thing?  A Swedish thing?  My grandmother used to do that.  It's delicious.  She put mayonnaise on pears, too.  And biscuits, as I recall.   I still do eat bananas with mayonnaise sometimes, but not in front of my husband, because he freaks out.  My sister eats bananas with mayonnaise, too.  We're Swedish that way.

What do you put on your bananas?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Just one week ago, as I was walking the dog, I found this at the curb.

Can you believe someone was just going to throw that away?  Me neither.  Can you believe I just raced home, got the van and loaded it into the car before even waking up the kids for school?  Of course you can!

It is perfect for my older son's bedroom, which has been receiving a complete redecoration.

Over the weekend, I took the drawers out and the drawer-pulls off.

I sanded it, primed it, and painted it a lovely dark gray called "French Beret."  I forgot to take pictures of all those steps.  But I did take a picture of the rags I used to clean up, because they're a set of  summertime pajamas that I have had since my oldest was a baby. 

Cute little gingham pattern, right?  I nursed him wearing those same pajamas -- and now --cue the music - now they are used to refurbish furniture for his "young man" bedroom.

It looks perfect.

Yes, those are new drawer-pulls.  Thanks for noticing.  Yes, the picture is blurry.  We haven't put shades up in his newly redecorated bedroom yet, and the light is blinding.  It doesn't do the color justice.  Luckily, I also painted his dresser the same color.

Nice, right?  Or do you like it the old way better?

That was back when the dresser was blue.  And his walls were dark blue and the rug was light blue.  Now it's all a very polished gray.

It just screams "young man on his way to an excellent college".

No one knows which college that will be, but we're working on it.  I just hope he learns to put his clothes away.

What's at your curb?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


For all you guys and gals on the go ... you need this.

It is an individually wrapped glass of wine.  The glass is actually plastic, but it's nice enough.  You can keep it in your fridge for those emergency situations.

I think you know what I'm talking about.

My sister-in-law gave it to me.  She is a savvy shopper and wine drinker, and she likes to be prepared.  I admire that about her.

I like to plan ahead, and fall is a hectic time around here, so I did this ...

Yes, I did.  I bought the box.  My husband threatened divorce.

Honestly, the wine tasted fine.  However, inside the box is a plastic ... well, bladder.  It holds the wine and shrinks down as the wine gets poured.   That's not the worst thing in the world ... but ... next time I went to the store I just bought the bottle.

Recently we went to a wedding and got these favors.

I know, it's been done before.  But I appreciated it all the same.

My oldest son is applying to colleges this fall.  A lot of pressure, a lot do do, a lot of emotion.  Sometimes I just need to wine down.   How do you like your wine?