Sunday, February 22, 2015


Tulips are my favorite flower.  I love their simple green stems and their brilliantly colored petals.  But the reason I really love them is that they move.  They bend toward light.

These flowers were upright when I went to bed.  But when I got up in the morning, they were leaning toward a big window.

Did you know that tulips still grow after they are cut?  Yes, they can grow up to one inch after they are cut.

It's wonderful what you can learn by pretending to write a book but instead just spending a bunch of time clicking around all over eHow.

Wishing you some sun to bend toward today.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


I really needed to get my paper clutter under control.  There were stacks of paper everywhere:  newspaper clippings, flyers, permission slips, homework, bills, recipes, insurance statements, college brochures, bills, applications, lists, receipts, forms, bills.

Sometimes you couldn't even find a place to sit.  Or put your feet up.

Then I got this idea from a magazine.  A storage ottoman ...

Refitted to hold files.

I bought those inserts and files at the Container Store, and ottoman is from Target.  I am super organized now!

Except for this little stack on the dining room table.

And I promise I'm getting to that right away. 

Yours in clutter,

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?