happy thanksgiving!

dancing potatoes!

me?  i’ll be cooking up the traditional thanksgiving baked french fries. 

but first, a workout.

enjoy your holiday!

peaceful hike

i got my peaceful, non-police sirened walk in this past saturday.

and had a nice reward afterwards.

as far as crafting some funny ornaments, well, uh, it’s quite possible they’re only funny to me. 

i only made a couple.  and they’re not very christmas-y.  but there is a string in their heads which makes them official ornaments.  put a looped string on anything, it’s an ornament.  that’s my motto. 

not matt lauer with hair.

not christopher meloni.

and then there’s this:

not dennis miller.

and not a chubby jesus.

not glen campbell with a beard.

put ’em together and it becomes quite obvious.

well, of course, it’s mike and frank/frank and mike from american pickers.  duh. 

use your imagination now.

(this post may have been premature.  i’ve still got to make danielle.)

i rilly gotta get a job.



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alright – it’s been crazy warm here.  we broke records yesterday in CT with temps in the 90s.  it took us til august last year to get into the 90s.  and now we’ve got ’em in APRIL.  so strange, but so nice. 

i spent over an hour in the park working on hoop moves i can’t do indoors.

and then i promptly felt sick. 

but not too sick that i couldn’t pop into a nearby goodwill and pick up a couple danish candleholders. 

i really did feel sick though.  sudden overwhelming fatigue and an excruciating headache.  i drank a bunch of water…maybe not enough?  who knows, but i was flat out on my couch for the rest of the evening with a throbbing head.  watched the movie “precious” and that did not help me feel better.  well, maybe a little better about my own life, but gawd, was that ever depressing, despite its “hopeful” message.

but back to the candlesticks – they’re blue.  blue i don’t have.

they were a buck apiece.

what’s odd though is i found a red pair last week in an entirely different goodwill for 79¢ apiece.

and again, this paints a little story of my personality.  on the one hand, who can resist a “made in denmark” bargain?  not me.  but when is enough enough?

you’re with me though, right?  ya have to buy a bargain when you spot a bargain. 

i’m going for this look i saw in my “small spaces” book from marie claire maison:

i think i’ve pretty much got it. 

now if i could only find a house, a job, a boyfriend, blah blah blah, broken record broken record…

the plate has a home

i mean, what are the chances?  as i’ve mentioned before, i got this little plastic name plate before christmas at a local sundays-only flea market.  i knew i was heading to palm springs shortly afterwards, but had no idea in palm springs i’d be riding all over the city on a vintage bicycle that i would grow to LOVE.  and that soon after that i’d be buying my own vintage bicycle and actually have a place to put this little plastic license plate with my actual name on it.  from palm springs!!!  oh the coincidence of it all.

it’s been gorgeous and sunshiney here the past few days.  i took her for a spin.

a quick spin.

the rain turned to snow.

if i only had a husband…

…i now possess the perfect rolling pin to bop him in the head.

ok – that wasn’t nice.  i’m not a fan of violent humor.

but c’mon – have you EVER seen such a fun rolling pin? 

thrifted yesterday for $2.  it’s metal with plastic handles and i’m in love with the color combo.  despite soaking it overnight, i do believe there is still some 50 year old dough embedded on the handles.  i’m not too worried, though as i don’t think i’ll be using this for baking, since i, of course, do not bake. 

and i’ve got to give the weather forecasters their due.  they’ve been dead-on accurate with their cruddy, rainy forecast.  it’s been dreary and rainy for days now and we’re promised even more of the same. 

every picture looks better with a hula hoop, no?.


i had such visions.  this is the garage and shed of the red cottage i mentioned last month – the little red cottage i had envisioned to be my charming swedish-type cottage in new england.  in my mind i saw the shed as a little massage office (it even has brickwork where a woodstove used to be!)  and this house was in a nice little town, far far away from the ghetto i’m in now.   unfortunately the house is a structural nightmare.  the bugs have gotten to it.  not to mention the mold.  it’s a complete mess.  while i was waiting for my realtor to meet me, i took the opportunity to hoop a little.

this backyard is where i envisioned my cement patio and firepit to be, much like one of the outdoor sitting areas at the parker in palm springs (look to the far left on the parker’s website link.)  ok – hang on for a couple bad smudgy photos from the palm springs vaca.  i’ll just throw them in so you can get a visual.  once again, i apologize in advance for the crap photography. 

firepit at the orbit in, palm springs

i know.  just digest all the awesomeness that IS that wall hanging and ignore the smudge.  there’s just something so right about being outdoors drinking a beverage next to a fire. 

unfortunately, there is something so wrong about being outdoors drinking a beverage next to a fire outside a crooked moldy termite-ridden house.  alas, the red cottage dreams ain’t gonna happen.  my real estate gal conservatively estimated repairs at $80 grand just to get it in liveable shape, which is $40 grand over my allotted budget, and that number didn’t even account for the firepit/patio/butterfly chairs portion of my renovations.  rats.  yet another house dream squelched.   

in crafting news…

like i’ve mentioned, it takes me forEVAH to finish a project.  i get stuff nearly done and then never finish things up.  i have a defective gene.  the put-things-off gene.  and ya know, i’m well aware of how BAD i am at this and cannot for the life of me get my act together.  i’m too easily distracted.  so yes, finished up the back of this mini quilt wall hanging in ’09 (i think it was november.)  finally sewed the 2 stinkin’ pieces together and quilted around the edges in mid-february.  what?  3 months later?  man, that’s slow.  i was going for thanksgiving/christmas colors in this piece.  well, i’ll be all prepared for the holidays in 2010, i suppose.

merry christmas

hoopy new year.

abandoned warehouse

had to make a trip to my storage unit today and there’s an abandoned warehouse right next door to it.  looked like a good place to hoop. 

so i did.

can we talk about the weather for a moment?  mid-november in new england?  absolutely GORGEOUS.  for me to be in a t-shirt in november is a mini miracle.  i’ll take it.

just a spectacular day. 

finally finished this up this morning and framed it:

i like it.  looks good with the other one i finished awhile back.

happy cheery colors.

remind me to channel this happy cheery day come the middle of a snowstorm.