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Monday, January 22, 2018

A Different Kind of Monday

I continued (mostly) resting, until my doctors appointment at 2 o'clock. My stomach has been hurting as in, I didn't sllep at all Friday night because it felt like someone was twisting it and piercing it with a knife All. Night. Long. I dozed a few hours Saturday morning, but was still in quite a bit of pain. You know it has to be bad if I go to the doctor. He's doing blood work and some other tests to try and figure out whats going on.

Yesterday I watched the entire fourth season of Frankie and Grace. It may be a bit...racey? for some, but I find it hilarious.

Last time I saw my doctor, he recommended this brain retraining program to help/cure my chemical sensitivities. It arrived last week, and I hope to start the four day (on disk) seminar tomorrow.

And now I'm hanging out with a couple of my favorite people, waiting for Brewier to get home.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Brewier!

It's been a wild and crazy day, as evidenced by this photo. I haven't been feeling well for the past couple of days, so both Brewier and I stayed in our pajamas, on our computers. He said he's had a good birthday; very restful.

Oliver had eaten nothing but his birthday cake today, and was looking a bit pasty, so I offered to make him a burger. He was happy about that and said, "Make sure to cut it up in pieces, pull it apart, and put ketchup on the plate." Megan said, "He sounds just like you mom." True. We know what we like.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Out for a Ride.

We were going to walk downtown, but it was packed full of people for this:

So we took a ride around the Montford neighborhood. It is full of historic homes of every style imagineable, as well as newer builds. We also came across a college of Chinese medicine with these dragons gaurding the entrance; they kind of creep me out. My favorite thing however was this tree house/fort, built atop a huge tree stump, with a hobit like entance at the base.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Portrait of a Day.

Because I didn't sleep well last night and was awake for several hours, I skipped exercising and went straight to tea and avocado toast. The sun was shining and I made sure to sit where it would bathe me in its warmth. (vitamin D) I'm hoping my newly purchased herbs appreciate the sun and don't die on me. I look at them too, as I would cut flowers.

Once the caffiene kicked in, I made a big batch of elderberry syrup; (good for the immune system) then went on to making gummies. It's just 100% juice, (cherry cider) and grass fed gelatin. (good for the gut)
The gummies are easy to make, but I wish I had chosen a different mold. Half of the gingerbread men come out either missing a limb, or decapitated. While I was simmering the syrup, I shelled pistachios. Someone won't eat them unless they are preshelled.

Lunch was leftovers.

After doing dishes from my morning mess, I sat down to watch an episode of Blacklist, while sewing clips into my vintage leopard hat.

Then, because I've had a bag of meyer lemons hanging around for a while I made lemon scones.

Now Im trying to think of something to make for dinner. I dislike cooking as much as I like baking. Tonight is family campout night, and we are celebrating Olivers birthday, since his Florida grandma will be here tomorrow to spend his actual birthday with him. Sunday is Brewiers birthday!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pretty Things.

This quilt hanging where Brewier works. I wish I knew the history of it; the handiwork is sublime, each block tellling its own story.

Jessica and I have been sharing pictures of kitchens we like. This first one makes me swoon, though I think it might be more the color palette than the design.

This one also appeals to me, though I wonder how fast I would get tired of the green backsplash. Its the pop of red in the radishes that make the photo. Cover the radishes with your finger and you'll see what a difference they make.

Todays excitement included me weighing myself, then vowing not to drink beer until I lose 25 pounds, going to the grocery store, then to Target to get birthday supplies for Olivers big day on Saturday.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How Cold and Windy is It?

That's snow. Inside my house. Last month I used strips of a felted sweater to fill in the gap between the sliding glass doors. Then I covered the opening with painters tape. Yet this morning...snow inside.The tape is still secure, so where did the snow come from???

I briefly opened the drapes to watch the birds hanging on for dear life to the feeder, as they ate. It never got above ten degrees today; it was well below zero with the wind.

And then, because it's what I do when I'm restless, I cut my hair.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Want to Be Grossed Out?

Today while cleaning out drawers, I found my baby teeth. How these have survived...twelve, thirteen? moves, I'll never know. Why do I still have these? Better yet, why am I continuing to keep these?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pajama Monday.

I had my coffee FaceTime chat with Renee, then spent the rest of the day doing laundry, mending clothes and cleaning. I haven't any photos of these fascinating activities, so I'll post some of the pretty pictures Megan took last week.

This was taken the day after Christmas, at the Grove Arcade. Brewier bought Oliver and I new hats at one of the shops. This just after I had just said I got everything I could possibly want for Christmas.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Cold and Quiet Day.

It has been too cold for the heat pump to warm the house, so during our last cold snap, we had our heat strips on. We just got the electric bill for that. Ouch. This weekend, in order to save money, we have each been staying on our own rooms, doors shut, and space heaters on. I've been enjoying the alone time, drinking milky tea, reading A Stranger in the Woods, and rewatching The Blacklist. Once tea time is over, Brewier and I have been sampling some of the wines his employees gave him for Christmas. Needless to say, the Whole30 is not in play at the moment.
Wow! That cup of tea looks enormous!

We have been living in our pajamas.

Brewier took a selfie to show you the progress of his healing. I think it looks pretty good considering half his face was peeled away.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Thrift store shopping. Another visit to Tastee Diner; this time with Megan and Oliver...we are already planning our next visit. The view of the Grove Park Inn from Brewiers office. Frost on the trees above our house. Bowling balls in the wall at Mellow Mushroom. Sitting by the firepalce sipping wine, and watching Blacklist with Brewier.

This is why our power goes out on a regular basis.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's Like Im a New Person.

I slept for eleven hours last night; I've never done that before. I woke up feeling AWESOME! One of the things that has been waking me at night and preventing me from going back to sleep, has been an itchy spot in my ear. It has been constant for the past six months, and has made me irritable and crazy. I have scratched the inside of my ear until it bleeds. I have tried ointments and oils without relief. I asked my Dr about it, but he saw nothing to cause the problem. Then last night as Megan was giving me my nightly shoulder and neck massage, she moved from either of the spine of my neck, around to closer to my ears, and that itchy spot popped, and jiggled, and stopped itching. All this time it was a kinked nerve. I am beyond ecstatic.

Yesterday in an attempt to make my pantry Whole 30 compliant, I decided I would take out everything I shouldn't be eating.

(half the pantry is Megans stuff)

Then I realized this is all I would be left with.

These photos are for you Jessica. Today was the perfect grey and rainy day.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Things I Dislike.

Lack of sleep, which is probably why I have this negative mind set today. I haven't had more than a few hours of sleep a night for a couple of weeks.

The Whole 30. Yeah, you loose weight and feel better when you follow the program for a month, but I end up hating food and just not eating. Then when the 30 days is over, instead of my eating habits beng transformed, I make up for lost time and eat EVERYTHING. In fact much of the weight I have put on these past few months has been in the anticipation of deprivation during the Whole 30. Today should have been day 10. I had a Chick Fil A sausage biscuit for breakfast. When I texted this to my dear Whole 30 buddy, she sent me a picture of her breakfast. Apparently day 10 is Chick Fil A day. Kindred spirits.

I loathe duvets. Well, more accurately I hate duvet covers. I have yet to find one that fits properly, and it really shouldn't take 15 minutes of aerobic exercise to put the clean cover on.
I'm sure there's some kind of special Martha Stewart hell where you spend eternity wrestling duvets into their ill fitting covers. Ugh!

Partially painted houses. It's winter and not very agreeeable for painting, which is why the house is getting painted one little bit at a time. I'm hoping it will be finished by spring. The house was built in the early '90's and hasn't been painted since. This will be a huge improvement over the faded pinky brown.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Little Bits of Green

Courtesy of Trader Joes. I have a black thumb. Seriously. I've tried gardening, growing house plants...about the only thing that dosen't die on me within a couple of days are orchids. Thankfully T.J.'s sells flowers and plants at a price I can afford. I just view my house plant purchase the same as I do cut flowers; I will only have them a short time. This little pot of purple (my favorite) tulips was just $2.50, and these little succulents were $3 each. I know I will especially enjoy them this weekend when our temperatures dip back into the single digits, and I will have to keep all of my curtains closed for warmth, but for today, I am enjoy the sunshine, and listening to the dude who is painting my house, sing at the top of his lungs in Italian.