Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How Do You Shop

Dear Reader,

Ever since we moved up to Washington, from California, I am so thankful for online shopping.  It makes life so much easier when I can order online, specify gift wrapping where possible, so they show up at Number's Man's mom's front door just waiting for us to come and add little To and From stickers.  It really takes the stress out of Christmas shopping.

How do you prefer to shop for Christmas?


Monday, November 29, 2010

Hair Doin's

I love this picture, if for no other reason than because I do my hair like this all the time.  I don't have this sweater though...such a shame! *wink*

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Rare and Elusive Cookie

Dear Reader,

First of all, I would like to tell anyone reading, "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!"  I hope you had a wonderful holiday, filled with family and friends and good food.  If you were lacking in any of these areas, remember God loves you and He will not forsake you.  And with this I will tell you about how very THANKFUL I am that God gave me the ability to take pleasure in my senses, particularly my sense of taste.  I love eating, so today was a particularly fun day for me.  I might also mention that I thoroughly enjoy cooking so it was an all-out extravaganza.  I even baked cookies, which is a highly unusual treat around our house.   I may have eaten some of the raw dough as well.  Because, well, there isn't much better than cookie dough in my world.

Peace, love, and cookies,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Shiny Sinks

No house cleaning thrills me quite like shining my faucets with a wipe of Windex.  Something about shine in and around the sink just sends me!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gettin' Pretty

Dear Reader,

It's funny how, as women, we tend to primp and preen and "make ourselves pretty", not only for our beloved man, but for ourselves as well.  I kind of think it's the best thing about being a girl (well, except for that whole baby thing).  If I were a man, I couldn't slather myself with flowery lotions, sweet and heady perfumes, paint my nails a rainbow of colors, use rosy soaps, smell a food and think..."I should mix some essential oils to smell like that!"  I could, I suppose, but...

Another post for another day?  Haha!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This is what it looks like...

Dear Reader,

When I select an image I want to keep in my files, I just take a photo of it being as I don't own a scanner.  Honestly, taking a photo works just as well in my opinion.  I have a great camera and good photo editing software, so it all comes out looking as if I scanned it.  The primary difference I find?  I can be lazy in bed as I flip through the magazine.  Ahh...life's little bits of respite.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Lost in a Book

"The time passed all too swiftly, there seemed to be so many nice things to do, singing and reading and talking, skating and sledding, and doing little homely pleasant things about the house together, catching up for all the years they had not known one another."

from The Substitute Guest by Grace Livingston Hill

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Style Saturday

Dear Reader,

Since I have a very difficult time getting myself online Friday nights after a long day of work, I've switched things up to showcase beautiful vintage dress pictures on Saturday...hence the "Style Saturday" post name.  Enjoy this two for one with a stunning red and a elegant grey.  I perpetually prefer the plainness of grey.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

The "Old" Car

Dear Reader,

We took the old (2006) car in to get serviced today and got unexpected services.  Note, not additional services, just unexpected.  I brought it in thinking I would be buying new brake pads, but apparently I did not need them.  The squeak I heard from my brakes in the morning was just due to a bit of rust.  However, apparently I was about 20,000 miles overdue for a flush of the transmission fluid.  Tsk, tsk...  She's a good "old" car and to treat her (and me) I had them vacuum her dusty inards.  I sang her a song on my way home.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

One More Reason...

...to buy a sewing machine.  I too could have a fabulous checkered coat like the one above.  Tres chic!  To be perfectly frank, I have been thinking about getting a sewing machine and trying my hand at some skirts, then possibly move on to bigger and better patterns.  I find the idea of being able to choose my fabrics and styles to suit my own tastes incredibly romantic.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Last of the Leaves

Dear Reader,

The last of the leaves are falling off the trees and the air is filled with a palpable cold snap, so here is one last picture of vintage fall.  Sweaters, penny loafers, and a teensy bit of the top of a can of Campbell's soup.  A graphic design whose relevancy has not diminished over the years.  The true testament to well-designed product "art."


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fabulous Fashion...Saturday?

Well, I missed Fabulous Fashion Friday, so please accept may apologies and this gorgeous orange number with white gloves and gold shoes...I mean...PLEASE!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Guarding the Jewels

All I can say is I wish my jewelry box was big enough to serve as a bed for my Ralphie as well as a place for baubles.  Sweet goodness!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Oatmeal Weather

Dear Reader,

I woke up this morning to a pour-down, dreary-down weary day.   Woke up to a saucepan full of soaked, steel-cut oats in buttermilk and water.  Rinsed them clean, topped them off with water and set them to boil for 15 minutes while I had my morning devotion.  Closed with an Amen & poured out the mush into a baking dish (no need to fumble with fine china in the ay ehm).  A dollop of pumpkin butter and a splash of whole milk.  Maybe a squidge of whipping cream.  A plop of heaven after my supplication.  I spoon thee, oatmeal rendered autumnal and sweet, so sweet.