Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Finally, finally, finally, we are painting the walls! The first coat of primer went up today. (Yes, this is what I do with my vacation time.) Since it's in a wet environment, we used Kilz to resist moisture and mildew.

This morning

This afternoon
My shoulders are pretty sore from painting the ceiling, and as usual I'm pretty covered in paint. So now, time for a long shower and a nap!

So we can be clean and awake for the next night of Hanukkah!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

White Christmas

I guess the endless drywall mudding and sanding has an up-side - we get a white Christmas, whether it snows or not. Inside the house.

At least I know Brett's going to be cute when he goes gray?
Coat #2 is now sanded. We're touching up spots that need a little more work, to be followed by... you guessed it... more sanding. But that should be the end of it. I hope. So I saw, let it snow!

She's dreaming of a white Christmas. Or squirrels. Probably squirrels.

Sunday, December 11, 2016


It doesn't snow often here, but when it does, it's really beautiful. And the puppies frolic!

Video credit to Aunty Min's Specialized Pet Care.

Good thing we have plenty of inside house projects to keep us warm.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Centered on Thankfulness

We went to visit family this Thanksgiving. And while I normally like change and trying new things (if you come to my house for dinner, there's a 90% chance you'll be eating a recipe I'm trying for the first time, much to my husband's consternation), I love the traditions of Thanksgiving. My parents host, and my mother cooks a big classic  dinner. And every year, my job is to decorate the table and make the centerpiece.

This year, I wanted to elevate simple, natural materials in the colors of the season. I used various colors of lentils and beans in glass vessels, and dressed them up with twine and ribbon. Casual materials like a wicker basket and containers with clean lines keep the feeling a little modern and laid-back. Then a little sparkle - a heap of LED-lit gold, white, and red flower garlands, and single metallic gold ribbon to tie everything together - makes it festive.

Buffet centerpiece

Shot/cordial glasses and champagne flutes, with stripes of green, red, and yellow lentils and white beans.
The finished table
And while we couldn't bring Hermione with us on this trip, I'm especially thankful for her this time of year - because it's her birthday! (She's 3!) She's our little Thanksgiving gift, and we're so grateful to have this fierce little fluff-ball in our family.

We love you, birthday girl!