Sunday, November 30, 2014


Today there was a little of this...

...and some of this...

...and we did this...

...went to school for a study session before coming home to make this...

 ...and it was delicious!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Enjoy the little things...

Today I finished painting the last two outside doors (well, one is the back door and the other leads into the garage).  I really am loving the dark cavern color.  I need to take a breather on the home improvement projects though.  My trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos will need final payment soon and I have a few things that I would like to purchase before going on vacation.

Honor got a bath today at Petco.  She absolutely loves the crew there and they treat her so lovingly.  As a little thank you, I took a box of chocolate cookies to them with a little note from Honor, thanking them for always taking such good care of her.  They were so appreciative and everyone seemed happy to get chocolate covered cookies.  It's just a little thing but it made me feel good.

I have also started a batch of homemade bread this afternoon.  It's a new recipe for me and it has to sit for 12-18 hours before baking.  The prep time today ensures that I'll be able to bake it first thing in the morning and have lovely warm bread for breakfast...maybe with some buttery, cheesy scrambled eggs.

Be sure to be gentle with yourself as we head into this busiest of holiday seasons.  You are lovely and you should treat yourself as such...and others should treat you as such, too.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Home Improvement Continues...

I love my home, but there were a few things that I felt needed done to the front of the house in order to make it more presentable.  I hated coming home and seeing hideous looking lights (see below in the first picture) on either side of the front door and broken, missing parts lights on either side of the garage.  In the picture below you can see what the two at the front door looked like.  Seriously hideous!  The color is absolutely putrid.  The two alongside the garage were the same style except all that was there was the uppermost bulbous portion - there wasn't even a hexagonal globe below...and they were totally different colors!  GAH!! 

After putting up with this since I bought the house in June I decided to do something about the lights.  At first I thought I'd take down the lights and spray paint them an oil rubbed bronze color then reuse them.  When I priced two new matching lights at Home Depot for the ones around the garage, the cost was outrageous.  Plus, I really don't like these lights at all.  So, down the four of these monstrosities came!!


And this is what I replaced those awesomely hideous lights with.  Again, this is an electricity project and I am no fan of working with electricity (I have a fear of being shocked to death).  But, I endured and replaced all four of the lamps and it was pretty darn easy, even working by myself.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Home Depot had a set of two of these for $39.99.  Buying these four lamps cost me less than buying two of those hideous ones to replace...and I like these so, so, SO much more!  I think they're just pleasing to the eye.  They make me deliriously happy.

I also wanted to paint the front door and get rid of the brass/gold fixtures.  Well, a girl has to have a budget, so I decided to spray paint the door hardware a lovely brushed nickel color.  I read about it online and thought "what the heck, let's go for it."  So I did and I used Rustoleum metallic spray paint in brushed nickel to do the job.  I think they came out rather nice.  I painted the door a nice dark brown called Dark Cavern (isn't that a lovely name for the front door of a geologist?!?!) and installed a matching brushed nickel kickplate at the bottom.  (Look at those two gorgeous lanterns, too!!)  I ordered a little something else from Etsy today for the front door.  I'll take another picture once it arrives and I have it installed.

It's coming along nicely.  I hope you find it as pleasing as I do.
Now it's time for a nice warm cup of tea and a little relaxing.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day...

Thanksgiving is such a lovely time of year.  I'm hoping to enjoy the four days off and get a few things crossed off my list.  The school semester is always so busy, so I find that this time off is a real treat. Only a week and a half after we go back and then it's a nice long break for Christmas.

I've worked on a couple of things today.  The first was switching out the old mercury thermostat with a new digital thermostat.  I'm hoping that having the programmable mode will allow me to save some money on my heating bill this winter.  Honestly, I was really nervous installing this thermostat because I have a healthy reverence for electricity.  However, it went fairly smoothly and I'm pleased with the results so far.  Turning it on and the house not blowing up boosted my confidence...haha.


This year for Thanksgiving it's just me and Honor.  Instead of picking up a huge turkey, that we'd end up eating for weeks and weeks, I decided to pick up a large (6 pound) chicken.  I found a great brine recipe (you can find it here Turkey Brine Recipe).  I cut the recipe in half and it turned out perfect.  I don't know if I'll ever cook a chicken/turkey again without using this brine.  Here's the chicken after allowing it to sit and rest for about an hour while I finished up the other items.  You really must try this recipe.

Here is my obligatory Thanksgiving plate picture:  chicken thigh, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and whole cranberry sauce.  Delicious!

Honor had her own little Thanksgiving, too.  You can't see her drooling, but rest assured that she is.  I've taught her since she was a puppy to wait for my go-ahead to eat.  That's how I was able to get this picture.  She thinks Thanksgiving is the most delicious holiday ever.

After Thanksgiving dinner it's time for a nap.  Honor is laying at my feet on her ottoman.  We've got our little heated throw turned on.  She absolutely loves the heated throw.  Yea, she's not spoiled at all.

One of my Thanksgiving traditions is to watch one of my favorite movies, Love Actually.  It just never gets old.  It also doesn't hurt that my boyfriend is in the movie, either.

Finally, winding down the evening with a bit of crochet.  I'm working on a few Christmas gifts and I find this so relaxing.

Hope you've had a lovely day.