Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbeye 2009, Hello London



















Doing some catch up with a bit of erratic net connections. London has been chilly and rainy but then that made it feel 'right'. A trip to Covent Garden to see The Nutcracker and today a return visit to see The Tales of Beatrix Potter. Yes, we're a bit old for the latter but it was a nice afternoon treat.

Lots of walking as usual on this trip and tonight a walk along the Thames in Pimlico as we're in a flat nearby for a change. South Kensington is wonderful but this area is closer to our coach pickup Monday...that's for the 2nd half of our trip.It's very nice to have a whole flat ..kitchen etal and space enough not to get in each other's hair. Now we must see what's open and available tomorrow.

See you in 2010!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

DTW Dec 27 2009

After really enjoying this for the time I did it, I think this will be the final one. Maybe again in 2011 or maybe I'll try out the 365 challenge. We'll see.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Post Snow

Now come all the exciting things...

Call the Dr and see what the 5 messages that I found on our answering machine are all about. He said my test results were ok so why keep calling after he said Go ahead with the Boston trip?

Hope that dh can connect with someone to come look at the furnace. Glad our gas lines are still ok and that the gas fireplaces are keeping us toasty.

Continue the progress of getting our cars out and call the Mayor to ask if our street will ever be plowed?

But still....enjoy the white stuff which is pretty and pretty rare here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dishing The Week 12-20-09

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW there is a sea of white…snow many many inches deep.
I AM HEARING a police car somewhere or possibly a car alarm. Otherwise silence.
I AM WEARING gray fleece and a yellow turtle neck. Comfy comfy.
I AM THINKING that I am happy to be inside today with no need to leave the house.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the very scaled back Christmas we have. It fits our life.
I AM CREATING the final pages of Boston, and the photo prints for the Christmas tags.
I AM GOING to watch the rest of Mad Men today. Can I get it to a mailbox also?
I AM READING "Baghdad without a Map" at night. Funny little stories.
I AM HOPING that whatever is wrong with the furnace thermostat is fixable by the resident engineer. Thank God for the two gas fireplaces.
FROM THE KITCHEN there may be bread in the oven today. We'll see.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is the cd "Wintersong" by Kitka, all Eastern European carols.
A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. Can anything be planned as long as we are snowed in? A haircut would be nice, as well as a pedicure. Otherwise, I'll enjoy the rare snow.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tests are Good

So all my blood work and gall bladder ultrasound say there is nothing wrong. Was it F.E.A.R - false evidence appearing real? Whatever, I am glad to have had a pain free night and clearance to go ahead with our plans.














It looks as if life has some sparkle again.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh what a time

December means mammogram time for me. Not the ideal time imho but how it works out short of waiting till January to start the bit by bit delay with the insurance people. It has to be at least one year since the prior test, and once I was literally on day 365 and had to reschedule.

Well this year I was told by the call center that I didn't need a referral! Yeah. One bit of bother out of the way. So yesterday, in I go and I am asked for a referral. Turns out the call center didn't know that my doctor requires a referral. Not the insurance company, not the radiologist, but my doctor. I really like her but... so now I have an appnt to see her in ....February, so that Dec mammogram willl now be a Valentine's treat not a Christmas present.

But wait...there's more. I go to bed last night, and wake up at 3am with a sharp pain in my right chest with itching 'inside' my right back. The weird itchy feeling is how I feel when I get bronchitis. I get out of bed, debate about getting dh to take my to the hospital, but I don't think it's my heart. Wrong side. The burning pain is intermittent and after doing some energy work, I get drowsy, the pain is gone, and I go back to bed.

Come morning, I tell dh, who gives me the look I would give him if the tables were turned, and I say yes, I'll call the Dr. Turns out my Dr. is out today, so I see another Dr. who examines me and considers it may be gall bladder pain. hmmmm. No pain all day but tonight I'm not at a dinner with dh, I'm staying home, fasting in the am and having a gall bladder sonogram.

Such a week it's been, and it's only Tuesday!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dishing The Week 12-06-09

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I can see the occasional flash of a cardinal. So pretty with the green bamboo and the white snow. Nature's Christmas palette.













I AM HEARING the airplanes fly overhead on their way to and from BWI. That means it's crisp and cold out.

I AM WEARING fleecy clothes. God bless the inventors of fleece!

I AM THINKING that it will be nice to see various extended family today and all together at one time!

I AM READING "Matchless: A Christmas Story" by Gregory Maguire. Excellent


I AM THANKFUL FOR a husband who is always willing to do what is needed.

I AM CREATING a simple meal today. Sometimes it's good to remember I don't have to do it all. That's what good purchased food is for.










I AM HOPING that the weather stays as it is so everyone can make it today. I'm also hoping I can find decent folding chairs at Target!

FROM THE KITCHEN there will be stuffed pork loins enough for a dozen today.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is driving out in the snow as I did yesterday but only if it's for fun.













A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK- Mammogram Monday, then try to catch up with a couple more friends, then head off to Boston via Acela. What a treat!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday?

As much fun as it is to shop on line, at any hour, and in jammies or barefoot or...today is not Cyber Monday for me.

It's Color Your Hair Monday! I got up early and out to the post office to return my Netflix so I don't start jonesin' about the next Mad Men disc. After that swing round, a quick dash into RiteAid with two coupons and so for $4.44 my roots are gone. Yeah!

But shopping? I think there will only be this today. Free shipping too!














How bout you? any good buys online that I should know about?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dishing The Week 11-29-09






























OUTSIDE MY WINDOW the pink light of dawn glows in the sky.

I AM HEARING the gurgle gurgle gurgle of Sebastian's tummy.

I AM WEARING my pajamas. Who would be dressed so early?

I AM THINKING that as nice as it is to go to friends for Thanksgiving, I surprised myself by missing leftovers.

I AM THANKFUL FOR the health and safety of all our children.

I AM CREATING file transfers between computers. Figuring out how to do it was the creative part - sort of. Right??

I AM GOING to start the actual pages of the Alaska Album today. Photos selected, digital selected, now to drop and decorate.

I AM READING a book about Wyoming at bedtime. The Meadow by James Galvin. Nice vignettes about the state, much lighter than Annie Proulx.

I AM HOPING that I can find another box or 2 to take to the Lutheran Mission this week. Then head to the books for clear out.

FROM THE KITCHEN I think it will be a pot roast today. Maybe shortbread too.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is hot tea ready for me when I get up.

A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. See if those friend lunches are possible this week and check CHOW for Boston restaurants, tho there are always our old favorites.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flashback Friday



This is my father at The General Tire Company lot at 23rd & M Streets N.W. Washington DC. The back of the photo says 1963 and I will guess say it it autumn or spring by my father's shirt and the lack of leaves on the trees.

The strange thing is that my current husband also worked at 23rd and M while a co-op student in college tho not for this tire company. I always find it amazing that people who are have significance in our life have often intersected our life at other times. My current husband could easily have been across the street while I was on my occasion visit to my father's job while on my way to shopping in Georgetown. But it would take a first marriage for each of us and many many years down the road till our paths finally crossed with meaning.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The extra Thanksgiving

Marriages come and marriages go, people enter our lives, and then leave our lives but for the time we share I am grateful.



2002, the year of the extra Thanksgiving dinner that Sharlah made for us after our first in Mesilla NM.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Tuesday

Monday gets the Mamas and Papas singing Monday, Monday but what song is there for Tuesday? I don't want to take the time to do some serious googling today so I'll wait for someone to chime in with a Tuesday song.

Me? I am saying no to procrastination, and working my way through the photos from Alaska for an album. Because it wasn't my ...I'll die if I don't see Alaska!! ...trip, I can be a bit more ruthless in the cut. Fortunately only dh had a digital camera on that trip and while I'm culling the pictures, I still will have photo based layouts. I am almost a full week behind on Anna Aspnes class Album Magic. It HAS been helpful to me in seeing steps I haven't taken when thinking about an album. Here's one that didn't make it..me at Mendenhall Glacier looking as if I feared it was coming to get me.



DH likes centering...and he thinks the rule of thirds is one of my odd ideas. Oh well, he gets shots of me, tho not as many as when we were first married 8 years ago! Now I do have to remind him to snap me. It all comes out in the wash. Ok, back to sorting. Then once I have my iMac back I can get to work on the papers and templates.

Footnote: Thanks to CameoRoze for this answer.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dishing the Week November 22, 2009


OUTSIDE MY WINDOW the autumn light is flickering. It's a wonderful late fall day.

I AM HEARING the bubbling of the pork ribs as they simmer for Lithuanian Cabbage Soup.

I AM WEARING khakis and a Chico shirt. Maybe we'll go out today, maybe not.

I AM THINKING that I would like to find something else to do as a volunteer.

I AM THANKFUL FOR this new Macbook. It's just perfect for me.


I AM CREATING a very simple holiday season plan. No tree this year which will make Dick happy. (well just a tabletop tree…)

I AM GOING to start on the middle room this week. One or two big piles, and the tall cabinet may be able to go in there.

I AM READING very little right now. I feel pulled to do more and read less right now and I trust my gut.

I AM HOPING that my iMac comes back today or tomorrow. But if not, then I will catch up on the digital classes when I do get it.

FROM THE KITCHEN there is the scent of the soup, and later there will be meatballs roasting. We had stuffed pork chops last night so it's been a piggy kind of weekend.



ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is the silence in the house and around the house. I always marvel at that as we are so close to a main street. Bless the muffling bamboo.

A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK send the T-day cards today, make the asparagus for our Thanksgiving with friends, and take my dear friend Judy to the physical therapist. Ok, clean out the car too! Try not to complain all week for really, what do I have to complain about in the big picture, or even the small one.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How Time Flies

Who knew I would miss my own anniversary again? Not my wedding one or any other significant one but my blog anniversary.

November 11 2007 Cooking My Life was born. What fun it's been. I recall wondering if I'd ever get to 100 posts, and I've passed 500 now. That says that I have posted 2/3 of the time, and I'm not counting posts on my other blog. I guess I'm wordy - enough.

Happy Blogging!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What about that word

No, no, not one of the bad words that now we say with only a letter. The N word, the L word, the F word. No, the word I'm thinking about is a good word. It's my word.

This goes back to this post . I had wondered what my word was as I had totally forgotten it. Maybe, I considered, I had internalized the word. Maybe I just forgot. But in any case, the wooden word just reappeared as I continue to clean out papers and so many unnecessary items round here. It's now hanging right behind me. I just have to change my perspective to

Monday, November 16, 2009

Old Houses Are NEVER Finished

While the man is away it's always a good time to get another project done. This is best as there's no one going up and down the stairs all day, and eating, and getting coffee and bathroom trips and various other meanderings. It doesn't interfere with MY day to day life, mostly. But if you want something to get done, and you need to shove things all about, it's best done when himself is not home.

He's never bothered about the cost, but he is bothered by the bother. He always says but ...There'll be so much moving to do! ha. I got it all done this morning. If there's one thing I'm good about it's shifting things. I like it too! It gives me a chance to see things in a new light. Right now I'm seeing an empty hallway - pre painting.

Then there is the really cracked section in the center of the house which became worse after the renovation. It's to be expected but it's going to disappear for a while at least.

Then there's the bathroom all full of stuff. Still perfectly usable unless you want to take a shower here!

Fortunately, the other member of the household is not bothered by the shifting of his facilities. I shoved him in to be sure he knew where it was. He's an old guy and tends to forget where and what a lot. I checked. He used it.


Let the painting begin!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dishing the Week 11-15-09

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW which is open again! I can see the leaves still falling one by one. The red maple has finally burst into its deep dark red balanced by the green of the bamboo.


I AM HEARING the calming tick of the clock, cars and birds. The finches are back.

I AM WEARING my jammies. I may stay in them all day and not say one single word outloud.


I AM THINKING about a dream I had about a story of a boy and his garden written and illustrated by my friend Carol. The pages appeared to be grocery bags and it was all done with pencil sketches. Is that for 'me' to do rather than Carol???

I AM THANKFUL FOR all of it.


I AM CREATING my digital pages slowly now. The stories for Ali's class take time but thank God there are pre-designed layouts. Then there is Anna's class...I'm so glad I got Sharlah's tags done!


I AM GOING to find time to have lunch with friends this week.

I AM READING nothing special. None of the books from my stash seem to have much appeal. It's more movie time after a lot of computer time. That gives the eyes a break too.

I AM HOPING that I can get a good portion of the garden clean up done while Ann paints.

FROM THE KITCHEN shall come some food gifts. Cooking for others makes me happiest.


ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is my time alone. Who'd a thunk it?

A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. Color my hair, install SnowLeopard, work on the stacks of clutter in the studio, and continue emptying the middle room. Otherwise, go outside in the balmy air and finish weeding the driveway.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Flashback Friday



1978 - Immigration at Boston, Massachusetts. The end of a long path for my Thai daughter.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Live Video and more


LIVE SINGLES IN YOUR AREA ARE WAITING TO TALK NOW!

No, no, no...wrong channel. Twas a live video chat last night with Cathy Zielske who chats about it here. The chat was courtesy of Renee Pearson and if you want a great 'How Will I Ever Get Comfortable with PSE" teacher, Renee and her IT backup Kent are the greatest. Check her classes, for it was there that I really cut my digi teeth. Now I mostly skip on the digital yellow brick road.


And no, I can't get Cathy her Amanda Hugginkiss cause she already has that wonder-man Dan. Would that I had a screenshot of that temperature raiser.


It certainly was a fun night, with ice clinking, and people crawling on the floor, and Nick and Nora Owls. This is why digi scrapping is so great, ya know? So how was YOUR Wednesday night???

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