Wednesday, January 30, 2019

quiet joys

Got some Mason jars to store all the soups that I make. 

Maybe the depth of winter isn't the best time to experiment with making a sourdough starter, but here's the difference between Day One and Day Three!

Sunrise is best viewed from bed!

I just discovered that my new boots have a credit card slot in the side!!! This is genius.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Very grateful that I got myself out the door in time to use public transportation this morning!

The snow started coming down around 1 and we got to close school early! 

Huge flakes coming down for a couple of hours.

I love twilight at any time of year, but it's a bit more magical with the blueish light from the snow.

Here's hoping that tomorrow is a day off.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

nuclear fusion?

For endless renewable energy, scientists ought to be studying the toddler/K crowd. I could not believe the energy of 7 four-year olds who gathered for a party this morning.

While they rampaged through the house, I got to hang out with my little CupKate. She's standing now and juuuust on the verge of walking.  She's also growing her teeth and is feeling a bit fussy, so she seemed to enjoy being in a quieter space in the house.

Someone's very excited about her doughnut cake.

Action shots.

Always helpful to have a sibling who opens presents with for you...

Enjoying the bouncy ball from Nana and Boppa.

Someone wouldn't hold still to pose on her gift.

When my counter resembles deconstructed salsa, I know it's gonna be a good week. Even if more snows come mid-week.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

bits of bliss

Ready to party tomorrow!
The inside is filled with rubber stamps in dessert shapes, a hot pink ink pad, a itty notepad and all the pink-wrapped Starbursts for sale.

I love any kind of _____________of the month items. I've done StitchFix and Taste the World (when I lived in the wilds and had no shops). Right now I'm trying an Austin-based coffee/travel deal.

And Penzey's, per usual, is doing the gift thing. Looking forward to trying this with the next snowstorm~not that I don't cook otherwise, but chili takes a long while to simmer.

Friday, January 25, 2019

nesting right on in

Maybe it's weird to be happy to be at home on Friday night with the washer and the dishwasher running. I find it soothing and cosy. 

Celebrating one month in this spacious and quiet home.

Still moving things around a bit and seeing what I like, where.

Still so grateful to have found this place!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

sprigs of hope

First penny found in quite awhile; really need to get back to my walking lifestyle. 

When your vitamins make a face at you, you cannot help but be amused.

A colleague's mother just returned from an Australian visit and supplied us with some fresh chocolate!

And per usual, the students bring the party to school.

I really want to take a vegetarian tagine cooking class. Plus, I feel the need to go to Morocco to get a beautiful pot of my own.

Feasting~and sadly, it was pretty much just olives to me to try~but they were tangy and spicy!

Arrived home to find one leeeelte sweet pea poking its head out of the dirt. A lovely thing to see as the temps just plunged back to polar level.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It might be too cold when your slider is frozen shut; although, it was pointed out to me what a great security measure it is. 

Loving one of my new kitchen toys~so far I've zested a lot of lemon and a far bit of Parmesan.  

And the Peacock of PlacidityTM arrived on my door to supervise my second foray into air fryer cooking. 

Happy to report that the polenta was a much better experience than the concrete tempura a couple of weeks ago. Dipping sauce of Romesco spiciness~a perfect way to wrap up the weekend.

The only downside to this particular unit is that I only have windows on one side and therefor miss all the weather/sun/moon that's happening on the other three sides. I had this phenomenon in my Seattle hilltop flat. I finally got to see the full moon this morning as I was leaving for work. (What? You thought I went outside in this weather at 11:30 p.m. or whenever the eclipse happened here?)

And continuing to breathe gratitude~for friends that get help when they need it, for a friend's cancer diagnosis caught early, for medical staff taking care of my aunt far away, for a fair boss, and for a pj's & pancakes birthday party this coming weekend! Onwards we go.