Sunday, December 8, 2013
I have needed a new sink stopper for years. My old one was over 10 years old and the top had deteriorated to the point there was no place to connect the chain ring. My new one cost $2.69 at Sears and it makes me so happy. Of course it required two trips because the first one I brought home was too small. Luckily, the strip mall with the Sears Hardware is close to the place with the cheapest gas in the area, so I'm over that way quite often. It doesn't take much to make me happy, does it?
The visiting dog went home and Tabitha is happy. She has walked through the living room several times to the water dish and back to the bedroom. The first snow flakes are starting to fly but we don't care. I got two new tires on Friday so I'm ready. It's not supposed to amount to much and I hope it's just a dusting. We are cozy and warm here at the cottage and hope you are too.
Henry is going home today and you-know-who will be so happy. She barely tolerates Webster after all these years and Henry loves cats. Not a good combination in this household. I have to put my hands over her eyes when I carry her from the vestibule where she eats into the bedroom where she spends all of her indoor time when he's here. His noontime pickup can't come too soon.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
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I would love to listen to him read the entire story, wouldn't you? Allen Leech is the Irish actor who plays Tom Branson on Downton Abbey
I added the text to this illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith. My 2010 blog post here.
It rained all day yesterday and most of the night so all of my bird baths are full. Today the bluebirds can drink and pose for me. I love the mirror image and the blue sky reflecting in the water.
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Friday, December 6, 2013
Webster's friend Henry is spending the weekend with us and the Wonder Dog is thrilled to have some company. Webster is a great host who doesn't mind sharing. It rained most of the day but we managed to get in several walks. We'll take the last one in the dark after the evening news. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Pineapple at Dunmore Park, Scotland -- I've never heard of this, have you. I've never seen another photo either. Is this a well-kept secret? via What an amazing architectural feat.
Here's the identical first photo with an in-camera filter called cross process done while the photo was still in the iPhone. I like them both.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I planted this towering tree as a seedling about 20 years ago. When I moved here I had a tree company bring a grove of "my" trees and transplant them. They all made it and now they shield my cottage from the road.
I would like to see the back of this house to make sure it has lots of big windows looking out on the mountain view. I put up my wreath yesterday with the white bow like last year in memory of my mother. I have to attend a home inspection today with my buyers and thankfully it's a nice mild day. I hope it goes well so they can proceed with wrapping everything up so they can move in. I'll leave the TV on for Webster since I'll be gone all afternoon. I usually turn off the TV at 9am and switch on NPR on the radio. I've always been that way -- I like background noise. He prefers talk shows to all music and the voices of men rather than women. My mother used to listen to books on tape and he would stick around and listen with her if the reader was a man. image source
Monday, December 2, 2013
Honey Crisp Apples are my favorite variety. They have the perfect combination of taste and crispness. They snap when you bite them and explode into a taste sensation like no other apple.
Webster, in all his handsomeness, enjoying a beautiful day on Saturday. He's my favorite lawn ornament.
My current food obsession is grated raw beets. I peel them with a potato peeler, cut them into smallish cubes that will fit in the Cuisinart tube, and then I push them through with the shredding attachment in place. They are so good in my daily green salad.