Life in Photos

I’m back with photos:

safety pattern


couldn’t resist a succulent in a pumpkin planter at Trader Joe’s


rain clouds


light in the weeds


the world

I have been going through my collection of globes, deciding which ones I love and which ones I don’t really care about. I don’t remember ever having plugged in the light on this Japanese globe. I decided it would make a good “night light” in my studio. It looks pretty realistic, like I’m looking at the earth from the moon. So fun!


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Loving… Hail Merry Sweet Potato Mini Miracle Tarts. I saw these tarts mentioned in a Paleo group that I’m in, so I sought them out on my last trip to Natural Grocers. They are delicious!!! They are also the perfect size. Large enough that I can make a few bites out of them, but small enough that I’m not getting too much sugar.

Reading… Commonwealth. Hoping to improve my reading life, I signed up for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Book Club last week. October’s selection is Commonwealth, along with the flight pairings, Bel Canto & The Getaway Car. I began reading Bel Canto several years ago but for some reason put it aside and never went back. I’m looking forward to digging into these Patchett books.

Eating… Wild Blueberries. The frozen wild blueberries from Trader Joe’s have become a staple in my morning smoothie. Not only are they delicious but some research says that they are better for you than cultivated blueberries. I think their smaller size makes them blend a little better. I don’t end up with blue chunks in my teeth like I do with regular ones.

Using… MSM. My doctor recommended I take MSM when I had an amalgam filling removed awhile back. I noticed when I began taking it that my seasonal allergies improved. It’s a must during ragweed season. If you suffer from seasonal allergies you might want to research it. I no longer take over the counter allergy medicine.

Wearing… Frye Jenna Riding Boots. I have been wanting a pair of Frye riding boots for as long as I can remember. At some point, this particular style crossed my radar. There are tons of complaints that they are too skinny. I knew when I read that they would be perfect for my bird legs. I’ve been monitoring the price for almost a year. It fluctuates pretty dramatically. I pulled the trigger when it reached an all time low in September. It was finally cool enough to wear them one day last week. I think these boots are going to serve me well for years to come.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Building the Golden Gate, 1933. From the Dean W. Kinter collection at the Academy of Sciences Research Library, CA.

Building the Golden Gate, 1933. From the Dean W. Kinter collection at the Academy of Sciences Research Library, CA via History in Pictures

This house of horrors can be yours.

I want one!

My favorite thing to come out of Sunday’s debate.

Craving this lasagna.

Inside New York Library’s secret apartments.

Why it’s important to be creative.

Love this!

Why midcentury design won’t die.

Thinking about installing this in my bathroom.

Have a great weekend!


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Installing… a new faucet. I wrote the other day about shopping for a kitchen faucet. I haven’t bought that yet, but I did purchase a new faucet for the half bath. I really wanted this one but couldn’t justify the cost, so I bought this one instead. As with most home repair projects, there were a few hitches in installing it but I finally got it completed and am thrilled with the update.

Wanting… Brass Vortice Sconce. I am in the process of re-decorating the half bath. I would like to switch all the fixtures to a brushed brass finish. I love all the lights in this Etsy shop, but think this one fits with my vision for the bathroom.

Caring for… a stray dog. While we were walking yesterday, I ran into a woman that had found this dog roaming the neighborhood. She was going to take him home with her and try to locate his home. I was so happy this one had found someone else. Then while walking later, I discovered the dog was out again and he followed us home. He actually got along really well with my dogs but was a little too interested in Diego. And then of course there’s the fact that I already have too many dogs. Thankfully, the neighbor came over and got him. She’s calling him Murphy. Since she’s named him, I’m pretty sure, if she doesn’t find his home, she’s going to keep him (that’s how it works at my house anyway).

Reading… I Let You Go. I have been out of the reading habit lately. I decided a suspense book might be the best way to get me back into it. I’m not sure where I first heard about this book, but when I read the description I decided it would be perfect. I’m not very far into it – hopefully it grabs me and drags me along for an exciting read.

Watching… Timeless. I’ve been really happy with all the new shows I’ve tried this season. This one premiered last week and I really liked it. I’m a sucker for time travel stuff, and I liked that I felt like I was learning a bit about history while watching it. I hope the history stuff is accurate.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

A pre-war family use respirators at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, 1938.

A pre-war family use respirators at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, 1938 via History in Pics

It’s been a long week. I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m so happy to hear that fall weather will be here for a few days.

The day after Thanksgiving can’t come soon enough!

Still working on this.

Small house of the week.

I want one!

Wish I was here.

Was happy to read this.

A little info about Semester at Sea (I participated in college and highly recommend it).

I need to go back to the Philbrook to see the hobbit house!

At least my dogs don’t do this.

Have a great weekend!

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Life in Photos

Two weeks in a row; it’s a miracle!

baby succulent


“baby toes” flower


ambassador kitty strikes again


new art in the underground


grilled salmon and veggies
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How was your weekend? Mine was great. The weather was almost perfect. I managed to do some much needed yard work and got started on a few projects around the house.

Watching… Luther – Series 4. When series three ended, I thought the show was over. I had no idea they’d filmed another season until I stumbled across it on Netflix. Series 4 is really just a movie split into two episodes. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the other seasons. There was a setup for a Series 5 which has potential.

Listening to… Financial Rockstar Podcast. I was in the mood to try a new podcast this weekend. I originally started out listening to a bit of My Favorite Murder but quickly decided that the hosts rambled on a bit too much for me. I’m not sure where I learned about Financial Rockstar but I’d added it to my podcast app at some point. It’s mostly in a Question/Answer format where financial questions are answered. I’m not sure if I’ll listen to the three episodes a week but I did learn enough that I will probably listen to more.

Loving…  CD Slot Magnetic Phone Mount. I have been driving my vehicle for 12 years and don’t envision getting anything new for awhile. Since I upgraded my iPhone, I’ve noticed that it’s harder for me to maneuver it in the car (it’s just a tiny bit larger to hold in my hand). I’ve been seeing various mounts on Lifehacker recently but wasn’t excited about mounting the phone to a vent. When I saw these that use the unused CD slot I was sold. It’s like I have a whole new car.

Wanting… a new kitchen faucet. My kitchen faucet is broken (and has been for awhile). It’s one of those things that you learn its idiosyncrasies and live with it without much problem. Then someone that’s not used to it uses it and looks at you like you are crazy for keeping something like that in your home. So, I’m finally looking for a new one. This Delta faucet is currently in the lead. I had been considering this one but I’m nervous about the number of “sponsored” reviews.

Wearing… Tom’s Jutti Flats. It won’t be long before all of the shoes in my closet are Toms. They are so comfortable and if you buy the right ones nobody will know they are Toms. I needed to replace my Steve Madden leopard flats (unfortunately they have gone bald) and also needed a pair of black flats. The cheetah flats are suede so hopefully they will wear better than a calf-hair option. So cute!

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Behind the face of the Clock Tower, often referred to as 'Big Ben' after it's 13.5 ton bell, 1925.

Behind the face of the Clock Tower, often referred to as ‘Big Ben’ after it’s 13.5 ton bell, 1925 via History in Pictures

Big weekend plans? I’m hoping to make a big dent in some home and yard projects.

Amazing! A 737 in nine days.

Love this outdoor fireplace!

Canned pumpkin isn’t really pumpkin?

The selfie generation.

I would like to do this someday.

I would like to think if I had as much money as Babs I wouldn’t create a shrine to stuff.

2017: the year of kale?

Love this $100 kitchen remodel.

I got a standing ovation from Gilbert.

Have a great weekend!

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As promised, here are a few shots of everyday life – nothing too exciting but I’m trying to stay in the practice of taking regular photos.

puffy clouds


storms rolling in


windmills spinning


drying dill


kitty ambassador

This cat has taken to greeting us when I walk the dogs in the morning. I’ve never seen anything like it. She watches for us from the porch of her house and when she sees us coming she jumps off her bench and comes running to greet us. The dogs don’t seem to want to have anything to do with her, but they tolerate her. I think she’s attempting to improve dog/cat relations. It seems to be working; I never thought Daisy would stand still for a cat. Hopefully I can eventually get a better picture of their interaction. It’s not easy to hold onto three dogs and take a picture.

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Watching… Designated Survivor. I’m more excited about the new TV series this season than I’ve been in awhile. I’ve tried out a few but my favorite so far is Designated Survivor. I was a big fan of 24 so I’m excited to see Kiefer Sutherland in another presidential thriller. He’s no Jack Bauer in this series, but I think this character is more relatable.

Reading… The Curated Closet. I stumbled across Anuschka Rees’ blog awhile back and was intrigued by the concept of her new book. It’s all about curating your closet into a style that’s your own. I’ve fallen prey to all the lists about “pieces everyone should have” and others and have figured out on my own that those don’t really work. You have to figure out what works for you. This book is supposed to help you do just that. I think I’ve figured out a lot on my own but am excited to learn any new tips Rees has to offer.

Using… Stylebook App. I was thinking about doing Project333 this Fall but think that instead I will create a capsule wardrobe for October. Fall weather in Oklahoma is beautiful until it falls off the cliff into Winter (which can happen at any time – it could be 100˚ on Halloween or it could be snowing). I used the Stylebook App pretty regularly a couple of years ago but go away from it. It helps me see at a glance what I have and figure out how my wardrobe can work together.

Loving… Foaming Soap Dispensers with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. In the past I’ve tried to make homemade soap using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap but it never worked out very well. I discovered these soap dispenser and love them. I can combine castile soap, water, and some essential oils to make a healthy soap. I am amazed how soft my hands have been since I began using this soap a week or so ago.

Shopping… at Trader Joe’s. I can not convey how excited I am that Trader Joe’s has finally come to Oklahoma City. I’m such a fan that I regularly seek out the store if I’m in a city that has one. I hate large crowds yet I went to the store on opening day. I look forward to making it my regular grocery store!

What have you been up to lately?

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