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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Life

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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Lately…

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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Happy Weekend!

Enjoying an underwater ride on a penny farthing at Silver Springs, Florida, 1967.

Enjoying an underwater ride on a penny farthing at Silver Springs, Florida, 1967 via History in Pictures

Why women bruise more easily than men.

LOVE this!

Wish I was here.

Why we buy clothes we never wear.

Looking forward to making this when the weather gets cool.

Wow!

Staying here would be pretty fabulous.

Contemplating this.

I could watch this for hours.

Have a great weekend!

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Lately…

Reading… You Will Know Me. I’m not very far into this, so I can’t say much about it. It’s supposed to be a crime story surrounding a young gymnast with Olympic dreams. So far, it’s been an interesting look into the world surrounding aspiring Olympic gymnasts.

Listening to… Covers by Sleeping at Last. I love this album of updated 80′s classics. My favorites are Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Watching… Churchill’s Secret. This Masterpiece movie is the story of Winston Churchill in the summer of 1953. He had a serious stroke and rather than disclose this to the public, he was secreted away to his country home to recover. Much of the story is true. The character of the nurse that aids him is fictionalized. I enjoyed this one.

Loving… Doxie Go Plus Scanner. I have a lot (I would guess at least 1000) of photos that I want to scan. I realized that I probably don’t have the patience to scan all of them with my flatbed scanner, so that left either paying a service to do it or finding a different scanner. This scanner comes highly recommended and I felt the better choice. It doesn’t need to be hooked up to a computer to scan, so I can sit on the sofa and scan photos while watching TV.

 

Eating… Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds. I’ve been trying to pull myself out of the sweet-eating hole that I periodically find myself in. These sprouted pumpkin seeds are a good low-carb snacking alternative. I love them by themselves or on salads.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Las Vegas Mushroom Cloud

Bathers in Las Vegas watch a mushroom cloud from an atomic test 75 miles away, 1953 via History in Pictures

I had fully intended to post pictures this week but the week got away from me. I hope to do better next week!

What to watch and what to skip this Fall; I guess I’ll give The Good Place a chance (I’m exhausted by the previews).

How to fix iOS 10′s biggest annoyances.

If I ever did a tiny house, it would be something like this.

Cool photo.

Staggering statistics about shopping habits.

Love these appliance updates.

The dog story made me laugh out loud.

The world’s most comfortable shoes.

Love this! Working on my list now.

Have a great weekend!

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Lately…

Reading… Before the Fall. I have been working at reading some of the many Kindle books I purchased on super sale. I believe this is one of those. It’s the story of a plane crash. It’s a bit of a mystery. The lone surviving adult was a last minute addition to the passenger list. The book dives into all the people on the plane before the crash and I assume eventually explains why the plane came down.

Listening to… Navigating Early. I took a break in August from audiobooks and podcasts. I’m just getting back into them. I have heard good things about this book and it didn’t appear to be a long one so I thought it might be a good place to dive back in.

Watching… Marcella. I was looking for something to watch this weekend on Netflix. It recommended this show based on me liking Foyle’s War. I’m not really sure why because other than them both being set in England, they are nothing alike. I’m a couple of episodes in and haven’t decided if I like it or not. It seems like there is too much going on. But it is mysterious and I love mysterious so I’ll keep plugging through.

Loving… the weekend weather. The weather this weekend was delightful – beautiful for dog walking and dining outdoors. I was saying the other day that I really like having four seasons but I think I’ve changed my mind. I think I could be perfectly happy with weather like this 365 days a year.

Wanting… Vega Brushed Brass Light Fixture. I stumbled across this light fixture online this weekend. I need this in my house. I’m thinking it would work in the dining room, but if not, there are a couple of other places I could put it.

What have you been up to lately?

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Happy Weekend!

Four men climbing Brooklyn Bridge as part of a test for those wishing to be appointed to paint the bridge, 1926.

Four men climb Brooklyn Bridge as a test for those wishing to paint the bridge, 1926 via History in Pictures

Big weekend plans? I’m hoping to work on some projects I’d planned to work on last weekend.

I would LOVE to do this!

Wish I was here.

I think I could be great friends with Stacy London.

An interesting grammar rule.

So excited about this!

The capacity to be alone.

So pretty!

TV Doctors of America.

Interesting iPhone camera facts.

Have a great weekend!

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Life

Every year, after August Break, I intend to keep regularly sharing photos, but it never seems to happen. Hopefully I’ll be more successful this year. My plan is to try to share at least five photos from the past week. Some will just be documenting things that have happened, others will be more artistic.

a rain streaked window

 

a final trip to Charcoal Oven

 

office orchids

 

a light from above

 

a fabulous sign

I had planned to photograph that sign for August Break but never got around to it. I see this one on my drive to work. It always makes me smile.

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Lately…

Yay! August Break was nice but I’m excited to be back to regular blogging. How was your weekend? I was sick most of the weekend. Not fun! It was a very lazy weekend. Thankfully, I’m feeling much better and ready to face the week ahead.

Reading… Our Souls at Night. I think this is the only book I read during the month of August and it’s a short one. I loved this book. It’s the story of a widow who pays a visit to her neighbor, a widower, with a proposition. It reminded me a bit of Before Sunrise, except this couple is a lot older and it plays out over months, not a day.

Listening to… Amazing Two Hour Midnight Thunderstorm on Amazon Prime. I have probably mentioned before that three of the dogs are pretty frightened of thunderstorms – one of them deathly afraid. I’ve been gradually introducing this thunderstorm track into the background. I am hopeful that maybe I can desensitize the dogs to storms. Only time will tell if it will work – fingers crossed.

Watching… football. I was sleeping off and on most of the weekend and didn’t really want to start watching something that required my full attention. Football was the perfect soundtrack. I could figure out what I’d missed when I woke up and it football always makes it feel like Fall (my favorite season).

Drinking… Bonafide Bone Broth. I’ve become a believer in the bone broth. I ran a fever all day Saturday and was worried that I might have the flu. I chugged away at this bone broth all day and my fever broke sometime early Sunday morning. Maybe it would have anyway, but I’ll definitely be consuming bone broth when I’m sick in the future.

Wanting… Toms Jutti Chevron Flats. My Toms sandals have become my go-to shoes this summer. They are so comfortable but still cute. I have my eye on these flats for Fall/Winter. I was hoping to find them on sale for Labor Day but no dice.

What have you been up to lately?

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