Summer Fun/ Thursday Night in the Suburbs

This morning, Chris had the genius idea of going to the Italian Feast in Verplank.  It goes on for a few nights in July and is amazing in that it packs a lot into a little teeny fair. We didn’t go last summer, but we went in 2012 –   this year, I was smart enough to not win 5 goldfish (short version:  that did not go well) and we wisely spent our money on plastic cups of wine and zeppolis.  It was a lovely summer night in the suburbs and though  I have heartburn as I type this, it was totally worth it.

Did you know about Our Lady of Mount Carmel?  I didn’t, but I love that there is a fair for her right near my house!  Any excuse to have a plastic cup of wine and fried things on a beautiful summer night is fine by me.

People Who Visit Us: Post #1/ PETER

As previously threatened, I’m starting a new series called People Who Visit Us.  If you’re wondering, YES I am kicking myself for not starting this ages ago!  So that means all the people who have been visiting us since we moved are just gonna have to come back and hang out with us again.  We promise not to make you work too much!!

Each PWVU subject will have to answer the same few questions.  I reserve the right to comment.  I mean, it’s my blog, right?

Hi, Peter!

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How do you know the Larsens?  Chinatown gang bang club (since first gang bang)

Describe yourself in three words:  Gang bang enthusiast

(editorial note:  we met at Fordham)

What’s your favorite book?   Soap Opera Digest

What did you eat at the Larsens’?  Really good fajitas (why I’m moving to Peekskill)

(editorial note:  Chris & I also drank margaritas)

Did you win at cornhole? I lost to Chris once in a shut out and beat you because you defaulted by retiring from the match (and I had a significant lead).  In other words, you abandoned my Cornhole just as I was starting to feel good about it.

Did you leave sober, tipsy or shitcanned?  (or did you sleep over) –   Sober.  Get it in writing while you can.

Where are you visiting next?  Cape Cod:  Falmouth, MA

 

 
The Larsens’ Turn:
Peter is the best!  He is mega-talented, funny, honest and a true friend.  He is one of those friends where years can pass with a facebook check in here & there, and then you hang out and it’s like no time has passed.  I think we will be friends with Peter forever.

 

 

If you like watching paint dry …

Then you are going to LOVE my new series:  Good God What Have I Done:  The Front Porch Edition.  It really has everything  — it’s going to be a loooong journey-type tale (like how they say all good stories are road trips?), it’s got humor, it’s got drama, you are really rooting for the protagonists and none of us have any idea how it will end.

Yup.  We started scraping the paint off the front porch.

I’m really, truly having a “what have I done” moment with this one.  It might never end.

 

We started this insanity last weekend.  I would say this current before & “after” peek represents about 12 hours of work and it’s maybe a quarter scraped and we haven’t even talked about paint, stain, taking the aluminum siding off the ceiling or repairing the broken shingles.

Oh!  But speaking of broken shingles … I was scraping paint on Sunday, enjoying The Glenn Jones Radio Programme, vacillating wildly between “oh, this is such nice, relaxing, rewarding work” and “this will never end.  Never”  when I heard someone saying, “Excuse me!” at the porch railing.  So I met a neighbor, who introduced herself, said she lives around the corner and she has a box of cedar shingles she can’t use that are the same shape as our front porch, and could we use them?  I might have screamed a little and I know I said, “My husband is going to freak out!”  So she came back later with some shingles to try.  They are a little smaller than the ones on the front of the porch (which led Chris on a rant about how everything in this house is in a size they don’t make any more!  Which is actually a good rant, and I will have him guest-blog and tell you his thoughts on the matter) BUT they are beautiful and they will be perfect for repairs.  Or we will move good ones from the back to the front and put smaller ones in the back.  In any case, they are going to come in handy and HOW  NICE IS THAT that a person would stop and say they have extra of something and they would like to give it to you.  Another for the Things You Don’t See in the City series.  Oh – -I’m also all about the series right now.  I think it will give me structure.

So please stay tuned for “People Who Visit Us/ A Series,” which will debut this week. In the mean time, please enjoy this slide show.  I hope to some day find this funny.

 

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Happy 4th of July Weekend!

And also, how did it get to be 4th of July weekend already?  I’m woefully behind in my blog posts, and will spend this week sorting through some photos so I can post about a very fun party we had, the tomatoes that are blossoming, some fun things I have cooked and the porch that’s getting a thorough scraping.  For now, I will just post a photo of my planter– I’m very proud of it, as it was a little touch-and-go at the beginning!   Early July feels like a good time to reflect on the summer so far.  Stay tuned for some backtracking and in a few days I will be back up to speed!

MWAH.

happy fourth of july!

happy fourth of july!

 

 

(my how we've grown ...)

(my how we’ve grown …)

A pot of pansies

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I got most of the plants from my last post (aka buying binge) into happier homes this weekend, though the weather was cooler and more windy than I would have liked. 

The rest of the pansies went in the front yard, along with the white impatiens.

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So teeny! I’m hoping they grow bright and strong through the summer.

I also got my large planter um… Planted….

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Filler, spiller, thriller? We shall see.

I will update with growth reports! I hope!

Spring has sprung

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And I was so excited about the grand re opening of our beloved Hilltop Farms that I went a little crazy in the buying plants department!! We enjoyed an amazing Easter feast yesterday and I didn’t get all these guys in pots or in the ground, but I hope to over the next few days. I’m so excited for my gardening plans this year, but I’ve also been loving things to death lately. My oldest and most favorite philodendrons are dying,  the victims of an over zealous watering monster (me). They’ve been outside all weekend, drying out. I’m hoping they rebound. And we will see how all these guys do. I’ve also got lots of seeds to try, which will go in the ground next weekend. Wish me luck!!
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Original Apothecary Style via New Orleans

I’m months away from tackling the renovation of our downstairs bathroom, but since we moved in, I have known it will have an apothecary, Sleep No More style to it.  To that end, I’ve just been keeping my eye out for style ideas, inspiration and historical influence.  So while Chris and I strolled around New Orleans this past weekend, imagine my joy to happen upon the Pharmacy Museum!  Ideas galore ….

this gave us the idea that simple, colored water in bottles looks awesome!

 

The front window gave us the idea that colored water in bottles will make a cool display!

 

There were amazing cabinets — all the drawers!  All the bottles!

I like the old medicine posters ….

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And who doesn’t love a good pair of glass eyes??

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Like I said …. inspiring ……

Weekend Update… What was that?

What was that weird feeling I was having all weekend??  Oh, yeah, it was FUN.  Life has intruded in so many ways the past few months, it was nice to kick back, cook a nice meal, enjoy some quality time with our friends and eat, drink and LAUGH.  Hell, we even caught a parade!!  All in honor of my fantastic husband’s birthday — the third one we got to celebrate in our house.  Number one was terrifying, as we’d been in the house for two weeks, the kitchen was sealed off and we had a fridge and a microwave in the dining room.  Two was much more organized.  And three was the best one yet.  I’m looking forward to many, many more!!

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casually posing in the living room …  my friends are weird

 

 

A crafty tale

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This is one of the sewing projects I currently have going. It’s a Sublime Stitching patten I have had for a long time and have always wanted to sew. For some unknown reason I have been saving it for a special, magical time and I never knew what I wanted to do with it. Well, that special, magical time is apparently now, and I’m going to hang it on a wall. You can see where this decision took a few years. I’ve got bare walls in the hallway upstairs and at the bottom of the stairs. I cannot stand these bare walls any longer, so I’m working on things to fill them up! Framed color photos downstairs, embroidery & misc things upstairs. I’m debating black & white old photos. We have some really good ones. Yeah, I think I’ll frame them, too…