Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Henry is so thankful that he picked us to go home with from the Humane Society last spring....AND (apparently) for his beautiful teeth. He is such a goof.  Our boy has a can do attitude & thinks every encounter is an opportunity to play; as demonstrated in the picture below.  
"One minute I'm sleeping, the next she's approaching me with a camera, so I give her this look.  OK, she's maybe I can get her to come a little closer, so I can bite her."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Damn You Old Man Winter!!!

The old SOB arrived at our house in the middle of the night, so we woke up to THIS!
This isn't bad, but it is still snowing heavily at this point and it is going to continue until tomorrow morning!

Excuse me, while I weep gently for a moment...

We are on track to get 7 to 12 inches; most likely in the 10 inch range. It is really heavy wet snow, so the poor trees are just hanging from the weight of the snow. I love the 4 seasons and all, but I like to ease into winter gently, not be thrown in full force!
Our poor birch tree is leaning from the weight of the snow.

It is really BEAUTIFUL...
...if you don't have to DRIVE in it!

OH YES!  I am one of the lucky few that has to work this weekend.  The drive alone will make for an exciting day.  Fingers crossed!  Wish me luck!

Blessings, Tracy

Friday, November 12, 2010

Do You Hear The Angels Singing?

I have to admit that we occasionally waste money on things that are not that important, but when it comes to the items that makes every day life easier...we are tight fisted with the cash.  Not sure what that says about us, but I know it probably means we have some deep seated issues that I'm not sure I want to know about.  We generally keep things FOREVER!!  We have a hard time replacing something if the one we have works perfectly fine or at least is serving the purpose. So, making a new purchase is a big fat hair deal for us!   
We finally got tired of playing the mismatched food storage container game.  This game has two parts.  The first part of this challenge is to try to get ONE food storage container out of the cupboard without every single piece popping out.  Note - you can earn extra points for actually retrieving the exact size you need.  The second part, is to try and find a matching lid to this container.  OK, you have five minutes to complete this task...GO!  
After years of discussing us getting some new food storage containers, we finally took the plunge (a.k.a. - I had an unstable moment in Target).  I purchased the new Rubbermaid "Easy Find Lids" food storage system.  The beauty of this set, is the lids snap on to the bottom of the container and each other, so they STACK and NEST neatly.  I checked out the box sets and settled on the 20 piece set (10 containers with matching tops), which came with a bonus 11th "Produce Saver" container and lid.  Be careful when purchasing box sets.  Take note what size containers and how many of each size are included in the different sets.  I found the larger set (at Target) just gave you additional ultra tiny containers that most people rarely use.  To supplement the set I purchased, I bought a mix of 4 commonly used larger sized container (7, 9 & 14 cup).  The total was about $30 for 15 pieces.  You can find these cheaper if you shop around...which I did not, since I lost my ever living mind in isle 32 at Target.  
I can't believe how nice our cabinet looks.  It created room for us to move some items around, thus freeing up storage space in other cabinets.

Believe me, the items on the bottom two shelves are CRAMMED in there tightly. One wrong move and they will all spring out of like one of those joke cans filled with snakes. You know, the ones that scare the hell out of you when you take the lid off and they all pop out! Does anyone else remember this practical joke back from days of yore?


Yep, I hear those angels singing too.

Blessings, Tracy

Monday, November 8, 2010

OMG!! When I say him...I nearly had an "Art Attack"!

I attended the "Art Attack" open studio event at the Northrup King Building yesterday.  The Northrup King Building is home to over 200 tenants including a creative center to over 190 artist as well as various small business and nonprofit organizations.  I go there several times a year for their open studios events.  I always walk out feeling inspired by all of the beautiful art.  I also love seeing the artist's work spaces, including the tools they use and seeing the works they have in progress.  Most of the artist are very nice and willing to discuss their work, their educational backgrounds and the processes they use to create their pieces.  Some occasionally have demos during these open studio events and a few regularly teach classes at their studio.  There are many wonderful artist in this building, but two studios that I always make a point of seeing are SoMi Tileworks and Sharra Frank Fine Art Mosaics.  Kirsten Walstead is the artist behind SoMi Tileworks.  She makes these beautiful, chunky tiles and tile collages, that I am in so love with.  I do think her website could use some updating to show a better representation of her beautiful collages, including many of her newer pieces.  I also think it is hard to grasp from the pictures how beautiful these pieces are in person.  Sharra Frank's studio is like a magical wonderland for me.  I swear I feel energized by her creativity.  It's like a drug for me.  She makes spectacular mosaic pieces and her studio is filled to the brim with beads, gems and interesting objects she uses in her art.  Unlike my work space, her supplies are all artfully arranged like a Macy's Christmas display.

While nearing the end of my tour, I noticed a tall gentleman walking in front of me.  He was wearing black jeans, red converse style high top tennis shoes, a black leather coat and he had a great looking dark faux hawk (not everyone can pull off this look well).  As he turned his head to talk to one of his friends, I saw the side of his face and my heart nearly stopped!  I remained calm, but in my head I was screaming, " that Christopher Straub from Project Runway?!"  I am a huge Project Runway fan, so this was a surreal moment for me.  I am also one of those (stupid) people who always thinks I should leave celebrities alone while they are enjoying their leisure time, so I didn't say anything to him.  HELLO...CHRISTOPHER STRAUB....I'm not sure what the hell I was thinking when I made that crazy decision.  Yes, in the end, I left the poor man alone.  But 
on the inside, I was seriously jumping up and down, clapping my hands and screaming, "I love you Christopher Straub!! I love you!!"  We were in the last few studios together and while he was enjoying the art, I was struggling to keep myself from staring at him.  I got all excited a second time when a crazy thought crossed my mind that Christopher knows Tim Gunn, one of the regulars/host on Project Runway, whom I also ADORE (cue the internal screaming and jumping up and down).  I hope he didn't notice the goofy looks I was giving him.  I was pitiful! 

Here are a few pictures of Christopher recreating some of the looks I may have given him while we were enjoying the studio tours. OK, I may have been stalking him. 

Well, I enjoyed a beautiful fall day, looked at some wonderful art and was lucky enough to run into...OMG, Christopher Straub!!  Most importantly, I escaped the day without any restraining orders.

Blessings, Tracy

Friday, November 5, 2010

Now that's cute!

I saw this "Perfect Roast Turkey Timer" at Patina the other day.  I thought it was funny that the legs pop up when your turkey is done. It made me chuckle.

Blessings, Tracy

Monday, November 1, 2010

Oh, Dexter!!!

Masuka had the best scene on Dexter last night.  Love his crazy "Two Words" theory, as to what (he thinks) happened at this crime scene.  The gestures of Masuka and facial expressions of Debra & Dexter are priceless.  Maybe it's one of those times that you have to understand or watch the show to get the full humor it??  I don't know, I just thought it was really funny. You can see the clip from last night's Dexter here.  I love this show!
**Warning - Clip NOT appropriate for children!**

Blessings, Tracy


Blessings, Tracy