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Planning, well trying to

I feel like my life is in various stages.
Then again, who's life isn't?
Here are some of the projects I have rolling around:

Which story(ies) ideas to submit to the upcoming Zoetrope contest.
Layout of our yard, where the gardens will go, which plants to use, etc.
Working the Lia Sophia sales position to help put money away for house and to bankroll my ability to stay home and write.

These projects are started and they do not require an actual deadline. Well, the writing contest does, but my novel does not. These are all things that need to be nurtured and not rushed.


My impatience would usually be at an end, so this is actually good for me. The gardens will take about three years to get just right, maybe longer. Writing is writing, you can't just bang out a book a month. Oh I wish you could, but the more I work at writing, the better I am getting, thank God. It may not show in my blog at all times, but my dialogue and descriptions of gestures have greatly impr…

The Library

You all know my love of libraries, so let me have this moment to rhapsodize about our local library here in Long Valley.

I walked in to get a library card today and the librarian proceeded to tell me all the wonderful things they offer.

There is a network of over 20 other libraries in Morris County that allow me to walk in and use my library card. How superb!
I can log in to our local library web site and Place a Hold on a book/DVD/CD, etc and then choose a date to pick it up.
They offer classes and talks on everything from cooking to arthritis lectures by a doctor, along with an awesome selection of magazines as well.

I am going to go and enjoy my books I pulled out today and relish the next time I get to visit my well appointed and friendly staffed library.


Getting out of one's comfort zone

Okay, so I turned 40 this month. Feels no different than 30 to be honest, but I state that because I am at that age where many, many people have no desire to change their ways and leave their comfort zone.
I am challenging myself to do such a thing.
Direct sales.
Never wanted to do it, have no desire to ever do it, hate sales. Period.
Then this economy came along and has beaten the crap out of us all. Applying relentlessly to the same jobs as everyone else, I got frustrated, just like everyone else.
A friend offered me the opportunity to become a part of her team at Lia Sophia Jewelry. Originally I was like, "Thanks, but no thank you." I had my own jewelry business at one time and I knew how hard it was to convince someone to buy a pair of stunning, handmade earrings at $35.00. I would have to do the same thing with some other product and was certain I would hear the same complaints about pricing. Then she asked me again and I thought about it. What was I really hesitant…

Optical Delights

I adore eye glasses. I have never worn contacts, nor do I intend to. Glasses are so unique and act as wearable art showcasing the wearer's personality and tastes.
Sandra Oh who played the sassy assistant Rita on the HBO series "Arliss" would show up to work in outfits with matching eye wear. Probably one of the coolest, yet subtle costume moves on a show that really impacted me.
That being said, I just came across Fabulous Fanny's and I MUST go there. All the cat eye glasses make me drool, along with the antique frames. It is nice to have options in regards to eye wear. Who wants to wear the same boring thing as the next person? Sunglasses fall under that category. So many folks emulatecelebrities by wearing what they do, but without really looking at the fashion to see if it will suit them.
Zenni Optical also has some really terrific choices and at great prices too.

Trust me, men do make passes at women who wear glasses.



Ahhhhhhhhhh the joys of owning a home for me is the fact that I can finally garden. Yesterday our friends Frank and Nancy came to our house yesterday for noshing and gardening. Here is a shot of Nancy and I weeding out what will eventually become my cutting garden.

We found a horseshoe, a football and a plastic Easter egg with a nickle in it. LOL
Nancy brought me plants from her garden which was wonderful. We even got to plant some. Here is a picture of the bounty.

I will post pictures soon of how we weeded the front and planted some goodies. I put the oregano, thyme and sage in a planter on the porch. Smells so good!
They also gave us a wind chime and hanging plant. We are very grateful and happy about it.

I have much to learn in the ways of the land, but it will be fun :)

On another renovating note, I painted our door a stunning dark red, I will post that photo soon too.


Quick Goodie

The house is coming along well and I hope to have some photos up soon. We have been very busy unpacking and organizing, choosing paint colors, deciding how to gut a bathroom, this will be waaaaaaaaaay down the road of course, where the gardens will go, etc. We know that most of this will take months to get it together, time and money what none of us ever have enough of, but we are happy and exhausted in such a good way.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a friends business with all of you. Brian and I went to college together and he is a terrific man who is also very talented. He launched his own fabric line with another talented artist, Alex Mason, a few months ago and it is fabulous! So check it out and drool with me:

Ferrick Mason
I NEED that Fizzy Bloom fabric, hell, I want them all to drape my walls and make dresses out of. Textile design is a fascinating field to me and I love anyone who does it. Working on patterns are so time consuming, but look at the end result…

Very Very random things

Today was the day Los Angeles exploded with Michael Jackson fans, I myself don't get the whole brouhaha and the waste of police time and money. Especially because California is currently floating IOU's for tax refunds. I also find the whole show repugnant considering Joe Jackson, the "father", beat those kids mercilessly and no one stopped him, proof a cash cow is more important than anything. I feel for the kids of Michael, as they had no normal life before and it can only get stranger.

Have you seen how much paint costs?? Some are $50.00 a gallon!! What the hell?? If it came with a man to help paint, great, but alas it does not. Surprisingly enough, Ralph Lauren paints which are stunning are actually about $28.00 a gallon. Nice.

Maybe I should do this instead of paint?
Sexy: Fishnets
Too loud? Kabloom

This recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quickbread ROCKS!

Have copper on your pots and pans? Here is how you clean them :)

That is all I have for you kids today, I pro…

Food, Inc. - The Movie

We went to see Food Inc last night.
I am still beside myself.
Not because I had no idea what went on the food industry, of course I did. As a vegetarian, one of my arguments with meat eaters has always been, "If I was one of you, I would be pissed off at how my food is raised and treated."
This movie lifts that veil and does it well enough that it reinforced my decision in being a vegetarian and angered me at the gross monopoly we have in the food industry as a whole.
Bottom line for all food conglomerates is money. Sure you say, they are a business. Yes, well, a business still should respect its costumer and you saw last night how most of them are blissfully detached from the customer, their workers and the animals themselves.
It was repugnant.
Smithfield Farms works with the INS to have some of its workers arrested after working there about ten years and have them sent back to whatever Latin America country they came from. As the Union Representative said, "Why is no o…

Wedegewood? Yes please.

Anyone who knows me I am not a fan of high end china, crystal, or anything else that if it broke would send me to the asylum. I told my mother for years that whenever I got married, I never wanted to receive Waterford, Lenox or the myriad of other luxury tableware. Who wants that insane responsibility? Fortunately we did not receive anything along those lines and so our kitchen is filled with Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma goodies. Though one set of glasses is down to about 4 pieces due to breakage. Again, not pricey so no tailspin.
But now, I have seen the following beauty by Wedgewoodand I have decided it belongs with me...forever. Really, look at that fine specimen. It is a white on black jasper teacup and saucer. How on God's good earth have I lived without such a thing?Why have I never seen it until now? Sure, people who have collected Wedgewood for decades are chuckling to themselves, but I am fairly new to this coveting of specific luxury wares and this has put m…