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Back to the grind and interesting home decor

What a whirlwind!Good food, good times and now, back to the daily grind. My battery has arrived which means I am typing this post from my little net book. Whoohooo!! I hate to admit this, but I was a very, very crabby person when I was sans computer. My poor husband probably wanted to hop a plane to get out of dodge when I snapped. Of course I used our other computer and worked, but it is always better to have your own equipment. How many times can you interrupt fantasy football you know? It is sad to admit that I rely so much on technology to do a task many have done with quill and parchment. Then again, I believe Shakespeare would really dig working on a computer. He probably could have cranked out even more works! Anyway, I am hoping to get another query letter out by the end of the week to start the New Year off right.
I just came across this Cast Iron Hands Dish Towel Holder and I am speechless. I live to see that in someones kitchen, I really do.
Keeping with the odd, eclectic ho…

Just another day :)

The battery in my netbook has bit the bullet. So now I have to wait until the new battery arrives. Apparently this can take 5-10 days. Oh joy. This means all writing I do will have to be on the main computer in the house which is fine. The hard part is my hubby is an avid computer user as well so we will need to find balance. Of course I can still just write things down in the designated notebook which is no problem. There is fun in writing long hand, but of course you cannot move as fast as you can, but that is the good part. You slow down, take a minute to really consider what you are writing.
I gotta tell you, I really hate open shelving in kitchens. Sure it looks nice and isn't it wonderful to look at your grandma's china? The idea of all the dust collecting there grosses me out. If you are a neat freak, I am sure this would work for you. I am neat, but not that neat.
I am watching Frontline: The Medicated Child and I am in a complete fit. Kid has a temper? Drug him. Hyper?…

One Down Many to Go

Got my first rejection for my novel. The note was very lovely and now I have to cross them off my list and go to the next agent. I feel relieved that I got an answer and can now move forward searching out the right person who will hopefully see the potential of the book. Ugh and Yea! all at once...hahahahaha! Seriously though, this is going to be a grueling process, but that is to be expected. Like it or not, this is how it works and I am ready.
My second novel's progression is going nicely as I flesh out important parts and rebuild weak ones. Who knows? Maybe this one will get picked up first.
Currently I am reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and it is enlightening and wonderful and main boggling. Siddhartha Mukherjee, a physician and researched, makes the content easy to follow and gives a wonderful history on this despicable diseases.
Cheers! MissFifi

Weekend Update

There are really not enough hours in a day. Between job hunting, it sucks, writing, that is going well, and doing house chores, &#*@&, Life is really good and hectic.No response yet from literary agent. I am not surprised since it is the holidays and Lord only knows how many inquiries she receives. Nerve racking regardless. Sold some gold recently, just two pieces, and got enough money that we were able to buy our water heater. That gave us relief from having to pillage the bank account. Home purchases are fun! Still have to finish painting in living room, wall around our closet and hemming curtains. That is what his weekend is supposed to be about. Wish me luck. I am ashamed to admit that I still need to work on my nephews 500 pound sensory blanket. Again, this weekend and next week is all about that. We have just a few gifts to pick up and I have more cards I need to send out. I am in the spirit, but really the shopping one. How much do we all really need? I would love to do …

Pretty treats

Looking for something fun to give yourself or a host this season? Dare I say that sweets are always an appropriate gift and usually pretty welcome.
These Fleurir Chocolates look divine.
We love Nutella and I swear I may have to try baking these chocolate-nutella thumbprint cookies from Recipe Girl.
These Yoga Pose Cookie Cutters rock.
A couple bags of these Caveman Cookies could be a nice treat or stocking stuffer.
101 cookbooks has a nice recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Bark cookies. What a nice hostess present.
And a big HOORAY! for Kristi, author of the blog The Chocolate Peanut Butter Gallery. She is co-author of a cookbook called Zoku Quick Pops. It is a nice companion for the Zoku Quick Pop Maker sold at Williams-Sonoma. A wonderful combination gift for sure.
Cheers! MissFifi

Media Companies Whine About Netflix

I just read this article in the NY Times where the CEO of Time Warner claims Netflix is a fading star. Ahhh, the inevitable sorrows of multi million dollar conglomerates. Keep in mind that Time Warner has a stake in a cable company and they complain that Netflix has helped hurt subscriptions. Well duh! When it costs almost a car payment to have channels that show the same crap over and over, some people will cancel. The arrogance of media companies has always amused me. They always cry poverty and blame services like You Tube and Netflix. Not like it would have anything to do with the crappy movies or television programming they put out. As an avid movie goer, ask me the last time I was in the theater. I believe it was for Sherlock Holmes. Yeah, over the summer. Studios fail to recognize that some of us do not want to pay $10+ for a film. Half the time they are awful anyway. Jeff Bewkes, the Time Warner CEO, does not seem to understand that someone like me will use Netflix more for bac…

Letter and Range

Tons of stuff to do today, but figured a quick post shall not hurt.
First off, I sent my first ever query letter out on the morning of December 7. Forgot to put that in the post that day, but yes, it is out there. My thick skin prepares for the rejection, but as I have said before, George Orwell, Sylvia Plath and many others received the ubiquitous, "Thanks, but not thanks", so I am in good company. It is weird waiting to see if a total stranger has an interest in my novel. The constant rewriting of the mini synopsis was equivalent to learning to ride a bike. I hope I got it and if not, check that agent off the list and try again. In the meantime, I continue working on the second book which is moving along and I have an outline for a third. Is all this waiting nerve racking? You bet it is, but it is all in a day's work. All I can do now is improve my skills and keep plugging away until luck is in my corner.
On a different note, I love Aga ranges. Here is a post The Kitchn …

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

I know, I know. Another series. You are chuckling, just waiting for me to get a few more books in and toss it to the side. I am really, really hoping that won't be the case this time.JD Robb aka Nora Roberts, rarely disappoints me. She was one of the first romance writers I ever read and that was a good thing since the woman tells an excellent story. What made me pick up this book, which came out way back in 1995, was that I did a search for strong female characters in novels. Part of the reason I was looking, was in the hopes I could mention said character in my query letter to give the agent a better idea of who my female protagonist was similar to. Now, people's opinions vary on just what a strong female entails. Suggestions moved form Elizabeth Bennett to Eve Dallas to Stephanie Plum to Mercy Thompson. Considering the good experience I had with Nora before reading Montana Sky, I went for it and got Naked in Death. Eve Dallas is a tough cookie with a dark past. My character …

Shoes

I adore vintage and when I say vintage I sometimes mean like 18th century or earlier. But shoes as a whole, dare I say there is not a century I would not love.

American Duchess has a wonderful post on 18th century shoes. Oh j'adore!!!!

These 1930's brown shoes evoke The Women (1939)

Jellyfish Design Studio's hand painted heels are wicked!

These Baby Doll Retro Platform Pumps would rock with jeans or a skirt or whatever.

Andre' Perugia was quite the visionary.

Cheers!
MissFifi

LIfe's Little Edits

Yesterday I applied to two jobs. One was full time and the other was part time. Both jobs are in the medical field, one a fertility clinic the other an assisted living facility. The assisted living facility job has better hours, but either job would be great. I have done random searches over the months because after being aggressive for about a year, I got frustrated. Me and thousands of others have gotten frustrated and still are I am sure.
Now I figured I would try again and I am hoping I can get in a hospital or some area of medical. I have no desire to work for a regular corporate company again. That does not mean I would not apply to them if I saw something great, but I have my preference. So fingers crossed.

Writing wise I finished editing the novel and now I am struggling with a query letter. I have about four different versions and I am not really thrilled with either of them. The suggestion has been to sum up the whole book in four lines. I think I can do it, I know I can do i…

Quick bathroom ideas

Hope the holidays were wonderful and filling.
While our friend finishes building our bedroom closet, WHOOO HOOOOO!!!, I have been looking at claw foot style tubs for the upstairs bathroom renovation that will happen one day in the future. This of course could mean years from now, but I still like to look. Dare I say if I was a wealthy person who wanted to buy something decadent, I'd say Copper Slipper bathtubs would rate high. Of course I would want a sexy hammered sink like this from Waterworks to go with it.
What about pure minimalism? Kohler has a Purist Suite series that embodies this.
This Woodland Sanctuary bathroom by Kohler is interesting. I doubt I would do something like that, but I like the concept.
A circular shower with ceiling mount shower head is an unusual idea.
And a modern round tub is pretty neat too!
Natural light rocks and for once I do not mind the all glass shower.
I would take a shower room over a whirlpool tub any day of the week.

Cheers! MissFifi

Inside my head are many random things

So I shall share.
Friends of ours came back form India a few weeks ago and brought me home the magazine Syncorian Matrimonial Times. It is interesting to read all these ads placed by families to procure the "perfect" spouse for their child. Height and weight and college degrees are listed. There are preferences for cultured families, same town, professionally qualified mate and numerous other things we probably think of in the States, but would not dare say mattered out loud. Many people are appalled by "arranged marriages". Considering our divorce rate is on par with marriage, I would say it is not the worst idea. Now, I am only talking about arranged marriages like the ones I am reading about. I am not endorsing the alliance of a twelve year old with a fifty five year old. That is a totally different arena that I am not getting into. I am sure there are bad arranged marriages along with good ones. Plus, Time Magazine has a whole issue devoted to marriage this wee…

Scratch that, add this, what were you thinking??

As I edit my book between daily errands and commitments, there are times I want to pull my hair out and run screaming into the night. My writing has improved quite a bit. Amen to that. Though there are passages in the story where I shake my head wondering when _________ (insert bad writer name here) came into my head and screwed me up. Trust me, I know there are parts that are stronger then others. My editor, if and when I get one, may hate me on that. But what is burning my ass for sure is that I get stuck in a certain scene and it overrules anything else I was going to pursue. Yesterday I had to work on a bedroom scene. Nothing too racy or scandalous and for the life of me I could not think of way to describe the main character's feelings or reaction without sounding like a dork. I am not a romance writer, could never be one, some of those folks have mad skills, and I was pissed. I was at a loss on how to make her emotions shine on the page. Her expression of want and need. Jus…

The sweat and tears of others

Design.It brings out the best and worst of all of us. As I sit here typing on my couch from Pier 1 trying to figure out if I can reupholster my retro one armed love eat, sounds like a James Bond villain, I peruse the Internet for inspiration. I admit that I am jealous of some of these folks who without a clue on how to work a drill watch a few videos, make a few errors and then create a built in bookcase that custom cabinet makers would envy. I do not fear the upholstery, I just want to do it right since the couch is a timeless design. Depending on what fabric I choose for it, it can look contemporary or antique. I think I am going to aim for a more contemporary look. The wing backs will follow suit and then our seating area will be complete. Yes, a stunning area to hang out and drink, chat and read all night if one chooses. Let me not get wrapped up in seating areas and fabrics and retreat back to the full blown renovations that inspire and captivate me. Here are some blogs that have…

Don't know if I like you Anita Blake.

I just finished reading "Circus of the Damned" by Laurell K Hamilton and to be honest, I found it to be a bit of a drag. This is book 3 in the series and I am not sure if I even want to continue reading when I can just look them all up on Wikipedia and see what happens.

That is not a good sign.

What did I enjoy? Like the others, I do like the pace of action and I am intrigued by Jean-Claude the Master of the City. Other than that, Anita has begun to get on my nerves. Yes folks, she is pissing me off and we are only on book 3. Shades of Stephanie Plum are surfacing for me.

Again, not a good sign.

Let us get one thing clear, Miss Hamilton does not need my good words or approval. Her series is doing just fine whether I read it or not so my criticism is like a speck of dust in her world. Prepare yourselves, here come the catty comments in regards to her writing. For the love of God please get a better editor or learn to use a thesaurus. Everyone in her books have eyelashes that a…

Some Fun Fabrics

I do adore a good piece of fabric. No matter the pattern or use, outdoor, indoor, etc. I see everything as a dress that Auntie Mame would wear. Keep in mind that I have never made a dress of any sort. I have sewn a skirt and some curtains. That is all. I really wish I could motivate my self to make a dress, I truly do. This MarimekkoNapakettu is divine, but it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too expensive for me to attempt my first dress pattern. I bet it would make a great skirt or sarong.This Josef Frank textile called Hawaii would be fabulous as a sweeping summery dress. Clearly it would be a beast to line up all the seams and lines of the pattern so it does not look choppy, but in the end it would be worth the frustration. I have been wanting oil cloths to make place mats or even use as backgrounds of frames instead of some boring mats. Mendel's in San Francisco seems to have some lovely choices. Can't decide if I like this from Revival Fabrics, but I think it could make a sweet lin…

I read and read and read and I do get somewhere

Right now I am enthralled with a short story anthology called McSweeny's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales. It was edited by Michael Chabon, who's own work I have never really gotten into, but my husband loves. The stories are driven by action and plot. Most of the reviews hated the book, so far I like it. I am not one who enjoys ambiguous story telling as if it is just a fragment of a story, the author smirking as they hold back much detail. Nothing worse then reading a short story and then being pissed off because somehow you missed the deep, dark insight given by the exalted author. Yes, I do get bitchy.One of the things I was most excited about was being able to read an Elmore Leonard story. I have never read any of his books and have been wanting to check out his writing style for sometime. I like it. He is bare bones all the way. Not an easy thing to do I think because people enjoy details. Some authors enjoy over detailing to the point where you want to kill yoursel…

Raise the Roof

Since we bought the house my husband has rhapsodized about how one day he wanted to raise the roof and make the second floor taller. We know that would one day require an architect and most likely a boatload of cash. In a recent issue of Southern Living Magazine, there was a house that made me catch my breath.
The design was exactly what we wanted to do.
The architecture firm is Gardner Mohr Architects out of Chevy Chase Maryland and this is the house. They went into Asian minimalism in the kitchen which I would most likely not do, but we love the sun porch and I covet the two bathrooms, especially the master bath. I do not think we could do a bath that large, but then again, who really knows? I would love to at least see what they could do with our second floor and find out if even the first floor would need remodeling. Architects see things much differently then the rest of us hence they have ideas that neither of us could dream up.
One day my friends, one day.
Cheers! MissFifi

Have we become too PC as a society?

I ask this because this morning I got in an argument on a blog with an unknown person about my use of the word "Nazi" as applied to ex-President Bush and some of his policies. I was chided by a few bloggers saying I was insensitive and that neither party should use that term as everyone just throws it around. While these folks are entitled to their opinion, there is an assumption I have no idea about fascism and WW II and what Hitler really was trying to do. I replied back and once I was done I wondered if I should even bother checking to see if I get a reply back. I am okay with discussions and agreeing to disagree, but when we are on the Internet it is easier to get nasty much quicker and block out other's opinions and ideas. The reason I felt the need to respond was I became grouped in with those calling Obama a Nazi, never understood that since Socialism is not Fascism, and I wanted to make some points. I started with the subtle nuances between Bush and his team and…

My to do list grows

My husband and a friend went and got our couch last night. It looks really fantastic and now we just have to decide where we want to actually put it. For now it is where the orange couch was, but it is not staying there since it is against a radiator. I also need to go purchase some Scotchgard to help protect the couch.

I started this week out very well as I had a massage client. Always nice to work on someone and get paid :) I need to drum up some more business and start looking into the hospital systems again. Someone suggested the VA Hospitals and I would love that, but their budgets are worse than private hospitals.

Our kitchen is one of the few rooms I like, but the cabinet hardware is atrocious and there is none on the bottom cabinets. Two of the doors on the upper cabinets are cracked, so one day we will need to replace all of them, but for now, I would like to get some nice hardware and paint the walls. It will brighten it up, especially when I check to see if the wall is okay …

Morris County New Jersey

Is where I live and while I am on the low end of the wealth spectrum, it is a beautiful place. As one who is tired of seeing my home state and people look like mafioso breeding grounds filled with tanned, high haired Neanderthals this article in Traditional Home makes me breathe better. New Jersey is very diverse with farms, small intimate enclaves, rolling hill estate areas, funky neighborhoods, sea shore, mountains and fun cities. I wish to God people knew that.Recently I got into a blog discussion with someone from Los Angeles and we were lamenting how Hollywood shows the worst of LA and NJ. When you live someplace, you see the best and the worst, but it seems Hollywood only likes the awful side, the stereotypes. Which I hate more than anything. Southerners are redneck hillbillies who intermarry, Midwesterners are all fat and slow, West Coast is flaky and plastic. Pacific Northwest is filled with hippies. The list goes on and on. Sure stereotypes come from somewhere, but I think it…

And God has smiled

Yes my friends, we have purchased a couch and from a most unusual place.
Pier 1.
We never ever go in there as my hubby hates the store and I remember when they used to be really cool and funky and carried very affordable things. I was on their site and saw they were having a sale and their Reagan sofa normally $699 was $550. I know it is not the world most beautiful sofa or probably not the most well made, but heck it works for us. It is a three seater and it is a nice camel color which will look great with our dark sage green walls and gold curtains. We sat on it, seems comfy and looks sharp. Sure I would love my chic thousand dollar modernist sofa, but one, we are not made of money and two, this will look nice and it can go anywhere in the house. The big day for me will be when I can reupholster my wing backs, ottoman and retro sofa, but for now, they get used and are very comfortable.
I have finished painting the living room. Will need to do touch ups and paint through the radiator…

Lighting and Color, Color, Color!

Times are tough and when one is renovating their home discount places like IKEA, Home Goods and estate sales become de rigueur. That does not mean I do not dream of pieces that cost as much as the GDP of some small countries. Rejuvenation lighting pretty much makes me drool and all I want is a cool little porch light. My porch light now is just not the right fit for the house. It looks like drooping pastel lilies with pointy lights. I am not even sure it is meant to be used outdoors. Anyhoo, I would like a funky light but I have decided to pretend I have money and see what would I choose if I had no limits?
Why yes I do want this pretty little Euclid light on my porch. If not that, how about Everett? Seems like a nice fellow eh? We could go the Deco route instead of Arts and Crafts. Do not know if the Grand Avenue light can be used outside but I would beg and plead for it to be. Here is a nice classic flush ceiling fixture called Thurman. I love the coppery color.
I would adore this pen…

From yellow to green

Our living room is a poorly painted semi-perky yellow. I have nothing against yellow, but I prefer a more sunflower yellow. I had seen a cool photo in This Old House where someone used the Tuscany type color of our dining room next to the soon to be dark sage green color of our living room. I had never considered such a combination but once I saw it, I loved it. And now that the green is on my walls?
LOVE IT!!!
Home Depot decided to stop carrying Ralph Lauren paints so we got a deal when we bought it. Of course now, if I need more paint, I will have to locate it, but that is okay. Anyway, it is really awesome to watch the room begin to change just by the superb color choice. With the recently painted white faux fireplace it is a striking color. Even though we have all been told a can of paint can transform a room, it is still pretty incredible to watch by how much. Granted, not everyone digs bold colors in the home, but we do. I would love to get photos up, but our digital camera is …

My brain is melting

Why?
Because for the life of me, I cannot figure out a proper title for the bounty hunter book. I am tossing all sorts of ideas around from lyrics I like to a line from a book. Frustrating to no end. I was hoping once I was done Poof! It would be there, but no. I do realize that I can pick an obscure phrase from the bible or some odd book or song, but then if it is too obscure it may make absolutely no sense. These are the times I wish I could just call it something generic like the character name or name of where it takes place, but I want a stronger impact. Not that it would not have an impact....UGH!!! Anyway, enough of that rant.
The Angels book is moving along though I did add a story line that strayed too far from my original idea and did not work. Seems these last few days have been brain freeze days for me. Today I am looking to get back into the groove or at least locate it.
Pulled the following book to help in my research on Mary Magdalene. Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene: Th…

Two New Obsessions

A friend has turned me on to this wonderful weekly ongoing comic called FreakAngels. The story is a nice dystopian tale and the illustrations are superb.
I have also become a huge fan of the BBC One 6 episode series Jekyll. Well written dialogue, creepy and absolutely brilliant. I am so jealous, I admit that quite freely, that I had not come up with the idea.


Cheers! MissFifi

Busy Bees Who Read

What a week and weekend.
Birthdays, business trips, house sitting, a paid massage clinic all good stuff, but WOW! I need more hours in a day. Like thirty four. This week is shaping up to even more insane. Not that it is a bad thing, but I will be doing a lot of running around while fitting in the gym, writing and normal household errands. I also need to print out coupons for some shopping I have to do and also look into some house stuff. Good times.
Truth be told, I need a vacation. A warm place where I have to do nothing but raise my hand and have a drink placed in it. Is that wrong? I did not think so. Close friends of ours in California reminded us we have not seen one another for seven years. Sad but true. I would love to visit them right now. A change of scenery is necessary for everyone, especially me, but there are a few road blocks. Flights are not cheap, renting a car is not cheap, we can do our best to plan to have spending money but that does not always pan out and the big…

Is there a Zagat for Churches?

A friend of mine made the above comment as he is traveling in India and was trying to find a place to worship. This comment also was made during an episode of Sex and the City.
As someone who has been doing a lot of research on religion as of late, I think a guide would be a terrific idea. What would be some of the criteria? What are people looking for when they seek out a Church or Temple when traveling? Good music? Fire and brimstone? I was thinking, you would have to discuss length of service, if there is coffee time after or scripture study. Do they have Sunday school that children could attend if need be? Think about it, you are from Chicago and visiting New Orleans and you want to attend services. Are you looking for Catholic? Episcopal? Baptist? And every religion has different variants. High Catholic, Catholic light....there has to be a market for this. I just wonder how detailed in the description one would need to get.
This is timely for me because I myself have not been …

The Original Scrapbox

*apartment therapy
Oh yes, yes I want one. For those of us who do crafts of any kind The Original Scrapbox is fabulous. I do not even care if I have a smaller one, I think it is a terrific idea and I envision all of my wonderful yarns in happy places alongside my needles and pattern books. Ribbons and Fabrics neatly stores and cataloged....ahhh to dream. This post was on Apartment Therapy and Casa Sugar. Love, love love!
Cheers! MissFifi

Hush, Hush

Just discovered this book Hush, Hush on The Well-Read Wife blog and I really want to read it. BUT, I think I should not read it since I am working on a story that also has Angels as a main character and I should avoid any outside influence. I hit a wall of writer's block recently and reading some supernatural story excerpts from other writers did not help. It confounded me further. Undue influence is something I try to avoid because my character's have their own voices, not mine, not yours, their own. So by reading anything that is remotely close to the same topic or character development I have messed with my own head. After a conversation with a friend who kindly let me use him as a sounding board, I am sticking with my original ideas. It is weird when you start to question yourself, your own creativity, but that's life. We all beat ourselves up, being our toughest critics. Now I will lay my weary head down and hope I wake up refreshed, ready to write.
Cheers!
MissFifi

Staying put

Excellent post by Sharon at The Chatelaine's Keys about living in the "wrong house" but loving it just the same. The need to relocate and then realizing, heck, I am exactly where I belong. I can appreciate this because I love where I live now, but do not think I wonder if it is worth it to one day move to Asheville or San Francisco or wherever. For now though I am happy in Western New Jersey and would not trade it for anything in the world. There is a sense of community, I can garden and my home is NOT a starter home, it is a home thank you very much. There is a phrase we need to toss out the window. Bigger is not always better and I have enough space. I do the cleaning, trust me, we have more than enough space. In the end, home is where the heart is and our home has a big heart.

STAYING PUT

Cheers!
MissFifi

Creativity overload

It does happen. I get into a frenzy of creativity overload and then BAM! Nothing gets done. With the current weather I should be knitting my godson's blanket, but have I? No. Shame on me. I am aiming to do some this weekend so let's pray that I get it done.The writing has been moving along quite well. I am currently working on a battle scene for my Archangels. I have watched Gladiator to help with the layout of a scene. "Single Column!" I have completed the ending and now the battle scene and the blow out between two major characters has to be written. I have to say, I love this story. Do I want others to love it? Of course, but if they do not, it is okay. There are more stories in this twisted, imaginative mind of mine. Oh, I have been editing my bounty hunter story as well since it needed to be gutted in some areas. Good times. The Angel story will go out first to the agencies. When that day comes, I will be very nervous, but excited. I just got "Guilty Pleas…

Hoarders

WOW! I watched all of season 1 on Netflix today and it was mind boggling. Compulsive hoarding is this incredibly crippling mental illness. A few of the folks made me want to smack them so hard, but I realized as I watched, how trapped they really are by these irrational feelings. I felt sorry for their families and friends who could only stand by helplessly as they watched their loved ones spiral further out of control. Season 2 is not on Netflix yet, but I admit, I cannot wait to see the show as it is addicting, but not in a "watch the sideshow" kind of way. For me it is a pure fascination with how the mind can just compensate or meltdown in ways that we never even imagined for the slightest tragedy or concern. If you have never seen the show, you may want to check it out sometime.
HOARDERS SEASON 1 TRAILER


Cheers! MissFifi

Millinery is Marvelous

I am a lover of hats. All kinds of hats. And I admit that I miss the days when women would coordinate their outfits and top it off with an elegant chapeau. Most of the women seemed to maintain perfect hair upon removal of hat too, but I think that had to do with some serious hair shellacking.Sometimes I would like to cover my head with a charming scarf or the one thing I truly love and covet, a Spanish mantilla with a peineta.

The problem these days, wanting to cover your head brings about confusing reactions. People find it odd if you wear hats outside of church, and not many folks wear them to church anymore. Hell, you are lucky if people bother to get dressed nice for church. Sure I can buck the system and wear mantillas, scarves and hats whenever I please, but I don't go out to many places where I can pull that off. I work from home so I am not going to be donning my pill box hat as I type. Though that might be fun. I have thought of wearing my wedding gown around the house. Sin…

Radical...a little too much yes.

I have been reading the book Radical by David Platt, a pastor of The Church at Brook Hills. The reason I got it was because his interview on NPR was very interesting. Of course, now that I am reading it, not so interesting. First off, I was raised Catholic went to Catholic school, Catholic camp the whole nine yards. I left Catholic school my freshmen year and went to public school. That was a gift. My mother taught me that people have to atone for their own sins, that you should thank God for every day you are given and priests are not "hotlines" to God. The priest at my Catholic school said this in Mass one day and I thought she was going to pitch a fit. All that being said, I believe that everyone has the right to practice their faith how they choose. Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, etc. You believe in God? Go with him then. What I dislike about certain faiths is mostly what this book's message is. If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Savior you are pretty much damned…

Just a quick post

Let us be clear that I want the above bathroom shown for this article.
Interesting article on choosing furniture here on Apartment Therapy.
I have no idea where I would put this chandelier, but I love it!
These salt and pepper cellars would be pretty on the dinner table.
Granted I have an office, but I love the look of some of these craft closets.
Perhaps, instead of a nightstand, we should use a cool chair?
Okay, that is it for now. Have a great day!
Cheers! MissFifi

The Search continues for...

good prices on quality stuff. Like sofas.
Came across the Copy Cat Chic website, love love love, in Real Simple and I am giddy with power. First of all I love that she posts about beautiful, sometimes high end furniture and then posts it's more affordable and still well made counterpart. She did a post on sofas and discussed how you may love the $3000 Williams Sonoma sofa but hate the price. Well, Designer Sofas Direct have a similar looking one for $699. HALLELUJAH!! I cannot wait to play on the website and see what I can find for our living room.
My hubby has painted the floor in the office. So now the guest room and office have beautiful cream floors. I have to order area rugs for the parts that are in heavy traffic areas. I will be going on Heritage Unlimited to see if I can find something for both rooms.
Our front door is red. The problem is I only painted the side facing the street so now I need to paint the side in our living room. This will be pretty cool since the living r…

Reflections

"One cannot be betrayed if one has no people." - Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects

For better or for worse, there is something interesting about finding out people you have known for a long time or even a short time do not really like you. Or say they do like you, but for awhile there, it was touch and go. What makes it ever more interesting is that these people have friends that you know who are way more abrasive or selfish or generous then you have ever been. People you would never call in an emergency or even for dinner. But that is life, no?
Dynamics between people are complicated and fascinating. At least that is what they say. I think it is easier than that. Some want to be the star, the main attraction. Others think they know what is best because they follow the rules. Then there are those where drama reigns supreme. We all want to shine and when we do not or get a tad eclipsed, it is easier to dislike the person than get to know them.
As I get older, I find that most pe…

Reading, Writinig and Rewriting

I finished "Striptease" by Carl Hiaasen and I have to tell you, it was a lot of fun. You can breeze through it all the while enjoying the story and crazy characters. His book "Sick Puppy" was highly recommended from my friend who introduced me to this author so I will be picking that up at some point.
The library is holding my non-fiction book by David Platt called Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. I had heard him interviewed on NPR and was very intrigued. He is basically the opposite of Joel Osteen and others like him who are tagged prosperity preachers. I am not looking to bash one preacher over another, just curious to read what Mr. Platt has to say.
The same friend who turned me on to Carl Hiaasen has also recommended Laurell K.Hamilton's Anita Blake series. She is a strong female characterwho helps the police hunt criminal vampires. So, I have ordered Guilty Pleasures from the library. My friend told me this first book is alsoher weak…

Churches and Coupons

Do not panic, there is not a church in the world that would offer a coupon, but that would be a very funny promotional idea. No, I am referring to the magazine All You and their neat giveaways and sweepstakes. While I am not a Wal Mart shopper, the one or two things I ever purchases there fell apart so that is that, they do offer some great free samples. I won a giveaway once on Lucky Magazine's website, but that's it. I am a sucker for free samples though. It is a great way to try a product and since they send coupons with the product, then you can buy it and use it if it worked for you.
Churches. I love churches. Some of them are incredibly beautiful and some of them are architectural wonders. Through ongoing research for my novel, I have found some churches/abbeys/monasteries that I would love to visit. But first, here are some of the ones I have been fortunate enough to see.
Riverside Church NYC - Stunning and where I was married. BasiliqueNotre Dame Montreal - Saw this on ou…