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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…


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.

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…


"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…

Rainy Sunday and more couches

We were all set to go to Jennifer Convertibles to look at a great deal. A chair and couch for $499. Then I did research via Apartment Therapy and other searches and came to find out that the states of NJ and NY had sued them for fraudulent practices. If you do a Google search for Jennifer Convertible Complaints it is interesting. I take each complaint with a grain of salt, but after reading the tenth one we have decided to forgo shopping there. Of course, every company has complaints lodged against it, but this seemed excessive. So, the search continues.

When we put the triple pendant light up in the dining room, I need to take a photo, but our camera is not behaving, it brought a whole new vibe to the house. I stared at it, looking towards the kitchen and thought, Modernism. Okay, I can learn to decorate that way with eclectic touches. I am not a huge fan of the pure minimalism look represented in the photo below
It is lovely, just not me. What I do like are the low couches. So, to…

Must it all cost a salary?

One has to wonder where these folks in magazines like Dwell, Traditional Home, etc have the cash to afford these so-called "Little renovations" or even the bespoke sofas. Of course I have to accept that not everyone in the world was hit so hard by the recession that they cannot afford to have a rug made to their specifications. We have savings, but we are certainly not going to dive into that so I can have a non-pink bathroom. Though the day that bathroom gets demolished will be a highlight and you are all invited over for champagne. There is no doubt lots of people budgeted and put money aside for redos, but when I read Dwell it is always, "We bought this house last year and decided to gut it and make it our own." The location always seems to be in Los Angeles, one of the most over priced markets in the country I think, and these folks are always artists with kids, commissioning furniture and buying top of the line appliances.
None of the magazines every addre…


I will be giving a massage to one of my friends today. She is unemployed like me so instead of charging my usual rate, she is going to make me a nice salmon dinner. I have also massaged another friend who fixed our brakes on our car at a discounted rate. Totally worth it, believe me. I have no issues trading off with someone, especially if we both benefit from one another.
Not too long ago a few of us were having a conversation about how no one really barters anymore. Which is true in some cases, but I think when money is tight, bartering is a great thing to be able to do. Not that you need to be in dire straits to barter. I would barter even if I was a millionaire. There is something pretty awesome about trading canned food for a knit blanket. Resume writing for baked goods. Massage for work on your car. Think of how in the old days you would give your doctor a chicken or some other food for his care. Granted, not many doctors today would not want that since they have exorbitant amou…

Edith Wharton, Composting and Capitalism

My, my, my, there is much in my post. All three topics were in my head so I figured, it is Sunday, I can cover them all and hopefully everyone enjoys.
Edith Wharton is an excellent storytellers. She wrote one of the best depressing books ever, Ethan Frome. The dreary sense that no one will be happy, no one will win, no matter how good or how hard they try is weaved in and out, page after page. I have also read The Age of Innocence, superb, and Summer, another nice throw yourself off the bridge read. The films for The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome are also favorites of mine and if you have not read the books or seen the movies, please, I insist. I have informed the hubby that I need to go to The Mount, which is her estate that she designed, and walk the grounds. Hopefully I can channel her brilliance and have a flair for decorating and writing. Merci beaucoup Edith, merci beaucoup.
I have noticed how much trash we really no longer have and it seems it is composting that has made it t…

Tag I am It

Charisms on Campus has gracefully tagged me :)

Books I've read recently... 1. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore
2. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I have been reading this one on and off, it is so beautiful and flowery, but loooooooooong)
4. The Bible - New Int'l Version (Researching for my book has made this a go to and must read. Song of Songs is remarkable and lovely.)
5. Dark Night of the Soul by St.John of the Cross (friend recommended it. I have skimmed it for research, this is a very deep, heavy read.)
6. Meister Eckhart (His sermons, etc. same thing as #5)
7. Carl Hiaasen - Strip Tease (just started it, love it. Very gritty and a thriller)
8. The Art of Eating by M.K. Fisher (This one I do on and off as well.)

Songs or albums I listen to all the time...
Since I use music when I write there is A LOT. So here is what is current.
1. Black Rain by Soundgarden

Sometimes I am Cheap

I finished reading Lamb by Christophe Moore and I absolutely loved it. Any book that is well written and makes me laugh out loud is a winner. I think the next one I may read of his is called Bloodsucking Fiends:A Love Story. Now I have just started Carl Hiaasen's Strip Tease. First few pages in and I am enjoying it immensely. The joy of discovering new authors from people's recommendations is wonderful. My list of what to read grows and I like it :)
This brings me to the title of my post. I can be cheap, don't care who knows it. I would rather bake you two dozen scones then buy you some useless tchotchke for your house. I know you will eat the goodies and that makes me happy.
The library is wonderful resource and a free one. Well, not too free, our taxes help pay for it, but dammit, I love it and I use it. Thanks to all those awful proposed budget cuts that did not go through, I am still able to read to my heart's content. The one realization I had yesterday is the li…