Monday, February 28, 2011


Odd we have been getting thunderstorms in the midwest recently. It's a bit early for thunderstorms and tornadoes, but unfortunately, the south from TN all the way to the panhandle of Florida have been geting tornadoes. Now, thunderstorms (not tornadoes, of course) I find calming and lovely, if you're inside and will be for the rest of the evening. What's lovely with the rain and low rumbles? Poetry. Especially bittersweet poetry.

Following, are some lovely poems to read during a thunderstorm:

Tonight I can write the saddest lines ~ Puedo Escribir

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
Write, for example,'The night is shattered
and the blue stars shiver in the distance.'
The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

Forgotten Language

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the housefly
in my bed.
Once I heard and answered all the questions
of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying
flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of the flowers...
How did it go?

And sometimes, bittersweet can be too sad, especially on a gloomy day, and one needs simple poems, expressing the beauty of ordinary things, and a contentment easily won:

The Orange

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It's new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.

Because coziness and contentment that comes from being safe from the rain and thunder, is easily won.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Small break..

I just got back from a break from the internet; I dog-sat for my family while my dad and step mom were on vacation. They live out in the country where it's COLD but cozy, crazy but calm, and there's plenty of time but no internet.

I spent a lot of time knitting, cooking, baking, watching movies, antique shopping, starting to learn embroidery, and taking pictures!

I'll put each section of pictures into separate posts here in the near future.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy VD!

Today, we went out and bought a hook to hang the hanging pot I bought last summer at a garage sale, so that my spider plant could branch out and breathe.

While we were out, James bought me a Campanula

to fill in the empty hole left by the moved spider plant on my window-sill. I hope I can keep it alive!!

When we got back from the errands, I received a lovely Grecian owl coin, in the mail, from two lovely ladies from the Tiny Owl Knits knitting group!

Finally, I cooked pink chicken with brown rice soup for my partner for Valentines Day dinner.

A very good day! :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Vintage Image

I took pictures of a scrapbook my great-great grandmother made. There are images from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. I love this book, and have it displayed next to my autographed Kill Bill sword. linky to pics!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blingy Ringy

Today my family heirloom ring, that I received for graduation, was returned to me resized!

More Random Pictures

My partner got me early valentines presents! Scott pilgrim stuffed dolls, and a pixel vase with flowers!

Our kittycat has decided that he wants to be homeless and live in a box

I've been making an effort to create a more feminine wardrobe with more skirts and nice blouses; this also extends to house/night wear:

This is a find that was 25% off at Salvation Army, so it only cost $2 at most. I've been shopping there and Goodwill for my clothes lately; people get rid of some good, lacy, flowy skirts. I reap the benefits. Can't beat $2.50 for a skirt.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Homemade Kitty Cat Treats

Kitty cat treats:
- 1 can of tuna
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 c flour.

Mix, Roll on floured surface, cut into shapes (1 inch cutters) bake at 350 for 8 - 10 mins.

While our cat isn't a fan of these cookies, he's not opposed to sleeping in them.

Your cat may like them, however.. it's worth a go! I have other kitty cookie recipes; I'm thinking about making a kitty cookie care-package for my partner's dad along with a hand knitted hat.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hamsters and Fairies!

Last night, a plethora of hamsters and fairies moved into my garden! I must be doing well growing plants.

So many moved in that some had to hang out below the garden, by the microwave and cookbooks.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I love books!

I received this book in the mail today, and so far I am loving it. I discovered the author's blog recently, and was drawn in immediately, so when I found this book for <$10 online, I had to buy it.

Random pictures

I have pretty stitch markers!

And my kitty has big pupils.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blizzard food!

What's good comfort food in a blizzard? Pizza! This is my pizza: pepperoni & anchovies.

James had sausage and pepperoni.

I made the bread for the garlic bread, but not the dough for the pizza. I would have been happy to, but I didn't trust myself to roll it out properly. The best part about homemade pizza? Not sending someone out to deliver it in this blizzard!

Baby bell pepper!

Baby bell pepper in my window garden! I got the seeds from a bell pepper bought at the supermarket; I never thought it would last this long!