Friday, October 30, 2015

My Scout

My sweet Scout  will be 20 on Halloween.  Best Treat I ever got, no Trick!  Born just after midnight on Halloween morning 1995.
He is a great guy - loving and warm, easy going but a deep feeler, quick to hug or smile, not too organized, lives in the here and now.  Scout is an artist type; a free-thinker, if you will.  Doesn't see a need to freak out about the future.  Remembers the past fondly.  Likes to shoot nature, compose dub step, strum a guitar, hang with friends.  Thinks Halloween makes for the coolest birthday.  Friends, and siblings, mean the world to him.  My curly blond, blue-eyed  baby is growing up and coming into his own.  I can't wait to see where the future takes him.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pottery Barn Knock off wine coaster...

 My heart skipped a beat when I saw this on PB's website:
The Cooper wine coaster.  I love it so.  In fact, there are several copper bar utensils on their website I would love to have....however, $23 for a copper wine coaster isn't going to happen right now.  I can think of too many other things I need to spend that money on, and Christmas is fast approaching.  But then, I remembered I had this:
A little flat-bottomed china dish.  I can't remember where I got this from, I've had it forever.  Possibly my sister gave it to me.  It's usually home to a fat candle, but as a wine coaster it functions beautifully.
Fancy that.  And I had it the whole time.  
Maybe I will ask for the copper one from Santa...

Friday, October 23, 2015

5 thing Friday - steaks, healthy habits, cross stitchin', chores, mariachis

Hubby and I recently celebrated our anniversary in style.  A fabulous dinner was had at this place in downtown Austin.  Wish we could eat there once a week!  I'm thinking about asking to go there on my birthday, too.
 I may have put on heels and a dress and wore makeup!
That didn't stop me from feeling critical of myself in this photo, tho...I really want to drop a few pounds and get ready for Turkey Trot.  So, I've been counting my calories and walking as much as possible. On the list of things to buy is a bike, but for now, I walk around the neighborhood, and at a local track.
 After I went yesterday (in a dress and Chaco's, post catering volunteering for the band), I realized I need to be prepared in case I am out and about and want to do a few laps.  So I put together a box I will keep in the car - tennies, socks, ear buds, Gatorade.  All I need is my phone and a lanyard for my car key and I'm ret to GO!
 It's cheesy.  I no care. And, I'm an artist...
Proof:  I made my friend Carol a cross stitch of a saying her hubby likes to use on her.  It's hilarious!  It's also not perfect.  But as we all know, it doesn't have to be perfect to bless her. I sent it to her with chocolate, because duh, chocolate.
We interrupt this blog post to state that the situation in Camp Rustown's kitchen has not changed.  My island looks like this at least once a day.  I am so weary of doing dishes.  Really.  I would choose to do laundry over dishes any day!  And now there's only four of us, so how we make all these dirty dishes is a mystery.
One day last week, I had the car serviced.  After sitting at the dealership, without breakfast, for two hours, I was ready to gnaw my arm off.  I stopped in to the first little Mexican restaurant I came to for the lunch special, closely followed in by a mariachi flash mob.  My ears are still ringing, and they weren't even good.  Everyone is a live music critic in Austin,  Texas!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Easy Chili for one of those days...

It was a busy Monday, after a busy weekend and I am posting late.  After I left work, I ran by the store, then came home to mountains of laundry and a sink of dirty dishes, despite my best efforts at being organized on Sunday night.  But sometimes Mondays are like that.  I had thawed out some ground beef at the last minute before I ran out the door to play in morning traffic.
 When I got home, I browned that pound of lean ground beef with a large clove of garlic, chopped.  To that I added two chopped tomatoes that were really too soft for use in salads (so yay me, for rescuing them instead of wasting them), and three cans of La Cocina pintos a la diabla.  I added a small amount of seasoning, and simmered it while I made cornbread.  It's the closest thing to a homemade dinner I could muster and it all got eaten, so there's that.  Have you done that recently?  Tossed some things together and called it done after a long day?  Menus and Monday are made to be changed up, I guess!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Temporary art

 It's devilishly hard to photograph these framed "prints" in the front room as they don't have non-glare glass. 
And the lighting in here is very golden-y, and soft, which I really like...but if you look closely at my new art prints, you'll see they are really fabric.  Not prints at all!
I sprayed the old mats with ORB, but eventually I will replace them with white ones.  I ran out of time cleaning this room up for the baby shower, but those old prints that were there had to GO.   I figured, in a pinch, I could use the leftover fabric from some pillows and such I made for the front room.
 The old prints were so DATED.  I bought them at Garden Ridge about 20 years ago.  But I still like the frames.  I would love some gold prints with cream mats, but for now, this is my quick fix.  Maybe after Christmas...
Whatcha think? 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Coffee table rescue

Let me preface this by saying I am no kind of furniture restore-er, but I really wanted to add a coffee table to the front room for the holidays.  So!  I rescued the one we have had sitting in the garage for years. I often admire the little coffee table vignettes that I see on other blogs.  And it would be nice to have a spot to set down my morning coffee while I gaze at the Christmas tree. 
I think it cleaned up nicely.  It matches all of the other furniture we have in here that we inherited from my late MIL.  It was free, basically, to give it a little TLC and put it back into the house.
I think I originally stored it out there because it was in sad shape and it had some wear and tear on it that I didn't quite know how to address.  Plus, the sharp edges weren't particularly kid-friendly, and it seemed to take up a lot of space.  {It's amazing how big the space looks with laminate vs. carpet!}
If you are varnished and you spend time in a central Texas garage for many will not look too pretty.  I sanded it up a bit to remove some of the extra globby varnish.  I cleaned it all with Murphy's Oil Soap, and added new felt pads to the feet.
Then I waxed it, buffed, waxed again.  Looking so much better!  Maybe eventually I will make it a project to have all of this 40's furniture restored.  For now, this works.
I found a cute wood grained charger at Pier One for 6 bucks and spray painted it ORB.  Added a few things I already had, and called it styled.
The candle was $4 from JoAnn, the brass lid with acorn detail I have had forever, and those over-sized acorns came from Hob Lob many years ago.
This little clock is a treasure my mother brought back from her travels.  And yes, it keeps time!
I made room in our hall bookshelf by pulling out all the old coffee table style books - mostly atlases, art books, and Bible story books.  It's been years since we pulled them down to look at.
There's a ton of room in here, I don't know why I didn't spiff up that table sooner.  I would love to add a rug, but that might have to wait til after Christmas.  
Whatcha think?

Friday, October 9, 2015

5 thing Friday - Getaway, stitching, mums, furniture, diet plans

Hubby and I spent some time in Dripping Springs with Mabel. 
 We have her pretty much ready, we just hook up and hit the trail.  We stayed at a very rinky-dink trailer park, visited a winery, bought steaks and salmon to cook on the campstove, and just generally chilled.  It was fab.  On the way home we stopped here for live jazz, brunch, and $2.50 bloody mary's.  Lots of food all weekend!
 I'm not cross stitching as much lately as I would like to.  But I will catch up.
 I found some very cute decorated clothespins that I will use to mount my creations with. I have a lot of scrap wood in the garage that will be put to good use, too.  Stay tuned.
It's just not Fall without mums.  I found some $4 ones at Wal-Mart and put them into terracotta pots at the front door.  I didn't add dirt, didn't put moss around the edges, just PLOP.  Done.  They seem to be thriving!
 A long overdue carpet cleaning and repair in our bedroom led to this mess, as I had to empty the room of furniture.  Some it migrated to the front room, too:
However, I did get all of the drawers purged and reorganized, and all of it got cleaned.  Plus, I decided I could live without the giant twin mirrors on my dresser.  It makes the room look less cluttered and slightly bigger.  
 Me like.
Hubby and I saw The Martian at Alamo Drafthouse to cap off our weekend of fun.  We had 512 Pecan Porter on tap, and a couple of small pizzas.  Mine had carmelized onions and mushrooms...YUM.  Then on Monday night we went to Perry's Steak House for the best pork chop I have ever had.  Ever.  And now, dear readers, it's time for me to DIET.  I also have to get walking as Turkey Trot is just a few weeks away...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New wine club members

In honor of our anniversary, and because we'd been tempted at other wineries to do this, we joined the Silver Spur Wine Club at Driftwood Estates.  It was the first time we'd been to a tasting where everything seemed to come together - the quality of the wine, the price, and the ease of getting there to pick it up and attend special events.
 We enjoyed a bottle of Red Rhythm, some gorgeous early Fall weather, and a wood fired pizza for two.  Plus, the views were none too shabby as the shady picnic area looked over acres of grapevines.
I'm sure we will still visit new places, though.  So much fun to discover!
 I think it's going to be great to plan a getaway to the country to attend the wine parties and pick up our wines.  Not sure if we will take Mabel, or just find a B&B, though I like the idea of not having to work so hard for set-up and take-down on Mabel.  Kills the wine vibe!
Such a pretty area - can't wait to go back!

*I know this is a happy post - we had a really good time.  And I realize that today's post on It's Just me, Gina sounds like I am in the depths of despair.  Welcome to my roller coaster!


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