Monday, August 30, 2010
I spoke with my Dad this morning and he said "they're making noises about his going home on Saturday". WAHOO! Thank you again for all of your sweet comments and being so kind and dear.
Happy Holiday Weekend to everyone!
Edited to add, 10 am Wednesday: Yippie! I just spoke with my dad and he said they had taken the tube out and had given him a glass of water!!! Yippie yippie yippie. I'm sure it's the collective energy of eyeballs crossed out there in bloglandia! I'll be going to see my dad this afternoon and find out more. (When I called, he was on his cell with a customer - yes, he still works at 91!) Thank you all for your sweet comments, care and concern, you are very dear to me.
Edited to add, 10 am Tuesday: I just spoke with my dad and he said the doctors said he is "a little bit better" this morning. Hooray hurrah! Thanks for keeping all those eyeballs and appendages crossed that he continues to improves! (We saw him yesterday and he was in good spirits, which is so important.) Thank you again for your support.
Edited to add, 3:00 PST, Monday: They are trying a tube down my poor dad's nosie and no food or drink for today and they will see how he is tomorrow and reevaluate then. Thank you so much for your kind words and good thoughts for my dad and myself!
Just a little note to let you all know that my father is in the hospital and I'm not sure when I will be able to resume regular blog posting. He has an intestinal blockage and they are debating this morning whether or not he will require surgery. He's had two surgeries for the same thing since 2008 and both recoveries were long and frustrating. (The first surgery took such a toll on him that he was greatly debilitated and he lost the strength and ability to swallow food and drink! He's a very determined chappie and he was able to relearn to swallow without aspirating. He'll be 92 in the Fall.) I'll hope to return here shortly with some good news. Thank you for your friendship and care and concern.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Wishing everyone a lovely Rednesday!
It's full of the most charming photos ...
(The text reads "One day Grandma let Frances play with some baby chicks. You can see these chicks were not afraid, no matter where Frances put them.)
Monday, August 23, 2010
WAHOO! I won a giveaway, I'm so excited! I'm all smiley and happy skippy over here. I won an original painting from darling Pam of Yoborobo. Thank you thank you thank you Pam!
Regarding the burglars, our neighbor who witnessed the break-in told my husband that they had heard that the men were arrested. The police had told my husband that they would let us know but we haven't heard a peep from them. I keep looking at the LAPD crime maps every day but they haven't updated them since the day before the incident on our block. ARGH! I know it's silly but I just want to see it with my own eyes, in print, that they've been arrested - I'm so anxious and don't feel comfortable just hearing "so and so was told by so and so that such and such happened".
Thanks again so much for your words of comfort and holding my hand!
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I'm so upset and rattled! The two robbers had to have walked right past my window and also past the open window, in the room where my husband is painting, and neither of us heard or saw a thing. So very unsettling!)
This is my beloved cookie jar from my childhood. It was always filled with homemade Congo Bars (a chocolate chip bar cookie) or Peanut Butter Cookies. I loved baking cookies with my mom. I loved eating the Congo Bars best but I loved making the PB ones more - pressing the tines of the fork into the cookie ball tops was so much fun!
My mother heard about a woman who made cookie jars and had this one made for her. My mom loved English cottages and I think this is a perfectly cozy and yummy one, don't you? I wish I could lift the lid and find some freshly baked (by Mom!) cookies inside.
I love that it has an inscription on the bottom and the year it was made, so wonderful. It lives in my curio cabinet now, I'm too afraid to use it and hurt it. I'm a total klutz and breakables, well they break quickly around here.
I am hiding the disarray and chaos from your eyes bwahhahahaha)
Our next door neighbor's house is surrounded by police and helicopters and they told my husband (a half hour ago now) that they think the robbers are still inside!!! WTH?! Thank god our neighbor, catty corner from us, saw them break into the house and called the police. We heard nothing, nada, zip, zilch. So terrifying.
Here comes more sirens and loud voices now!!!
Remember this incident, only a two and a half weeks ago?! I'm never going to feel okay in my home again. EVER!
Geez, now I hear people laughing. I'm scared witless and people are laughing. Ay yi yi.
I'll update later when I know something more ... any spare "protective" mojo, banishment of meanies prayers, that you have will greatly be appreciated.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
(Edited to add: My doggie has to have surgery to remove the growth on Thursday morning. The vet was concerned since it popped up very quickly, it was hard and sensitive, she didn't want him to touch it. He kept mentioning cancer, facial melanomas being very common in Golden Retrievers. WAH! He did say that it might be nothing but then he'd say it was of concern again. SOB! She's our baby and we love her so very much!!!)
I was looking for my grandmother's red velvet photo album but of course couldn't find it (good gosh, I'm so sick of my unorganized self!) but found these instead which I think are fun - hope they aren't too much of a snooze for you all.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I'm over here struggling with organizing my new wall unit for my craft stuff. ARGH! I thought I had it all figured out and it all just fell apart. Somehow I underestimated and I can't fit everything. whimper whimper sniffle sniffle SOB!
I now have a pounding headache.
grumble grumble OUCH my aching head
Time to leave it alone for awhile and see if inspiration strikes when I'm fresh ...
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
I had planned on sharing my childhood cookie jar with you this morning, but I couldn't find it. ACK! The house is still very much in disarray and chaos ... and unlabeled boxes, so this lady of the house doesn't know where she put anything. Ay yi yi.
While I was hunting (grumble grumble kicking oneself in the patootie) I did find something to share ... the book of my family line, on my mother's side. It was researched and published by a family member in 1932. What a wonderful resource!
I had seen and been gifted with a later reprint, so I was familiar with the book (my mother also talked about it often) but it was so much fun to find the first edition, in it's hand tooled leather slip cover. And if that wasn't exciting enough, I found this treasure inside:
Two handwritten notes. I am guessing they were written by my maternal great grandmother, since this was her copy of the genealogy.
The emigrant Gabriell (note, s/b Gabriel) Ludlow, who came over to New York in 1694, was issued from a branch of the family _____ (can't guess the word, possibly "lived"?) in XIV century at the Hill Deverill in Wiltshire.
To the same family belonged Lieut Gen Sir Edmund Ludlow of Maiden Bradley (what a fun name!), who died in exile in (1693) for having voted the death of Charles I.
The Earldom of Ludlow (extent 1842) was in the family.
A complete pedigree to date, exists in the archives of the New York Ludlow family.
In the older engravings the animals changed on the shield have always been Martens not bears.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
and thought I'd share it with you this Rednesday.
The recipe was made up of our favorite things:
puff pastry, pesto, goat cheese, caramelized onions and of
course our home grown cherry tomatoes. It was YUMMY!
And quick and easy peasy. Enjoy!
Carmelized onion, cherry tomato and goat cheese tart
1 packet of puff pastry
1 large onion, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp green pesto
250g/10oz cherry tomatoes cut in half
100g/4oz soft goats cheese
Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas 5. Roll the pastry out so you can cut out a 24cm x 32cm/ 9 ½”x 12 ½” rectangle. Put the pastry sheet onto a baking tray, brush some water around the edge of the pastry and turn in 1cm/1/2” on all four sides, and press down to seal. Fry the onion slowly in the oil until the onions are translucent, add the sugar and turn up the heat to caramelize the onions. Keep to one side.
Spread the pesto over the inside of the folded edges of the pastry. Spread the onions over the pesto and place the cherry tomatoes on top of the onions and crumble the goat’s cheese over the tomatoes. Grind some black pepper over the tart and cook for 20 - 25 minutes until the tart is golden brown. Serve hot with a green salad.
Monday, August 9, 2010
On top of that I bought a wall unit at Ikea for our "extra" room (inspired by darling Alicia, of Posie Gets Cozy) ... the catchall room ... and I'm trying to put my craft stuff in it and so far, I'm not happy with it. WAH! Tweaking to commence today! I so envy people who get things right the first time - it takes me forever to hit upon the end result. I'm not a quick study at all, I'm a long, drawn out, tortured one. Woe is me. (if you scroll down Alicia's post, you can see a pine cubby hole wall unit ... I got it in white)
We had some fun over the weekend ... we saw two Shakespeare plays in the park. What a wonderful thing to put on plays for free for the public! On Saturday night we saw Julius Caesar. We generally go out to breakfast on Sunday mornings and we found out about the series from a young man who waits on us nearly every weekend. Turns out he was Caesar in the play. So much fun to get to see someone you know on the stage! And then Sunday night, we went back and saw "Twelfth Night". A tragedy and a comedy. Lots of fun. (But sooooooo cold. I was all bundled up with two sweaters on and a blanket and I was still too cold.)
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
(Kate Greenaway, 1846 - 1901. Image found at Wikipedia)
The book is a bit beat up but the spine is intact and there is soiling but not so bad when you consider it is nearly one hundred years old.
You may read about Kate Greenaway here. (Or do a google search ... this was the first one I came upon that looked interesting.)
You can view the original American edition online here. (sorry, you have to type in a verification code to get in to the site)
Edited to add: I just found the most wonderful library site with lots of editions of her books to view.
Here's a small sampling of the charming illustrations and rhymes inside.