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Pictures from the past two weeks

May 24, 2012

Flowers are popping out all over our development. Most of theĀ rhododendronsĀ are a fuscia pink but then you come around the corner and one bush has the most delicate pink flowers. I love this color!

A few weeks ago, we noticed that a morning dove had made a nest in the bushes outside our kitchen window. She placed the nest very well because there were days you couldn’t really tell if she was in it or not. Then, the other day, Helen said she was pretty sure the babies had hatched.

You can only see one here with the mom but there were two little chicks in the nest. However, they didn’t stay long. This morning, they were gone. I’m so glad I got a picture before they left.

While she was sitting on the eggs, another baby bird fell out of a nest close by. We left him alone knowing that his mom wouldn’t help him if we touched him, but he didn’t make it through the night. I wonder if the morning dove was tempted to go help him, but couldn’t leave her nest? Do birds feel the need to come to someone’s aid like humans do?

Dru doesn’t go into the full corgi position very often which is too bad because I love it when she lies this way. She brought me her buddah ball and wanted me to throw it for her. The fact that I had just gotten out of the shower was of little consequence to her. I was present and should therefore be playing with her!

Picture compliments of my sister-in-law

And then everything stops while I admire the rolls on my nephew’s legs! And the smile.

These are the nursemaids who sat vigil over the baby birds. That’s Tabitha on the left and Dudley on the right and the bush below is where the nest was. It reminds me very much of another older cat taking the baby under his wing, only we won’t go there because I’m at work and I can’t cry here.

I am repurposing my mouse candle holder as a staff for making bracelets that I’ve volunteered to make for Red Bank’s Girls Night Out event. A mother came into the store and was showing it to her daughter calling him the mouse king from the Nutcracker. I never thought of him coming from the Nutcracker. To me, he’s the crown prince from a far off land, not necessarily attached to any one piece of literature. My imagination is a bit more active than many other people’s.



April 18, 2012

Books are always one of the last things to be unpacked and when they are, very often they are just stacked around the apartment until we get them in order. I like to put my books on the shelves in alphabetical order by author, because I tend to get attached to particular authors and want to see all the books I have by them. Also, I have a bad habit of forgetting that I have a book and wind up buying another copy. At least, if I have a spot for each author, I can see that I’ve duplicated and either pass it on to a family member or trade it in on

Yesterday, we finally faced the books piled up in Helen’s room. Since there are several hundred of them, this was a monumental task. Especially since I get wound up in the books and it takes much longer than it should. However, yesterday I stayed focused until I found my copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. My grandmother gave it to me when I was a child.

It amazes me the feelings I get just from seeing her handwriting.

Yesterday, there was a warm sun and a cooling breeze and suddenly, Wolf Hill Park was the perfect place to be, especially with these two.

Wide open spaces to run and jump and chase butterfly shadows? There is nothing better in life.

Monday, Helen & I went to see The Hunger Games in an actual movie theater, in the middle of the afternoon. How decadent was that?? I think it’s the first time we’ve been to the movies in two + years, what with the store and all. That is just so …. sad. I liked the book very much and I thought they did a very good job with the movie. There was just one glaring difference that I objected to – an announcement made during the game. Also, it was a slight shock to the senses to hear how loud they had the sound system, which makes me sound old and cranky. Awesome:)


November 11, 2009
In my family, the kitchen is the most important (and most used) room in the house. In most of our houses, it’s usually painted a cheery yellow. And it’s where everyone congregates, whether you want them to or not, which I learned much to my chagrin at my sister’s graduation party. After helping my mother clean (and I mean deep clean) the rest of the house, we didn’t get to the kitchen. Guess where everyone wound up?

And why not? You can guarantee it’s going to be warm, what with the oven going. All the action happens there if you’re serving any type of food, which you will get first dibs on if it’s leaving the kitchen. And it’s a place where pets of all kinds are welcome. There are no worries about fur on the furniture or scratching of rugs. Everything is more relaxed in the kitchen.

This got me thinking – what are some requirements for a good kitchen? This will differ for everyone but mine are:
  • there has to be lots of room because, as I mentioned, people gravitate there
  • loads of comfortable seating because you want to be comfortable
  • a table big enough to sit a group, with room for accoutrement – in our case, laptops since at least two of us have them going at all times
  • lots of lighting including natural lighting, so lots of windows/doors
On the cooking end, I would like:
  • counter space up the yin-yang! I never have enough, especially around the stove
  • speaking of which, while I love my parents’ Aga for the warmth, I want a gas stove to work with, especially when I’m baking
So, if anyone has a spare kitchen lying around that fits the bill, let me know and I’ll move right in. Oh, and if it comes with a staff of elves to clean up after I’m done cooking, that would be awesome! What about you? What do you need for the perfect kitchen?