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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An unlikely Diversion

For the last 48 hours, early in the morning with coffee, midday with lunch or coffee and in the evening for dessert I've been conquering the phenomenon of, don't cringe,
I've been obsessed.
I've completed 3 levels with my ample share of 3 stars.
My jaw has been clenched and my arm muscles are sore from power mousing.
I'm happy to say that I'm through with this game now.
I don't have to go back and re-do games to show that I'm a 3-star only player.
I was a player.
I started the conquest minutes after a certain cute and geeky guy down the hall showed me what he was doing.
I was curious because there were these screeches and nature sounds followed with explosions echoing down the hallway.
"Hmm....I see",
I thought to myself,
"It's that game that the in-people play with their i-phones. Hmmm."
It's available with Google Chrome?
I have that.
"Hey can I have a go at it?"
Reluctantly I had my 'go' without any tutoring
(a sure- fire invitation to fail and then leave him alone).
I failed and quickly left the room and
high tailed it down the hall to my computer to download the game.
It was fun.
I'm done.

While searching for a video to upload I discovered that there are more levels...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trellis Print: It's still going on...

When I read this installment from House of Fifty:
"For years the trellis print has reigned supreme in the world of design. And why not! It is simply a stunning pattern that has been used to e..."
I just had to write about Tech Candy.
Invented by April Mraz and Cherie Stine, these gals have done their research.
They are not only design savvy they are tech savvy.
They know silicon, they know technical specifications, they know trend.
They nailed it.

i-Phone + i-Pad Cases, a cut above.

You need to touch them.
Feel them.
Love them.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer as a Kid

When I was a youngster, I was lucky enough to be a Camp Fire Girl. I was very fortunate to go to Camp Niwana and stay in the Gypsy Glen 3 sided cabins. We had the option of Pixie Portions at mealtime if we were picky eaters too. We swam, made lanyards, had a powwow at night, made dreamboats mounted with burning candles let lose on Lake Helena at night. All accompanied with singing. I adored all of the songs, but my favorite was Barges. I loved the harmony.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Car Envy

I saw these boys circling this pristine car in Georgetown last weekend.
The suicide doors and the dreamy crayola sky blue paint color cinches the 'beauty' category.
On my way back down the street I walked on the other side and saw a For Sale sign in the window.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pasta Dentifricia

I had to start somewhere.
I live to doodle.
I haven't been doodling.
I'm back.
: )

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Georgetown Gardens

There is nothing I love more than seeing the creative endeavour of living spaces. As a child, one of the luscious activities my mother would indulge me with was an evening drive through our small town so that I could look at houses (I think this also helped with her little indulgence of Kent menthols). I was in wonderland. Even today I walk my neighborhood, criss-crossing the streets and alleys. Alleys are a voyeur's best friend. I relish the cobbled patios with umbrellaed tables, the pots of interesting combinations of flowers and herbs that I frantically try to memorize and put away. I've been carrying my blackberry around to snap photos of an intricately designed eave detail or an exceptional composition of flora for referral when I'm armchair gardening. So when I finally coordinated my Saturday with a scheduled garden tour, especially one that the whole community of Georgetown was participating in, I thrilled at the invitation to enter front yards, walk along side yards and poke around the back yards of this eclectic Seattle neighborhood.

Some of the pictures I snapped were not officially in the tour.
This artfully decorated heap of sod anointed with Jesus sets the tone for the afternoon.

Buddha...serene as ever.

The snake.

Outdoor living...

Cherub on a window sill.

Composition: Mirror, Rosebush, Pushmower.

Lily is probably one of the oldest residents of Georgetown.
Her yard is a sea of seedums.
I couldn't resist the Carleton Avenue Grocery and stopped in for an ice cream bar.

I spied my friend Rachel in this charming farmette...her daughter Rebecca and her husband nurtured this plot with care.
Beekeeping, chickens, vegetables.
Follow Rebecca's blog: Planes Trains + Vegetables.

I'm a sucker for a red door.

This house is for sale on Flora Street.

The only gnome I saw. He was a miniature little guy the size of my palm...

The feeling of this neighborhood was so nostalgic. I felt that I had gone back in time to 1962. There are other little plums to be discovered in this industrial working town.
Stay tuned.

Friday, July 8, 2011

FrenchBlue: Sea Salt Icecream

(picture by Kathy Hackman Pintrist)

I have read a blog from French Blue today that was simply
You must read and experience this scrumptions bit of summer:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Red White + Blue

It's time to iron my red Jokapoika (Farmer) shirt manufactured by Marimekko since 1956.
I've worn this shirt on the 4th of July
since I bought it at Crate & Barrel on Brattle Street
in Harvard Square about 1984.
Marimekko now has their own
store in Harvard Square.
I adore Marimekko.
They are timeless and beautiful products from Finland.
I covet my two brightly striped fabric pouches.
Recently, I was in Tuuli, the Marimekko mecca of Seattle.
I found the limited edition
Marimekko designed Chuck Taylor Converse All-Stars.
They did not have my size.
Boo Hoo.

How can we not be awed by our big white mountain?
When it's clear day you can hear people say,
"look at the mountain".
I love that.
Yesterday it was a magnificent backdrop for a beautiful day of sailing on Puget Sound.

Joni Mitchell.
Need I say more?
I can play this classic album on a continuous loop and
Everytime I hear 'A Case of You',
I swoon.
It's the melody...and then, "...I could drink a case of you".
This is especially poignant since this is our fourth 4th of July,
Ray and I are having a pretty good time.
This song says it all.
To all of you, Have a majestic 4th of July!