5:30 am


I have to have a little "me" time...

and it happens early in the morning.

I mean...even on a Saturday.

I don't need the alarm...



I just crawl out of bed while it's still dark and tip toe downstairs and pray no-one wakes up.

I drink big mugs of coffee.




I used to read magazines...

but now I read blogs.

And then I run.

and after that...

I give myself up to everyone else for the rest of the day.

And I'm pretty happy to do that. 

As long as I've had some of that me time.

You...all of you lovely ladies who read my thoughts and look at my pictures...are part of that me time.  And I love you guys.  What a blessing it is to find sweet, like-minded woman who leave the most darling of comments and inspire me every day. Thank you.

And this little blogger is about to give some stuff away...

a few things I've been collecting...some finds...(don't worry they weren't found on one of my sweaty runs)...




and so if you'll keep reading a little while longer...

perhaps this weekend or the beginning of next week...

once I find a little more me time...

I'm going to post a give-away.

Because I really do appreciate all you kindred-spirits.

Now if you'll excuse me...

I have to go for a run....

mwha.

cookie baking and yard saleing

I went for a run early on Saturday morning.

I told myself not to look...no, no. no, don't look.

Don't stop. No, don't stop.

You smell. You are sweaty.  No, no, no...

but then I ended up with 6 of these chairs.



I couldn't help myself. They were three dollars.  And they kind of looked like they belonged in a bistro.  I thought their smaller scale would suit my smallish kitchen. 

They are photo brown...

photo brown was not my favourite pencil crayon colour in grade school..

I always preferred the chestnut brown...

but now I'm a photo brown kind of girl.

~

The chairs inspired me to get going on a couple of updates around the house.  None of them are worthy of a picture just yet....as nothing is finished...just started...

because I always end up doing something like this...



chocolate chip cookie baking with the kids.

Charlotte mixed the dry...



and Courtland was in charge of the wet...



ummmm...yes...I know...re-think that the next time...

but they turned out delicious.





Olde silver...


I love olde silver...

and don't you love how I've spelt old with an 'e'...

it's like Ann...with an 'e'...

so much BETTER.  Are there any LM Montgomery fans out there? Because I am one HUGE Anne fan.

This cup is old and it is dented...but it is a treasure.

My father's baby cup.  Never has the name Ralph looked so elegant...unless, of course, when it is followed by Lauren.

The cup is displayed proudly beside my Anthro mugs and wine corks...and I may or may not get around to polishing it.



I was gifted this gorgeous sterling flatware by my great Aunt...whose last name started with a T...as does my first...


and I use it as much as I can.


This cake stand is my newest olde addition and it cost me a whopping 2.99 at the Salvation Army.

It is silver plate.

The lady at the check-out turned it over and was surprised at the price...saying that the person pricing it must not have realized that it was silver.

I don't know what she wanted me to do but there was this really awkward moment...

and then I paid my 2.99 and left.

Feeling a little guilty...and not.

I mean that's the whole point of "shopping" at the Salvation Army...

to find a buried treasure.

~



photo of Jenna Lyons' Brooklyn home - Domino

I am happy to report that after viewing the Jenna Lyons interview on Oprah, we share something in common.  And it does have to do with her dressing room...and mine...and I will post about it soon.

oh...

and we also have something else in common...

handsome hubbys...

here's mine lookin fine in his new birthday duds...

mwha

Homework, pizza & a cake...


This is a picture of my four year old working on his homework this past week.  Or as I like to call it teacher imposed "special" time with my child...

Don't get me wrong...

I really like his teacher...

and I guess it isn't unusual for there to be homework in JUNIOR Kindergarten? 

Thankfully he likes doing it...

and he thinks he does a great job.

So it really is FUN.

I have to admit it wasn't as FUN with my daughter...

as she doesn't always think she is doing a great job...

and we often end up in tears.

 

She can be so HARD on herself. 

She brought this home from school recently...



and I just hope she knows how GREAT she is.



~


The kids and I spent this past weekend playing flying angel...


and making the easy peasy pizza I found here at Stephmodo...and it really was EASY and delicious.

The kids opted for the usual...sauce and cheese...



and I couldn't decide between pesto with wilted spinach & mushroom or mushroom, pepper & tomato...

so I didn't...

and made both.



Daddy spent the weekend with some friends and some fish and came home on Sunday to something else the kids and I made...


his birthday cake. That's Kevin in the middle. 

Court wanted it to be the HULK.

But Charlotte won.

See...

isn't she GREAT.

jenna & my pretty picks


images courtesy of Domino found through thecrossdesign.com/blog/tag/jenna-lyons

I just read that Jenna Lyons will be on Oprah this week...Wednesday I think. Running to set my PVR now...

ok I'm back...

and dreaming of a dressing room just like hers.  I'm hoping to spice up my dressing room/office in the coming days weeks and am inspired by a few things I've treated myself to for my birthday....


 and hugs, kisses and a BIG thank you to the generous family members who donated toward these treats.

The glamorous lady in the antique shop who was looking at a piano stool thought I was loony for wanting this fan...

but there's dents all over it...she said. 

It is blue and I LOVE it. Dents and all. Although the red paint on the propeller is a little gruesome and I just may have to take some sandpaper to that.  Not to worry, no one was harmed in the taking of this photo...

mwha

(I just figured out what "mwha" is...i'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes...and i like it...mwha, mwha, mwha and a very big mwha to my love who turns 3-9 tomorrow)

Love you forever...

I feel compelled to write that all of Court's talk about growing up and me getting old was precipitated by the reading of Robert Munsch's Love you Forever...






a powerful book...

and one that I can NEVER get through...

without a tissue.

Much like Tara's posts.

~

My little guy he IS growing up.  But I want him to please sloooooow down...

Growing up



"What do you want to be when YOU grow up Mommy? A cowboy...or a cowgirl?"




"How many sleeps until I'm grown up?"




"I'm going to miss you when you're old mommy but don't worry I'll come see you but just not that much because I'm going to be busy being a cowboy...and a dad."


Family Bath

Let me introduce you to the kids bath...
otherwise known as the adults bath...

or the family bath...

or the ONLY bath.






When we moved in the bathroom was dingy and the tub had cigarette burns?  I wasn't going to bathe my babes in that so it HAD to go.  We installed a new shiny white tub and shiny white subway tile. 

And like the kitchen we couldn't gut it all and start over...

so I had to live with some things.  And I did...for a little while.

We gradually replaced a big double console with two separate pedestal sinks.  It was easier to use beadboard to cover up the holes left by the old cupboard and plumbing so we ran that around the perimeter of the room.  Soon we had a new toilet too.  I painted above the beadboard a fresh, light green to match the existing ceramic tiles.  The tall freestanding cupboard is one that I have had for a loooong time...it has moved from our first house, to our second and now has found a place in our third.  I love built-ins but I am so glad that I have been able to take this with me.

IKEA has some great pots in the plant section that I've picked up recently and put to use in this bath...


I couldn't resist the fresh spring colours. One for us...


and one for the kids.


Bisi

Kevin's grandfather is affectionately called "Bisi" by his great-grandchildren (Bisnonno is great-grandfather in Italian)...



and we were lucky enough to have him over for dinner on Good Friday.

There wasn't any pressure on myself, at least none that wasn't self-imposed, but Bisi is used to some GOOD cooking...

and I couldn't just serve him a hot dog...

no....

especially not on GOOD FRIDAY.

So we made lobster bisque.  It was our usual cheater lobster bisque...

where you take some store bought lobster bisque...

you add a bit of whipping cream...

and LOTS of big chunky pieces of lobster that you have defrosted from a can.

But it is good....I mean how could it not be with big chunks of lobster in it.

We followed the lobster bisque with this recipe Kevin found for Shrimp Scampi Pasta.  So easy.  So delicious.  We will definitely make this again.



I simply had to make Martha Stewart's Guyere Tart that I saw here this week. It was just so pretty. 



We made it with Fontina...

because we LOVE Fontina...

dipped in honey...

that has been infused with truffles...

oh, yes, back to the t a r t.

The tart was easy and pretty and delicious and I see myself making this again and again and again.

After dinner it was time for some BUBBLES!!!!






happy Easter or Passover or extra-loooong weekend to all