Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tales of the Tail: Verrrrry Comfy

I think Kip takes it as a personal challenge to see how fast he can un-make the bed after I've made it every morning.

And then he gets in my spot with his head on my pillow to rub it in that he doesn't have to get up early and go to work. One day I'm going to remake the bed while he's in it just to show him who's boss.

HAHAHAHA....nevermind...he's totally the boss.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tales of the Tail: Peanuts! (almost)

As we were gathering up recycles for the recycle bin, Kip absconded with the plastic jar of peanuts. There were just a few old, stale peanuts in the bottom of the jar, so we let him have a go at getting it open.

The lid took some pretty heavy abuse, but he wasn't ever able to get all the way off.

Thwarted again by the lack of opposable thumbs!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Stitches: A Perfect Ending

A big stack of books and a bathtub overflowing with bubbles? Why yes, that is A Perfect Ending!

This is a 'The Cross-Eyed Cricket' design stitched on 32ct linen. It is a smaller piece, about 6"x6".

The pictures don't capture it well but the bubbles are stitched with a metallic thread that makes them a  realistic shimmery translucent color - very neat!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Each year, for a few nights in the late spring, a baby bird roosts on the top of one of our front porch columns. Our tiny visitor was here this week, so were were careful not to scare it when we went out in the evenings to walk Kip. It was always gone the next morning when BD went out for the paper.

It is neat that each year the birds find the same spot to stay safe. I have no idea what type of bird it is but it the same same color/size every time.

We have a different type of creature roosting on the couch.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wait. What are we cheering for?*

Scene: Armstrong living room

BD: The wind is my least favorite element.

LA: Element? What do you mean?

BD: You know...element. Like the classic elements...Wind, Water, Fire, Earth...

LA: Isn't that a music group?

BD: That's Earth Wind and Fire.

LA: Oh...

LA: So, you're scared of the wind?

BD: I said it was my least favorite.

LA: Wait. How is Earth an element?

BD: :stunned silence:

BD: ...what?

LA: How is Earth an element? Isn't Earth like the container that houses all of the elements? How can it also be an element?

BD: OMG. NO, not Earth like the planet. Earth. Like GROUND. Like DIRT. Let's change the subject.

End Scene

*When we were in college, my bff Liz, BD, and I all went to a basketball game. Liz and BD were much more into sports than me, but I was doing my best to pay attention and participate. At one point, we were all standing up cheering; I was celebrating with the best of them - cheering, whistling, etc. After a minute I turned to Liz and BD and said, "Wait. What are we cheering for?"

To this day, over 10 years later, we all still use that phrase when someone usually me says something dumb.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Not Bad for a Point-and-Shoot

Here are some shots that BD has captured of our spring blooms...

Double Knock-Out Rose

Mandevilla, with snapdragons in the back ground. The mandevilla has now been planted by the mailbox, so it will climb up the post.

Asiatic Lillies


More Double Knock-Outs


Friday, May 6, 2011

A Perfect Marriage

Of course I mean mine and BD's...


Clearly, I am talking about the marriage of chocolate and peanut butter...and this easy-peasy cake proves it.


It is a regular box-mix Devil's Food chocolate cake, prepared in in two 8-in round pans. The filling in between the layers is vanilla pudding mixed with peanut butter. The icing is made with the remainder of the pudding/pb filling mixed with cool whip.

For the garnish I dipped peanuts in melted dark chocolate and dropped it by tablespoons on wax paper.

BD liked the frosting better than the filling. He thought the filling was a little too gooey. Probably a little less peanut butter in the filling would solve that problem. Or you could use the frosting as the filling.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

2011 Spring Landscape Tour

We have some pretty things blooming in our flowerbeds this year. When you're walking up the driveway to the front door, you see the bed that runs along the sidewalk:

In this front corner, we planted snapdragons. They have bloomed out a lot more since I snapped these pics. The blooms are a really pretty orangey-yellow. None of them were bloomed out when we got them, so we had no idea what color they would turn out to be.

To the right around the corner, there are a few more snapdragons and then the daylillies start. And, of course, we still have those weird little miniature Christmas trees that BD loves. My mom validated his insistence that those things stick around by saying she liked them when she was visiting recently. So...thanks for that, Mama. ;)

Next, we have the daylillies that we planted last year. They have come back in so full and healthy this year! They will bloom a bit later in the summer.

More daylillies and the garden flag...

On the front steps I put asiatic lillies in pots. I've also put some ferns out since I took these pictures, so it doesn't look quite so blank up on the porch itself. One fern is hanging and one is in a planter by the door.

The Asiatic lillies are beautiful but that yellow pollen stains everything it touches! The bright green in the bottom of the pot is Creeping Jenny. I love that stuff and plant it every summer - it grows so fast!

On the right side of the house we have the rose bed. There are also loropetalum bushes and those greeny-yellow bushes (not the official name). This year BD trimmed up the Maple tree that is in the center of that flower bed, so the loropetalum bushes are getting more sun and blooming better.

You can also see our garden supervisor in the left-hand corner of this picture. That guy is always laying down on the job.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Roses, In Bloom

It's sort of like time-lapse photography:

Tuesday, April 26

Wednesday, April 27

Friday, April 29