11–16 of 16 entries from the month of: April 2014

Before and After

April 8th

Chalk it up to moving or hoarding cleaning supplies — either way, I ended up with too much of everything under the kitchen sink. Following Jen’s advice to remove, minimize and wipe everything down before replacing, this job was quick and fulfilling:

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Phew.

I am beginning to remember how living in less than 1000 square feet means nesting bowls, suitcases, etc., whenever possible and never having duplicates open at the same time.  And when in doubt, add yellow shelf paper. It makes any job seem happy.

~K

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Brunch

April 7th

Cooked brunch for some friends this weekend. A glimpse:

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Grapefruit mimosas, pesto feta quiche, almond banana bread, berries, sausage links, French press coffee, patio, 70 degree weather, children and puppy dogs.

Not a bad way to spend a day.

~K

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One Community April

April 6th

One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in mind. The theme varies by month. The goal is to both showcase similarities and differences in our communities worldwide – and bring us all closer together in understanding through art.

Each month, one of the hosts picks four words for us to interpret through photographs of what we see around us in our daily lives.

The Rules:  Post one or more photos interpreting the words for the month, and add your blog post to the link-up.  Please include a link back to the link-up post on your One Community post, and take a look at some of the other links and comment on them.

This month’s words, selected by Rebekah are: spring, flowers, purple and rise.

These orchids were blooming in a medical office in Dallas. I visited it this week for work and asked the practice manager how in the world she got a grocery store orchid to bloom in huge bows of blossoms.

One Community Her response?

“I read the directions.”

One of my favorite books remains The Orchid Thief. The associated film, Adaptation, is brilliant if you’ve read the book. Also — this glorious bloom embodies spring flower, purple and the rising of the season.

Want to contribute next month? Sue has selected the following four words for May: five, mother, recipe, remember. We post on the 5th of each month. Play on, playa’.

~Kelli

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Salsa

April 2nd

Tomatillo salsa

Tomatillo salsa

Tomatillo salsa

Tomatillo salsa

Tomatillo salsa

 

Great flavor, but too runny. Salsa makers — what am I doing wrong?

~K

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April 2nd

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Nelson and I spent a lot of time walking these days. We often cruise around Tempe Town Lake in the mornings, or another park nearby.

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The sunrises this time of year are glorious. The weather is brisk enough to still need a lightweight jacket. The bunnies come out, foraging the desert plants around the edges of the lake — giving poor Nelson a heart attack. And there are lots of birds.

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I don’t know a thing about birds other than I’m guessing this buddy wasn’t hanging out in dry Tempe before the lake was filled. He and his friends are so pretty. They swoop (with several other specie of large bird) in the morning, picking up their breakfast from the slow swimmers in the water.

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If you spend any time at the lake, you’ve likely seen the die off of fish in the last two weeks. A City of Tempe parks person (not Leslie Knope, sadly) let me know that they just stocked the lake for fishing and the stock bins were too full. There was some shock to the fish and they expect the die off to stop in the next week.

And that’s your daily update from Tempe. You’re welcome. Carry on, adventurers!

~K

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I know. I’m weird.

April 1st

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I may have a vintage linens problem. (Vintage linens is code for old sheets, but “old sheets” sounds creepy. Right?) They are soft and the designs are fun and the quality just seems so much better.

Also,when I can find embroidered linens in good shape, I think of the time the person must have spent on that item and that I’d be a fool to pass up the history.

As such, I may need better storage. Or more beds.

Also — to be honest, I should probably stop saying I don’t collect things.

I do. Old Sheets. And they are glorious!

~K

~K

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