Tuesday, May 28, 2013

spring things..

Run Into Flowers by M83 on Grooveshark

"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."
Lucille Ball
This tree in our neighborhood..hundreds of huge blooms!
Mindy Kaling posted an adorable Lucy and Desi photo on instagram today and I thought of my favorite movie they did together, The Long, Long Trailer. It's a laugh out loud one that totally reminded me of our relationship, and how we never ever fight..only on road trips when we're arguing about directions! I don't know why it's so fun but it is. Because we're snapping at each other and as soon as we get to where we're going we start laughing about the fight and making fun of ourselves. That's the secret.
In the best scene he tells her she can't bring the rock specimens she's just collected onto the rv..she does it anyway. And she attempts to cook in the moving swinging trailer, it's the best.

We haven't been on vacation in a while, staying home and working on the house renovation instead. It's our five year wedding anniversary at the end of August and It's been just enough time since we last visited Chicago, we used to go a few times a year and even got engaged at the top of the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier.
I was 21, he was 23. Now it seems so young to me! But we fell in love over road trips and little adventures.
Pear blossoms are my very favorite, we had a giant pear tree in the front yard of the old house growing up..I still miss all of that open space.

If I have to be surrounded I prefer lovely old things, and bright fresh greenery.
It's been one of the prettiest spring seasons, so much beauty everywhere!
Sometimes you just have to look with different eyes. We've been enjoying the milder weather and taking walks around the neighborhood with Copper.
I've been trying to absorb it all, because just like that it's here and gone.

Love the entrance on this house.

Mammoth acorn. The mature trees in our historic neighborhood are massive! You wouldn't believe how active and loud the birds are around here, they love them too.

Bringing a bit of nature inside, my spring mantle.

 Did some rearranging and spring cleaning,
Lu loves to lounge on the curtains while they're down.

I can't believe what a hulking beast this guy has turned into..it's like holding a small fat dog. Lumen's getting a special surgery this weekend. He has no idea what's in store for him haha

Syro- no!! One of my little Syroco birds got got by a curious kitty, guess he's upset that I won't let him catch any outside. Or eat Keats.

We planted lots of flowers inside and out..

Blooming is the best part.

 Trying to eat a lot more vegetarian meals, avocado is always on hand.

But sometimes you just gotta make confetti cupcakes..with fage instead of egg and oil.

My vase and vessel collection has been getting a lot of use!

I've finally broken a lifelong habit of nail biting by taking the advice of my 1940's ad..
keep 'em pretty!

A few months ago I mentioned my health struggles and I've been trying out a new thyroid medicine..that made me gain all of the weight back that I worked so hard to take off last spring! That's 25 lbs, yikes!  I'm a petite person. And I didn't feel any positive effects, ugh. More depressing than depression. Such a setback, nothing like when your body betrays you. I'm a bit of a control freak too, and feeling out of control of my body is getting to me. No more doctors, I'm working on finding a natural way to manage my Hashimoto's symptoms, I just want to feel like my normal happy self..it's tough.

Flowers and sunshine will always make me happy.

Have a lovely week!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

some rain must fall

Reckoner by Radiohead on Grooveshark  

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
  Some days must be dark and dreary.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And snow..spring eh? The weather the past few weeks has been a little crazy, rain, snow, sunshine..kind of like life I suppose.

These are a bit old considering it was 93 yesterday! Ugh. Stay away summer..at least a little longer. This season has really been all over the place, a lot like me.

I'm also the biggest procrastinator..by the time I want to do something for just me(like blog!) another thing pops up. Like spending time with my two Lu's.

 If only I had the money to pay someone to do the hard, hands on stuff...or the ability to multiply for project completion purposes, only in my dreams. Really, I've been having some strange sci fi related ones lately. It's probably those late night Defiance epsidoes I started watching..

Designing and collecting pieces for our historic house is the awesome, easy part. Removing layers of old dried on wallpaper/paint from almost every room, refinishing every inch of these cracked old walls(150yrs+) and learning everything as I go. I'll be a pro once I'm done! And possibly buff. My hands are killing me.

Getting my 1950's housewife on and all baking projects out of my system before it's too miserably hot to even think of turning on the oven.

 made bbq pork bao buns..ermahgerd.

and my first attempt at Paczki for my Polish man, just like gram's.

We really wanted to go to Merida/Yucatan peninsula and stay at the cutest B&B on our honeymoon(almost 5 yrs ago!) but went on a road trip to Portland,Or/Canon beach instead. Totally worth it, but we're still dreaming of a New Orleans/Mexico trip..learning Spanish from a vintage set whenever we cook south of the border stuff together!

Chile Rellenos are my specialty..I let him chop things and sip margaritas haha! Best assistant.


I dropped off the face of the earth lately, and into earth haha. The warmer weather has me working on a million house projects, and my green thumb.

Papa O'Malley had tons of English ivy surrounding his stone cottage house, one of my favorite places growing up.

I've been reading up on propagating, trying to turn a little into a lot.
I've had this mini jade for about five years, it's not so mini anymore! Succulents are the plants for me.
We've been spending a lot of time outside when it's nice, the animals love the deck as much as us.


Maybe more.


They're loungers.


sort of.


 Some sad news over here..my little birdie Bleu passed away, broke my heart. It started as a little sneeze/cold and I rushed to get some medicine in her but it was too late, she was gone late that night. I remember throwing my arms around a sleeping Luke's neck and sobbing "she was a good girl!" I turned into a little kid again and cried myself to sleep over the loss of my budgie buddy.

But all is well and after a few weeks of missing my girl a new little fella came home with me..you'll meet him soon!
It's freshly rained and 70, Luke's calling me from the garden to come out and play..destractors. haha

Have a lovely weekend, it's spring!