Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What I Buy Wednesday

You're not going to believe it, but I didn't buy anything this week! Oh wait, my Stitch Fix box came in, so there's that.

My stylist sent me a really cute pair of kelly green flats. I'm going to wait until I get back from Ireland to show those since I plan to get some sort of green scarf or accessories while there. What better place to buy "green" stuff!

We leave Friday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Thoughts about...


When I was a kid, the only tennis shoes you could buy were Keds. At least that's how I remember it. Believe me, if there was something cheaper (and Keds weren't expensive) we would have had them. With 7 keds, (see what I did there?) we would definitely have had something cheaper. There were Converse, but those were for the boys.

Anyway, our Keds were everything to us---casual wear shoes, softball shoes, volleyball shoes and play shoes. White was the only available color---or technically, lack there of.
Here I am in my softball shoes! In fact, you didn't want to have brand spankin' new white ones. When you got them, you had to dirty them up right away. Later, we'd polish them with white shoe polish if they got too grubby looking. Then, the shoe polish would rub off on your ankles and you'd look ridiculous! Maybe that's the real reason I wore those socks! One time I polished mine while I was wearing them. Of course, the polish seeped through and made my feet white! My brothers and sisters always accused me of being lazy!

Well, I mentioned awhile back about getting new Keds.
I haven't been able to wear them because I don't want to get them dirty. I really want to wear them, but the weather or my destination hasn't been just right! I'm not sure when everything will align.

However, I have worn my awesome Kate Spade pair:
 I thought I looked pretty spiffy with my white, wrinkled linen jacket. No socks this time.
They have the tiny brass spade on the back above the Keds tag. Welllll.....there's more....
 ...apparently, Kate Spade's partnership with Keds has extended to bride's shoes. What a good idea! I'll bet they won't be white after an evening of dancing and everyone stepping on the feet of the bride!
They have other really cute Kate Spade exclusives. Unfortunately, I won't be buying them.

How many pairs of Keds do I need? I don't do many sports these days, so I'll just stick with play shoes! And maybe I'll take those white ones out for a spin soon!

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Few Things

Our driveway looks like a parking lot most of the time. 5 cars and one boat! Luckily it's a big driveway!
I've liked all of my cars, but I do believe this one is my favorite! It belongs to Jordan now---2005. It has 160,000 miles, but still looks almost like new!
Bombay Sapphire is my favorite for gin and tonics. Nicky gave us this Uncle Val's. I didn't know anything about it, but as soon as I took one sip, I told Butch, "this tastes like roses!" That was before I knew it was a "botanical" gin. This girl knows her flowers! Not that I've eaten them. I guess it comes more from my teas---many of them have a botanical blend. Actually, I think I still prefer the sapphire. I'll stick to botanicals for my tea.
This little girl ran in to make her bed when I stopped by to visit. I guess she wanted everything to look just so before she showed off her room! Evie cracked me up with all of those stuffed animals. Even when I make my bed, I don't put all the decorative pillows on it.
This had to take time! Or maybe she sleeps on the lower half. If that's the case, she takes after her aunt! When I was growing up, I used to sleep in my bed piled high with clothes! I'd just crawl in under.
Not at all happy with how the face on this snowman is turning out. Now begins the arduous task of tearing it all out! I should never have followed that shading. It just looks goofy! Tear it out I will. Ugh! Tearing out takes longer than putting it in!
When it comes to trip planning, Butch is the master. He spends hours and hours researching everything! We leave for Ireland on Saturday with Stephanie and Nicky. Can you see all of those tabs? There are sections for everything!
It is quite detailed! Today (Sunday) he has made various reservations. Thank goodness he did the research. One of the most popular sights in Dublin requires tickets in advance. There were only two  time slots left! Had we waited, until arriving, we would never have been able to see the "gaol."

I love it when we're traveling together as he takes the lead in planning. If it's me with the girls or friends, I'm the one doing the hours and hours. That's why I know what goes in to it and appreciate what he does!

That's it for my "few things" post today!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Out with the Old...

...In with the New!
This is the old stove that we put in 23 years ago. Actually, it's original to this house---34 yrs. old. We just replaced everything you see on the top 23 years ago. It really still looked like new because I was diligent about cleaning it. But boy, when things boiled over, that was a huge mess! It got all burned on and required one of those razor blade things to get it clean again. What a hassle.
When we remodeled the kitchen, I wanted to get a new cooktop. We went with "induction." Well, okay, I went with it---Butch just went along! I love the sleek look of it. No knobs, it's all digital with a swipe of the finger. It's taking some getting used to. We still don't know all the ins and outs yet, but we'll get there.
I had potatoes and lima beans boil over---it boils so quickly, I'm not used to it. The beauty here is that the surface of the cooktop doesn't get hot---just whatever heat is radiated from the pot. I don't really understand it, but it works by magnets directly through the top straight to the pot. Anyway, I had this huge mess. It just wiped right up! Nothing can burn on it---EVER! I'm lovin' it!

Stephanie said that I would hate it because that black always looks smeared and messy. Well, not so. I think hers got direct light on it. Mine does not. It looks perfectly clean all the time. At least for right now. I hope it stays that way.

Speaking of appliances, we used our brand new air fryer last night for the first time.
We were having barbecued hamburgers for dinner and decided to make fries to go with them. That's Butch doing the peeling while I'm figuring out the machine.
It's so cool! It was really easy to use. I used 2 large potatoes, 1 tsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. of oil all mixed in a ziplock bag. They took 20 minutes to cook and were great! We both agreed they were a little salty but I was following the directions in the instruction manual. Next time, we're just going to salt them after---like you would normally do. The best part is that the oil actually sinks to the bottom below the basket. Sort of like it used the oil, but then drains it off so the fries didn't absorb it. I didn't discover that until I started cleaning up. In fact, when we took them out, they looked a little greasy, so I put a paper towel in the bottom of the bowl. After dinner---before I knew where the oil went---I said to Butch, "look, no grease on this paper towel." I just thought that meant that it was absorbed in to the food. Not so. Once I removed the basket to clean, I saw the oil in the bottom. It's great to know that we are not really eating fried foods--but "air" fried!
When I first hooked it up, I was so happy to see a retractable cord---except it wouldn't retract. I pulled it all the way out thinking that's what I needed to do to make it retract. Instead, I ended  up "feeding" the cord back in. Butch said to just leave it. I guess I will in the future.

Turns out, you CAN teach these old dogs new tricks!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Scrapbooking Paper....

....isn't just for scrapbooking anymore. Butch just recently installed The Ring video doorbell. But before he could do that, he had to deal with the old one.
Really old. 35 years to be exact. It does work, but since the "receiver" portion of the old intercom was so staticy through the house, we had to turn the volume way low. That meant we could never hear the doorbell. So basically, we've lived 23 years without a doorbell. It looks like it would have been a simple thing to remove it, but it left a big hole. Butch thought of all different ideas to close the hole since the new doorbell is smaller. I wanted the new one in the same spot. None of those ideas were the solution. He came up with the best idea.

Here it is! He ended up backing a piece of plexiglass with a piece of scrapbook paper he found in my room. I love the results. Of course, he wouldn't know where the scraps are. That means, he used a 12x12 sheet that he cut down. Add to that, it would have been one of a pair. Now I have lots of leftover scraps!

 I'm not really complaining. I'm glad my scrapbook supplies are being used by someone!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday

So, I'm calling this Throwback Thursday since this place has been around since 1929. Actually, I went for the first time last week!
We had our own frozen custard up north (St. Louis that is), but Ted Drewes was the original. If you've never had frozen custard, you don't know what you are missing! It's the creamiest, richest ice cream you'll ever taste! I like to get the turtle---it's hot caramel, hot fudge and salted pecans!

There's nothing more to say about that!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What I Buy Wednesdays

While I was in St. Louis last week, staying with my sister-in-law, Janet, I managed to pick up a few things.
 Last fall, Jeanne brought these caramels on our scrapbook retreat. OMGosh! They are fabulous! Not quite RS, but a great comparable.
 I picked up these crocuses. I like things that look real.
One day, my cousins and I were on "the hill" having lunch. I had to stop at the Marconi Bakery and pick up some Italian bread. St. Louis Italian bread is like no other!
 These tomatoes are fake, but they totally look real!
I was really excited when these arrived. I've already admitted to being a theater nerd. These shoes prove it. How many shows can you identify?
I brought home these eggs from Wicked Chicken Farm. It's my sister's place. I didn't exactly pay for them! She sells the eggs, but I told her I'd buy her dinner in exchange. She said "no" that I didn't need to buy her dinner. Good thing. She had a scotch on the rocks! These are truly the best eggs!

Well, that's it for this week. Did you buy anything fun?