Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Mr. G and I love going out to eat. It's a little break from cooking and cleaning, and we enjoy the chance to talk. (Meals at restaurants last longer than meals at home, so I feel like we talk more.) But since we don't have unlimited funds, we usually skip dessert. 

So imagine our surprise when we broke tradition to order a scoop of ice cream and this came to our table . . 

I think the official name was French vanilla ice cream with peanut butter swirl. The official taste was YUM.

When did desserts get so big?!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Me + Poison Ivy

On a recent walk through the woods, one portion of the path was badly overgrown. The smart thing to do would have been to turn around and go back the way I came. Unfortunately, I didn't do the smart thing. I just continued walking, brushing vines out of my way as I went. 

A little while later, at home, my face starting itching. Must be a bug bite, I thought. Until I looked in the bathroom mirror and realized I had a rash that looked an awful lot like poison ivy. Spoiler alert: it was poison ivy. 


Thankfully the internet was here to save me with all kinds of recommendations (and provide me with frightening photographs - never google pictures of rashes). 

I started out with some home based remedies (aloe and honey both reduced the itching), but eventually I branched out to the heavy hitters - medicated scrub and calamine lotion. 
It took about a week, but everything cleared up, and my face and arms look normal again. Plus I can now identify poison ivy like a pro. (yay!) But I'll be sticking to the sidewalk for a while. 

Have you ever had poison ivy?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Old Library Books

I finished 84, Charing Cross Road last night (and adored it) and look what I noticed when I reached the end. This is how I know a library book is old - it has a pocket! (Old being a relative term, of course.) Does anyone else remember these? 

I remember them from my early years of having a library card. Sometimes the librarians would even let me use the date stamp on the check out card! And bonus, the pocket meant I could be nosy and see when the book was last checked out, how long it sat on the shelves before being picked again, and count to see whether blue, purple, or black ink had the most dates to its name. (I may have had too much free time.) 

I'm sure the librarians were eager to see them go in favor of our current digital system, but I indulged in a little nostalgia for the pocket and card system last night. :)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

In the Garden: August 2014

Lots of changes in the garden over the past month.

The biggest thing is that we built a trellis! It's occupying the space that was originally potato plants (all harvested now). I ordered bamboo and lashing cord online and we followed these directions without too much trouble. We didn't manage to get all the pieces straight, but the beans we planted won't know the difference ;)

I think the most exciting part about the garden this time of year is that so many things are ready all at once. Here's a sample basket from a couple weeks ago:

I've also discovered that pulling up carrots would be a great activity for anyone feeling stressed or angry. What can be better than ripping up plants and getting yummy carrots as part of the bargain?

The flowers have really taken off too (some are nearly as tall as I am), and along with the ripening cherry tomatoes, they are making this side of the garden especially colorful. We've seen a lot more bees and butterflies this summer than in years previous so the extra flowers must be doing the trick!

Speaking of garden visitors . . I hope this guy turns into a chrysalis in the garden so I can see one up close!

So that's my garden this August. How's yours doing?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Amanda Shoes

I stopped by the thrift shop to drop off two boxes of stuff we decluttered (wooo!) and look what I found . . 

(Should I make a bad joke about how they were calling my name? haha )

Alas, they weren't my size (or style, really) but it was cool to see my name as a shoe brand.

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