Sunday, April 24, 2011

Perfect Easter Dinner

You didn't think I'd let Easter go by without a tablescape and a dinner.  Not a chance.  The family was here and it was as close to perfect as I could hope.

I didn't go too overboard this year like I did last year.  We had our dinner on Saturday evening so the kids could travel home and get ready for work.
My precious little two year old has her own setting and monogrammed silver - never to early to start. 

Of course you gotta have bunnies if it's Easter!!

Bunnies and Carrots --

A bread cloth I did last year to use this Easter.

And Peter Cottontale to join us.

And home made ice cream and lemon cupcakes for dessert.

The dishes are Sango, Chateau Pattern;
the glasses are Lennox, Tuscany Seasons;
the silver is Reed and Batton, Francis 1;
the tablecloth and napkins came from Marshalls several years ago;
the napkin rings, candle holders, and candles all came from Kohls on sale after Easter last year;
the dessert bowls and plates came from Albertson's market and aren't marked.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's not ALL awful

So here is the post where I say positive things:

I bit the bullet and got a Roomba.  It's one of those robot vacuum things.  It is wonderful!  I have three dogs and this think goes under the bed, under most of the furniture, into corners, under the toe kick, from the floor to the carpet, up on the throw rug and it is amazing.  I named mine Ruby.  Yes, you have to clean it out after every use, but it's a breeze compared to some other vacuums I've had.  It's amazing.  I always said I'd vacuum more when they made a riding one -- well, this is better than that.  Charge it up, put it in the room, turn it on and walk away.  If it gets stuck it will tell you, and if you don't hear it, it just turns itself off.  Amazing.  Oh, and the dogs don't chase it.

I have been working with shelter dogs and it's the most fun I've had in years and years.  I am loving it.  After dealing with employees, managers, peers, superiors, and all those people it is refreshing to interact with a dog where everything is cause and effect.  So easy.  So rewarding.

We haven't had an earthquake here on the left coast, and the tsunami's were 2 feet.  Great for surfers.

Spring is here, and I don't see any rain in the extended forecast.

Gorham and Eames are back on Law and Order CI. 

I have wonderful family and great friends, Dish network and a reliable wifi.  Life just doesn't get any better than that!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April Already

I know, I know, I haven't blogged in ages. 

It has been an interesting and difficult three and a half months.  Death, dieting and taxes, what more can I say.  And winter that lasts and lasts.    I wonder if the earthquake in Japan really has tilted the earth and changed the weather.

And I'm so annoyed lately that I feel bad about writing anything.   What is annoying me you ask:

Who gives a rip about another 'royal' wedding.  For goodness sake, I have actually heard people talking about staying up to watch it and having parties.  I guess it's like the superbowl for some folks.  It amazes me.  If you care, no offense meant, I just don't get it.

On what planet are all these politicians living.  It makes me crazy.  Especially since I am writing a check to the IRS and an even bigger check to the state of california.   I am the last person on earth who would ever living in california, so every time I think about it it makes mad.  Guess I must stop thinking about it.

I have no sympathy for the teacher's union.  Not because I think they are bad people or that they don't deserve to earn a decent wage, but because grammar and word usage have really taken a nose-dive.  What is the problem that people don't know the difference between 'then' and 'than'; 'gone' and 'went'; 'take' and 'bring'; 'would of' instead of 'would've' (that one really, really bugs me).  I know that math and science are important, but what about communication!?!?!??!

Movies -- oh my word has no one a new and creative thought?  They have remade many already done-to-death stories; Alice in Wonderland, Arthur, Little Red Riding Hood, the list is endless. 

Why does New York think that they are the center of culture and all things brilliant in the United States.  (Check out the remarks of officials when they didn't get one of the decommissioned Space Shuttles)

Why do people make a shrine out of places where a tragedy happens.  I don't get it:  Plastic flowers, candles, balloons, signs and pictures; what is the point?

I finally got annoyed enough at my Pfaltzgraff dishes (they are not smooth and make that awful sound when you scrape flatware against them) that I packed them up and delivered them to Goodwill.  Don't know why after all these years of using them every day they started to bug me, but they did.

And the bicyclers are back -- don't get me started.

That's about it.  As an act of self-discipline and making up for this post my next post should be some positive things that have happened.   Unless, of course, more things annoy me!

Thanks for indulging me.