Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Maine Edition

Capturing the context of contentment in every day life...every Thursday at Like Mother, Like Daughter

Vacation Time!  We had a fantastic week!



Redheaded Snippet was able to reunite with her swab in Boston at the beginning of our trip. This made her (and, by extension, us) very happy!



This is what happens when the flash engages on a moon-and-fire-lit beach.

The reality of traveling, at least for me.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Untitled Edition

Talk about phoning it in (which, in fact, I am technically doing because I'm blogging using my phone)...

I don't think this post will have much rhyme or reason.  I'm having a rest day today and my medication seems to be making me foggy-headed (it happens sometimes).  But here are some slightly notable things that happen this week:


Fidget was visiting and her luxurious mane of hair was getting in the way of her helping me prep dinner.  So I gave her an "Aunt Pippa" and twisted her hair up with a pen.  This is how I wear my hair when I'm cooking or doing chores, to keep it off my  neck.  But I never look anywhere near as picturesque as sweet, lovely Fidget!


Graduation is upon us.  We have two weeks of school to get through and I'm not entirely sure we'll survive.  I don't know who has Eighth Grade Fever worse: me or him.  But I know several teachers who will be getting generous thank you gifts when is all over!


Our family loves to play Telephone Pictionary.  And this is a small portion of one of Daria's drawings.  Somehow it involved Jesus tickling a saint and I think she captured it with hilarious accuracy.  I told her it would make a great tattoo.


Another game night, Apples to Apples this time.  This is what happens when our family plays.  The word was "refreshing" and these were the choices given.  And two of them were supplied by the young nieces!  We also decided these elects together would make one super duper movie!

That's what I have for this week.  Hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Overdue Edition

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I'm crawling out of my cave after a long, long hibernation to blink in the sunshine, scratch my belly and join up with Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real once more.

I'm using the Blogger app on my phone and it's been 18 months since I last posted anything so I fear I may be a wee bit rusty.  But here goes:


It was chilly enough this week to wear my new pretty red beret whist sitting 'round the fire in the backyard with The Vicar.  I bought it on a whim a few weeks ago at a vintage shop in Richmond and thought I'd have to wait until next Autumn for its debut.  Huzzah for an unseasonably cool Spring!


Crawling out of the cave has also made it possible for me to don my apron, dust off the Le Creuset, and cook for my family again.  Who blinks back happy, grateful tears whilst deglazing a pan?  This girl, that's who!


That old familiar mess.  But, you know, I don't even mind!  Funny, the things you develop an appreciation and gratitude for once you become unable to do them.

A little bit of all four

This is a shelf in the bathroom.  The other day when I was brushing my teeth, I was looking it over and thinking how much I like it.  I find it rather pretty in a boring, housewifely sort of way.  I have a Pinterest board that bears witness to my long-held desire to store bathroom supplies in jars.  And so that is what I have done.  In addition to being pretty, it's actually very practical!  Especially the small jar of matches--the result of another Pinterest find!  I cut a piece of the striker side of the box of matches to fit in the lid of the jar and whittled a hole big enough for a match to shake through and voila!  A handy-dandy match safe for all your unmentionable bathroom matches needs!

There we go!  A phfr post after an 18-month-long convalescence.  Here's hoping I get back in the swing of things (and the Blogger app doesn't drive me barking)...