Thursday, March 31, 2011

Upcoming Jo-Ann's Pattern Sales

Daffodil Dash - April 10/16 Vogue Patterns - $3.99 Pre-Easter Sale - April 21/23 Simplicity - $1.99 50% off buttons

Thursday Tea Time

Cost: $1.89 at Super Target

Number of teabags: 20

Caffeine: Yes

Type of tea: Black

Steeping time: 3-5 minutes

Mix ins: Just a little fat-free condensed milk, and also tried 1 teaspoonful of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Fat Free, No Sugar Added Vanilla Powder. Both made it pretty darn close to Bluebell's Peaches and Cream ice cream!

Teabag fragrance: Very peachy!

Ingredients: Black tea and peach flavor

Opinion: Peachy-keen! Interesting hot, being so fruity. I'm betting this will be a perfect cooler as iced tea in the near soon future when the summer temperatures kick in.

Rating: 4

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Time is a material in which are lives are mysteriously contained...

The rest of the quote follows -- ...the material in which we are wrapped for the time being, at least." This was from an article about the fabric of a life about artists Jeanne-Claude and Christo by Meghan O'Rourke in the April 2001 WSJ Magazine. Incredible article - here's the link so you can also be moved, too. "Christo Without Jeanne-Claude"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I have planted three varieties of Cosmos this Spring --

This is "Double Click" It is supposed to grow 3 to 4 feet tall!

Surprisingly, it is the shortest of the three right now.

On the right is "Daydream" It is good for a shaded garden and will top out at 15"-18"

And "Sonata" - a mix of colors for sun/part sun - will be 20"-24" tall
All are from Another Place in Time

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sorry, y'all!

I have to put my comments on moderate for awhile. My blog is being attacked by comment spammers. Please feel free to still share your opinions and thoughts, I love to hear from you -- there will just be a slight delay in their being posted to the blog.

Netflix Stars - Inside Man

1.5 - Only because it was a bank heist with a twist. Points only for that. I've had this movie home since November -- that should say something right there. We finally go around to watching it, and we should have just sent it back, unwatched. The movie was hard to follow, it had too much going on without any depth - very ADD-ish. Despite the star power, the potential electricity went unused. Clive Owen can definitely play creepy, though.

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Santana, Featuring Michelle Branch - "I'm Feeling You" - 4:31

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Midas Touch

Yes, it's name really is "Midas Touch" but it is otherwise known here as "Rosezilla" Towering over 8 feet tall, this four year old hybrid tea is just blooming gangbusters. I like this picture because it features the blooms in all stages.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Tea Time

This week - Kroger Private Selection Pomegranate White Tea
Cost: $1.89 on "sale" at Kroger, regularly $1.99
Number of teabags: 20
Caffeine: Maybe just a little since it is a white tea
Type of tea: White, herbal
Steeping time: 2 minutes
Mix ins: Just a little fat-free condensed milk
Teabag fragrance: Fruity
Ingredients: White tea, hibiscus, natural flavors, lemon grass, dried pomegranate

Opinion: Delicate tea buds from China with pomegranate, lemon grass and African hibiscus combine for a sweet and unique blend. Kudos to Kroger for making a unique store brand tea. Nice packaging, and you can't beat the price! The flavor is really good, too.

But the color?! Just don't look while you are drinking! It's hard to describe - "wet cement"? "taupe"? "mortar"? "disgusting"? Truly, especially when you add milk. When I first dipped the teabag in, it turned a bright pink, quickly overtaken by dark black-gray. I could still see a very slight pinkish tinge. OK, I'm thinking this is going to look really pretty when I add a little bit of milk. NO! I took two pictures of it, one under artificial light, the other with daylight only - no flash either time. Judge for yourself. I bet it would have made an excellent iced tea - maybe some flowers or jazzy ice cubes could make it appear better. I took another quick look at what was left in the mug and laughed. Still gray! This is a homely-looking, but good tasting tea!

I must add I did not follow the "Prepare" instructions, which were to bring cold water to a rolling boil, let cool 7 minutes and then steep 1-2 minutes. Maybe that 7 minute cool down keeps the color pretty?
Rating: 3 - dinged only for the color

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

The Offspring - "Come Out and Play" - 3:17
Crazy lyrics, great tempo changes!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Coldplay - "Clocks" - 5:07
Got in an early morning swim (6:45!) - chasing the moon and awaiting the sun!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

(And to me!)
Moeller's Bakery has the BEST carrot cakes!!

Upcoming Jo-Ann's Pattern Sales

Sew & Save - March 20/26
Buttons - BIGIF

3-Day Sale - March 25/27
Butterick patterns - $1.99

March 31/April 2
Simplicity patterns - 99 cents

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

Into the way-back time machine --
Cat Stevens - "I Think I See the Light" - 3:55

This is actually a pretty good song to swim to, lots of good tempo beat changes. Though startling to listen to it so clearly in the iPod, instead of hearing all the pops and hisses on the record player (didn't have a stereo back in the day!) from my over-played, worn-out Mona Bone Jakon album. And how bizarre the other song lyrics that I so loved back then sound now! LOL

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Penzeys $5 off Coupon

What a way to celebrate 25 years of Penzeys with their Spring 2011 catalog! The coupon was attached to their catalog (sign up here) Or use this code 00002C when ordering online or by telephone. Coupon expires May 29, 2011.

Bonus this catalog contains 8 recipes for "birthday" cakes -- Italian Cream Cake, Crazy Chocolate Cake, Birthday Spice Cake, Bonnie Butter Cake with Caramel Icing, Gram's Banana Cake (the cover shot), Great White Pound Cake, 4 Egg White Cake and Why-Plant-Yellow-Beets-In-Your-Garden Cake!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Netflix Stars - Flipped

5 STARS!!! What a wonderful, touching movie! My husband caught the last 10 minutes while L and I were watching, and I was willing to turn right around and start it over again to see it with him. How many movies have you ever done that with? And it just proves again that anything done by Rob Reiner is cine magic. Listen and watch for this great line - "Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss; but every once in awhile you find someone who's iridescent...And when you do, nothing will ever compare." I love how the story point of view also "flips" between Bryce and Juli! And I so love a great love story. . .

Friday, March 18, 2011

I have spent my life weaving the rainbow, treating light like a piece of embroidery

"I have spent my life weaving the rainbow, treating light like a piece of embroidery"
- Claude Monet

I saw the Impressionists and Post Impressionists exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) yesterday. (I also thought it was neat that their admission stickers we wore were green for St. Patrick's Day!) This quote was in the description next to Monet's "The Artist's Garden at Vetheuil" A perfect match for the potrait of his son, Michel, amongst the oh-so-colorful rows of sunflowers and gladioli in the sunlight.

If you live in the Houston area or plan to visit, you really need to check out this collection of 50 masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It is here through May 23, 2011. Expect a crowd, especially on Thursdays since there is a $5 discount courtesy of Shell Oil Company. Reserve your timed-entry ticket online at Ticket prices are free for MFAH members, $20 Adults, $15 Children 6-18, students and Seniors 65+.

Hours are:
Tuesday-Wednesday 10:30 AM -5 PM,
Thursday 10:30 AM -9 PM,
Friday-Saturday 10:30 AM - 7 PM,
Sunday 12:30 PM - 7 PM

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday Tea Time

This week - Numi Moroccan Mint - Simply Mint
Cost: $5.49 at Randalls, $5.99 at Whole Foods Market
($3.99 on sale and with $1 coupon)
Number of teabags: 18
Caffeine: No
Type of tea: Herbal Mint Teasan
Steeping time: 5-6 minutes
Mix ins: Just a little fat-free condensed milk and 1 teaspoonful of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Special Fat Free, No Sugar Added Dutch Chocolate Powder. A Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie in a cup!
Teabag fragrance: Spearmint
Ingredients: Organic Moroccan Mint
Opinion: Did I really need another Moroccan Mint tea, especially after Stash Tea's Moroccan Mint? Yes! (I really need to get into a self-help program.) The Numi "Simply Mint" is just that - only Moroccan Mint. Stash's is a green tea blend of spearmint and peppermint and lemongrass. I will use both equally, depending on what's left at home and what's on sale. I do give a slight edge to Numi's - it's just a tad more smoother and finished.
Rating: 4.50

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Netflix Stars - Morning Glory

3.5 stars. Great ensemble cast, all playing well off of each other -- Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson, Ty Burrell. . . A little draggy sometimes, but I really enjoyed the wrap-up ending. I also thought there was something wrong with the DVD player in the beginning, to the point of distraction trying to follow the conversation. Just be forewarned.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Netflix Stars - Knight and Day

3.75 - This was a cute movie, just play along and suspend disbelief and you'll have a good time watching this action-comedy. (I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan, but gah! He looks, uh, clearing throat, really good here.) It's also nice to see movies pairing people close to each other's age and good casting chemistry.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Tea Time

Cost: $2.19 at Target, $2.99 at Whole Foods Market
Number of teabags: 18
Caffeine: No
Type of tea: Black
Steeping time: 4 minutes
Mix ins: Fat-free condensed milk Next time I may add a dash of cinnamon, too.
Teabag fragrance: Vanilla
Ingredients: Naturally decaffeinated black teas, vanilla nut flavor, sarsaparilla and vanilla flavor.
Opinion: Hmm, I seem to be on a vanilla kick! And this one has a different twist with a slightly can't-describe-which-nut nutty flavor combo. Since it is decaf, it makes a great dessert tea or any time of day tea when craving something sweet.
Rating: 4.25

Today's Favorite iPod Workout Song

The Decemberists - "Don't Carry It All" - 4:17

All three of these songs are perfectly timed for early/mid point swimming cadence workout!
From their "The King Is Dead" CD on iTunes/Amazon. I heard them at Starbucks and Googled the lyrics.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Netflix Stars - Carolina

A strong 3.5, closing in on a 4! Very quirky and fun to watch rom-com. I really enjoyed the performances of Shirley MacLaine and Julia Stiles. Netflix is back on its recommendations A-game.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Next Step!

Pedicure with OPI's Texas Collection - "Don't Mess with OPI!" Actually I'm really liking this wearing o' the green.
And I no longer surprise the neighbors anymore -- Me out front with my foot on the brick pillar and taking a picture? Yawn!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Thursday Tea Time

Cost: $4.99 at Randalls and Whole Foods Market
Number of teabags: 16
Caffeine: No
Type of tea: Black
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Mix ins: Fat-free condensed milk
Teabag fragrance: Vanilla
Ingredients: Organic Fatikcherra Estate decaf black tea and organic vanilla beans.
Opinion: This is a great tea, I've already bought my second box. Whole Foods had a $1 off coupon and so did the box. Points to the clerk at WF by taking both of them without my even asking! It has a very strong and sweet vanilla flavor and is not at all bitter as some black teas can be. Very smooth. I like the fact it is decaf, so I can have it instead of a dessert after dinner.
Rating: 4

Step 2 - Change out Santa cap for green bowler hat on Halloween pumpkin!

Rename pumpkin "Seamus" Check!

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Preparation

Step 1 - French manicure with green glitter tips!
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