May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012 Autumn Around Maison Newton

I saw this intriguing recipe for Fettucine Alfredo at Love, Pomengranate House, and decided - it was too good to be true.  Way too easy!

And so I tried it out for myself Friday night.  Guess what?  It worked!  Perfectly.  For myself, I made 1/4th of the full recipe, and it was a just the right size serving portion.  I eyeballed the dry fettucine pasta - a double handful and then broke it in half into a pot of boiling water.  I will try the chicken recipe next.  I can tell you, the Fettucine Alfredo is DELICIOUS!  It almost feels like a sin or something to have a recipe this simple and this delicious!  Oh my!  [Postscript:  I discovered that if the heat is not set perfectly, the sauce has a tendency to break, but I learned shortly afterward from watching an episode of America Cooks on PBS that using a pinch or so of cornstarch in the sauce keeps it from breaking, and it works!  It took a little experimenting for my small portion of the original recipe, but using a quarter-teaspoon worked for me, sauce stayed intact and did not break even when it cooled.  Perfection!]

Except for the Packers managing to lose a won game earlier today, it was a good day around Maison Newton.  I changed the "autumnal mantle" somewhat -- added the second owl, added a lovely ceramic pumpkin that held a very nice floral arrangement I received at the office for my recent 10th anniversary there, and added some seasonally colored leaves around my piece of rescued wood from the back yard.  Here are some pictures:

I moved the smaller owl to a roost on the candle holder and added the second larger owl.  I lit them up last night with votive candles and they looked really beautiful!

I really love this piece of rescued wood from my back yard.  The texture, the color, the holes, the splits!  Gorgeous.  I dressed it up with some (not real) autumn leaves.

Here's the ceramic pumpkin.  It adds an appropriate seasonal touch, incorporating Harvest, Hallow'een and Thanksgiving.  I've got something in mind to add later on to the mantle as it gets closer to Hallow'een.

This morning, I don't know what prompted me to do it, but I did it.  I pulled out an old pair of smaller jeans stashed into a drawer for many many moons, and -- they fit! Whooppee! Actually, they fit around the waist (I'm getting a waist back!!!) and are about an inch loose in the hips and butt!

It was cold here today - the high only got up to 46 degrees F.  Brrrr!!!  I had to go to the supermarket to pick up some things, so I pulled out the winter jacket I wore to Madrid in January.  It looked a little big on me then in photos but now, well, it's now looking baggy.  Wow! I've managed to misplace about 15 pounds since going on a healthier eating spree at the beginning of June (before I was diagnosed with my heart problems with extra impetus now to shed excess pounds).  Today I hauled extra groceries home from my hike to the Pick 'n Save and I had the idea of weighing myself with everything on including by loaded cloth grocery totes just to see how much I hauled home those 9 blocks (mostly uphill).  Guess what -- well, you won't so I'll tell you -- I was lugging 28 extra pounds from what I weighed in my PJs first thing when I got up  this morning.  WOW!  I knew I was pushing it adding those extra few things to my cart but still, I had no idea.  No wonder I was slightly out of breath by the time I hit the top of the hill.  Whew!

Also had excellent news about the upcoming Hales Corners Chess Challenge XVI (October 20, 2012).  The most chess femmes we ever had play in an event was eleven, in Challenge IX; in Challenge XV in April, 2012 we had eight.  Early registrations for Challenge XVI have nine chess femmes already, so I'm hoping for twelve or thirteen chess femmes!  That would be absolutely wonderful.  Chess and getting more females to play it is a passion.

I put this together, hope you enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. Love the owl and pumpkin! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!