Thursday, November 19, 2015

Birthday Girl

Well dang. I was going to post every single day, November-style, and somehow nine days have elapsed since I last wrote a little something. In the the interim, there were horrific world events and small personal events and a third whirlwind trip to Ikea and hours of work, much of it in the dark after 4PM, candles lit hygge-style.

It's my sweet baby girl's 23rd birthday, and we are celebrating from afar. If I really get it together, I will bake a pie tonight.

Little Bean

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Polenta is My Jam

Polenta, polenta, with all of the things! Just google "polenta" and you'll see what I mean, recipes with cheeses and roasted vegetables and crispy fried eggs on top. It's like a dinner version of breakfast. It makes me feel like Templeton at the fair.

Breakfast: it's cold out again, so you know what that means--oatmeal. I like to put cinnamon and ginger and toasted almonds and fruit in mine.

I washed the kitchen windows.  I went to the dentist. I cleaned the pellet stove. I cleaned a million spider webs off the front of my house. #GoMe

Monday, November 09, 2015

Grilled Käse For Dinner

Last night we had farro with roasted sweet potatoes, toasted walnuts, and blue cheese. Tonight, it's grilled cheese and tomato soup from a box.

I don't think that's legal in the US of A.

I keep plugging away at my nightly Deutsch! I seem to be stuck at 4% fluency. I like to send the more absurd sentences I get to Zoë. Like the above and below examples.

Who is he? And why is he giving us pants?

Sunday, November 08, 2015


We bought a kitchen scale, for all the baking I'm (imagining) doing, and plus so we can measure coffee like coffee snobs. In the instructions for the scale, it says, "When the display shows EEEEEEE this indicates an overload." SAME!

I had to put on my reading glasses to read the instructions. I've become a person who needs all kinds of supplies with me at all times, including reading glasses, a sweater, tissues, cough drops. Hmm, kind of sounds like an 80 year old lady, right? I don't actually mind (although I do inevitably forget the reading glasses, despite the fact that I have a couple of downstairs pairs as well as my best pair, which stay with my book beside my bed. #old)--I like being prepared for eventualities. I guess like the Scout version of an old lady.

Anyway, it's Sunday, and after spending yesterday installing the range hood in the kitchen, we spent most of today hiking about, looking at the water and beautiful views, tromping through dried November leaves (and doing obsessive tick checks). Gus met a spunky little Border Collie pup and they had a great wrestle. We met some friendly humans, but only a few (literally three). My phone tells me we walked almost six miles!

Move-in condition! Waterfront!

Love this slightly droopy boathouse next to the Squirrel Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic.

Saturday, November 07, 2015


In the kitchen!


Not really. Here is Mark installing our range hood and its ventilation system! It looks fabulous, and finally we have a light/fan over the stove, huzzah!

There are a couple of things we need to finish (too boring to relate), but other than the island/peninsula project, which is a simple and separate thing, this incredibly slow DIY adventure is nearing its end, just in time for Christmas.

Friday, November 06, 2015

All the Lonely People

Oh because I'm a glutton for all the tears, I watched this:

Which utterly broke my heart. And then even this lonely old man on the moon* really gets me.


*Even, only because it's an ad. But it's a British advert, not a US advertisement. So.

Thursday, November 05, 2015


Duolingo tells me I am 4% fluent in German, and recommends that I add that information to my LinkedIn profile.

For example:  I can now say, "NO SOUP FOR YOU." in German.

That is all.