Wednesday, December 19, 2012

‘Tis the Season

Warmest wishes, everyone! Hope your holiday preparations are going swimmingly.

Peace, LOVE, and Holiday Cheer!
~Robin

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Portland Travelogue, contd.

One of the first things we did when we got to Portland was to stop by Washington Park. It was raining (I won’t keep saying that because it applies to all of the days we were there!), and pretty cold, but we explored the park and it was beautiful. Green, lush, and full of amazing trees. We saw a blue spruce in the middle of this green field of grass. It looked otherworldly. The international rose test garden was vast. There were some blooms in the rose garden, albeit soggy. I can only imagine it when they are all in full bloom. It must be spectacular. Must go back!
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The gorgeous doorway of the Tiffany Center building.
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I loved the shiny streets, freshly washed down with rain.
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Check out the van in this picture, below. It was quite adorned!
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Of course, we had to go to Powell’s. Didn’t come out with a book, though. It was a little overwhelming. But what an amazing place. 
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More to come…
Peace, love, Red heartand Powells,
Robin

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Election Day

And it's a nail-biter! Here I am at the neighorhood polling site, just around the corner from our house. Peace, y'all.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Birthday in Portland

Out the window on the way to Portland.
For my birthday this year, the hubs threw out, “hey, y’wanna go to Portland for your birthday?” To which I replied, “Yes!” I’ve been so curious about the city for so long, for reasons like: the Portland-based blogs I read, like this one and this one; a friend who was born there and went to college there; and of course the show Portlandia that spoofs so many things I consider regular life, like: asking the provenance of a part of your dinner (um, not to this degree, but…), loving owl and bird-inspired stuff and micro brewed beer, and that 1890s look--and so many other things that are so Portland.
So, go we did, and had lots of fun, most of which included eating and drinking, and dodging rain drops—of which there were many.
Below, a tabby sighting on a little side street near Tasty n Sons.
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Off the plane early (9 a.m.), and straight to Tasty n Sons, a restaurant that was recommended and serves up some amazing brunch fare. The coffee was great, but what about the little bottle for the cream. Cute factor times ten.
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I had the Fried Egg & Cheddar Biscuit with smoked sausage. I left my vegetarian tendencies at home and went for it. That biscuit was incredible. Flaky, herby, cheddary goodness.
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James had BBQ Chicken Hash with onion sour cream and an over easy egg. We stabbed the egg pre-photo.
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But, we didn’t stop there. We had brunch dessert: a Chocolate Potato Doughnut with crème anglaise. And, yes, we did sop up every drop of that pool of deliciousness that the doughnut was sitting in. We shared it—that wasn’t easy. Hey, wait, you’re taking an extra crumb!

And that was just breakfast. More updates to follow. I don’t want you to get too full.
Peace, love, Red heartand Portland,
Robin

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sailing on the Bay

Had the opportunity recently to go sailing with friends Megan and Nick, and it was a beautiful day. Open, calm water and just enough breeze to be cool but not cold.
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Their sweet pooch, Sugar, was also on board, hangin’ close to her Dad’s legs for safety’s sake. Notice the pink collar. Oh my!
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Meanwhile, at home, Gwynnie catches some zzzzzz’s, tongue out, short little grey whiskers, pinned back in deep sleep:
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And, Katie Bee, with paw-covered face, on the back of the couch, in a snuggled ball of fur, dreams of exploring outside in the brisk air:
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Peace, sailing, and kitty cats,
Robin

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gregory Page Fabulosity

His singing made me feel like I was living in the 20s. The light in the room was vanilla-colored. If you’re never heard Gregory Page, make time to go. He plays every Saturday night in the very intimate Plaza Bar at the Westgate Hotel. Though at the end of this month he leaves for Holland, he’s coming back I think in a month or so and will be back at the Westgate. Blurry picture follows!
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James and I were transported. We got there a little early and got great seats towards the back (the whole bar seats maybe 40 people). I drank champagne, and hubs had an Old Fashioned. Once the music starts, you can just feel the whole room buzz with pure enjoyment.
As Mr. Page walked by us out into the hall during a brief break, he stopped by our table and said hello. So charming!
I also learned the hotel has 52 miles of moulding. Next, we want to try their afternoon tea.
Happy midweek blogpeeps,
R. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gingham Style

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Those who know me know I have a mad love for gingham. While I have abandoned the idea of wearing it because it just doesn’t work on me, I have taken the leap to incorporate it into our home décor! This weekend I made these panels for the French doors off the bedroom. And they turned out really cute!
Earlier this month, hubs and I re-did the fabric that is on our headboard. I love this fabric. It has a sort of craftsman, William Morris feel to me.
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Next, blue and white gingham curtains are going up in the dining room. I’m on a roll. And I also have the pleasure of using my mother-in-law’s beautiful Elna Lotus sewing machine. Swedish goodness at its finest. It’s about 30 years old, purrs like a kitten, and sews perfectly. It’s so nice to sew with a really nice machine. It’s like riding horses; when they put you on a really well-trained horse, you ride like a pro.
Happy Monday, all. Hope a great week awaits you. And if you have not heard the song that this post’s title refers to, enjoy. It is addictive, and I must learn to do this horsey dance soon. Open-mouthed smile
Red heart, Robin

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Feline Slumber

On my walk the other night, I came across this little cutie. I’d seen her on a previous walk whereby she threw herself at my feet for about a 5-minute pet session. She’s an older kitty, a little sway backed, a little bony. But so friendly and sweet. I loved catching her mid-nap. And I love the tile address sign on this house. It’s a very cute little cottage.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Living in a Nutshell, book signing and crafting shindig

Last night, my belle mere and I went to a book signing at Warwick’s in La Jolla. The book: Living in a Nutshell: Posh and Portable Decorating Ideas for Living in Small Spaces. The author: the smart, fun Janet Lee. But, this was no ordinary book signing. We not only heard the author’s story, but crafted these really cute tassels using a wine cork, velvet ribbon, and pretty paper. And, yes, that is a bottle of champagne and a cupcake. Now, this, my friends, is the way to host a book signing. The cupcakes were delicious; made by the author’s sister. Her parents were there also; an adorable couple. Her dad invented microsurgery. Yowza! Creative people.
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More pics from the event:
Mary’s hands, putting on the finishing touches.
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This yummy champagne is called Courtage. Made in France, of course, by a group of Americans with a passion for bubbly. Quite delicious and light. I need a case of the stuff so it’s always on hand. The bottles are tiny. Just enough.
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Finished tassels.
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Peace, love, and happy Friday,
Robin Red heart

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Gwynnie Loves Saylor

Gwyneth is a certified snuggle bug, and she loves Saylor so much. She’s always snorgled up next to her. Evidence to follow, and this is a mere sampling of the pictures I have of these two love bugs.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

This and that

On a walk the other day, I came across this little new cactus bud. It was like: hi! look how cute and new I am. *snap* And pardon the blurriness.
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Also on a walk, this house I like to go by has chickens free ranging in the yard! Well, hi there, chicky! *snap*
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And here’s little B. (short for: Katie Bee), mowing down some wheatgrass. She loves it.
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Nom, nom, nom…
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Peace, love, and Tabbies,
Robin Red rose

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

To the House of Elliott we go

I recently saw a blog post about a BBC series, House of Elliott, and immediately starting watching it on my laptop. Then, hubs informs me we can watch it through the TV! Weeee! Free BBC. We’re in Series 1, Episode 12, as of tonight. Absolutely loving it… Evie and Beatrice, and the fantastic clothes, and Jack, and I know a wedding has to be coming soon. And the evil Arthur and Aunt Lydia. And Daphne with her cigarette holder, and the way she says, “It’s too sick-making!” Poor Daphne was shipped off to Austria for bad behavior. Such great characters. The music is wonderful, and there’s plenty of champagne drinking. Tune in and enjoy!

Friday, June 01, 2012

She Said Yes, of course :o)

Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spa Day at the Lodge

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A few weekends ago, a friend and I spent the afternoon at the spa at the Lodge at Torrey Pines – just a day pass to go check things out. I was so relaxed by the time we left, I was practically slurring my words. We started with lunch outside on the deck overlooking the pool, then did steam and sauna, lounged by the pool, and sat in the jacuzzi with a cool breeze blowing by. It was the perfect refresher…sometimes you just have to take time to do these things, yes? The most beautiful native plantings are growing all around the walkways, and they just begged us to take their picture. Smile

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Monday, May 21, 2012

A Perfect Day

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I’m a wee tardy with this post, but I had to share the cake photo! We celebrated Mother’s Day here last Sunday, and had a great time. The perfect number of folks, gathered on a gloriously sunny day, with the perfect Mom. I am one of the lucky ones to have a mother-in-law that I adore. The chocolate raspberry mousse cake and dutch apple pie were both yummy. I do believe I had a piece of both!

Some red birds even landed in the ivy. Winking smile Inside. Can you beat a little made-in-China bird to fancy up an indoor plant? While I thought they’d just be a party decoration, I admit they are still there, perched, and still cute. Does this mean I have plastic flowers in my future? Oh dear! Let’s hope not.

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Husby even honored my mother status with the fur babies and got me this beautiful bouquet of roses, which I promptly photographed at this odd angle. I love our tribe, though they deny me the pleasure of telling painful birthing stories, like, oh! the doctor had never seen a woman suffer like that! Wait. Maybe that’s just fine.

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There were also tulips in attendance, purchased from the wholesale flower place, which was abuzz with Mother’s Day buyers.

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And lastly, in mani/pedi news…this past weekend, during some La Jolla moseying, I found a “natural” mani/pedi place and came home with taupe toenails and turquoise fingernails. I can’t imagine ever using these colors even just five years ago. But I have to say, I am thoroughly digging them. They kind of spice up the workday when I look at my fingers typing on the keyboard in turquoise!

Chinchilly >

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Turquoise & Caicos >

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Have a wonderful week, blog peeps!

Peace, R.