Saturday, February 28, 2015

Burn Baby Burn

It was a Great sentiment..but I cannot believe he write on our floor in permanent marker!! Even if he was about to cut the floor away for the tile,,Still! 
As elements of nature, I would say I prefer fire over water.
I live right by and drive past daily a significant body of water. And as we've discussed here before, I do not drink a drop, that is, of water. Literally makes me nauseous. I have no idea when my infinity for fire festered. We camped every summer with my Grandparents in their Winnebago. It was my job during the daily journey to spot out a place on the map to camp. To there we would drive and my Grandpa spent what felt like hours getting the whole cruiser level. Out of all those times, and all those trips, I never ever remember having a campfire...? Still the best place to camp ever? The KOA at the base of Mount Rushmore.
 
I have lived without fire in my daily life for almost 6 years.
Prior to that I was quite the woods woman. Every fall it was my job to stock the garage for the winter supply. This encompassed a 40 foot long 5 foot tall, 4 foot wide stockpile of the stuff. It needed to be gathered, split, hauled, emptied out of truck bed and stacked strategically. And I willingly did it, for the better half of 10 years. The fireplace was massive and a large child could fit inside. The hearth was raised 18 inches off the ground to provide space underneath for storage. Packed tight, the wood could keep an inferno ignited for the better half of 24 hours. I faced that fireplace with field stones hand picked from the front yard. Each one manipulated and mortared into a perfect balancing act.
I spent hours in front of that fireplace, and still remember the first day I sat there with Annie. A new pup in a new home. I make a mean S' more also.
 
So after a particularly long Polar Vortex last year, and too many days logged low on the mercury this year, P decides to buy a wood burner. I'm ecstatic, and know Exactly where, and how it should be positioned. That was about 2 months ago. You see with P, and his Dad, you have to bring a new idea to them at least 3 times before they actually start to think it may be a good idea. We know we can't go super huge, because our room size is smaller. We also had to consider, what may have been in this home a hundred or so years ago and try to honor her. So we decide on a model and I'm holding out for the one with the gold door and gold legs. After all, stainless is SSSooooooo 2004. Upon installation, the gentlemen let us know that we are the only people under the age of 60 that they've ever installed the gold model for. That's Perfect , I say.
 
So tonight as I sit here, steaming next to the stove, sipping on some spicy whiskey, I bid you many warm nights, and tell that stove to
Burn Baby Burn

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Taking Stock

So Ya'll wouldn't think I'm Dead over here,
or maybe thought I stopped Blogging, I decided to do  a small weekly update. Yes, This is what I've been doing- quite glamorous I know.. So I'm taking a page from another fav. blogger: www.heartofablonde.com and posting a "Taking Stock" update.(This is my 1st one)
 
Cooking: Sweet potato chili
Drinking: Coffee..duhhh and maybe some Dr. Pepper after 5pm
Wanting: My kitchen shelves to get here NOW from Ballard Designs www.ballarddesigns.com
Looking: Like I need a haircut (hello did you see Faith Hill at the Oscar's??)
Listening to: Jason Aldean radio on Pandora
Deciding: Is it safe to operate a Saw- zall alone at home?
Planning: What I'm going to wear to a 1 year old birthday party this weekend (we all know those parties are for the parents..right??)
Wondering: If I can decal cover, or paint that stainless fridge? You know I HATE (all caps) stainless,,right?
Buying: The 16 glass Mason jar chandelier I have been wanting for 2 years from www.potterybarn.com
Wearing: sock monkey pajamas currently
Watching: trying to catch up on Vanderpump rules
Planning: vacation get away to Mexico with P
Needing: to get back on my www.tracyandersonmethod.com train.
Feeling: Like it's 9 o' clock!!! I need to get this party started!!
 
 

Friday, February 6, 2015

A Vote for the Underdog & the Shiny Penny

Prior to P and I getting serious, a few of his select friends, suggested that I may not be the girl for him. Great friends, right? So Judy over here knows a few things about judgment. I'm sure they saw the surface things like the shiny embellishments and mortgage- payment worthy purses and made their own minds up about me.
 
It's true. P had never been with anyone like me, and I'd never been with anyone like him. I had a past, and purses, and baggage to go with all those purses, but I was honest. He even asked at one point, "Do you always have so many outfits?"..Never again..But I was also a girl that you could bring Home. People thought that we were polar opposites, but we turned out positively having more in common than they could comment on.
After a few months of seeing each other, P invited me up north and I didn't say yes at first. As the day drew nearer, I decided to head up to the Northwood's, and start the next chapter. You see, even though my bags may have been designer, his friends still saw me as the Underdog. They assumed that a gal like me, wouldn't work in the woods. They had it all figured out. Truth be told, we had a great time. And wound up wandering on back for many more trips.
I realize I don't resemble anyone else, and I'm totally okay with that. Some time ago, an old man we met remarked to P, "She's like your shiny Penny, isn't she?"  P and I didn't attend the same academic institutions together, and we didn't date for multiple years. My history with him will be made for years to come. And those friends with the judgment's? That had us all figured out? I'll give you one guess who's single and searching for their Underdog.