Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Here's a photo of the old family homestead.
Here's the clan in 1906. The kids all had great names, too. There was Mamie (there's that name again- this time on my dad's side), Abel, Lewis, Jr., Peter, Walter, Lillie, Nellie, Tessie, Jennie, Ira, Odell and my grandfather, Parker. He's the young lad kneeling in the first row on the right.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I am visiting my parents in North Carolina and have severe garden envy. The area where I am in NC is within Zone 7 of the USDA plant hardiness map. The area where I live is Zone 10. What does this mean? It means I cannot grow beautiful hydrangeas. I love hydrangeas. Here are some photos taken over the past few days.
Blush colored hydrangeas are beautiful, too. Manipulating the pH in the soil can change or enhance the color of some hydrangeas.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The time has finally come when my name is being selected for me. By a 19 month old. I am no longer the Grammie. As in adults saying "give Grammie a hug" or "let's go to Grammie's house". Now it is the voice of a little tiny person screaming "MAMIE" as in "Mamie beans please" when someone wants jelly beans. "MAMIE UP" when someone no longer wishes their feet to touch the floor. For hours on end.
The sweetest part of this is that Mamie is actually a legacy name. And the Wudgie didn't even know it. Or did she? Mamie was my great-grandmother's name and we all called her that. Her sisters, my mother, me, everyone. Four generations later and here is Mamie again. I like it.
We have a history of twisting around grandmother names in my family. I called my maternal grandmother "Momup". We think the logic there was she was "sort of like my Mom and was always with Pop (my grandfather)" so: Momup. And Momup she was through the years and through 2 brothers after me and our children, too. Wudgie's mother calls her grandmother (my mother) "Ghee". Just like clarified butter. I think she started out as Gram but that morphed into Ghee with the help of a little tiny pink rosebud mouth.
Here's a list of cute grandmother nicknames. Have any in your family?
I took this photo just a few minutes ago in the morning light. I love the texture of the rose petals. It reminds me of soft and crepey grandmother skin. And yes, just like mine.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I know little about the artist Tsilli Pines but I do know I love her work. I love these pieces from her collection called "the figures". The artist combines what she calls the feminine aspects of sewing, rubber stamping and crafting with the masculine features of accounting. I particularly like this piece called "Annual Report" as I am involved in an annual report project right now.
And this piece "Fruits of Our Labor" is one of my favorites.
How clever to use these materials to
produce something so visually appealing.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I am a charter member of the Flat Biscuit Society. This evening I tried Martha's Buttermilk Biscuit recipe. Now, I am generally a good soldier in the kitchen (I follow recipe directions pretty precisely) and tonight was no exception. I sifted, cut in, chilled, rolled and parchment-papered. And this is what I got.
The Mr. called them "flat Stanleys" after the cartoon character. Very funny. They ended up to be very delicious and we spread them with a little soft butter and drizzled with wildflower honey. They tasted like crispy biscuit tops.
Anyone have any biscuit making secrets this kitchen soldier can try?
Saturday, June 14, 2008
A big thank you to Lydia at The Perfect Pantry for featuring my pantry----its one of my most favorite areas of our home. If you are visiting my blog from Lydia's site, thank you for coming over and please take a look around...leave a comment or two---I love to read what you have to say.
Here's a photo I took the other day---as I was walking down the hallway into our living room, the sun was coming through the plantation shutters and left these sun streaks on the wall---I think they look like brush strokes of an abstract painting...Free art appearing on our walls every morning! What a deal!