When Radiant Orchid - the Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year was announced Wednesday - I went to Lowe's to snap it up but they didn't have it yet. So every day since I've stopped by to discover they still didn't have it - and last night I fell in love with the 2013 color - Emerald. And subsequently fell out of love with Eclipse - the color I painted my table three days ago. And now I'm about to - guess what? Right. Re-paint my table.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Out shopping last night [in 20 degree weather] for the wine I want to serve at my dinner party - so much fun. Finding these plates at TJ Maxx [for $9.99] - pure joy. Planning to make risotto [a dish I've never made] for guests [without any idea who these guests would actually be since I haven't exactly gone to the trouble to make friends here] - details! Pish posh! I've come to see that the important thing in life is to make plans to make your life a party - even if you're the only one who shows up.
By now the story about the ice storm is old news because the ice storm never happened. Although the weekend has been freezing. As promised. So you will please forgive a day old story because now that I've finally after five years of technically being homeless committed to making a home - even if I plan to only be here at the barn for six more months - the little stories about the pleasures and pains involved with remaking a home when you thought you'd never want to remake a home are starting to stack up.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
There's a disco ball in my future. A martini shaker. A Mardi Gras scene. A man. Daughters and their new boyfriends. Family. Friends. A party waiting to happen! I feel it in my bones. But these last few days of this year - I feel so happy having a quiet celebration of my life here at the barn and hope you will find some peace and quiet and inspiration away from all the Xmas crazy. We start with something I threw together this morning that embodies my new commitment to eating things that are good for you but don't make you want to shoot yourself because they're so boring. Just cook some oatmeal that can be eaten with a fork. For God's sake - don't use salt. Or a bowl because that's too boring. Then throw some brown sugar into a little butter in a saucepan then throw in some sliced bananas and walnuts and give it a nice burn. Put on a little Amy Winehouse and make another cup of coffee and start making your Mardi Gras plans [note to self - don't forget to buy rum and a blowtorch to flambé with when you make this for party people at two o'clock in the morning]
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Julia Child says never apologize. I'm so happy I remembered she said this because I was about to apologize for not having a creamer to put on my table for this morning's photo. I was about to apologize - too - for not having morning sunlight streaming through the windows because I'm up before dawn. Just as well - because I would then have to apologize for the big mess in the barnloft that having a new hot water heater brought in through the wall in the front room made. But I have hot water again! About coffee - do you take cream in your coffee mornings? Or do you - like me - feel having cream on a daily basis is just too much? Coming up on the holidays every year I feel it's okay to make the switch from skim milk to half & half and hope you will join me. And I hope you won't mind that instead of a creamer and morning sunlight I've substituted candles. Now. Coffee's ready! Let me turn down the radio and ask: how've you been?
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
To say that I am at this moment in high house mode is an understatement. The coming of winter always brings this out in me. Not yet ready for Christmas - in fact running screaming from all the commercialism that comes with this moment - I've given myself up entirely to the changing season. To house and home. Today on my way home I saw the first green blades of winter wheat scattered out across the muddy brown distance. A brilliant mango sun going down that could not be photographed. And because I did not think the first coat of paint for the table was bold enough - I ran out after dark to Lowe's and fell in love with Eclipse - a Pantone Universe dream color. Back home - I opened up the door and window and paint jar and let the night air sing. And burned cotton blossom candles and played Loreena McKennitt while wild ducks bedded down inside the wheat fields.