Category: Family Life


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I severely curtail my kid’s television watching. They can watch on the weekend’s only and even then I carefully monitor their shows. Cartoon Network has always been off-limits. I don’t like the smart-alecky kids, the sarcasm and I hate all the darned commercials. Okay, so somehow Luke got Uncle Grandpa by me this weekend when I wasn’t paying attention and then I saw this character; Mr. Gus. At first I thought I was tripping that dude looks like a caricature in black green face. Then I heard him speak. Dude sounds like he just graduated from Amos and Andy University. He makes Jar Jar Binks look like Marcus Garvey. So yes, I had to show my son this crap so he could understand why it’s unacceptable.

What I don’t understand is why? In 2015 why is it that a Cartoon Network would green light such a character and furthermore why would anyone think it was funny? Why are people’s imaginations so limited that the best they can come up with is some shit from Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind. White folk complain all the time that black people bring up race all the time. You know what, you have NO IDEA how tired I am of having this conversation. I’m particularly tired of having this conversation with my kid. Having to filter and analyze everything you watch and read with a critical eye is absolutely exhausting. Problem is, I can’t stop bringing it up, because you won’t. I’ll be damned if you’ll destroy my child with the monstrous crime against humanity that is white supremacy.

Paprika

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I’m a scratch cook. For the most part, if a member of my family is eating it, it was cooked by me. Except breakfast, which is my husband’s wheelhouse, and let me tell you, that man can throw down on breakfast food. They don’t call it Whit’s B&B for nothing. I love to collect recipes and try new things. I have a basic repertoire that leans heavily on southern and Italian food with a bit of Mexican and Asian thrown in, but I like to mix it up. That’s where the app, Paprika comes in. Yeah, it’s a $20 app, and yes, it took me TWO YEARS to overcome my aversion to expensive apps. But it is so worth it. I love that I can find a recipe online, open it up in the Paprika browser and save it. No muss. No fuss. I have a ton of cookbooks I don’t even use anymore because I rely so heavily on Paprika. Yes, this $20 app is worth the price.

Been Organizing Again

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This is my entry for the January Cure over at Apartment Therapy. Remember last year I did my linen closet. There are no medicine cabinets in either bathroom in my house. The guest bath does have drawers and such, but with a little one about, I don’t like to leave medicine where he can reach it. We use the closet at the end of the hall as a combination medicine cabinet and a place for me to keep my sewing and aromatherapy supplies. It’s been a mish-mash for years, but today with some help from Dollar Store bins I finally got that bad boy organized. What do you think?

Remember my linen closet from a couple years ago? Believe or not, they haven’t destroyed it and it still looks nice.

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Living Room

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I’ve re-arranged my living room, and now need a new coffee table. I don’t have a sofa in there. I have two recliners facing a chair and a half. We don’t use the living room as a living room. We rather optimistically refer to it as “the library.” (I always say that with a Martha Stewart plummy accent.)  I have my desk in there and it’s where I work. Luke does his homework and we play board games or just sit and talk or read in there too. So which coffee table do you think? The first one is a MCM reproduction and the second is a MCM original. I’m inclined more toward the second because it’s teak and really nice. I think it’s bigger too. The price for either is about the same about $200. Sorry for the crappy picture, but the coffee table would go more or less where the ottoman is now. I’m moving the ottoman to the den. It’s just too heavy when I’ve already got two recliners and a chair and a half.

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I’m going to try to duplicate this arrangement for my Thanksgiving table. I’m not big on tablescaping, but I love the colors. I have a glass pedestal that I’ve been wanting to paint anyway, so I think I’m going to spray it and use it  as the base for my arrangement.

Foyer Light Fixture

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As you know, I’m a Craigslist devotee. I’m slowly revamping my house, and I came across an awesome light fixture. The previous owner of this house had no respect for its Mediterranean bones. For instance, she put this ugly light fixture in the foyer. I think she was going for a Hollywood Regency look. But the fixture is cheap, and the beads on it are even plastic. And it’s a horrible pewter color. Just no. Well, I was perusing Craigslist the other day and came across this beauty:

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The fixture is vintage, and has a definite Spanish Mediterranean feel. It’s very likely that there was a similar fixture in the foyer originally. I plan to put a sunburst medallion on the ceiling, and paint it a pretty yellow gold color, like a sunset.

Help Me Find This Bookcase

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I love this bookcase like damn and whoa. It’s perfect for Luke’s room. Problem is, I can’t find the darned thing, or even anything similar. His room is really tiny and the bookcase with drawers would be perfect beside his bed. And he really, really needs drawers beside his bed. Otherwise I find Legos and other teeny tiny toys IN his bed. Have you seen anything similar? I don’t care about the color as I can always paint it. Apparently the original is some custom interior design deal that probably cost more than my house. I’ve thought about making them, but I’m not good enough to build drawers, so I need to find something like it. Any ideas?

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Yeah, 100% red oak, handmade in Buffalo NY. We’re going to remove the top and replace it with some old oak reclaimed wood to make a farmhouse table. We’re so excited. $250! The bench alone is worth that! And I’ve never seen Windsor arrow backs with arms before. Might be hosting Thanksgiving this year. Come on down. 

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Yep, bona fide Herman Miller chair (retails for approximately $800) I got it for $200. Mainly wanted it because it’s mesh all over and I’m reaching an age when I need as much air circulation as possible. I’ve learned to call ahead the moment I see it on the site, because I missed out on two previous chairs. This one is awesome though.

 

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