Friday, May 28, 2010

Three-day weekend

Heading on out for a glorious three-day weekend. Enjoy yours!

Later, yo!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flowers for my mom

For my mom.

My mom asked me to take a picture of the flowers I planted in a pot on my front stoop. So, I did. Ta-da.

While I was out front taking these pictures, my tough-as-nails, 70-something neighbor was beating down my side door, cigarette and beer in hand. He had something for me. A deer sausage. Fresh from his pants pocket.

These are flowers. Pansies, marigolds and something else.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cascade redemption

Cascade gel detergent with Dawn has been redeemed

Their customer service department responded quickly to my e-mail with an explanation of what went wrong (temperatures were too low during shipping) and instructions on how to restore the liquidity of my detergent (see below). Plus, they are sending me a coupon for a free bottle of Cascade in the mail (a pleasing peace offering).

If your detergent is crystallized, fill your sink halfway with hot water. With the cap on, place your bottle in the water for one hour. Do this twice. I only did it once and it worked.
Carry on, Cascade.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy on the Inside

This dog is just as happy indoors as she is outdoors.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WTF Cascade?

Alert! I cracked open a new bottle of Cascade with Dawn gel dishwasher detergent tonight only to find it was nearly impossible to squeeze any detergent out of the bottle. The gel had turned into some kind of crystallized mass. It's like there's a gallon of goopy sand in the bottle!

Naturally, I turned to the Internet and found my brothers in arms who have also been saddled with the defective detergent. I also e-mailed Cascade in hopes they will send me coupons as a peace offering or a truce.
Our voices will join as one. We will rise up. We will not stand for bad Cascade!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Some Thrifting Success

Sometimes I browse Craigslist and sometimes I think about going to garage sales and Goodwill. And that's usually as far as I get.  This Spring, however, I went thrifting on exactly two occasions and had some mild success.

 At Goodwill, I found a little four-legged footstool that is now serving the role of coffee table. At a couple tag sales, I picked up several small bowls to hold things. I don't fancy myself a collector and don't aspire to be one, but, man, am I a sucker for a small, decorative bowl.  

I've been on the hunt for a coffee table for ages. I'm going to say this stool is good enough.

 This isn't exactly a bowl, but I don't know what else to call it. Isn't that turquoise enamel yummy?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Penny Periscope

Penny's recconnaissance missions include the use of a high-powered periscope.
You've been detected.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day, I treated my mom to a fun photo shoot with my brother's MacBook.*

Look how much fun she is having.

*Really, I treated myself to a marathon photo booth session; my mom just happened to be one of my subjects. Macs are FUN. Temporarily thinking I need one.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Built for snoozing

That's a paw built for hitting the snooze button. Excellent coverage and plenty of fluffiness.

Talk to the paw.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Poison Ivy Poll

The consensus is no one knows whether that mysterious plant in my yard is poison ivy or not. I've stared at it a few more times, tracing its vines and stem with my eyes. Based on my excellent visual vine mapping, I think it's a flower...but, just to be safe, I'm not going to touch it even though the poll-voters thought I should.

We'll never know.