Saturday, February 26, 2011

Goodnight, Sleep Tight

I have chosen this amazing bedroom for tonight because it will be so perfect for waking up on Sunday morning, agreed? Goodnight. See you tomorrow. 

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PS22 Chorus Will Open The Oscars


I'm so happy for these 5th grade students from Staten Island, NY's PS22. This talented young chorus and their fabulous music teacher will be opening the Oscars performing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. I've been a fan of theirs for quite some time and can't wait to see them Sunday night. 


Read the whole story and see more videos at NPR

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Outside My Cottage Yesterday


The snowdrops are coming up right on schedule. I always see them beginning in February.

The wisteria looks very sculptural against the background of the woods. I keep it cut back so it doesn't take over.

The ice in the birdbath has melted but no birds are interested in bathing. Brrrr.

This is the big branch I was talking about last week when I was pining away for a gardener to help me get rid of it.

Here he is. Webster is so handsome, isn't he? The wonder dog got the crazy runs he was so excited about being in the way back.

My guard chicken proudly standing watch outside my bedroom window. It felt good to walk around with my camera now that the weather is improving. Have a great weekend.
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Morning Dew on Spider's Web

Misty Morning Dew ~ A heavily laden spider's web in the long grass at Croome Court, Worcestershire in The Cotswolds. Now that is just beautiful! ©flash of light 

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Tiny Homes With Scavenged Charm + Slide Show


Derek Diedricksen has built four microhouses at his home in Stoughton, Mass., using salvaged materials and ingenuity.
You will love this charming story and slideshow about a man in Massachusetts called a mad scientist with too much wood who has built a village of tiny structures in his back yard. Tiny Homes With Scavenged Charm via NYTimes Don't fail to read the accompanying article called The $200 Microhouse. It's hilarious and inspiring too. The Times reporter Joyce Wadler has a way with words that will make you laugh out loud. You can thank me later for finding this for you.

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Countdown to Oscar


This is the site for Everything Oscar. I'll be watching, will you? Are you having an Oscar party or just eating popcorn in front of the TV? I'll be using my top of the stove vintage Felknor's Theater Popcorn Popper and doing the latter.

I had a hard time finding an original classic Felknor which for some reason is no longer made but I finally got one a couple of years ago and love it. I use olive oil for regular popcorn and sometimes I make kettle corn which is also delicious. I'm told the Whirley Pop is almost as good even though it doesn't have the tapered sides. You'll never eat microwave corn again once you go back in time and make popcorn on your stovetop. If mine ever breaks, I might buy one of these from Lehman's.

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Same Tree 8 Hours Apart at My Cottage

This is the black walnut tree I saw from my front door this morning at 7:00 am when I first got up and let Webster out. I did not convert the photo to black and white. This is a color shot and as you can see it was a very gray and rainy morning.

I just got back from walking the wonder dog and I wanted you to see how different the same tree looked at 3:00 pm. The wind is howling but at least it has stopped raining and the sun looks nice when it's not hiding behind a cloud.

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Balbegno Castle | UK Scotland | Wellies Provided

They even provide wellies, just in case anyone forgets  to bring them. 

Doesn't this look like the perfect place for hunting and fishing? Don't you absolutely love this rolling shelf in the hallway? 

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Life's Little Instruction Book | Volume II, Page 35


I agree with both points. I usually find something to ponder on almost every page of this wonderful little book and hope you do too.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Windsor Smith's Home in House Beautiful

Windsor Smith's Stunning LA Home - House Beautiful
Pottery Barn sconces and an antique French repoussé mirror add a little romance to the master bath. The sink is skirted in smoky gray-and-white silk from the Silk Trading Company.

How lovely! I can only imagine what a water-spotted mess this sink skirt would be if I had one. Silk is for the very neat, brave and daring, or a little-used bathroom.

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Eat More Fruit


This colorful image could be a poster for all the fruit growers out there, couldn't it? I bought a big bag of navel oranges and two cantaloupes today. I already had red and green apples in the crisper so I'm well on my way to eating more fruit.

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Queen Elizabeth II of England's Parents

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother). By Popperfoto/Getty Images via VanityFair.com

I don't know about you but I want to know everything about these two royals since seeing The King's Speech. I loved this article and slideshow in Vanity Fair From Sketch to Still, A Visual History of The King’s Speech Sets and Costumes. It's a very good pre-Oscar read. Enjoy.

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Cats Really Know How To Get The Best Views


I have never seen a cat sit like this, have you? Hopefully this delightful photo will get your day off to a happy start. :)))

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

St. Andrews Church in the Cotswolds Village of Naunton

St. Andrews church in the cotswold village of Naunton, in the Windrush valley, Gloucestershire, England. ©flash of light

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Don't Stray From The Beautiful Path!

Here is another fabulous photo I love. The light at the end of this canopy is beautiful, isn't it? Don't Stray From The Path! by WullieS

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Pink Freud Meets Pink Floyd




I haven't heard Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd in ages. I thought it was perfect to go along with Pink Freud. It's a little early in the morning for this kind of music so you have my permission to save it for when you're wide awake.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Life's Little Instruction Book | Volume II, Page 34


Yes, you should always put something in the collection plate when it is passed around.

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Yellow House Love





I missed the open house tour when this home was first listed and it's already under contract so I'll never get another chance. Boo Hoo. Isn't it the best one you've seen in ages? I'm off to my weekly office meeting this morning and maybe I'll see something amazing afterwards but I doubt it. See you later.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Colin Firth interview 'Inside the Actors Studio'

I watched this interview on Bravo hosted by James Lipton recently and enjoyed it very much. I found it on YouTube in four parts for those of you who missed it or do not have cable. You should watch 'Inside the Actors Studio' before the Oscars since The King's Speech has 12 nominations. Colin Firth should definitely win the award for Best Actor. He was wonderful and so was everyone else in the movie. Enjoy.


Part I


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


King George VI

The King's Speech - Movie Poster

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