Sorry, we’re sold out

I’m a fan of the Black Rooster Bakery.  It’s been named in Southern Living magazine as one of the top local bakeries.  Everything is made fresh daily and once it’s sold out, there’s no more until the next time they make it.   Great place for a morning croissant or a ham and brie sandwich on a baguette.   They wrap your sandwich in black and white checked paper and a red raffia ribbon. Subject of today:  Nana’s buttermilk cake with vanilla butter cream frosting.  The owner posts the daily menu on FB.  When I don’t see Nana’s cake I message her and she let’s me know when it’s coming up in the bakery queue.   I marked my calendar for today at 11 a.m. because that’s when non-breakfast items are available.  On Tuesday, it popped up on my calendar and my friend Pam asked who is Nana and why I am getting … Continue reading “Sorry, we’re sold out”

You’re dead to me, kitchen drawer…

Three areas in my home that I constantly battle with: 1.  My kitchen “office supply” drawer 2.  My wrapping paper/gift bag/tissue paper containers 3.  Miss Bee’s dresser top This counseling session deals with the kitchen drawer… I had already taken out one tray of assorted writing utensils…but I noted above the random things that somehow make their way into the drawer…silly putty…a non-working flash light…the solution that you put into water to make it fish friendly (I don’t own a fish), and a plastic mouse. Here is the contents of the entire drawer on my kitchen counter See the cute little containers?  I was standing in Office Depot one day with Miss Bee.  She loves office supplies.  I was staring at the clearance section and decided I needed to figure out some way to make these little guys work in my house.  I already had Rubbermaid dividers in the drawer that … Continue reading “You’re dead to me, kitchen drawer…”

Summer Vignettes

While Mr. Bee is busy ripping out shelving in Miss Bee’s closet to prepare for the Elfa invasion, I am snapping photos of the summer coffee table décor.  Little things I’ve collected over the summer.   Miss Bee and I stopped into Walmart and I saw these beautiful succulents in their garden department.  They’re real!     They came in white terracotta pots. I placed them on a glass block my friend Kathy gave me.   The brass alligator tray I picked up at Target. The conch shell and paper weight I already had. The sea urchins were from bestie’s stash. The antlers Miss Bee found on a hike.    The Threshold candle from Target was on clearance.  It reminds me of beach glass.   One more pic of the succulents along side my August BHG.     I’m not a summer girl.  But scenes like this make me think I should … Continue reading “Summer Vignettes”

It only took a year

Last summer I painted my kitchen cabinets.  It took me an entire year to figure out what I wanted to do with the space above the stove.  I removed the doors and painted the inside because I wanted to have an open area to display pottery and a few cookbooks.  But, for some reason I just wasn’t sure what I wanted the finished product to look like. I toyed with lining the inside of the cabinet with grass cloth wallpaper.  The shelf annoyed me because it was the typical thickness of a cabinet shelf and I felt like it took away from the clean look I was going for.  Plus, I knew I wanted to put a small accent lamp in the cabinet since there was an outlet there for the microwave and the light wouldn’t be able to show through wood. I was looking through FB one day and came … Continue reading “It only took a year”

The Night I Wet My Pants

Miss Bee loves scary movies.  In the last 6 months or so I have been her chaperone to see Mama, Warm Bodies and World War Z.  I always have to sit by myself in the theatre because she and her friends like to sit on the back row.  So, surrounded by my popcorn, candy and a drink I have to console myself when scream worthy moments arise.  It’s kinda like counseling.  Just tough it out. Several weeks ago I read about the new movie The Conjuring in a magazine.  I won’t reveal too much about it, but it’s based on a true story of a family who move into a farm house in Rhode Island only to be forced out again because of demons living in the home.  A real-life couple, The Warrens, who’ve dedicated their lives to helping families with these types of issues, come to the rescue. Here’s … Continue reading “The Night I Wet My Pants”

Car Go Kit

I finally had it with my mess of a center console in the Hive mobile.  While the rest of the car is clean and trash free I was making the console my junk pile with all the “I keep meaning” to take those inside stuff.  I tried to get organized with a round bag, but it wasn’t keeping everything sorted.    As I was going through Earnie’s things, I found the bag she purchased from Sister Bee from her Thirty One business.  Mother had used it for all her bible study and church things.  I thought it would be perfect and it would put a little part of her in the car with me everyday.  She had it monogrammed to say “On the Go.”  So, these are the three bags I am working with.  The red one came from Sister Bee last Christmas.  I keep it in the car with all my … Continue reading “Car Go Kit”

Bringing Cheer…Wine to a Friend

I made the Cheerwine Cake from this post for the church lady’s birthday.  Picked up a 6-pack of bottles from World Market — my new hangout.  I picked up a few other things to share with you for a blog segment on Bastille Day! Got to work making the cake.  It’s always risky trying a new recipe on a friend.  But, hey, if friends can’t tell you the cake was awful then who can you trust?  The recipe is easy peasy.  If you want it, post a comment.  BTW, I love comments.  It helps me to know I am not the only one reading my blog. You basically take a box of devil’s food cake mix and add in eggs, oil, Cheerwine, and almond extract. I had to take a sip of the cola.  It tastes like cherry Dr. Pepper married Mr. Pibb. I made a slight adjustment to the icing.  It said to … Continue reading “Bringing Cheer…Wine to a Friend”

What to Wear Wednesday

Here’s my summer time outfit I sported today… Started with my new “M” initial earrings from Sister Bee.  Love them! Add polka dot shorts from Old Navy.  I stocked up on new shorts back at the first of spring when they were on sale.  Trying to keep jogging shorts for exercise and not running errands.      Mix in a Vera Bradley paisley reversible belt. I scored several of these a few years back on clearance. I love them.  Add a bright yellow Isaac Mizrahi t-shirt from QVC…and Miss Bee’s toes.   Finish with my fun slip-on tennis shoes from Old Navy.     This spells a fun day.

Earnie’s Volcanic Lipstick

One of the first things I did when I came home from my trip with Mr. Bee was to go into Earnie’s bathroom.  I sat down at her vanity.  Her room is exactly the way she left it that Wednesday she became ill.  It’s like a ghost town.  I feel like there should be a velvet rope to prevent the general public from intruding into her space. An empty coke can, a bottle of Miralax (you know the funny story about Miralax and ear wax), her makeup.  I suddenly became very overwhelmed by all of her things.  Thinking about how sweet it was that she sat down each day at that vanity and put on makeup.  How getting older, she thought, had betrayed her beauty.  But, she was wrong.  She was still beautiful. She had the prettiest skin.  I touched each of the small, sample jars of creams she had in the drawer.  … Continue reading “Earnie’s Volcanic Lipstick”

Earnie: The Best Last Week of Her Life

  I said goodbye to my dear, precious Earnie last week.  Many of my blog entries have been about the funny things we have experienced living as Mother and daughter in the same house.  When God presented me with this opportunity seven years ago I had no idea that the journey she and I would go on together would be just as much as a gift for her as it was for me.    I am only on the tip of opening a well of emotion that stirs inside me.  My sister put it very well, “I feel like my heart is broken open.  With love flowing out.” My hurt over missing her is cushioned by the fact that I know she is with Daddy. I spoke at her funeral last week. It was my last goodbye.  Honoring all that is good about her.  Here is her story of the best last week of … Continue reading “Earnie: The Best Last Week of Her Life”