Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dinner with the Danes

It was a busy weekend, filled with feasting, waterfalls, hiking and even a Great Critique.

We were lucky enough to have a couple in town from Denmark. They came to celebrate Jesper's birthday and their first wedding anniversary. So, we started the evening on Friday at Papa Haydn's in S.W. Portland.

The food was good but it was the dessert that got me going. Of course that's usually the way it is with me. Anyway, it was wonderful to share a special day with a special couple who traveled nearly around the world to share their celebration with us.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tempting Tuesday

Do you love cake...or is your fav dessert pie...?

My hubby loves pie, while I'm a cake lady and my favorite part of pie is the crust, while my husband would rather simply eat the filling. So, it seems that we are always on opposite sides of the . . . platter.

But, if I had to choose a piece...of pie, mine would be lemon or banana cream or maybe chocolate cream of coconut cream so still not one of those berry things.

While my husband loves pumpkin (and I can't even stomach that stuff) or apple (another NOT for me).

And, when it comes to cake...I love all sorts of them, from carrot to chocolate and beyond. I can't think of a cake I don't like. And it's even better if its ala mode.

Now, why did I think about cake tonight...? It was a blog post I saw on a friend's blog. If you want to read more about cake, you can check out this blog here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Color Run is Coming

If you want a discount ticket, check out Living Social and this Funtastic run will take place at the Portland International Raceway.

The Color Run presents - The 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! Amazing new participant gear, fresh music, and color crazy race attractions. This 5K Magic is coming to Portland on Saturday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m.

So, even if your not a super sprinter, you can still have fun at this run.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Remodeling Project Making Final Progress...

This has been one looooooong remodeling project. But we are finally approaching the finish line. Of course my husband pulled off the roof and walls a couple years ago and has been rebuilding the bedroom ever since. But now he is finishing up the siding outside.

He had focused so much time inside that he forgot to finish the siding outside...or maybe he just didn't have the time. So now he's working on finishing it up too.

Here are a few pictures from the project. The ceiling upstairs in this bedroom was so low - only about 7' (Luke is 6'5") and he was hitting his knuckles on the ceiling.

So Lars started to rip it out but he wanted to see what was up there first.
Then he completely tore off the top.

But he didn't stop there. He had to tear off the wall and part of the November.

And he had to work late into the night to get the wall and roof rebuilt....because, like I said, it was November.

And Luke helped too.
Then there was insulation to put in

And walls to rebuild.

And French doors, and a balcony...

Oh, but before he built the balcony, he had to rebuild the floors

And patch a few holes.
But now that the room is nearly done, he needed to refinish the siding outside, which meant putting up scaffolding.

You can see it here at the side of the house (it's the yellow looking ladder-like apparatus).

Then Lars climbed up on it, and out on the roof.

And then he was just hanging around on the roof for a few days. And then it was finally finished out there and the boys had to take all the scaffolding down.

Now there are only a few finishing touches to complete and then the clean up...maybe this weekend.

The Diviners

Last night was book club night and it was time for the book I recommended to be discussed.

I had recommended The Diviners by Libba Bray

I enjoyed the story but my other book club members weren't so impressed with it. They either didn't like the Demon, the occult aspects or the roaring 20's. Some thought it was too long and others thought the main character seemed too grown up for a 17 year-old or too versed in slang to be a girl who just moved to the Big Apple from Ohio.

I loved little Evil, as Theta called her and Jerico and Sam...well, I guess I loved a lot of the characters and that's what makes a story good...right...or is that write ;D

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Additions to the Family

We heard there was an over abundance of kitties at the Humane Society so we went to check it out and yep, there were cages and cages filled with cute little kittens. And when I saw these two playful little guys, I couldn't get just one.

I called my hubby and said, "Can I get two?"

And I thought this picture was so funny. It looks like one is riding the other one...only backwards :D

These guys will provide years and years of fun.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Cushion Cover

It's easy to make a cushion cover.

All you have to do is go to a craft store and have them cut you a piece of foam that will fit your seat, bench or chair.

Then you take the fabric you want and spread it out on the floor. Lay the foam on the fabric and cut the fabric to fit the foam.

Then you can sew the straight lines to piece the fabric together.

And to make sure the seams are straight, you can iron them into place.

And when you're all done, it will be a perfect fit for your seat cushion.