Thursday, October 1, 2015

Organizing mistakes to avoid (link)

From So, what are you doing wrong?  27 Organizing Mistakes 

Well, I confess that I post important messages--like why I'm not at home--on the fridge and put the mail on my desk so I don't forget to tackle it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

Joaquin is a category 1 hurricane, but it may make it up to a cat 3.  Some of the spaghetti models diverge widely, but it's early yet.

10-1-15: Joaquin is already a category 3 (it strengthened Wednesday night) and may be heading for the east coast--and possibly become a cat 4...

(6:15 pm):Well, it's now a cat 4 and is heading SW, but is expected to turn north...

10-2-15: It's begun its northward turn, and we might get some rain from those rotating bands, but so far it's just been sprinkles.

10-4-15: Joaquin is now a cat 2 and is heading NNE and should head away from us.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Literary homes

From Robert Parker's Spenser novel, Back Story:

"Her house was coastal cute, with a hemp rug, lobster pot coffee tables, steering-wheel mirrors, ship's captain lamps, and big scallop shell ashtrays."

"The house in front of us was some sort of glass pyramid... The whole first floor of the pyramid was without walls.  ... In the center of the space was an open fire pit ... There was a big fire in the fireplace and a lot of air-conditioning to overcome it.  ...  The vast space was furnished as a living room, with stainless steel and blue leather furniture, ...  It was bigger than O'Hare Airport, but not as warm."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Decorating ideas and info from HGTV Magazine

Lots of good ideas and advice in the October issue of  HGTV Magazine, including painting your candlesticks to match your candles--really cool--and decorating your pegboards.  You can paint a dog silhouette on a pegboard that holds leashes, collars, etc. Or add stripes, words, different colored squares, a chalk board for schedules, etc.  Btw, some years ago I had a big pegboard hung in our shop, and then I painted it.  I painted it again, and then again.  Those boards really absorb paint!  And I cried once or twice between coats 'cause I wanted to finish it that day!  I don't remember how many coats it took--possibly four or more, and that was a big pegboard!

Finding inexpensive alternatives to expensive furniture and accessories is always a fun section. There's also a piece on decorating with Sharpies; drawing geometric lines on a pillow cover and then blurring the lines with a crafts paintbrush dipped in alcohol creates a lovely effect.  There are home decorating ideas too, though I still don't like open shelves in my kitchen.  Not clean!  Oh, and I learned that WD-40 means "water displacement, 40th formula."  The 39 previous formulas didn't work.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Don't waste your space: video (link)

Create storage and seating areas and use hooks, cubbies, and baskets:  Helpful ideas from

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Let's cull (link)

It's time to declutter.  Here are some suggestions from 15 Things to Get Rid of Right Now

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tropical Storm Grace

TS Grace is heading west and isn't expected to do much, which is good.

9-8-15: Grace is now a tropical depression.

Note: I guess I missed H (Henri?) and Ida.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tropical Storm Fred

TS Fred is expected to wander off--northward--into the ocean; that happened a lot last year.

8-31-15: Fred is now a category 1 hurricane and is moving NW and is not likely to make landfall in the US.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika

TS Erika is moving right along, possibly heading for the Bahamas and Florida; it's going west and could become a category 1 hurricane.

8-28-15: Erika is moving WNW, and the track has shifted east.  The spaghetti models are pretty much clustered now and moving up the peninsula.  It may or may not become a hurricane; there's dry air, wind shear, and mountains, but then there's warm water after that.

8-29-15: Erika has dissipated, though it will be giving us more rain later.  (We have another low dumping rain on us as I report.) The spaghetti models have shifted west.

8-30-15:  Erika's remnants are bringing Forida rain, though we didn't get any here today.  More is expected tomorrow--and the next day(s).

8-31-15: We still haven't gotten any rain from that leftover moisture, but it's wandering around the peninsula, and we're still expected to get some later.