Friday, February 27, 2015

Wintry Mix

So how are you faring this winter? Loving it? Over it? Moving away? As you may recall, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to be more positive.  I'm doing pretty well with that and I think it's becoming a touch more natural.  There is an ease of mind that comes with giving people the benefit of the doubt and letting things go.  Maybe by 2016 I'll even be positive enough to give a fraction of a shit about who is running for president.  Probably not.  Watching House of Cards isn't going to help, I'm sure.  I still love winter and try to enjoy my favorite parts. Though one thing is for sure: this is my last winter without all wheel drive in a car.  Someone remind me of this in July when I get a new car and am test driving a convertible.

I've been cruel to Baby's Breath in the past. I kinda like it now. In the right setting.


Barbie has nothing but enthusiasm for winter

















































Sure, there's been a touch of cabin fever, too.
When your only tool is a hammer...I got fed up with the
river of ice refusing to melt by my door.
This worked brilliantly, by the way.


My favorite thing about being Canada's neighbor. I risked
life and limb for my coffee that morning.
Note the need for AWD. 






























To celebrate how well I did on my 2014 resolution not to go antiquing, I went antiquing and found
this! $33! It's very old, it seems, but has no marking.  

Did you know orange is the MS awareness color?
I didn't.  This was fun to do, and  I was thrilled
with the result. 


31 comments:

  1. How nice to see a post from you, Stephen! I am laughing at how much Barbie loves the snow.

    Here you CAN buy a convertible with AWD and I bet you can there, too.

    I love your blue bowl-not sure if it is flow blue but it looks like it could be.

    Beautiful hair! Have a wonderful weekend! xo Diana

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    1. Hello! Yes, there could never be enough snow for Barbie! haha unfortunately I have trouble fitting all my groceries in my sedan...let alone when I go antiquing!

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  2. Great pics. LOVE the shots of Barbie cavorting through the snow. And love, love love the hair! Such a gorgeous color to start with and then add just a touch of FIRE! You are so talented.

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    1. Thank you so much! Her hair really does look aflame. She has gorgeous hair and lots of it. Have a good weekend!

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  3. Look at Barbie, she'd get along with my Scout so well it would be ridiculous. All of those walks with her are forcing me to wear hideous sweater pants on top of three layers all the time. It's been my worst fashion winter since I was 7 years old. Other than that I am actually enjoying the snow and cold, well especially if there is a bit of sun. Scout's enthusiasm is infectious, I bet you find that with Barbie? Because good job on the positivity!
    I think you need AWD and snow tires. If we don't have our snow tires on our AWD tank of a sedan by the end of November we panic, driving in the snow without those tires is treacherous. It's a pain because we have to switch them out with our summer tires and store them at the dealer blah blah and it's all expensive of course but it makes a big difference in all of the snow.

    Tim Hortons! Are you sure you're not a secret Canadian? ;) xox

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    1. Oh I don't know if I'm nice enough to be Canadian! Haha although when I was little we we went to Toronto a fair amount because there were lots of design stores my mom loved and my sister wanted to see Phantom of the Opera every night so with the wonderful exchange rate back then, it was a much more affordable trip than NYC. Anyway, I once said I was moving to Canada because the flag was so much prettier and there were more flowers. I still can't live that down and I was like six years old!

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  4. Love the hair. Love the fox more. Definitely get an AWD car. I don't think I'll ever be without one again. The solution to the convertible issue: Audi. AWD convertibles. Boom. Mic drop.

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    1. Ahhh I know I love them but I've been a BMW driver and have always felt Audi's advertising is so arrogant and rude I just don't want one! Also my ex is obsessed with his Audis so it's not really an option :) I'm kind of done with luxury cars. When I really thought about what I love in a car it was: satellite radio, heated seats, xenon headlights, and supreme safety. And very dog friendly. Haha oh my car is sooo awful in the snow. It will slide if there are like four snowflakes on the ground. It's awful!

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    2. Those requirements say to me that you would be happy in a Volvo wagon...they are dog friendly, have liners for the back and gates to keep Barbie from jumping in the back seat. The heated seats are lovely and the weight of the car and that W setting will have you safely navigating those snowy roads. We have a sun roof in ours too for fresh air and sunshine when the weather calls for a convertible! Mu husband has a BMW convertible...as does my sister and 87 year old Mother....they are always trying to get me to get one too.

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    3. Subaru Subaru Subaru!
      We will never not own one, truly the best AWD vehicle.
      I am also swooning over that plate you found. I am so obsessed with dinnerware it is borderline unhealthy. ;)

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    4. I'm 99% sure a Subaru is what I'm getting :)

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  5. So happy to see you have posted! I looked Ohio up on a map yesterday so I cold get a visual of where you were. Luff the hair in orange, Barbie frolicking, the baby's breath, the antique plate and everything else. It is BOILING here my makeup melts off my face. So annoying. Do people hunt foxes where you are? Stay sane, stay happy xxxx

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    1. I'm actually not sure if people hunt foxes here. They are quite rare to see here so I don't know how regular a thing it could be. And it seems they prefer residential areas, perhaps to protect themselves. Oh the heat sounds awful. I'll take -25F over 95F ANY day. if you follow US presidential elections, you'll hear all about Ohio. The past several elections have come down to who wins Ohio. It's interesting because Ohio has a lot in common with all the regions around it, which vary greatly politically. So we can't ever quite make up our mind as to political affiliation. which means we have to endure both candidates practically knocking door to door for a year.

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  6. Hey Stephen...this post is like scrambled eggs. You are all over the place, lettin' things out. Love the variety. If you have to be outside a lot (ie taking care of the horses and keeping the driveway clean) this was THE WINTER FROM HELL. And I don't feel one bit of guilt saying that. Here, it was the coldest February in history (since they started recording in the 1800s). It's a good thing we have seen the sun, because we have had way too many days with a -25 to -30 windchills. Let me know when you are ready to buy a car and I will remind you to get all wheel drive. Gary was just at Tim Hortons yesterday. Hugs to Barbie.

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    1. Haha yes I've been all over the place lately. I don't blame you a bit! Your winter has been so much worse than ours. We've had extreme dips but not sustained like you!

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  7. Tim Hortons? are they in the US or did you cross the border? Living in snow country as you do I think it is wise to invest in a 4 wheel drive vehicle...I drive an older Volvo station wagon with a "W" setting which puts the car in a lower gear for snow...I know absolutely nothing about cars except it got me around town when we had a huge snowfall a few years ago...it was so cold that winter that I pulled out dear old Great Aunt Tirzah's vintage fur coat and wore it. I don't know why she chose to give it to me but she was such a character that I could never part with it...she drank like a fish, secretly smoked in her pantry and bought anything that a door to door saleman would stop by and sell her...but only after he had sat at her table and drank a pot of tea.
    I'm just glad it is not a fox fur...I prefer live animals.
    Your antique plate is gorgeous and looks like chinese porcelain...such a classic pattern and so very pretty. If memory serves you like blue as I seem to recall you having blue Le Creuset pots.
    Take care and keep cozy.

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    1. Yes we have them here!! The only thing I hate about vacationing in the South is that Timmie's hasn't made it down there yet! Oh your aunt sounds so funny. She sounds a lot like my great grandmother. I love it when furs are passed down. I think the older they get, the less guilt there is wearing them. I used to absolutely love fur, but chose to stop wearing it. But a lot of people still wear them here to formal events. Yes, I have Marseille creusets and I love them! So blue and white go beautifully with them. I've thought a lot about a Volco wagon. I had one Swedish car though, a Saab, and the maintenance was a nightmare! May have scarred me.

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  8. What a pretty blue bowl, it looks like the Willow pattern. The little fox looks so pretty in the snow, and Barbie is clearly having the Best Fun! Did you cross to Canada for the Tim Horton's? We are looking forward to hitting Canada in May, probably have our first Tim's at Vancouver Airport...

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't believe when I found it for that price. It's a nice size, too. We are so lucky here in Ohio that we have Tim's! I think they have stores in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. although I know they are planning an expansion of 500 new stores in the US sometime soon. Vancouver will be lovely in May!

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  9. Hi Stephen, how nice to see a touch of home in your photo. Now that Burger King bought Tim Horton's, we are going to invade your fair country, one double-double at a time.

    Love your blue plate, is that a penny for scale, because if it is, it's HUGE!

    Barbie does seem to enjoy the snow. I can't say the same thing for Odie, but that maybe because it's been so cold!

    Love the orange hair. If Columbus wasn't 1000 miles away, I'd have you give me a make-over LOL. I'm due for a new look.

    Stay positive! Spring is around the corner in your neck of the woods!

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    1. That is a penny for scale! I couldn't believe how big it is! I'm so excited. Can't believe he doesn't like the snow! Barbie goes absolutely manic for it.

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  10. love the orange curls! I wish mine were a bit more tamed like hers. Winter in Georgia is nothing like winter...yes, I am complaining because there is no snow. Just to have one day of it...perhaps a snow dance would help.

    We're having a House of Cards marathon weekend. I already have snacks prepared for all day tomorrow. I am a real-life political junkie so the show is helping to curb my fix until 2016! :)

    It's almost March which means it's almost spring.

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    1. I'm only a few episodes in but I'm loving the direction of Claire! She is one of my all time favorite characters. I know I would miss the snow. I am just really really missing the farmers market!

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  11. Those snowy scenes might be chilly but that little fox curled up contentedly warmed my heart! I'm not a lover of cold weather, although it does make for beautiful photographs. I'm excited by the crocuses popping up in the lawn despite the snow falling this morning. xxx

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    1. Oh we are so far from anything blooming-how nice it must be to see that! I'm sure the snow feels especially cold after being in India!

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  12. Incredible shot of the red fox snoozing under the tree. Get that AWD silly. I'll be here to remind you this coming summer. The orange coloring is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't think I'll forget :) this winter has been such constant weather I think I've driven like 50 miles the last two weeks!

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  13. Barbie is so cute!
    I just about fell over when I saw the Tim Horton's photo.
    Tim Bit, by Tim Bit, there will come a day when every American knows what a "double, double" is. lol
    In Canada I drive an AWD (although I do put snow tire's on) Porsche Cayenne Diesel, and it's an amazing vehicle. I can't believe the mileage I get, and there isn't one thing I can complain about.

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    1. Haha! Yes we've had this Tim's about...15 years now maybe and I just love it. I'm so glad to be across the lake from Toronto and that we welcomed Tims early! By comparison to most of the country. What color is your Porsche? I love their navy. I think their navy is the perfect depth and darkness. One of my friends has a navy Panamera (? Did I spell that correctly?) and the color is just so striking and catches the sun beautifully.

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  14. omg - no to the Subaru! I vote for one of each or a Jeep Wrangler. :) I'm starting to look at a Jeep Renegade because they're so goofy looking (I drive a Jeep Wrangler which explains my love) I'm loving me some Barbie! She has enviable ears.

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  15. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

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