Catching Up

I saw the above on one of my favorite blogs that always perks me up.  I felt like it about said it – except the cute shoes part.  Cute’s great, but Comfy is what’s really important!

I had a few moments today to take a look at some of the blogs I love reading and realized that I wasn’t the only one missing in action in the blog world or the only one thinking about blogging and wondering where to go from here.  That was a real comfort.  I’m hard on myself when I can’t or don’t get to everything.  So I’m hard on myself most of the time.  Now, I’m thinking maybe it wasn’t just me and something universal was going on and several people were being effected in similar ways.  I feel better now.

I’m so behind on sharing what has been going on that it can be really overwhelming to even start to try and figure out where to begin.  I realized yesterday I hadn’t been very communicative all around, not just on the blogs.  Guess I was in some introverted stage for a bit.  But I know that there are at least two people out there that would like to know what I’ve been up to.  So here ya go, Aunt Billy and Uncle Jim – your my best fans.

Weekend before last Mark was busy drying the dishes when my antique glass citrus juicer slipped from his hands and crashed into a million pieces on the kitchen floor.  So when a sunny day came the following week I walked on up the hill and did a little shopping.  The first order of business was to find another antique glass citrus juicer.  This went with our efforts to not bring new plastic into our house and to buy used whenever possible.  Not to mention it was a damn good excuse to go browse an antique store.  The ladies were super helpful at the antique store and I soon had three citrus juicers to chose from.  I went the smallest which was the mid-range in price and the cutest.  It has this little extra feature that really sold me on it – a primary ring with little slits that let the juice out but hold the seeds back.  It was also extra pointy and sharp so I was hoping it would be easier to use than my last one.  It is!  With out further ado – meet the new citrus juicer:

While I was up on the hill I stopped in at a consignment shop and was pleasantly surprised by what they had in there.  So often consignment shops are either focused towards teeny-boppers or old ladies.  I’m somewhere in between and I discovered that the shop was too.  There were several things to try on and I found a couple wonderful spring items.  Including this fun bright green dress.


And this beautiful cardigan.  Check out the detail!


And those are what I wore for our date on Sunday.

Mark surprised me with homemade whole wheat sticky buns for breakfast.  They were sticky gooey wonderful!

Then we caught the bus to downtown and went to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Calder exhibit which was fantastic.  This had to have been the best special exhibit in a while and the entry was the most spectacular I had ever seen with a huge Calder mobile sculpture turning in  the air.  I was so inspired by his creativity and use of random objects  and metal and color.  I walked away with lots of crazy art ideas in my head and I look forward to bringing them to life over time.  If you aren’t aware of Calder and his art you can check it out here.

After we left the museum we walked through a fairly quiet Pike Place Market where most everything was closed due to the holiday but Mark did manage to get me a single daffodil, which was really sweet.  Then we stopped at a small coffee shop that is also a local roaster and had a some excellent cups o’ bean juice.

It was time to catch the bus and head back to our little Alki neighborhood with a quick stop for pictures at the beach.

The cats were happy to have us home and sitting still for a little while.

We finished the evening with a light and delicious Japanese meal of Miso soup with tofu, shitake and green onion, brown rice, cucumbers and onions with rice vinegar and a surprise attempt at little cucumber and avocado sushi rolls by Mark.  Great day.  Great Guy.  Lucky Me!


10 responses to “Catching Up


  2. that dress is gorgeous! and i love the photo with the flower – frame it 🙂

    we’ll definitely have to connect next time i’m in seattle, my blog sista!

    (and p.s., i love how so many kitchen basics are at antique stores, that’s where i find great cast iron skillets too)

  3. Wow, what a fantastic day you had!! Uber cute dress, and that cardigan is to die for.

  4. I just love your taste in clothes and you look amazing and glowing in those pictures. Your kittys are so sweet. Oh and your vintage glass juicer is so pretty too, I must look for one of them, mine is plastic, icky, I know. Oh and thanks for letting me know about Diane contacting you…that is cool. ~Lili

  5. You’re soooo lucky I’m not a clothes borrowing kinda gal or I’d STEAL that dress! You look like a movie star!!! Please take me shopping!!!

    Glad you found a new reamer.

  6. Yes indeed, it seems as though we’ve all been a bit out of the routine lately. I LOVE the green dress. My goodness, it’s fabulous. I’m such a sucker for thrift shops and the like… oldies but goodies!

  7. hey i went back and looked at your hair,that looks so neat..

  8. Aww..what a nice guy..and your dress and sweater look lovely on you!
    Beautiful day!

  9. Great post Maurie, sorry I did not see it sooner.
    You are right, it can all get so overwhelming at times. You just have to do what works for you. Did you manage to see the follow up comments to that post?
    Just wanted to say hi!

    Love that dress and cardy…looks great on you. Perfect colour!!


  10. Nice post. You so beautiful in your new dress and cardigan. I love a good consignment shop. In Phoenix, I like My Sister’s Closet but my favorite is in Louisville, Ky – Margaret’s. Never leave without feeling very satisfied.

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