17 September 2011

sneaky peek

this is a custom order that i am working on. it's going to be a give-away on a popular blog! yes, this is where you ooh & ahh.

what do you think it is?


15 September 2011

the posh travelling life - day 3


poor manlyman. this day we woke to thunderstorms. at first they were mild, with only the occasional boom, & light rain. he left for the second day of the tournament, not thrilled at the prospect of getting wet, but happy to be playing. not long later he phoned to say the start of play had been delayed. another call like that, then eventually he came back to the suite.

after an hour of waiting, they announced that play would begin, so he headed back to the clubhouse. one hour later the storm was directly above us. thunder boomed so loudly that even i jumped each time, & the rain on the roof sounded like a herd of horses. a few minutes after that & manlyman was back with us. he was drenched, & sad. the day's play was called off. it was too dangerous to run about in the open with golf clubs.

i was super sad for him. the wonderful daddy-o that he is, he did not insist we head home early, nor did he pout. we snuggled in one of the heavenly beds, so elfling could nap, & watched episodes of the dog whisperer. by the time the bébé was awake, the storm had passed, & we headed to the pool. so you do not freak on me: the storm was far enough away that my kids were never in danger being in the water. we could see the lightning bolts quite clearly. seriously, i would not put them at risk.

to the rest of the photos! these are a bit random, i'm afraid.

there were palm trees everywhere. i grew up in southern california, so don't get swoony over them. i do like them wrapped in faery lights, during the holidays however. elfling thinks they're fabulous, hence the photo.

this cracked us up. the greens became so flooded that ducks were able to swim on them. nope, that is not a little lake! manlyman laughed too, but inside i think he was not so thrilled. this was the golf course he had been scheduled to play that day. i made a joke about the duck pga being less fussy about the weather, but it was not as funny out loud, as it had been in my head :)

we had our favorite pool all to ourselves for a time. it was still a bit cloudy when we arrived, but hot enough for a swim. eventually the sun burned through, & people began trickling in. not enough for the resort to open the bar & set out my beloved water stations, but whatever.

we'd already packed, so were able to swim until check-out time. the resort generously extended our check-out by two hours, because of the weather delaying (when manlyman phoned them, the tournament had yet to be cancelled) the start of play.

it was a really nice get-away, i must say. i could get used to the posh life.

elfling's favorite part? seeing the giant windmills on the way home. the swanky bed & swimming tied for thehobbit's favorite. i just loved living the posh posh travelling life being with my menfolk.

have a lovely one, do!

14 September 2011

the posh travelling life - day 2


manlyman had a two-day golf tournament down south, so took us along. when he first asked if i wanted to tag along, i was hesitant. i imagined being cooped up in some random hotel with the kids, trying desperately to keep sane whilst waiting for daddy-o to return, & rescue us. then he showed me the hotel's website. wait. let me rephrase that: the resort's website. um, yes, please!

talk about swanky. my dearest one & only reader, it was the posh posh travelling life for me. so much so, that upon returning home i had a bit of a shock. thebelfry neither smelled swanky, looked swanky, nor had the feel of swankosity. & i don't like telling you this, but nobody came this morning, when i phoned for room service.

here are some photos from day two. there are none from day one, as day one began at night. 

this was the main waterfall at our favorite pool. the resort had three (one for adults only. whatever.) i took the photo at elfling's request. he could not get enough of staring at the waterfalls. the others, around the perimeter of the pool area, were much smaller.

not the most thrilling photo, i know. i just loved the way the water shone. this pool was huge, by the way. it had a volleyball net in the center, & a water slide at one end. there were also whirlpools in the pool area, but i don't do hot. 

my favorite thing, besides the cabanas that manlyman would not let me rent, were the water stations. ok i loved the bar the most, but never did buy that piña colada, so i'll tell you about the water. they had gorgeous glass water dispensers, filled with ice water. floating in the water were slices of orange & lime. so refreshing! i don't think i can drink plain ice water again. & these things i'm describing? i forgot to photograph. sorry.

here we have elfling taking a break against his wishes from swimming, to rest in the shade. at first he did not want to go in the pool. by our second visit to the pool, he was in love with it. mostly with splashing me in the face, but still. in this photo he was watching big brother do handstands in the water. i do have photos of thehobbit, but he has asked me to stop posting photos of him. teens.

there was wildlife everywhere you looked. ducks wandered the property, swam in the lake, & even swam in the pool with us. we saw canada geese, a (dead) rabbit, & birds of all sorts. this guy hung out with us the entire time we were at the pool. i named him poe.

poe was not well. scrawny, & missing feathers around his neck, as well as most of his tail. but i thought he was beautiful. 

well, that's it for day two. tomorrow i shall share a few photos from day three. thanks for visiting!


ps :: i jinxed myself by chatting about my many specs. my most favorite pair broke at the resort :(

10 September 2011

make a spectacle of yourself!

photo :: property of this etsy shop
how many of you wear reading glasses? i began wearing them, after a lifetime of 20/20 vision, about a year & a half ago. i went to the doc complaining of migraines, dizziness, & of feeling as though i had motion sickness when watching tv. of course, i thought i was dying from a brain tumor. turns out i was just getting older. whew.

my reason for writing this is curiosity. if you do wear reading specs, how many pair do you own? & don't say just the one, because we both know you'd be lying. i learned quickly that they are forever being misplaced or forgotten. also, where do you keep each?

i shall start - i have five pairs. i keep one by the bed (though right now there are two), one at the sewing machine, one in my diaper bag, one in my hand-sewing basket, & one that is homeless (the one currently visiting the bedroom pair). the homeless pair should be relocated to weasley (my suv), but i most likely shan't ever remember to do so.

before you faint from shock at the cost of five pairs, i should tell you, i got them at the japanese (nearly) two dollar store. i was surprised to find such cute specs there, so bought a bunch. more than the five i listed, if truth be told. the others were misplaced, one at a time, early on. sigh.

don't you love the pair in that photo? mine are cute, but not that cute. i think it would be great fun to have 1920s reading glasses, though i would want the faux tortoise, not black. no need to walk around looking like moaning myrtle's mother.

so your turn! how many, & where are they? links to your dream specs too, so we can all see! (ha! unintended pun there.)

01 September 2011

cartoons of a hobbity sort


thehobbit found this amazing book at a used book shop the other day. i thought he was a cartoon-drawing-fiend before, but in the past few days it's all we can do to get him to stop long enough to eat! & being a hobbit, that's saying something.

he gave me permission to show a few things he has scribbled, & asked me to say that he totally recommends this book. if you buy the book, let us see what cartoons it inspires you to draw!

note :: thehobbit wants you to know that the weird fuzziness in the one photo was not his doing . i blurred the bebe's name, that's all.

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