Sunday, October 24, 2010

One Last Day of "Time for Us"

Moonstruck Classic Hot Cocoa: What I'm drinking today while I'm reading and watching movies


  • Make menu plans for the week; create grocery list; shop if needed

  • Fridge and freezer maintenance cleaning: Thoroughly sort and clean one drawer, one shelf, or two door shelves in your fridge or freezer.

  • Vacuum your entire house to freshen it for the week ahead.

  • Need to do laundry? Mine has been a bit neglected during all this pampering. I can put a few loads in today in between my reading and movie watching.

  • Tonight is a good time to telephone relatives for a chat. I only have one grandparent left, and I'm going to have a nice visit with him tonight.

TODAY'S PROJECT: One Last Day of Fun

I'm going to taper off the level of leisure I've been enjoying this week. I'm planning to spend the day reading and watching movies, but that will come after I vacuum the house and play with my puppies in the cold, rainy back yard.

I'll also give myself a manicure and pedicure tonight. Not as pampering as going to a salon to have it done, but I should watch my budget after the shopping I did on Friday and Saturday!

What are you going to do to enjoy yourself today?

LOVELY BLOGS: Paris Hotel Boutique Journal

This blog is by a woman who runs a lovely shop. I enjoy visiting her blog to see the pretty things she finds to share. She doesn't usually post ads for things at her store. Instead, she's blogging about when airline travel was glamorous, groovy stewardess uniforms, and a Halloween artist.

LOVELY BOOKS: Paper Blossoms

I just picked up this ingenious book of paper bouquets that I can use as whimsical centerpieces at my dinner parties. It's a pop-up book that's designed to lay flat on your table. There are five different bouquets. I think I'll display the lotus water garden first - perhaps at my next sushi night!


Several holidays are coming up in late October and early November:


At Harvard, the Kitchen as Lab (NY Times)

How to Keep Your Home Always Smelling Fresh (Freshome)

London Cupcake Update (Paris Breakfast)

The Original California Cuisine, Courtesy of Sunset Magazine (NY Times)

Quince Almond Cake (Chocolate & Zucchini)

Tentacle Pot Pie for Halloween (Not Martha)

A Wood-Fired Hot Tub for an Old-Style Soak (NY Times)

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