Knife block = man-thing?

Painted knife block

A few months ago, I saw a project on Pinterest and marked it for a rainy day.

Well today seemed like a great day to do a little painting. I gathered my old paint and informed C1 (that’s the hubby if you are new to my blog) that I was going to do a little painting.
A layer of dark paint followed by an hour or so and a layer of light paint. C2 had to help with the second layer and I had to wipe the whole block down with a paper towel to create the lines. As we are finishing up our project and feeling super proud of our work, C1 walks in and exclaims, “You painted the knife block! Why would you do that? It was perfect the way it was. Now you took a man-thing and made it a woman-thing. That means I don’t have to do anything else with those knives because now that’s your knife block.”
Wow! I never knew knife blocks were such a part of one’s manhood…it’s not like I put lace slipcovers on the couches in the man cave!

Anyway, here is another picture of the desecrated finished knife block.

Oven-Fried Fish

You know those times when  you are tired of the same old foods over and over again? I’m there. I’m tired of beef, chicken and pork every day. This week I got talapia, leg of lamb and salmon at Costco so I can have that in addition to my husband’s chicken, beef and pork.

First of the list was the talapia. I used a recipe from Norwitz Notions. Find it here. I had a piece tonight and it’s pretty good. I think I need to increase my spices a bit though.

Everyone has a Story {J Family}

This is the second in the series of portrait stories. To see all of the stories so far follow this link.

I met with the J family at a local park that they recommended for our sunset shoot. The kids seemed to appreciate my bad jokes and the evening turned out to be quite fun. Here is the story in Mrs. J’s own words:
We have photos taken at regular intervals – when our babies are five months old, for example, and we have a family portrait taken when we add a new member to the family. We’ve always used a portrait studio from a major department store, but last year, we were fortunate enough to cross paths with Daryl Everett.
It had been a secret wish of mine to use a photographer outside of a studio, on location. I had tried to work with one before with no success, and so I was unsure of what to expect this time around. I was thrilled with Mrs. Everett’s professionalism and character. She put everyone at ease right from the start and was able to capture some amazing shots.
I knew before our session that Daryl’s work would be of excellent quality; I had seen samples of her work on her website. However, to say I was thrilled with the results of her work on *our* photos would be an understatement. Of course I loved the photos she took of shots we’d mentioned we wanted, but the impromptu photos were exceptional as well, made more so from the fact that her keen eye caught something memorable out of seemingly ordinary moments.

Disconnecting to Reconnect

I’ve been absent lately from blogging. (OK OK I’m almost always absent but attendance isn’t mandatory right?) During the last week I’ve been busy on other things like reading (gasp!) the first book I’ve finished in a few years, writing a guest blog post (you know you can’t wait!), going through my wedding pictures, discovering that I NEED a monitor calibrator to save myself a lot of grief and spending some much needed time with my son.
A week or so ago I hopped over to Tara Whitney’s blog to see her philosophy and I found more than I bargained for. A gentle, yet striking, reminder of why I do this. Then I started to click through the images on my wedding discs to print an album after nearly 7 years, and was reminded of how I’ve changed.

There are things that my husband does now that really irritate me. When I opened the files from the wedding, I realized they aren’t new things that he does. There are pictures to prove that I knew what I was signing up for and that I liked it! I’ve gotten so caught up in the everyday struggles of life that I lost sight of what’s really important. I know that there will always be days, like today, when I just lose it and I need to a retreat, but my goal is that I will return to the place in my heart where this crazy family of mine is a haven. Some days I just want to get away. I don’t want to be touched or spoken to or kissed or hugged or fed. I only want to run. But I can’t, not just metaphorically but literally. There was a time, not so long ago, that when I felt that way I ran straight to those nutty antics because they meant I was surrounded by love and protection. How have I come so far in the other direction? I’m not sure but I don’t think I’m going to find the answer of Facebook or Bing so if you miss me, know that I’m around but I’m focusing on some more important things. I’m certainly not giving up on posting things for you all but I won’t be reading endless pages of news feeds or search results daily.
Stay well you guys and call me up for a walk!


Black and blue photo packaging

I’ve been busy updating stuff lately. Almost too busy! With the new Facebook timeline up, I wanted to create a nice presence there. I’m also working on a brand-spanking-new website with the new URL ( Currently that links back here. I designed some new business cards (want some?) and new packaging. There have been a few (OK many) times when I have thought, “I need to outsource this!” But I’m too much of a control freak to let anyone else do it. Anywho, I plan to have some new images and stories to post up here soon.