Friday, September 20, 2013

Miller Time Friday - Confessions, an update on Meeses (!) and Florist-Wanna-be's

Thanks all for your great advice yesterday!

While I won't wear the fancy pants for working, I WILL dress in them sometimes for dinner and have made a vow to wear one pair of fancy pants at least once ever couple of weeks.  Like everything else in my closet, they gotta be worn if they want to stay!

So the capsule wardrobe exercise lasted three days.

Oh, they were a good three days. 



But then today I got up and I wanted to wear white jeans and a black tshirt and I didn't want to wear any more navy and camel for a few days.

This speaks more to my inability to adequately plan a capsule wardrobe that had sufficient va-va-voom for someone with a whimsical personality - two colours doesn't cut it, and so the next ten items I work with will have a couple more thrown in for good measure.  In the picture above I am wearing the $350 Marc Cain skirt that I bought for $90 during the big going-out-of-business sale this summer,  It is so comfortable and the material feels so luxurious.  Well done Wendy and a reinforcement that buying one good thing, regardless of price is worth a lot.  Honestly, I would have paid full price for this.  I expect to wear this once a week all fall and winter.

I was out beginning the fall clean up yesterday.  There are STILL mosquitoes in our yard!  In only 30 minutes, I was bitten 12 times!  this is unheard of in September and is an indication of the warm, wet summer and fall we have had and are having.  I hate to wear bug spray but am being forced to the next time I go out or I won't get the work done!

Speaking of bug spray, we are off to a cabin the woods (sounds like a horror movie!) with some friends for an overnighter tomorrow, so there will be no Random Saturday musings (perhaps there will be Sunday Regrets?).  One of our pals is turning 50 and that means a Mexican feast and dance-fest in a place where no one will hear us!  We will truly be in the middle of nowhere, so I do plan to bring the bug spray!

Yesterday, I went around the yard and gathered a lovely bouquet of late summer beauties - hydrangeas, dahlias, honeysuckle, lilies, hostas, ninebark branches, geranium, phlox.  Fall arrives this weekend, and so for me, every blossom is a gift; they will be gone soon enough and I will be missing them till next May or June.  I wonder at times about the wisdom of living in a place where the growing and blooming period is so short: I look at my pictures from last Spring and my desperate desire to see anything blooming and I think: why did my ancestors stop here?  Why do I stay here?  There are many places, and you all live in some of them, where the blooming season is considerably longer.  Sigh....





But they are pretty, aren't they?  I have always had a secret hankering to be a florist.  I love flowers and I love to play with them.   I was trying to think this morning about movies where one of the main characters is a florist, but I can't think of any - can you?  all I can think of is Pete Postlewaite in The Town, but his florist character is decidedly darker than the kind of florist I would be!



 We had another visit from a mouse last night!  So now ALL of my food is containerized in lovely containers purchased at Winners (I already had a lot of them..)



I need a few more, but it's a start...

And a picture of Barry cleaning our the cupboards:


He doesn't know I took this picture...

I slept for 9 hours last night!  It turns out you can wear yourself down!

Other than that, all is quiet here - Son has gone off to Prince Edward Island for an overnighter and I am going to have a nice quiet evening and be early to bed, as I imagine tomorrow night will NOT be an early night!

In honour of visitor, I propose a

Mickey Mouse cocktail:

Shake all ingredients (except lime wedge) with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the wedge of lime and serve.
Ingredients:
I do not like tomato juice, so I will pass and just have a lovely shiraz...

Have a great day and stay safe out there!

43 comments:

  1. Have a great weekend Wendy and enjoy your Shiraz!

    I will be doing the same thing,as i mostly enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.
    Tomorrow i have a hairdresser appointment and so need it:)

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    1. Hi Ina! How is the house coming? Are you missing Germany at all?

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    2. I miss it a lot actually,but i also love it here.
      I def prefer the eather in the south:)

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  2. You did much better at your capsule wardrobe project than I would have. Just thinking about it makes me feel cagey. I NEED ALL THE THINGS!

    Your flowers look lovely. And we are much further south than you are but things will be dying back down here soon as well.

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    1. Hi Danielle! Oh the capsule wardrobe - I just need colour, that's what I tell myself... or something....It is hard to limit oneself....

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  3. After all that, you deserve some vodka in your cocktail. :)

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    1. Hi MW - tomorrow night is tequila - deadly!

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  4. That's an excellent vow WMM, I fully endorse it and employ my seal!
    I'm definitely in the minority, I just don't care what I wear at home, I live in my head and only pay attention to the outside me when I'm going somewhere.

    In the argot of Scotland, tomato juice is boggin - that means not very nice at all.
    Cocktail hour has begin here - am blasting out Hollywood Nights.
    Curtain hanger came - after 9 weeks the house is back!

    PS. 9 hours, so jealous. Flowers beautiful.

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    1. I have to will myself to even put a bra on if I know I will be home all day.

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    2. And yes, they are free as we speak.

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    3. Bob Seger! I love Bob Seger!!! I would have late 70s Bob with me on a desert island for sure...

      BB - no bra! Girl - Laverne and Shirley have a nightly rest to see who can touch my toes first...

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    4. BB -me too, we should be neighbours in the trailer park, we'll get matching muumuus.

      Bob is still on repeat!

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    5. Mine just rest on things...my belly, the table when i eat, under my arms when i lie down. They will not be contained today!

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    6. Tabs - that may be why the handymen hung on so long...

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    7. Howling, I was well bandaged up then!

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  5. I have finally got all my fall/winter clothes down. Of course it is 80 here but we are suppose to have a cold spell move through this week end...keeping fingers crossed. You did good your capsule exercise. Have a great time this week end. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks BB! Still laughing at your bra-less escapades!!! God, I even containerize my breasts!

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    2. Oh right BB, is it going to dip to 75? Will I send you my old thermals and socks for your hands?


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    3. Hey now, it will get down to 73 :)

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    4. Ho ho! Tabs - is going to be 70 here tomorrow - that is crazy heat!

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    5. I knew - we are just teasing the Scot!

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    6. Finally, finally have a drink in hand. The girls and I are going to have a nice night, we'll even include Hunter...he's drinking Buffalo Trace a great Kentucky whiskey you need to try Tabs. Much love.

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  6. Your cocktail has no booze in it! Are you doing some liver prep for tomorrow night?
    We've had mice here and they make me hysterical. I have a zillion glass jars.
    We are doing nothing this weekend but I am loving it. I have the lamb stew on the stove and I've opened the sauv blanc to watch Sponge Bob with Little Rascal. Sponge Bob: I'm thinking Style Icon!

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    1. OMG - I NEVER NOTICED IT WAS ALCOHOL FREE AND COULDN'T FIGURE OUT THE COMMENTS TO ADD SOMETHING TO IT - THOUGHT WE WERE JUST A BUNCH OF HEAVY DRINKERS!

      Oh my...I love lamb stew. I am getting ready for cozy food again! Thank god there is wine in wine!

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    2. This comment is too funny, Wendy.

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    3. Too funny! I was looking at that recipe and wondering if we were supposed to be abstaining this weekend!!

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    4. Hilarious!

      There are some mouse repellants with peppermint oil that my hardware guy says are effective. Older houses always get mice, it's not a reflection of your housekeeping!

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    5. I will have to look for those!

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    6. Have been wondering why it was not called Virgin Mary, well known in ny under that name

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  7. I imagine you like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. I love her in that movie! A sweet dreamer who refuses to become cynical. That's how I picture you.
    Have an awesome trip!

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    1. Ha! Maybe a little and I am in love with Tom hanks!

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  8. You lasted more than I could even with this capsule project, so pat yourself on the back!
    And now, my specialty. Some movies that have florists as main(-ish) characters:
    Valentine's Day
    Bed of Roses
    Love Happens
    I Hate Valentine's Day (John Corbett is HOT!)
    Little Ship of Horrors
    Broken Flowers
    See? I have a ton of useless knowledge. Or rather, reference librarian knowledge :-)

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    1. Oh good one! I will have to look some of those up!

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    2. Wow, thanks AB! I always have trouble thinking up movies to watch.

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  9. Good effort! I think this is why I find packing for a trip so difficult (a trip being a capsule wardrobe by definition). How do I know if I'll be in the mood for neutrals or color? I don't know, so I pack for both contingencies. Then I've overpacked. Then I have too much stuff at destination and cannot create outfits because I'm overwhelmed by too much. Capsule wardrobes stress me out!

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    1. Hi Cate - I hear you! The capsule wardrobe is awesome in theory, harder to pull off in real life!

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  10. Three days for your capsule wardrobe project is pretty good for a first attempt! But, you're right, a couple more colours will make it easier to stick to.

    The only movie I can think of that is all about gardening is "Greenfingers" with Clive Owen (this is before he got really famous. I saw this at the Toronto film festival in 2000, and he appeared at the screening. *swoon*!!!)

    Your cabin party sounds like it will be a blast - hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Louise - I have not heard of this movie - will have to look for it!

      I will take a look and choose maybe 15 items for next and colours!

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  11. Your outfit is just lovely! And what a birthday celebration.. that sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley!
    I can't wait to have a garden of my own at a place we buy. My grandpa had such a green thumb - I'm wondering if I will have any luck. ;)

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