Jun 25, 2012

A Little of This...

Dejunk
I have primary custody of Pigtails, her mother has three weeks of summer break with the kid starting now.  She bawled last night when it was time to split, it's quiet in the house without her.  

I'll try and bang out a couple house projects during the stretch.  Maybe pick through daughter's room and weed out the high waters and junk toys she refuses to release due to her sentimental/hoarder tendencies.  The girl has an internal database of all her crap, she'll deliver a tongue bashing when she discovers her armless doll is MIA and the stuff animals have been depantsed.

Put Some Pants On
Speaking of projects and no pants, it's probably time to go ahead and cover those kitchen windows that have been naked for 12 moons.  I'll measure and order from Blinds.com, installation is easy and something a blind monkey could do.  Looking at four types but open to anything, help me decide.

1 - Bamboo or woven seagrass roller:




2 - Cellular top-down/bottom-up:




3 - Cotton roller:



4 - Wood plantation shutters:




Pick one, recommend me something different or simply leave the windows naked and let thy BVDs shine forth?

Greens
The garden's beginning to produce.  Chopped a head of lettuce, arugula and cilantro last night into salad.  





cilantro = Chinese parsley






Mom and dad visited to celebrate their 41st anniversary and our b-days.  We did the Farmers' Market, picked another 5 lbs of blueberries from the Berry Patch and got wet at the Art Festival

Mom brought a booty of garden-grown potatoes, snap beans, scallions, yellow squash and cuc's.  The plants are putting out a few weeks early with summer temps settling ahead of schedule.  I roughed up a heap of veggies tonight with 15 pounds of Dutch iron:  hot butter, Cajun heat and a heavy shake of cumin seeds.







Escape
The foot's feeling swell, so I've been easing into a little running while keeping the bike mileage up.  Pigtails is good for 40 miles on the tag-along, we'll continue upping the distance and hope to ride a day or two of RAGBRAI next month.

The Disney furlough is solidifying.  Thank you to those that left helpful comments recommending places to see on our southern expedition.  Looks like Debby the Storm is delivering a rain lashing right now, 15 inches on the Big Bend.  Pigtails doesn't know about the trip yet, I've given her frustratingly vague clues like "water" and "swim" and "air".  Did tell her she's taking a plane, she jumped around all crazy and asked if there will be pretzels en route.  

India is a go.  I plan to take a couple free days outside of work there to burrow into the countryside with camera and pen.  Let me know if there's something you'd like to see or have me try.  Eager to taste it, I'll take you there with me.

Up to Bat
Help me drive out the next post.  Would you like to:

  • Smell fishy grill action, I'll do cod and garden greens on the BBQ.  Or maybe just crack open a Lunchables and call it good.
  • Sleep through a multi-parter on my faith walk:  growing up Lutheran, going Baptist when married and my swim across the Tiber into the Catholic Church.

If no feedback, then I'm writing unicorn poems.



-Beard

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  1. Unicorn poems...for sure...hands down!!
    (or the faith walk if we must be serious)

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    1. A unicorn rhapsody, so shall it be.

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  2. First of all, can I vote for unicorn poems? That can't possibly be a bad post!

    Secondly, I think a bamboo or seagrass roller would look best in your kitchen. I've never owned that type of window treatment so I don't know how they are to keep clean, but that is something to consider. Seems like at some point, kitchen curtains need cleaning from all the cooking in the air.

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    1. Two votes for unicorns, I'm seeing a pattern there.

      Everything gets a greasy coating after a couple of years in the kitchen. Just like the best way to clean a baby's bum is a quick blast of the garden hose, I'll add "hosable" to my search criteria when looking for blinds.

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  3. Cleaning is a perennial issue, but I think the first roller shade would look best in your kitchen. Check the washing instructions first!

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    1. I'll look for shades that simply have a photo of a garden hose on the cleaning instructions.

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  4. Anonymous6/25/2012

    I agree that the bamboo/woven roller would look nice, but I'd start out with a "sample" and slap it up on the window before you go through with an order. I had my heart set on plantation shutters (which I love), but somehow got talked into cellular blinds (which I REALLY love). Never would have thought to go there, but once I saw "the look", I knew what I needed to do. I can honestly say the functionality of cellular blinds is pretty cool.

    P.S. I vote for unicorns too.

    P.P.S. I want to learn more about your faith walk. Start at the very beginning, please.

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    1. I've got cellular blinds in other rooms, so might try something different in the kitch. They do offer a clean look, but I'm moving on.

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  5. Stephanie6/26/2012

    I vote for fishy grilling action.

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  6. Your faith walk seems winding, I'd love to see how you wandered into the Catholic Church (most folks I know, including myself, have walked out of it). Extra credit for a unicorn poem. It's so fluffy!!!

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    1. My family is most perplexed about the winding faith walk. I'll write the series for them and you.

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  7. I'd be interested to hear how you ended up Catholic. I started out Catholic and still consider myself so culturally, but given the Church's split with me on almost all social issues (not to mention the misogynist revision of their own history), and a bad personal experience with a priest when I decided to marry a Hindu... well, I'm conflicted to say the least. I don't know if I want my daughter growing up with a faith that holds that everyone of importance is either a male or a vessel, right on up to God him(it?)self. Also I don't eat fish.

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    1. Has the Church split from your thinking or has your thinking split from the Church? God is the "I AM", what He says is right. Though we have free will to do what we want.

      Although imperfect and likely missing the mark on certain aspects of Christ's intentions, I personally believe the Catholic Church best represents His teachings.

      God puts women up on a pedestal, he commanded men to be willing to die for them. And he chose a female, Mary, the New Testament representation of the Ark of the Covenant, to be a vessel for His Son. That's pretty important.

      I bet you'd enjoy my grilled Cajun cod if open to trying it. Fish is terrible when cooked incorrectly, a gem when done right.

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  8. Window Treatments: A tough one, as you know my little cottage business is trying to convince people to buy from me rather than Blinds.com ... but it is a distance from Texas to you, and so I'll try to overlook it. Advice? Take it or leave it - each of your options has pros and cons:

    The woven wood/grass shades are really pretty, but that's about it. If you don't order the privacy liner (usually an upgrade), depending on your pick, they offer little in the way of privacy.

    The cellular shade is definitely a clean look (very IKEAish, don't you think?) -- and the bonus: when installed against the glass, those little honeycomb thingies do a great job of insulating the window -- keeping the hot air out during the summer and the warm air in during the winter. Also, if you go with the TD/BU feature, you can let some natural light in and still run around in your skivvies, if you're so inclined. (This only works when operating the Top Down aspect of the shade controls.) A quality cellular can be GENTLY cleaned with a slightly damp sponge and mild soap, but I would advise against getting too aggressive, lest you flatten out those crisp pleats.

    The cotton roller shade? Meh.

    The plantation shutters -- ooh la la. My favorite, by far. Also the more expensive of the options. But if you're not covering an entire house full of windows (like the 43 window job I did last Christmas - over 800 square feet of shutters, I kid you not) ... it shouldn't be too expensive. Not sure what brand Blinds.com carries, but if you can get Norman Shutters through them, I'd advise you to order their "Woodlore" line. Beautifully suited to areas that have high heat and humidity like kitchens and bathrooms - but I have put them in an entire house before, for this reason -- They have a polypropolene (sp?) wrap with a UV inhibitor -- color lasts and lasts, plus you can wipe those suckers off with a damp sponge and no one's the worst for wear. Smudgy fingerprints come right off, and because they're fixed in the window, they're not swinging all over the place while you try to clean them.

    Next blog post? I'd like to hear about your Lutheran/Baptist/Catholic journey. I fondly call my husband a Cathopalian Holy Roller (baptized in the Catholic church as an infant, member of the Episcopal church as a teen, and now a non-denominational dude with a mowing ministry ... somehow he always ends up mowing the yards of people who can't do it for themselves...) Journeys like that are fascinating and inspiring. You might enjoy my most recent blog entry over at www.txmom2jami.wordpress.com Let me know what you think. :)

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    1. Shoot, I forget you're the blind lady. Well, you can see okay I think, but you sell them. Would you be willing to ship to Iowa and deal a fair rate? If so, let's talk about doing business.

      (short pause to walk over and read your post)

      Nice job! I'd do well to do as you say and learn to pray thanksgiving rather than barking drive-thru pleas for a selfish me. I'll make a small list of what I'm thankful tonight before praying in bed.

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    2. :)

      I think you will be in better shape ordering local, whatever window treatments you settle on ... shipping is a pain in the backside (cost-wise), but it's awfully kind of you to even consider it. From the comments below, it looks like you might be considering the seagrass shade. I recently did one of these in a home where the customer wanted options and I discovered a nifty feature that is available. It's a little more $, but I think worth it:

      Look at a "dual" shade. It's basically a woven wood/grass shade with a privacy liner shade behind it. They can be operated independently, so you can put both down and have privacy, or raise the liner and have light filtering through the woven wood/grass shade. My client was very pleased with this - you might be, too. :)

      Thanks for stopping by my blog -- I'm hoping to write more frequently and get more visitors as time goes by. I am so glad that John & Sherry Petersik featured your blog on Young House Love. I have enjoyed your blog so much! :)

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  9. Anonymous6/26/2012

    Love to hear your faith walk......and am missing Curls! (we want Curls.....we want Curls!!)

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    1. Aw - I'm here, Anonymous, I promise. :)

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    2. Let's do a Curls post in a couple weeks, will that satisfy a salivating Anon?

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  10. Anonymous6/26/2012

    4. Love, but you've already got a lot of white and lots of right angles in your kitchen, and they're not going to keep Pigtails warm in the winter. But they are gorgeous.

    Option 2: Sleep through a multi-parter on my faith walk: growing up Lutheran, going Baptist when married and my swim across the Tiber into the Catholic Church.

    I grew up LCMS Lutheran, in Connecticut no less, would like to hear about your experience. (Spent some time at Luther College one summer during high school.)

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    1. I like plantation shutters best, but agree they may not be the best fit for kitchen with a bunch of white. Some color offset with bamboo/seagrass might look better.

      Luther College has a nice campus and solid cross-country team.

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  11. While I like the top-down/bottom-up feature of the cellular shade, I actually hate the cellular part of it. So my vote is for any of the other three; I think they'd all look nice.

    I'd be interested in hearing how you cook fish, but more interested in your journey to Catholicism. I think I'd have ended up Catholic myself, had my then soon-to-be-husband not introduced me to Orthodoxy. I've now been Orthodox -- and married -- for ten years. I'm the daughter of an Episcopal (recently-turned-Anglican) priest, and briefly dabbled with the Baptist church in college.

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    1. Agree, cell shades are getting the axe. I have them in other rooms of the house, we'll try something different.

      Took me 4 times to get grilled fish right. A couple simple preparations make it finish consistently well. Don't marinate (turns to mush), don't let the fish directly touch the hot grill (slip her into a foil pouch), and a butter baste is tastier than olive oil.

      Faith walk, I'll do it.

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  12. Add another vote for the bamboo or seagrass roller. I have one in my bathroom and LOVE it.

    Also another vote for hearing about your faith walk. I grew up Catholic (briefly considered becoming a nun during my teen years), married a Baptist preacher's kid and have now been attending a Presbyterian church that I LOVE for the past 12 years. I don't necessarily consider myself a Presbyterian...simply a Christian who could care less what church you go to and wants to spread as much love as possible. Isn't that what being a Christian is all about...spreading the good news and love of Jesus?

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    1. Noted, will order bamboo and grass shade samples to see if they'll work.

      I've enjoyed certain aspect of my Lutheran (friendly), Baptist (mucho one-on-one with the Bible) and Catholic (history and the sacraments) churches, but believe the C Church most closely alines with the intentions of Christ. The Catholic Church is the one that pieced together the Bible, so there's some meat there. I enjoy talking with people of all Christian and non-Christian religions and am open to learning. Thanks for spreading the Good News, keep at it!

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    2. Interesting that you say that. I didn't truly learn the Bible and how to walk with Jesus until I LEFT the Catholic Church. I've learned more about the Bible through teaching Sunday School to elementary-age kids than I learned my entire adolescent life, even though I wanted so badly to learn more. My adolescent years were spent learning the dos and don'ts of being a Catholic. I'm not saying anything negative about the Catholic Church...it just wasn't the best fit for my husband and me.

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  13. I vote for the bamboo/seagrass - I replaced my cellular w/bamboo (just cheapo's from Lowes) & the wood tones seem to warm up the room, not so stark (but just know that the cellular keep the room brighter/let more sun in).

    Faith walk will be interesting...

    Keep busy & it will make your time away from pigtails a little easier :(

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    1. Thanks Amy, I'll stay busy doing Jazzercise or something very similar.

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  14. Cellular top-down/bottom-up and fish on the grill, please... i need a mentor

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    1. Cellular are getting cut, down to 3, sorry Charlie. I'll do the faith and fish posts both, plus throw in some unicorn prose for free.

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  15. Jeremy Johnston6/26/2012

    Faith Journey, definitely. Extra points if your faith journey somehow involves a poem with magical unicorns!

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    1. Religious flying horses could be tricky to pull off, we'll see what happens.

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  16. I vote numbers 1 or 4 for the kitchen shades- not a fan of cellulose- I think they look outdated. I am intrigued by your faith transitions, please share.

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  17. Very interested in the faith walk. Could be a series of posts.
    Fan of the wood plantation shutters.

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  18. I'm interested in your faith journey, as well. I was born and raised Catholic, married an Episcopal, and find myself aligned more with less judgemental and close-minded religions than what the Catholic Church mostly preaches. Last year, we baptized our daughter Episcopal, so I guess we're leaning towards that, even though I think it's much more important to be a good person than to be a part of any organized religion. I agree with you on many of your perspectives, so I'm curious how your journey ended (continues?) where it did.

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    1. Is it the Catholic Church that is judgmental and close-minded or is God Himself judgmental and close-minded? Back in the time of Jesus, I'd venture that the Pharisees saw Him as an "open minded radical" and Gentiles saw him as more "close-minded and narrow." I suppose the lens through how we view God and the Catholic Church as judgmental or open/close-minded is tinted by our worldview.

      I'll do my best in the faith series to accurately articulate the teaching the C Church, as well as why I went all crazy Catholic. Thanks for being open to reading it.

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  19. I vote faith walk for an upcoming blog topic. I also vote for the first window covering option. Good luck with both.

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  20. Nice Jewish girl here who would like to hear about your faith, please. And I vote for the seagrass with the natural tones in your kitchen.

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    1. Will do, and I've been curious when/why did Jewish families cease offering up burnt sacrifices? Is the short answer sacrifice stopped when the Temple at Jerusalem was destroyed?

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    2. This is not usually the first question I get when I mention I'm Jewish ;). You're right, though, Beard. Ritual sacrifice ends with the destruction of the temple. Religious Jews believe that when the temple is rebuilt, burnt offerings will resume there.

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  21. Your garden goodies look great. I love plantation shutters.

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  22. Okay...I am laughing so hard at your "hoarder" comment as we deal with that with our 6 year old who I swear has a database of all her belongings! Too funny! When we moved, I had to ban her from her room so I could "clear" out items that would not be moving to the new house.

    As for the faith journey, I was raised Church of England and married Catholic man from Northern Ireland. Doesn't get much more opposite than that! :) But, over time, I have found that our faiths really aren't that different fundamentally. Eventually I have converted to Catholicism more for our kids than my husband (was never an issue for him) as the Catholic church doesn't have a open mass and I hated being the only in my family being denied eucharist. Living the in US we have a diocese and church that works for us. Hope that you find the same happy ending no matter where you end up.

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    1. Yeah, more than once Pigtails has pulled junk out of the garbage (I tried to hide/bury it at the bottom), scolding me for attempting to rid from her life something of great importance like a sack twisty-tie or a slightly used sucker.

      A Church of England marrying a Catholic man is like an Iowa Hawk fan marrying a State Cyclone. I'm glad one of you was willing to budge and acquiesce for the sake of a consistent front. I think Mass is a beautiful thing!

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    2. Pigtails would be right at home with our girls! I have been told I am mean for throwing out "sparkly" paper from a lollipop by our little hoarder! :) Makes for some funny stories when cleaning out her room!

      Yes, we CofE are an accommodating lot, if you don't count Henry VIII! LOL! Hope your search is going well! Good Luck! :)

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  23. Anonymous6/26/2012

    I have bamboo shades in my living room, and they make the room so DARK, I'm going to switch to something else. I vote for the plantation shutters. I also kinda like the cotton roller. Some friends have beautiful blinds that are a really pale beige with a subtle pattern on them. So, warm, but not dark.

    And ... why not write about both your faith journey and fish grill action (okay and give us some of that unicorn poetry too!) I really enjoy your blog; it is well written, uplifting, and thought provoking. I love the variety of your entries -- and of course Pigtails is adorable! I am not much of a commenter; but I know that is important to bloggers. Can you rig up a like / dislike / read button so that you can see how many people are reading your blog without the necessity of comments?

    And since I am commenting, I also want to say that I really appreciate that although in some areas (like your faith) you appear to be very conservative, you seem to think critically about issues. I find that missing in so much of the current discourse. I expect that there is much about which you and I would disagree; but respectfully so. Of course there's a lot we can agree on too -- like man those veggies look good!

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    1. Can't ya just open the bamboo shades all the way if they are making things too dark? But then the neighbors would see the BVDs, I get your point now.

      Blogging 101 states "have a theme and stick to it so your readers know what to expect". While I agree with that approach for certain subjects and types of blogs, I enjoy writing about whatever strikes the fancy. This randomness is probably irritating to some readers since they don't know what's coming. Plus some topics are boring to them. I'm glad you accept and roll with it.

      Your note about adding some like/dislike buttons is good. The blog layout is stale has been untouched since I fired it up 18 months ago. Time for a redesign, don't you think? Added to the list.

      I am conservative in many areas of life precisely because I am a critical thinker. After looking at both sides of an issue and breaking it down, a conservative worldview with an open mind that listens and learns makes sense to me.

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  24. I would love to hear your faith walk story- I was raised Catholic, but have spent my adult years wondering if it's the best choice for me. So I'm intrigued by how you ended up there- but a unicorn poem sounds good too!

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  25. Shannon6/26/2012

    1. Bamboo roller - texture & color will both complement but not obviously match what you already have in the room.
    2. Faith journey - even the recovering Catholic (my term) wants to hear about this.

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  26. Unicorn poems! I would love to hear your about your faith walk.

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  27. Definitely the faith. I was born, raised and married Catholic and 100% buy into all the teachings...most especially those moral ones that so many get so darn hung up on. However, I have friends and family of about every faith and lack there of, and I always am so blown away by how people find there way to Catholicism with so much bashing, misunderstanding and lies. Heck, why lie...there is enough 'tough' stuff in the faith that even some of Jesus' disciples stopped following him over b/c they just couldn't swallow it. Very intrigued indeed.

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    1. There's a lot of misunderstanding of what Catholics do, I too once thought they worshiped Mary and and were nutty on some of the rituals. Then I started to study the Catholic Church and learned what they do for real. There's a wide gap between what people outside the Church believe the Church believes, and what the Church actually believes. I'll attempt to close the gap with a coming post.

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  28. I vote for the faith walk post. Our daughter (raised in EFree Church) married a wonderful man who was raised Catholic. SIL isn't "following Jesus" and might not even be interested in spiritual things .... so I'm very interested in the Catholic church and the teachings.

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    1. Eager to serve, I'll do it!

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  29. Bamboo roller!
    The veggies look great.
    Good luck with the quiet/decluttering - 3 weeks will seem endless and will fly.
    I vote for the fish, the poem and the faith. It goes together, dont you think?
    (as for myself: a church-wandering reformed Protestant whose sis married an Irish Catholic - so there's my interest).

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    1. "3 weeks will seem endless and will fly."

      That.

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  30. Love the bamboo. I would love plantations in my sunroom but the cost is a bit of a deterrent!

    Would love to hear more about your faith journey; everyone has their own paths and I am always interested to learn about experiences other than my own (born & raised Catholic, dabbled in various Christian denominations and maybe a little agnosticism, eventually returned to the Church).

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    1. Nice, glad you wised up, and I'll take you with on my faith journey in a coming piece.

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  31. Sarah S.6/27/2012

    Bamboo roller and fish. I have some in the freezer and need an idea!

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  32. I vote for the multi-part faith walk.

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  33. DSMama6/27/2012

    We have bamboo shades in our kitchen and I love them!! There's my vote.

    I love reading about your cooking and there's nothing wrong with sprinkling a little faith in there! Shout out to George Michael!!

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    1. DSMama is a wise mama, I think I'll do bamboo.

      George Michael, great, I'd forgotten about him until you said something, thanks a lot.

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  34. Hey - re kitchen window covers: go with something you can either throw away when it gets greasy or clean when it gets greasy.


    My two cents.

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    1. Ha, throw away, paper plates of the blinds world.

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  35. I'm not good at picking window treatments and fortunately, you have gotten tons of good advice on that front.

    Even though unicorn poems are very cool, the faith journey is my vote. I am always intrigued by hearing everyone's faith journey...maybe that is why I am a CRHP junkie, but I love hearing about how they got from point A to B and the series of events that led them there. I was raised Baptist, dated a Catholic in college and decided it wouldn't work as he wasn't leaving the church and I was NOT joining the church...little did I know that this would be the first whisper into my ear to join the Catholic church. By the time I met DH I was lost spiritually and found the solid teachings of the Catholic faith to be refreshing and just what I needed and what I desired.

    Thank you for clarifying that the church "elevates" women, and doesn't downplay their importance. That is such a frustrating point that many who don't "seek to understand" like to throw out as an argument.

    Now, off to write my own book!!

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    1. The best advice is up there from blackbird, "Go with something you can throw away when it gets greasy...". I cracked up on that one.

      I'm in search of the Truth, and the search walked me to the Catholic Church. I'll break down the winding faith path in a coming series, come back and I'll dish it.

      God chose women to do the most important thing possible in this life: form, protect and birth beings whose souls live on for eternity. The Church raises women up, as they should be.

      I'll buy a copy of your book, have a good weekend MOB and get that house sold!

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  36. Karin K6/28/2012

    Please post some updates about Pigtails...that bawling business made me very unhappy. Funny how the internet can give me angst for a kid I will never meet...... Glad you axed the cellular - they would almost surely act like a candle wick for all the grease in the kitchen air. I love plantation myself, but I'm not sure how they'd fit in with your mostly modern kitchen. Maybe you should wallow around in Pinterest, typing search terms that are already in your kitchen (your cabinets, the color of you walls, stainless appliances, etc) and check out the window treatments in similar looking kitchens. You may end up going a totally different direction. Definitely write about your journey to the Catholic Church. Although, reading the comments above, I am having trouble imagining the world today if God had chosen a man as the vessel for his Son. Carry on! Looking forward to the next post.

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    1. I picked Pigtails up from her mom's on Tuesday afternoon this week for swim lessons. It was a treat, the girl's sweet and told me she misses and loves me. Dang, nearly made me have "allergies". She's off to her grandma's house where she'll ride horses and 4-wheelers this weekend, glad she'll be having a good time.

      Pinterest is for girls, but seems people are pining junk up there from the blog. This gal Wendy's kitchen photos are of similar design, notice many of them have naked windows like mine.


      That would be one ugly dude if a he-vessel was carrying Christ.

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  37. bamboo/seagrass, I have them on most windows and I love them. With all the food flying in your kitchen I wouldn't go with the plantation. I've had then in my kitchens past and they are a pia to clean. They look easy, but they're not, devilish lil buggers.
    I vote for faith, however the fish sounds tantalizing. I do enjoy intelligent convo regarding religion tho, especially when it's done in an open minded forum. I consider this a place of that nature.
    And as the other lovely poster stated, Pigtails update please, I too am in angst over the bawling.

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    1. The plantations do look rough to clean, bunch of cracks and crevasses to hide marinara bombs that detonate on the range. Plus they wouldn't offset the white subway tile well.

      Grilled Nemo for dinner tonight. Then added ice-cream and hash browns for an aftermath snack, I was hungry. I'll slap that mother up on the blog in a few days.

      Goal is to piece together the faith series in a manner that coaxes lively debate, not hate. Could be complete disaster though, we'll let 'er rip and see what happens next.

      Pigtails is doing well, I miss her a bunch though.

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  38. Coaxing lively debate vs hatred is rough waters in religious matters, Godspeed Beard. I look forward to reading and adding my two measly cents.
    Thanks for the Pigtails update, I'm sure she is missing you too.
    You and Curls have a fab weekend!

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    1. I've already manhandled the Big A., a faith talk will be cake.

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  39. Bamboo or plantation wood shutters. I live in the south where plantation wood shutters are practically required. Also, there is a great living social deal for a place to stay in Orlando that has a water park in it - it's a good deal. check it out.

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    1. Need to start looking for Living Social and Groupons for the Orlando, St. Augustine and Siesta Key areas, I'm on it!

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  40. Rachael7/05/2012

    I vote for bamboo/sea grass shades - it's the natural look and I don't think you'll get sick of it too quickly.

    Ever since I stopped eating meat a few years ago, I've been eating a ton of seafood (mostly shrimp, haddock and tilapia). Cod is so sweet and yummy and is so quick and easy to prepare. That market looks sorta like our Whole Foods, which I adore. Sometimes I go just to browse, maybe grab some exotic fruit or a nice piece of fish. Other than that, it's too expensive for my budget but man, it's a fun place (I am a girl of simple needs)!

    My new favorite food - which I just discovered over the weekend - is frozen raspberries. I never thought I particularly liked raspberries so I have no idea what possessed me to buy a bag of the frozen kind. I sprinkle on some Splenda and let them melt a tad, then dig in. All the yumminess of ice cream without the guilt. Mmmm, raspberries.

    I too am interested in your journey of faith. I was a devout atheist for most of my adult life, then in one fell swoop, became a believer at the age of 45. It can be a gradual journey over a period of years or it can happen in an instant. Oh yeah.

    Keep up the great work - your blog just keeps getting better and better. And try not to miss the little weedwhacker too much while she's gone. :)

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    1. Bamboo or grass it is, I'll measure and order this week.

      Oh crap, no meat, no smoked brisket, you'll be in my prayers. Whole Foods opened up last week in this here town, I'll run by and see how overpriced that place is on a visit this weekend. Samples, samples, hoping for gobs of free samples.

      Raspberries over ice-cream balance out the cream, correct? I think so.

      Faith journey posts will form in the coming weeks. Interesting read or a bore, could go either way. We'll see how it shakes out.

      I presume your note about the blog getting better is related to the coming unicorn runes, no?

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  41. Anonymous7/07/2012

    Always interested in someone's faith journey--would appreciate hearing about yours!

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  42. Just found your blog, been reading through some posts - love it. Also, what a wonderful daddy-cook you are!

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  43. I definitely vote religion... Lets hear about it!

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!