I'm so thankful to finally be in a home where I enjoy my kitchen cabinets. They're white, and for me that's just perfect, but, for years in our past two houses (and as I've talked about before) I was dying to have a new look than the outdated oak that we had. The amazing thing is there are so many options now! You can completely re-do your entire kitchen, you can "reface" them (where you keep your existing cabinets and change out the doors) and there is painting. Today I thought since I'm all about photo inspiration, I'd share some kitchens that I found online. Hopefully if you've been stuck in a kitchen cabinet rut like I have been so many times, that you'll find your own kitchen cabinet inspiration. I love the look of bi-color cabinets, I think it's a great way to incorporate two different style (maybe of light and dark, shades of neutral, or a punch of color). I'm also always going to love a white kitchen. Simply because to change the style, you change the accessories. Everything matches white. I adore the warmth and sophistication that dark cabinets bring. Options are endless!
Yesterday was rose garden day. As is the custom in Oregon there was light rain off and on, but not enough to spoil our trip, so off we went. As expected our guests were quite impressed with the roses flowers. They have over one hundred tea rose bushes themselves and she was very knowledgeable about roses. She walked a lot more than she would have thought possible. I suppose her level of excitement allowed her to forget about her pain and discomfort. She wrote names in a notebook while he did camera duty. Most of the full blossoms were at least seven inches in diameter. I carried the tape measure to add to the photos proving the sizes. We bought sausage dogs at a stand in the gardens and sat outside to eat them. I thought she might wilt but she mustered the strength to march on to the gift shop.
Have you met Curiosity? Let me introduce you. Curiosity is the Mars rover than landed on the surface of Mars around midnight last night. It's official, she is a girl and will be referred to in the feminine. I didn't get to bed until the wee hours of the morning because her landing was so exciting. It was a nail biting performance all the way. I am not a fan of Mars and have never understood the world's passion to put humans on Mars. I am, however, a total fan of the science we receive from space exploration. I'm also a fan of the amazing technology and engineering that goes into making these space exploration missions a success. I'm also a fan of the social media that's available for us to keep up with these missions on a moment to moment basis. In the early days of space exploration we didn't have that and it makes a big of difference. I feel like I know Curiosity on a personal basis. Isn't she cute? Go NASA go!
Book: Free Soul and Love my Life by Yamaji Ebine. Music: I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry. I found both the song and the comics probably the same day. I thought it was ironic considering the topic of the books and the song. The two manga titles are shoujo-ai, or girls love, dealing with female / female relationships; Book: The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. Music: You and I by Park Bom. I am kinda confused how these two came together, the song and book aren't exactly fitting for each other, but hey. They both are about love so they do have something in common even if it isn't the tone. Book: Bitter Angels by CL Anderson. Music: White Horse by Sarah McLeod. Well... I didn't actually finish the book, but I did spend enough time staring at it. I thought the song and the book went together particularly well. Plus I kind hone in on key words such as "course," "mystery" and so on. So I sorta got the space mission vibe... I guess. Book: Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator by Janni Nell. Music: Cloud 9 by Hwayobi; This combo involves another funny coinkidink (the other being the shoujo-ai and Katy Perry's song). I was listening to this song before I started the book, and then all of a sudden this book starts bring up their own "Cloud 9" where the heroine says her guardian angel lives. So it it is the name in this case that cemented the two in my mind. Those are the ones I remember right now. I am sure there are more... Anyway, yay this was fun.
I've been thinking how much I love music and how much I love reading. Sometimes the two kinda bump into each other. And a song somehow becomes attached to a book. I am the type that once I find a song I like it I have to listen to it repeatedly, so I easily can listen to the same song all while I read one book. I notice that sometimes the book comes out the winner and I remember that more clearly than the song I had playing on repeat in the background, and sometimes it is the flip-side. I kinda wanted to make a short little list of the book and song pairings. Book: Fruits Basket; Music: Above the Clouds by Kavin Hoo. It was in July, my mums B-Day, and hot as hell. I had the CD playing in the background as I was introduced to one of my favorite manga series ever; Book: Desire by Yukine Honami; Music: Kids with Guns by Gorillaz. I thought the tone of the song went well with the tone of the book, the chorus. With this I was using my CD player with earbuds. I am trying to recall if I manually had to "repeat" the song.
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You have all been with me along my "oh so awful I cannot find a winter coat" journey. I ordered one from House of Fraser. It arrived. It was awful. I ordered one from ASOS. It arrived. It was nice. From Danish brand Minimum (a brand I really like), it was a simple charcoal duffle. But I feel like a slob when I wear it during the week. I need something that goes the extra: looks stylish, keeps me warm and maybe is in a colour that lifts rather than drains? I almost bought a navy Burberry mac, and although that remains on my wish list (as I think navy is a fabulous colour) I plumped for this coat in Zara. Cue shaky shot of me wearing said coat today as I was heading out! It's funny because I tried this right at the beginning of the winter season. Then I saw some semi-famous people wear it in the newspapers and I liked the way it looked when worn smart or casual. I guess you would describe it as a swing coat. There is a retro feel to it. The buttons are covered in dark brown leather and I think camel looks lux... even if it cost just $99. I am happy and I am cosy. Win, win! Finally, the quest it over... well until next year!