monday funday…

The wind (which kept us awake last night) is blowing and the sky outside my office is positively ominous. I’m sitting at my desk freezing, but too lazy to get up and put on a sweater…and resolutely NOT turning on the heat at the end of March!!!

It serves me right for being such a show-off in earlier posts about how early Spring arrived in the Pacific Northwest this year and how the cherry blossoms were dripping off the trees. Stupid karma!

So three cheers to our friends to the east, who suffer much longer winters and smug west-coasters! Hope this warms your day too!

This is an infinity pool with butler service in the Six Sense Hotel in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand (northeast of Phuket). I’d say that’s on my Bucket List for sure!!!

photo by via Woman's Day

Hang in there. Only a couple more months…almost time to get the jam jars out of the basement! I love to take the kids strawberry picking. We all come out of the fields with pails and stomachs full of these little parcels of sunshine.

photo courtesy Edible Portland

And why not throw in a summer libation that calls for strawberries?! During my blogging, I keep reading about drinks with basil, so here’s one with strawberries and basil–sounds divine. This is the Basil Grande posted on Hostess With The Mostess–a fabulous site if you’re planning a party!

photo courtesy Hostess With The Mostess

Hostess With The Mostess’ Basil Grande

4 fresh strawberries, hulled
5 fresh basil leaves
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Chambord
1 ounce Grand Marnier
3 ounces cranberry juice


Muddle strawberries and basil in shaker base.
Add other ingredients and shake with ice.
Use a fine strainer into a martini glass.
Garnish: Dust with black pepper and floating basil leaf.

I just adore these sweet lanterns. They bring back memories of cutting with blunt scissors in grade school (hmmm…don’t recall the other kids having “blunt” pairs). I’m definitely going to make some with Jane this summer. The sherbet color combination is compelling!

photo by via Sew Mo blogspot

I hope everyone is planning their summer hat–may it be as supercalifragilistic as Samantha’s on Sex and the City! You gotta know I’m going to be wearing a hat ALL THE TIME–I’m a redhead and my arms and legs are so white that I think they actually reflect the sun away from me. Can you say SPF?

photo via Fabsugar

Of course you’re going to have to get some super groovy sunglasses too (How clever am I to find a kid with purple sunglasses to match Samantha’s dress!) Never too soon to shop (and wish) for summer!!! If you’re like me, it will be the end of July and you’ll think, “Gee, I could use a pair of sunglasses and some flip flops!” By the way…I have a beef with “flip flops”…my kids squeal every time I say “thongs”. Since when did the term change? Was I asleep during the last decade and somebody decided, “That’s it. Enough of that smutty name. From now on, they shall be called flip flops”?

photo courtesy Love to Know

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