stupid printer…

You know what irritates me? Highly finickity printers who (that’s right…I said “who”) choose not to work, exactly when you need them to. I have witnesses (Tracy & Kim), who can attest to the spooky, spoiled childlike personalities of my printers (I’m not drunk)!!!

I’ve been trying to get my printer to work all morning, so I can pack and ship some orders. And this is what I have accomplished…

That’s right. PHOTOGRAPHY!!!! I decided to pick up my camera, instead of smashing my printer with a hatchet and burning it in the back yard.


perfect pooch…

Sick of me yet? I’ve been making a concerted effort to blog WAY more. So today, I’m going to torture you some more with my latest photos! Do you have some little spot in your home that brings you a lot of enjoyment? I love this little overlooked nook in my kitchen. It’s what I spot first thing every morning, and it just tickles my fancy.

I have two naughty dogs–Daisy & Stella. But I’ve got one perfect pooch–Recycled Rover!!!! She doesn’t bark at innocent by-passers. She doesn’t have “accidents” on my carpets. She definitely doesn’t shred abandoned socks. And, she doesn’t sit beside me staring at me whenever I eat ANYTHING.

even steven goes to seattle…

Our girl’s nose was out-of-joint ’cause our boy got to go skiing for a week with his buddy, while the rest of us stayed “a la maison”. We thought we were so clever not going skiing. We rubbed our hands together just thinking about all the hard-earned cash we’d save this Spring Break. NOT!!!!

If you’ve ever been a sibling, you know that seething, brewing, festering temptation to “get even”. Our little pre-teen knows how much her brother LOVES going to Seattle to shop for clothes with the family, so that’s exactly where she picked as her revenge destination.

You’re right! Mark and I are weak! We bend at the first sign of trouble. We’re old and tired, and we don’t have the strength to resist her superhuman powers. Where did she learn how to get her eyes to go really big and fill up with FAKE tears on demand? Damn Google and its tutorials!!!

So yesterday morning (stupidly early), we headed for the border. We stopped for breakfast in Fairhaven at the historic Harris Avenue Cafe, where I gobbled down the best darned buttermilk pancakes I’ve ever tasted. I’m going to try cornmeal in my homemade pancakes–it adds a lovely crunch. They roast their own divinely-good coffee too!

Our next stop was Northgate Mall in Seattle. I won’t bore you with all the hideous shopping details, but I can’t resist just one. If my child ever comes to me and tells me, “My dream is to work in a hazardously dark store, where they play supersonic music, and I can inhale noxious perfume all day long,” I’ll know exactly who to direct them to–Hollister. My head is still pounding and the budget is blown!

Next we headed for my favourite shopping area–the University District–but this time we avoided the freeway and chose to drive all the way down on Roosevelt Avenue, through the funky little shops and houses. I was surprised by how much further ahead their Spring is. The cherry trees are in blossom and there are crocuses and daffodils everywhere. Lucky!

I couldn’t resist getting a shot of these tiny quirky shops–gotta love university towns.

There aren’t any more details or photos from this point on. Let’s just sum it up this way:

* Everything started to look the same

* Price tags started to get blurry

* feet throbbing

* No parking anywhere near Starbucks

* Nobody agreed on what to have for dinner, so ended up in worst restaurant choice of all

* pouting throughout vehicle

* Listened to the border report and drove the extra 30 minutes to the “faster” crossing, only to find out everyone else was listening to the same border report

* Headed back to original border destination, only to find out everyone else headed to the original border destination ahead of us

* Waited in line-up for 60 minutes

* Seethed with hatred for all the “idiot” drivers cheating the lineup

* Honked at twice by idiot drivers ’cause we wouldn’t let them cut in front

* Got home three hours later than expected

* Loved up by lonesome dogs

* Hate shopping

* Hate losing when we think we’re winning

lazy saturdays…

I love to stay in my pajamas and while away my time on Saturdays (or, frankly, any day of any week, anytime)! Usually it’s a matter of not being able to peel myself away from my laptop and drinking two pots of coffee, while the house collapses in mayhem around me. I figured that I spent my thirties and early forties cleaning and organizing and ironing and cooking (I can hear my sisters spitting out their tea)–now it’s time for me! That sounds drastic, but it only really happens a few times a year that I don’t have to be somewhere, drop off somebody, pick up somebody, buy something, do something, or make something on a Saturday.

Today, I decided to catch up on some amazing blogs that I haven’t visited in a while. I saw a beautiful mantel display on one, so I decided to drag out my neglected camera and relearn how to set it up!

My house looks pretty clean, right? WRONG. That’s why you’ll only see the fireplace from the waist up. Below, it’s a frightening collection of dog toys, magazines, socks and dust bunnies the size of a small dog.

pretty little easter aprons…

Easter is right around the corner, and I was just folding a set of matching April Cornell mother (grandmother)/daughter aprons, when a great idea struck! Why not give away a set of these cutie-patootie aprons? Retail value: $58.

I’m going to draw the lucky winner on March 18 from my Nicole Jane Home subscribers’ list. If you’re not already a subscriber to my (very infrequent) newsletters, just pop by my website and sign up HERE.

The boring fine print: You have to be 18+ years old and live in the U.S.A. or Canada, and your local/federal laws must allow you to participate (I’m really sorry Quebec).

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