I spent Thursday night with Colorado friends -- the Palmer Divide quilt guild. They were showing off their latest quilt challenge -- monochromatic quilts. Very cool ones, too. (Here's some of their work with another teacher.)
An evening of their kindness and enthusiasm was just the pick-me-up I needed.
This week: finish up a big batch of reports, do some minor restoration work, and spend a lot of time cleaning up and putting away Stuff around here. The Brick's 60th birthday is coming up soon, and I want the house to shine during his party.
Doings from the Grammys...including weird clothes and winners. Pharrell Williams won for his music video, "Happy." ( I liked it, too!)
Dean Smith died. We've been fans of this North Carolina basketball coach for decades. (The Brick grew up in Jacksonville, NC, and we've watched an awful lot of Smith's work.) A classy, dignified man who was Michael Jordan's coach -- and personified college b-ball.
Ten tips for sleeping safely at the airport. Sometimes your flight is delayed...or cancelled. Or there's only a few hours until the next one. Just don't try it at places like Midway in Chicago -- they close up the airport at midnight and boot everyone out. (I know, from experience.)
A new copy of the Magna Carta is found...in the archives of Sandwich, England. It's worth millions and millions of dollars.
Cleaning your house out -- and making money in the process. Some good sources who buy videos, books, clothes, etc. here. (From One Frugal Girl)
Nine freezer-to-cooker meals that don't need cooking prep ahead of time. (From New Leaf Wellness) This blogger loves freezer and slow cooker meals that are easy to make -- so don't wander off her blog until you look around a bit.
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca -- the latest in the Bare Bones II pasta series in Holiday Goodies.
A Colorado couple that stole more than $100,000...from her parents. The wife even had her parents' calls forwarded to her cellphone, so she could keep track of their doings. And if you think the money was pretty much wasted, you're right. Shame, shame, shame.
10 places to find lost money -- at home.
The broke person's guide to decorating. (From Apartment Therapy)
Dear Mom in the tunnel -- a sweet (and wry) celebration of what it's like to be a mom. (From Red and Honey)
Get a family member to cut your hair! Step-by-step instructions and photos make this extremely helpful. (From The Frugalwoods)
Another 25 ways to save a buck or two. (From yours truly, via Midlife Finance.) A post about keeping (or quitting) your job, too -- same place.
Famous last words. The actors' version is here, but if you scroll down, you'll find plenty of others to choose from, including writers, religious figures and U.S. presidents.
"I want to die like my father, peacefully in his sleep, not screaming and terrified, like his passengers."
Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and actor
Kanye West did it again -- This time, he decided that Beyonce should have the Grammy Beck was awarded! It's hard to believe that a guy would have enough cojones to march up to the stage and actually start to demand it. (Well, he did.)
Oops, it's Tuesday... I had some unexpected things to take care of that took longer than planned. Daughter #2 is on her way to Tucson, to the gem show there and pick up inventory for her business. I took her and companion Keith to the airport this morning. Then back to the races.
Have a great week.
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