Our kitchen is about 75% finished (we need more counter tops done, trim, to finish the bar, etc.)
But I like the way the details are coming along.
I can't believe how low the lake is, you can see the line where the water usually is.
Sometimes, he rescues animals.
Sometimes, he antagonizes them (just a little). Sometimes he gets right in their spidery faces and takes a picture.
Here's a pretty kitty. I can't believe she's 15. Her latest name is "Polly" (she likes to sit at shoulder level, like a parrot) but we've always just called her "Little Girl." Not very original, but she likes it.
We had a fantastic weekend. Some friends (who only live 2.5 hours away, so they're actually our closest (geographically) friends) came to visit. We hiked, talked, laughed, played music. I got to play hostess and our feast was a success. I made chicken shish kebabs with a tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, pomegranate and spices (cumin, sea salt, pepper, a little curry and fresh mint) marinade. Using 2 skewers each keeps them from spinning so they grill more evenly. Chicken cut into 1 inch cubes, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and red onion wedges.
I made some tabbouleh and put out sides (warm pita bread, hummus, yogurt cucumber sauce, feta cheese, greens) so we could make little sandwiches. I put a lantern out and T lit the tiki torches. And I forgot to take pictures!
And the cocktails were also a hit - organic vodka with lemon juice, pomegranate juice and club soda. With stevia extract to taste (a sweet (20X sweeter than sugar), noncaloric, actually good for you herb). Maybe that's why I forgot to take pictures . . .
Before they arrived, I sprinkled about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil on the carpet in the guest room and vacuumed. That made the air in that room smell very refreshing. The boyfriend of our friend announced he liked and wanted that smell in his house. After we had breakfast the next day, we stopped by the health food store and she bought some liquid stevia, peppermint essential oil and pomegranate juice. That made me happy.
Soon, I will marshal the ability to slow down and formulate coherent thoughts with cleanly structured paragraphs and transition sentences.