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The day after

Except it’s not really the day after right now. It’s the night of.

And you know what we’re not watching? Election results. Because the whole thing drives me crazy and I start to stress eat and just wake me up when the whole thing is over and we know who won.

Which we may know by the time you’re reading this. Or maybe we won’t know for two more weeks.

I have no idea.

Because we’re watching the movie remake of 21 Jump Street. Frankly, I vote for Johnny Depp. 21 Jump Street isn’t the same without him.

Anyway, since I can’t even pretend to keep any kind of normal train of thought, here’s a quick list.

1. Many of you have inquired about the oranges. The verdict is still out but it does appear that the apple in the bag experiment is working. They are definitely a little more ripe than they were a few days ago.

On a related note, I’m totally buying new ripe oranges at the grocery store and putting them in the bag if I have to resort to that. It’s the fruit equivalent of replacing a goldfish.

Not that I’ve ever done that.

2. I’m a little obsessed with these chevron knit throws.

I just thought you should know.

3. I’m also more than a little bit in love with this kitchen island. And those lights.

 

Does anyone know where I can find some reclaimed wood? Because P says he can make that countertop for me if he can find some reclaimed wood and I’m going to take him up on it.

So if you have an old barn you’re not using, please let me know.

4. I still have fake spider webs in my yard and decaying jack-o-lanterns on my front steps. Meanwhile, my neighbors put their Christmas lights up this past weekend.

Is it wrong that this makes me dislike them? I don’t need the pressure of holiday over-achievers living right by me.

5. That’s really all I have for today. Or tonight. I know that’s kind of lame, but it’s the best I could do under the stress of not watching the election returns.

Y’all have a good day.

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  1. 1

    Yes, the election has been declared over. Obama won and life goes on. Funny you should mention the chevron throws. I recently read Esperanza Rising and Esperanza’s abuelita was crocheting a blanket: ten stitches up, add one, nine stitches down, skip one. Sounds pretty simple, right? So, I’m working on it and I don’t know if I cast on the wrong amount of stitches or what, but the stitch count is not as consistent as Abuelita’s. Do you have a good chevron pattern or should I consider buying one of those beautiful ones from the link above?

    • 2

      Wow, not to confuse anyone, including me, I really am trying to crochet the blanket so I meant chain not cast on for the beginning stitches. I just tried it again and still not happy with the result!

  2. 3

    I kept hoping I would wake up and it would all be ok, so I am with you on the not watching thing. Wish I still could pretend it isn’t over:(

    LOVE the replacement orange idea, and would embrace it if needed. Desperate times…

  3. 4

    Rest in the knowledge that it’s easy to be an over-achiever when you pay someone to put your Christmas lights up. That’s probably what your neighbors did. The guys that get paid to do it have to start early so they can get to everyone. No housewife has motivated her husband to drag the lights out of the attic and place them on the house themselves this early in November :)

  4. 5

    I’m sick…….because I did watch and eat and watch and eat…….and then there’s the out come……sick….sick…..sick……thank goodness God is our true leader…..peace be with you.

  5. 6

    Yesterday was a double downer for us- the election and news of a 6 month deployment. Bleh.

  6. 8

    Those lights above that gorgeous island. Oh my!

  7. 9

    Can barely read blogs this morning, too depressing last night. I agree with Pam, it’s a good thing God is in control because I think we are in for a wild 4 years.

  8. 10

    I’m simply coping this morning. :(

  9. 11
    Nancy Holmes says:

    Try Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, Inc. for salvaged wood.

    Their web address:

    http://www.sa1969.com

  10. 12

    Try your local Craig’s List for wood. I see if on there from time to time.

  11. 13

    LOVE the kitchen pic… I’ve been wanting a reclaimed wood dining table. It’s been one of those honey do things that seems to be at the very bottom of the list. Unfortunately, I don’t see it moving up on the priority list unless I can figure out a way for the table to turn a profit.

  12. 14
    Shelly in Austin says:

    I bet the pioneer woman has some reclaimed wood she’s not using ;)

  13. 15

    I’m in love with that throw now..thank you very much. Craigslist sometimes is a good resource for finding reclaimed wood.. So are garage sales and scrap yards (if you don’t mind some dumpster diving! Ha!)

  14. 16

    No time to comment. I’m off to get a second job so I can afford that throw. It’s amazing, and I want to give it a loving home.

  15. 17

    I picked oranges in Gulf Shores this weekend and none of them are solid oranges. They told me they are ripe before they are solid orange in color. Anyway they are great and have a lot of juice.

  16. 18

    Christmas decorations? I can’t even find time for laundry. Enjoy elementary school. Enjoy junior high. Dread high school.

  17. 19

    I literally said the same thing about watching the election results last night. Therefore, as my dear sweet darling husband wanted to watch them, I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. and watched the chickiest of all chick flicks and totally ignored the politics. And guess what? We still had a winner this morning and ‘merica was still right outside my window. :)

  18. 20

    I love the countertops, but my biggest concern would be the grooves between planks. Anything less than perfectly smooth catches crumbs, flour, dirt, etc… making it really tough to keep clean. I have two small kids though so I tend to want to avoid anything extra I have to keep up with at this point ;)

  19. 21

    In the spirit of our president and his supporters, just go out and claim someone else’s wood as your own. You’re entitled to it.

    • 22

      Ha ha ha! Love your wit. I wish I could think of things like this on the spur of the moment.

    • 23

      Comment of the year!

    • 24
      Kimberly/OKC says:

      Yeah, and when the true owner of the wood comes and sees your success, you can say, “I didn’t build that!”

    • 25
      Nerd Girl says:

      This comment is just sad to me. I’m a supporter of our President. My husband and I go to work every day and have never asked anyone for anything. And guess what? Had Mr. Romney been elected I would’ve been a supporter of his as well. My love for this country far outweighs any disdain I might be tempted to feel for whoever is chosen as its leader. Until people of all political persuasions stop making asinine statements such as this our great nation will remain divided. To not agree with someone’s politics is fine but to bash an entire group of people because of whom they support is born of the worst type of ignorance – and one the reasons that Mr. Romney did not prevail last night.

      • 26

        Well said Nerd girl. the election did not go my way, but it’s now time to move on and work together and for the cruel statements to just stop.

      • 27

        The president you support has infringed on American’s individual rights as no one in history has ever done. The American government has never had the power to force people to actively behave in a certain way, force individuals to purchase a product only because they exist. This is the first steps toward fascism. If people get a little loud when they are trying to defend their GOD given right to FREE WILL that is not being rude. It is because you refuse to listen to the history lessons of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.

        Let me repeat something that so many Christains seem to forget. God gave us free will. You have no right to take it away. When you do it is evil, it doesn’t matter if you think it is for the common good. The only time you should infringe on someone else’s behavior is when they are harming another person or their property. The government has no right to take away what God has given us.

    • 29

      This made me giggle. =)

  20. 30

    I love those lights above the island. They’re gorgeous. Decorating Overachievers are tricky to outsmart. Unless you choose to leave your Christmas lights up all year long? Then you’ll always have yours up first. No pressure at all.

  21. 31

    Love that island and those lights! I was looking for some wood in SA a while back to make something and came across this: http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mat/3375648418.html

    Some of it (from the pic) looks like it could be weathered in a good way and not a termite/wet not good way. If hubs can pull it off it would be so worth it. Do you know anything about those lights? I’m replacing mine and am on the lookout for fab ones.

    And as you can well see I’m focusing on all of the really important eteranal stuff like barnwood and pendant lights. Avoiding the “America has spoken” comments from those who seem to have missed the part where 54 million people spoke and said something else :)

    • 32

      Well, since I have no idea how to delete my comment I’m adding an amendment. I wanted to delete the little political part off of the end. We’re privileged to get to vote and the majority ruled. End of that story. Praying for our president and glad to live here :)

  22. 33

    just not lovin’ the worn wood in the kitchen look. makes me think of splinters and chipping paint.

    for those who want to learn the chevron crochet or knit throw, go on over to Ravelry.com—a great group with lots of tutorials on anything yarn related.

  23. 34

    My apologies for dragging politics into a blog that isn’t my own. I shouldn’t have said it here. Please forgive me.

  24. 35

    I would love a kitchen table along the lines of that island! So beautiful.

  25. 36

    LOVE the island. I am asking my hubby for an island for Christmas. And a wood floor in the kitchen. (I don’t ask for much, do I?) I am lucky because he had a sawmill years ago and so actually has rough sawn elm lying around, which I am hoping he can turn into a floor for me…

    Mary, wife to an awesome but slightly beleaguered woodworker

  26. 37

    While I’m packing my bags and boarding a big ol’ bus to Canada driven by Donald Trump – LOL! I must laugh or I will cry…

  27. 38

    Hola! Love the island. There is a place on I-10 just before Boerne on the east bound side that has a whole bunch of reclaimed wood. It looks like an old lumber yard.

  28. 39

    I.LOVE.THAT.KITCHEN! Holy moly! It’s a beaut!

  29. 40

    Tammy and Kimberly/okc!
    Savvy, perceptive and painfully astute you are! Do you have a blog? You simply must!
    As to some of the other comments about tolerance and support of leaders, I imagine that’s the same rational or coping mechanisms of the citizenry throughout history and the justification for supporting it.

  30. 41
    Ineke1980 says:

    You know, while I am an Obama supporter and an Atheist, I still love reading Blogs from strong, intelligent and funny women like Big Mama and Kelly. We can be of differing opinions and religions (or non-religions) and still respect each other.

    Also, I am totally not differing in opinion on the throw and the counter top and the lamps. All three I NEED in my life.

    • 42

      I can respect anyone who doesn’t try to impose their will on me with a gun. Try not paying your taxes for several years and see what happens. Obamacare is you imposing your will on others. Voting to have the government use other people’s money to do what you think is right doesn’t make you a good person. It makes you a dictator. That has nothing to do with religion unless you don’t believe in the natural rights of man.

      • 43
        Ineke1980 says:

        I didn’t vote for Obama, so I am not imposing anything on anyone. And I don’t own a gun. So we’re good :-)

  31. 44

    Not sure how my comment got thrown up in the middle of the political stuff… Though I do have my own opinions, I won’t share them here.

    This post made me giggle. Our pumpkins are rotting as I sit here typing and I’m watching the neighbor’s Christmas lights flash ON NOVEMBER the 8th!!!! SHEESH.