Monday, April 8, 2013

monday morning

 It's gray and gloomy out there today.
And yes ~ that's my tiny back yard. Those big houses are right on top of us
and I hate it. When we moved in here 22 years ago, it was all woods behind
our house. I'm so glad that Brian and Phil planted a row of arborvitaes 
ten years ago. They offer a little bit of privacy.

I love grapefruit. I eat one just about every day.

 The t-shirt I'm wearing today. Isn't this awesome?
I found it at Anderson's Bookshop.

Speaking of books, I finished two this weekend.
This is the one that's next on my reading list. I'm on GoodReads,
if you want to add me as a "friend". 

Guess it's no surprise that I love word puzzles. The only newspaper we get
is the Sunday Chicago Tribune. I always work the Jumble.

I love snoozing kitties all over the house...

 Zippo almost makes a complete circle!

In constant motion...this and the washer and dryer. I think the dishes
and laundry multiply faster than rabbits in my house.

Loving the bright colors against the gray wall in the main bathroom. 
Found this new towel at TJ Maxx.

 Now it's off the the grocery store to pick up a few things before
my yoga class later this evening. How's your Monday going?


  1. Love the t-shirt; love grapefruit; books; crosswords; and kitties. We're twins! (Except I still work full time.)
    Can I come live with you?

  2. Sure, Sandy ~ we'd be great roomies! Cool to hear we have a lot in common. Except I'll pass on the working FT. ;-)

  3. I like all these photos from around your house - it gives a nice picture of your daily life!


    1. Yep, just some pieces of my morning! Glad you liked the photos.

  4. Hi Mel, I read your oven story on Facebook and then jumped out of my skin when some stacked jars fell over in my kitchen. Everything looks great, and the kitties sure look comfy! Talk to you soon. Love, Penny

  5. You took the grey and gloom out of a Monday and brought us a colorful, cuddly, collection of your life.
    Nice post!

    1. Aww, thanks Lynne! That was very sweet of you to say.

  6. What a lovely look around your home on a Monday morning. :) Yes, for me having two teenage boys, there's lots of dishes and clothes to be washed around here, too.

    As to your questoin, about my breakfast plate ... when my friend Mona came from Lebanon, she brought me fresh wild thyme which is the main ingredient in zaatar when dried.'atar
    She also had made me some flat bread with it that is great to have with morning tea (or coffee in my case). I wanted to try and make the zaatar bread as my mother-in-law used to but it didn't quite turn out (I'm not good with making a dough). But I still ate the biscuits toasted and dipped in lebaneh which is the white creamy stuff. Strained yogurt that is eaten for breakfast or dinner topped with olive oil. And the olives were spicy Moroccan green olives! Yum!
    Your kitties are all so sweet! Hope you have a great today. :) Tammy

    1. Thank you for explaining your breakfast plate to me. I'm going to look those things up! It all sounds delicious.

  7. GoodReads is great for our reading motivation, isn't it? It is small like this in Holland throughout the country. But having had woods behind you would be a shock to your system. *sigh* Some changes are not good ones.

    Will be emailing you later today to update you. This is going to be an anxious month for us but I will tell you all about it then.

    Hugs from Holland ~

    1. I hate being surrounded by houses on all sides. :-( Hope to hear from you soon!

  8. Your t-shirt is awesome!

    The houses across the street from me have the same big house situation. They built that subdivision about 6 years ago and the set back requirement is like nothing. My neighbors have no privacy when they are in their back yards. Good thing you planted those aborvitaes! Leyland cypress are good screens too and grow fairly fast.

    It's sunny and hot here today :)

    1. Glad you like the t-shirt! I hate having no privacy when I'm in my back yard (and in my front yard, too!)'s like living in a fish bowl.

  9. I love grapefruit for breakfast in the morning, too. I'd probably eat berries every single day if I could , but they tend to be expensive. Love all the snoozing kitties. I'm on goodreads, too. But lately I haven't had much time to read, so my account is getting stale.


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