July 22, 2009

Multiple listing

We all do what we can to stay organized.

I went over to a friend's house yesterday and discovered a different type of list. Multiple scraps of paper with a task or two on each. Instead of crossing something off the list you just remove it the scrap of paper from the countertop.

This would drive me batty personally. Aside from being a bit messy, you miss the sense of accomplishment you get when you're able to check your box complete or cross something off your list.

To each her own, I guess.

July 16, 2009

Thick and thin

Remember that lonely day in the church on top of the hill? It was drizzling.

I, Susan, take you, Ulf, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

You said the same. We sang. And then we kissed.

I love you, my huzzy! Happy anniversary.

And happy birthday, too!

July 10, 2009


We are fa-mi-ly... I got all my sisters with me.

The problem is, I don't. One is in Guatemala learning Spanish and the other -- the birthday girl, my little sister Patti -- is at a beach house in Italy.


I wish she were here and could celebrate her birthday with us. I miss you so much, Patti-rish. Don't come back soon, come back now!!!

Happy birthday! I love you!

Visiting Lancaster county... Susan, Cathy, Patti.

Easter Sunday. Patti already looking quite the fashion plate.

An unfortunate bang-trimming, but still Patti is super cute.

Patti, mom, Susan, Freddie, at the Jersey shore.

Patti visiting me in Stockholm (we both had Dorothy Hammill haircuts!)

Patti's graduation day from Bucknell. From left: Cathy, Aunt Helen, Patti and Susan.

Susan and Patti looking very Talbotty. Talbots is off limits these days!

Stockholm, this time with Freddie.

Patti is so cute when she cracks up!

Last year, with Cathy (Cathy: we are NOT excluding you).

July 5, 2009

Kill your darlings

"Kill your darlings" is a term I learned in Sweden and I don't even know if it is used in this country. It is an editing term that means: no matter how much you might love your composition of words or your turn of phrases, sometimes you just have to delete them. I think of this often when I am editing my own texts. It's kind of healthy.

In any case, such were my thoughts this weekend when I "deleted" a number of garments from my current wardroble.

You all know about the one-year rule: if you haven't worn it in a year, throw it away. (I think this rule is too hard to live by strictly, but I use it as a guide). But when you have garments in your closet you haven't worn this decade, you know you have to get rid of them, no matter how much sentimental value they might have, no matter how soft they are, no matter how expensive they were, indeed, no matter how much you love them. I've posted pictures of a few of these items (mostly for posterity), but it's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are six bags of such things waiting to go to charity. I'll take them tomorrow.

A sampling:

Susan Wuest bought me this when she went to Iceland. It didn't fit me right but I've always loved it.

I inherited this from Olof and wore it a ton when I was preggo.

Ulf bought me this "Luciekofta," a traditional Norwegian sweater, when we visited Norway. I wore it twice. It's way too big and itchy as all get out.

This BCBG sweater is the cutest and such an cool fabric, a heavy knit but light too. I never wore it (too small!)

The only Dior garment I've ever owned, but seriously "Dior Dolls"? I got this from Patti but always felt so conspicuous when I wore it, which was about twice. The bag I got from Barb and I have since decided to keep it. Must wear it soon!

This is country&western goes chic. The fabric is so soft but I always felt too sparkly in this.

This is an old friend, my favorite cashmere sweater ever, a present from Ulf more than 10 years ago. It is now too big and holy (really needs an arm patch!)

I wore this top to Cathy&Andy's wedding (10 yrs ago) with a pair of black pants. That is hand embroidered silk, and it is lovely. Cole borrowed it for a wedding, too. It is too small now. The bag is a made from Lilly Pulitzer fabric, and I think one thing is I know is that I am not--no matter how hard I try--a Lilly Pulitzer kind of gal.

I screen-printed this myself but the image is way below my belly-button and it looks silly. It's an image of my niece CJ.

I discarded several bags. The one to the left is a Cynthia Rawley bag I found too floppy. The one to the right was hand-made for me out of an old pair of "mom" jeans.

Farewell my darlings!

July 2, 2009

Organize jewelry - check (yay!)

I love the feeling you get when you can make a check mark next to something on your list, especially when that something has been on your list for a very very very long time. Such was the case with my jewelry, which I have been thinking about a good way to organize for years. The problem was -- as with everything you want to organize -- lack of space.

About a year ago, I scored a nifty jewelry box at a yard sale. I paid $5 for it, which I thought was steep at the time. But I realize now I got my money's worth, and then some. I finally made time to go through all my stuff, and it is worth a celebration. Not least because I found the pearl earrings given to me by an old boyfriend. I had been looking for them forever!

Back to The Box. While only about the size of a cigar box (actually it is about twice as high but the overall dimensions are cigar-boxy) it houses so much jewelry, because it is built on a roll-out system. No space is wasted.

Just look at the pics, it is never-ending!

1. Closed all the way.

2. First opening. There is quite a bit of space in that center compartment. But that's not the best part.

3. Second opening. You start to see the possibilities:

4. Then the sides continue to roll out and you have many different compartments. Below, only the one side.

5. Here, the other side:

6. Voila: the whole kit and caboodle! Whoa!

6. Close-up of some of the neat compartments. This is for rings but I used it mostly for earrings (most of these are garage sale earrings!):

7. Some other cute compartments:

If anyone wonders what this is called it is The Jewel Kit. I don't know if they still sell it at that link. But if I come across another one at a garage sale I am definitely going to buy a spare.

Now I have a bag of old jewelry to get rid of, mostly 80's style dangle earrings and other costumy pieces. Might take that to a jeweler to see if I can get any money!

P.S. If you are a burglar and you like the looks of my jewelry, don't even think about coming over to steal it. I always hide my jewelry box in a very clever spot. You will never find it!

July 1, 2009

More Michigan (me waffle nest me me sign swan me-feet me me boat boat boat web sunset)

Only photos, mostly me.

Coming soon: my new jewelry box (well, new to me!)