Our little change

Alright now, you can stop guessing. We are pregnant. Well, I am. Mike is just along for the ride. We are nervous and overjoyed and excited all at once. We have talked about this many times before but now that it is really happening, we stand in awe.

I have been really tired and sleeping alot since this started. But magically as I started this new week, I have new found energy. That is a good thing since there is a lot to be planned for, talked about and done.  The most exciting project for me would be the nursery but you already knew that! I’m looking forward to some sewing projects and crafty fun as well.

We saw our little one 3 weeks ago and it was most wiggly. That is not a surprise considering that it has Mike’s genes.

I just wanted to share this news with you, my dear friends. Believe me, it was hard to sit on my hands and not write this post. I have one more close friend to tell and I hope she doesn’t read this before we talk soon.

I already feel the change in me, thinking about all things baby but I promise that I will still share things I enjoy, like good food, crafty ideas, decorating tips, movies, books, music and even more. I won’t deny that the little one will come up quite a bit because I know I won’t be able to help it.

Won’t you join me on this journey as we welcome this little change into our lives?

Warm Breeze

Dusty Miller & Portulaca (Moss Rose)

There was a beautiful warm summer breeze that blew through the house most of the weekend. It was a busy one but very productive. I am in the process of converting the tea nook into a more usable workspace and will post pictures once that is done. Most of the elements of the tea nook will still be present but it will be more usable. I guess I am missing the use of desk/workspace since I left work.

Today’s bits:

If you are looking for new grilling recipes like I have been, how about this mustardy one or maybe this Asian Sichuan peppercorn one?

This weekend, we bought bacon dogs from The Swinery. Simply delicious! Check out their inner sanctum for grilled goodies for brunch (weekends) and lunch.

There are lots of things to do here in the summer – for e.g. the Washington Brewers Festival. Or perhaps garden tours are more your thing – here is a calendar to see which tours are going on.

And run, don’t walk, to Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream – peanut butter or oatmeal cookies n cream!

O Summer

We had delicious burgers and fries at Five Guys last week, just before we saw Toy Story 3. What a fun night!

Today’s bits:

I decided on this shower curtain for the new walls in the master bath. It is making the bath look quite masculine. I think I just need some happy yellow daisies in there to make it look like a girl lives here.

Dinner swaps/cooking co-ops – what a creative fun idea to make dinner one night for several families to pick up and then enjoy the delicious dinners for another couple of nights during the week from your swap families. It makes me want to start one.

I am a big Nigella fan and when she loves something, I’m always quick to pay attention. I think she has great taste. She recommends this chic new book by her art director/book designer, called The Geometry of Pasta. I am a believer that any shape pasta can be paired with any sauce but this book tells you what goes with what.

My favorite thing to eat is shokupan しょくぱん (Japanese white bread). I like it plain, or with butter & a sprinkle of sugar, or some kaya (pandan coconut jam) or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Raised veg bed

Thank you all for the encouraging support for my return to blogging. I have to thank my muse, wherever you are, it’s like I woke up one morning and I found my voice again.

After some hide-and-seek with Mr Sun yesterday, I was able to get outside to plant my tomato and squash starts as well as mint pots. I also planted some annuals. I cannot wait to enjoy the summer garden.

Every year, Mike and I talk about how we will have an ideal backyard one day but it’s been five years here at Scarlett and every year, it’s been a pleasure watching it evolve. I love my backyard. I know the history of what’s growing in it – who put it there (mostly, damn those self seeders!), what it is and what it likes. I don’t miss the lawn and am still proud of the stone patio we built even though I still can’t figure out what works best for in between the stones (this year, I’m trying corsican mint groundcover). I’m so excited to see how it will look this year.

Today’s bits:

For R, Molly Moon now has a mobile truck. I hope they hit our area some time.

There is new mobile dessert truck too – Street Treats, serving up cookies, bars, ice cream and pie. I am loving these mobile food trucks.

It is the season for garden tours. I am looking forward to the Rainier Valley Garden tour as they will be focusing on sustainability.

I wear indoor flip flops around the house but these felt house slippers that Molly made are adorable. I love the big felt button and just the simple lines.

Check out Sasha Prood’s Plant Type (top), amongst her other cool pieces.

These recycled tie accessories by Narwal Co. are a brilliant use of good quality ties that may have a tiny red wine stain on them.

When the sun comes out, I’d love to have one of these linen towels to lay out on. Beach towels just catch too much sand. I hope their stripey colored ones come back in stock again. They really remind me of the Mediterranean.

Happy Easter 2010


I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Easter (especially if you do celebrate it).

To me, this season is all about hope. I wish that you will never let go of hope.

“Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.” – George Weinberg

New Year Nigella-ism

Anyone who has been reading my blog, will know that I am a big Nigella fan. I have a lot to look forward to in the new year but I find the most meaning in what she says here about the new year:

“We are only at the beginning of it: think of all those meals to be eaten that lie ahead!”

It really changes my perspective and I know that I can look forward to some great meals this year.

She lives!

Just a sprinkling of updates:

– Getting ready for Christmas and Boxing Day, time with family and dear friends. Learning to be grateful for these times together. Missing those far away.

–  Winding down from the year but at the same time, gearing up for some action in 2010.

– Met a longtime blog friend, finally. She is fabulous in real life too.

–  Listening to Ella’s Christmas tunes…timeless.

–  Enjoying the simplicity of good red sauce for spaghetti and peanut butter on bagels, while craving more complex SE Asian flavors of home.

– Thumbing through the first seed catalog that arrived – a most beautiful one too.

– Wishing all my friends here a safe and happy holiday time…

Be back in a bit

I’m going to be away from the blog for a while (yes, I know, it’s not like I’ve been here that much either) because I will be busy with some work stuff. I’ll be back soon. Promise.

In the meantime, here’s a fun little shot of the kids and me at a lovely backyard wedding.

With the kids