Friday, April 01, 2016

Yellow and Blue, That'll Do


Guess what? We made it through another workweek, and Friday is finally here. If that doesn't deserve a cheerful yellow dress (and a gin and tonic) I don't know what does. I don't know about you, but I always find the week after a holiday difficult, and I am looking forward to a couple days of loafing. 


I'm back to doing snaps in the bathroom mirror again as Mr. ETB changed the bulb in the hallway ceiling fixture and it isn't working well for photos. It was an energy saving LED light, and the shadows are just horrible. I'll have him change it back at the weekend, but for now, I'm back to the mirror. Admit it, you missed my shower curtain. 

 See what I mean about the strange light? This was earlier in the week. Anyway, I'll need to deal with that.
The kitchen light isn't much better as I have a fluorescent overhead fixture. Believe me, I've tried every room in the house and it turns out the best light is upstairs in the bathroom...at least until we need to replace a light bulb, and we'll be back to square one. First World problems, I know. 



Outfit Particulars:
Late 70's/early 80's polyester dress-Goodwill
1980's linen jacket (part of a suit) New Life Thrift
Shoes-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage handbag-Fairy Tail Costumes
Necklace-Goodwill
Bangles-both Goodwill
Earrings-New Life Thrift
1970's brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-Chanel #22


I love the ties on these sleeves are just so nice however...sometimes I forget what I'm wearing and they start feeling like something is crawling up my arm! After all those years on the farm living with wolf spiders, I'm still a little paranoid. I had one run over my bare foot once as I was hanging laundry and it was HUGE! We get Brown Recluse spiders here too but as the name suggests, they avoid people and they're so small you'd hardly notice. I use caution going into undisturbed boxes, drawers, and closets, but otherwise I don't spend too much time worrying about them. 





I spent a few hours today making pot sticker dumplings with Danny. He'd been interested in learning, and as he cooks supper on Friday, I thought it would be a good opportunity to show him how it is done. The dough for the wrappers is just flour, water and salt but learning how to handle it takes some practise. I'm pleased to say he did a great job, and we now have several dozen dumplings in the freezer for future meals. The way my hands have been lately, my dumpling forming days might be nearing an end (last night's meal slipped from my hands and fell flat on the floor beneath the casserole dish. I laughed as I scooped it into the bin, but only to keep from crying) and if he enjoys eating this sort of thing it might be best to learn how to prepare it himself. 

I'm off to buy a better light bulb. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. 









11 comments:

Radostin said...

Oh dear, I'm so sorry about the ruined dinner!
Your kitchen outfit is lovely, however. And I just love the pale yellow dress and your white bangles. The bright blue jacket is fantastic.
I do hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Bibi Maizoon said...

These energy saving LED bulbs cause so much eye strain I don't even think they're worthwhile.

You're certainly looking all bright, fresh, & Spring like in that pale yellow & turquoise ensemble! Love the contrast trim on that Chanel inspired jacket. The cut on that yellow dress is lovely!

Potstickers are called momos in Nepal. I haven't learned how to make them yet as my Kashmiri family thinks they are too foreign to be worth eating. My culinary campaign of multiculturalism trudges onward!

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Hope said...

You look absolutely divine. That pink blouse and black and gray skirt is so
elegant. I would not comment on light and energy saving fixtures. Hate them here in Australia.Joyful weekend.

ThriftyParka said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the dropped dinner. You're right, all you can do is laugh (and perhaps enjoy a nip of gin afterwards).

Thank you for showing the closeup of the blue jacket collar. You meant to showcase the broach (which is very pretty). But I also enjoyed the contrast ribbon detail...and the workmanship is impeccable. It's so nice to well-made clothing!!!

You have excellent taste.

happy thrifting ;)

Beth Waltz said...

I'd enjoy rootling through your jewelry boxes, Goody, not only to admire the individual pieces like the ceramic pendant, but also to investigate how you sort the collections. Is there a box for metals, another for plastics? Florals and geometrics? (How nicely you've coordinated the dainty details of the accessories with the pink pussybow blouse!)

I loathe the LEDs. When a delivery of old-fashioned bulbs arrived in a local hardware store, the proprietor announced soto voice as the Saturday morning seed shoppers arrived: "Real light bulbs in the back, next to the onion sets, Ladies." Felt like buying black market meat...

Polyester Princess said...

I love the yellow and blue combo and it's especially nice against that shower curtain! That jacket is gorgeous, and brooch and bag as well. I'm sorry about that ruined dinner. I remember dropping a casserole once, and believe me, I couldn't laugh at all. Good idea to teach Danny how to make the dumplings. xxx

Goody said...

@Radostin
Thank you. On the bright side, I didn't break the casserole dish-that's something.
Hope your weekend is nice too.

@Bibi
Congratulations on the nominations.

@Hope
Thank you. Perhaps I need to work on adjusting my camera settings because my chances of finding good light bulbs aren't very good.

@Thrifty Parka
Thank you. The jacket is from the 80's when you could still find nice details on clothing that wouldn't fall apart with the first wash. Can you believe the jacket is machine washable?

@Beth
Oh gosh, at least you didn't have to meat in a dark alley making certain you weren't followed!

If you saw my storage, you'd laugh. At the moment my necklaces are hung from a 1960's children's coat rack (the pegs work better than you'd expect). Everything else is heaped in a couple boxes I sort once in a while, except fro bangles which are in plastic fridge trays. I'll try to get a photo-you'll be horrified at how disorganised I am!

@Polyester Princess
Don't tell Danny but we expect him to look after us in our old age (shhhhh).

Mim said...

I'm sorry to hear about your poor hands. It must be really upsetting and frustrating.

That yellow dress is super, and with the jacket it's just perfection. It doesn't even go that badly with your shower curtain...

Janice Weyand said...

We love homemade pot stickers. We use store bought won ton wrappers and add our own filling. Any chance that you would be willing to share your recipe and technique for making the dough from scratch? I would love to learn from someone with first hand experience.

Sorry to hear your hands aren't cooperating these days. It's good to read that you're able to keep a good sense of humor in the midst of it all.

Goody said...

@Mim
Everything goes with a Vera shower curtain.

@Janice
I did a post here:http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/vegetarian-pot-stickers.html

The only thing I would add is that I now flour the hell out of the waxed paper as well to prevent sticking. The filling changes depending what I have to hand, but the basics of making the dough is about the same. It is a nice dough that handles well if you roll it out on a non-stick surface. I use those flexible cutting boards because they're cheaper than a non-stick mat and they work just as well. You want to avoid using too much flour when rolling as it will toughen the dough.

Vix said...

Your poor hands and your poor dinner! You've got a great kid in Danny though.
Mim's right, that shower curtain sets the frock off a treat. Wish you hadn't mentioned spiders though, I need to go and sit in the bath, I'm imagining them crawling all over me now. xxx