Before and After

This week was a busy one at my parents house. They recently had their basement waterproofed and with that, floors had to be torn up and now new ones have to be put down.  Of all rooms, who wants to pay for someone to put down a floor for a laundry room?  So, my sister and I signed up for the job.  After 2 hours in Home Depot on Wed., working at my parents until midnight and then back to Home Depot the next day for more grout we finished up the job on Thursday.  I think we did a pretty good job.  Here are the pics.

Oh and we are not for hire.  These flooring skills are nontransferable.  Specifically, the flooring skills demonstrated below are only available for the woman who carried us around in her womb for 9 months.


Hidden gardens & perfume.

I walked from my apt. on 20th street downtown to 2nd St. and Bowery to stop in at John Derian.  After I left there I walked east on 2nd St. and stumbled upon a garden I had never noticed before.  A sign stated it was “Albert’s Garden,” open to the public with the black iron gate open. So, I walked in.  I thought, what a little piece of heaven in the middle of this block and I never knew it.  After a few minutes of taking the garden in I continued to walk uptown and stopped in at kiehls.  While I was smelling away at their clearly marked “samples” bottles I came across a scent I never realized they had.  It was actually a scent my cousin who passed away used to wear.  I immediately smiled because it’s like her saying hello.  I never knew until someone close to me died how important scents are.  After she died when I was having a bad day I used to stop in to Sephora and spray her perfume just to comfort me.  It was even better when I would sit next to a stranger who was wearing her perfume because I felt like she was talking to me through someone else.  So ladies, choose your scents and stick with them because not only do they make you feel good now, but they can comfort others in ways I’m sure you never imagined:)

Tuscany, here I come! Now what do I pack?

I’m VERY excited to be headed to Tuscany in early August.
I’ve never been and I will be staying in a rented Villa.
I have just pulled out my Italian Phrase Book that my very Italian friend gave me years ago.
I am so happy to finally put it to good use.
Now, the question is, what does one pack when going to Tuscany?
I have done some homework and I am told all woman wear the same thing in Italy and here is what the Italian women are wearing these days:
1. Skinny Jeans
2. Sneaks or flats
3.  Silver belts
4.  Scarfs (this is always the case, but not to be forgotten).

I can handle all 4.
I will bring some sundresses  (If I stick out because of my sundresses, I don’t care. I love them and I’m a New Yorker anyway.  Aren’t we just as up on fashion as they (I’m sure they may disagree on this one, but in any event, that’s how I feel.)?
Oh, I will not bring any shorts.
Apparently, Italian women do not wear shorts.
I don’t either.
We already have one thing in common.

Rooibos (red) tea – attention allergy sufferers

Rooibos (red) tea is a great natural remedy for anyone with allergies- respiratory, food sensitivities or a sensitive stomach in general.  I have both food sensitivities and allergies and it’s been really helpful the last two weeks.

It’s caffeine free, has a high amount of antioxidants and contains two bioflavonoids – Rutin and Quercetin, both of which are extremely helpful for relieving allergy sufferers by reducing inflammation.
If you are suffering right now from annoying allergies, don’t.
Go get some red tea.

Oil paints – oh how I’ve missed you!

My spirit said, pull out your oil paints and I finally did!
I haven’t painted in years and I’ve missed it sooo much.
Never again will I neglect my paints for so long.
I get into a zone where nothing else exists when I paint – nothing.
This was inspired by the artist I love, Amanda Tally.
I might go back and make some changes, but here is what I created so far in the last two days:

Reminder: Don’t neglect your outlet for creativity!!