Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Friday Chat ( about this & that )

Good morning all !

Come in !  I thought you'd never get here - you know where the coffee is - help yourself - I've got things to talk about :)


It started with a hair.
A single wayward hair growing on my chin.
I plucked it off and forgot all about it - until the next time I noticed it - by then it had a mate.
And they were reproducing faster than rabbits.
Since my eyes no longer work like they once did - I have to put glasses on and try to peer down through them ( and not under them - which is what usually happens when you peer through glasses - leaving the whole attempt futile )
I snatch those babies up as quickly as I can but they're on a quest to multiply as quickly as possible.
They're like the Duggar family of Chin Hair !
It seems like every one I get - 4 replace it.

Human overpopulation occurs if the number of people in a group exceeds the carrying capacity of a region occupied by that group. Overpopulation can further be viewed, in a long term perspective, as existing when a population cannot be maintained without the rapid depletion of non-renewable resources or without the degradation of the capacity of the environment to give support to the population.[1]  WIKIPEDIA


Hair overpopulation occurs if the number of hairs in a group exceeds the carrying capacity of a chin occupied by that group.
Overpopulation can further be viewed, in a long term perspective, as existing when a population cannot be maintained without the rapid depletion of non - renewable resources or without the degradation of the capacity of the environment to give support to the population [ 1 ]  SUZANAPEDIA

There's world problems
And then there's my world's problems.

John and I were talking about something and I jumped up to write a quick note.
John says - Do you talk about everything that pops into your head ?
Suzan says - Generally yes................especially on Fridays
John says - Why Fridays?
Suzan says - Because that's when I do my Friday Chat ( about this & that )
John says - What if you're out walking and you think of something - does it become a Sunday Talk ( while out on a walk ) ?
John says - Or some Tuesday Fun ( while out on a run ) ?
Suzan says - You know, it's really time to start your own blog - I think you're ready.
Suzan says - BUT please - come up with your own ideas....................
John says - Where you going now?
Suzan says - I'll never remember this conversation - be right back !

Last week when Ashley and Chris came by to tell us the gender - I leaned over and started talking baby talk into her belly button -
Ashley - looking a little embarrassedly at Chris - says - with a nervous giggle -  OK Mom - control yourself
Mom says - I'm introducing myself to Evan if you don't mind
Mom says - Because that's the channel - you know like a trumpet - he can hear me best when I whisper into your belly button - and then I continued my baby gibberish talk.
Ashley says -  I told you she's weird Chris.....................
Ashley says - I hope you're not going to speak like that when he's born
Mom says - Why not?
Ashley says - Because you sound a little handicapped - that's all ..................

I LIKE baby talk - and I happen to excell at it.

My little boocha coocha beeby deeby munchkin bubelah chupah !

Want to meet him?

I'm overwhelmed with this ultra sound - completely and utterly overwhelmed !

Do you like my sandals?

I slipped into them to wear them to my daughters for my birthday last week.

John says - Don't be ridiculous - it's too cold to wear them outside now
Suzan says -  It's MY party - and I'll wear'em if I want to.................
John says - WHY are you taking photos of your feet?
John says - It's sick ................
Why doesn't he get how cool I am?
Suzan says - Yep...............I wanted a diamond one for my birthday - maybe next year?
John says - It'll be a frosty Friday before I buy you diamonds for your toes
( frosty Friday is another one of his favorite expressions - a stupid one in my opinion - since every Friday from November to March is a frosty one in Montreal )

I'm an optimist and I feel if I start dressing like it's summer it'll come quicker.

So off we went -
John in his winter coat - with a scarf.
We really are the quintessential Odd Couple.

And speaking of shoes - if you grew up in the 60's - you probably wore these ( I still love them )

Knowing how much I love music - you shouldn't be surprised at all that I recently bought these

I had them on the ottoman to take a picture - John took them off the ottoman to put his feet up

Yep - he went there

Suzan says - Listen buddy, you can do anything...........but lay off of my blue suede shoes !


I've finally convinced John that I need the TV on to sleep - I can't stand the quiet.
It took many many many years to convince him of this.
It took till menopause actually - when for some reason he just sort of started caving in to my wishes ( as brushes were flying across the room in temper tantrums )
He always goes to bed before me - so I have to run in and make sure he leaves the t.v. on - because once he's asleep and I turn it on all hell breaks loose.

Last night he went off to bed - he left the t.v. on for me but turned the volume off - well what's the point of that?
I went in the room and turned it up a little bit................and then left.

Suzan says - For when I DO come in the room - obviously

When I do finally tiptoe into the room ( and please don't ask me why I tiptoe if the t.v.'s on but I do ) I promptly turn the fan on as well..................

John says - The only thing that's missing is a D.J. in the corner - serenading us to sleep.

John had an operation about 15 years ago to stop his snoring.
It was extremely painful - he couldn't swallow for days - I would make him strawberry milkshakes and even the miniscule seeds would make him flinch.
That man would have leapt off buildings for me at one time -
Anyway it worked up until a couple of years ago - the snoring has resumed - ( the T.V. and Fan help diminish it )

John says - I think you may have to book an appointment with the doctor
Suzan says - Why?
John says - Well the t.v. on all night is bad - the fan is worse - but lately you're waking me up with your snoring!
Suzan says - I DON'T SNORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until ........................
One night I was startled awake by a horrific noise.  It sounded like a 2 ton hog letting out a very deep and very loud gutteral snort actually.
I jumped up to see John calmly laying there watching T.V. ( his hair blowing all over the place from the fan )
Suzan says - Please don't tell me that came from me?
John says - Well it wasn't me and it wasn't Soda.
John says - You do it every night.

I don't believe him for a minute.
Ladies don't make noises like that.
He was probably watching a horror movie or something.....................

This week on TLC
The Top Ten " My Strange Addiction "

I won't bore you with all ten - just a few that shone !

A young man in love with his car - who admitted to his Dad that he was having an intimate and sexual relationship with the said car - the car's name is Shane - so I suppose that makes him a GCL
( Gay Car Lover ) I fully support people who love cars - and I fully support the Gay community - but I'm having a difficult time reconciling the two together for some reason - but I digress.
Shane - the car -  appears to enjoy being rubbed and stroked..................
" Well " his Father said " Did you ever think of speaking to someone about this ? "
" I don't mean that in a mean way " he continued.
Because no parent wants to be seen as mean on national t.v. - we all know what he said when the camera stopped rolling.
The young man told the camera that he was quite pleased with his Father's reaction.
Car huggers, pfffft.

Then there was the couple who give themselves coffee enemas several times a day - every day.
Apparently it leaves them feeling euphoric !
I think Folger's should contact them - this could be huge in the advertising world !
Next thing we know Starbucks will have an enema station beside the cream and sugar.
Latte enema?
Mocha ?
Cafe au Lait?

A girl who eats mattresses.
She's consumed 8 of them over the course of 20 years.
As her Mother's in the shower - she slips in sneakily  ( well as sneakily as you can do it with an entire camera crew ) and starts nibbling away.
Upon coming out of the shower - the Mother is horrified to discover that her mattress keeps getting smaller and smaller !
I'd personally rather have my mattress eaten than have 10 strangers in my bedroom with cameras and mikes watching as I step out of the shower - but that's just me.
She finally convinces her daughter to seek help with this affliction.
We next see the daughter at the Doctor's office where she explains  that this addiction produces a lot of gas.
Sulphuric burps are her exact ( and quite professional ) words.
When the Doctor looks a little confused she puts it in laymen's terms
" Mouth Farts "
And that sentence?
Neither will the Doctor.
Or probably you for that matter.

There was also the young widow that walks around carrying her husband's ashes everywhere she goes.
One day after opening the lid, she noticed her fingers had ashes on them -
What to do?  What to do?
She couldn't just wipe them off - THAT WAS HER HUSBAND, don't you know?
And so she really had no choice but to lick them off - and consume them.
Well one thing led to another and now she's horrified - because she's eaten a pound of him.
And since there was only 6 pounds to start off with - TLC quickly did an estimate for us that within a year there'll be nothing left.  ( thank you TLC - if there's one thing I hate to do - it's to run and grab a calculator at a riveting part of a show )
Her Mother threatened to take the box off her and things got very tense in that household, let me tell you.
She ran into the bathroom and locked the door - and while her Mother searched for the key to unlock it we could hear the box being opened and paper crinkling - like a bag of chips ( or maybe it was hips )
I'm sure she had a little snack in there - just to tide her over.
" BACK OFF ! " she warned her Mother as she came out of the bathroom - and sidled past her with the box clutched to her chest.
Fascinating heart was pounding - my palms were sweaty - will she eat the entirety of her hubs?
Will there be a part 2?
And most importantly does she realize what happens to things we consume?
Her Husband's going to end up in the toilet bowl................literally.

And my strange addiction?
Well it would appear to be TLC ........................I hate it - I need help - desperately.

I had a thought the other day.
If I ever end up with Alzheimer's ( and this is no disrespect OR no joke ) I suppose people could just read my blog to me daily ( much like the NOTEBOOK )
Except I probably wouldn't understand myself from a distance...............( I don't understand myself in the day to day close up really either )
I'd probably be telling the people reading it to me " please stop " -  " there's something wrong with that lady "

My favorite type of movies are documentaries - they're at the very top of the list and this week I saw
The Last Days in Vietnam.
What an incredible story - check your local PBS station ( it airs on The American Experience )
Another masterpiece by Rory Kennedy.

I may have told this story once before ................but it just entered my mind and so I'm telling it again.
We used to go to Manhattan monthly.
We used to get a deal with parking from the hotel.
On one trip upon going into the garage to pay our bill ( which was supposed to be 25.00 per day ) the machine read 300.00.
I told the attendant that something was wrong - that I had my voucher from the hotel and it should only be 75.00.................
" just pay the full amount and I'll reimburse you the difference " he advised.
I paid the full amount and then.................
Attendant says - There's something wrong with the computer - I can't give you the reimbursement

And I don't know what happened - I only know that once every 5 years or so -  I go ballistic - apeshit - crazed with frustration and anger - you don't want to be around me when it happens.
I lose total control over my mouth - my body - and it must have been 5 years since I'd done it because
I started sreaming and yelling at the top of my lungs -
John died a little that day.
I was pointing my finger in the man's chest - calling him every name in the book -
Went back to the hotel ( across the street ) and started screaming and yelling at the manager - ran back to the garage and threatened to call the police -
Meanwhile a crowd was starting to gather ( all of whom were taking my side )
A man on a cell phone stood not far from me - a lawyer apparently - chatting on his phone
" God, I love New Yorkers " he told the other end.
" I'm a Montrealer " I snapped.
" I love them too " he quickly replied - LMHO
He stepped in and tried to argue my no avail.

Anyway the purpose of that story is it's now 5 years later.
I'm due and I'm a nervous wreck

Ok - I'm off to find my tweezers.
I've got to pluck Josiah and Jill and Jessa and Jinger and Joyanna and.........................

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,
Hope you all have at least one moment like this


Much love,

A little Grey and White....................

Good morning everyone !

I finally found the grey I'd been searching for ( for the past year ) and I couldn't wait to get started. I painted the wall off the front door ( we have 2 front doors because of the closed porch - this is off the interior door )
I had originally painted it a griege color ( which I love ) but like grey it can be so iffy with different lighting ( this house is dingy - there's no other way to put it - I was going to say " light challenged " but dingy seems more apt )

It changes colors when I stand in different spots because of windows ..............but this next photo is as close as it looks for most of the day

It's the type of grey that begs for crisp white contrast...............and so because paint fixes everything in my world I painted a mirror I had on hand - with Behr High Gloss ( floor paint )
I picked up 5 of these mirrors from a salon that was going out of business - I think for 40.00 in total - because that's part of the disorder.................5 mirrors. ( our last home had 23 mirrors in it - this one's closely catching up obsessive much ? )

After hanging it on the wall it looked like it just needed a teeny bit more...................and so I grabbed a little shelf I've had forever.....................gave it quick coat in the same paint I used on the mirror - .but it looked a little silly - the scale was all wrong - and since that's another disorder I happen to have - I sat down and fretted for over an hour about it.

It looked pitiful actually

I checked online - but the larger ones were larger in depth too - and I needed this shelf to be very narrow in depth because this is the wall the door opens on to and this shelf was perfectly sized - just not long enough
And then I had my Ah Hah moment ( Thank you Oprah - what did we call them before ? )  I mimicked what I did under the kitchen window - HERE

and added a marble threshold once again  ( the slab that goes on the floor between a bathroom and hard wood in case anyone doesn't know what I'm talking about )  and voila - it brings it all together and adds a little touch of glamorous marble where you wouldn't expect it !

It's the perfect spot for John to drop his keys - so that we don't have to spend hours looking for them !

And the door opens and closes perfectly

And now for the grand finale !
We all know I have the crappiest camera in Bloglandia ( but every penny seems to be eaten up by this
fixer upper of ours so it'll be a little while yet before I can justify spending big bucks on one ) and Pic Monkey can only go so far - BUT I FINALLY GOT A TRIPOD !!!
It's actually a quatropod because it has 4 legs ( for better stability )

It's even adjustable for height !

You see?  Renovating a house certainly has it's advantages !
I'm just trying to figure out how to make it less conspicuous when I want to take photos in public places.
Maybe cover it in ribbons ?

I've used grey in every one of my homes - forever - don't ask me how I choose which shade to go with because that's a " grey " area for me lol - and I'm someone who's been known to paint a room 3 times in one week until I get it right................

This time I got it right.....................

I threw out the sample card - but if anyone's interested this is the recipe from Home Depot
Coq/Coquille is French for Eggshell - the finish

Somehow for me, when there's a grey wall or two or three it feels a little more like................

You all have a wonderful day !
I'm working on another project that involves that white paint.
Oh and John - I'm working on him too............I need his help

John says - Have you seen my keys by any chance?
Suzan says - They're on the shelf by the front door.

It felt so good to say that.

In the midst of chaos I love me a little organization.................
And a quatropod.



ANDERSON & GRANT                                       THE CHARM OF HOME
TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS                          MY TURN FOR US
MY ROMANTIC HOME                                             THE SHABBY NEST
CHIC ON A SHOESTRING                                        COOKING WITH CURLS
PIECED PASTIMES                                                    LIFE ON LAKESHORE DRIVE
IT'S OVERFLOWING                                                 I SHOULD BE MOPPING THE FLOOR
SAND & SISAL                                                   KATHE WITH AN E
NOT JUST A HOUSEWIFE                                        HOMESTORIES A TO Z
THE DIY DREAMER                                                   FLUSTER BUSTER
SAVVY SOUTHERN STYLE                                      DIY BY DESIGN
THE ESSENCE OF HOME                                          FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
I GOTTA CREATE                                                       THE GIRL CREATIVE

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I WANNA live there Wednesday # 123

Good Morning everyone !

I didn't have time this week to research a new house so I " borrowed " one from a couple of years ago..................hopefully you didn't know me then........or you're memory is as bad as mine and you've totally forgotten these LOL

The second house !!!
I want that second house !

We're busy painting and installing baseboards - see you tomorrow !

The first house up today is listed for 3,950,000.
5 bedrooms - 4 baths - 
Realtor information found Here
It's a new build - but they have built it with a lot of the features found in the Heritage homes it's surrounded by - I'm making an exception for this on - because I absolutely love the integrity they put into this.

I'm in live with this space - absolutely in love - the openess - the windows - the french doors - even the vintage inspired lighting................

an it appears that every bedroom has a set of french doors as well

Here's where some of the doors lead to 

I could most definitely live there!!!

The next one is listed at 995,000. just under a million - and I've been doing this long enough to know that for it's location, this is an absolute STEAL.Full of turn of the century charm - ( I think I may have posted this in the beginning of the series - but it's definitely worth a second look at any rate )  and I really cannot believe it hasn't been snapped up.
I would move there in a heartbeat if I could afford it.

I'm such a sucker for high gloss floors - and white paint - it works - every. single. time.Oh and beautiful tall bay windows with transoms and original radiators work their charm on me too.................

Yes please,

isn't this like having all the charm of a century old farmhouse - with the luxury of living in the heart of the city?  Absolute perfection to me....................

one more shot of my favorite photo?

I REALLY wanna live therewhat was it Jim Croce said about wishes?
oh yeah, here they are, he might have meant a woman, but I feel that way about this house ....................

If I could save time in a bottleThe first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time cash
To do buy the things  house you want to  
Once you find them  it
I've looked around enough to know
That you're its the one I want to go
Through time with....................


NO MINIMALIST HERE                                              THE CHARM OF HOME
FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE                                 TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS
MY TURN FOR US                                                       MY ROMANTIC HOME
CHIC ON A SHOESTRING                                          COOKING WITH CURLS
LIFE ON LAKESHORE DRIVE                                    BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH
COASTAL CHARM                                                      CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT
KATHE WITH AN E                                                     SAVVY SOUTHERN STYLE