Friday, February 27, 2015
Just a fascinating film starting with one box of negatives bought from the estate of an obscure nanny.
I actually wish sometimes we had our current viewfinders located the same as the old cameras. There were some advantages in some types of photography. The movie came out in 2013, is not rated (although I would give it a "G" rating) and runs 84 minutes. If you like black and white photography, old vintage photographs, and excellent examples of every day city life, then this movie is worth your time.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Red Oaks West Tree Service headed by Adrian West removed two giant old trees from our new yard. Their bid was right in line with other firms but they use a crane and they had the two trees taken down in a matter of a few hours rather than all day or over a couple of days. No damage to the foundation of the house because of the weight of the tree limbs, the trunk and limbs can be moved directly over to the truck staging area for disposal, minimal debris (some small piles of sawdust), proper safety equipment used and protocol followed-what's not to like about this form of tree removal? We're very happy with the job they did and would happily call them again for future work and to recommend to others.
http://www.redoakswest.com/ If you want tree removal done right, this is the company to call!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
We bought a Groupon to One Sweet Slice and the next day I checked their FB page only to see the notice that they were closing in about a week! So we rushed to order our cake before they closed. I've never ordered a bakery cake like this before-we've had birthday cakes from Costco that we just picked out of the "ready-now" case (not special ordered) but that's the closest thing. We decided on the Strawberry Lemonade flavor which has strawberry cake and lemon curd filling. There was fondant over a shortening frosting. We enjoyed the details and the sprinkle of glitter. I didn't specify any design-they put down creative freedom on the order sheet.
We thought it was a very cute design and the cake was yummy. We wish there had been more lemon curd filling (see picture below to see how much the frosting went in between the layers) although I know that they like the filling to stay contained so it doesn't leak out. The very thin fondant layer and decorations were definitely edible but the thick white shortening frosting? Meh. No buttercream-just straight shortening, powdered sugar and a little bit of flavoring that couldn't save it. (At least that's what it tasted like.) We scraped it off as much as we could-that was the only downside.
Overall it was a fun experience and we're glad we got to try One Sweet Slice!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Jack would like to share a public service message:
Read to your children, your parents, your companion, your pets, your plants, yourself.
Reading aloud has many benefits some of which are explained in this interview with Jim Trelease: http://www.greatschools.org/students/7104-read-aloud-to-children.gs
Mr. Trelease encourages reading aloud not just for vocabulary but to develop a love of reading and a way to explore different ideas and the lives of people outside of our individual experiences. He even encourages high school teachers to read to their students to help them develop into life-time readers-not just school-time readers.
Jack prefers picture books (as you can see from the picture!) but you can read aloud any book-just start reading!