Browsing Archives for March 2008

Lowered Baking Center

March 3rd, 2008


This is my lowered baking center.


Because I am such a baker.


So it is a very very good thing that I went to all the trouble of devoting about one fourth of my counter space to a lowered baking center.




This is my foot pointing out some spilled flour on the floor.


When the Country Doctor saw our lowered baking center…


He was less than thrilled.


And his less than thrilling response…


Sent me into a tail spin that lasted for weeks.


During which I doubted every single decision I had ever made in my life.


Because clearly – if I am stupid enough to put a lowered baking center in my house.


When I literally bake about two times a year.


I must be way too dumb to have ever done anything else right.


Then one day as I was sitting, in a sodden anguished slump, on the counter of my lowered baking center.


Because the lowered baking center happens to be the perfect height for sitting in a sodden slump…


I realized something…


I realized that the Country Doctor has made exactly one meal since the day I married him.


And therefore doesn’t really get a VOTE on the lowered baking center…


DOES HE!!!…


And this is my goofball sister…


Demonstrating how to eat…


One of my freshly baked butterhorn rolls…


In the traditional Christmas butterhorn roll eating fashion.


And this is Jack sitting on the lowered baking center…


Which is how we use it…


Most of the time…

Loft Bedroom

March 3rd, 2008

Hex Tile Grout Guide

March 3rd, 2008

It sure would have helped me if I had been able to find a resource to show me the difference between grout colors for our tile flooring. The tiny slivers that display the grout color options at Home Depot are grossly inadequate. Finally after seven entire minutes of frustration, I threw up my hands, closed my eyes and pointed and chose the grout color closest to my index finger.

However, after a recent trip to the Brookville Hotel, I am at least able to offer a few pictures comparing a hex tile with black grout and a hex tile with white grout, so that maybe a few people in the world will not have to endure the seven minutes of agony that I did. I hope you appreciate this! I am just trying to make EVERYONE else’s life easier than my own. That is what I do best!


Black and white one inch hex tile with black grout as seen in the Brookville Hotel.


Black and white one inch hex tile with white grout as seen in the mudroom bath at my house.


White two inch hex tile with gray grout as seen in the master bath at my house.


White two inch hex tile with no grout, but it kind of looks like black grout if you want an idea of what that would look like.

Now maybe…just maybe…I have made someone in the world’s life a little easier. That is all I could ever hope for.