All bundled up and clearly a little disturbed by Fe's very un-Grandma like attire: A Rouge Brewery Dead Guy Ale sweatshirt. Don't most Grandmas sport skeleton apparel?
Chuck decided that calling it the "ship's wheel" wasn't enough. We actually needed to own a ship's wheel. Apparently, they are all over eBay. Thank God. Now, he can drive the house to port, dock and more it. And I got the all-assuring, "Don't worry, Suz. It's only for when company comes over." Good, I was worried.
Chuck does stuff like this all the time. He gets an idea, Paul eggs him on, and then I end up with an 8 foot scratching post floor to ceiling. See exhibit 2.
Once he bought a lock picking kit because he wanted to know what was behind a locked door in college. He did an all night trip to Vegas (no hotel needed) just because, stayed awake for 34 hours on a street corner to see the Price is Right, and rented a multi-engine airplane to fly to the San Juans to get ice cream. And then there's the demolition derbies, the guns, and the countless scams.
I married a winner. God love him -- I wouldn't change him for the world.
ps: Anyone want a ship's wheel?
~We have outside water faucets! I can wash my car. Not that I actually will, but I have the option...
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 pounds trimmed boneless sirloin or rib eye, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 to 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
6 scallions, green parts only, cut into 1-inch lengths
Into a small bowl, finely grate zest and squeeze juice from 1 orange. Add garlic and soy sauce.
With a sharp paring knife, peel remaining 2 oranges. Slice oranges crosswise 1/2 inch thick, then halve slices; push out, and discard any seeds. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, toss meat with cornstarch until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Working in batches (adding more oil if needed), brown beef on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes; transfer to a plate.
Pour juice mixture into skillet, and boil until syrupy, about 1 minute. Return beef to skillet; add orange slices and scallions. Toss until coated and heated through. Serve hot over rice.
Here it is! The new place! We've been so busy decorating, tinkering, and playing that a month has flown by. What an incredible change it is from apartment life. Unpacking and storing, I smiled the whole time because I knew this wasn't a place we had leased or a stepping stone to the next. This is it.
The family room -- the next room on the painting "to-do" list
The kitchen is in desperate need of a valance...
The living room got all the new furniture. I love these couches -- they're so different. Definitely need something for the wall... yet another project.
We love how our room turned out. It's so calming and peaceful, plus it has the famous IKEA chair. "Put it somewhere where it can look nice but no one will ever use." I think we found the pefect place Paul!