Sunday, July 15, 2012

Twice in One Week




I've come here twice in one week now. This is Jeni's Splendid Ice cream. Local organic dairy and ingredients. Oddly satisfying mixes of flavors such as whisky and pecans, salty caramel, cayenne pepper. The milk fat is deliciously high and so fresh and almost like eating creamy butter.

Jeni's is a Columbus company and she has grown her business to multiple stores here. Now she has two shops in Nashville, so there is no doubt in my mind you'll be hearing more and more about Jeni's.

Personally, I think it's worth the long wait in line. No matter what day of the week, Jeni's will have a line.

Last night after dark I got a craving for Jeni's that wouldn't go away. Sam was watching movies online and Becca was sippin a glass of wine and I'm not really sure what she was doing. Who wants to go to Jeni's? I asked. I wanted to go to the shop 4 miles from house in my quirky, old neighborhood. Sam said he'd go but wanted to go to the Short North. That's our art, restaraunt/bar district. Saturday night its' the place to go to be seen. No parking would be left and the sidewalks would be shoulder to shoulder.

I didn't put on any makeup, didn't change into spiffy clothes, even though most of the ladies would be in summer dresses with stilettos. Like I said it's the place to go be scene, I mean seen. After driving around and around and trying to not kill any pedestrians that overtake the streets we found a parking spot and joined the crowds.

On a summer night it was rather pleasant to be out and about, window shopping along the way and eavesdropping on bistro diners as we walked past their tables. The ice cream was indeed, Splendid.

You can order Jeni's online and get ice cream mailed to you. Yum-o.

To Da Lou.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Thrift Store & Disturbing Thoughts




Since I had new kitchen cabinets and counters installed I found I have less storage space. The result has meant leaving a pile of bread and bagel packages out on the kitchen counter. I've been searching for an attractive bread box online to solve this problem. The ones I like are over $50! I decided to go check out the thrift stores in hunt of a bread box. While at the Goodwill store I found this Jack LaLanne juicer for only $4.99! Cool, I thought. I've always wanted a juicer but no way was I going to pay $100 to $150 for a small kitchen appliance that I might use once and decide I don't like.

I put the juicer in my cart, and being thrilled at the find, I snapped a photo of it with my new Droid. While I was slowing making my way up to the checkout counter I began to having disturbing thoughts. "Who owned this juicer before?" "What did they put in it?" "Did they clean it?" "What if...a very cruel, sadistic person put a racoon in it? Or...a serial killer cannibal owned it and they put human body parts in it?"

Immediately, I made a hurried rush for the shelves and put the juicer back.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hot Month, Hot Real Estate Market



This is a snapshot of just one suburb of my town. All those little triangles represent homes that are "In Contract." Most, but not all, will become the "Solds" of June. There are fewer homes for sale, and a lot more people out there wanting to buy. However, prices are still pretty low. It's reasonable to assume if this trend continues, prices will push upward. We are having multiple offers on many houses. If the house is cute,in great condition and not over-priced it will likely get multiple offers and be sold within a month or two. Especially if it is NOT a short sale (pre-foreclosure).

No wonder I'm tuckered out a bit.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Old Decaying Truck


When I earned the trip to Palm Springs last November, we went horseback riding in the Linkdesert. We turned onto a dirt road in the middle of nowhere and wound our way up the hillside. This old truck was on the side of the car path. I had to share after seeing Patrick Tillet's old truck photo