Minutes – September 19, 2016

::thankful – for so many things, especially for plans coming together for Cherry Ames’ and Fireman Dan’s wedding.  Six weeks and counting!!  I have not yet puddled into a blubbering sobbing mess; but then again, I’ve quite purposefully been staying away from childhood photo albums. And bridal magazines.  And sad movies/books/podcasts. And pictures of kittens.

::healthy – Oh yes!  Walking at least six miles a day or more, yoga-ing several times a week and I’ve been checking out the rowing machine in the gym.  It has this little game on the screen thingy that has fishes swimming.  Your rowing makes the fish move and you try to both a) eat other fish while b)not getting eaten by the bigger fish.  Yes, I’m easily entertained.


Mr. Pea and I rode fourteen miles on gravel Sunday morning.  Knobby tires on unpaved roads!  It was glorious, even if the flickering light through the trees tends to make me feel seasick (bikesick?). Autumn is on its way, my friends.  The sumacs are starting their slow slide into flame red and the Shumard oaks are just starting to show bronze tips.

::creative – I’ve been knitting like a fool.  It’s keeping me calm. Nothing that can be shown here, but not because of scandalousness.  Because of Christmas Surprises. And because it’s too much effort to go find my camera.

Princess Pea has been amazingly creative lately with her photos!  Her latest wedding session is absolutely stunning.  AND!!  One of her self portraits was shared on an artist’s site = Squeeee!!  Check it out here!

::delicious – ugh ugh and double ugh.  Dog days of summer, combined with crazy work and school schedules and I’m only feeling up to leftovers and sandwiches.  I did make cheeseburgers yesterday, because it was national cheeseburger day!  Today, though?  Leftover pasta for Mr. Pea and Mom Pea, and I made myself a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, because the boys noshed on the pasta this afternoon and there was only enough left for two people. Tomorrow – chicken tenders and green beans, and the rest of the week is up for grabs.  I vote for watermelon and ice cream.  Or maybe cereal.  The kind that’s vitamin fortified.  (Do cereal makers still do that?)

Keep the Faith.

angela pea


Friday’s Letters – September 16, 2016

The Crandall Typewriter, from the Martin-Howard Collection

Dear Dress for the Wedding – You are beautiful and glamorous and have just the right amount of sparkle.  I wish you had come with shoes already matched. Or that you could play nicely with the amazingly pearlescent snakeskin booties I saw today at the store!

Dear Moscow Mules – You’re awesome.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – September 5, 2016

::tired – It’s Labor Day here in the U.S….and that’s exactly what I did today! Kids went off in different directions with friends, and I spent the day taking care of Mom P., doing laundry and rearranging some furniture.  It’s incredible how much stuff you find behind furniture that rarely gets moved.  I mean, really weird stuff, stuff like

  • little Lego Bioniclelego bionicle
  • a ball of rubberbands
  • umpteen dead bugs (eeew!)
  • the top slat from the kitchen blinds that’s been missing forEVER – don’t ask, because I don’t have a clue
  • desiccated carrot stick
  • three pencils and a pen
  • a drumstick, the wooden kind, not kind from a chicken
  • a blue replacement lightbulb from Christmas lights
  • a picture of DirtBike from fourth grade – gads he was a cutiepie!

::grateful – So thankful for the professionals in our life, the ones who provide counsel, healing, sound advice and a path forward.

::wistful – I get so antsy every September, wishing that summer would fade just a bit more quickly.  Usually by the end of August I am DONE with summer, exhausted from the brutal heat and ready to move on.  My northern heart-sisters are all talking about cooler temps and I’d like to have some of that, thank you very much!


  • Steaks, Cheese Potatoes and a Salad
  • BBQ Chicken, Pasta Salad and Cucumber and Tomato Salad.  Yes, I know that’s two salads for one meal.
  • Tacos and Black Beans
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Lemony Lentil Soup and Cheese Biscuits
  • Grilled Shrimp with Cheese Grits, Green Beans
  • Tilapia, Saffron Rice and Peas

::procrastinatey – The Wedding is in six weeks.  I really, really must find a new dress to wear.  And get one from Mom P., too!

Don’t Put Things Off!  Keep the Faith

angela pea

Friday’s Letters – August 26, 2016

Friday's Letters

Friday's Letters

Dear Water Heater in the Garage – Thank you for your many years of service. Thank you, too, for exploding the moment we all left the house in the morning, and spending all day pouring a hundred million gallons of water all over the floor and flooding the garage.  You gave me a perfect opportunity to heartlessly toss dozens of boxes of ‘stuff’ and a pile of wood scraps my Darling Pack Rat Mr. Pea was keeping for SomeDay – without a single peep, comment or raised eyebrow from him!!  Oh Frabjous Day! I can walk straight to the cabinet and open BOTH doors all the way!  I can walk all the way around each of the cars AND get to the freezer without navigating an obstacle course!

Don’t Store Stuff in Cardboard Boxes on the Floor.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – August 22, 2016

::grateful – for continuing mild weather.  It’s been delightfully cool and the rain continues.  We may have half a chance at a fall tomatoes in the garden this year!

I’m grateful that The Architect and his friends found a place to rent for the coming year; thank you to the landlord willing to give a chance to a group of responsible college students.

I’m extra-grateful for Cherry Ames!  Tomorrow she will be 25 years old. Twenty Five!!  That’s a quarter of a century.  Have I told everyone that she’s getting married?  Two Months from Today!  I seriously need to start looking for a dress for the wedding…

Cherry Ames is Getting Married!
image courtesy J.Lynne Photography Co.

::prayerful – Praying for Nancy and her family, as they recover from the flooding that inundated their hometown.


  • Pepper Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Garlic Green Beans
  • Turkey Paninis, Kale Slaw
  • Chicken Empanadas, Black Beans
  • Pasta with Vegetables, Salad
  • Leftovers!
  • Grilled Sausages, Corn and Tomatoes
  • Citrus Pork Chops, Grilled Peaches and Zucchini

::creative – I was in Central Market and saw a pile of rhubarb, which stirred up a flood of happy childhood memories. I grabbed a bunch of that tart goodness, came home, and put up several pints of strawberry rhubarb jam!   It tastes like summertime!

Summertime in a Jar!Capture Summer.  Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – August 16, 2016

::grateful – We’ve had a few unseasonably cool days this week!  OMGosh, 70-ish degrees in August!  It’s been delightful, especially since I’ve had to spend a great deal of time up on roofs at work this week, performing inspections and looking for leaks. I’m thrilled with the cloud cover and sprinkles.

::tired – Running ragged this week.  Back to school things,  taking care of Mom P. things, doctor’s appointments for Mr. Pea and getting The Architect set up in his new digs.  Maybe it’s just age, but Dang!  I just don’t have the stamina I used to have, or the ability to breeze through my days.

::frustrated – Lost yet another Fitbit. I love love love tracking my steps and exercise every day, but have always hesitated at the investment in the more high tech trackers – the ones that come with a real wristband that buckles so it can’t just go missing from a pocket or waistband.


Oh heck, why don’t I just come right out and say that I’d really like an Apple Watch.  Hear that Apple?  If you offer me one for review, I’d be happy to oblige.  (Maybe Mr. Pea will actually read the blog…hint hint.  Oh wait.  I don’t think he even KNOWS that I have a blog!)

::delicious – summer doldrums in the kitchen.  All I really want is a big bubbly pan of lasagna, but it’s too hot to turn on the oven. So – we’ll compromise with

  • Chicken Cacciatore and a Big ‘Ole Salad
  • Leftovers – clear out the fridge so there’s room for a watermelon
  • Steak Tacos, Black Beans and Guacamole
  • Ratatoulli, Baguettes
  • Turkey Sandwiches and Jicama Slaw
  • Salmon, Saffron Rice and Peas
  • Grilled Sausage, Corn, and Tomato Salad

::busy  – We’re hitting the bike trails this weekend – Yeah!  It will likely be hot, and I’m sure I’ll complain a bit, but it will be fun. And good for us.

Image Courtesy - Tyler Florence, Food Network
Image Courtesy Tyler Florence, Food Network

Dream of Lasagna.  Keep the Faith

angela pea

Minutes – August 8, 2016

::thankful – for safe travels to and from Colorado with a van loaded with kids and a ton of camping gear, backpacks and food.  Not an actual ton, but pretty darned close, I’m sure.

Outfall from Lake Irwin
Me! Waterfall on Ruby Anthracite Creek. (That’s DirtBike behind the tree…he was taking pictures in the other direction.)

::brave – Mr. Pea went camping for the very first time ever.  Seriously. Camping was the only sort of vacation my family had when I was a kid.  Mr. Pea’s family lived in a city, and their concept of “wild” was picnicking on the outskirts of town or trekking to Cape May and staying in a cabin near the beach. He did GREAT!!  We climbed mountains, hiked for miles, cooked on a camp stove, and drove the van off-road.  He even slept in a tent, in the rain. Mr. Pea was amazing, and I’m so glad he came with us.

Trail to Green Lake
Why yes, that IS snow! On the Ground! In August!

::creative – I finished knitting a sweater during the drive to Colorado, one that I started last summer. I also knit up a pair of socks and some baby booties.  It was a  l.o.n.g.  drive.  And no, the baby booties aren’t for anyone in particular; they’re going into my “stash” of adorable, soft, knit with love baby things for my someday grandchildren.


View from the tent
Lake Irwin

::delicious: – The freezer is still alive.  Mr. Pea fixed whatever was wrong (thermostat? maybe?) and it’s been restocked with prepped meals for the craziness that is ‘back to school’.  This week’s menus include

  • Tandoori Chicken with Lemony Red Lentils
  • Chicken Pesto Pasta
  • Black Bean Burritos
  • Turkey Paninis and Veggie Soup
  • Tilapia Romano with Jicama Slaw
  • Grilled Shrimp, Corn and Tomato Salad
  • Burgers, Chickpea Salad.

Speaking of delicious, we ate at this amazing Mexican Restaurant in Colorado Springs,  Jorge’s.  Highly recommend it, along with Mikey’s in Crested Butte. Best. Pizza. Ever.

::prepared – It’s back to school this week! DirtBike remembered to remind me that the school supply stash was running low on paper (both the lined and the graph sorts) and ink pens.  Both were replenished BEFORE the first day of classes.

Climb Mountains. Keep the Faith.

angela pea