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First there was this:


And then there was this:


And this:

And of course lots of time actually at the beach and in the water, but no photos of that.

And now there’s an apartment with gifts piled in the corners, waiting for homes (I either need a few apartment or some very creative storage solutions).  And thank yous to write.  And all kinds of things that have been neglected over the last few weeks and months.  And an incredible number of books that I put on hold “to read on vacation” and never got around to opening.  And a husband.

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This week’s theme is “strange things people accumulate.”  Only I don’t have swatches or salt & pepper shakers or matchbooks.  It was only when I looked at my desk, untouched since the great yard sale clean-out, that I realized what I do accumulate.  Postcards.  There, with the unframed prints and the extra matting and the Parcheesi board, were heaps of postcards.

The strange part is how many of them are unused. Only a handful have messages on the back. The bulk of them came from Bronwen, enclosed in letters (because a postcard never has quite enough room, but you still want the postcard image). Then come the ones that I bought but never sent. Then the used ones. A lot of them used to decorate my walls, college-style. (Not collage. College. As defined by a lack of money for proper framed art.) My fridge still has a healthy collection. I’ve framed a few of my favorites and theoretically I keep the rest to rotate through the frames.

But really? Postcards are for mailing. So I’m giving you a special one-time offer (with no expiration date). I will send a postcard to anyone who provides me with an address. Foreign or domestic, because I’m generous like that. You can express a preference, but no guarantees. Just email me at jessmonster at gmail dot com.


This is Kate’s sugarbowl. Currently for sale for $2 at our upcoming yard sale. It could be yours!


This is the jar of nasty refined white sugar. There’s also a bag of turbinado somewhere in the recesses of the cabinet. Apart from baking, we mostly use honey and maple syrup for sweetening. Although I really should switch to a better sugar for baking, too. Sophie tells me I will taste the difference, and I believe her.


This week is coffee machines.  Ours is a stunning combination of stovetop, kettle, and French Press.  There’s also that handy coffee grinder, but it lives at New Seasons next to the Batdorf & Bronson.

I was going to get all fancy with this week’s Show & Tell and buy some fancy schmancy chocolates at the Four Seasons and sample them and declare one the winner, perhaps in the style of the Tournament of Books, because that would involve a lot of chocolate and a lot of chocolate is a good thing. And since every has been raving about the glories of Green & Black’s, my heart was set. I noticed their baking chocolate and cocoa in the baking aisle last time I was the Four Seasons, so I was reasonably confident that I would come home with at least one flavor.

Sadly, that was it. Baking chocolate. And while I’ll gnaw my way through just about any chocolate bar, it just didn’t seem right to start my relationship with G&B’s off that way. So instead I present to you one of my old favorites, the Kinder Bueno.

It’s cheap in Europe but the prices are all jacked up here, and if I’m going to pay more than a dollar for a candy bar, it had better be good quality. Kinder Bueno is a nice comfort chocolate, delicious half-melted or chilled. Or, if you insist, at room temperature. Chocolate coating, crispy shell, creamy hazelnut filling.

Now I just have to figure out where to find more Green & Black’s…

Windows, per Blackbird. These aren’t MY windows but aren’t they cunning? This was taken at the caretaker’s lodge at Pittock Mansion, on the staircase landing. There’s a view of trees & brambles down the hillside. You can see my actual windows in the background of lots of pictures I’ve posted, but they’re incredibly boring. Posted by Picasa

This is my fabulous one of a kind hand made bag, made by Kate. You can read about the agony of its creation. Yes, I have other purses, but I rarely use them now. Sometimes I even need more than a purse. Posted by Picasa

December 2021

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