Sunday, June 25, 2017

I have to be very budget conscious nowadays and try to eat at home as much as possible, and my pup's dinner also made it to the spending cut.  I've switched them on kibbles plus part of cooked food instead of all homemade food to keep costs down, but anyhow, still I think they are getting a good amount of fresh veggie and meat.

This recipe is what I call the "poor dog's meal,"  because it's relatively cheap and better than having a pack of sad dogs chewing dry bland kibbles while looking angrily at me.

So the easiest store with the cheapest option near me is Target, they have a produce section that often have eggs or meat on sale for very cheap, sometimes a pack of 80% lean ground beef only cost $3, and a bag of coleslaw mix is about $1.60, so for about $5 I can cook a batch of fresh meat and veggie mix meal for my pups.  I don't know what is cheaper than that, I mean a latte at Starbucks cost just as much, a medium sized one... not even a large latte, and all you get is one oz of espresso and frosted milk.

I usually cook one package of ground beef with 2/3 bag of coleslaw mix, adding a little water until the veggie is soft and meat is cooked through.  Some people feed their dog raw meat with cooked vegetable, I feed my pups cooked meat and that's just how I have it done at my house.

So I serve dinner with a mixture of kibble and the meat and veggie meal, sometimes if I'm feeling extra fancy I will add in a spoonful of whole fat organic yogurt.  After all that I will have enough left over for another batch in the morning for their breakfast.  My pups look forward to their walk and meals all day long so I try to supply as much as I can.

I've been looking at online pictures for some creative home renovation ideas.  The last time I did anything to the house was over three years ago, and I'm really looking forward to do something creative with the house again.  There is actually a large amount of work that still needs to be done.  Some of them include three bathrooms that badly needed renovation, a new kitchen, exterior paint, repairing the badly cracked drive way, and probably a complete rebuilt of the garage at the different spot of the backyard.

 The tv room in my 1923 cottage was originally a tiny bedroom.  Over time the previous owners pushed the ceilings and walls further out to make the room bigger, but the ceiling had low beams and weird layout.  And since there's no definition between the kitchen and tv room, this part of the house just looks like a huge long hallway.  This is probably the most heavily used room in my house and I'm never quite comfortable in it.  Lately I've been thinking about some renovation ideas like reconfiguring the ceiling and windows to make the look more consistently "vintage."  Or doing some kind of wall beam to make this open space a bit more defined.

Anyhow, lots of ideas and not enough time and energy to get it done, but a girl can dream right?

I really like the little round window idea.  I have a couple of half round windows from the 90s that I was never too fond of, and I would love to replace with round shaped windows or somehow tweak the framing to make it look more vintage.

The frame work of this bedroom is pretty much what I want my tv room to look like, albeit my room is not nearly as wide, but I think I can achieve that vaulted ceiling look complete with vintage chandeliers.

Anyhow, my renovation plan probably won't happen for quite sometime, but having some ideas is a good start!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Took this picture as I was walking out of late dinner at a local Italian restaurant couple nights ago.  I had just finished work late and whenever I'm tired and hungry I have no willpower to cook something healthy.  I ordered a plate of spaghetti and a glass of wine and finished my dinner just as the restaurant was closing up and all the guests were leaving.  It was very nice to step into the cool breeze of the night and the streets were sleepy and quiet.  Moments like this make everyday life feel like a bit of adventure. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I have a small collection of antique books that I found over the years, I've read them many times but I don't think I will ever get rid of them.  I mean, you can't judge a book by its cover but this one sure is pretty! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer is approaching, though I have no time to do any of the fun summer activities.  It's come to the point that life has no more stories except work, work and work.  I would love to go on a couple of road trips this year and just improve my overall quality of life and be more active and healthy, in fact, I think that will be my resolution for the second half of the year.

Friday, May 12, 2017

It's hard to believe that I literally dropped off the face of earth for about two month, but that's what happens when things get busy.  I have to admit, when I'm working a lot there really is not much interesting things to post on my blog, it's just me doing the rounds between work and home, and if time allows then I have house chores to keep up with and dogs to take care of.  It's very easy to slide into a constant state of mundane and forget to have a bit of quality in life as well.

I have a small collection of vintage custom jewelry, mostly pins from 1940s that I found at antique malls or online for a fraction of what they are worth. I've been wearing them more often lately, these vintage jewelry are the highlights I have during the day.  They came from a more opulent past, wearing them is like wearing a small piece of history, and I like to think my life has some connection to it because of these jewels.

I'm looking forward to add a bit more interest to my life and get back to some of my favorite activities like kitting and cooking, it seems that if I don't make an effort things just skip through the cracks and nothing but work happens!

Friday, March 17, 2017

I've been working on Spring cleaning for the past few days, I had several months of running myself rugged over work so it was a much needed change of pace.  I took out bags and bags of clothes, shoes that don't fit right and purses I never wore and gave them away to Goodwill.  It feels like I still got a long way to go but it sure feels nice to unload.  My goal is to clean out one bag of stuff a day, and sometimes I get really into it I would do more.  There is something about focusing on what I own rather than how I live that simply don't sit well with me anymore.  I feel like the less things I have the simpler and better I can live, so hopefully purging extra clutter is going to help me live more purposefully!

A few weeks ago I found a super nice dog bed for very cheap, the quality was amazing so I got it for my doggies, dog beds are actually something that's in constant demand at my house, they just wear out after a year or so and I usually keep one or two beds in almost every room of my house to keep my pups comfortable. But as soon as I walked out of the shop I saw this homeless guy with his dog ready to spend the night outside in the cold.  He had a large black plastic bag filled with either blanket or clothing and that became the makeshift bed for the pup while he just sat on concrete himself.  The pup had a leash on and actually looked well cared for.  I just couldn't watch it so I ripped off the tag and gave the brand new bed to that little dog.  The doggie jumped in immediately, it was a really cold night and hopefully having a real bed helped him to keep warm.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I found this old picture of Uggie from a few years back, wasn't he just super adorable?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I got invited to a small dinner party last night and the food and drink was amazing.  I've been slacking off of work the past few days because I needed a break, and sometimes it's fine to get some rest when you need one.

I did some organizing around the house, which is always a huge task for me and worked on the backyard.  It's amazing what treasure one can find buried deep in the closet, I found this whole outfit that I completely forgot existed and there was more, safe to say I can shop in my own closet for a while now!  

Friday, February 10, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I rescued two dogs off a heavily trafficked street, thinking that their family would come looking for them at the shelter, I went to my local vet to arrange for a pick up.  It turned out that one of the neighbors in my area recognized the dogs and told me which house they came from, and after owner denied that they ever had dogs it was pretty apparent that they didn't want their pups back.  Before I knew it, one of them was adopted out, and this one was left as a rescue only because one day after she was spayed, someone tried to pet her and almost got bitten.

I hadn't seen the pup for two weeks and decided this morning to see how she was holding up, and she was not doing well at all because she got placed at the back where there was extra fence before the cage and no one could approach her.  She sat there looking like a completely changed puppy, broken spirited, solemn and sad, and the sight really broke my heart.

Luckily I have been in contact with a local rescue and they were ready to pull her out any minute, and after making a phone call, the rescue lady kindly met me at the shelter and helped me pull the puppy out.

I thanked the rescue lady and went on our way home.  Honestly these days I can hardly afford to take care of myself, it's a very bad time in my life right now but I can't turn a blind eye on helpless puppies.  My own experiences back in the days of having no money and nowhere to go but wondering empty streets in my car or crashing over night on school benches were really deeply felt experiences and I somehow can related to these homeless puppies.  For a day I forgot about my own headache and frustrations, I went out and got a collar and a tag for the pup and cooked a little bit extra food for dinner.

We don't have all the supplies yet, but she's got a name and a collar and a full belly, so far so good!

Kelly seems to be doing ok with another girl in the house.  She is probably used to my non-sense by now...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

One of my new year resolution is learning how to cook Chinese food.  I've made a couple of dishes so far and they turned out good!  Last night I made dumplings and braised pork belly, both came out pretty delicious!  Not a bad new year resolution to put on the list at all!  

Friday, January 27, 2017

My recent lamp project started with this vintage lamp I bought for quite cheap.

I have had this pottery barn shade for years and it sat in my garage for quite a while.  To give an idea of how tall this lamp is, the shade was meant for a floor lamp, but looked like the appropriate size for this table lamp.

About $8 worth of fabric later...

I now have a major stunner in my living room!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

From time to time when I cook dinner for my doggies, I will cook something for myself too on the other stove.  I threw some bacon bits, green beans and potato in the pan and boiled everything until the liquid evaporated and the veggie and potatoes were done, added a bit seasoning and soy sauce and dinner is ready.

My spur of the moment creation actually turned out pretty good, I think I will add this one to my own recipes from now on.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Recently I found this pink vintage glass lamp, it has delicate painted flowers and costed only $30, however some work is needed to bring it to working order.

I temporarily borrowed a finial and harp from another lamp and put a new shade on it to see how things turned out... I really like the end result.

Next step is to get the lamp professionally re-wired as it's always good to be on the safe side when buying and using vintage lamps.  The shade is from Hobby Lobby and at half off sale it was less than $20.  I still need to outfit the lamp with its own harp and finial, the small costs here and there do add up, but so far I think it's a worthy investment.

I mean check out the detail on this lamp, it's so unique and in person it has a incredible presence and creates quite a magical ambiance.   I'm always really proud of myself when I find good style and a awesome deal!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Usually after work I cannot wait to get home and snuggle up to my pupsters,  I go straight home unless I'm out of ingredients to cook dog dinner, then I would make a quick stop at the grocery store. After dinner, if the meal was extra tasty, Kelly would get into a really good mood, and she would pick up a plush toy and dances around and tries to get my attention.  It's one of my favorite thing to watch, since she is usually not interested in toys, it's just super cute!

I would say having a little dog definitely makes a home more wholesome, it's not for everyone for sure, but if patience and long term commitment is in the picture, there's nothing better than having a little fury friend to share your home with you!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A fun day spent exploring Huntington Beach, there is a lot out there that I really have no clue even though I've lived in OC for the past six years.  There are some really beautiful places and secret hide outs and sometimes you just need a good friend to show you around. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

I like to go through vintage shops for furniture and home accessories, and on occasions I actually do spot amazing deals. 

I found this solid wood side table over the weekend at a well curated vintage shop, it was exactly what I was looking for! Not only was the price incredible, you simply cannot find stuff like this made new anymore, so gladly this little table got loaded onto my trunk and went home with me.

I wanted to freshen up the look of my home, aside from the exterior of my house badly needs a new coat of paint, an update on the interior is very much needed as well.  I basically have no budget so whenever I can add or remove a piece here and there I grab the chance to do it.  Buying actual furniture from a real store is sorts of out of the picture but there was no love lost since I hardly like anything new these days.

I do enjoy the thrill of finding the perfect piece that fits just right and is also affordable, and just happens that this approach is slowly giving my home that vintage look I wanted after all! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday was spent watching chick flicks with my puppies, went for some vintage shopping and ate delicious cuban food.  I really feel recharged and refreshed after some good rest.

And of course, when you have puppies you find silly things like bunnies and pink tennis balls on the couch, it's like a little kiss right on my heart!  


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