Summer Heat

Today was about 90 degrees and it felt positively balmy compared to the past few days.  I almost considered grabbing a sweater as I walked out the door today to run to the market.  Okay…no, I didn’t…but it was lovely for the first time in about a week.  It’s been hot and humid with consecutive days of 100+ degree temps.  I know I live in Southern California.  I know September tends to be one of the hottest months of the year.  Doesn’t mean I have to love it.  I don’t.  It’s draining.

Crazily enough…the heat has not kept me from turning on the oven a few times over the past couple of weeks.  I baked a cake yesterday.  I had been thinking about this cake all week.  I had the image in my head of how pretty it would look and how delicious it would taste.  It was neither.  So disappointing.  I couldn’t even think of a way to salvage it.  It didn’t look pretty, it didn’t taste very good, the texture was not what I was expecting…but I will say that I loved the colour of the cake.  Not as white as an angel food cake, but close.  In fact, it was a hot milk cake, which was almost an angel food cake…but not.

I don’t like when something doesn’t turn out as it should.  And being the perfectionist that I am, I will probably try it again.  But while I’m here, instead of discussing disappointing cakes, I give you my top five for the week.

Five Favourites

1.  Mah Jongg

I started playing mah jongg on the computer a few years ago.  I would sit there for hours matching tiles, changing the layout, matching tiles.  You get the idea.  Hours upon hours upon hours.  THEN my friend, Christy (one of The Girls), offered to teach us when we had a Girls’ Night.  As in, with real tiles!  A whole new world opened up.  Mah Jongg is essentially what we do every Girls’ Night and I think I can safely say, the four of us love it.  I mean seriously…when it’s combined with good food, great conversation, and copious amounts of wine, can you really go wrong?

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2.  Justin Timberlake

What was that?  I mentioned him a couple of weeks ago?  Yes, I remember.  I’ve been on a Justin Timberlake-listening streak again.   ‘The 20/20 Experience Part 2′ comes out 30 September.  I predict this topic will keep re-appearing for awhile.  Just sayin’.

3.  Upcycling/Recycling

The home (apartment building) improvements continue.  The bead board is gone from the second floor landing and has been replaced with wrought iron.  I’ve got myself a nice piece of that board and I’m thinking, ‘photo backdrop.’  It may not look like much at the moment, but a little beating up, a lot of sandpapering, a couple of layers of stain and it will be good.

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4.  Kitty Bellyrubs

Since Lucky came into my life last fall, I now have a kitty that will come over to me, plop on the ground, and roll onto her back to get a bellyrub.  You have no idea how happy this makes me.  For a cat that hates to be picked up, she loves getting love and attention through her bellyrubs.  Here is what she looks like when she comes over to where I’m sitting and hints at what she wants.

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5.  Serendipitous Finds

Or more Instagram shopping.  But come on…just look!  I’ve had the necklace for at least 10 years and though we’re talking about a difference of metals…how thrilled am I to have matching earrings?!

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