The Purrfect Visit


My brother, John, was visiting Chicago this week–he lives in the Big Apple (I don’t think anyone really calls it that though).  He got a fancy new camera and took some truly stunning pictures of Burrito.



In case you were wondering, she’s settling into Chicago life quite nicely.  The birds have started coming to our balcony in droves, which I can’t really tell if it tortures or delights to Burrito.  Either way, she’s definitely entertained.



Happy Thursday and goodbye for meow!

5 Things Friday

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It’s here again..Friday!  It’s been several weeks since I’ve done a 5 Things Friday round-up and I’m feeling a little lazy, but also like I should write something.  So, here we go….


Rare Bird Preserves.  This jam is my jam (that was terrible, I’m sorry).  If you follow me on Instagram, I posted about this delicious jam earlier this week.  My mother-in-law and I went to the One of a Kind show last weekend at the Merchandise Mart and it was terrific, but I was surprised (pleasantly surprised!) to find that I enjoyed the food most of all!  I got the peach lavender jam and it’s about half gone and I’m kicking myself for not buying multiple.  Luckily, it’s 2017 and I can hop on over to their website and get it delivered straight to my doorstep.  I’ve eaten it every day this week for lunch–some toast, a healthy slather of ricotta, topped with the jam (see above picture).


Pinch Me Therapy Dough.  Another find from the One of a Kind show.  It’s basically adult play dough.  It has essential oils in it and is extremely soft to the touch.  Very soothing.  In idle moments where I might otherwise be fiddling on my phone, I try to pick up the Pinch Me dough instead.  Well worth $20 and it would make a terrific Mother’s Day gift.


Marnani Design.  Ok, last thing from the One of a Kind show.  This amazing print!  Little back story.  A year or so ago, a good friend of mine had a personalized watercolor done of she and her sister and I thought it was so cute.  She told me the artist was actually a girl she went to college with, used to work in the fashion industry, etc., etc.  I made a mental note to check out her website, but never got around to ordering anything.  Fast forward to last weekend and I saw a really colorful, fun-looking booth at the One of a Kind show.  I was immediately drawn to it and the girl manning the booth was wearing a name tag indicating that she was the artist and her name was Martha Napier.  It sounded so familiar and it took me about 0.2 seconds to put it together that it was the same artist who had done my friend’s painting.  Small world.  At any rate, I bought this really cute Central Park print, but I also loved her Montauk Beach print.  I’m very strongly considering commissioning a watercolor of Burrito and me…

Anti-Cruelty Society.  I know I’ve already used the Anti-Cruelty Society in a past 5 Things Friday, but I’m very excited to report that next week I will participate in phase one of my volunteer orientation!  I will definitely write a follow-up post and let you all know how it goes.  I went to the shelter last week and met some of the cats and they were so nice and so welcoming!

Target.  Ok, now I’m just phoning it in, but whatever, I want to give an extra special shout out to Target because, from time to time I get bored in the afternoon.  There are a lot awesome things about my Chicago schedule.  But, if I don’t have any writing/work to do and I’ve already been to yoga and it’s too early for wine time, I get a little bored.  The weather in Chicago is not yet conducive to exploring.  Enter Target.  My preferred location is the one in Bucktown, but the one on Division and Larrabee is much closer to home.  On slower afternoons, I always find a reason as to why I just haaaaave to go.  It goes a little something like this.

Me: David, I’m going to run to Target.  Do you need anything?

David: Yeah, get hand soap, I’m almost out.  Why are you going to Target?

Me: To get hand soap.

D: No, why were you originally going?

Me: Oh, um, paper towel. We need paper towel.

D: Why don’t you just go to the CVS that’s a block away?

Me: No, it’s cheaper at Target. No more questions.  I’ll be back in an hour.

9 hours and $72 later…

Have a great weekend and goodbye for meow.