Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

Kitchen design possibility of ridiculous proportion.

It took me no time at all to extrapolate an entire kitchen design from a single photo… a photo that is completely indistinct and has nothing to do with anything kitchen-related.

I am just that good.

I walked downstairs and silently handed the computer to Paul… Then I waited patiently, because the concept might not be immediately apparent if you are not blessed with my innate ability and imagination.

Also, the person who speaks first loses.

Planning our old-house kitchen remodel… I want to repurpose some unusual materials to make the design interesting.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

Favorite new-to-me dahlias I grew this year.

These are just the dahlias that I am growing for the first time… You can see my full flower order and last year’s favorites in my earlier dahlia post. I am leaving out anything I’m not happy with or that isn’t performing well.

Overall I like a pink/yellow color scheme with some purple/orange for variety and contrast… But sometimes I get distracted and start thinking I need extra variety. Which is always a mistake— I am someone who needs no variety at all.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

I am too sad to write a post.

We spent last weekend at Penn State… My youngest brother graduated and then drove off to St. Louis, where he will either get a job, apply to medical school, or become homeless… depending on the degree to which it turns out he is able to function independently of my mother reminding/ hounding/haranguing/monitoring/and acting as secretary, war general, and private chef.

For 23 years, Matthew has been at my parents’ house nearly every time I’ve been there. Even when he went away to college, he was home for random weekends, school breaks, and holidays. My entire definition of family requires that Matthew live at home with my parents… For the rest of his life.

But instead of accommodating me, Matthew got in his car with his girlfriend Alex, and moved across the country.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.