little distractions, baking everyday, and cabin fever

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What little things are you doing to survive the rest of this crazy long winter?

Confession: Between writing chapters, painting illustrations, taking and editing photos, thrifting, knitting, and episodes of Private Practice… I have baked bread or cake or something every day for the last couple weeks. Thankfully bread freezes and company is coming on Thursday.

no-knead bread


Random: even though the temperatures aren’t of sunbathing/sitting poolside/ backyard picnic quality yet…I am thankful that it’s suppose to get up to around 60 today. At least I can go for a walk. I’m also thankful that the sun is back and has been shining through my (dirty) windows because at the beginning of autumn I went on a little day trip on the Great River Road with my BFF Jana and stopped at a favorite gift shop in Maiden Rock called Basil’s (whew, run on sentance). They have these big disco balls hanging in their windows that make the whole room look like a fairy tale…When the sun shines on them it hits all of the little mirrors on the balls and the room fills with these dancing dots… Well, the wonderful gentlemen who own the gift shop must have known that their customers would be enchanted by this and have the disco balls available for purchase. I, sadly, couldn’t justify paying $50 for the big ones. But then I  noticed a bin full of Christmas tree ornament sized disco balls for only a few dollars a piece! So I bought 4…2 for each of the bay windows in our living and dining rooms…

Anyhoo, yesterday I opened the curtains and the whole living room was filled with these dancing dots…and the kitties started to run around trying to catch them with their paws…and then Alice decided to sunbathe…

and Miller decided to hide…

I tried to take a picture and could not capture the full effect… but here’s a close-up of the ornament hanging in the window.

photographs  by Melissa Placzek

They really are cool, and would add a fun atmosphere to a spring or summer party.

How are you staying busy these last few weeks of winter?


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  7 comments for “little distractions, baking everyday, and cabin fever

  1. Kimber Dunn
    March 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I’m just muddling by, but plan to take the kids for walks every day and might order some spring crafts for us to do. Also going for a pedi/mani, will put away the winter candles & bath stuff and bring out the spring/summer ones, go through my closet to exchange winter/spring clothes, bought new shoes (cuz I needed a reason, huh? LOL) and play music with the windows open.

  2. Melissa
    March 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    all of these are awesome ideas! I’m heading out for a walk right now…when I come home I think I’ll turn on “She & Him” and “Mindy Gledhill” and do another watercolor illustration 😉

  3. March 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    i love it when kitties get playful like that!

  4. Melissa
    March 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Me too!

  5. Addie
    March 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I love the photos of your cats! They are beautiful pictures.

  6. Addie
    March 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Do you mind telling me what kind of camera you use?

  7. Melissa
    March 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks Addie 🙂

    I sent a private message to your facebook email regarding my cameras. Happy to share any photography information with you. xo

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