Turns out, it's pretty hard to take a picture of closed blackout curtains without having to turn on every light in the room - they really do what the name implies!
I can't get over how nicely the color ties the room together with the bedding and the chair in the corner.
Close up so you can see the color and texture - these are the Tara Eclipse curtains in Teal.
While Jeff was installing the curtain rod, I was pulling all of the furniture away from the walls and doing a much-needed deep vacuuming. I dusted, and ended up not putting back the little LED clock on my nightstand - mostly because I don't use it for an alarm - but I wondered if not having that bright red light in my face at night, combined with the blackout curtains, would make for a better night's sleep. Jury is still out on that as it's only been a few days, but I think it's helping. It definitely is a much darker room at night now.
We had a treat last Sunday while we were at Blue Baker, in the form of getting to see one of the bakers make bagels! This guy is so friendly - he always waves at us when we come in and has the biggest smile on his face. He's very good at what he does - quick and efficient - and it's fascinating to watch what he makes. I don't know that we've really been around to see the bagels being made, but what first caught our eye was that he was making round balls out of the dough. Then he took some, flattened them out a bit, and sprinkled cinnamon sugar in the middle before making it into a ball again - and then he rolled the top into more cinnamon sugar - OOH! That's how the cinnamon bagels are made - they have the best chunky topping on them that goes really well with cream cheese:
Cinnamon bagels in the making.
Then he started with whole wheat - first he made the dough balls and let them sit for a bit, then he pulled them apart to form the traditional bagel shape:
He lifted the tray to show us and oops, they started to slide off! Good thing he caught them in time.
Even though I was not hungry, it was all I could do to not buy a bagel now that I'd just gotten to see how they were made. It was really fun to see this process; we keep saying that one of these days we need to take a bakery tour, as everything they make is so delicious!
There's a reason why I don't like gardening, and it's bugs, critters, and the like. Jeff does all of our outdoor planting - I can handle the indoor succulents, but I just don't like surprises when I work with the plants. Case in point: the other day when I went out to water, I reached for my sprayer nozzle and this lizard jumped out and scared me:
No SIR - you need to get off of my watering station!
While I was taking a picture of the scary lizard, I noticed a hole in the ground, which means that something is living there, ack:
Jeff said it's most likely a frog hole...but what if it's NOT??
Paco was being a big brave dog, checking it out. Luckily whoever is living there didn't come out when that nose poked its way inside the hole!
So now we better get some rain on a regular basis because thanks to that lizard and the hole in the ground right by the patio, I can't water my plants. OK, I'm kidding - I'll water them - but not without a thorough look-see before I reach for anything...you can't be too careful when it comes to these wild creatures, right?
Have a great weekend!