January 16, 2008

Old Friends

Hey there friends. I'm still here getting sicker by the day, it seems. Sweet Hubby hopped on a plane and got out of dodge as soon as I announced I wasn't feeling well. He claims to have meetings in Alabama this week but I think you and I both know better. So congratulations Big Guy, you won round one, but when you come crawling home on Friday sick as a dog, I'll be too busy feeling good to take care of you.

So since I've no one to take care of me (insert "awwww" here), I'm spending time with some old friends. The first is a little treat my Mom always made me when I was ill. It was lovingly referred to as Sick Toast. It has powerful medicinal qualities. We got this special treat only when we were sick & I'm not sure, but I think it's because of all of the hard work that goes into making it. See if you can follow me: toast 2 pieces of bread, butter bread, stack 2 slices of toast together, cut in half horizontally and wait, here is the most important step, cut the halves in half vertically giving you 4 stacks of toast. Whew. I'm tired just thinking about it. Now, I'll tell you that the powers of Sick Toast are lessened when you are forced to make it for yourself (insert another "awwww" here) but it is better than nothing.

Next I want to introduce you to another old friend, Country Home May 2002. I reach for this magazine time & again & stare longingly at it's contents. I've actually owned 2 copies, the first I cut to shreds for my inspiration books and the 2nd I've left whole so that I might have access to it, in it's entirety, whenever I need to. I should probably get a third copy to keep in a safe deposit box with my other important papers.

Enjoy this sneak peek but if you come across a copy in your adventures, don't hesitate to buy it.

Yummy, isn't it? Now, speaking of friends, it seems I've made a new one. I had an email this morning from Beth at Memory Makers Magazine who mentioned my blog on her newest post. I was so wowed! Thank you Beth. I'm honored to be in such great company with the other blogs you mentioned and I'm so glad to have you as a regular reader. You made this sick girl's day!

Oh and one more thing. For all of you emailing me about the button pushpins, the directions are almost as difficult as the Sick Toast. Take a plain white pushpin, attach button with hot glue, stick in bulletin board. Good luck with that. Also, I adore the Bag 'O Buttons from Autumn Leaves. I get them at my local Archivers store and have probably bought every variety by now.


  1. Im sorry you are sick and I know what it means to be sick and alone.
    My hubby has worked out of town alot too.
    I have had this sinus/flu mess all during the holidays. Even one day I called him at work crying please come take me to the emergancy I can't move my head. WELL he couldn't get away. I say this to say that a few weekends ago He got a cough and fever. OMG he was dieing..had to go to the doc. and laid in his recliner whinning.
    I shopped all weekend..yepee.

  2. Okay, I own that CH copy from 2002 and I have actually made the cuppie-cakies with the sugared pansy on top. How's that? We were meant for each other...Wanna know something else? I'm sick too! Dr's appointment and antibiotics and everything. So, community-wide moan inserted and all my sympathies and empathies blown your way in a giant kiss!

  3. OH MY GOSH...that magazine does look good! I love the picture of that home! I want it!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  4. I have that issue! I'll have to dig it out and we can look at it together. Hope you feel better soon.

  5. oh you poor girl! I know it sucks to be sick alone :(
    I just got over the nasty flu! Week of torture!!! But I'm ok after all :) So I'm sure that you will survive your sickness too! Well with that "Sick toast" you just have to :)

  6. I love that issue too! I actually have 2 - 1 I keep and 1 I have cut up! I love that house so much - it is my dream color scheme and look!
    Hope you feel better soon friend!

  7. Cocoa and toast (as we call it, here in the coastal nest) is also a favorite here, but alas, its like a breakfast staple for my Ryan. The more butter the better, so when you dunk it in the cocoa you leave little buttery oil slicks, then you get the salty and sweet. (Ry says, if I am too stingy with the butter, hey, Im in charge of those arteries, you know!)

    That house in your magazine looks like eye candy for sure, We live in an old English tutor home ourselves, theres nothing like the charm of steep rooflines for old cottages to get a girls decorating juices flowing.Fairytale- for sure.

    get better dear Jen-
    coastal nest

    Get better!!!

  8. no matter how old i get or how many sick children of my own i take care of, there is NOTHING i want more when i'm sick than my mom. :)

    all three of my children and i are sick too...i'm off to make toast!

    and the picture of that house you included...that's what i'm looking for!

    hope you feel better soon!

  9. Sorry you're so sick and by yourself. My husband travels alot too (he's been gone 10 days now) so I know how it is to have to cope with everything on your own an not feel well. Hope you feel better soon!


  10. Feel better soon Jen. Our "sick" toast was cut vertically into 4 strips. I think I remember the magazine. is the house in Coronado?


  11. I came back to say that I think you should be working in Sales. As soon as I left my comment earlier I went directly to eBay to see if I could find this magazine. I did but I had to buy 7 other issues with it! I don't know if I should thank you or be mad at you...just kidding! Thanks for posting it, it looks really good and it's worth it so I can drool over that darling home!

  12. Feel better soon!

  13. I might have that issue. I do know that I have years and years of Victoria that simply could not be thrown away ...no way! Hope the sick toast does the trick.

  14. Sorry that you are sick. Poor a little warm milk on that toast. That's what I liked as a kid.
    Congrats on being featured on that post.

  15. Very sorry to hear you are sick - hoping that "sick toast" speeds along your recovery. I must promptly search for the CH 2002 that you have because for some reason it is not in my library of CH magazines. Loving the pictures you took of the inside. I can see why you have two copies, and why you reach for it during times of sickness. I have several like that myself. I have the same buttons that you do! I had to laugh at your intricate directions of how to make the button push pin. I had to re-read three times to make sure I understoon ;o) I'll have to give it a try. Hope you get better very soon Jen. Sending medicinal get well hugs your way!!


  16. Get well soon seems the bug is hitting many a blogger! You are in good company I can see! hugs NG
    sending healing vibes!

  17. I hope you're feeling better soon. Meanwhile, pamper yourself with your toast and magazines - what a great way to spend an illness!

  18. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that does that! I have my 'book' and then I have doubles of the magazines so I can read them whole. I'm so relieved that I'm not alone in this fanatacism.

    I'm so sorry you are sick and all alone. That's the worst, I always find myself five years old again and wanting my mom (b/c hubs just doesnt fix chicken noodle soup and 7-Up the same way :) Hope you feel better soon.

  19. aww...feel better! at least you have lots of good friends to keep you company!

    the magazine looks like it has some great ideas - you're making me want to get on ebay to look for one...haha

    :) Diana
    The Chic Life

  20. I have that one too, I will never toss it, I fell in love with that house, and its kitchen, I fashioned my picket fence after that one.Mine is also a well worn issue.
    Great taste.

  21. Oh, no, I am so sorry to hear you are sick!

    Hope you feel better. Reading magazines helps.

    take care,

  22. Love that little cup & plate set. Hope you are feeling better soon ~ nothing like a Country Home magazine to help :-}

  23. I'm so sorry you're not feeling any better. I know all too well what it is like to be sick and the hubby to be traveling.

    I have that particulatr CH issue memorized from cover to cover. It's one of my absolute favorites.

    Feel better real soon!

  24. One thing you forgot on your toast: cinnamon sugar! That and a glass of ginger ale, and you have MY sick treats from childhood. I'm sorry you're not feeling well, Jen. There's nothing like a good mag and some comfort food, though, is there? Feel better!!

  25. Drink your chicken soup for the soul and feel better!

    It's frigid here in the Midwest...maybe all the sick germs will die off

  26. So sorry hubby left you all alone when you are sick. We always had tea and toast. It works!
    I love that magazine. Now I need to find a copy of that older one.
    Feel better,

  27. Dear Jen...I hope you are all better soon! What is with this Winter! Gabi and Drew have been sick since November and I have a recurring bout with whatever it is that keeps going round and round.

    My best remembered treat on sick days, is hot lemonade with honey. O my and Granny could make it much better than I!!

    I might have a copy of that Country Home. I am a hoarder of old publications! I finally gave away my stack of Country Living Magazine, some dating to the 80's. I've regretted that move, ever since!!


  28. Hi there! I stumbled onto your blog through Melissa and I'm so happy I did! Your blog is charming and I see that you are a believer in the simple things in life, too, so I'm adding you to my blogroll.

    I love the plate in this post, btw. What does the covered up part say? : )

  29. I have a stack of old magazines also that I feel are quite inspirational and look at them every once in awhile.

  30. I hope that you are feeling better. I love your plate and cup set. I am curious what the rest of the saying is on the plate!!

    Love your blog. I have never commented before but have recently discovered it and will definately return!

  31. I hope you're feeling better! I need to find a copy of that issue...wow!


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