Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Minutiae

attractively displayed on a favourite cushion

This book was probably the talk of Blogtopian soirées when it came out in 2004, but I hadn't activated my lifestyle turbo-boosters back then and it passed right by me until now. But something so crisply titled, with that reassuring little Penguin logo, won't cost me my place among the intelligentsia, right? It'll be an antidote to my current reading, Joyce Carol Oates' melancholy 'A Widow's Story', which is like Emily Dickinson gamely striving to reach a wordcount target.   

very tasty; made it myself

When science, in years to come, discovers that eating uncooked yeast bread dough is the key to a long life, I shall be the only one of my generation left to gloat.

Vignette ingredients, glimpse of jolly sofa
In the wild rapture of having new shelves on which to put Stuff, it's only natural that one would pile on too much Stuff and have to edit it carefully into vignettes later. This photo predates 'later.'

But you're standing round wondering when I'll cut to the chase with the soap giveaway, right? That'll be the very next bus.

28 comments:

  1. Hello! Remember me? So long since I popped by, so glad I did again. Delightful as every here!
    I'm afraid, in the currant climate, Ms. Knight's 'The Thrift Book:Live Well And Spend Less' is more my reading material. *sighs*

    But a few long minutes catching up in this bright and cheery, Lovely place is enough to brighten and cheer me up, thank you! Cxx

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  2. Shelves....!!!! =D I'm in raptures - I really, really am! =]

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  3. You were wise to wait. My copy has a brown cover.

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    1. Could you have your book reupholstered, I wonder, Lucille?

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    2. lol :) Without a doubt Mise !

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  4. Hello Mise:
    Clearly we are the next best thing to the dinosaurs, and living in something approaching the Dark Ages, as 'The Shops' passed us by completely in 2004 and may well be doing so again. Does this account for why everyone else in the Blogosphere, yourself included, has all that marvellous 'Stuff' to show, attractively displayed on spanking new shelves, built for the purpose, whilst we sift through the detritus of our lives wondering if there is any way forward? And we cannot wait for the expertly arranged, carefully considered vignettes which are planned for the future!

    Meanwhile, with only a glimpse permitted, we are in love with the sofa which does, indeed, appear to be most jolly.

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    1. I see from your blog, dear Jane and Lance, that the detritus of your lives tends to be displayed on the finest mahogany. Clearly you are among the élite who get given elegant Stuff by your many admirers and have no need to be aware of the existence of the shops. The rest of us trudge wearily round Google Street-View looking for a Rite Price Owl Lamp Retailer.

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  5. Knitted flags and homemade bread. Why aren't you home-schooling? 'Twould be a very special finishing sort of establishment, methinks!

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    1. They were knitted by my mother, Mags - she is streets ahead of me in domestic lifestyle.

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  6. Those shelves represent so much possibility...I wonder if colour coding books is still en vogue? xx

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  7. I love your colourful shelves!
    I, like Ciara, currently have Ms. Knight's 'other' book on my nightstand. Unfortunately, it's the advice from that book I need right now, because, though I haven't read it, I suspect I've been enjoying 'The Shops' too much!

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  8. What an interesting book! I adore your new shelves and the jolly fun sofa!

    If yo were to home school, which I would NEVER do, the children would have to call you Miss Mise!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  9. See I cannot spell so I would be banned from homeschooling!

    xoxo
    K

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  10. We all need our antidotes. I'm about to page through Ottolenghi's Plenty. I want to sit on that sofa in front of those shelves for a while. I imagine some dancing bears or sugar plum fairies would join me, at some point.

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  11. Mise you need to write a book, are the publishers breaking down your door, i hope so because you are part of the super witty elite !!! :D

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  12. Alas that book has entirely passed me by, which is why perhaps I buy notebooks with charming sheep on the front, instead of lifestyle-enhancing shelves!!

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  13. Clearly you have not arranged the vignettes as of yet as the Tiger who came to Tea and Tyranosaurus Drip do not belong on the same shelf. When will the 'later' be? I am very excited to see it.

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    1. How embarrassing, Amee; I see now that they should evidently be on different shelves. It's awareness of your acutely discerning sensibilities out there that makes me shy of ever posting a 'later'.

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    2. One can never have too much 'stuff' - just an abundance of shelves. :)

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    3. Hi Mise. I wanted to send you a personal thank you but don't have an email. Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in a thank you post in my own corner of blogtopia
      http://sydneyfoto.blogspot.com.au/
      Thank you for your lovely comment and for making me laugh every time I read your posts.
      Debs :)

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  14. Mise

    Your baking skills rival Darina, all the Allens and Ballymaloe and even Martha Stewart. I kept clicking on the slice hoping the recipe would pop up but sadly I shall have to remain uninformed.

    Do Pink and Blue Girl realize how lucky they are?

    Helen xx

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    1. Oh I'd love the recipe too! Looks waaaay to delish indeed! And I'm not being just azzled by the polka dotty folded napkin and stripy cup either. Is the coffee nice? Can we join?

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  15. Goodness those are rather lovely shelves!

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  16. I need to get me some of those lifestyle turbo boosters. I need a gorgeous sofa like that, clearly in Ireland, colour combinations are far superior to our drab confections. I should never have left, although I suspect being born north of the border would put me at a positive disadvantage, and deprive me of some colour matching kudos.

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  17. What's this about uncooked yeast bread dough? Is this the secret I have been waiting for?!

    "like Emily Dickinson gamely striving to reach a wordcount target."-oh you are so funny Mise.

    (I think I heard an interview about this one-what i remember is her saying that the sadness, no matter how very terrible, never lasted more than an hour. This was her bit of wisdom for other mourners.)

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  18. Oh yes to what's this about uncooked yeast bread dough? tell us!

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  19. You have totally nailed A Widows Story ... sadly I didn't persevere for long enough to discover if Oates met Dickinson's word count goal.

    I fear uncooked yeast bread dough would give me indigestion ... you are clearly made of sterner stuff than I!

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You're looking particularly well.

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