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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill is the extra large version of my dream home and gardens. Cindy Rinfret owner and designer, built this master piece with architect Jack Arnold. It was put on the market in Oct. and featured in Traditional Homes during the holidays. Not quite in the budget at the moment, but possibly a much smaller one in the near future.
Hope you all have a terrific weekend. Enjoy, Heidi

Rinfret, Ltd.

Rinfret, Ltd.

Rinfret, Ltd.

Rinfret, Ltd.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Jellyfish Bad Day.

If you're having a bad day, then you really should read this and ask yourself if it can top a Jellyfish Bad Day. If you're not having a bad day, but just need a good laugh, then read this. Just read it, ok? But make sure you peed first. Enjoy, Heidi Image via Etsy, Petite Paperie.
Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana. He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is and email he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who were sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won.
Hi Sue,Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all. Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi. Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say, I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make 3 agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling 35 minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butt was swollen shut. So next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt.
Now whenever you have a bad day, ask yourself, is this a jellyfish bad day?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bamboo Furniture and Ect.

I go weak in the knees when it comes to bamboo furniture.

In Texas you know better then to grow bamboo because it is extremely invasive,
it spreads like a wild fire. All the better reason to grow it and
stop cutting down our precious forests.

Image via Barclay Butera.

Image via Coastal Living.

One thing I do not understand is, why bamboo furniture is so expensive and hard to find if the materials are so readily available and inexpensive?

Image via Etsy, Baby Boomba.
While researching this post on bamboo, I found loads more products that are made from the renewable source. It makes a beautiful silky fiber that is very absorbent. I found everything on Etsy from baby blankets, diapers, maxi pads to evening gowns. Click here to see what I mean.

Image via Gulu Hope.
This one lit up my heart. A bamboo bike, amazing. Just think of the possibilities.

Image via Kaia.

These are facial cleansing cloths made from, you guessed it, bamboo. And here is more info that I found on the Kaia site about bamboo. Very interesting.
Bamboo is the ultimate renewable resource in the natural fiber market, as it is a grass that grows quickly and requires no irrigation or fertilization. Known as the fastest growing plant in the world, bamboo reaches maturity in 3-4 years vs. 70 years for most trees. Thanks to inherent biological traits that protect it from pests and pathogens, bamboo doesn't require pesticides. Through its natural ability to eliminate bacteria, biodegradable bamboo stays fresher and odor free for longer and is more hygienic and healthier than any other fiber. In China, bamboo fiber is used to make medical gowns and slippers, as it is naturally antimicrobial and perfect for a sterile hospital environment.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bamboo Floors.

Bamboo is truly a sustainable building material. It can regenerate at least 8 times faster than hard woods. It matures within 5 to 7 years and is harder and more dent resistant than most hard woods. Click here to see all of the colors it comes in, Wow!
Image via Duro Design.

Image via Duro Design.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bamboo Blinds.

Sorry I don't have the origin of this image.
Image via Better Home and Gardens.

Image via House Beautiful.

Image via Barclay Butera.

Image via Ashley Whittaker.