Bun In The Oven

Heat. Pavement. Stroll. Humid. Sauna. Love, love, love! Pores, muscles: fluid. Yes! Neighbor. Lady. Car. Smile. Courtesies. Question: “Bun? Oven?” Record-scraaaatch!! Grin. Fake. Inside: Laughter…scream (NOOOOOO!!). Smile. Courtesy. Neighbor. Embarrassment. Joke: “Me? Walks. Yes, me.  Ha Ha! Bye Bye!” Grin…no, frown. Step. Step. Step. Step. Home. Diet. Exercise. Sigh.   Copyright © 2015, Ilana Hulsey Rea. All rights reserved.

Out Of The Valley

Being tired from working through my end-of-summer punch list is suddenly indulgent when Cohco told me that her cousin just died. At 21. Of a heart attack. No known health issues. No obesity. WT#? And I zip back to June 18, 1997.  Leslie’s death date. Really I don’t want to make any of my friend’s loss about Read More …

Another Painting…”Lust In The Wind”

A sippa Sauvignon Blanc + a hefty dash of conversation on books, writers, kids, and questionable life choices + one blank canvas and a Styrofoam plate dotted with primary colors = “Lust In The Wind”. This morning, I admit that I’m a bit more fond of my trippy Paint Nite imitation than I was last night.  Call Read More …

She Shed Progress Report #3

The Shed.  My Studio.  The Tree House. Why are names so important?  I believe that the bearer takes on the meaning of their name.  My kiddo certainly throws her full weight into her name’s meaning:  perseverance (“But, Mommy”).  My name means Big Tree in Hebrew.  Heavy, I know.  But, my parents didn’t name their kids Read More …

Black and White Tomboy Cake

  The Black and White Tomboy Cake.  There, I finally settled on a name for my signature cake.  It is my favorite cake.  It is my family’s favorite cake.  It is the cake that I get the most requests to make for events.  It is an organic, non-fussy cake:  no dyes to poison the body or frilly Read More …

Paint Nite and a Coloring Book

I need to take a lesson from my friend, “Cohco”.  She knows how to celebrate her birthday.  She jumps at what looks interesting in her very busy life as single mom, working professional, and aspiring songwriter.  Me? I am apt to wait until the last minute, find something I want to do, and then say, “oh no, that’s too indulgent!”  Later, I Read More …

On The Road Again

I travel with lofty intentions:  on this trip I will get more pages written than at home. Yeah, right. I get less done, often times zilch. Just how much can I do and see in this new place?  A mania of possibilities and too much activity locks me up.  This trip is different. Em and I are on our Read More …

Maine Trip 2015

This year, another family member moved to Maine.  Yep, Maine.  Bar Harbor, to be exact.  A very beautiful state, I will not lie.  However, as my Maine brother-in-law said recently, it is not a place where most family and friends are passing through on the way to somewhere else, like the Grand Tetons or San Read More …

Things That Make Me Go Mmmmmm

Some things just make me happy ? Just got a shipment in of baking supplies and a delicious harvest from the garden.