Non-Consumer Mish-Mash — Onions, Hydrangeas and Library Love

by Katy on June 29, 2012 · 11 comments

It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.

Celebrate The Onion

My 16-year-old son finally left for his month in Sapporo yesterday, and although I’ll miss him dreadfully, I’m also kind of excited to be parenting a single child. A month off from the two hours a day I spend trying to get my son to go to bed and subsequent hour that it takes to wake him up. I get a break from dealing with sibling rivalry. But most importantly, I get to cook with onions again for one. Entire. Month!

Walla Walla onions, purple onions, scallions, leeks, yellow onions!

My plan is also to clean, organize, rearrange and update his bedroom. (Either that or take a match to the disaster zone.) Either way, I’ll be sure to share some before and after photos.

I miss that sleep deprived, onion phobic, messy boy already.

Hydrangea Summer

Summer comes late to Portland, Oregon. But I can tell from my hydrangeas that it’s right around the corner.

Want proof of our late summer? Those are flannel sheets on the clothesline.

Library Love

Categorize this photo under “Things that I love.” This is the base of a lamppost outside the library’s Title Wave Bookstore, which sells used library books. Doesn’t it look like it should be in Narnia? Perfection.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer G. June 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

WOW! That is a late summer! It’s going to be 100+ all weekend in Georgia.


Linda in Indiana June 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

We are breaking heat records here in Indiana –today it is 106 and we are in a drought big time! Love your hydrangeas…beautiful! Also fully get the part about getting to cook with onions….SIL and grandkids don’t like onions….geez, they don’t know what they are missing. Also thought the lampost base was pretty darn awesome. Hope your son has an awesome time. Enjoy the “one on one” time with your other son, that is too special. Time will pass quickly.


Liz June 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Your Library is beautiful. There are four in my city; the nearest one is about two miles away from our house. It is rather nondescript; Barnes and Noble donated its spot in a strip mall when their store relocated into a larger spot across the street.

There are days when I dream of hydrangeas. They are totally unsuited to the soil here so I will keep dreaming.


Susan June 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Does your son hate onions? Crikey…I can’t imagine many meals without onions. That would kill me.


AFS June 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I changed my flannel sheets for cotton percale about a month ago but I’m still wearing a polar fleece nightgown. The Seattle area has much the same weather as Portland.

Wall Wall? or did you mean Walla Walla Sweets?


Tara Morrison June 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

My husband a Walla Walla native was wondering the samething.


Katy June 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Funny, I must not have noticed the auto-correct!



Martha June 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

your son is old enough to go to Japan for a month without you and you are going to clean/rearrange his room? Will that be OK with him? I wouldn’t do that to my teenage son’s room, however tempted I may be!


Katy June 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I checked with him first and he was okay with it. I normally do not clean his room for him, but it needs to be reconfigured to function well.



Lili@creativesavv June 30, 2012 at 6:39 am

So, what’s on the onion menu? Onion rings, grilled onions, glazed onions, onion pie?


Katy June 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

I’ve been cooking without onions for so long that I’m not even sure! Dinner last night was make-your-own burritos, which included a big bowl of chopped purple onions.

So tasty!



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