Tuesday, September 30, 2008
And then I get there, do a few things, the ASAP things and surf the internet the rest of the day. I go through this every year about this time. I just don't want to work. I'd rather be at home nesting. While I am at work all I do is think about the things I could be doing if I was at home.
Now, before you think I'm milking the clock, I own my own CPA firm and I get the job done. It's just that this time of the year there is little to keep me busy. Just a few deadlines here and there and a lot of little things that really aren't interesting or hard but have to be done, even halfway.
But not today my friends! I awoke with the thought that I do every morning. I will be on task all day long! And today I am going to actually do it. So, today there will be no blogs, personal email, or youtube on company time. Ok, to be honest I'm cringing a little but I'm going to give it the best I've got. I may check back in on my lunch break to give you an update. Crazy and wild life I lead right? Forcing myself to work and writing about it.
EDIT:: I (mostly) did it. Stayed productive all day and there were several times I had to force myself onto the next. I'm not promising myself anything for tomorrow. :)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
So far we've made:
- Baked apples
- Tomato & Basil Salad
- Whole wheat bread
- Soda bread
- Strawberry smoothies
I have the ingredients to try my hand at yogurt and cream cheese. Can you tell I've read through the flour and dairy chapters? One of my favorite things about this books is that you don't need equipment. No food processors or anything like that.
In our CSA basket yesterday we received leeks, apples, tomatoes (just a few), various hot peppers, and grapes. Grapes! I've got to find a jelly recipe or something. I've also got to figure out how to pit them. If you know anything about grapes, grape recipes, or jellies please let me know.
Oh to be retired so I could knit and cook all day...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
In case it's hard to see, that is a paper doll with the words Cook Me on it. A subtle hint that someone wanted cheesecake. How could I resist? A request out of the book I've been carrying around all weekend!
I had planned on making it after dinner, but he jumped into it before I got the chance.
This cheesecake was 100% produced by the 11 year old. How awesome is that? I didn't have to cook it and it is really good. I mean really good. I have no idea how he does it but it is even better than what I make.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Next, I went to the local hardward store for tools and with my promise I'd be back to purchase a new faucet and whatever else I needed. They were so encouraging. Changing a faucet is no big deal for them but they were just as excited at the prospect of me doing it myself as I was. Love Gronis hardware!
I get home, tools in hand and tackle the hard part. Dismounting the faucet that has been attached to my sink since, oh before I was born. I'm guessing the 60s. No easy feat, though I was making progress. That was until I started to feel sick. Apparently, I cannot lay on my back and work above my head without wanting to throw up. It was taking forever because I would work for 10 minutes and lie down for 15 minutes. When I realized it would be midnight before I'd even got the old fixture out I called Papa. Thank goodness for family members who are retired and home during the day.
Papa came over and finished unhooking the old faucet in about 20 minutes. A much quicker pace than my sick stomach would let me work at. I headed down to Gronis's for my new faucet and supplies. Papa told me that putting the new one in is much quicker and I should be able to handle it even with my stomach upset. And he was right. It went in very smoothly. I had to take my time tightening the lines but it was all working out! I was so proud of myself. It only took me all day it seemed but I would have a new faucet!
And then it happened. I was tightening the last supply line to the water source and I heard a crunk. The pipe under the sink broke off. Ugh. I ran downstairs to turn off all the water to the house and sighed. Then I called my plumber and proceeded to tell him my triumph of replacing my own faucet and the derailment of that joy by the pipe busting. He was able to get over to my house quickly and soon discovered that the pipe in question was barely attached to whatever it was supposed to be attached to. He fixed it then tested my faucet. It worked!!! He said that if he would have installed the faucet the pipe would have done the same thing so I should ignore the pipe issue and having to call him and be proud of myself. After all, all he did was fix the pipe and keep water out of my basement. I on the other hand installed a functional kitchen faucet.
I was about to take a picture and then decided that I was walking on the line of crazy. Who takes pictures of their kitchen faucets?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I am crocheting a scarf for the project. The deadline is in January but I got the urge to get started last night. There is a great group on Ravelry that have inspired me to get going. They have 516 members right now and already have 142 scarfs completed and sent. I've not done much charity knitting. I seem to find other ways to help out because sometimes charity knitting just takes awhile. But charity crochet is up my alley. And I love how this scarf is turning out.
If you're interested there are only a couple of rules.
- The yarn must be Red Heart Yarn Color 0885-Delft Blue and 0311-White Length: Approximately 4 ½” x 50” . I'm not a fan of this yarn but they want all the scarfs to be the same. And it must be washable. It really wouldn't be that bad if it had some softness too it. All that said I think it was a good choice on the organizers part to pick something that is readily available across the country and inexpensive.
- Once finished, place scarves in plastic bags with your name and address on a note card along with a personal note to the athlete and mail them to:
2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Scarf Project 3150 W. Main Street Boise, ID 83702
Simple right! I can't wait to see pictures of the athletes sporting their individual, yet similar scarfs.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
The girls and Joy #2 played for over an hour. They loved Joy #2 playing with them. It is so much fun watching the girls on Monday and best of all...they go home when I get tired. :)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I do like the color I chose. It is a burnt orange and goes great with the afghan I made this summer and my new oil painting. I purchased the painting at the Meals On Wheels auction that was held the end of July. Now that the painting is done I am tackling the job of putting everything back. Ugh. I have 2 huge piles of books to get rid of and some yarn. Organizing my knitting stuff was about the only part of the "putting back" I didn't mind. Well, that and making the bed.
New Oil Painting
My view laying on the bed exhausted but not finished!I'm going to keep going until I totally tucker out. And then tomorrow I'll tackle the rest of the house. I started working on my room when the rest of the house was tidy. Now it is all a mess, I'm not sure how I managed that!
Friday, September 5, 2008
- One skein of TLC's Cotton makes 4 newborn hats.
- Joy #2 is off today to Dads N Lads out at Nebraska Youth Camp. It is our last camp event of the year.
- I haven't casted on for the Ivy League Sweater but plan to tonight.
- Our knit night just keeps growing and growing. After months with 4 regulars we've had lots of new people. Thank you Ravelry.
- It's cold and raining here. Sock weather time! It almost makes me want to cast on for more socks but I have way too many projects I want to get done by the end of the year.
- Too many projects going at once makes me ancy.
- Anything else? Oh yea...
- All of Joy #1's friends have gotten cars or are getting cars within the last month. The most recent is her friend that got a Mustang (2004 I think). Come on people, where is your solidarity? No more cars for 16 year olds! I can't keep up.
- That's all. Happy Friday.