Random Re-entry Thoughts

01. I either have extreme self restraint or am totally exhausted.

02. I’m unpacking in stages.  Last night was the dirty laundry and washing it.  And the hamper full of stuff I didn’t do before I left.

03. I might fold it today. Or not.

04. Cheese curds are good.  Fried cheese curds are better.

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05. If I ever untangle all the cords (laptop, camera, phone) I might finish downloading pictures off my phone and move the ones from my laptop to my computer.

06 It rained here the week I was gone and it was colder in Dallas than Chicago yesterday. It’s still raining.

07. Allergy season.  In Texas.  Thinking of heading North again.

08. Angie and Dan showed me a fun way of cooking/eating.  Which makes me glad I cleaned out my fridge before I left because the grocery shopping today is going to be fun with a capital F.

09. I’m baking bread today.  Well, after I pick up some yeast that might actually be active.

10. Wisconsin TSA doesn’t even blink when they see a wedge shaped unidentified thing in your bags.  Chicago however will pull you aside and search your bags to determine it is just a piece of cheese.

11. Thank dog I cleaned before I left.  Although I’m trying to figure out how it got so damn dusty in a week.

12. I would prefer to stay in my jammies and play with yarn today, but I do need some basic supplies and have to get a box or two or five in the mail.

13.  I don’t like coming home to an empty house and it made missing Texas seem just a tad bit worse than normal.

14.  I think my dog missed me.  A lot.  She even made it onto the bed last night on her own.  Which says a bunch since she is almost 12 and has bad hips.

15.  I’m trying to sort through my email and figure out who I responded to and didn’t while in WI.  Web mail was nice, but I didn’t delete it and it all downloaded to my mail program last night.  I think I’m just going to start fresh with yesterday’s email.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

But the red ones have the best flavor!

What I’m allowed to eat on Monday:

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I asked if vodka counted as a clear liquid and Doogie (the doctor) thought I was kidding.

So I’m making up for it today:

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Ok. Fine.  I’m not really going to eat it all.

I was voluntold that I was baking for DeathWatch 09*, so I spent the morning playing in the kitchen.  One of each went to the neighbor, the other pie went to my mom and I’m saving the other pan of brownies for a faceplant later.

Y’all have no idea how hard it was to give away that other pan of brownies.

Happy Weekend y’all!

*The crazy little neighbor that has been in a coma for almost three weeks was taken to hospice earlier in the week.  Believe me, she’d be the first to be joking about all of this.

Notes from the edge

The edge of what?

I still haven’t figured that one out.

Any ideas?

Bueller?  Bueller?

01.  Love… LOVE… the new neurologist. He’s not a kook!  I have a better understanding of EVERYTHING in just one visit as compared to a total of 6 visits with two other neurologists.  I’m glad I didn’t settle.

02. Is it odd that when I saw a book titled Knits for Bears to Wear, I didn’t immediately think of teddy bears?

03.  More on the neurologist love… he is the first doctor in 12 years that has addressed the fatigue issue.  This pill ROCKS!  Yesterday I started with just a half (as per his instruction) … today, I’m trying the whole thing.

04.  I had some downtime between doctor appointments on Tuesday and decided to review a book while sitting at the B&N.  I’ll get it coherent one day and post it for you.

05.  YUM!!!

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06.  I am so tired of winding off 2296 yards of embroidery floss.  No, I’m not even half way through.  But I will finish the cone if it kills me.

07.  If you got what I meant on #2, I really love you.

08.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed today because my schedule was so thrown off the first three days of this week.  And I may have overdone it a little on one of those days and not really recovered yet.

09.  Knitting is happening!  I try to sit outside every morning with my coffee and get a little done.

10.  It thunder stormed last evening and rained all night.  I love me some fresh rain smell.

Happy thursday y’all!

Random Seashell Eyecandy

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shells by the lake

This was after the rain, I wish I had gotten down there when it was dry.  The sand is a lovely golden color and the shells kind of shimmer in the sun light.

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Now for the random portion of this post since it is 0’dark thirty and I should not be awake at this hour:

If they’re found by a lake, can you call them seashells?

Dude!  I want to make love to this onion dip.  OMG!  Sweet tiny baby hey-zeus… it is good!

Yes, I realize there is probably a group out there dedicated to having sex with onion dip.

But, you must try it  if you like onions.

I may even make some for Texas.

I think my wii is trying to kill me.

But it made exercising for and hour fun.

And you sweat.

A lot.

Furthermore, I think my allergies are in cahoots with the wii.

I have a huge bruise on my neck.

I got it while riding the tractor.

I don’t know how.

I almost flipped that sucker twice

Come to think of it, that’s 3 things trying to kill me this week.

Maybe I shouldn’t leave the house.

Ever.

♥   I forgot about FOAD Thursday… I could have totally used that for the coffee story yesterday.

I stood in front of my pantry last night and was actually contemplating if I should have soup or green beans for dinner.

Right out of the can.

I think I may need an intervention.

Or Texas to come home.

I thought I was having a complete meltdown, until I read Joan’s post and she pointed out it was the full moon.

This may be the suckiest Sunday ever.

♥   Whatever.

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Happy Friday y’all!

I Think it’s a Pink Conspiracy

Subtitle: The Heavens Opened and Angels Sang

Texas and I celebrated our birthdays a little early, since he’s going to be on the road for both of them.  I wanted him to get a chance to play with his new gun and he… well he got me this:

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DUDE!

Seriously?!?!

I used to have one, what seems like a lifetime ago and have coveted one since.  But there was always something more important to buy or pay.

I’m deciding what to make first… the sweetest little meringue cookies you’d ever want or bread or maybe that red velvet cake he wants.

It’s going to be so nice to make bread again. I haven’t made as much since the second surgery since, well… since the arm just doesn’t work as well as it did before.

And yeah, I realize it’s pink.  But it’s a cute pink.

SHUT UP!

So, since we’re both able to be here for this, here is this week’s UM’s.

  1. Studio ::apartment apartment
  2. Meetup :: hook up Meet up later
  3. Ostrich ::neck eggs
  4. Jokes :: Ron White Larry the Cable Guy
  5. Estranged :: partner relative
  6. Random :: booty thought
  7. Slap ::on the ass flog
  8. Hotel room ::by the hour second home
  9. Inscribe ::rings gun
  10. Polar ::bear paws cold

Random Thursday and something for Cookie

How can you not love a man who wakes up and immediately starts cooking bacon?

Bacon should be it’s own food group.

Lack of sleep makes you want to stab people.  Accidentally and repeatedly.

Apparently, night crawlers like coffee too.  That’s my kind of worm right there.

I found the leftovers from my lost sock and since I’m a short leg girl, I may be able to make another sock.  Now to find the notes from the first one.

Sometimes the idiocy of bureaucracy makes me want to scream.

There is such a thing as too much burning.  I think I may be at the point where I never want to smell like smoke again.

This can make everything better.

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Did you know that basil is supposed to help keep away flies and skeeters?  Better yet, catnip and mint will help keep ants away.

I think I have some deck planters to buy and plant.

I’m thrilled to death I can plant azaleas and rhododendron here.  I’ve missed having them in my yard.

Now all I need is someone to help move rocks.  Who makes a pile of huge rocks 3 feet tall?

A week goes by way too fast

I have finally finished painting the bookcase/drawer thingies and have my kitchen back.  I just don’t know if they need decorating too.

I’ve been busy waxing old furniture.

I love paste wax.

Pictures when the room is organized

Speaking of pictures, why is it that I never have my camera when something cool presents itself?

Here’s my go-to pizza dough.  (I’d credit it somewhere, but all I have is an index card with it on) Even if your yeast isn’t good, it still makes a nice crispy crust.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rapid-rise yeast
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and stir in the yeast.  Make a well in the center, pour in the water and oil.  Mix to a soft dough.  Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Place in a greased bowl, cover and leave until doubled.  Turn out and knead gently for a couple of minutes.

My instructions say that it makes a 10-12 inch round pizza, your mileage may vary.  After you put whatever toppings on, just throw into a 425 degree oven and bake until done.

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I’m cookin’ now!

Yeah, I know. No Saturday Sky. I was distracted by lace. You all understand, right? Tomorrow I’ll do Sunday Sky. It’ll be worth it for all of you snow birds. One word. Wisteria.

::: bounce, bounce :::

Guess what? We have a knitter!

The lovely Nora has finally admitted she may officially be a knitter. HAHAHAHAH! She has no idea of where this is going. Should I tell her about La’s “I’m not going to have a stash” delusion? Or about how, now that she’s boarded the crazy train, she’s going to need a freezer just to house it. How about I send her to see this?

The point being, she used to have recipes and cooking over there. Now? Nothing but knitting. So, to help make up for that, I present you with:

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Two-faced Banana Bread*

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • handful of raisins (optional)
  • dusting of flax seed meal (optional)

Lightly oil a loaf pan and “flour” with the flax seed meal. Mash the bananas and mix with the honey, canola oil and vanilla extract. Stir together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda and salt. Add the nuts and raisins. Blend the two mixtures and spoon into the loaf pan.  Sprinkle a little flax seed meal on top.

Bake for 40 minutes at 350, or until center is set.

*Two faced because it’s a healthly, all natural – mine was all organic too – and you think it’s going to taste healthy, (come on, you know what I mean) but it is scrumptious.

If you’re even thinking about knitting lace, head on over to this post and tell her you’re Knitting w/ Nora.