Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saartje's Bootees pattern, so I made a little bitty pair out of Brown Sheep Nature Spun sport weight yarn.
Keep your fingers crossed for us. We are headed north to camp amongst lots of "scattered thunderstorms."
Safe travels, Becky!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Lonesome River Band
Whitetop Mountain BandWe also browsed the art booths and saw Amanda selling her awesome beaded jewelry. She makes, among many things, crocheted seed bead bracelets. Amanda and I met at an open studio event in December. Since then we have been reading each others blogs and watching each other's knitting projects on Ravelry, so it was fun to see her in person again.
I also made the most of the time listening to the music by working on my Monkey socks. Which got me to thinking. There has been a real lack of knitting related posts as of lately. I have quite a bit of knitting content to put up before I am caught up to my current projects. That will come soon.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
We found the listing for it on Craigslist under the title Big Rough Cool City Pad. With a title like that we were sold from the start. When the description contained the phrase "not polished, but cool" we thought this had to be the place for us. Paul's viewing of the apartment confirmed what we already knew, we had to have it. And, now we do. Now all we need to do is get from here to there....oh, and to get jobs, too. All minor stuff. Really, no trouble at all. Nothing to stress about. (See how I am talking myself down from the ledge here?)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I made a blueberry pie in place of a birthday cake. We still had some blueberries left from when we went picking, so I used them in the pie. I even made the crust from scratch! It was my first attempt at this type of pie. Paul deemed it to be "perfect" which is unheard of praise coming from him. He tends to use words like "ok" and "just fine" when he likes something, so having my pie called "perfect" was pretty flattering.
It says, "I love your somewhat offensive sense of humor."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tchazo has a cyst on his leg and last night it ruptured, oozed blood and gunk and scared me. I had to call in sick to work today because Paul is out of town so I needed to bring Tchazo to the vet. He will be fine. Part of the treatment for Tchazo's cyst involves ointment, which means he has to wear an e-collar. When he wears it he has no sense of the increased width of his body, so he smashes into everything all over the house including my legs.
When we got home from the vet, we found Jack in total anxiety spazz out mode, despite my having left him with a frozen peanut butter and rawhide stuffed Kong. I could hear him barking outside of the building. He must have really pleased the neighbors with that racket for an hour and a half this morning.
Next, I finally got to sit down to some breakfast only to be disturbed soonafter by Fanny butt scooting across the floor. Those of you without pets may not realize it, but because pets don't use toilet paper, sometimes they resort to scooting their butts across the ground to remedy their dirty and/or itchy butt issues. She was alternately butt scooting and seemingly trying to outrun her butt. I picked her up to find that she had a big piece of poop stuck to her fur. Disgusting. Needless to say, after I helped her with her "hygiene" I was not so hungry for breakfast anymore.
I had a bunch of errands to run so I set out to get them done. I managed to cut my finger while carrying out our returnable bottles and then forgot to turn in the slip that the machine gives you, which means I might as well have not bothered returning them at all.
It is super hot and humid here, so while I was out I picked up some food. I got some instant food so I wouldn't have to heat the house up by turning on the stove. While transporting it home, the salsa leaked all over the cloth tote bag. It seems that the container had been busted in shipping. Then I opened up the package for a bowl of microwave teriyaki noodles (aka lunch) and found that it was smashed too.
Next up was the evening dog walk during which time Jack had the grossest poop. He must have eaten some polyfil stuffing from one of Tchazo stuffed animals because he had a foot long stuffing poop, not all of which came out of its own accord. So, for the second time today, I had to pull poop off one of my pets.
I decided what I needed next was a nice, cool bath. I turned the ceiling fan on in the bedroom to help it cool down while I was in the bathtub. While in the bathtub, I noticed an alarming smell. I had to get out of the bathtub to investigate and found that it was the smell of the fan motor burning. No more ceiling fan.
After my bath, I went into my closet to get some clothes and found that the fluorescent light bulbs are burnt out. Without the light, I can't see my clothes.
I was in no mood to cook dinner tonight so I thought I would have a bowl of cereal. While taking out the container of milk, I dropped it on the floor and it spilled all over the floor, spraying everywhere. Hopefully I cleaned it up well enough so that my apartment doesn't start smelling rancid. For a second I almost cried in frustration but the moment quickly turned to laughter as I realized that I literally almost cried over spilled milk!
I thought about going out tonight, but I think it would be best if I stayed home. Who knows what kind of disaster would strike if I went out in public.
Here's hoping your day went more smoothly than mine.
Since we picked so many, I've been enjoying all the ways one can consume blueberries. I realized as I was brainstorming the list how Bubba-esque it all sounded.
Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.
So, for me, there's blueberry smoothies, blueberries and milk, blueberry pancakes, blueberry popsicles, blueberry pie, blueberries on ice cream, blueberry cheesecake and blueberries by the handful.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Coming in a close second to Silas for show stealing, were the 3 (!) musical birthday cards Guy received. He was serenading by meowing cats, the Star Wars theme and Austin Powers.
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This morning we woke up at 6:30am in order to get to Cider Hill Farm when the picking was at its best. Our purpose was to pick blueberries but it turned out to be a golden time for harvesting. The blueberries and raspberries are just starting and the strawberries are about done. So, we got to pick all three. I've never gone to a farm to pick blueberries before since my family picked wild blueberries around our cabin. It turns out that picking blueberries on the farm is like stealing candy from a baby. We didn't have to contend with any horseflies and the blueberries were growing on huge bushes that were heavy with berries.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ann's sister Nikki was in town from Ohio. We very much enjoyed having her at dinner. I hope we didn't scare her too badly! We weren't very good at censoring our conversation to the PG-13 level. I believe "assless chaps" may have been mentioned at one point during the meal.
Dinner consisted of a plethora of grilled pizzas, fruit salad and .....drum roll please..... homemade blueberry cheesecake. Can you tell I am a dessert girl?
You'll have to ask them what was so funny about the slow cooker book. I am not so sure, myself.
Ann and Lee recently returned from a trip to Japan. We got to see their photos, many of which were arm's length photos. We were all impressed with Long-Armed Lee's ability to capture so much in his photos. There were pictures with the two of them plus a bunch of scenery in the background. We decided to test his skills and see if we could get a group shot with his reach. We managed to get a photo with the whole group (except Paul who wasn't able to make it to the dinner this month).
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Photo from Tom Bihn website.
Photo from EMS website.
Photo from EMS website.