Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One more...

Sarah got me this very adorable tee in an optimistic size. I had to exchange it for one that was more...ummm...fitting. Luckily, they had one and obviously, this isn't my torso. She also got me some pink and black and white-striped socks, not pictured.

Oops....

I said I'd post photos of more birthday presents and I haven't yet.
This is yummy chocolate from Sarah. The little ones are especially wonderful as they are 70%.














This is a very cute and very useful calendar that Lissie made with tons of family pictures, birthdays and anniversaries in it.













These are cute boxes from Jeff.













I'll try to post some more in a sec....

Monday, March 29, 2010

To clarify...

I didn't actually go into a dumpster to save the chair and chandelier. Our community has a walled enclosure with a huge compactor and two recycling bins. People leave things around the bins. That's where the treasures are. But if they'd been in the bins, I might have mounted a reconnaissance and rescue mission...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I just started reading this book...

It's pretty good after one chapter. Here's her website. Week of Eating In Challenge on The Huffington Post. It's past, but good reading.

Other thrifted scores...

Vintage cotton fabric I got at the Mennonite store. Technically, it's called the Care and Share Shop, though.














A man's XL lambswool sweater that I have already either ravelled or unravelled. I looked up the two definitions and they sound the same to me. Maybe Catie will want the yarn?












I don't want to cut the fabric, but then it would sit and molder in my stash. Maybe an apron because there's not much of it and it's a border print.

Awesome trash....

We have the best dumpster ever... I got my supersized ironing board there. They cost about $100 and I just had to make a new cover for it. Today I got these:















The chair is old and from Poland. I will probably paint it and recover the seat. The chandelier is also old enough that it has one of those woven fabric cords. If we weren't moving, I'd keep and rehabilitate it. As it is, I just took all the crystals off of it. Who knows what I'll do with them, but they are glass and so sparkly!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Q-Town...















































































That's where Jeff and I went this afternoon. It's in Quakertown and is difficult to explain and have you understand what it is really like. There's a long building crammed with all kinds of small shops or businesses. They sell bread and other baked goods, meat, produce, toys, shirts, jewelry, shoes, shirts, candy, vacuum cleaners, and on, and on, and on...more things than you can possibly imagine. Oh, and there are places to eat. Oh, and there are lots of tables outside where people buy a spot and sell their treasures/junk. A flea market, I guess. It's really fun to see what's there on any given day and it's a prime people-watching site. The pictures don't really do it justice. There are two very long hallways down either side, making for three rows of shops.

Monday, March 22, 2010

This snapped me out of my blog ennui...

This article at Science Daily. High fructose corn syrup is obviously of the devil.
"A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same."
I've taken to reading labels carefully. After I read this article, I thought about what we had for supper, Mexican Chicken Soup, brown rice, tortilla chips, salsa, cheese, sour cream, iced tea and banana nut muffins (yeah, I know they don't go, but I had two brown bananas and they were really good...recipe which I amended to half whole wheat flour and the cream top off of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt). None of it had any HFCS in it. Hooray!
I try to make us healthier foods and do succeed a lot of the time, but I know sometimes I use things I shouldn't. Like last night I used Knorr French Onion soup mix on some potatoes and carrots I roasted. I could have made my own mix, but I had the Knorr and I'm trying to use up some of the stuff we have. We did have roast chicken, salmon from Whole Foods and organic broccoli, too, though.
It's a process... Now for more Dr. Who. We saw the first full David Tennant last night.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lullaby of Birdland...

Birdland...

The birds are coming in force the past week. The weather is sunny and beautiful. My computer faces a picture window on the side of our townhouse and there are two large trees out there. I've seen:

Cardinal female


Northern Mockingbird male

American Robin male

Mourning Dove pair

House Finch male

Mind you, I didn't take these pictures, but I wish I had. I married a gorgeous Nikon D-40 camera that makes me a much better photographer than I have ever been, but I still can't seem to sneak up on birds. I once tried to take a picture of the belted kingfisher on the telephone line along highway 19 to Greenleaf, but it was still a speck and I was too far away. Maybe the Nikon will fix that!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another amazing video...

From Ravelry:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

All better today...

I guess I just had the three day plague since I'm fine today. I wonder if I get these colds from the kids at Josh's school? I volunteer there every Tuesday as a hall monitor and I'm sure there are some alien viruses floating around. What doesn't kill me makes me stronger! I shall persevere!
Today was the anniversary of my nativity. We don't speak of the length of my time here on the marble...I just ask for presents...and I got some from some nice people I know.




Jeff got me this antique gravy boat and diamond earrings because he listens to me..


Sarah sent me these ultra-cute little plates. They're only about five inches square and are in brilliant colors that I love.
There were more gifts, but I haven't gotten pictures of them yet. Tomorrow...if I survive the vile perpetration of my enemies called "Daylight Savings Time"... It's dicey.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

This is cheering us up...

right now. I forgot I was sick for a minute. Go to youtube and search for OK Go for more cuteness.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Something is seriously wrong...

with my nose. I either have a very sneezy cold or allergies. I took Allegra and a decongestant with no appreciable decrease in symptoms, so I'm thinking it's a cold. I have gotten more colds in PA than I had in the last ten years in ID...really. I never got colds before I came here. I wish I could figure out what's causing it and stop doing it. I take all kinds of vitamins and get enough sleep. I give up. Maybe sewing will help take my mind off of my ridiculous nose...
Making two of these.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

One thing I will miss...

about Pennsylvania is Giant's organic food selection. Giant is the largest grocery chain around here. They have a rather extensive organic section which I have been shopping in the last few weeks. Their "store brand" is Nature's Promise and they put that label on everything from fresh meat and cheese to raisins, onions and apples. It makes it relatively easy to shop almost exclusively organic foods.
I hope I can find as much in Idaho. I know Fred Meyers has some, as does Walmart...and there's always the Boise Coop. I wonder if they will ever build that Whole Foods in Boise that was in the paper several years ago? I could also try Azure Standard... We'll see...

Ta-daaah!


I'm also making pinto beans with onion, garlic and a hunk of ham from the freezer. Comfort food...

Now, back to you, Martha...

I got up early this morning to make Josh breakfast and I mixed up some bread. The best bread for Jeff is pumpernickel so I make it sometimes. It's pretty good and since I don't have a bread machine here, I use my Kitchenaid. It was one of the few things I knew I would absolutely need in PA and I was right. The original recipe came from cdkitchen.com. Here's the recipe as I tweaked it.:

Black Forest Pumpernickel
(Bread Machine)

1 packet or 2 tsp. yeast
1/2 cup bread flour (I use white whole wheat)
1 cup rye flour (I use organic pumpernickel I got from King Arthur mail order)
1 cup whole wheat flour (also use white whole wheat here)
1 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup molasses (I use 1/4 cup)
1 1/8 cup warm water

Add the ingredients to the pan in the order recommended by the machine manufacturer. Select "White Bread" setting.
If you are making it by hand, you can still put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it up (I use the Kitchenaid with the dough hook.), adjusting the liquid/flour depending on whether the dough is too wet or too dry. Turn it out on a floured board and knead it for 8-10 minutes or until elastic. Pour a teaspoon or two of oil in a large bowl. Form the dough into a smooth ball, put it smooth side down in the bowl, slide it around until the smooth side is oiled, then turn the ball over. Cover it with a damp towel. Put the bowl in a warm place and let it rise until it's double in size. Punch it down and form it into a loaf shape and let it rise again in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with Pam. You can also bake it on a cookie sheet or a stone sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake at 350F for ~30 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped.

It's pretty good... I'll try to get a picture when it's done.

A little scary aside...














Have you seen the news about this woman?
She lives 17 miles from me. I wanna go home...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Oh, oh, oh! I forgot I have to post this!

Is this not the most adorable picture ever?
Rocco Taco at work...


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Some random photos...

I thought I'd post some random pictures today. Because it's been so long, I have a bunch stored up. So, in no particular order...

These are French Press Slippers that I knitted and felted for Lissie for Christmas. I bought the yarn eons ago at The Pet Haven thrift store. It is Fleisher's Bear Brand knitting worsted felted to within an inch of it's life. I found the leather buttons at the Care and Share thrift store in Souderton for 20 cents, so these slippers are very valuable. Lissie says she loves them and wants another pair when I see her this summer. Felted wool slippers are very comfortable.

Next slide, Bob...

Bella during the Snowpocalypse of aught ten.

As documented above.

Catie's wedding in a sunnier time.
Beautiful, aren't they?

Well, folks, that's all we have time for today! Tune in again when we hear Julie say, "Who stole my car?!". Bye till next time!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

It's been a while...

My posting mojo left... Then I told Catie she needs to blog more often. She said so do I. I said I don't do anything that interesting. She said she doesn't either and that's why her posts tend to be infrequent. I find her posts fascinating...so maybe I'll try to start up again.
We went to the Outdoor Expo at our church today. There were zillions of people there! The entire parking lot was full and it is huge...as is the church. I don't even know of a church in Idaho that is as big as this one. They did it last year and drew 1000 people. I'm sure this year's attendance greatly surpassed that. I drove by the church about 5:00pm, and it was still as jam-packed as it had been at noon. Of course, I intended to take the camera...and of course I forgot. We did get lots of freebies and I assured Jeff I'd read every piece of printed material I picked up. There are some goodies I'm going to send to the grandchildren, too.
We met a man named F---- who sat with us at lunch. As is my usual custom, I asked him all kinds of personal questions. And as is my victims' usual custom, he answered freely. My manner is quite disarming, I guess. People tell me all kinds of things they wouldn't necessarily tell a therapist. He is a hunter and fisherman, 70, divorced for 23 years, lives alone but has a girlfriend he doesn't always get along with, wants to move out West but doesn't think he can sell all his belongings and is funny. We talked about how short life is and that he should do something crazy (like Jeff and I did) before he keels over. I gave him my phone number in case he's ever in Idaho. I hope he calls. That would be fun.

Yesterday was Josh's 12th birthday. We ordered him a longboard, but it hasn't come yet. He's being very patient. Trucks, bearings, grip tape and ollies are becoming a part of my vocabulary...who knew these things are important?
This is a longboard in action:
They are used for transportation rather than tricks.

Okay, so I posted. Maybe I will again someday...