The Captain left for work this morning at 6:00 am. I'm dead asleep at around 8:30 when my doorbell rings three times in quick succession. I got up with only a nightie top on and underwear to see what the heck was going on. I made the dogs stay in the bedroom behind a baby gate because they make so much racket and act like idiots when anyone comes to our door. I looked out the peephole to see who it was with no intention of actually opening the door (because I was half-naked). I'm always on high alert if someone rings the doorbell in the morning hours because I know that's when most burglaries occur. They wait until everyone in the neighborhood is gone to work, and then they ring your doorbell to make sure no one is home before making their entry by kicking in the front or back door. I'm always ready for it. I'm very aware of it.
Through the peephole, I could see there was a "woman" standing on the porch with above-the-shoulder length blond, curly hair. The view is fuzzy through the peephole so I couldn't tell if she was white or Hispanic, but she was one of the two. As I was looking out the peephole, she moved her face up to it like she was trying to see inside. When I didn't answer, she picked up her purse and something else (which was weird, because who sets their purse down in the bushes when they knock on someone's door?). Then she walked towards the side of our house and I could see her walking around the side to the rear. I weirdly noticed that she appeared to be in really good shape -- tight and muscular. (I now think it was actually a man with a wig on!)
I went back to my bedroom and hurriedly got dressed because I fully expected that someone would be kicking my back door in at any second. As I was getting dressed, I thought I heard noises and movement on our back porch. I immediately reached for my handgun, but it was missing from its normal hiding place. DAMMIT! I made the dogs stay quiet and left them behind the baby gate in the bedroom. (I later found out that the Captain had moved the gun and forgot to tell me where he put it.)
I went into the living room and peeked out the blinds in our back door waiting to see someone enter our backyard. I didn't see anything abnormal. The gate was still closed (and I assumed locked because it is ALWAYS locked). I walked around peeking out windows around the house to see if I could see anything unusual. I saw nothing and decided I was just being paranoid and it was probably just a neighbor I didn't know that was locked out of her house or something.
I went back to the bedroom and turned off the fans I always have going so I could hear better if anything unusual was happening, and I laid back down in bed. I eventually fell back to sleep for an hour and a half. I woke up at 10:00 and let the dogs out. I did noticed they were hanging around the back gate and sniffing around more than usual, but when I opened the back door, they all came running in for their breakfast. I fed them, made myself some coffee, and then let them back outside again. This is our normal routine. I again noticed that Fletcher and Ollie were still hanging around the gate and sniffing around, so I walked out there with my coffee in hand and froze when I saw that the gate was unlocked. Somebody had unlocked it. No doubt about it. I re-locked it and turned around to walk back to the back door to go inside. I froze again.
Things were moved around on our back porch, some of the slate tiles in one of the tables were lying on the ground, and one of the tables was gone. BASTARDS!! They had come into our backyard, probably jumping the fence and then unlocking the gate, grabbing what they could, and then leaving out the back gate with it. I couldn't see that area just from looking out the back door. You had to actually go outside before you'd notice anything was amiss.
When the police officer came to take the theft report, he said they were most likely going to kick-in the back door and burglarize the house, but because we have a glass storm door that opens in and a solid door beyond that one, they would have had to start breaking glass to get in and it was just too much of a pain in the ass and would take too much time, so they took what they could from the porch. THIEVES! He also said to keep alert because they could come back later or tomorrow for the other table. (They had taken some of the tiles out of it, but they hadn't actually taken the base of the bigger matching table.)
I've been upset and nervous as a cat ever since. It's disconcerting to know that someone has been on your locked property and messed with and taken your stuff. You feel so violated. And angry! I'm really mad at myself, too, for not investigating more thoroughly when I knew something wasn't right. I'm mad at myself for not calling 911 immediately and getting an officer(s) en-route to the area. I didn't do that because I didn't want to feel silly if it really was just a neighbor or something. I didn't want to be "that person" that overreacts. Basically, I talked myself out of doing anything at all and went back to sleep! ARGHH!
Ah, well. Whatchagonnado? All in all, it wasn't that big of a deal to only have a table stolen from the back porch. At least they didn't actually kick the door in and make me shoot them all in the face. That would have really messed up my day and been a pain in the ass. LOL.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Pattern: Heart Sachet, Woman's Day Magazine, FREE HERE.
Thread: #3 Red Heart in Warm Teal
Hook: Size 2.5 mm
Notes: I modified the last round of the pattern. This is a horribly-written pattern! I put at least 8-9 hours of work into this thing because of it. Hardly worth it, although it is pretty, which is why I started making it in the first place. I thought it would be a quick-make, which it would have been if the pattern had been written correctly with brackets. The only reason I finished it is because I became enraged and I saw it as a challenge. My recommendation: DON'T EVEN!
We were on the hunt for an ottoman yesterday. We found this one at Tuesday Morning and loved it so it came home with us. I never use the word "ottoman." I've always called these "hassocks." Anybody else? Is it a Southern thing or what? That's what my momma always called them too, which is why I say it. The Captain didn't even know what I was talking about when I called it a hassock. I had to Google it and read him the definition before he believed that a hassock was the same thing as an ottoman. He'd never heard it called that before. We had a bit of a disconnect when we first started discussing it.
CAPTAIN: Where could we get a good ottoman?
Ha-ha-ha! Stupid. Of course, I knew what he meant. I was just being funny. Thus started the whole "hassock" discussion.
(If you don't get the Turkey joke, Google "Ottoman Turkey" and you'll understand...although it might not be as funny when you have to do all that to get the joke.)
(If you don't get the Turkey joke, Google "Ottoman Turkey" and you'll understand...although it might not be as funny when you have to do all that to get the joke.)
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I had to jump on and post again this morning to show y'all what I found this morning while blog hopping...
Are you dying? I'm dying! I could just DIE!
A thousand deaths! Could you just die?
D * O * I * L *Y C * L * O * C * K * S !!!
I first saw these on Jeanet's blog HERE.
And on Etsy HERE.
And then I Googled "Doily Clocks" to see more.
And for some reason this guy was amongst the pictures...
LOL!! I DIED!
It's a tiny-headed, cute-ugly dog!
I bet he's sweet as can be.
I wanted to hug him and kiss his fuzzy little face.
I ordered yarn! Are you dying? The Captain will definitely DIE when that box lands on our doorstep! Hee-hee-hee! Whatchagonnado? DIE? I needed it.
Speaking of dying, if I die on a Tuesday, I will be mad. Mad, I tell you! Tuesdays are the suckiest day of the week. They are a nobody amongst the days of the week. (I'm liking the word "amongst" today.) I prefer to die on a Thursday. Don't ask me why. Thursdays are my favorite. Whatever. I'm not making much sense.
I had to go for a check-up at the doc last Monday. I have one word for you...FAT. And another word...GAH! I go back for my blood test results in a week or so. That should be horrifying.
I made Orange Chicken for Dummies again yesterday. FOUR ingredients! It's the weirdest combination of ingredients ever, but surprisingly it's really good. It's a sweet and sour thing. I got this recipe at Mandy's Recipe Box. Here it is:
1 envelope (1 oz) onion soup mix packet
1 cup apricot preserves
1 cup Catalina dressing (8 oz. bottle)
2-3 lbs chicken tenders
Spray a crock pot with cooking spray. Add chicken tenders. Mix first three ingredients in a medium bowl and pour over chicken; toss to coat. Put the lid on and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours. Serve over rice.
I need to wash my sheets today. They smell like dog. I can't imagine why. I'm gonna go get the washer started.
I really need to go to Wal-Mart too. I need a bunch of toiletries and they have the best prices. But I don't know if I can talk myself into leaving the house today. I have a wee problem with that. Maybe I'll just wait until tomorrow. Yes, that sounds good. Except I can't plan anything like that because then I just angst about it until it's time to leave. I have to just surprise myself, decide to go, put my shoes on, and run out the door without thinking. It works. I have a problem keeping appointments or planning things. Sounds like I have lots of dumb problems, doesn't it? I really don't. Maybe.
It's time for me to wrap this up before I get too weird. (Too late!)
See ya, Girlies!
Monday, March 03, 2014
In the mail today...
The silver ring I ordered to replace the other one that broke.
Do you like it?
I do! And it fits perfectly.
We had an ice storm on Sunday...something they're calling Thunder-Ice was everywhere. This picture was taken by the Captain just after it started. It was weird to hear the thunder cracking and carrying on while the ice came down. It wasn't hail, but something much softer and finer. Not sleet either though. It's something I've never experienced before and the weatherman said he hadn't either. Weird weather these days.
(Unblocked in case you're wondering)
I finished the middle of my pineapple doily several days ago and started crocheting on the pineapple ring that goes around the outer edges. I got two and a half pineapples done when I ran out of inspiration. Now it sits on my dining room table waiting for me to finish it. It'll still be several days once I get back to it. The pineapple ring is slow-going for me. I'll get to it soon enough.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
This yarn looks so different depending on the light...
Sometimes the dark, muddy brown reaches out to you...
Outside it's the rusty orange that grabs you...
With the light behind it, the colors almost disappear and the stitches shine...
I was going to put on a pretty shirt and model it for you, but I couldn't get the pictures to come out well enough. I'm shy and a coward like that sometimes. So silly.
Anyway, I hope you like the scarf as much as I do. It was fun to make and is definitely something I'll wear. It's a free pattern by the same girl who wrote the Oveja Shawl pattern that I'm also very fond of. You can find the pattern on Ravelry here: Fernanda
Yarn: 2 + 2/3 balls of Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Garden in Earth (discontinued! Boooo!)
Hook: 5.5 mm
Size: Approximately 34" x 23" unblocked
Satisfaction Level: Happy, Happy, Happy!
Friday, February 28, 2014
I'm working on a pretty somethin-somethin.
The yarn is so gorgeous I can hardly stand it.
Of course, I went online to get more and just as I suspected, they don't sell this color anymore. I'm convinced it's some kind of conspiracy to discontinue my favorite colors in every yarn! Reveal of this pretty thing very soon.
My Sammi Girl.
I got some tangerines at the grocery store this past week. They are so juicy and incredible!
Have a closer look.
Does it make your mouth water? It should!
This is not something I have the patience for, but it would make the cutest baby blanket. Here's the link to find the tutorial and a great blog: Dada's Place
I got the yarn to make it the other day at JoAnn. They didn't have the navy flecked yarn, so I got some with green flecks and forest green for the accent color. The Captain picked it out. He wants me to make the blanket for him. :)
I gotta run. Have a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The taco soup is in the crockpot for dinner.
Haven't made it yet this winter.
I made some vanilla cupcakes this past weekend...
With chocolate frosting.
They were great. We ate them ALL.
Except one which I split up between the dogs (no frosting).
The frosting is about 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 stick of softened butter, 2 1/2 to 3 cups of powdered sugar, and enough milk to get the consistency I wanted which was about 1/4 cup or so. Also, I used an extra teaspoon of vanilla in the cupcakes instead of the vanilla bean seeds because I didn't have any.
And now the creepiness...
A gecko carcass!
It was stiff as a board. See him eyeballing you? He's not as cute as the one in the insurance commercials, is he? Eww!
Eli thought it was cool though. He's the one who found it. I spoiled all his fun by taking it away and throwing it in the garbage.
Maybe you won't have nightmares about him coming for you with those eyeballs if I leave you with something cute...
Credit: Daily Cute Blog
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I'll be here today crocheting pineapples...
Watching the race...
(With the air conditioner on because it's in the 70s already today...in February. GAH. I hate to be hot.)
Making and eating Rotel Chicken Spaghetti.
These are all the ingredients you need.
Cook your spaghetti, mix all the ingredients together, add it to the noodles, put it in a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish, cover, and bake at 350 F. for 30 minutes or until hot all the way through. Serve with some hot, buttery, garlicky bread...and maybe a salad if you're in a healthy mood. I am not.
I'm bummed because my favorite ring that I NEVER take off broke last night for absolutely no reason. (I mean, no reason other than the fact I never take it off. Ha.) I ordered what I hope will be my new favorite ring that I never take off from etsy this morning. I'll show it to you when I get it. Maybe the Captain can solder this one back together. I haven't asked him yet.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Pattern: Japanese Baby Cape, Graph Only, HERE.
Yarn: Fortissima Socka, Colorway 1050 (2 balls, see notes)
Hook: Size G
Satisfaction Level: I'm ga-ga over it!
Wow, was this fun to make! I used the above sock yarn (that's a link if you want more info on it). It would work for a baby, but I think it looks great as a short bolero-type cape on my dress form in that last picture above. Would look cute over a sundress in the summer. I started with a chain of 101. On a baby, it would be gathered more around the neck and look smaller.
I'm going to have another cup of coffee and stare at it a little while longer. :)
I have a few ideas.
I know you're shocked.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I've been looking for a granny heart pattern like this for ages. I saw one a few years ago that was white and made into a ring bearer's pillow, but there was no pattern with it. I'm happy with the way this turned out. Next time I'll put a white ruffly edge on it and make it extra special. Even though it's a little late for Valentines Day, I'll have it for my table next year!
Free Pattern: HERE
I got this magazine at JoAnn last Friday. If you don't have it and are a thread crochet lover, I do recommend it. It has several nice patterns I want to try...
This is one of them. Pretty, eh?
Great, Easy Recipe Alert!!
Season and brown some boneless porkchops...
Chop into bite-size chunks.
(I only used half of these in this recipe and saved the rest for another meal)
Throw the chopped up pork chops and the contents of these cans into an electric skillet or LARGE saucepan. (I get these at Wal-Mart. Sometimes they don't have the Chop Suey Vegetables so I have to go to another store to find them.)
Add 3 Tbsp of Soy Sauce and 3 Tbsp of Teriyaki Sauce. Mix well and let it all bubble away until everything is hot. Serve over white or brown rice.
Makes a lot and it's great!
Leftovers...yay, no cooking!
Credit: Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty
I got distracted from my Japanese Baby Cape yesterday and made that big RED heart instead of finishing it. I hope to finish the cape in the next couple of days. I only have three rows and the neck edging and tie left to do. It's so pretty! I can't wait to show it to you in all its glory.
Sneak Peek just for you...