Thursday, September 29, 2016

Well Cheese & Crackers!

Blogger deleted my favorite blogs list from my sidebar. That's how I got to every blog I like to read. I could never remember all of them to put them all back. There's no way I did it. I haven't messed with anything to do with my blog layout or template in ages.

Blow it out your ass, Blogger! I dedicate my latest doily masterpiece to you...

Pattern from Ravelry.
"The FU Doily"


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September Hodgepodge

I made this little crochet suncatcher thingie to hang on the porch.
It's just a little happy thing to look at.

This doe comes to the yard every evening. I throw her a few apples or pears to eat from our trees. She's so funny interacting with the dogs. If they are outside, they are barking their heads off at her, and she just stands there and watches them. She's figured out they can't get to her and tries to play with them. So cute.

Happy Buddha on the porch.

I made this light scarf/shawl a couple of weekends ago. It's the V-eekender Shawl from Ravelry. It's a free pattern.  I used a skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn in Tealberry.

This place is one of our favorites.
The owners are Hawaiian and the meals are like Chinese food.
I usually get the Garlic Ginger Chicken.
You can get it with different types of noodles or rice.

This day we ate outside and this cute little kitty came to visit us.
She was really small, but I don't think she was a kitten.
She happily played around my feet.

She went away for a few minutes and came back with a tiny little mouse!
Her gift to us.
I would have stolen her away if she hadn't had a collar on.
She was such a little doll.

Some elk we saw on the way home.
We finally saw a bear about a mile from our house the other day.
I couldn't get my phone out quick enough before he disappeared into the forest.
Maybe next time.

Eli sitting on my lap enjoying the weather on the porch.
It's been so great lately! Fall is coming for sure!
We almost turned on the stove this morning for some warmth.

Sammi had her cute puppy ears on yesterday when I snapped this picture.

My dinner yesterday, sliced avocado and tomato on toast with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. It was SO FREAKIN' GOOD! The tomato is from our garden and couldn't have been any better. They are so good right now. I'll be sad when they're gone. We still have lots of green ones in the garden, but you can tell they're slowing down as the cooler temps move in.

All is well here.
See ya!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Last Two Weeks of August

We've had a few fires this summer, but nothing like last year, thank goodness.
This one was a little too close for comfort, but it's under control and in the clean-up stage now.

My Favorite Cole Slaw

Place the following ingredients in a bowl:
1/2 Head of Chopped Cabbage (pre-pkgd is fine)
1 Large Peeled Apple Chopped in Small Pieces
1/2 Cup or More of Craisins

Mix these dressing ingredients in a small bowl:
2 Tbsp Sour Cream
1 1/2 Tbsp Mayo
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 cup sugar (or equivalent of Splenda)
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Combine dressing ingredients and cabbage mixture and chill.

Fresh Cabbage Pico de Gallo

I made this by combining fresh cabbage, jalapenos, green onion, cilantro, and salt in a food processor until chopped well. Add juice of 1/2 lime and chopped tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips. This is the way they make pico de gallo everywhere here. We'd never heard of pico made with cabbage before, but I thought I'd make it since we had most of the ingredients fresh in our garden. We still prefer the tomato-based kind.

 Now don't you be jealous of my tan and fashion sense.
I love my Buddha being out on the porch now!
I velcroed him down to that stool so he wouldn't get knocked off.
I'd be upset if anything happened to him.
He's one of my favorite things.

I've had this doily on this table for a while now. It bugged me really bad because it wasn't round like the table, but I didn't have another one made in that color and that's what looked best here. So I made a round one to replace it with...

It looks so much better now.

Pattern:  "Anastasia" from A Dozen Doilies (book cover pictured below)
Size:  15 1/2"
Thread:  Cebelia #10 in #427
Hook:  Size 1.75 mm

My new favorite tea.
I have at least one cup every evening with a dash of creamer and 1/2 packet of Splenda.

About that diet...I've lost 7 lbs as of today. I've added a snack in the evenings, usually an apple with peanut butter or some cottage cheese.

This lone little leaf was on the steps to the porch this morning when I went out there to have my coffee. A message from the universe that autumn is just around the corner. It came from our neighbor's poplar tree. Such a vibrant yellow!

Goodbye, August.
Hello, September!

See ya.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Boho Curtains and Shabby Chic Shutters

Current Work in Progress

Yumminess from the garden.
Those little tomatoes are like little fresh flavor bombs in your mouth.
So good!

So I've been looking at this ugly, plain window in our bedroom since we moved in.
But I had a flash of brilliance the other day...



I love my home-made boho curtains.
Well, home-made sort of.

They are infinity scarves that I bought at Walmart! I just slipped them over a curtain rod and voila! Boho curtains! I'd been watching them go down in price. Last time I was there they were down to $5 each and I eyeballed them, but when I went back to get a bunch for this idea, they had gone down further to $3 each. Cheapo-boho.

Ugly blue shutters bought for $1 each at a yard sale.

I just finished painting them with chalk paint in an off-white color called "cashew." Tomorrow I'm going to try waxing them with a dark wax to give them an antiqued or shabby-chic look. FYI...painting shutters is a pain in the ass! Results to come.

Other random things:

1.  The Olympics? I watched several fencing matches and archery matches and that's it. The Olympics are just not my thing.

2.  The dental work I'm having done was pushed back to Sept 14th except for the fillings, which I had done about a week ago. It wasn't bad. I'm sure the three extractions are going to be fun. Gah.

3.  I weighed for the first time in a long while. Verdict:  I can never eat again! Haha. But really, I'm on a made-up "diet" where sugar is out of here and I can't eat after 3:00 pm. Those are the basic rules. I usually eat more food after 3:00 than the whole rest of the day so I'm thinking this will work. I'm having bran flakes and maybe a banana for breakfast, a regular lunch, and then maybe a snack, but nothing else after 3:00 except hot tea. Day #4 and it's going fine. First weigh-in is next Wednesday morning. Wish me luck.

4.  If anybody has A Year of Doilies Book 2, I'm looking for it. Let me know in the comments. I have Books 1, 3, 4, 5, but not 2, and that's the one I want a pattern out of. Isn't that always the way?

5.  A cougar crossed the road in front of our car last week. I snapped two pictures, but you couldn't make him out amongst the trees. Bummer. He was so big! We've been hearing there are lots of them around this summer. We still haven't seen a bear yet, but we did see a herd of elk.

I think you're up to speed. I gots nothin else.

See ya.

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Doily and Chicken Parm Pasta

Pattern:  "Elise" by Grace Fearon, purchased HERE. (Also on Ravelry)
Size:  10 inches
Thread:  Nazli Gelin Garden 10 in Cream and Light Grey Taupe
Hook:  1.75 mm

Crockpot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Recipe HERE.

We ate it twice and I froze the rest for later. Ken loved it and so did I.

The only changes I made:  I added about 1 Tbsp minced garlic and I cut my chicken breasts into three chunks each and let it cook 5 hours on low before shredding. I was afraid the chicken wouldn't get cooked because they were very large breasts.

Can we start making pumpkin stuff yet?
I'm ready!


The Dallas Cowboys wanted to wear the above sticker on their helmets this coming season to honor the police officers who were killed in Dallas. The NFL refused their request and will not allow them to wear it. Shameful. NFL players wear stickers on their helmets and uniforms in honor of other things and other people ALL THE TIME. Why is this different? Probably because then some stupid ass would want to wear a sticker in honor of Radical Islam or some shit and they'd have to let them. I guess I answered my own question.

See ya.