Saturday, October 25, 2014

Random Junk

1.  I've started snoring in the past few weeks. I know because I wake myself up a thousand times during the night. I wake up in the mornings with a sore throat every day now. Sigh. What next?

2.  I hold my breath when I'm taking photos and trying to get the camera focused just right. Sometimes I nearly pass out before I realize I'm doing it.

3.  My mailman's name is Leonard. Who the hell is named Leonard anymore? Don't you at least go by a nickname like Lenny or Len or even Larry or Leo? Leonard is just weird to me. I have the urge to pronounce it Lee-oh-nard, as in Leonardo, which is also weird.

4.  I buy printed scrapbook paper, and I don't even scrapbook, nor do I want to. I love to look at the different sheets of patterns. Sometimes I buy more than one sheet of a pattern just because one is not enough. Enough for what, I do not know.

5.  The bird feeder has attracted rats. The Captain came face to face with one the other night (the rat was sitting at eye-level inside a bush in the backyard). They both just froze and stared at each other. Ever since then, Cap has been trying to catch one in one of two mousetraps he placed along the fence (high enough so the dogs don't get into them) with no luck.  Here's a story about rats...

When we lived in another house, one of our cars, which we always parked in the garage, suddenly stopped working. We had to have it towed to the repair shop to find out what was wrong. We found out that a rat (or mouse) had chewed up one of the hoses under the hood. Apparently the rats were attracted to the dog food we stored in the garage, and when the dog food wasn't enough, they ate the rubber hoses. It cost several hundred dollars to repair.

So the Captain was PISSED! The very next night, he sat on an upturned bucket in the dark with his night vision equipment he uses at work and a BB gun. Now in my head, I was all, "He's never going to kill a damn mouse with a BB gun! How dumb! But it didn't take but about an hour before I heard the first bang of the gun being fired. And then I heard, "I GOT YOU, BASTARD!"

Damn, he's good.

I'm gonna go finish my yellow doily. Have a good weekend. See ya.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

They Call Me Mellow Yellow

Quite Rightly.
I'm making a doily I've made before and loved.
I gave the other one away so I'm keeping this one for myself.
The yellow is not quite as harsh as it shows here.
It's more pastel and mellow than it looks.

Other than that, I gots nothin'.

I made a big pan of baked spaghetti yesterday, which I've showed pictures of a million times here in the past. We really love spaghetti. Then I made another Sour Cream Apple Pie this morning at the Captain's request...

I doubled the topping this time.
This was before I baked it.
It's not such a pretty pie once it's baked...

But it sure does taste good!

I think it's the sweet, eggy, sour cream filling that's made it our favorite apple pie recipe now. It's best at room temperature after it cools, but it has to be refrigerated after that.

Fletch steals my desk chair every single time I get up. Sometimes we can't find him anywhere in the house, and he's here sleeping. We've learned to look here first.

Yikes! That's quite a face to take a close-up of.

Sweet Sammi. She's getting so gray. Remember when she was younger and her face was all black? You don't?  Well...

Wow. I was shocked when I went back and found this picture. No, Sammi! Don't get old and leave me! Ah well. When she does, I know that I've given her a life of a princess. She's been spoiled and loved and adored and cuddled and cherished, and she's given me the same in return. Here's to a few more years of happiness and health with you, my Sammi Girl.

Now that I've made myself cry...what else can I do to waste time and avoid working?  Hmm...

Oh my gosh...look at Eli!
GAH! He was a tiny little fur ball!

Okay, enough of memory lane. I know it's only fun for me.
I guess I have to work.

See ya.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Other People's Stuff

Credit:  HERE

Credit:  HERE

 Credit:  HERE

From Flickr 

From Flickr

Credit and Dutch Pattern:  HERE

Credit:  HERE

Credit:  HERE

Prettiest Cat Ever:  Credit HERE

See ya.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nature and Nurture

 Oh My!
Homemade Apple Turnovers? 

Pammy Sue, you've outdone yourself.
Well, not really.

And icing too?!
Don't be too impressed...

But do get some of these next time you're at the store.
They have cherry too.

Perfect for a Sunday morning.
I doctored mine by putting sugar and cinnamon on top before baking.

And yesterday...

I made our favorite potato salad with ham, boiled eggs, green onion, and mayo.

And the final touch...lots of Hungarian Paprika.
Put a serving on a plate with some pretzel sticks.
They go perfect together.

And finally...

Today is my momma's 79th birthday.
Happy Birthday, Momma.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Doily Finished!

Two more dogs from the collection...
The police dogs my momma gave me.

Pattern:  August Doily by Patricia Kristoffersen, A Year of Doilies Book 4
Thread:  Aunt Lydia's #10 in Natural
Hook:  Size 2.0 mm
Size:  After blocking, 21 inches
Satisfaction:  LOVE IT! Totally worth all the trouble, although I didn't think so at the time. I'm so glad I challenged myself to do this one even though I was a little afraid of it. I think this is my favorite doily EVER so far. It makes me want to try more of her patterns, and I hope it does the same for you. Those of you who are still working on yours are probably rolling your eyes right now and saying NEVER AGAIN, but you'll see when you're finished. I found myself smiling and grinning my ass off while taking pictures of it to share!

Thanks to all of you who are making this with me. It made it much more fun knowing I had friends doing the same thing and struggling through the same stitches I was. I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your doilies!

Have a good weekend!
See ya.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Morn

My Brother-in-Law sent me this pic from Green Bay, Wisconsin this morning.
Taken with his phone.
So pretty!

I made chili in the crockpot on Tuesday.
It was even better left over for dinner last night.
We have just enough left to serve over cheese omelets tonight.
That's almost always how we eat the last of it.

I'm obsessed with these chips. So much so, that I can't buy them anymore. I have ZERO control of myself when they are around. I've probably gained 15 pounds just from eating these with wild abandon late at night. MUST STOP.

I've tried the Cappuccino flavored ones because the Captain bought a bag a while back. They were good once you got over the shock of a sweet potato chip. They were okay as a snack, but I wouldn't eat them with a sandwich. I won't buy them again. 

This online yarn shop has some good-looking yarn at reasonable prices. I went there and requested a catalog after Meredith of Mereknits posted about it a while back. Check it out: Willow Yarns

Another Doily-Along participant has finished her doily!
Oooo! So pretty, Penny!

I can't wait to see all the others. Y'all be sure and send me pictures of your finished doily so I can post them.

There were a couple of people who said they wanted to participate in the comments and wanted the pattern, but you left me no email address and your name wasn't linked to any contact information. If you're still interested (and you should be!), send me another comment with your email!

I'm getting very excited to finish mine. I'm working on the LAST row! After I block it, I'll be getting pictures later today. I'll reveal it tomorrow...  Yay!