Sunday, June 26, 2016

June Stuff

I'll start with a beautiful peony from the Community Garden in town.
So pretty!
And it matches my current crochet project too...

This is all you can see until it's done.
I'm not one for doing anything with squares, but I'm enjoying this one a lot.
I'm in love with it!

Fletch was not amused or affected one bit by my shenanigans last night.
He was too sleepy.

Can I tell you about the unbelievably cool weather here?
Okay, I just did. Lots of 60-degree days in June!
So weird after living in Texas, but so great.

Porch/Patio Update...

Just a sneak-peek at what the concrete looks like stamped and stained.
The patio by the garage is done the same way.
Starting the roofing tomorrow!

I made a big Spaghetti Salad this morning for later.
It's in the fridge getting cold and marinated.

Spaghetti Salad

1 Cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 Green Pepper, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Red Onion, chopped
3 Roma Tomatoes, dc-seeded and chopped
1 Zucchini, chopped
2 (2.25 oz) Cans Sliced Black Olives, drained
1 lb box of Thin or Angel Hair Spaghetti
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
8 oz Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (the pizza kind)
1 (16-oz) Bottle of Italian Dressing

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain and immediately rinse under cold water to cool and stop cooking process. Mix in a little olive oil to keep it from sticking together. Place your cooled noodles in a large bowl.

Add all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight stirring every so often to coat salad in the dressing. Serve cold.


I can't think of anything else to tell you about. We've mostly just been stuck here while they work on our porches. The dogs can't go out back because the fence has been down so all the equipment can get in. Ken made a little run out front with some hog wire where we take them outside to do their business. It's a real pain, but I'm sure it'll be totally worth it when all is said and done. 

We're going to some friends' house at 4:00 for a little get-together with about 4 other couples. I need to get in the shower and start getting ready. It takes me FOREVER these days to get myself ready. I'm so slow.

Janie with the dirty nose says hello.

See ya!  

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Christmas in June


I thought this blanket was going to beat me and I'd never be finished, but lookie who stayed with it and persevered...ME! Isn't she a beauty? So pretty and Christmasy...and gigantic.

What's that?
More pictures?

Pattern:  Holly & Ivy by Carol Pryor, A Year of Afghans Book 4
Yarn:  Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White and Paddy Green, and Bernat Super Value in Cherry Red
Size:  77" long by 62.5" wide
Hook:  Size I
Border:  There is no border in the pattern.  I did a shell stitch along the sides only.  5 dc in side of dc along edge, sc in next ch sp; repeat all the way down the side; fasten off and repeat on other side.

I've already purchased the yarn for my next blanket. Now I just have to decide on a pattern.

In other news...

The patios are under way. Yay!

The veggie garden is coming along nicely. Yay!

It was only in the high 50s today and it rained, rained, rained. Yay!

We had a dog emergency a little over a week ago when Eli threw his back out (again). A trip to the vet, a week of drugs and no running on the stairs (which is how he hurt it) or jumping, and he seems good to go. It's always something with one of them.

I discovered a cherry tree in the back of our orchard a couple of weeks ago. I was exploring out there and looked up and saw bunches of little cherries turning red. We waited another week until they were all red and pretty and we picked them...

We got 1 lb, 12 oz of yummy cherries! I think they're Bing, but I wouldn't swear to it. It looks like we're going to have lots of plums, currants, apples, and pears later on in the summer too.

Take a look at this cool moth...

Is he cool-looking or what?
Love his Autumn colors.

That's all for this time.
See ya.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

I Don't Know What to Call This

Two seconds after I took this picture, this umbrella was lifted in super slow-motion up and over my head. It landed right behind me and one of the metal pieces broken in two. It happened in such slow-motion it was weird. I thought Ken had come up behind me and was taking it down, but when I turned around, nobody was there. It wasn't even that windy. So...we went to Walmart to buy a new one. Do you know how expensive these umbrellas are? CRAZY. They only had one choice in colors, so we didn't buy one. I'm going to order one online. If I have to pay that much for one, at least I'm gonna get the color I want. Hmpf!

It was the first day we'd had sunshine in over 2 weeks, so I made some sun tea in the kitchen window. By the way, you know this is my favorite garden kitchen window, right? It's a goner. The height of it won't work with the deck roof, so it has to go. WAH. A "normal" window will go in its place, at least until the kitchen remodel.

Remember last time I told you that Ken was stung right between the eyes by a bee? Well, Fletch hobbled in the next day with a bee sting on his widdle paw.

Aww...poor baby. He hopped around all evening on three legs, but he was fine the next day. Ken went out there with bee & wasp killer and sprayed the hell out of them. Bye-bye bees! Don't mess with the pups!

Who would have so many dogs anyway?
Oh yeah, it's us.
Look at that motley crew.
We are the crazy dog people.

I'm not sure if this is sage or lavender, but I think it's sage. We went up to the courthouse in Colville and it looked so pretty with the purple blooms lining the sidewalks all over.

Ahhh!  Attack of the Giant Killer Bugs!

(It was actually on my windshield, but if you look at it a certain way, it looks like a bad Chinese movie.)

My current crochet project.
I've wanted a Christmas blanket forever.
So now I'll have

It's seeming to take forever and a day. The pattern was wrong, wrong, wrong about the sizing. I was too far along by the time I stopped and measured it and found out it was 61 inches wide instead of the 46 it was supposed to be. Argh! It's taking so long, I feel like I'm going to puke up Christmas balls with every painful row. (I said balls.) This is a few rows past the half-way mark. Will she finish? YES, SHE WILL! I'm going to keep plugging along until it's done. I want my Christmas blanket!

Somebody made these Lemon Cookies at our last bingo a couple of weeks ago. They were so good. They are very soft cookies. Want the recipe? Okay...

Lemon Cookies

1 box lemon cake mix
1 regular size tub of Cool Whip
1 egg
About 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling

Combine ingredients in a big bowl and stir, stir, stir, until it's mixed up well. (It's really a sticky mess.) Scoop out balls of dough with a cookie scoop, plop it into the powdered sugar and roll it around to cover. Place balls on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. (I said balls again!) Bake at 350 degrees F for about 11 minutes. (The recipe said 8 minutes, but mine were not ready until between 11-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them and don't let them get brown.) Let cool on the cookie sheet for about two minutes before removing with a spatula to a cooling rack. Best when eaten within a day or two.


So the latest on the deck/porches is the contractor we selected called up (surprise, surprise!) and said he had to get two heart stents put in and can't do any work for a few weeks, and by the time he is able, he'll be so far behind, it'll be NEXT YEAR before he can get to our project. I'm sorry, but I think he's a big fat liar. There, I said it. 

So we called our second choice and supposedly he can start a week from next Monday. Yeah, right. Uh-huh. Whatever, dude.

I've been watching a show called Decked Out on HGTV that shows different decks and patios being built. So just in case I have to make it myself I'll know EXACTLY what I'm doing. LOL. What?? That doesn't sound reasonable to you?

And while I'm bitchin' and moanin', I broke ANOTHER tooth. That's the second one since we've been here. I swear I'm getting dentures. I've had it. Yank 'em! And nobody is going to talk me out of it again. Watch me and see. I've hated these shitin' teeth since I was five years old! Buh-bye, toofies. Go rot in the garbage instead of my mouth. Ew.

Alrightee then! Nice chattin' with ya'll. This really was a pretty pleasant entry until the end part. Oh deleting! It's a house rule.


Monday, May 23, 2016

America The Beautiful Blanket

Love her.
I always wanted to make a red, white, and blue blanket.

I've made three blankets since April 1st. I can't stop!

Pattern:  Rectangle Granny Pattern HERE.
Yarns:  Bernat Super Value and Red Heart
Hook:  Size I
Size:  55" x 72"
Border:  Three rounds of sc in each stitch and 3 sc in corner st.

I've made five blankets using this pattern now.  I love it, but it does have one error in the second round.  Just remember that you ch 1 between each 3dc group except for corners.  In corners, you ch 3 between the 3dc group.  (It has a ch 3 in that second round on the end instead of ch 1.)

If you want to make it a smaller size, you can chain 47 instead of 59 to begin.

One more thing I wanted to show you...

This was the Mother's Day Cake we served at our Mother's Day Luncheon that my homemaker's club put on.  Isn't it beautiful?  Each flower is a cupcake!

I made the poof balls and hung them for decorations.
Each mother got a small pot of marigolds to take home.
Lots of food and lots of girlie talk.
It was fun!

We have some Canadian friends (a group of three women) that always come down for once-a-month bingo at the high school. We always sit with them, and they are a funny. They invited Ken and I to come up to Fruitvale British Columbia (about a 45-minute drive) and play bingo with them. They have it every Wednesday night. We finally made it up there the week before last. It was fun and quite a bit different and lots more people than what we have here.

What else is new? The deck and porches are in the works! We got four bids and finally chose one today. I can't wait to see what it looks like, and I can't wait to have a covered porch(s) again!

And the garden is in. Most things are planted except the cantaloupe, zucchini, and cucumbers. Those will be planted in a few days. We've had rain, rain, and more rain the past couple of weeks. I'm not complaining because I love rain, but I hope it stops long enough to get our porches done now.

The lady that I met at a Pampered Chef party at the beginning of last winter moved back to their summer home here last month (Their winter home is in Casper, Wyoming). We've been to Taco Tuesday with her and her husband and two other couples a few times, and then we go back to their house and watch a movie. They have a big log cabin home that is gorgeous.  They live on the other side of the mountain that is directly across the street from our house in a valley with mountains all around. So beautiful! It's impossible for them to live here in the winter though because the road to their house is not maintained by the county or state and they get snowed in for a couple of months unless someone comes with a snow plow and digs them out. That's why they don't stay here during the winter. I will miss her when she leaves again, but we still have the whole summer to enjoy.

Ken got stung right between the eyes by a bee the other day. When he woke up the next day, the space between his eyes was so swollen he looked like a Klingon! For those of you who don't know what a Klingon is...

Creepy! I think Ken rather enjoyed freakin' me out.

This ended up being a lot longer than I intended. I miss posting, but I'm just so rarely on my computer now at all unless I'm in here working. I just use my phone for everything. Ken got me a new tablet computer a few weeks ago, but I haven't put much effort into learning how to use it. When I do, I'll be able to post from it and hopefully not go so long without posting.



Wednesday, May 04, 2016


Can't seem to find the time to put a border on this.
It's done except for that.


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Vicious Snake

There is audio with this video.
Turn your volume up.

Friday, April 22, 2016

White Lilacs, Another Ripple, Trees Are Outta Here

I discovered we have a White Lilac Bush right outside my office window!
You can see part of it in the background of this picture.
Lilacs are my absolute favorite.

When we moved in last year, there were no blooms and we just figured it was just a bush. I'm not very good at identifying plant things, and I even suggested that we chop it down because it looked a little raggedy. I'm so glad we didn't! A few days ago, I looked up from my computer and noticed white blooms all over the bush. I pulled back the curtains and squealed with delight! Lilacs! We have lilacs! The smell when I open my window is mahvelous! What a treat!

Excuse me for using too many exclamation points. I got excited all over again.

Here's a sneak-peek at the ripple I'm working on.
Same pattern as the last.
(See prior posts for link to pattern or go to my Ravery Page. The link is in my sidebar.)

The trees came down yesterday...

The two pics above are before they got started.


What's going on out there?

Who's making all that noise?

I felt myself feeling kinda sad for those trees. They've been there forever. The house was built in 1918, and I would imagine they're somewhere around the same age. But they've become a hazard and needed to go. I'm sorry, trees.


We may have a deck built over there in part of that area, but part of that space is reserved for a new master bath addition some day.

I talked to the deck guy I was originally talking to about building our decks and covers. He apologized profusely for not getting back to me sooner, but he's been dealing with the death of his father. The deck will likely not be built until way into the summer or even fall, but we're on the list. I've since called four other contractors, but not a single one returned my call. He said that everybody that does that kind of thing around here is already booked up with jobs through the summer. There are just not that many good contractors to go around way up here in the NE corner of Washington, i.e. nearly-Canada, i.e. no-man's land, i.e. the boonies, i.e. bumf*ck. (I hate people that use "i.e." when they speak, don't you? It's a terrible habit that I hear a lot in my work along with many others.) So anyway, we're adjusting our expectations and we'll wait.

That's it.
See ya.
(i.e. Good-bye)