I took these from across the Columbia looking back towards where we live. These were taken last week. You can tell because the smoke level was way down. You wouldn't be able to even see the mountains if I'd taken it any of the last six days. It's been just awful and it's getting old. Eyes and throat burning and itching, chest uncomfortable-feeling, and just plain old icky...
Look how gross. The skies are that icky brownish color all the time.
I wonder what our lungs look like.
Probably not much better.
Supposedly it's going to clear out over the weekend and we may get some rain.
That would be a God-send.
Well, the stove is in, but it's not hooked up yet. The gas guy still needs to come and install the ducting. I think the blue walls look even worse now. We're going to paint these walls very soon. Do I keep saying that? We really are. I'm leaning towards a chocolate-milk brown. I can picture the walls painted and a big rug in front of it. I hope we didn't make a mistake getting the black, but I think it will look so much better once the walls and decorating are done.
We got our Life Flight cards in the mail.
Hopefully we'll never need this insurance, but we have it just in case.
I made some sourdough starter yesterday morning.
It'll be ready to use in a few days.
This is how I made mine:
Mix 1/2 cup very warm water, 1 pkg active dry yeast, and 1 tsp sugar together in a glass bowl and let sit until foamy. Add 1 cup of flour and mix well, adding more warm water until you have the consistency of cake batter (probably not more than 1/2 cup more water). Cover loosely and let sit at room temperature on the counter for 4-5 days. It will begin to smell sour, as it should. Then you can use it, as directed, in any recipe that calls for a sourdough starter. I'll be making Teresa's Sourdough Flapjacks for one. Her recipe and post about it is HERE. Thanks, Teresa!
I soaked these beans all night in water and started them in the crockpot this morning with water and ham. The recipe I use is on the back of this package. I buy this at Walmart, and I use a package of ham chunks instead of hamhock. It's the BEST recipe you'll ever make for beans & ham. We love it.
Last night we had fish tacos. I used some frozen tilapia filets. They are individually wrapped in plastic and thaw out in about an hour in a big bowl of water. I saute the filets in a small amount of olive oil for 2 minutes each side, and add salt & pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. So quick and easy and good! Serve in warm flour tortillas with fresh spinach leaves and a little sprinkle of cheese and salsa. I made salsa from 3 cans of drained, diced tomatoes (1 can blended in a blender with onion, 2 fresh jalapenos (one de-seeded and de-veined), 1 handful cilantro, 1 tsp cumin, juice of one lime, and salt & pepper to taste, and the other two cans not blended so it's chunky.)
I sat down and tried to make a copy of this doily yesterday. It worked, but my thread (size 10) was much finer than what was used in the original doily. I didn't like the way it looked so I ripped it out. Maybe I'll try it with Size 5 and see how it looks. It gave me something to do while the workmen were here yesterday installing that stove.
I've had a couple of comments that mentioned me living in Montana now. WTF? Where did y'all get that idea? I live in Washington State, not Montana. Somebody isn't paying attention!
Under the totally ridiculous, you-should-be-ashamed-of-yourself category: http://www.mainlycrochet.org/store/p20/Angels_Doily_pattern.html Seriously? $8.99 for one little doily pattern? What is wrong with people? Can you say greedy? It's a pretty doily, but there is nothing anyone can say to justify this, even if it's for charity, which this is not. This is the type of thing that perpetuates what some people say is "stealing" patterns. The seller of this pattern is the thief in my opinion! You make me sick and are much worse than anyone who buys it and then gives it away many times over, and that's exactly what will happen. I'm not buying it, but someone will. Disgraceful.
I have to work a little today.