Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rearranging Stuff

All that straightening and cleaning made me want to rearrange furniture, so we spent a huge part of the day Friday rearranging the master bedroom, and then Friday evening my son came over to help Barnaby move my office into the front room. I was just too pooped after doing the bedroom to do anymore, AND I shouldn't be moving heavy stuff anyway because of my back and neck/shoulder, so Shaun came over and happily helped. Afterwards, we gave him a couple of beers and pizza, and then he and Barnaby watched a movie. I slept most of the time.

So now I feel like I have a brand-new office to work in and a brand-new bedroom too. I just love rearranging furniture and shakin' things up. Afterall, I do spend nearly all my time in this house. It's nice to have a change now and again.

I've been listening to music this morning. THIS is my new favorite song. Give it a listen. You'll like it. I downloaded it this morning from iTunes for my iPod and computer. I saw him perform it live on the Bonnie Hunt Show last week. Before then, I had never heard of Joshua Rabin. I think he's terrific and enjoy listening to his songs. He reminds me of James Taylor a little bit, and I love James Taylor.

I love Bonnie Hunt too. She's always been one of my favorite people on TV. I always watch David Letterman when I know she's going to be on. I catch her show nearly every day while I'm working.

I'm just lovin' everybody today, aren't I? Well, that's not a bad thing. At least I'm not hatin' and being crabby.

Do you want to know something really stupid I did the other day? This is one of the things I've done lately that let's me know I'm getting old and my mind is not as sharp and quick as it used to be:

I had just gotten up one morning and walked into the kitchen to make some coffee and feed the dogs, just like I always do. I glanced up and saw a picture of two dogs on my refrigerator that I didn't recognize, and thought to myself, "Whose dogs are those on our refrigerator, and who hung them there?" As soon as those questions entered my mind, I realized what it was. It was a dog calendar I had hung there at least two months ago. Jeez. Could I be anymore of an air-head? That is so dumb.

Something else that I do now that let's me know I'm not as sharp as I once was: I cannot kill a fly with a fly-swatter to save my life. It's not that I don't WANT to kill a fly. It's that I swat at it and miss by several inches. How is that possible? My hand-eye coordination is totally off. How old am I, 85? Lord have mercy, I'm an old person!

I thought things like that would never happen to me, but here they are happening. Hmpf. Boon Pappy and I are always laughing about stuff like that. We are waiting to see which one of us falls and breaks a hip first.

Oh! Look at my new, custom-made, built-in silverware drawer that Barnaby made...

Are you jealous? You should be. It's fantastic. The old one was always slipping and sliding and nothing fit right, and it was just generally a pain in the ass. He's doing a couple more drawers for me where I keep big knives and other kitchen utensils, and then he's doing the junk drawers too.

I gotta go. I bid you good day.

Friday, November 28, 2008

I Have a Dirty Mind

No, not like that.

I've been cleaning like a mad woman this morning. Well, cleaning up, really. The lady that does the actual cleaning, like floors, bathtubs, showers, etc, is here today doing all that stuff. I can't believe how messy I've become. It doesn't bother me in the least to leave stuff laying out everywhere. Of course, I prefer it clean, but it just doesn't bug me like it used to.


I also used to have the cleanest and most organized cubical in the building when I worked outside my home. Now my desk is almost always a mess.


Okay, I'm about to say something really DEEP. Do you think you can handle it? Hee. I can always gauge the state of my mind by the state of my home, and office especially, since that's where I spend most of my time during the week. If my mind is scattered and cluttered up, so are my surroundings. When everything is neat and orderly and my desk is organized, so are my thoughts and feelings.


So what do you think of THAT, Dr. Freud? Okay, maybe that's not so deep. Whatever. I'm trying to entertain and provoke thought here. Maybe I should just stick to being an idiot and entertaining you that way.

Hope y'all have a nice Friday shopping or whatever it is you're doing. I'm going to go clean up my mind -- I mean, bedroom.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's Thanksgiving

It's over for another year. Food was good and plentiful. It's 7:00 p.m. and I'm still full, and we ate at noon.

Barnaby is playing poker with fake money and people he doesn't know on the Internet. I'm sitting here, having commandeered his laptop, looking at crochet blogs and stuff other people have crocheted. All the dogs are asleep. There's nothing on TV, so I have it on TBS watching one Friends episode after another. I'm sure I've seen them all more than once or twice, but it's kind of soothing and familiar and comfortable to have it on. Ya know what I mean? I'm sure I'll pick up my crochet and do a little bit sometime this evening. Right now I'm content to sit here and surf the Web.

So that's what Scotty's Place is like on this Thanksgiving night. I hope y'all are safe and happy in your homes as well. Before I get all mushy, I'll say good night. I've been feeling all mushy since yesterday. I just feel very thankful and lucky to have all that I have in my life.

Now see there? I said I wasn't going to get all mushy and I did it anyway. I'm going to start singing Kumbaya any minute now. Everyone please join hands and tell the person to your right how much they mean to you.

Not really. That was supposed to be funny. Except it wasn't.

Okay, that's it. Good night.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lumberjack Afghan

I finished my newphew's Lumberjack Flannelghan this weekend. I just love this pattern, and I plan to make others in different color schemes. I started a Big Basketweave Afghan pattern last night in heather gray.

My neck/shoulder is feeling better most of the time since I started that steroid pack. I take the last dose tomorrow. I just can't sit at this computer too long at a time without it starting to hurt. I should be getting up anyway so I guess I can live with it.

Short entry today because I have work to do. I refuse to work Thursday-Sunday because of the holiday, so I need to get what I have done before then.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mindless Blather

Half a can of Java Monster Mean Bean and half black coffee makes a terrific drink.

I managed to do some work yesterday AND accomplish everything on my list except finishing the afghan. That's the thing that always gets pushed to the bottom of the list.
Interesting and unexpected news: My 73-year-old mother broke her foot chasing a cow through a pasture. She's fine but has to wear a boot-cast thingy for at least three weeks. Not long ago I told her I had a very vivid dream that she fell so to be careful. It was one of those dreams that didn't feel like a normal dream. She told me she thought about that when she fell.

The roast I put in the crockpot yesterday morning turned out to be part of a fabulous dinner. It tasted so good. I made gravy with the drippings, roasted some potatoes and carrots, and doctored a can of seasoned French-style green beans to go with it. I made some Mississippi Mud cake to have for dessert. The cake was a little much. I could only eat a couple of bites. That stuff is gag-me sweet. It's much better with just black coffee on an empty stomach. It's definitely Three O'Clock Coffee food.

For those not in the know: Three O'Clock Coffee is a tradition with my family. I have upheld the tradition in my home, and we always make a fresh pot of coffee and have a snack at 3:00 p.m. each day. I'm usually by myself during the week since Barnaby is at work, but I still always have iced coffee and a snack. If it's cold out sometimes I'll make a fresh pot of hot coffee, but usually it's cold coffee for me. I guess it's the Southern U.S. equivalent of Four O'Clock Tea in England.

Here's some shocking news: I've read two whole novels this week! Wow. That's really something because I've had the attention span of a gnat the last few years and haven't been able to read an entire book. I accidentally ran across a book by an author who had written a series of books I read several years back. Charlaine Harris is her name, and she writes mystery novels. She has at least three different series now. I read a new one in a series I had previously read, and went back and got another one in a new series. I was disappointed to discover it was a vampire-themed series, and I was pretty sure I'd lose interest and never finish it. But I was wrong. I read it in three nights. It wasn't fantastic, but apparently it was good enough that it held my interest. I'm going out sometime today on a quest for more of her books -- not the vampire ones though, unless that's all I can find.

The Two Books I Read This Week.

Justed wanted to show y'all how gigantic my Lantana got this year. I've never had it get that big before. That monstrocity came from two small plants I bought at Lowe's. It has been blooming constantly since I planted it in the spring, and it's now November 21st and going strong. I have a feeling it will shrivel up soon with the colder weather we've been having.
I'm off to try and crochet for awhile. Barnaby just took a shower and is looking antsy. I bet he tries to get me to go to Lowe's or something. I do want to get out and get another book so we'll see.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Good Morning

Okay, no more of that on a work day.

Here's my agenda for the day:

1. I have to make a quick run to the store, and then I'm inside the rest of the day. It's freakin' cold outside!

2. First I'm going to put a roast in the crockpot for dinner and straighten things up around here. It's amazing what a mess just two people can make in a day. Okay, two people and five dogs.

3. Finish a few rows of an afghan, whip-stitch it together, and begin crocheting the border. I hope to finish it late today or tomorrow.

4. Do one load of laundry.

All of this can get erased any moment if work comes in. I do have one small job to finish, but I have until Monday.

I'm off.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Meow

After sending a couple of nonsensical emails a few minutes ago, I realized I'm high from these meds I got yesterday. I'm not sleepy, but I'm obviously not totally "with it." Maybe I would be sleepy if I got still. I've been up and around the house doing things.

I'm hungry too. I should not turn on the stove or oven. Maybe I'll just have a sammich or crackers & jpeanut butter.

It's supposed to turn cold here this afternhoon. I was planning on having a firfe in the fireplace when it does. Guess I'll wait for Barnaby to get home.

Okay, ouch. Bye, my pretties.

I wanted ot make peanut butter cookies too, dammit!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Have What??

I went to the doctor today to see about my neck/shoulder "crick" that's been hanging around since October 22nd. Turns out it's not a crick at all. I have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is a combination of pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip, and is caused by the presence of an extra cervical rib (which was discovered in an x-ray he took today). My doctor said he's surprised I've not had more severe problems from it before now because most people with this thing do. Well, it's here now that's for sure. Oh, goodie.

From Wikipedia: A cervical rib is a supernumerary (or extra) rib which arises from the seventh cervical vertebra. It is a congenital abnormality located above the normal first rib. A cervical rib is present in only about 1 in 500 (0.2%) of people; in even rarer cases, an individual may have not one but two cervical ribs. (I have two)

The presence of a cervical rib can cause a form of thoracic outlet syndrome due to compression of the lower trunk of the brachial plexus or subclavian artery. These structures are entrapped between the cervical rib and scalenus muscle.
Compression of the brachial plexus may be identified by weakness of the muscles around the muscles in the hand, near the base of the thumb.


Children born with cervical ribs develop early childhood cancer at a rate 125 times higher than the general population. The Hox genes that control the development of cervical vertebrae are believed to play a role in suppressing cancer.

I'm on a steroid pack to calm down the inflammation and a high-power muscle relaxer. I have to go to therapy for a few days. If it's not any better before Thanksgiving (a week from tomorrow), I'm suppose to call my doctor.

I see many naps in my future. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

English Muffins


I made these English Muffins yesterday evening. They turned out well, but next time I will roll them out flatter than the 1/2-inch called for in the recipe. They were too thick for my taste, and the recipe would have made more than 18 muffins that way. They were fun to make because you cooked them on a griddle instead of baking them. I had no idea that's how English Muffins were made.

Here is the link for the recipe I used: English Muffins

We're having Ham, Egg, and Cheese Muffin Sandwiches for dinner tonight...Ham McPams. Hee.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Morning

FYI...The cake recipe I posted is correct. There is no baking soda or baking powder in this recipe. I called my mother before I put mine in the oven just to make sure, and she confirmed it.

It's a cold and windy Saturday morning. The dogs woke me up, and when I looked at the clock it was 10 minutes until 8:00, so I decided to go ahead and get up and get the day started. After I made coffee, fed the dogs and let them out and back in and put away the clean dishes in the dish drainer, I looked up at the clock and it was only a little after 7:00. Doh! I hate when I do that.

I have no plans for the day, other than having no plans, and Barnaby is going to make me some built-in drawer dividers and a silverware tray. I shouldn't be excited over something so boring, but I am.

I could always finish sorting underclothes and tee-shirts and finally be done with the wardrobe/closet overhaul. Yes, they are still sitting there waiting to see if they will live a little longer, be given away, or be taken away with the garbage. I'll sit down and watch HGTV in a little bit. That always motivates me to do something around here.

Barnaby wants me to make Chicken Bog, so I'm going to do that later today. We really love that stuff. I'm just using chicken tenders today instead of whole pieces with bones, and I'm using turkey sausage. The recipe makes a ton, so we'll be eating it for days. I could half the recipe, but then I'd just have to cook something else.

I have never been a Coke drinker, but I've been drinking one or two a day lately. I'm convinced they've put crack in it because it's so damn good. I need to stop it, but I can't. That sugar is the devil, y'all.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cake Anyone?

I'm making my mother's recipe for Whipped Cream Pound Cake today. It's a terrific cake with THE BEST consistency and taste. I can't wait for 3:00 coffee so I can have a piece.

Whipped Cream Pound Cake

1 cup butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream (not whipped)
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream butter and sugar together well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each. Add the flour and cream alternately until combined. Stir in the vanilla. Place in a greased & floured Bundt pan and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.

I like this cake plain, but you could get creative and ice it or serve it with fruit or chocolate sauce over the top.

I have the whole rest of the day and evening to myself. Barnaby is working 1:00-10:00 p.m. today. I guess I'll eat cake with just my doggies.

We ordered some candy from OldTimeCandy.com last week. It arrived by FedEx just a few minutes ago. I can't remember what we ordered, so I'm going to go dig through the box like a little kid. I do remember Barnaby getting all excited over the wax lips. Remember those? Hee-hee.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Life is Good

Well, I put off sorting out the clothes in the armoir yesterday, but the closet is finished and looks fantastic. I wonder how long it will stay that way.

I did had a relaxing day just puttering around the house and crocheting a little. We had rain all day, and I heard it storming and raining most of last night and this morning too. It's mostly cloudy out right now, but the sun is peeking through just a wee bit right now. Our lawn really needed that rain.

Barnaby is making an appointment today for someone to come out and give us an estimate for putting a sprinkler system in the front and back yards. We've been putting a little aside for it all year and I'm pretty sure we have enough now to finally get it done.

I decided to make chocolate chip cookies last night at 7:00 p.m. Can you believe I only ate one? It's true. And I didn't eat any raw cookie dough either. Don't be too impressed because I ate plenty of crap earlier in the day. I didn't use any special recipe to share. I just used the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse Chocolate Chips bag.

So far I have no work to do today so it looks like I'll have the day free again. I'm just going to hang out here with my doggies just like yesterday with no pressures and no people to deal with. I love my life.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Closet Overhaul

I spent all day yesterday completely emptying the master bedroom closet , cleaning it, sorting clothes & shoes (saving some and putting a lot aside to give away to charity), and trying to reorganize everything. I had to make a run to Walmart for a couple of shoe-hanging bags, some shelves, and some decorative storage boxes & bins. It took me the entire day just to deal with my shoes. I ended up giving away 23 pairs and keeping 54 pairs. I didn't think I had that many shoes! How ridiculous. I already had all my shoes in boxes with labels on each one, but those boxes took up a lot of room and I was trying to make more, so I got rid of them.

I only spent about two hours on the clothes because it was 8:00 pm and I was tired of it all by that point. So today I need to finish with all the clothes, which means I need to clean out the armoir too. A lot of that stuff is going to be given away. I plan to have lots of room when I'm finished.

I filled up three 30-gallon trash bags so far, and I'll probably have at least two more filled up before I'm finished. It's going to feel so good to have it done and all that stuff out of here.

I didn't do any cooking or baking over the weekend. Hopefully I'll get the time and energy to do some this week. It's rainy and cool here today. It's a good day to get things done in the house and maybe bake something if I get the closet done.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Potatoes & Pies & Stuff

An easy and fast recipe:

Potato Soup Au Gratin

2 Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
1 (5.5 oz) package Au Gratin Instant Potato Mix
1 (10.5 oz) can condensed chicken broth
3 cups water
1 cup heavy cream (I only used 1/2 cup and it was fine)
Green onion tops, chopped

In a large saucepan or pot, combine potatoes, au gratin potato mix (sauce mix and potatoes), chicken broth, and water. Add more water to cover if necessary. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, as soup will be thick, about 40 minutes. Stir in cream and heat through. Serve with green onions sprinkled over each bowl.

Note: Don't add salt! There is plenty of salty with the condensed chicken broth and potato mix.
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This is not the potato soup. Duh. It's apple pie!

Does anybody know what these are? I know my sisters both do! These are Puppy Dog Tails. They are made with the leftover scraps of pie crust dough, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked. My momma always made these when she made pies -- she still does because my dad likes Puppy Dog Tails too. I had some with coffee yesterday afternoon. Yummy.

And since the Puppy Dog Tails weren't enough, I had this at 9:00 last night!
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Random thoughts:
1. I hate the word "engorged."
2. I am the only person in the world who can lose a giant rolling pin in my kitchen. Where is it, DAMMIT?!
3. Speaking of rolling pins, my sister and her friend used to roll the backs of each other's thighs with a rolling pin to keep the cellulite away! Ha-ha! Do you remember that, Sister B? Did it work?
4. Why can't you find regular-size rolls of Life-Savers Hard Candy anymore? I had to buy one of those Christmas Books with the rolls of Life-Savers in them to get some, and those rolls were even bigger than the regular-size rolls you used to be able to get. What's up, Life-Savers?
5. I can't believe the Christmas crap is already out at the stores. Bah-Humbug. I'm sure all the retailers are really worried that Christmas sales will be a bust this year. All I know is they won't get my money!
I'm outta here.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Call 911!

I forgot to tell you that Fletch is home and doing well...aside from a HUGE PENIS EMERGENCY today, that is. Barnaby would not allow me to take pictures and show y'all the horrifying THING I saw today! (It wasn't Barnaby's...it was Fletch's. You know what I meant.) I was aghast! I was flabberghasted! (Are there h's in those words or not?) I know those are dorky words to use, but they fit perfectly. Good Lord. That's all I have to say.

Energy Surge

I have to be quick about this so I can finish my work before 5:00 today. Here are a bunch of pictures, as promised. The recipes are coming tomorrow -- not necessarily the recipes of things shown today, but recipes nonetheless.

I woke up feeling great today -- lots of energy and no headache. The kink in my back is still there, but I'm ignoring it.


This is a purple afghan I'm working on in my spare time when I get bored with working on another thing I'm working on that I can't mention here because it will ruin it for someone whose birthday is coming up early next month. That was a hint.


The BEST crochet squares book I ordered from Amazon.com

The very cool cookbook my sister gave me for my birthday. I think I told you about it yesterday or the day before. I haven't made anything out of it yet, but I'm planning to. I'll share the recipes along with photos when I do.


Barnaby gave me this powder for my birthday. He knows I like powder and saw this at Elliott's Hardware in Plano, so he bought it for one of my little b-day gifts. This stuff is really great! It has Calamine Powder in it, and it's really heavy and adheres to your skin like no other powder I've ever tried. It would be great if you're a runner for chafing and such, or even if you're not a runner for that matter. Good stuff!


I love frosted and unfrosted mini-wheats. This blueberry one is the latest one I've tried. I like it just as well as the Cinnamon Streusel one.


Here's a picture of my preparations for the apple pie that's in the oven as I type this. Picture of the finished pie tomorrow. Yes, I made homemade pie crust. None of that pre-made crap for my man! That's why he gets me such great birthday gifts. Ha-ha. (That wasn't all I got.)


A crustless pumpkin pie in the oven baking. Barnaby requested it. Now I have to choose between the Pumpkin and Apple Pies tonight. Whatever shall I do?? I bet you can guess.
I'll talk at you tomorrow, my pretties! Have a great evening.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I'm Coming to Get You, Fetchie!

I missed Fletch so much last night and today. I get to go pick him up at 3:00 this afternoon. At first it was really nice and quiet around here without him, but last night I kept missing him laying in my lap and sitting at my feet. I kept looking at Barnaby and saying, "I miss my dog!"


I've had a smashing headache since about 10:00 this morning. I need to go eat lunch and have some coffee and see if that will help. And can you believe I still have that dang crick in my neck and left shoulder? It's been around for over a week now. Those are all my body aches for the day.

I do have some pictures and a recipe or two coming, but right now I need to find my camera cord and then nurse this brain aneurism so I can drive and pick up Fletch. I have to take Sammi with me because she has to get a booster shot of some kind. I'm curious to see if she'll be happy or not to see Mr. Man and his thang.

Bye.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Fletcher Le Pew

I take Fletcher to the vet tomorrow to get him neutered. I have to leave him overnight, which I'm not happy about, but I can't wait to get it done. Maybe he'll calm down and stop humping all my other dogs six times a day each. I know they'll be glad when that stops. How annoying! Poor Sammi is his favorite, I guess because she's the same size as he is. She's constantly running for her life with Fletch humping after her. It's like a real-life Pepe La Pew cartoon around here.
Well, so far November has blown in bringing me a much better disposition. I feel good! I'm happy! Could I be any more manic?? Ha-ha, wah, ha-ha, boo-hoo.

Yes, folks, I'm fat AND happy, which hardly ever happens together. Today I'm just not going to think about those 35 freakin' pounds I've gained this year. Yes, you heard right. So what? I have a great life and I'm happy, and I'll get those pounds off one of these days just like always. And if I don't, well, it's not the end of the world. I'm having a great time baking my ass off too!

Speaking of baking, I got the coolest cookbook from my sister for my birthday. I look forward to trying lots of those recipes. I'll get a picture of it later. This place could use a little spiffing up with pictures. I haven't posted any for quite a while now. Get ready for lots of food pictures.
I gotta work. Bye.

Sunday, November 02, 2008