Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Last night's dinner was really good. You can't go wrong with roast though, can you? I'll be having the roast and some cheese in tortillas for lunches this week...one of my favorites for lunch.
I jinxed myself by saying my voice was no better and no worse the other day. The last two days have been awful. Today it's even worse. I had spasms all night and my larnyx feels really swollen and sore today. I sound like a demon when I try to speak. I said something to Fletcher earlier, and he nearly jumped out of his skin thinking someone else was in the house! Ha-ha. Anyway, I'll be a mute today and maybe keep a warm compress on it when I can.
I don't really have anything else for you today. I'm just avoiding work because I really don't want to. I only have 8 minutes left to transcribe. Guess I better get it out of here before something else comes in. Bye.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I couldn't find any sandals that fit right at DSW Shoe Warehouse, but I did find these totally plastic shoes on clearance at Walmart for $3.00. They are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had! They aren't exactly beautiful, but I don't think they're terribly ugly either. I got a black pair and a brown pair.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The color doesn't show up exactly right in this picture. The color is Aqua, and it's Hobby Lobby's brand, I Love This Cotton. The contrast color for the straps and edging is Sugar & Cream, Country Stripes.
I went ahead and got enough to make two totes. These are both Sugar & Cream, as you can see, and the main color is Potpourri Ombre (the lighter one) and the contrasting color for the straps and edging is Painted Desert.
Barnaby got me the tomato plants I've been wanting! As soon as the weather clears up, I'm going to go plant them. I hope they live and thrive. I want fresh garden tomatoes!
That is all. Bye-bye.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Here it is with the cheese melting on top.
Ready to eat! Nice grill marks on the hoagie, huh? I have a square grill pan that you use on top of the stove. It was worth it to dirty another pan.
To to Mommy's blog to get the recipe. No sense in me repeating everything she's already written.
There's really been nothing going on. That's why I haven't been around as much as normal. Sometimes that doesn't stop me from posting, but I just really haven't felt like it lately.
Throat Update: EXACTLY THE SAME! No better, no worse. Today was a particularly bad day because the spasms started early. Once they start -- and they always do when I talk more than normal, which is usually later in the day when Barnaby is home -- I can't get more than a few words out before the spasms shut me down. That's okay I guess. The less I talk, the smarter people think I am. Hee-hee.
I've been crocheting on the black & white round ripple afghan. I botched it almost from the get-go, but I didn't know it until I was way past the point of no return. I had someone in mind to give it to, but I may have to keep it if it looks too wonky and the screw-up is obvious. The black & white colors are so pretty. I knew they would be in this particular pattern.
I'm probably going to start a tote bag tonight. I printed out the pattern and picture just now. I was hoping to use cotton yarn for it, but I don't think I have enough of one color to do it. I'll have to go dig through my yarn stash and see what I can find.
I talked Barnaby into going shopping with me on Saturday. I wanted to go to the DSW Shoe Warehouse and get some new sandals for the summer. I could not find one pair that I liked that fit me. My arch is very high, and everything I liked was too tight across that part of my foot.
We left there and went in a few other places, but I didn't buy anything. I did make a stop at Hobby Lobby for some yarn, and I ran into Rob & Schuyler. How fun. If y'all remember, Rob is Sammi's momma's daddy. Or to be more clear, I got Sammi from Rob, whose black pug is Sammi's mother. Comprende? And if you haven't read Rob's book, GO BUY IT. Rob and his family are really cool people.
Have I rambled enough yet to call this an entry? I think so. Ta-ta until tomorrow.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The woman that lives there always parks her car in front and I see her come and go a lot. Her husband parks in the back so I hardly ever see him. She came out the front door yesterday, got in her car, and drove off. About 30 minutes later, she parks out front again and carries in what looks like grocery bags into the house through the front door.
About five minutes later, three police cars show up at her house. I watch them walk around her house, she comes out and sits in her car with her big blond labrador retriever, and the policemen all go inside, I presume to search her house. Their house had been burglarized in the 30 minutes she was gone and I had been staring right at it.
The bastards had gone into her backyard through an unlocked gate, kicked in her back door, and stolen all their computers and two flat screen TVs. Her dog was there inside the house, but she said he's deaf and very old and probably never even knew they were there. He lays in front of the front window when she leaves and waits for her to get home.
I thought of all the times I have run to the grocery store and left the back door standing wide open so the dogs could come and go as they pleased. But my back gate is always locked and my five dogs, three of which are not old and deaf, are probably a deterrant. I won't be leaving the back door open when I'm gone anymore, however.
I just wanted to get that in before I have somebody mad at me again. Back to work! Bye.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
You're looking at the back of the pillow in this first picture. I cut up an old sundress I had to use as the back.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Brown Butter Frosting
1 stick of butter, salted (no substitutes)
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter turns brown. Be very careful that you don't burn the butter. You want it a caramel color, but not any darker. Remove from the heat and set aside. Slowly mix the browned butter, powdered sugar, 3 Tbsps of the milk, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, adding more milk until the consistency you want is achieved.
I'll be working most of today. Gotta run!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
What the hell is she doing? Who stands like that? STUPID! If you can imagine that you are looking down upon her from an upper floor, she looks like she fell and is laying dead with broken bones. How did somebody look at that picture and say, "That's the one! We're going to use that shot for the ad!" Stupid, I tell you.
Let's see. What else do I have for you today? Hmm...
Oh, I made a cake yesterday. It's just a white cake (from a box) with brown butter frosting (homemade). It's yummy. Here's a picture for you to drool on. Obviously, we ate two pieces of it before I thought to get a picture.
White Cake w/Brown Butter Frosting
I think I'm going to start another Round Ripple Afghan. Like I don't have enough afghans started already that I need to finish. In fact, I think I started on a black and white Round Ripple a while agok and stuck it back somewhere. I'm going to go find it and finish it.
Y'all have a good evening. I'm going to watch Ghost Hunters tonight, and this time I mean it.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Avocado Bean Dip
15-oz can white beans, drained (Great Northern)
1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and mashed
1/2 cup salsa (I used medium Picante)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Garlic Powder & Black Pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients and serve with Tortilla Chips.
I also envision using this in a 7-layer dip instead of refried beans or meat. Sounds like great race food to me!
I really did nothing today except some work and a little crocheting. I started another doily. The last two I started I ripped out because I didn't like them. I think this one is going to stick. It looks like an easy pattern until I get to the flowers all along the edge, and those don't really look all that hard. I will need to go to Hobby Lobby for a different color thread when I get to that point.
Like I said, Barnaby is golfing until around 8:00. I'll be watching Ghost Hunters and I Shouldn't Be Alive tonight.
Speaking of TV, has anybody else watched the show called I Survived? I love that show, but it's not on regularly. I think it was originally on a cable channel we don't get, but they play reruns on a channel we do get every now and then. I can't, however, tell you which channel that is. I'll have to pay more attention the next time I see it. It's an hour-long show, and they usually tell three different stories of people who have survived some horrible circumstances. Let's see, there was a person that went off a cliff in his car and spent three days there before being found, some people who were taken hostage in that mall shooting that happened not too long ago, people who have been car-jacked, raped, taken to a field and shot and left for dead, and all sorts of terrible things like that. Doesn't that sound uplifting? But really, the incidents and circumstances may be horrible, but the people and how they survived are facinating to me. The actual victims are the ones that tell the stories.
I gotta run. Be good.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Try it...you'll love it. Men especially love it. Yes, it's a manly meal. The leftovers are good for lunches and anytime snacks for at least a week. Don't forget the salty pretzels! They go with it like nothing else. I forbid you to make this without them.
This is what it should look like when it's done and ready to refrigerate:
Springtime Ham & Potato Salad
1.5 lbs of ham, cubed (I use ham steaks)
4 lb baking potatoes, skinned, cubed & boiled (about 6 big ones)
5 boiled eggs, chopped
3-4 large green onions, chopped (green & white parts)
1 cup Hellmann’s Real Mayo (Or as much as you like, Light is okay)
Black pepper to taste
Hungarian Paprika for sprinkling on top
Pretzel sticks (mandatory!)
Boil eggs, peel, and refrigerate. While potatoes are boiling, cut up ham, green onion, and boiled eggs. When potatoes are done, mix all ingredients well with mayo. Sprinkle the top heavily with paprika, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve with pretzels.
We had a good time at my mom & dad's yesterday. It wasn't a bunny cake, but it was really good. Some of you commented that your mothers also made the bunny cake or something like it. I had forgotten about the died green coconut for the grass and the jelly beans for Easter eggs! My mom did that part too. I don't think she used a form pan though. She just used two round pans...one was the body of the bunny, and then you just had to make a couple of cuts to the other round one to make the ears and feet. I didn't get to see my niece or the dress. My sister is going to get some pictures of her and will send them to me.
I slept for 14 hours last night! Wow. I went to bed at 7:30 and didn't get up until 9:15 this morning, which is later than normal. I'm thankful that I have the luxury of doing that when I need to.
Okay, enough about me...what do you think about me? Ha-ha-ha. I love that joke.
Surprise! A product review!
I haven't done one of these in a long time. All of these things came from Wal-Mart unless otherwise noted. Enjoy.
My cool new 24-oz water bottle, $5.88. It has a neat-o pop-up straw. I'm determined to drink more water. I have to drink one of these before I can have coffee in the mornings. That's the new law in my house.
Monday, April 13, 2009
One of them pointed an AK-47 at the back of Phillips, who was tied up and in "imminent danger" of being killed when the commander of the nearby USS Bainbridge made the split-second decision to order his men to shoot, Gortney said. Navy snipers took aim at the pirates' heads and shoulders, he said.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We ended up having a good time and a great dinner at Uncle Julio's. We decided to go with one of their specials last night which was a big grilled lobster tail with melted butter for dipping, steak fajitas, rice, charro beans, pico de gallo, and fresh guacamole. Oh my lord, it was so good. The waitress sent us over a complimentary plate of warm sopapillas with cinnamon & sugar and honey when we were finished. We both tried one just to be polite, but we brought most of them home for breakfast this morning at the waitress' suggestion. She said they're still very good reheated in the microwave. Neither of us wanted anything sweet for breakfast this morning, so they're still on the kitchen counter waiting.
We won't be having them for 3:00 Coffee because we're going over to my mom & dad's for 3:00 Coffee today for Easter. I think my mom is making a coconut cake. I wonder if it'll be a bunny cake like she always used to make when we were little. My little niece will be there wearing the crocheted dress I made her. My sister was taking her to church this morning wearing it. I'll take my camera and get a picture of her.
It's been raining and storming here since last night, but it's supposed to clear up later today. I'm planning on a lazy day doing laundry and crocheting. There's no race on Easter, as usual.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
This was Sammi this morning unstuffing one of the bears. That piece of stuffing was stuck in her lip. It cracked me up.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I just ate a bowl of sliced bananas and strawberries. YUM. We're having homemade hamburgers tonight for supper. I just really haven't been in the mood to cook or bake lately so it's been just simple stuff around here.
I just saw some work come in on the business email. Guess I better go and see what it is. Ugh. I didn't want to work today. Bye.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I just deleted three paragraphs I had written out here. Trust me, you didn't want to hear it. You're welcome.
I think I'll go call a lawn service and see if somebody can come and give a major trim to our front hedges and prune the two Crepe Myrtle's out front. That'll be a nice surprise for Barnaby so he doesn't have to do it. The cleaning up and hauling off alone is worth the money.
Y'all have a great day. Bye.
Monday, April 06, 2009
I'd like to direct your attention to my sidebar and the Crochet Square Countdown. My sweet mother-in-law, Bonnie, offered to crochet a few because she was bored. I squealed with delight when I got her box of 127! Thank you, Bonnie! One hundred and forty-something to go!
I even managed to do some work today since I got up, so that makes me happy too. Now I need to go clean myself up and be presentable when my hubby gets home. I can't be a skank every day...just every now and then. Hee. I'm going to stick our leftover casserole in the oven and go sit in the tub awhile and listen to the news.
I'm also planning to get up and try to go for a walk tomorrow morning. Wish me lots of motivation to actually do it, will ya? I've got to get moving! I'm not even going to turn on the computer until I'm back.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
The designer is Cylinda Mathews, and the pattern can be found HERE. I used white and navy ILTY and followed the directions exactly. For some reason, mine turned out smaller than the pattern says it is. Mine came out 9 3/4" W x 10 1/2" H.
I really like the purse and the size, but I think it needs some extra support in the handle. It feels too stretchy and flimsy. I'm not sure what to do about that other than ripping out the top and sewing in a plastic or wood handle.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Just What I Needed, Huh? I don't care. I like it.
I got all of the dogs each a big furry stuffed bear. They'll have fun tearing them to shreds and unstuffing them. I don't know why they just love doing that. I don't mind the mess they make because it makes them happy. They are always so excited to get new ones.
All of the cute little bears about to die.
I'm getting up right now and getting dressed....GO!
Don't think about it, Pam. Just GO!
I'm really going now...GO!
One, Two, Three...GO!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
1. The granulomas are bigger. He says he doesn't really know that they are granulomas for sure, but that's what they look like to him. He doesn't believe they are cancerous just by looking at them, but he can't be positive without a biopsy.
2. The spasms are either all a part of the same thing and related to the granulomas and/or I have spasmodic dysphonia (the speech pathologist's "diagnosis". I put that in quotes because, as he told me, he can't make a diagnosis...only the doctor can do that)
1. Have surgery to have the granulomas removed and biopsied. (Relatively simple outpatient)
2. Have the granulomas biopsied but leave them in place. (Not recommended)
3. Have Botox injections into the vocal cord muscle that is spasming. This is a temporary fix, but will hopefully give whatever is causing the spasms time to heal. Re-injections will be necessary if the spasms are due to spasmodic dysphonia and not the granulomas, but there's no way to know that right now.
4. Do nothing. But he recommends if I do nothing, I have the granulomas checked at least every six weeks to monitor their growth. If they get any bigger, he strongly recommends removing them.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to do nothing for six more weeks and then have them rechecked.
I don't know why I feel really depressed since leaving his office. Maybe I thought he would magically fix it today. Maybe it's not related to the office visit at all. Maybe I'm just sick and tired of it all. Maybe it's just wearin' my ass out. Maybe I feel sorry for myself. At this point, I wouldn't not care if my entire voice box rotted out. For real. I don't like talking to anybody anyway.
Oh, WAH. Don't I sound pathetic? How embarrassing. I need to just shut up and go think about something besides myself. Now there's a prescription. Bye.