Friday, January 30, 2009

The Day After

Okay, I was really immature to say that, "2009 Sucks Ass," but it felt good at the time to write that out, and I stand by it. 2009 has really sucked so far. You guys know I can have the sense of humor and mindframe of a 12-year-old boy sometimes.

I cried so much and so hard yesterday that I felt like my head was going to explode from the pressure it created, to say nothing of my heart. The hardest thing after we got home was last night when I crawled in bed (my happy place) to read magazines and Little Boy wasn't there. I sobbed again for a while, and Sammi and Fletcher licked my tears away, wondering what was wrong with me. Sammi knew from the time we got home that something was wrong and stuck close to me. She's always been very sensitive like that. It took Fletcher a little longer to realize something was up, but he finally did. Abbey and Phoebe are so old I think they're senile, so neither of them paid any attention.

Anyway, my happy place won't be so happy for a while, I guess. I know it will get better with time.

It calms me to bake, so I baked the first thing I saw on AllRecipes.com yesterday, which was a Golden Rum Cake. I halved the rum because I really don't like the taste, and I replaced it with water. It's really good. Next time I'll replace all of the rum with orange juice, but I'll definitely make it again. It was quick and easy.


Golden Rum Cake

1 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark rum

Glaze:
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark rum

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the pan.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in the eggs, 1/2 cup water, oil and 1/2 cup rum. Blend well. Pour batter over chopped nuts in the pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes in the pan while you make the glaze.

To make the glaze: in a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.

When the glaze is ready, remove cake from pan. Pour half the glaze into the bottom of the Bundt pan, replace the cake carefully, and slowly pour the remaining glaze over the top (which is really the bottom of the cake) Allow cake to absorb glaze for about 30-45 minutes then turn out onto a plate to cool completely. Do not refrigerate.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

2009 SUCKS ASS

Little Boy


Little Boy has been sick off and on for the past month. He's been vomiting a lot and was losing weight. I took him to the vet this morning, and they found a large tumor in his belly. His liver and kidneys were also failing.

We waited for Barnaby to get there so he could see him and say goodbye. L.B. was put to sleep shortly after.

I feel like I've lost an arm or something. For the past twelve years, he has been right by my side constantly.

What else is there to say? Our hearts are broken.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Big Happie Hair

I am feeling really good. Getting back into work was a good thing. Doing the exercises the doc gave me are helping a lot.

My hair is no longer orange. It's back to my "normal" color -- kind of a strawberry blond without too much strawberry. Too much strawberry = Orange! Who knew? Thank you, Aaron, my baby boy, who is not really a baby boy anymore because he's 28 but will always be my baby boy, for helping your momma out. Dang. Was that a run-on sentence or what? Must be the coffee and Starbucks' Energy Coffee Drink combo I had this morning.

Now my hair is going to be "Big" and "Happie," and yours can be too! Go HERE for the scoop. All the cool girls are doing it. I ordered mine yesterday. My hair will soon be long enough to poof it up and I need help poofing it. Baby-fine hair does not poof easily without help, and I refuse to tease mine. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard or something.

Barbara Bradford: Send me your email address. Apparently I've been sending emails and comments on your blog and they are lost in space and/or deleted and you've not gotten them. I thought I had offended you and you hated me because you weren't answering me! (I'm paranoid like that.)

I don't think I mentioned that we bought new furniture? We couldn't find the perfect club chairs that we wanted so we bought two leather loveseats that have recliners built-in for the living room. They will be delivered tomorrow and I'm excited. I'm pretty sure we'll be buying a new coffee table or at least getting rid of the big square one we currently have. I love it, but it's just too big. Or maybe we'll have no coffee table and just use side tables. We'll see. We haven't had any furniture in our living room for several months now except for the two recliners I bought on Craig's List a while back. Those are going to the dump.

I swear I am going for a walk today if it's the only thing I do! I have to finish up one work project first, and then I'm hitting the street. Alone. No dogs. I can't take any yanking on the leash yet. Maybe I'll take Abbey. She doesn't yank on the leash, ever. Did that sound nasty?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Back to Work

I was back at work starting Wednesday, and I've just been too busy or too tired to write here. I'm trying not to work for too long without getting up and resting, but it's hard. Seems like it takes me forever to do anything because I'm always getting distracted by the dogs or house work that needs to be done or just whatever. Once I finally get focused enough to work, I hate to stop because I know I'll get sidetracked doing something else. I swear I should be the poster child for adult ADD.

Okay, you might want to sit down for this one...I walked on the treadmill yesterday. Woo-hoo. Can you feel my excitement? I was all happy with myself all day yesterday because of it. And then today came and all I did was dread getting on it again. So I didn't.

I think I've been burned out on crocheting the last few days. Between working and doing little chores around the house, I just want to sit and do nothing or lay down and do nothing.

My hair is still orange. I went to Sally's Beauty Supply and got some stuff to fix it, but I just haven't done it yet.

I'm going to go look around on AllRecipes.com and see if I can find something I want to cook or bake. Barnaby is doing some super-secret squirrel stuff tonight and will be a little late.

Y'all have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My Innards

I just LOVE how skinny I look in these pictures! Ha-ha-ha!
Day-um, that's a lot of dental work in my mouth.

You can see where the surgeon implanted a plastic thingy in place of the disc. In person, the MRI is so clear that you can see the threads on the screws he used. Do you see those two white lines coming up from my chest and attaching to my neck? Those are the extra cervical ribs I told you about. Weird, huh?

This is another round ripple afghan I finished yesterday. I like the brown one I did earlier better, but Barnaby likes this one. The colors in this one look better in person. I started another one this afternoon that will be black & white. I think it's going to be really pretty.
Dr. M said everything is fine and progressing as it should be.
Gotta go. Bye.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Tried Dying it Brown

Thank all of you for your comments. If I knew you'd comment so quickly I'd have waited to see what y'all said. I'm going to try what my son said tomorrow or the next day and see if I can get something at Sally's to help it.

Here is my hair now after putting a darker color on top...


Bwaa-ha-ha! It's exactly the same! I couldn't believe it when I took the towel off my wet hair and saw it. Lordie. Now I have to walk around like this with my parents tomorrow when we go to the doctor! (My parents and I are going together because my dad has an appointment with the doctor too.) I remember my hair turned that same color of orange one other time and it wouldn't take any color. I had to wait a couple of weeks before it would take any color.

I know.......Tomorrow I'll ask Dr. M what he did to me to make my hair turn orange! It's the anesthesia! Yeah, that's it!

Okay, not really. Maybe a bandana?? Nah, I look like crap with anything on my head -- scarves, bandanas, hats, etc. I look ridiculous in any of those.

So my options are:
  1. Look ridiculous in a hat.
  2. Look ridiculous with orange hair.
  3. Wear a wig. (I don't have one so that's not technically an option.)
  4. Cancel my appointment and hide in my house for a week until I can dye it again. (That's not really an option either. I need to go for that appointment because I have lots of questions.)
Why didn't I wait another day to dye my hair? Why?
  1. I'm stupid.
  2. I'm an idiot.
  3. I'm a stupid idiot.
  4. All of the above.

The only thing that bothers me, really, is that I have to go out in public. It doesn't make me anxious in the least that my hair is orange, except that I have to take the time to dye it yet again in a week. My hair just doesn't make me freak out like it does some people. It can be fixed.

Okay, I'm tired. I'm heading to my happy place to read magazines.

Yikes!

Look what color my hair turned out. Ha-ha-ha! When I looked in the mirror after taking the towel off, I laughed out loud. The box said, "Bleach Blond." I swear, it doesn't matter what lighter color I put on my hair, it turns red or strawberry blond every time. It's weird because about 1/2 inch of my roots are really white and the rest is that orangy-blond color. You can't see that in the picture. I don't know why it didn't show up. Do you think it will tone down in a week or two if I wash it with Head & Shoulders every day twice a day?

I'm trying to decide whether to send Barnaby to the store for a darker color to put on it for a few minutes to tone it down or not. If I didn't have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, I'd leave it. I hate to go up there and scare everybody half to death looking like a weirdo orange-headed lady, especially since last time they saw me my hair was dark brown.

What the hell. Maybe I'll just go up there like this for fun. Or maybe I'll wear a babushka. (I don't think I've ever used that word before!) It's funny though.


Blondes have more fun? I'm sitting here listening to the clock tick and waiting for all the fun to begin....maybe a bunch of people will jump out of the closet for my surprise party or a basket of puppies will be left on my porch.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My First Doily

" The Gift Doily"

I used size 3 thread and one of my grandmother's size 7 steel crochet hooks. The pattern I used is HERE. Mine is 13 inches across because I used a little bit larger thread. I left the edging curly because I like it that way.

Chocolate Cobbler!

I have a great recipe for you today, especially if you're cooking for two people most of the time and don't want a huge, 9" x 13" dessert. I've had this recipe for a couple of years and don't remember where I got it. I have seen another recipe with the same name made with brownie mix, but I think this one is better. I've tried both.

Make it close to the time you'll be eating it because you want it very warm. If you have vanilla ice cream to serve with it, go for it. I like mine plain.

I hope I haven't posted this recipe before. I can't remember. I'm making it tonight and thought I'd share the recipe since I had it out.

Chocolate Cobbler

1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp baking cocoa, plus
1/4 cup baking cocoa, divided
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups hot water
vanilla ice cream (optional)

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and 2 Tbsp cocoa.
Stir in milk and oil until smooth.
Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking pan.
Combine the brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter.
Pour hot water over the top. DO NOT STIR.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until top of cake springs back lightly touched.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hello

I just took a shower, fixed my hair, put make-up on and got dressed to try and fake myself out that I felt great. You know, put on a happy smile and all that crap. I don't think it worked, but if anybody comes over, I'm ready baby.

While I was putting my make-up on and filling in my eyebrows, I contemplated why I had to fill in my eyebrows at all. The reason is because quite awhile back, I decided it would be a good idea to shave them off to reshape them because I liked the way Kat Von D's eyebrows looked....
Exhibit A:

Please do not ask me what I was thinking. I have no idea. I'm so sure those eyebrows would be attractive on me. DUH. And then my own eyebrows never totally grew back in, so I have to fill them in. At least I didn't try to copy all her tattoos...

Exhibit B:


And that's just her upper body. But isn't she really pretty, though? Maybe in a weird, rocker-chick, grungy, tattoo-lovin' sort of way? I'm facinated. I want her lips. No, not THAT way...maybe. Just kidding. You know what I mean.

I feel all out-of-sorts when I sit down at my desk and computer these days. I feel all out of the loop and behind. Normally by now I would have all my 2008 files and folders all boxed up and the 2009 ones made and ready to go. I've done none of that. My desk calendar is still on December. Help me! I'm stuck in 2008!

And that BIG FAT tax worksheet my CPA sent me is sitting on my desk staring me down. Make it stop. I don't wanna.

I have a feeling I'm going to feel behind like this all year...like everybody went on ahead of me and I'm running to catch up.

Anywho...Last night I was sitting in bed reading the latest InStyle Magazine and I impulsively starting cutting out pictures. I had the grand idea that I was going to make a collage of a bunch of things I was going to use as rewards for losing weight. Yes, I'm 48 years old and making collages like I'm 7. Whatever. Something might actually work one of these days. I can only remember one of the things I cut out now, and that was a box of blondish-red hair color. I'm going back when I lose some weight. Looking at this brown hair is boring me to death. I'm also growing it out. I am!

I'm always cutting stuff out of magazines that I'm going to cook or buy or look at online. In the morning I look at this big pile of stuff I've cut out, and I wad it up and throw it away. Very few things actually make it to my desk for action. I haven't thrown the collage pictures away. I think I'll just keep adding to them and then throw them away, I mean, make that collage.

Rumor has it that my dad is coming over in a little bit. I've gotta go. Oh wait. No, I don't. I'm already ready for company. But I'm going anyway and see what Fletcher has destroyed in the backyard since I've been writing this.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Surprise! I'm Sick!

Good thing I cheated and wrote this entry last night. I'm pretty sure I have strep throat now. What a bummer. It hurts!

Anywho, here ya go...



I made THESE and THIS for dinner tonight. The soup recipe is for the crockpot, but I made mine in a big pot and simmered it for about 2 1/2 hours. It's fantastic. We both really liked it a lot. I followed the roll recipe exactly and used my bread machine for the dough. It's better than the recipe I've been using for years and will replace it immediately! I made half as rolls and half as crescents. The crescents were way better than the rolls, so follow the directions and make crescents! Here's a couple of pictures.
The soup is an in-progress picture before I added the tomato sauce and some other stuff. It's not a pretty soup, by any means, but it tastes great!

I'm Still Boring

There's just nothing happening.

The post surgery pain is much better, but I did notice my right hand kept going completely numb the day before yesterday while crocheting. I don't know if that's a normal after-surgery symptom or not. Maybe it's a completely separate problem like carpel tunnel. I don't even want to know if it is. I refuse to deal with or acknowledge anything else.

I want to get out and take a walk today. I know I'll feel better if I can force myself out that door a few times a week.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Nothingness

I hate that I don't have anything interesting to post and I don't have anything uninteresting to post either. I've got a blank mind. Sometimes if I come here and just open up a new page things just flow out. Not today.

I haven't cooked or baked anything.

I haven't read anything to review or share.

I haven't been anywhere.

Sounds like I should be bored, but I'm not. I'm content just to sit here and do nothing. All I've been doing is crocheting, sleeping, and taking care of the herd. And they need lots of tending to.

I'm trying to get my mind to the place it needs to be to start a diet of some kind. It just ain't happenin'. I've done them all so many times that I'm just bored with it. I can't muster the energy to even think about it too long or even care right now. I care, but obviously not enough to take action. Bleh. I don't want to talk about it anymore.

I slept like crap again last night. Maybe I'll go try to take a nap. I do love my naps. I can usually at least get still for an hour or so, even if I don't sleep. Too bad naps are not interesting to talk about. I'd be very entertaining.

Man, I'm tempted to just delete this entry and try again later. Too bad I have a "Thou shalt not delete an entry" policy.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Best Cookies

I've never had a bad chocolate chip cookie, but some are definitely better than others. I tried a new recipe yesterday, and these really are the best I've ever had.

I had to improvise a little because I had no brown sugar. I just dumped a bunch of white sugar in a bowl and poured in some molasses and stirred and stirred until it was well mixed. Voila! Brown sugar! I also used milk chocolate chips because I favor them lately over the semi-sweet.

Aside from that, I made them exactly by the recipe which is HERE. They are so good!

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My arms have really been aching the past two days and keeping me awake at night. (I'm sure stirring chocolate chip cookie dough doesn't help.) I assume it's just a part of the healing process, along with the overall weakness I feel in my arms, legs, and back. Who knew a messed-up tiny little disk in your neck could create all this havoc in your entire body? The headaches have stopped, though, so I'm grateful for that.

I'm off to try and take a nap. Wish me luck. I really need my naps, even when I'm sleeping well at night, but especially since I'm not. I can't think of a single thing to write about anyway.

Talk at ya later.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I Love 70's Rock & Roll

I was just sitting here listening to Foreigner perform live on Ellen, and they sounded really good! I was surprised. I thought they'd come on there and be all old and sound old. It's hard for anybody to sound good live, but they did it. And that lead singer has a huge mouth full of beautiful teeth and great-looking shoulder-length hair.

That's all.

Another Finished Project


I really enjoyed making this afghan. It's supposed to go on top of your bed or on the back of your couch. I'm giving this one away, but I haven't decided to whom yet. I have several people in mind that I need a gift for, and this would be a great one. Maybe I'll just make several and give one to everybody on my list.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Maybe a Fun Give-Away

I'm having a hard time adjusting to this Windows Vista bullsh*t. Why are they changing my whole world? Why? Why?

I have no idea why I used an asterik instead of spelling out the word in that last paragraph. I guess I'm just not in the mood to cuss. Okay, the real story is that I think maybe I have it in the back of my mind that a certain relative might be reading and I don't want to offend or have him/her think I'm a heathen. Hee. I need to get over that. It could ruin everything. But it really doesn't make me a heathen just because I cuss like a sailor. So there. I'm sure it's in the Bible somewhere. I won't use asterisks anymore.

Last night I started the latest book I've bought, Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. It's good. She reminds me of me without all the Hollywood stuff, which there's a lot of Hollywood stuff, so I guess she doesn't remind me of me very much after all. What? That didn't even make sense when I read it twice. Anyway, it's good, but it's short. The book is thin, and there's not very many words on a page. I'm about half-way through it, so I'll probably finish it tonight.

I have several things I'd like to offer up to anyone who wants them. Send me an email and which of these things you want. First email gets the loot. Be sure and include your mailing address in your email. You have until midnight on Friday, 1/9/09, to send an email. After that, they all go to Half Price Books. No scragglers. No exceptions.

1. A ton of old and new crochet pattern booklets. I have enough so that two people can have a stack if two people want them. I'll just randomly divide what I have.

2. The hardback book, "Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher. (See link above.)

3. The hardback cookbook, "A Slob in the Kitchen" by Karen Duffy. (Very entertaining to read and some fun recipes to make.)

4. The hardback book, "The 5-Factor Diet" by Harvey Pasternak. (Just another diet book, but one that a lot of celebrities supposedly use.)

5. The softback cookbook, "Hershey's Classic Recipes." (I've never made anything in it, but it looks like some yummy stuff.)

6. The hardback book, "Become a Better You" by Joel Osteen. (Love him.)

That's it. We'll see how this goes. If it goes well, maybe I'll do it again. If it's a giant pain in the a*s, I mean ass, then I will never do it again.

Gotta run. Tootles.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Anybody Seen My Zs?

I haven't slept well the last couple of nights. (Boo!) I haven't even been able to go to sleep when I try to take a nap either. (Boo!) Sleeplessness sucks. (Yea!)

I have no idea why I was being the writer and the audience in that last paragraph. Just try to keep up, people. I can't always explain my brain. If I have to stop and think about it and explain it, I get writer's block and just sit here like an idiot staring at the screen.

Hmm...

Um...

Now see what you've done?

Okay, let's see. What have I been doing today? Well, for the last hour or so I've been searching for and printing out crochet doily patterns from the Innernetz. I can't remember if I told y'all this or not already, but I'm going to try my hand at it. I've never been interested in crocheting them at all, but the more I see them, the more I see it as a challenge. They look hard as hell. They also look like they require a whole lot of patience, of which I have ZERO. So we'll just see what happens. Will my stubborn, competitive side win? We shall see.

Other than that, I can't tell you what I've been doing all day. I haven't left the house; I know that much. But I haven't accomplished anything either.

Okay, I'm boring myself to death here. Hopefully I'll bore myself to sleep later and break my insomnia streak. I almost typed "incontinence streak." Hee-hee. Insomnia/Incontinence, Tomato/Tomato. My brain is obviously malfunctioning today. It's due to lack of sleep. Yeah, that's it. Have y'all seen that commercial where those people dressed up like big white Zs are running around at night in a neighborhood? It makes me laugh every time I see it.

You know what other commercial makes me laugh every single time? That one for Swiffer where that lady keeps getting flowers and candy delivered from a "Mr. Mop." And a mop pops up out of the bushes to see if she accepts them or not, and there's a Hall & Oats song playing in the background, "Baby Come Back." Hee-hee. It's so stupid, but it makes me laugh every time.

I obviously watch too much bad TV. And speaking of TV, I can't wait for Lost to start in a couple of weeks!! We get to see Sawyer again! (Yea!) Have y'all seen his picture in the ads for that men's cologne? He's HOT. He's downright SULTRY. (My favorite word in the English language.) Oh, yes. I'm definitely feeling better the last couple of days.

I have to go and find Barnaby now. Oh, Barnaby!....

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Not a Morning Person

Happy Saturday! I'm feeling pretty good today. I should never post right after I wake up in the mornings because I rarely ever wake up feeling great. I need to putter around awhile and have that first cup of coffee to gauge how I'm going to feel that day.

I've been working on setting up my new computer and transferring all the stuff I need on it. That's always a joy...NOT. Barnaby is in there right now trying to figure out why the budget program we use won't work. It's a budget program he found as freeware online several years ago, and we've been using it ever since. I'm going to be lost if I have to change to another program. That budget program has been a big security blanket for us, and we love it.

He just came in here and told me it's not going to work. Thank goodness there is a new version that we can get that costs $29.99. Well worth it if you ask me! We use QuickBooks for our business, but my partner is the one that does all that stuff. QB is just too complicated compared to the one we've been using for our personal stuff.

I put a new little section over in my sidebar for the Crochet Square Countdown. It should keep me motivated if I have to be publicly accountable for getting them done.

I've got nothing else to say. I guess I'll go crochet some more and watch HGTV. All the laundry is done and my house is clean, thanks to Barnaby and my cleaning lady.

It's supposed to get to 81 degrees today! WOW. I want a real winter! Bye.

Friday, January 02, 2009

I'm Tired

I cut this recipe out of a magazine way back in 1999. I know that because it won some kind of recipe contest in a magazine and the date is at the bottom. I thought y'all might like something different for a change so here it is...

Oh, and it's really good and easy. I've made it several times.

Savory Italian Rounds

2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mayo (light or FF may not be substituted)
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp dried oregano
1 tube (12-oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Separate biscuits and place on two ungreased baking sheets. Flatten biscuits into 4-inch circles. Spread about 1 Tbsp mayo mixture over each circle to within 1/2 inch of edge. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Makes 10 bread rounds. (Duh)

I don't know what would happen if you used light or ff mayo. I guess your house would blow up or something. Don't ask me; I just copied it exactly as it was written. But everybody knows nothing is ever as good as the real thing, right?

I apologize for not having any pictures lately. It takes all I can muster to just type an entry. I'm not kidding. I have zero energy, and after I do anything I have to just lay down or I feel like I'm going to die. For real. I could collapse into a heap on the floor at any moment. I don't blame that on the surgery. I blame that all on me for letting myself get into such bad shape physically. I might be zipping right through this recovery if I had been in good shape prior to surgery.

Okay, enough surgery talk already. Are y'all as sick of it as I am?

I'm sitting here watching Ellen in my underwear and a gray t-shirt I bought the other day when I went out to buy some fat clothes. My t-shirt says "I love me, myself, and I," and it has red sequin hearts and XOXOXO on it. I do love myself, dammit, fat or not fat. Don't ask me why I don't have any pants on. I just never put any on when I changed clothes earlier.

I made 12 crochet squares yesterday for the quilt I'm going to make like the one I showed you yesterday. The lady who made the one in the picture emailed me back and said she made hers 15 squares wide by 22 squares long. So I only have 318 squares to go! GAH. It seems really daunting right now, but I swear I'm going to make them all before the end of the year and have them sewn together.

I've gotta take a nap now. Bye.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009

Happy New Year!

Surprise, surprise, I was awake to see in the near year. Of course, I had been asleep for two hours prior, but still!

Barnaby got my new computer guts all up and running. Now begins the long, slow process of reloading all my programs and things I need to have. Ugh. I guess it's really not that bad. I'd just rather be doing other things like beginning to crochet squares to make one of these:




Isn't it pretty? I just love it. It looks like an old-timey quilt. I figure if I start making little squares on January 1st, I'll finish it sometime around December 31st! I've emailed the lady who made this to see what she can tell me about it (like how many squares it is, how she sewed it together, the border, etc.) It's not imperitive that I know all these things, but it would just be nice to know. I'm sure I can make it without all that info. I keep coming back to my computer and staring at the picture. One just like it will be mine! (Well, maybe not exactly like it, but close enough.)

I'm off to start working on my computer. Y'all have a nice Day 1!