Friday, October 30, 2009
We aren't doing anything until tomorrow though, and then we're just going out to eat...nothing fancy. And we'll probably go at about 4:00 when nobody else is eating out except 80-year-olds. We are such party animals.
I went to Target today and spent at least 2 1/2 hours buying up the store. I don't know what got into me, but I was spending money like a mad woman. I rarely ever do that so it's fine. What did I buy, you ask? Why, thanks for asking! It's terribly interesting.
1 pair of black pants
1 pair of black jeans (too big, have to return them)
2 camisoles (black & flesh-colored)
1 dressy shirt and 1 tee-shirt
1 tee-shirt for Barnaby
1 bathrobe for Barnaby
1 room-darkening shade
2 bamboo shades (on clearance, I HAD to)
1 pair of over-the-knee socks
1 giant bag of Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, and Nestle Crunch bars
1 box of Duraflame Xtra logs
1 sandlewood candle (It's been burning all day...heavenly!)
1 box of hair dye
1 bottle Herbal Essence conditioner
4 pairs of tights (2 black & two brown)
1 anniversary card
1 hearth rug
2 ink cartridges (1 black & 1 color)
1 Herbal Essence Conditioner
1 bunch of bananas
1 coffee creamer
1 gallon 1% milk
1/2 gallon soy milk
That is all, and that's enough!
Is anybody else having trouble finding canned pumpkin?? Walmart was out for the second time a couple of days ago and Target was out today too. What's up with that? It's OCTOBER! We need pumpkin!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I made this apple pie yesterday and it sure was tasty. It'll be even better today with coffee. I was kind of full last night when I had a piece. (No, I'm not staying on my diet AT ALL. I suck.) Please note the pretty fluting on the crust. I watched at least three videos on the innernets yesterday because I have never been able to make a good-looking edge. This one turned out better than most.
Here's the super-secret recipe I used: All-Ready Pie crusts, two cans of Comstock Apple Pie Filling, Cinnamon & Sugar for the top. Bake at 425 until browned, about 35 minutes. Don't tell anyone I gave you this old, old, family recipe. They might cut me out of The Will!
These are some of my ingredients for Keri's Cheesy Potato Corn Chowder. You must go there and get the recipe. I made it the night before last for dinner and it was FANTASTIC! You must try this one. I've tried similarly-titled recipes before, but they're always too rich and cheesy or something. This one is perfect! I used half of that 1-lb chunk of 2% Velveeta in case you're wondering how much a cup is. I think the problem with most other recipes is they use too much Velveeta. A little of that stuff goes a looooooog way. And I used two large russet potatoes. The gravy mix used in the recipe was interesting. I've never seen it used to thicken a soup before, but it makes perfect sense if you think about it.
The Next Book I'm Reading: A History of Ghosts by Peter Aykroyd
An excerpt of a review:
"The book itself was a pleasant and easy read. Most interesting is the fact that the Aykroyd family has had a long history with the paranormal. Most of you are aware that actor Dan Aykroyd wrote and starred in the Movie Ghostbusters; but many might not know that his fascination came from his father’s tales of how his great-grandfather was directly involved in the Spiritual renaissance of the late 19th century. I myself knew that Dan Aykroyd was interested in the paranormal and UFOs, but I was not aware of his families deep history. With the ease of reading, the book is perfect to use as a reference tool. 'A History of Ghosts' is a great book for believers and skeptics."
I got this review HERE.
That is all. Buh-Bye.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Fletch is obviously not happy with me taking a picture of his butt for the whole world to see, but he's a good dog and stood there anyway. You can just see the question on his face. Why are you taking a picture of my butt, Momma? Are you for real?
This picture should be clickable so you can get a better look at what I'm talking about, but I've said that before and the clicking didn't work so who knows. And why would you even want to see his butthole any better anyway? And furthermore, why do I even want to share a story like this with you, you might ask? A good question for which I have no good answer. I'm weird, okay?
And some people reading here get really-really-really bored with my crochet talk all the time, so the butthole story is for them. Heh-heh. That'll teach you to be bored with me!
Barnaby and I are quite disturbed by the fact that whomever docked Fletch's tail got a bit carried away and cut it WAY too short. Why would they do that? Why? Why? But because someone got carried away or sneezed or Fletch moved or whatever, we now have to see his shining little butthole all day every day for the rest of his life.
AND, AND, AND...when he can't quite wipe his own butt well enough and he has a little leftover poo or grass clinging to poo or WHATEVER ELSE comes out of little holes like that, WE have to wipe it away or look at it all day until he accidentally wipes it on a rug or couch or our clothes. We choose to help him and wipe it away.
Are you totally grossed out and hating me yet?
My pain shall be your pain, people. I'm a giver.
Now, hopefully to wipe (pardon the pun) those horrid images from your delicate minds, I'll show you some crochet beauty. These pictures should be clickable too, but no promises.
Help me! I think I'm addicted to ripples! I could not stop looking at all of the ripple afghans HERE. I don't know how many pictures are there, but I looked at a slideshow for well over an hour and didn't see all of the pictures.
There are so many possibilities! It's making my brain hurt imagining them all and trying to decide which ones I want to make and making up new ones of my own. Make it stop! No, don't! I like it.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Have you seen the previews for that movie, The Fourth Kind about alien abductions in Nome, Alaska? I’d like to see that one. Not that I believe in alien abductions, but it just looks like a good movie. (For the record, I don’t believe or disbelieve in alien abductions. I do suppose that it’s possible, but I don’t think they’re as common and widespread as some people say.) And I’d also like to see It’s Complicated with Alec Baldwin & Meryl Streep. Again, I’m not much of a Streep fan, but I saw a preview for the movie and it looks like it would be lots of fun. I don’t know what’s up with me going to the movies lately because I normally only go maybe once every two years.
Just look at the scrumminess of my new bunch of yarn! Yes, “scrumminess” is a word…I think. It’s a combination of scrumptious and yummy and often used to describe yarn by crochet fanatics. At least in my world it is. But back to my new yarn. Isn’t it vibrant and beautiful? Most of you other crocheters reading know the inspiration comes from Lucy, of course. I sat and looked at the flicker group photos of project inspired by Lucy as a slideshow on Friday night. So I just couldn’t help myself when we were near a JoAnn’s earlier today from screaming out, “Stop! I want to go there!” I promised and swore I wouldn’t not be long, which I do every time, but this time I meant it and kept my promise because I knew exactly what I was after.
I also made a quick dash to the button aisle and bought three packages of brightly-colored buttons which I mixed together and placed in an empty beef bouillon container I was saving for just the right something. Turns out the buttons were that something. Look how perfectly they fit inside:
The buttons are for to make pillows to match my now in-progress Regular Ripple Blanket and the soon-to-be-in-progress Scrummie Ripple Blanket made with the newly-purchased yarn above. But I shall not rush and stop too soon on the one I’ve already started. I’ll finish it and make it the proper length for the width, which is big enough for a Queen-size bed. I see a lot of beginner crocheters make the mistake of getting in too big of a hurry or getting bored with it all and stopping too soon just so they can say it’s done, don’t you? I hate seeing that. It makes me cringe. What a waste!
Speaking of the now in-progress ripple blanket, it’s so big and heavy I’m finding it difficult to work with and it’s only barely half-done. That sucker is going to be big and I can't wait to see it when it's done!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Okay, the word in the title was "Shakespeare." I also read her series that featured Aurora Teagarden, but I don't think those had a common word. Anyway, they're all good for a light read.
These are my new hot rollers I bought at Walmart for $16. There are 10 rollers in there of two different sizes. I was pissed because when we left Walmart we went directly to Target for a dog toy that they only sell there, and they had the exact same rollers for $2 less. Oh well. I really like the rollers. I have to roll my hair now that it's gotten long again. It's a bummer that I can't get ready in 15 minutes anymore, shower & all. That's what I really loved about my really-really short hair. I even roll it when I'm just putting it up in a clip or ponytail. It just looks better.
I just made two crustless pumpkin pies. Barnaby requested them. I just used the same recipe (on the back of the Libby's Pumpkin can) and poured them into casserole dishes that had been sprayed with Pam. (Not me! The cooking spray, Dummy!) But I did add vanilla this time. I think I forgot the vanilla the other day when I made those first two pies. They seem to have turned out just fine. They're cooling on the stove now.
It's a good pumpkin pie day too. It's been drizzling rain all day. If it was 40 degrees I'd be happier, but I guess I won't complain about 64.
Happy Birthday, Auntie Gay!!
That's all I've got for you today. I need to get to rippling on my blanket while I have some free time. We're mostly caught up on the work for the moment.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A - Age: 48 (for another couple of weeks at least!)
B - Bed size: BIG (We sleep with 4 dogs)
C - Chore you hate: Toilets…it makes me gag.
D - Dog's name: In alphabetical order: Abbey, Eli, Fletcher, Phoebe, Sammi
E - Essential start-your-day item: Lots-O-Coffee and a kiss goodbye from my husband
F - Favorite color: Lavender
G - Gold or Silver: Silver, but I have an extra gold wedding band to wear on those few occasions when I wear gold earrings and/or necklace.
H - Height: 5’8” (And I’m the shortest of us three sisters)
I - I am: Very LUCKY!
J - Job: I am so grateful to be able to have my own business and work from home.
K - Kids: 2 baby boys (they’re really men now though). I knew I would have boys and no girls my whole life. I was positive about it.
L - Living arrangements: Me, Hubby, and lots of dogs
M - Mom's name: Johnny (yep, just like a guy!) I call her Momma but my other two sisters call her Mom or Mother.
N - Nicknames: Boo-Boo (One of my sisters has called me that since I was a baby), Pammy Sue (my blog readers call me that), Pammy (my mom and one friend call me that sometimes), Sam or Clyde or Sonny Boy (My dad calls me those names. I don’t know if he’s ever called me Pam.)
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Too many to name. I’ve had 12 surgeries.
P - Pet Peeve: Tardiness and the way kids say “like” all the time drives me nuts.
Q - Quote from a movie: “You see what I did? I didn’t let it go. I said I was going to let it go, but I didn’t.” I say that all the time to my husband. Billy Crystal says that to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, my favorite movie. I also like to say, “I slap a little bass,” from the movie I Love You, Man.
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 2 Fabulous sisters!
T - Time you wake up: Between 8:00-8:15 when the dogs wake me up because they want to eat. They are very punctual.
U- Underwear: Usually, but not always, and they’re cotton.
V - Vegetable you dislike: Turnips…bleh!
W - Ways you run late: Very rarely if ever, unless it’s on purpose.
X - X-rays you've had: Nearly every body part.
Y - Yummy food you make: Homemade dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls.
Z - Zoo favorite: Gorillas…they fascinate me.
The ripple is coming along nicely.
We're going to go browsing at some antique shops today and out to lunch. I'm going to make two pumpkin pies later today to take to a birthday party tomorrow. Mmm, my first pumpkin dessert of the season. I love pumpkin anything. Later.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I went and got my eye exam this morning and got a new prescription for glasses. I'm off to go shop online for frames. Have a good day.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I'll have to take it outside when I take the completed afghan picture. That raspberry just doesn't show up right inside. It's a lot lighter than it appears here. It's a little more pink than red, but in this picture it looks full-on burgundy. Bye.
We were going to go to the Texas State Fair today at 10:00. The weather is still cool and wet and overcast, but that didn't really matter to us. It's not like we were going to be riding rides or anything like that. We were mostly going for the food (hi, Nutrisystem!) and to look at the exhibits and people-watch. But I slept like CRAP last night and tossed and turned and was hot and cold and just generally miserable all night. I hate that. So we decided to go this Friday instead.
I have not been eating my Nutrisystem food the last two weeks or so. I haven't gained weight, and in fact lost another pound, but I do plan on getting back to it. Sometime. No really, I do!
Sorry for the crappy picture below. You'll also notice that the corner is missing. Eli got a hold of it yesterday and tore it off. I was really pissed because this belonged to my grandmother. I fixed it the best I could and will keep it in a protector sheet from now on. Thankfully, he didn't tear off any of the pattern instructions which are on the back.
I started making this blanket yesterday. I thought I'd make it smaller (3 bears wide by 4 bears high) instead of the full size, and I did all the calculating to do that. But when I made the chain, I got scared that it would be too small and look dumb, and I didn't want to do all that work and then find it didn't look right, so i just made it the full size. AND IT'S HUGE!
Now I wish I would have just had the confidence to stick with my plan, but there's no way I'm ripping out all I've done and starting over.
I'm doing mine in I Love This Yarn in Raspberry. It's so soft and squishy. If you want more info about the pattern (ah-hem) just leave a comment with your email address if I don't already have it. Here's a better picture of someone else's finished blanket.
I'm off to crochet and nap the rest of the day. I'm off work all week, by the way! Yay! My aunt will be here tomorrow evening. She'll be here for the next week visiting. Yay again! Bye.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
This was made using Stashaholic's Brain Dead Afghan Pattern, and just made it smaller. I added the ruffled border. I used Bernat Berella 4 yarn.
I loved this pattern. It went really fast using a size K hook. It's a lot like the diagonal box stitch pattern, only it's not diagonal. Try it. You'll like it!
Friday, October 09, 2009
This is kind of pretty and kind of ugly at the same time. I'm pretty sure if I crocheted this I would kick your ass if you sat on it.
Who cares about the hood? All I can see is her really-really weird nose that goes straight up! That's amazing.