Monday, June 29, 2015

Depression is a Killer

I'm very sad to hear this.

Unfortunately, I understand how she must have been feeling and how this could happen. It's not a mystery to me at all. Depression, and most especially depression when you are a hyper-sensitive person, can be a killer. I'm thankful I have had someone who loves me and is able to pull me out of those dark times.

She made me these knitted gloves back in January of 2013.
I still love them.

My heart goes out to the people who loved her. I hope she's in a happier place and is no longer feeling that awful feeling of sadness and despair.

Two Weeks

We're down to two weeks before the big adventure! We've decided to attach a couple of things to our SUV for the 4-day trip and just camp in a tent each night along the way instead of trying to find some seedy motel that will accept five dogs. Sounds like something that will create some good blog fodder and memory making, doesn't it?

The dogs will pretty much take up all the room in the back of the vehicle. We had a metal dog barrier installed between the front seat and the back area so we wouldn't have to constantly be fighting them off.  It looks something like this except the back seats are lying flat and the barrier is directly behind the front seats so they have more room:

Then we've attached something like this to the trailer hitch:
This will carry our luggage and other miscellaneous items we'll need. Of course it has a cover that fits over it to keep things secure and relatively clean.

Then we've also got a cargo carrier that goes on top of our vehicle like this:
It carries 18 cubic feet of other things we'll need like the tent, dog supplies, sleeping bags, etc.

We need a lot of stuff, because once we get to our new home, it could be several days before the moving truck arrives with all of our possessions. I hope it's not longer than a day or two, but you never know. When deciding on which moving company to use, I read all kinds of horror stories about people that waited a month or more for their things to arrive! Can you imagine? That's why we spent quite a bit more money and went with a reputable company (Bekins). That doesn't guarantee we won't have some hitches along the way and may have to wait longer than we want to, but I think it dramatically decreases our chances of being one of those horror stories of missing or damaged items and waiting a longer period of time for the truck to arrive. We do have a guaranteed window for delivery of a few days right now, and the driver is supposed to stay in contact with us via phone with updates on his location and estimated time of arrival.

There are lots of scenic parks and places to stay along the way, and we're looking forward to that part of the trip. We're not going to hurry or be in a panic to get there. We're going to enjoy the road trip and make some stops along the least as much as having the dogs with us will allow. We're kind of restricted as to what we can do with them being with us.

We did think ahead and manage to work with a guy at our new location who is installing a fence around part of our property BEFORE we arrive. The house had no fence in the immediate backyard, and it would have been kind of miserable for us to have to take five dogs out multiple times a day to do their business or whatever while waiting for it to be built. The new fence should be in place when we arrive.

Did I tell y'all that there is another part of our property that has a fenced orchard? I can't remember what I've told y'all here and what I haven't. There aren't tons of trees, but there are apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, concord grapes with an arbor, and currants. I think that's all the fruit he told us about. I plan on canning lots of apple pie filling, plum and grape jellies, and who knows what all. Our neighbor to the north of us also has quite a bit of property and she has a big vegetable garden that she is happy to share. I think I'll be trading some of my fresh fruit for some of her fresh veggies too! All the big trees in our yard are maple trees. I'm looking forward to seeing them change colors in the fall. Maple trees are so pretty in autumn! 

I absolutely cannot wait to get there and take pictures of everything to show you! We're both so excited and happy, we can hardly stand to wait another two weeks to leave and start this new part of our life together.

More to come before we leave, I'm sure.
See ya!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Babies & Boomers & Books

Isn't she pretty? I was so happy to see this pretty girl and her man had built a new nest just inside our backyard fence that runs along the driveway. They had a failed attempt at starting a family a few weeks ago on our porch. She had been sitting patiently on her eggs inside a hanging basket on our back porch, as she has done for several years in a row now. Sadly, Ken found the nest abandoned and the eggs hatched, but the babies had all died after a few days. We still don't know why or how they died. I was really thankful that Ken took care of disposing of them and didn't tell me about it for a couple of days. I don't want that image in my head. Things like that really affect me and bother me longer and more intensely than they should.

Anywho...a new bunch of little bald doves will be hatched soon and hopefully they will make it.

I guess you've noticed that I gave up on calling my husband by a fake name lately. Now that he's retired, there's really no need for such anonymity on his behalf anymore. His name is Ken. That probably sounds weird now since you've only heard him called by other names, but there ya go.

We sat out on the back porch a little after 10 pm last night and watched the annual city fireworks show. The park isn't far from our house, so we get a good few of the fireworks without having to leave the comfort of our home. Here's a little taste.  Enjoy...



P.S.  I'm enjoying the Holly Madison book, Down the Rabbit Hole, very much! But I'm not so naive that I believe for one minute she's as innocent or as much of a victim as she's portraying herself. I'm sure some of that aspect is true and she probably wasn't treated as nicely by Hef as people may have thought, but still. I really like the trash-talking she did about Kendra! It's interesting to see things from a different perspective than we saw on TV. It's an entertaining read.

See ya.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Big Rant

I saw the stupidest thing on Instagram a couple of days ago. I mean, TOTALLY stupid. On any other day, I might have read it, rolled my eyes, and kept on scrolling through posts never giving it another thought, but on this day it really irritated me.

This person posted a pencil sketch of a nude woman with the caption, "I will never apologize for being naked." And then she made some comment about "be yourself."

Um, okay. Seriously? Of all the ungodly-terrible things going on in the world today, this is what you choose to take a stand for on social media...your right to be naked and not apologize for it? How pathetic! How far out of touch can you be? Are you 14 years old? That might explain your ignorance and stupidity, but it certainly wouldn't excuse it.

First of all, I really don't think there are too many people who give a shit whether you're naked or not. If parading around with your titties and lady bits hanging out makes you happy, go for it Sister! Even us Americans, who can be more uptight about that sort of thing than other cultures, would probably put you running around naked in public WAY down at the bottom of their list of concerning issues to take a stand for on a public platform. Do you ever read or watch the news? Do you have any idea what's going on in the world or even your own country or city?

Maybe I should be happy for you that this is the biggest burning issue in your life. Ignorance is bliss, after all. But why don't you try speaking out and taking a stand for something that can actually make a difference in the world? Hell, do it butt-naked and headlights shining if you want! But don't be such a dumb-ass. Educate yourself on REAL issues. Find something that matters and interests you that can make someone's life easier, or at least less of a horror, and then take a stand for it on any social media platform you choose.

Jesus! I just want to slap the shit out of you!

Pammy Sue

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bunnies & Cilantro-Lime Chicken

No, not real bunnies!

Who's reading this book? I am!!

I'm so curious. I watched the show, The Girls Nextdoor, about her and two other girls that lived in the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner. I've seen a few of her interviews hocking this book, and it sounds like it's going to be a good tell-all and not in a good way for Hef. Something different to look forward to reading. I got the Kindle version and will be starting it tonight.

Are you ready for the best chicken recipe EVER?
It really is! We absolutely loved it.
It's at the top of our list now for chicken recipes...

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with
Baked Brown Rice

Here's exactly how I made this. You can double the recipe if you like.

Prepare the chicken:  I used three large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Thaw first if using frozen.  Place chicken breasts, one at a time, in a gallon-size ziplock bag and pound out to about 1/4-inch thick.  Remove and repeat with each breast.  Salt and pepper each breast and set aside.
Make the marinade:  In a glass, 1-cup measuring cup, squeeze the juice from 2 limes. I got about 1/3 cup of juice. Add 2-3 Tbsp chopped garlic (I used the jarred kind), about 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro, and 2 Tbsp olive oil.  Mix well.

Marinate Chicken:  Place chicken breasts back inside the gallon bag and pour the marinade over the top. Refrigerate overnight, turning the bag occasionally and mashing the marinade around to coat all the chicken.  I marinated mine overnight and then all day the next day until dinnertime.

About an hour and 15 minutes prior to eating, preheat oven to 360 degrees and prepare your brown rice:  Spray a medium casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour 1 1/2 cups dry brown rice into dish (not instant rice). Shake 3/4 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp olive oil, and 2 1/2 cups boiling water over the rice. Mix and cover with foil.  (I also added 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes, 1 tiny can of carrots, chopped, and 2 tsp dried parsley to ours. You can add any veggies and herbs you like or leave it plain.)  Bake covered for exactly 1 hour at 360 degrees. Remove from oven and fluff with a fork. Serve.

About 15 minutes before rice is finished baking, cook your chicken:  You can do this on an outdoor grill or indoor grill (like a George Foreman or whatever).  Grill 4-6 minutes per side until juices run clear.

Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in a covered casserole dish in a 350-degree oven for 35-40 minutes. It's just as good leftover and wasn't dry at all.


Pammy Sue

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shopping, Longhorns, and Other Cattle

Big-city shopping in Texas can include cattle.
Even if where you live & shop has a population over a million.
A co-mingling of big-city and country living, if you will.

Country cows/modern city buildings.

How you doin, lady?
Got any food?
Want a ride on my big, sexy horns?

Oh my, you do have long horns.
That one is kind of twisty.

This guy, ur, gal...whatever, was attempting to gore me as I stood by the fence taking her/his picture. I'm serious! I had the camera up to my face not paying attention, and I heard clang, clang, clang. He was alternating sides, jabbing his horns at me, but only managing to run them into the fence. Good thing, because I would have never seen it coming had he skewered me with one of those things, which, I would think, is the best way to be skewered if you're going to be. You don't want to see that shit coming.

Gah! What's this? You are a hairy beast!

Close your mouth, breathe through your nose, and say something next time. Don't just come walking up on people looking like you do! What's with your tiny little devil horns?  I guess I'm just used to seeing the long ones.

And you? Why are your horns straight like a unicorn instead of curvy?
And what's with your black tongue, Mr. Buffalo?
Are all buffalo tongues like those Chow dogs' with black tongues?
I had no idea.
Where do you keep those tiny little wings we all love to eat?
Heh-heh. (I bet he's never heard THAT one before.)

Look at those red eyelashes.

Oh for heaven's sake! You have something right THERE.
Would you like a tissue?
And maybe a toothbrush?

I think I need to go shop now since I'm totally grossed out.

Just down the street, I stopped in here.

This giant decoration was in the window.

I wanted to get a nice journal I can hand-write in while we make our 4-day road trip across the country in a couple of weeks... 

I ended up getting this one.
It has the softest, squishiest, leather cover.

But I also got this one.
Mostly because I forgot to put it back before I checked out.

I also got some tissue paper, twine, and a little gift card. I'm going to give a doily to our realtor when we meet up with her to get our keys on the way in. We're going to meet up with her at a gas station somewhere between Spokane and our little town. She lives in a little town in-between. I thought a doily would be a nice little gift for her to say thank you for all the things she's done for us. She was such a nice lady and dragged me all over NE Washington looking at one house after another the weekend I flew up to find a house.

I also got this for Ken when he wasn't looking...

Is that sweet or what? LOL!

Anyway, it was a fun little shop. It would have been even more fun if I hadn't had a sweat attack the minute I walked in. I was dripping in it by the time I checked out. Very attractive.

We made a few more stops all over Plano tying up some loose ends at The Captain's work, picking up more boxes and giant bubble wrap, picking up some necessities at the drugstore, and that kind of thing. Then we ran through the drive-through (okay, we drove) at Panda Express and got some lunch to take home. I had never eaten their food before, but the Captain said the best thing on their menu is the Shanghai Angus Beef Bowl (sorry cows) with fried rice, so that's what we got. It did not disappoint. I think I want more today. SO. GOOD.

Right now I have a headache. I need to eat something and take some Tylenol.

The Cilantro-Lime Chicken has been marinating since last night. The Cap is going to grill it later today. (So I guess I'll skip having that Shanghai Angus Beef Bowl today.) I'll try to remember to get pictures to go along with the recipe and review I'll give you.

I've gotta run. I have stuff to do.

See ya.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Baked Basil Pesto Chicken

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day.  It looked so easy and quick, I had to make it.  I decided to serve ours over angel hair pasta, but you could use any kind of pasta you like.  The leftover chicken would be great shredded and served over a big, fresh salad.  Mmm!  This was delicious!

I used three large chicken breasts and a smaller dish to bake the chicken.  I drained the chicken when it was about halfway finished because there was a lot of juice, but I saved it for later.  You'll want it to use as kind of a sauce over the pasta.  Then I finished cooking the chicken, took it out and put a small bag of shredded mozzarella cheese on top, and finished it off under the broiler to get some browned spots on the cheese. 

Basil Pesto Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
½ cup basil pesto (or more to your liking)
½ cup grated low-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread ¼ cup basil pesto to lightly cover the bottom of the dish. Spread the chicken over the pesto, then spread the remaining pesto over the chicken.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is barely cooked through.
Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese on top of the chicken. Put dish back into the oven, uncovered, and cook 5 minutes more until the cheese is melted. To lightly brown the cheese, you can broil the dish for another 2-3 minutes more.

All of that yummy pesto in the bottom of is perfect to serve with rice, potatoes, or pasta. 

I'm trying another recipe for Cilantro-Lime Chicken in the next few days. Review on that one to come.  Both of these recipes came from

See ya!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Diamond Points Doily

Pattern:  Diamond Points Doily
Thread:  Aunt Lydia's #10, Natural
Hook:  1.75 mm
Size:  19.5 inches
The pattern is free HERE.

Two of my babies this morning...Sammi & Ollie.

See ya!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Free-Day Hodgepodge

I made this back in June of 2013. It's been hanging on our bedroom wall ever since. I really love it. I'm about to take it down and pack it. It needs a good shaking outside because somehow it got all dusty. :)
You can find the pattern HERE.

I have four long rows left on the doily I'm working on.

I got a pretty new Rimmel lip gloss at Target yesterday.
It's called Always Lovely.
It's a pretty sheer pink. Good buy.
Tip: Outline your lips in a light brown then fill it in with this.

ORANGE flowers still looking pretty in my magic kitchen window!
Love them.

Aloe Vera.
Everyone needs a pot of these for those nasty kitchen burns.

It's time to wash a few dishes.

Today is a free day. I'm off from work so none of that around here. I'm going to wash up these few dishes and then sit down and put another row or two on my doily. Then I'll get a shower and put some "real" clothes on. I'm still in my jammies! What time is it anyway?

I think I'll make some Kool-Aid. That sounds really good. I have Grape, Strawberry, Orange, Lemonade, Berry Blue, and Cherry. Hmm...

I think I'm feeling like Strawberry!
But Grape would be good too!
No, Strawberry.
Such important decisions on a free day.

For Word Nerds like me:

Hodgepodge or hotchpotch describes a confused or disorderly mass of collection of things; a "mess" or a "jumble." 

Hodgepodge:  1426 (hogpoch); alteration of hotchpotch (late 14th Century). From a legal term in Anglo-French for collecting of property in a common pot before dividing it.

See ya.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A "Real" Post

This is the only ball of thread and the only hook I kept out when packing. I'm WAY ahead of schedule with the packing and had to stop before I packed everything up we need to live our everyday lives. It's still a while before we leave.

I haven't crocheted a stitch in weeks! I caught myself staring at this yarn and pattern that's been sitting out on the counter for at least a week. I think I may be ready to start it.

Hello, Mr. Shy Turtle.

I watched this grackle mess around in this water for quite a while one morning. We had to leave the house with the dogs for three hours while the inspection was being done on our house. We sat at the park for awhile and then went and got lunch at Whataburger. I had a big greasy Patty Melt. It was so good though! I convinced myself I still did pretty well since I had no fries and no Coke.  :)

I made this potato salad this morning so it would be nice and cold to have with dinner tonight. Last night the Captain grilled some boneless chicken breasts that had been marinated in Lea & Perrin's Garlic and Balsamic marinade. It was so good! We have plenty leftovers for tonight. I highly recommend the marinade that comes already in a big bag. All you do is rip it open, plunk in your meat, and refrigerate until you're ready to grill or bake. He grilled 8 big breasts so we'd have leftovers for lunches or whatever.

You may be sick of hearing about this move and the whole process, but it's my life right now so that's what you get. I think I'm going to start a handwritten journal about it the day we start on the road. It will be fun to read through for me years down the road.

I know I have been ignoring your questions for details, but that's been on purpose. I'll talk details later. Right now I don't feel comfortable doing that in public for my own reasons.

The buying and selling of houses has come to an end as of today. No more worrying about inspections and such. Everything is a done deal except the actual physical move. I'm so glad for that part to be over. It's a lot of stress even if it did go very smoothly and quickly for us.

Now we wait for the Captain's last day of work later this month. Hopefully I'll be back to regular blogging until the final few days before we leave. Talk to you again soon!

See ya.