Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Snow Day

Today was supposed to have been the first day back to school after Christmas break. But, they cancelled school due to "ice and sleet".  Which is fine with me...  I didn't sleep good last night. Neither did my husband (he woke me up because I think Eli woke him up... Sigh...)   Maybe I will sleep better tonight.  I took a picture of the mitered squares blanket again. I finished the square I was working on and 1 1/2 more since the last picture. :P  

I made a new muffin recipe a couple days ago, pizza muffins. I didn't have pepperoni, or olives... I just did the cheese. They were pretty good, especially hot out of the oven with spaghetti sauce. :)

Serving suggestion. :P

We still have a lot of candy canes left from Christmas...   I was bored this morning and lined them all up.  I will have to figure out something to make with them... No one seems to be eating them.

I had just enough flour left this morning to make banana bread with my mini loaf pan. One batch filled each tin.  I somehow gained five pounds over Nov-Dec, so I am trying to be good.... Sigh...  But I love banana bread.   

Monday, January 02, 2017

New Year, New Rug...

We got a new rug for the bathroom.. Exciting, I know.  :P

But, it makes me happy. Now I don't have to look at the ugly floor by the tub any more. I hate that!! No amount of scrubbing or soft scrub with bleach will fix it.  Makes me wonder what the floor underneath it looks like. :/    This house was built in 1960. And I think some of the things in this house are original to when it was built...  :/   Anyway.

One of the things I got for my birthday was a wax seal kit.  My  husband says he doesn't know what I like/want. So one day when we were at World Market, I said "You can buy me this for my birthday."  :P  A couple of people who write to me use wax seals, and I think they are so neat.  This kit has three seals. 

I finally tried it a few days ago. My first one, and it came out pretty good. (The second one I did did not turn out so good.)  

I don't think I posted about the hat I was knitting for Eli...? Well technically I started it for Steve. But, #1. He hasn't even worn the one I did knit him. #2. Eli got the job he went on the interview for last week. (I am not thrilled about it, but... I won't go into that.)  He will be working outside, maybe. Pumping gas. I am not sure if he will be a cashier inside the kiosk, or pumping gas, too. It is part time, 20 hours a week. And they don't stay open 24 hours-- so I at least won't have to worry about that. 

Anyway, I finished it on December 31st.  So it was my last project of 2016.  I think he likes it. He actually smiled, and put it on.  :)

I have been working on my bigger mitered squares blanket. It's my "TV knitting" project. I should say "Netflix knitting". Since we don't have cable..   I decided it will be for the OB Unit.  I am doing it the same as the other one I did, but casting on 23, place marker, 23. Instead of 16.  It's the Knitted Patchwork Recipe pattern on Ravelry. Free download.

I am going to have to get Duke a cone of shame...   Look what he keeps doing to himself! He's chewed the fur right off (on both sides of his tail!), and I don't know what is going on...   I think he got fleas. (Maybe I need the cone of shame...)  :(  I haven't been doing his flea meds on a regular monthly basis. I thought I was doing okay. But, I looked at my calendar (where I write it down).  I think (unless I forgot to write it down) I missed from May-September!!  I could have sworn I did a couple months in the summer. That was when he had his surgery.  I thought I did.  Well, I did see a couple of black bugs on him which were probably fleas.  Sigh...  Makes me crazy even thinking about it. I have given them both baths (not an easy task with Duke, he weighs over 50 lbs, and fights me trying to get him in the tub-which isn't easy without him fighting me).  Did that twice now. Put flea meds on them. Vacuum everywhere, put baking soda on the rug (only carpet in the house- I guess I should be glad about that now), and on their dog bed. Vacuumed that, and immediately took the vacuum bag out to the trash bin. Put a flea collar in a new bag, and vacuum again. Sweep, mop, clean their kennel out with bleach water, move the kennel, clean underneath...  clean the whole laundry room; baseboards walls, cracks... I have done this a few times. Wash all their pillows and sheet in their kennel in bleach water.  Anyway. I am not sure if it was because of fleas (I think it was because of the little red spots?), or what...  I also got him a flea collar.  He seems to be itching less, and I haven't seen any more little black bugs.  He must be a flea magnet. He got them once when we lived in Tennessee, too. Living in super humid states doesn't help... Maybe we should move back to Nevada, no fleas there... :(

He loves being outside...   Here he is after I opened the door (because he scratched on it) "I want to come in".... (You can see his flea collar..)   

Then he runs away "Ha ha just kidding!!" He's a brat.  :P  It's a good thing he's so darn cute.  He loves the snow. Right when he did that (scratch on the door then run away thing), he ran over and started eating it. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I Finished Steve's Hat

The day after Christmas, I think? Or two days after.. But, I wrapped it in Christmas paper, anyway.  He still hasn't worn it. Even though it's been cold in the morning here. He said it isn't cold enough.    I started another hat that I was going to give him, but...   Since Eli got the job, I think I will give it to him. Since he will be working outside. I'll see if he wants it.  I am not happy that he got the job. Well, I'm glad kind of. He won't be sitting in his room all day, sleeping til one in the afternoon...   He does need to get out and do things.  But, if you read my last post. I don't want him to go out and do things/meet people/meet a girl/like it here...   :(     They must be desperate for people to hire there. He has no work experience at all. So... maybe this will be an experience. It's only 20 hours a week.  She's supposed to call him next week.    The other hat is just like this one but in grey Wool-Ease.  Oh, I do have something else to post about..  Let me get the picture.,.

Someone was selling this on Facebook. (Someone I used to know from a charity group who is also on Ravelry; and I don't remember where else, maybe Crochetville? Which I haven't been on in a long time...)  Anyway. She was going through her stash/projects and cleaning out. I said I wanted the mitered squares blanket.  So I bought it; and some scrap balls of yarn for $6 something.  

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

Did everyone have a nice Christmas?..  We had a nice Christmas. Even thought I never did find that box of ornaments (I still haven't)...  The beat still went on.  

I wasn't going to give anything to my brother and sister in law...  But in the end, I did. Nothing much. A star trek coffee mug and a Christmas candle. A knitted bell and a knitted catnip toy for their cat.

This is the catnip toy. It was a pattern from Wendy Knits, a long time ago. I can't seem to find it online anymore. 

This was actually right around the time Christmas break started, I think..  We got snow a couple days, and Christmas break started two days early. Because no one knows how to drive in the snow here. No one knows how to drive period here. But forget if it rains or snows...  Anyway, Duke loved the snow.  


Eli's stocking..

And Eon's...  Duke wanted to get in the picture. :)

Stuff I put in Eon's stocking.. Except the bean boozled candy and the deadpool sticker, it was basically the same for Eli's. 

Combs for Eon because he always loses combs... (Drives me nuts.)

And Xbox controller chocolates. I got them at World Market. I thought they would like those..

My Santa towels.. One in the kitchen.

One in the bathroom..

I made a lot of cookies...  These actually were the last batch I made. The peanut blossom Hershey's kiss cookies. Recipe is on the back of the kisses bag around Christmas.. My Grandma made these for all the holidays. :)

Peppermint Meltaways.

Christmas Sugar cookies. I like these for some reason. They're just like sugar cookies, but then you do the fork on top like peanut butter cookies, then the sugar. They have a cup of oil in them which I thought was weird. And I did have to refrigerate the dough before rolling it into balls..  Otherwise it was a soggy mess to try and roll and got all over your hands.

And I attempted (and succeeded, yay!) another chocolate cream pie.  I only made this one other time when we lived in Tennessee. And it never did get thick (the filling). I don't remember what I did wrong, I vaguely remember not having cornstarch maybe?....   Anyway it turned out this time, and was good.  Granny's Cocoa Cream Pie recipe.

Christmas dinner.  Christmas was better this year than it was in 2015.

Today Eli has his first ever job interview. He has been applying at several places, no one would call him.  Well he finally got an email, and finally got a hold of them. And today is the day....   :(   I am glad for him that he has an interview. But...   I am going to sound like I need a therapist, here...  I don't want him to get a job here. I don't want to stay here. If he gets a job, he will meet people. Maybe even a girl...  And want to stay here.  Not to mention, (well I already did mention), no one knows how to drive here and I am seriously worried about him driving (if he gets the job, which he probably will) here. It's about 8 miles to where he would work.  I want to go with him for a few weeks (months, the rest of his life..) to reassure myself. He hasn't driven very much at all. Even though he's had his own vehicle since this summer. Then, there's his asthma... (Sigh...)  He has asthma. And, we haven't had insurance since we lived in Nevada/my husband got laid off. Which means we haven't been able to afford his asthma medication ($120 a bottle which lasted a month).. He does have his inhaler. (If it is even still good..)   See why I am stressed out?...  It's not just him getting a job. That in itself would be a good thing.   Sigh...    Maybe he will hate his boss and all his coworkers and not want to stay here either.  :/  I need therapy.

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Projects

I know that 2016 isn't over yet, but I wanted to do a "Year in Review" album... I haven't done one in a really long time. Let''s see if this works...  2016 Projects

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Snow Day


They cancelled school for today, last night. Eon went out and was playing outside in the snow for about two hours.  He made a snow angel, too. 

Then I open the freezer, and "Why is there a snowman in my freezer?"   Lol..  He cracks me up.  It's still in there too.  
I got the nicest surprise in the mail yesterday. A Christmas package from one of my pen pals!! I struggled with trying to decide if I should send little presents to my pen pals for Christmas...  And I decided that we probably couldn't really afford it.  It was so nice of her to do that. I love the dishcloth cotton, and the little bag is so cute.  

I am posting this because... I don't know.  I "tried"
 to do a family "Christmas picture" to send in cards this year...  But, it didn't really work out..  There was a glare off the flash on the fireplace. And, everyone looks SO happy...   :(  So, I didn't order any.  It was a "fail".

I did do a photo collage, though. Which came out pretty nice. I did one of these a couple years ago.  It just works out better for me than... (See above...)  :)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

New Mailbox

I know I already posted a picture of our old mailbox..

But this is our new one. How lame is it to be happy about a new mailbox? Well I don't think it is, at all.. Especially when all our mail was getting wet. All the time.

Because all it does is rain here...   This is our ditch. A river.  I hate it, so much!!!  It's just a wet, sloppy, shitty mess here; and grey skies all the time.   

A "Christmas" sweater set I finished for the OB Ward...