Monday, January 31, 2011

Still playing catch up

Since I was gone last weekend and partway into the week, my cleaning schedule got a little off.  No worries, just picked up on the day I returned and move forward.   

Last week would have been Zone 8: All Bathrooms

Monday:  Straighten cabinets and drawers

Tuesday:  Vacuum and mop
                 Wash/shake rugs

Wednesday:  Remove cobwebs

                     Dust baseboards, window sills, furniture

Thursday:  Clean windows, switchplates, doors, and showers

This week, I move into Zone 9:  Laundry Room, Exercise Room, and Downstairs Spare Bedroom

Monday:  Straighten closets, cabinets, drawers
                Wash mattress pad and turn mattress

Tuesday:  Vacuum and mop

Wednesday:  Remove cobwebs
                     Dust window sills, baseboards, furniture and ceiling fans

Thursday:  Clean windows, switchplates, and doors.

This past Saturday, I worked on painting the laundry room door, door frame, and window framing.  Sunday, needed to put one more coat on the window sill.  Bella decided to help.  Apparently she thought the laundry room floor (wood) needed extra decoration of white cat paw prints.  Thirty minutes later, I had the last laugh, I think. 

What do you do when...

your kitchen utensils won't fit in any container sold specifically for such things?

You go to the local Garden Center and get a purty. well glazed flower pot, of course!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Daddy's gonna kill Dina!

or maybe least my name is not Ralphie.  

Time for some photo travels as promised.

What a cute little boy!

Going on a date or a job interview??

Workin' at the drugstore... (1978)

Hanging out at the farm with one of his toys...(1979)

Working at the farm...(2004)

Chris taking him out and about on Mullet Lake (2010)

My Daddy...he is one cool dude!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy

Happy Birthday Daddy!
Today, in 1939, he was born in California.
I am having to do this post from my iPad and do not have access to all the photos I intended to use. So,I will make an expanded photo-filled post tomorrow when (hopefully) I will be home.
My Father is an extraordinary man. He was born in California and returned to NW Arkansas with my grandparents when he was in elementary school. As a youngster, at about the age of 5, he started violin lessons. He has a natural musical talent. He also plays clarinet and saxophone. Actually, he has the ability to make "real" music from just about any instrument he picks up. At the age of 40---when our TV got killed by lightning---he and my mother decided that we would not replace the TV, but would get a piano and all four of us started taking lessons.
Over the years, he has expressed his creative talent through many outlets including, but not an exhaustive list, knife making, watercolors, wood carving, and beading. He is a Ham Radio Operator and family stories recount that he would hold me on his lap while talking to people all over the world. It was on his lap, that my first full sentence..."Dis is a book" was uttered. That is telling, as he is a voracious reader which was further experienced during the "time of no TV" when as a family, our time was spent reading, playing piano, and so many other activities TOGETHER. My love of reading was spurred by this.
He worked as a Pharmacist until he retired from that to work with his Father as a Real Estate Agent in the office that Papa had opened years and years ago. My Mother worked side by side with Daddy, both at the drugstore and also in the real estate office. Their work ethic was passed to my sister and I, as we both spent our formative years at the drugstore doing odd jobs and simply being all together. My parents were always together in work and fun. I am so very very fortunate and blessed to be able to work side by side with my husband. Mother and Daddy served as a role model of how to make it work. Being together in work and fun creates a bond that only strengthens your love and respect for each other. It is not for everyone. You have to be with that one person that gets you.
More pics and stories tomorrow, but for today...
I am proud to unabashedly proclaim that I am a Daddy's Girl.
Happy Birthday Daddy...I love you so very much!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hurry up and wait

...then hurry up and wait some more, then while you are at it, hurry up and wait some MORE!

Yesterday, we made the decision to drive on down to Little Rock and spend the night. Alex had been informed by his Liasion that it was likely that his swearing in would occur early in the morning (earlier than we had previously been told). There was some concern about potential foul weather and that combined with the thought of having to leave at 3 or 4 in the morning in order to make sure we were on time pretty much sealed the deal.

Left around 8:30 pm and pulled into the hotel 3 hours later. Checked in and collapsed. Alex had asked me to meet him in the lobby at 4:30 this morning to see him before he was bussed to the MEPS Unit. Like I'm gonna tell him no!!! He left at 5 and I went back to my room to sleep for about one more hour.

We made it to the Unit by 8 am, and were lucky enough to get to see him off and on while he was working with the staff.

THEN, it all came to a standstill. Part of his paperwork that confirmed his entry as an E-3 instead of an E-2 had not been submitted by the recruiter and for some reason it became like pulling teeth to get anyone to actually print out the paperwork, put it in the fax machine, and hit send. Back and forth with repeatedly being told to check back in 10 minutes.

Around 11, they said that he was going to be held over until Tuesday. During this time, I had been on the phone with the Recruiter trying to get some sort of information/explanation.

Hurry up and wait still some more. swearing in until Tuesday. So, here is where it gets even more complicated... My Dad is with us--he does not have tonight's insulin with him. Alex's Dad and Stepmother need to be back to work on Tuesday, and Chris and Wes really need to be back in school, not to mention that as it is now well after noon, we have not had lunch yet, I'm running on about 3 hours of actual sleep since Saturday night and if we should decide to go ahead and leave after lunch (insert gallons of Mommy tears at the thought of missing my baby's big moment) and in a perfect world actually drive straight through without stopping, it will be a 10+ hour drive into the wee wee wee hours and I don't think I can do it.

So, here we are again tonight. My Dad drove back with Alex's Dad and SM, Jim will return early in the morning and we will do this over. At least now we know that it is confirmed what he will be going in as. The bad thing is that the horrific, gut wrenching "my baby is leaving" agony is being drawn out. He is holding up pretty well, but it has been a very emotional, stressful day. The bright side is I get some more time with my oldest before he embarks on his life (insert more Mommy tears).

Tonight, in an effort to make the trip a more educational experience (and with the approval of the Principal) we will be strolling the Riverwalk in Little Rock and making a photo journal of various historical markers including the Clinton Museum.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lunch with my man-boy

But my feet are not that big...

Tuesday is my Daddy's birthday. He will be hmmm hmmm hmmm years old. I made him a pair of felted slipper clogs (same as the ones for Wes). Finished them last night while watching a pretty darn good Russell Crowe movie. They are in the washer now undergoing their third felt. We will stuff and fit them to his feet today, and tomorrow I will attach the suede soles. I never get tired of the confused looks when presented with pre-felted items.

The drive down was without incident. Kept waiting for the nasty conditions to appear. Forgot that NW Arkansas is really the "land of doesn't normally get much snow" so this was nothing compared to what I have become accustomed to, which of course is nothing compared to other is all relative.

Alex is going out to brunch with us, then there is a going away party tonight. Note to self: remember to stuff tissues in all my pockets, up my sleeves, and in my socks.

Received some interesting news last night that saddened me to no end, but did not surprise me considering the source. Some people in this world are just downright mean. Fortunately we know that the truth will prevail, and eventually the parties in question will have to face their maker, which will be interesting to say the least in that someone that proclaims one faith custom, yet clearly and repeatedly betrays that faith by their actions. Oh well, what goes around, comes around and is not for us to worry about.

Time to get the day on...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Gonna be a long day...

Technically, it is Friday already, by 9 minutes anyway. I am still up, trying to get everything packed and organized so that I can leave in a few hours...6 to be exact.

The snow yesterday will not make this a very enjoyable drive. I am driving to NW Arkansas to be there as my eldest son gets on the bus at the recruiter's office to be driven to Little Rock for his swearing in prior to departure for Basic Training (Army). I will be at both locations. As if a little weather could stop a Mommy!

I have struggled with his decision on many different levels, but the emotional, he is MY BABY one is the most difficult to deal with. This week has been especially trying, resulting in it being very uncomfortable for me to wear my contacts. Spontaneously bursting into tears, while trying to hide my emotions makes for some red, itchy eyes.

Where did my little blonde curly headed chubby cheeked organizing construction paper liner upper hermit crab killer skateboarding Lumpy go? By all accounts, he should only be about 5 minutes old.

Let it be known Army world and world in general...I am MOM, don't make me go Mama Bear all over you, cuz I will!

I love you Alex.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pattern Ideas Results

Last week I had posted a listing of some yarn in my stash and a plea for pattern ideas.  What is amazing is that everyone that sent ideas, really tapped into what I like.  Nearly all of them I have either printed out or sent to my favorites file on Ravelry

So, here is my plan... the Charcoal Country is going to be February Lady Sweater (sorry it is a Ravelry link).

The purple/blue Andes will be Montparnasse.

The Heather Deluxe Worsted is likely going to be Tubey.

And the Colts Blue Alpaca with a Twist said it wants to be Amused.  This pattern is very similar to one that I had originally bought this yarn for, but Amused has a few more special details that makes it a better choice.

Thank you for all your ideas.  My pattern idea book is much thicker now.  Guess that means I really need to go buy some more yarn.  

Now, what to start first, or better yet, I could cast on all of them thereby insuring a potential WIPW post for quite some time.  

Nothing new to report with current projects.  The curtain is just hanging around.  A second pair of slippers is in the works.  Frankly, I've had a few hundred other things to mess with lately. 

Tami's is where you need to go to see some wonderful stuff people have actually started.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pasta Night

Normally, Monday is our pasta night (okay, I could be happy with some sort of pasta every night).  After a lot of errands and mini projects, we opted for leftover corned beef and sauerkraut last night.  Might as well eat it, it was just Wes and I for dinner, and Chris sure as heck wasn't gonna touch it.  That's fine...more for us.

A couple of years ago, Wes got me all the pasta making attachments for my KitchenAid mixer.  There is absolutely no comparison between store bought dried pasta and fresh yummy homemade stuff.  Plus, it is super easy (but it does help to have all the right tools).

Here we go for tonight's deliciousness.

In mixer bowl, combine 4 eggs, 3 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water.  Mix with the paddle until combined, then switch to the dough hook and knead for 2 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead by hand for 2 minutes.

Cover with a towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.  It's tired, shhhhh...

Tonight, we are having browned butter with myzithra cheese.  So, while the dough is taking a quick nap, I pulled the ginormous ball of cheese out of my freezer and sawed off some chunks.

This is where it gets fun.  The cheese sort of crumbles off in chunks and is not that easy to grate.  Instead, grab the food chopper and pretend that the cheese is someone you intensely dislike and chop away.  Wow, it goes fast with that mental pic.  

After the dough is done napping, divide it into 4 portions and run it through the pasta sheet attachment.  I further divide each portion into 4 or 5 portions.  I have no explanation why the catalog page I tore out with the triangle footstools I want is on my cookbook stand. 

Hang it on a drying rack while you are finishing up the portions.  Then, run each sheet through the noodle attachment of your choice.  Sometimes I do angel hair or fettucine, but tonight was just plain spaghetti.

At this point, if I was not going to cook it off, I would leave it to dry overnight and store in an airtight container in the fridge for future use.

To make the brown butter, put about 6 tablespoons of butter (NOT margarine) in a saucepan.  I was making enough to have some left for our lunch tomorrow. 

Heat on low.  There is a fine line between browned and burnt butter.  Keep an eye on it adjusting the flame as needed. 

Mmmmmm, brown butter.  You can see some of the solids separating out on the bottom.

Drizzle over a plate of cooked pasta.

Sprinkle liberally with cheese.  Eat, die, eat some more, and come to terms with the concept that pasta, cheese, and butter are necessary for life to continue.

Monday, January 17, 2011

What is the world coming to?

Doing a little surfing and paid a visit to Peach Blossom Knits.

She had posted this little jewel.  Don't even know what to say.  

Be warned...there is apparently now rampant crime in the area of stolen knitting needles!  

And my daddy just THOUGHT I was joking about knitting a gun cozy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A not so perfect ending...

Another satisfyingly productive day.  We slept in (as late as Jack would let us before his whining to be let out became unbearable).  Nice slow start complete with a big breakfast.  

Made some homemade granola that is going to be a problem for me.  Kept snitching a spoonful here and a spoonful there...

The rest of the day, Wes kept working on trim.  He is now working on door frames upstairs.  He got quite a workout and lost count of how many times he went up and down the staircase working on getting just the right angles.  Yeah, it would have been easier to bring the compound saw upstairs but holy smokes that would have been a LOT of sawdust everywhere.  It seems as if I am still cleaning up sawdust and drywall dust from the build.  

While he was measuring and cutting, I worked on caulking the baseboards and door/window/laundry chute frame in my craft cave.  All done and ready to start painting the door, window, and chute trim.  

At Christmas, I had ordered some cinch sacks for the kids in local Group Homes and had their names embroidered on them.  We had a slight misspelling problem with one of them (got it replaced in time), so I had one with a boo boo.  What to do?

How about buttons?

Bella thinks it is a fab idea!

Are you talking about me?!?!?!?


During the process of sorting through all things crafty, I rediscovered some fabric that has just been sitting around for several years.  There is some lovely red satin that has tone on tone hearts all over it.  It is destined to become a nightgown for me.  Now, what do you do with a sheer type fabric with "metallic foil" hearts on it?  How about a tablecloth overlay? Can I be done with Valentine's decorating now?  Kinda looks like Cupid threw up all over my table!

Spent a little more time this evening doing some prep sewing on the last 4 teacup/saucer travel totes that are being made for a couple of friends.

Just when I thought it was time for some couch time...

Snuggled in and had been knitting away.  Chris left to go spend the night with a friend.  About 10 minutes later, he was calling.  Figured he had forgotten something.  Nope.  They had decided to go the "short" way around to the back side of the lake to cut through to the highway.  Reportedly there was ice involved.  They wound up in a ditch perpendicular to the road.  Front in rather crushed, not drivable.  Both boys are fine, but a little shaken up.  

Hot chocolate...well, that makes a lot of things a little better at least.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm a freak like that...

Couldn't help myself.

It was staring me in the face.

I was in the mood.

Felt like nesting...but I am NOT.

Today, I went into full blown, all out, watch out world cleaning mode.

Not sure what came over me. Had already decided to push off the weekend house blessing until later (Wes was working like a fiend installing baseboard trim which required him to move lots of furniture so the house was getting trashed faster than I could keep up) Laundry going--check. So, decided to hole myself up in the one room I knew he would not be working in today-our bedroom. Now, it just so happens that the cleaning zone for this week IS our bedroom. As I was in cleaning mode, I attacked our room.

According to my cleaning schedule, this is Zone 7: Master Bedroom. The daily activities are the same as the last 3 zones. First, I tore apart the closet...clothes on rods, stuff on top shelf and all the other miscellaneous stuff that seemed to have been crammed in there. Grabbed Wes for a quick "tell me what you want" activity of going through his clothes to weed out items he hates, does not wear, or for the sake of all mankind simply need to go away. Then, had him sort through my clothes to help me purge things he does not like or that really do not flatter me. Fortunately, we were in agreement on everything that got purged. Rearranged the whole closet, then moved on to the dressing room. Sorted through the shelves and got loose items tucked away into small storage boxes and labeled with my little labeler (it makes my heart go pitter patter!)

Straightened up the drawers in the chest in the dressing room. Purged several pieces of running gear that are basically dead. Forced myself to rid my dressing table of any and all makeup that I do not LOVE. Hung some cup hooks on the wall next to the dressing table and arranged my costume jewelry necklaces. Sorted through the rest of my jewelry and got the jewelry boxes and trays neatly sorted.

Stripped the bed, turned the mattress. Washed the mattress pad, sheets, blanket, pillow protectors. Got rid of the cobwebs, dusted the ceiling fan, detail polished all of the furniture, straightened and purged from the dresser drawers, detail vacuumed the whole room, bathroom, and dressing room.

By the time I got all that done, I had a huge tote box and another large cardboard box full of stuff to take to Goodwill. Wes stopped for the day on the trim and then helped me clean up the entry and the hearth room. Ate our dinner of corned beef and sauerkraut that I fixed earlier in the evening. For the last 2 hours, I have been messing around in the laundry/craft room arranging/rearranging, sorting, boxing, labeling, and generally bringing order to my cave.

Time to stop for the day. I'll finish cleaning the rest of the downstairs tomorrow, but right now popcorn and a movie with my baby sounds like a lot of fun.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cat Models

I have some helpers this morning in the display of my measly two FO items.

Amos, Norman and Ashley have been busy and are currently tearing through the house.

First up are the felted slipper clogs that I made for Wes.  I liked them without the leather sole probably the best, but have to say that although the bottom was super squisy soft before, the addition of the sole millionized how squishy soft it is.  I used 2 skeins of Lopi in colorway 9987.

This is a rarity...Ashley was actually caught on camera during the day outside of my bedroom!

Next up is the very braidy cowl. I used 1 skein of the Silkindian Duke Silk Yarn in colorway SI-008.  Amos asked to model it cuz it is soooo soft and warm.

Ain't I purty?  Pfffft...I hear you snickering over there Norman!

Here, lemme just lay it out on the floor so you can see it...

I'm exhausted now!

That's all for now.  Still waiting on a few more ideas to trickle in for yarn usage.  Keep 'em coming, ya'll are great!

Putzing around the house this morning, then heading in to the knit shop to kill some time before picking Chris up to go take care of tagging/titling his car and scheduling his instructed driving lessons.

He has until the 16th to get it all taken care of.  It seems (in his typical teenage mind that nothing is his fault brain) that the fact that he has had close to a year to complete a self paced driver education course (24 lessons that could have been done at the rate of one a day) BEFORE he can do the lessons is MY fault.  I told him that, as he has had ample time to complete this, come the 16th (the first day he is eligible to convert his permit to actual license) that he is on his own to figure out how to get to work.  Mom taxi has retired, but is available for prepaid scheduling.  He did not like that idea and balked saying that is sooooooo not fair! And that, HOW AM I GONNA GET TO WORK?  Fine, I'll just quit! (um, how ya gonna pay tags, insurance, gas?)  I agreed to allow him to get a job a year and a half ago in order for him to "save" money for his car.  He really wanted me to kick in half.  HAH...he purchased his car from his older brother for just a little over $2500.  At this point in time, I have driven him to and from work, which included me having to leave my job early and added wear and tear to my vehicle and caused me to incur additional fuel charges for my car and Wes' as we normally carpool to work.  If you do the math and JUST use mileage from our house to and from his job, conservatively say he only worked 2 days a week to allow for all the time he had requested off, and use the IRS multiplier for reimbursement of 0.585/mile, I currently have a vested interest in his car to the tune of over $2300 (in reality, the number is closer to 4K).  And that is the CONSERVATIVE estimate.  So, in essence, I have more than contributed to the purchase of his car and essentially have MORE of an interest in it than he does!!!  Arrrrggghhhh! Rant over, back to our previously scheduled fiber follies.

The fiber fanatics at Tami's have a lot to share!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FYI re:pattern search

I edited my Ravelry queue and moved them to My Favorites.  For some reason, I got "add to queue" happy when perusing instead of "add to favorites".

And the search continues (with some pretty darn good contenders so far)...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Did you know that s.n.o.w. stands for Stupid-Nasty-Obnoxious-Weather?

I am sooooo over snow and cold, and we are not even done with January yet!

Today was Snow Day #4, the first one that officially pushes the school year into Summer Break. Great! Wonderful! I am thrilled! NOT! As of just a little bit ago, they have already called a two hour delay for tomorrow. It is still spitting snow, and is blowing, and is very very cold, so I won't be surprised if by morning it changes to cancelled.

Right now, I am holed up in the Laundry/Craft room. Dinner is almost done (Beans and Cornbread), Sophie has nested herself on top of a basket of mending waiting for me to attend to it. The dryer balls are making a racket in the dryer. Norman keeps walking across the counter in front of me. He is such a little helper, really he is...he just stepped on the keyboard and hit the F2 key which brightened the screen on the ipad. Thanks Norman, that helped!

As far as WIP for today, the only thing on needles (that is not a UFO on purpose) is the cafe curtain. No point in taking a picture as there has been NO progress on it. Don't know what my aversion to working on it is. I have two items off needles and ready to share on Friday...the Very Braidy Cowl and the Felted Slipper/Clogs.

Spread out on the countertop is an assortment of knitting magazines, books, and my pattern idea notebooks. I want, need, desire to start something but am completely stymied. So, I am asking for your help. I am going to list several yarns currently in my stash and the yardage I have and I am begging for your help in finding pattern ideas for each. My only stipulation is that the pattern be free. When it comes to sizing (kinda need to know to match up to yardage), I typically knit size small. Am leaning towards sweaters. I am not really a hat or shawl gal. I am done with scarves, cowls, mittens, and socks for now. If you are on Ravelry, you can look at My Notebook and get a sense of some the the things I am drawn to. Help me, PLEASE!

Here goes:

1. Reynolds Signature color way 118 Browns/Orange/Green 4 skeins = about 880 yards

2. Country color way 0016 Charcoal 5 skeins = about 810 yards

3. Andes color way 30 Purple/Blue 5 skeins = about 1100 yards (already have made the sweater shown)

4. Deluxe Worsted color way 12188 Heather 5 skeins = about 1100 yards

5. Alpaca with a Twist Touchdown (can't find a link to show this yarn) it is 60% fine highland wool, 20% bamboo viscose and 20% FS alpaca. Worsted weight. color way 1020 colts blue 5 skeins = about 1100 yards

Thanks in advance. I am putting all my faith in pressure!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I am irritated and inflamed...

according to Liz.  Or maybe, that should be: I am irritating and inflaming.  Okay, both would be accurate.  But when you are sick, you should be allowed.  Pity party over.  Spent the day napping, surfing, napping, surfing, knitting, napping...well, you get the picture.  

When Wes got home this evening we enjoyed some wonderful fresh vegetable and lentil soup that I had the forethought to make last night and stick in the fridge for reheating tonight.  Hit the spot and next best thing to chicken soup on a cold night such as this.  

During my surfing today, I came across this little download that is being provided for free by Eskimimi (who happens to be the moderator of The Blog Hub forum on Ravelry).  I printed out a sheet and can't wait to give them a try.  You should browse around, she has loads of neat things on her blog!

Finished the slipper/clogs for Wes and they are in the washer being felted as I type.  This is tricky as I have a front loader. I hate hand felting, and I am too impatient to wait until tomorrow to borrow a friend's top loader.  Just tried opening the door to check on them...that was reminiscent of a "Brady Bunch" episode!  The suspense is killing me.  

We are supposed to be getting more snow, possibly tomorrow.  But then again, I already knew the weather was going to turn because my weather ankle told me two days ago.  Many, many moons ago during the summer I was supposed to take my college PE credits in the form of bowling and tennis, I broke my ankle/foot while I was wearing ballet flats and stepping down one step out of the pharmacy section at my Dad's drugstore.  Needless to say, I subbed in my arts credits instead!  I heard it pop but decided it was nothing...that is until I tried to drive my VW home!!!  Clutch=pain  Anywho, since then my ankle gives me advance warning and is much more reliable than the weatherman.

Stay warm, print out the freebies (be sure to give Mimi the love!) and embrace the subtle way I tricked you into an organizing tip!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I am Gassy and Sneezy

Thought you would like to know and I believe in's the right thing to do.

One represents my current state and one represents, well, my current state.

Stop laughing and holding your nose.

I'm sweet hubby did surgery on the oven yesterday and fixed it.  Yay!! I can cook again.  Order has been restored to my world.  In honor of the return of the flame in the box in the wall (and because Alex specifically made the requests), I made fried pork chops, broccoli, Alex's favorite cheesy potatoes, rosemary dinner rolls, apple pie and ice cream for dinner last night. 

I'm sneezy...that oughta be self explanatory.  Feel like I have been smacked around by a ramen noodle.

This week, the Cleaning Schedule says I am in Zone 6:  The Upstairs Hallway and Alex and Wesley's Bedrooms.  Guess what?  The daily plan for this zone is the same as the last two weeks.  

Dinner tonight was stuffed shells, corn, salad with dressing a la knock off Olive Garden type recipe.  The dressing is super easy and is pretty ding dang darn close to the original.  Here ya go, cuz, as noted previously, sharing is the right thing to do.  Anyway, it's supposed to be one of those things you learn in kindergarten, except I did not go to kindergarten and in my current sneezy, sniffy, congested state I honestly don't know where I was going with that but it appears that my intent was to create a terrific run on sentence.  Next!

Try it, you'll like it:

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup corn syrup
3 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons pectin
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
2 pinches dried oregano
2 pinches red pepper flakes

Throw it all into a blender and whiz away for about 30 seconds.  Chill at least one hour.  

I'm outta here, have a date with the couch, a big slab of apple pie topped with a huge scoop of ice cream (wish I had some caramel sauce, but don't feel like making any right now), mindless TV and snuggling with that awesome fixer of everything man of mine.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Today has started on a good note.  I know what day it is and that TODAY is the day for senior year planning meeting!  Doesn't get much better than this without yarn, wine and chocolate added.

The first of the FO's for today can be totally blamed on Sara and Denise.  


my first attempt at dyeing yarn with Kool Aid:

Yarn used was some creamy white Lamb's Pride that originally was going to be used for the Olympic Hat that I quickly gave up on...not really a hat girl anyway!

Three packages of Black Cherry and enough water to cover the yarn.

Brought just to boiling, heat turned off, lid put on and left to stew for 30 minutes.  Stirred during commercials :)  AMAZING, the water clears as the dye is absorbed.

Washed, rinsed and hung to dry...

The yarn had sort of a heathered appearance.  

Then, someone wanted the back underside layer of her hair dyed also...

At least it is temporary!

Finished and blocked the Twelve Days of Christmas that Cathi did as a KAL.  I deviated from the final directions because I didn't read them correctly I am a rebel like that.  It was knit in two sections and then joined.  The snowflake is supposed to be in the middle and the ruffle on the end.  Ok, I screwed it up, but in my defense, I want to be able to see the snowflake and you can't if it is in the middle.  The ruffle in the middle adds a bit of fluff and warmth that can be balanced by an offset knot on the other side. 

Never underestimate the power of reading a pattern wrong, having it turn out great, and getting to change your story to "I did it on purpose...aren't I cutting edge brilliant?"

Gotta run, or I will be late for the correct meeting day time.  When I'm back, I will be "dyeing" to visit Tami to see what everyone else has finished.  (Sorry, can't help myself, I'm a dork that way)


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