Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

I'm back for weekly randomness with Amanda and her Thinking out Loud link-up.

* I feel blah.  Itchy and watery eyes, runny and stuffy nose (how is that possible?!), a cough and sneezing.  It's like my usual allergy issues had a run-in with a cold.  Basically it sucks.

* My niece left for college a few weeks ago.  She and Adrian are very close, so he had a tough time with her leaving which just about broke my heart to witness.  Thankfully she is close enough to visit at least once a month.

* We visited the niece last weekend and took her along with us to the Ikea in Charlotte.  I picked up a wall light for Heaven and some vases.  Adrian also found the perfect light fixture for his bedroom.

* I usually have a cup of coffee once every two weeks or so.  I had coffee this morning for the third day in a row.  I. Need. Sleep.

* I have been getting hundreds of spam comments per day, and it is so annoying.  If you know how to stop them, please help me.

* I have 400+ unread posts in my Bloglovin feed. That’s down from over 1,000.

* I cannot wait for Scandal and Grey's Anatomy to return next week, and it's even better that they're on an hour earlier than previous seasons.

* I did not want Courtney to win the MasterChef title.  I didn’t really care for that chick’s attitude.

What are you guys up to these days?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Wishes #19

The Nectar Collective

Happy Monday! It's been a while, but I'm here to share a few goals I have for the week.

This week I will:

* Follow the Bikini Body Mommy challenge every day

* Purge Heaven's toys

* Meal prep on Sunday

Have a great week, folks!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thinking out Loud

It’s time for some weekly randomness with Amanda and her Thinking out Loud link-up.

Fun with the girls at Grapes and Gallery

My creepy tree painting

* I envy people who have the ability to take a day off and sit around in pj’s all day and watch television or surf the internet while dishes remain unwashed in the sink or clothes remain unfolded in the basket.  Everyone deserves a day off, but I have a hard time sitting while there are chores to be done.

I made my niece's 18th birthday cake - neapolitan and very yummy.

* I met the sweetest lady at Adrian’s last doctor appointment.  I usually want to read and not be bothered when I’m sitting in a waiting room, but I really enjoyed the sweet little lady who asked a question that led to the best conversation.

Adrian's AP Physics book.  He's a junior this year and loves this stuff.  It makes my head hurt.

* I seriously need a pedicure.  My toes don't look too bad, but I haven't worn sandals in weeks.

* I also need a manicure. My last one was on my birthday in May.  I don't know what is in the products they use, my nails are just now back to normal after more than two months of peeling and chipping.

If you have any tips for keeping your nails healthy, please share.

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Things I've Learned from Supernatural


It has been about 2 years since I went from watching no television to watching about 3 hours of television per week.  That's way below the average, but it's still a lot for me.

One of my favorite shows to watch with Adrian is Supernatural.  Ghosts, demons and other creatures...what's not to love?!

I'd like to share with you some things I've learned while watching the show.

1. It's good to have a large supply of salt on hand.  It keeps spooky things away.

2. Don't make your salt circle near a window or any other drafty area.

3. While you're stocking up on salt, ask a priest to bless a gallon of water to make it holy.

4. If you hear noises and they're getting louder and louder by the second, don’t go toward the sound; run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

5. If you know you’re alone but hear “psst”, either ignore it or leave the house.  By no means should you go searching for the source of the sound.

6. If you're walking down the hall in a hospital and the lights suddenly go out, go back to where you came from if possible because there’s something seriously wrong with a hospital with no lights.  People…they have generators.

7. Yes, there really are monsters in your child’s closet.  If they ask you to check, arm yourself first – salt, holy water, stake, etc.

8. Haunted houses are empty for a reason. Don't take your girlfriend or boyfriend there to make out.  How is that even romantic?

9. Not all children are innocent.

10. Dean and Sam Winchester are hot!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Goals / Weekly Wishes #18

Last month's goals:

* Pick blueberries (last year we missed this because of the rain) - I didn't make time to pick blueberries.  I just wasn't feeling it.
* Finish collecting family info for a birthday calendar - I started but didn't complete this.
* Study Japanese at least 30 minutes daily - Fail
* Finish one article of clothing (I've sewn but haven't finished anything) - I didn't touch my sewing machine all month.  I realized the anxiety I've been experiencing in regards to sewing is from having to move my sewing machine to the kitchen table every time I need it.
* Assemble Heaven’s light fixture - We're still working on this.
* Assemble and paint Heaven’s book shelves - I've painted the shelves but haven't assembled them.
* Try two new recipes – one sweet and one savory - I tried 8 new recipes last month - 2 savory and 6 sweet.
* Make a good dent in the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt list - I found some of the items on the list but not as many as I wanted.

This month's goals:

* Spend a minimum of 10 minutes per day reading my Bible

* Meal plan every week

* Assemble and hang Heaven's bookshelves

* Finish one article of clothing

* Find a table for my sewing machine 

* Find the remaining items on the Photography Scavenger Hunt list

Last week's wishes:

* Finish painting Heaven's bookshelves. - Done!

* Spend at least 30 minutes per day clearing the junk out of my room-of-requirement. - I did 4 days.

* Try scheduling a couple posts. - Nope!

This week's wishes:

* Start and finish shopping for school

* Finish cleaning my extra room

The Nectar Collective

Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 Summtertime Photo Scavenger Hunt

Photography Scavenger Hunt

I am once again participating in Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  It gives me an opportunity to pull my camera out, and finding the items on the list provides a good challenge.  Here are some of the photos I've taken so far.

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)
2. A garden gnome

I had to take a trip to a garden center to get a photo of these cool guys.

3. Birds on a wire
4. A group of tourists
5. A rack of post cards

I found this rack in the zoo gift shop.
6. An urban street scene
7. A rural landscape
8. A tattoo on a person

My sister's new ink covering her old ink. All work is by my brother, William
9. A bakery

This is where I go when I don't want to bake.

10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)
11. A horn
12. A mascot
13. A sunrise
14. A parade
15. A juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English
17. A lamp post
18. A water fall
19. A public garden
20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.
21. A photograph of you with something representing the season

Cook it Up: July

For July's cooking challenge, I originally decided to make recipes only from MasterChef: The Ultimate Cookbook.  I put sticky notes on 1 recipe from each of the 8 sections.

I did try 7 new recipes since the start of the challenge but only 1 came from this cookbook, 2 came from LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, and 4 from the Internet.

From  the Breakfast section of Masterchef: The Ultimate Cookbook, I made lemon pancakes.  Easy but delicious with great lemon flavor.  Adrian said it was like eating lemon cake for breakfast.

From LaBelle Cuisine, I made a peach cobbler because Phil brought home some peaches he picked up from a stand near where he works and a pound cake for my ladies night.  Both were good, but I forgot to get pictures.

This month I'm going to make the other 7 recipes I selected from the Masterchef cookbook.