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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thinking out Loud

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

* Watching this week’s episode of Masterchef made me want to try making candy again.

* Have you ever overheard a conversation and thought, “if she/he says ‘um’ or ‘so’ or ‘sooo…um’ one more time…”?  Like they make you feel the way Hancock feels about being called an asshole.

* Our weather has been in the high 80's with low humidity all week which is perfect for getting out of the office during my lunch break.

* Is it possible to eat too much watermelon or cherries or watermelon with cherries?

* It’s hard to believe Adrian and Heaven will be heading back to school in less than a month, but it's not so hard to believe that I haven’t done any shopping.  I will definitely be taking advantage of the upcoming tax-free weekend.

* Adrian has been wearing contact lenses for a week, and, so far, he’s loving them.

* I’m thinking about getting glasses to give my eyes a break from contacts.  I’ve been wearing contacts for more than 14 years, so I don't even know what type of glasses would look good on me.

* I need new running shoes, but I hate shopping for shoes.  You would think my vertically challenged self would have small feet, but noooo.

* Today is my Friday.  I’ll be baking and decorating my niece’s birthday cake tomorrow.  And I may sleep until 7:00 instead of 5:30.

* Phil and I are planning a weekend getaway.  I’m almost afraid to say where to because lately every time I’ve planned something we had to cancel because something came up.

* On that note, I’ve only been to the beach once this summer.  I had seriously big beach plans this year.  Thankfully, there's still plenty of summer left.

Until next time...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Wishes #17

Happy Monday, Evening!  It's been a great, relaxing week for me.  I didn't do anything too exciting, but I spent a lot of time chilling out with my family which is the best.

Last week's wishes:

* Work on projects for Heaven's bedroom; there's more to do. - I almost have the light fixture installed in Heaven's bedroom.  It's the Maskros Pendant Lamp from Ikea.  Assembling it looks pretty easy, but it's not attaching to the ceiling like it should.  Phil has a plan, though.  I also started painting her shelves.

* Get out of the office during lunch at least twice. - I only got out of the office once.  It's hot.

* Plan ahead for next week's meals. - Yep

* Blog every day. - Fail.  I was totally unplugged a few days, and I was okay with that.

This week's wishes:

* Finish painting Heaven's bookshelves.

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

* Try scheduling a couple posts.

The Nectar Collective