Interior paint touch-ups.
U-Haul truck rental to move some furniture and boxes into storage.
Rental of said storage unit.
Interviewing of cross-country moving companies and getting estimates.
Selling our second car after deciding it's not worth towing or moving it.
Haggling over home inspections.
Lying awake at night.
Listening to rain and storm after storm nearly every day or night.
Making boarding arrangements for the dogs for three days while the house is shown.
Making hotel reservations for ourselves for three days while the house is shown.
Cleaning and more cleaning.
Packing and more packing.
Knowing it will all be worth it.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Throwing tons of things away.
Oh my God, the yarn!
Talking to realtors.
Signing papers (it's electronic signing these days!)
Lying awake at night.
Sweating my ass off.
Looking at pictures of the new house over and over.
Throwing more things away. Where did I get all this stuff?
Drinking more coffee.
Thanking God I'm such a lucky, lucky girl.
Staging the house to show.
Buying lots of boxes, tape, and big Sharpies.
Buying BIG trash bags and filling them.
Looking at maps.
Did I mention throwing things away??
Still doing my regular job in between all of it.
I'm pooped with no time for regular blogging.
Love ya. See ya.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Our New Home
I didn't take this pic. It's an aerial shot of the town. I circled our place in red. That's the Columbia River! No worries of flooding as we're up high...the picture doesn't show how high the town is above the river, but it is.
I did take the rest of these pictures...
It rained the entire day the day I was out taking all of these.
For personal reasons, I'm not giving out anymore specifics about the house or showing pictures right now. I'm sure those will come once we're settled.
No worries...there is a LYS in the next town over.
AND a Big Walmart.
It was a rough solo trip with lots to cram in and a heavy load on my shoulders, but things just seemed to slide into place like they were meant to be. I found THE HOUSE on the first day, made a low-ball offer the next morning, and it was accepted within hours. This house is so perfect and so well taken care of. We are lucky to have it.
Now we just have the big business of selling our house here and getting everything packed and ready to go. We believe our house will be snatched up quickly after it goes on the market, but if it isn't, we're prepared for that too and ready to move anyway. We'll be outta here within 2 or so months whatever happens. We close on our new house on or before July 15th.
Friday, May 08, 2015
We went to this little coffee shop and creperie near our house last weekend.
I have more pictures, but just no time to post and chat.
You can see my reflection in the door glass.
We had a Caramel Apple Crepe.
And coffee, of course.
Which was VERY good, by the way.
A different taste than Starbucks and better.
I've just been too busy to even think about posting this past week. I've knitted 8 rows on my socks for the Sock-Along. (Yellow box in my sidebar.) We've had tons of work to do during the day, and my arms and brain just weren't up to any knitting, crocheting, or blog posting after that. Plus, there's much more than work going on. More about that another time. It's good stuff though!
I won't be able to post this coming week either, as I'll be away on a solo trip across the country for personal business until a week from Saturday. Hang in there with me. I WILL be back!
Friday, May 01, 2015
I saw a doily similar to this one, but it had no graph or pattern and I wanted to make it badly.
So for the last few days, I've been crocheting and ripping out and writing and erasing until I got something I was happy with. I have the pattern written out, but who knows when I'll ever get it typed out and posted in my sidebar. Typing out pattern lingo is not fun, especially when I type a lot anyway during the day when I work.
Anyway, here she is. I love her. I have another flower made in white and will make another one with the white flower as the center. I'm still trying to decide what color the main body will be. I'm kind of leaning towards red to make it look sort of Christmasy, but we'll see.
I found a box on my porch yesterday delivered in the mail, which is not unusual because one or the other of us is always ordering something. I glanced at the return address and didn't recognize the name, so I figured it was something for the Cap. My name is on the account we usually use so the fact that it was addressed to me but meant for him wasn't unusual either. I laid it on the counter for him to open when he got home from work. But I kept looking at it and wondering if maybe I had forgotten about something I had ordered and finally decided to open it and see.
It was for me, but I didn't order it!
Fun-fun-fun! Giggle, giggle...and I may have done a little silly dance as I took the items out of the box. I love the old thread in my favorite color for doilies. and look at the vintage crochet pattern book for thread! Somebody knows exactly what I like.
Look at the yarn! A big, thick ball of sock yarn.
Do you know what this is?
I didn't until I figured out how to open it.
Aren't they freakin' CUTE?!
Thank you, Meredith, for your thoughtfulness. My heart is full.
My hubby brought home this new little succulent a couple of weeks ago. I love the orange flowers it produces. I took a close-up of the label so you could see the name of it. It's staying in the Magic Window in my kitchen.
Unfortunately, after all my beautiful succulents lasted all summer and through this winter, they are all looking rather sick now. I'm hoping they'll perk up soon and not continue to deteriorate. They've always thrived and been so healthy since I brought the home. I moved them back outside now that it's very warm most days and doesn't get very cold at night. They are getting plenty of sunshine so I'm not sure what the problem is.
I made some Tuna Pasta Salad to go in the fridge this morning.
This is what I put in it.
1 lb-box of Garden Rotini pasta cooked
3 12-oz cans tuna in water, drained
5 boiled eggs, chopped
3 ribs chopped celery
1/3 of a large onion, chopped
1 4-oz jar diced pimento, drained
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing Mix Powder
2 tsp black pepper
Mix all and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
I think hubby and I are going to watch the movie Interstellar later this afternoon.
I'm sure I'll look through some patterns for a shawl or something pretty to make with the sock yarn Meredith sent me. I've been contemplating tackling the knitting of some socks and even ordered some sock yarn to do so, but I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I want to put myself through that aggravation. Knitting is still definitely not my bag. I'm just glad I know a little something about it now, and that's good enough for me. My beloved crochet will remain my favorite gift as long as I live and have hands that are able.
Speaking of that sock yarn, I don't think I showed y'all what I ordered. I'll do that next time.
I started a new book that is really good. I'll show it to you and talk a little about it next time also.
I just had a tomato, cucumber, and fresh spinach sandwich with mayo, salt & pepper, and it was fantastic. I think I'll spoil all the healthiness and have a Dr. Pepper now. I haven't had one in days.
I bought a selfie stick. I have no idea why. Maybe I just thought it was a cool idea. I have no intention of plastering selfies all over my blog, Flickr, Instagram, or anywhere else. But I could if I wanted to now.
That is all.
Have a Happy Day!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
I worked on the hexie blanket some more adding the white round to all the itty-bitty middles. I'm loving the relaxed, slow pace of this project...just a handful every now and then while watching TV when I feel like it. They are fun to look at.
Do you ever make a turkey breast?
They're really good. This Cajun-spiced one is our favorite.
I just unwrap it and put it in a 9" x 9" pan covered with foil (easier clean-up). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Remove from pan and slice. Great with dressing or potatoes and some green beans and cranberry sauce (canned). Then the leftovers make great sandwiches.
My Onion-Cheese Bread risen.
And after it baked. Mmm!
I always like seeing the pile-o-dogs in the mornings.
They usually pile up like this and sleep after breakfast when I'm working.
As you see, everything is the same here.
Thanks for looking in.
Oh, wait! One more thing I forgot.
I wanted to show you this...
I saw this on Instagram on chippernelly's feed.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Two very good things, indeed.
I meant to link to the recipe for those donuts the day I posted about them and forgot. Then I meant to post it yesterday, but I was just so busy being silly with that post, I plumb forgot.
You can find the recipe here: Baked Chocolate Donuts
I followed the recipe exactly and got 12 donuts with very little batter left over...maybe a Tbsp. I didn't want to overfill the pan because they don't look as pretty if you do. The trick of putting the batter in a gallon-size plastic bag and snipping the corner worked perfectly for this with no mess. These are not very sweet at all, which I liked. If you want something sweeter, I'd suggest frosting them with chocolate frosting instead of the glaze. Melt some chocolate chips in the microwave and smear it over the cooled donuts while it's hot. Mmm!
Now listen here.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
This book is SO GOOD. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading it.
Here is the cover again.
I got the Kindle version for $1.99 on BookBub.
The book goes back and forth in time from mid-1940s Nazi Germany to current times (2007). I mostly loved the Germany parts, but the current parts were good too, just not AS good. I can't believe my luck lately with getting such good books to read. This one was not recommended by anyone. I just happened to see it in my daily email from Bookbub and thought it sounded good. I usually only get the free ones, but I splurged and plunked down a whole $1.99 for this one. Money well-spent!
The narrative uses a lot of German words, but you get used to it after a while and understand the meaning of them. A lot of them I already knew somehow, but others you get by context.
My only bitch is this, and it's a stupid, stupid thing: All the titles of the chapters are written vertically on the page without proper spaces between the words. It was highly annoying to me, and there was absolutely no reason for it except somebody trying to be all artsy-fartsy. You'll see. It will annoy the crap out of you, I promise! After the first few chapters, I just read the bottom of the title to see the date the chapter is set in. Seriously. I need to write somebody a ranting letter about how stupid and irritating it was. Maybe you won't even notice it, but for some reason, I focused on it and muttered cuss words to myself like a crotchety old hag at the beginning of each chapter.
Let me just show you.
Here is a screenshot of the beginning of a chapter...
See? Sometimes it's just one letter per line all the way down the page. WTF? Obviously this is bothering me WAY too much. I need to move on, but I really don't get it, and it's causing me to obsess about it.
It's a rainy day here again. It's supposed to be stormy later too. Yay!
It's put me in the mood to bake. I'm going to roast a turkey breast later for dinner, but I think I'll start some bread to rising too. That sounds good. And maybe I'll make some deviled eggs. Mmm. I think I might be hungry.
I'm still not crocheting or knitting anything. I may pick up the hexies later this afternoon and make more of those. I'm waiting for a couple of knitting books to come in the mail. Maybe one will come today. I don't even remember what they are now. One of them has a sock pattern I want, but that's all I can remember. Sigh.
I was just going to sit down and make a short entry. Now I've let my coffee get cold. I'll have to reheat it in the microwave. I hate that.
I'm out. See ya.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I will never tire of roses.
I'm not making anything.
Nope. It ain't gonna happen. Never.
What I'm reading. I just started so I have no opinion yet.
I love Natalie Dee cartoons.
Never do this: