Sunday, September 09, 2018

Weekend Update

Oh, it's lovely and cool!  It's close to 11 and only 63 degrees!  I'm getting outside tout de suite!  The garden awaits.  I will need to get some groceries, but not soon.  First outside, then a shower, THEN groceries.  I'm going to do some baking today too.  There are bananas and zucchini that need to get used.  For today, blog-wise though, this is it.

9 Pulled Pork
10 Grilled Cheese
11 meat loaf
12 Lasagna
13 FFYS (Market)
14 Pizza
15 Hot Dogs
16 Fajitas
17 Grilled Cheese
18 Chicken Fingers & Fries
19 Mac & Beef
20 FFYS (market)
21 Pizza
22 Burgers
23 Chicken Pot Pie
24 Grilled Cheese
25 Pork Chops
26 Spaghetti
27 FFYS (Market)
28 Pizza
29 Mac & Cheese
30 Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
1 Grilled Cheese
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4 Last Market
5 Pizza
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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Weekend Update

Quick one today - it's going to be hot today and I want to get ahead of the heat with some yard work.  But I missed last week, and I MISSED last week - not having a menu plan throws everything else off.  I'll need Daniel to give me some lunch ideas before I get groceries.  He started school last Wednesday; 3 days, then 4 day (off for Labor Day), then 5 days.  It's a nice stepped transition, but back to school means a little more organization the night before, and a tighter routine in the morning.

The washer just finished, that's my signal that it's time to get outside.  Clean hands still, I'll hang my laundry and then get to work.  Groceries and some banking this afternoon when it gets hot.  Maybe I'll sew some, too!

2 BBQ Chicken
3 Hot Dogs & Salads, Labor Day
4 Quiche
5 Lasagna
6 FFYS (market)
7 Pizza
8 Mac & Cheese
9 Pulled Pork
10 Grilled Cheese
11 meat loaf
12 Spaghetti
13 Ham Steaks
14 Pizza
15 FFYS (Eat on the Green)
16 Fajitas
17 Grilled Cheese
18 Chicken Fingers & Fries
19 Mac & Beef
20 FFYS (market)
21 Pizza
22 Burgers
23 Chicken Pot Pie
24 Grilled Cheese
25 Pork Chops
26 Spaghetti
27 FFYS (Market)
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4 Last Market

Sunday, August 19, 2018

At last!

It's cooler.  We've had some rain.  It's the 19th already, but it finally feels like August.

The garden survived!  This butternut is almost a foot long.  And there are five or six of them.  Good thing I've learned to like squash!

I planted some Hubbards too - an heirloom variety that is gold, not blue.  There are a couple of those too, and a half dozen acorn squashes as well.  

There are a zillion tomatoes, the beans have been plentiful.  Zucchinis continue, cucumbers are very, very late.  Beets, maybe carrots?  I can't tell though, because I am over-run with volunteer tomatillos.  I pull them, more grow.  And more, and more, and more.  We'll see.

And this year I indulged and give up a half a bed of the garden to flowers.  My thinking was that no, they would not feed bellies, but they would feed my soul.  I was, obviously, wrong.  No, people don't eat flowers, but the bees and the buggies and *my heart!* the returning Monarch butterflies are being fed, and they need to eat exactly as much as we people do.  Next year, I'm planting a WHOLE bed!



I uploaded pictures of Christmas-to-be on Thursday, and aside for more of the same knitting, nothing's changed.

Last week's H2B lawyer meeting was informative (and informal, whew!)  I think we need to meet with all of our visa staff, though, to make sure we are where we need to be.

Tomorrow is the last band concert of the summer, and there's pie!  I'd like to go, but we'll see.  I'm late out of work most days.  And Saturday's Vergennes Day, and then school starts the following Wednesday.  Wow.

Last load of laundry is in the machine, then groceries, I think, and some yard work.

This week:

Monday - Last band concert.  With pie!
Thursday - Farmers Market
Saturday - Vergennes Day
Next week - Daniel haircut, 1st day of school (we'd better go buy some pants.) ๐Ÿ˜‚
Dinner:

19 BBQ Beef sandwiches
20 grilled cheese
21 pork chops
22 spaghetti
23 deli
24 pizza
25 FFYS Vergennes Day
26 pork loin roast
27 Grilled Cheese
28 Fajitas
29 Mac & Beef 1st Day of School!
30 deli
31pizza
Sept 1
2
3 Hot Dogs & Salads, Labor Day
4 Quiche
5 Lasagna
6 deli
7 Pizza

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Oh! It's Thursday, I almost forgot!

My plan, last Christmas, was to not BUY Christmas this year.  I'm still thinking that same thing.  Up first, of course, Braiden's "You're 16 now" quilt:
It'll be probably a little bigger than some of the others, but so is he. ;)

<- this is not the layout.  The "tree" blocks will alternate with the "X" blocks that you can see in the top(ish) corner.  Think Irish Chain.  I laid them out like his for a reason that escapes me now, oh wait, I remember.  Those aren't 4s, they are paired 2s.  I laid them out to make them INTO 4s, which I will then set alternately with the Xs.  Glad I'm just thinking about it, and not doing it right now - there'd be un-sewing this weekend, I'm sure.

So that's that gift.

Number two is not what t appears to be.  Daniel believes this is a sweater for Simon.  It is not, it's a cardigan for Daniel!  He doesn't read this, so he'll never know.  And if he *does* read this, he's smart enough to keep his mouth shut.

If you look carefully the rib changes about 1/3 of the way up - the body of the cards is knit in one WIDE piece, 190 stitches across.  I'll continue along until 16" from cast-on, then shape armholes from the back (while holding front stitches on 2 spare needles, then shaping armholes from the front, then knitting sleeves and finally attaching the whole business together with saddle shoulders.  (no top shoulder seam - more of an epaulet treatment.  Finally collar and front button bands, and boom!  Instant sweater.  Not.  We'll see.

I'm thinking of asking Daniel to set up the knitting machine I was gifted, to see if I can speed up the process for the next creation.

And that's it.  Christmas gifts for Tori ad Simon?  Still under consideration. (= I have no idea)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ha, Oops! Hi!

That was an unexpected break.  I just didn't. Anything but work, pretty much.  And have a Friday Fire. :)

My boss took a few weeks off, came back Monday and was fired.  I had been in my chair exactly 2 months, and suddenly, it was my job to do ALL of it.  I have as much support as I need, thankfully but the shear volume of it.  Whoooo.  Neither of us saw it coming.

August has finally brought a slight dip in the temperatures, although today we will break a decades old record of continuous above 80ยบ days.  And tomorrow we'll break it again, and then again, and again, into the foreseeable future.  Right now, at 10:15, it's 85ยบ on my deck.  I cannot wait for a long, lovely autumn.



So, where were we?  I have some sewing and *gasp* knitting pics to share, but they're Christmas, so I'll save them for Thursday (sneak peek here - I like it!).  I've taken a few minutes here and there to make light/dark HSTs for a redo of the Concentric Squares quilt.  They're going fast since I'm using stacks of the charm squares I got on my road trip (in June!) to Erin's mother in law's home.  I should figure out how many I need, though.  Hundreds.  I'm at about 100 so far.

What else?  Garden?  Gangbusters.  Yard? Overgrown and under-maintained.  (See the heat whine above)  I'll catch up.  I'm going to take apart the perennial bed up front - the meadow type flowers will go into the field in the back, the irises and hostas will find new homes here in better places, and the rest will find new homes in someone else's garden once it's cooler.




This week:

Monday - OMG! Meeting at work w/H2B lawyers
Tuesday - hair cut 5:15
Thursday - Farmers Market

Dinner:
12 pulled pork
13 Cheese & Tomato Sandwiches
14 Fried Rice
15 lasagna
16 deli
17 pizza
18 burgers & potato salad
19 grilled chicken
20 grilled cheese
21 bbq beef
22 spaghetti
23 deli
24 pizza
25 FFYS Vergennes Day
26 pork loin roast
27 Grilled Cheese
28
29 Mac & Beef 1st Day of School!
30 deli
31pizza
Sept 1
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3 Hot Dogs & Salads, Labor Day
4 Quiche
5 Lasagna
6 deli
7 Pizza

Sunday, July 22, 2018

This week

There's the happy new driver!  Daniel passed his test Thursday, although they should really have taken off points for him showing up 2 weeks early. ;)  We've been out a few times, and I'm remembering how bad I am at this.  I am not cut out to be a Driver's Ed teacher, that's for darn sure!  He'll learn, I doubt I will.  It'll be nice to have someone to send to the store, in about a year.

Scott still has no job.  I've stashed a chunk of green calcite to draw prosperity near where he sleeps.  Maybe I'll find some green candles and do the one week ritual.  Can't hurt, right?  It worked for me!

Monday night there's a Dance Party for the employees at work.  HR is throwing it, so HR has to make an appearance.  And that means me.  Ugh.  It doesn't even start until 10!  1 drink, show my face, and I'm going home.  I mean, I still have to be at work at 8 the next day!  Boss is on vacation from Tuesday through next Wednesday as well.  There's no getting out of this, so I guess I'll just have to plan to have fun.

This morning I decided to take care of the zucchini that has been hanging out on my counter.  And the half bag of chocolate chips, the handful of walnuts, 1/2 container of sour cream, the bit of Scharfen Berger bittersweet chocolate, the just past date 1/2&1/2... and the oven, again!, agreed to cooperate.  Not in this pic - the other dozen muffins.  Breakfasts for the week!  Those square ones are zucchini walnut, the invisible ones are zucchini chocolate chip, the scones used the sour cream and Scharfen Berger.  You also can't see that one of them is history.  ๐Ÿ˜Š

It's drizzling out right now, so any remaining laundry will have to wait.  I think I'm going to go see if the kettle I noticed at Goodwill last time is still there.  Maybe they'll have another pants hanger too - the GREATEST way to put away leggings and yoga/sweat pants.

This week:
Monday - Staff Party
Wednesday - Dinner with Allison
Friday - Pay Day!

Let's see what's for dinner this week - I've checked the freezer and I can get pretty far this week again with minimal grocery shopping.

22 Bratwurst, beans, roasted potatoes
23 Grilled Cheese
24 Pork chops, green beans, mashed potatoes
25 ravioli (Daniel)
26 hot dogs
27 Pizza
28 Nachos
29 Roast Chicken
30 grilled cheese
31 Meatloaf & pierogis
August
1 Spaghetti
2 Chicken strips & Fries
3 Pizza
4 Hot Dogs
5
6 Grilled Cheese
7 Quiche & Salad
8 lasagna
9 Baked Potato bar
10 Pizza
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12 Grilled Cheese
13 Fried Rice
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Fire



Not so blast furnace-y out tonight, so let's have a fire!