Sunday, January 13, 2019

It's up to 8º! Practically tropical!

There's not a lot on the calendar this week, nothing on fact, until Saturday morning knitting at the Bixby.

Last week's resolution, to not eat after 8 has worked out just fine.  When I've been inclined to graze, I look at the clock, and then don't.  Easy peasy!  I'm going to keep up with that, but also add 12 extra ounces of water every day.  I was noticing how dry my skin is, and while lotion is a fix for the symptom, I think more water is a better fix for the problem.  The discretionary spending is also under control, and it's only the 13th!  Awesome!  Restricting that to cash only has kept my resolve strong, and has stemmed the perpetual inflow of stuff that just ends up going back out.  Hair cut's paid for, and I still have a little mad money.

I've been working on Laura's quilt in the evenings, and have now "only" to fill in the corners.  Each corner requires 48 (I think) HSTs, and 14 solid squares that will get trimmed into triangles along that edge.  That cut will be bias, though, so I'm going to keep them square until after the quilting is done. I'm about 60 HSTs short, but have enough to fill in 2 corners. I'll make them as leaders and enders as I go, and be sure to mix in new ones with the old ones so that there's no obvious before/after going on.  2 corners by next weekend is my goal, and I think completely doable since my calendar is mostly clear during the evening this week.

My range is slowing falling apart.  The oven is temperamental, the drawer has lost one of the side supports, and on Friday, the oven door hinge spit out a rivet.  I've started a little savings account that gets a tiny influx of cash every payday, and the payment I get for this quilt will go in there too, along with the Christmas check from Mom that's on the way.  There's a stove I really, really want, Let's hope this beast holds out until I have enough $$.

Daniel has plans to play video games with his friend this afternoon, so I'm not going out until it's time to drop him off. I'll go to Costco and Shaws or Price Chopper and then back home and back to my sewing machine.  I'm not even dressed yet, but the laundry's running and the dishwasher is full.

What's for Dinner?

13 Chicken Thighs & Stuffing
14 Deli Sandwiches
15 Meatloaf
16 lasagna
17 Garlic Chicken
18 Pizza
19 Pigs in Blankets
20 Beef Stew & Biscuits
21 Grilled Cheese
22 Omelets & homefries
23 Spaghetti
24 pork chops
25 Pizza (Robbie Burns Day! we should have Haggis!)
26 Fajitas
27 Pot Roast
28 Deli Sandwiches
29 Stromboli
30 Laze-agna
31 Fried Rice & Eggrolls

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Happy (My) New Year

It was my birthday yesterday, so sort of a New Years do over.  My January Resolution is working out well.  While I *have* spent a little discretionary cash, it has been CASH.  And I have enough to pay for my haircut on Wednesday! Woo!  Now for a weekly resolution... no snacking after 8pm.  Since I usually take my breakfast to work and eat at my desk, not snacking gives my body 12 whole hours to digest and get hungry again before I start eating.  I'd like to stretch that to 13, then 14.

Tonight's dinner was my version of Vergennes Laundry's rice bowl.  I not only feel virtuous for having eaten so much healthiness, but I loved it enough that I am DEFINITELY going to figure out how to make this work at work.  Rice and beans and egg (HOT), cucumber, tomatoes, kimchi and guac (cold).  Maybe 2 boxes, assemble at the last minute?  I'm going to try.

I spent some time last week working on the Concentric Squares quilt for Laura.  I got a little more done today - I'm heading for 88" square, which is probably two more arounds, and then the corners.  I took several pictures - a camera lens is very honest about value, especially if you use a B&W filter.  It's remarkable how I can second guess a decision when I can't see past color.  But since value does all the work here, taking to color away makes it easier to trust myself.

This Week

Monday - Pizza & Cake at work! (we have a new General Manager and a bunch of January birthdays to celebrate!)
Tuesday -
Wednesday - Hair appt, 4:45
Thursday -
Friday -
Saturday -

What's for Dinner?

7 Grilled Cheese / Tomato sandwiches
8 Pork Loin
9 Baked Mac & Cheese (Daniel cooks)
10 Meatloaf
11 Pizza
12 Pancakes & Sausage
13 Beef Stew & Biscuits
14 Deli Sandwiches
15 Meatballs & Noodles
16 lasagna
17 Garlic Chicken
18 Pizza
19 Pigs in Blankets
20 Chicken Thighs and Stuffing
21 Grilled Cheese
22 Omelets & homefries
23 Spaghetti
24 pork chops
25 Pizza (Robbie Burns Day! we should have Haggis!)
26 Fajitas
27 Pot Roast
28 Deli Sandwiches
29 Stromboli
30 Laze-agna
31 Fried Rice & Eggrolls

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Yet


What an odd word, yet it's been following me around for much of this week.  See?  Yet.  It's one of those multi-meaning words that works hard.  Like me. :)

Yet
yet adverba: in addition : BESIDES

b: EVEN 
c: on top of everything else

a: up to now 
   : so far
   : at this or that time
   : so soon as now
b: continuously up to the present or a specified time :STILL

c: at a future time : EVENTUALLY

3: NEVERTHELESS, HOWEVER: up to the present or a specified time
: one more time


yet conjunction: but nevertheless 
: BUT


Synonyms: Adverb eventually, finally, someday, sometime, sooner or later, ultimately
Synonyms: Conjunction but, except (also excepting), only, saving
That's a lot!  More on this later this week.  Or on the weekend.

Resolutions?  Notsomuch.  I think I'll shoot instead for monthly goals, weekly goals, daily goals.  Hard things are doable in small pieces.  I'll do these on the first of each month, for the monthly goals, on Sundays for the weekly ones.  And the daily ones can just stay in my head.

January: Discretionary spending is cash only.  If I don't have cash, I don't get to have whatever it is I want.  This is a tiny effort to curtail a bad habit I've slid into in the past few weeks (really, Thanksgiving to Christmas) I have $30 cash in my wallet, a $50 bill and a piggy bank full of rollable change, and a trash can full of redeemable cans in the garage.  If I want more cash, I can sell something.  This is gonna save me a little money, AND probably force me into making some better food choices.  If I really want to save money for, you know, a haircut, then I really ought not buy that no-bake on my way home. ;)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy End to Quite a Year

I mean, I guess compared to many, many other people, my personal year has been pretty anti-climactic, but I am not sorry to see it go.  I won't dwell.

I've been cleaning my spaces - first my bedroom/closet/bathroom, then the stairs, hall, and 'kids' bathroom, then the kitchen.  Really the FIRST first, was the Christmas decor - I edited, Tori took a bunch, and the rest is on its way out, either sold or donated.  There will be more.

I think today might be the last day of sick - holy cow that took a long time!  I'm making Turkey Chili for the freezer / lunches, there's now Split Pea and Pork & Bean to go with the Squash and Beef Barley.  Soup for days!  I'm powering through the bits of leftover meat in the freezer, turning it into things I want to eat.  Like soup. ;)


Yesterday Stacey and I went out for coffee, and had Rice Bowls for breakfast.  So good, not a sugary fat bomb - I should do that here.  I could absolutely do everything but the fried egg and heat at work.  I wonder if there's a way around that, the egg is essential! ;)  Maybe poached, then punctured before I reheat.

And I've started assembling another Bossy Quilt (Concentric Squares) for a teacher friend who immediately fell for the last one.  Of course an art teacher would appreciate the work that value does. :)  Do I have enough HSTs?  Probably, but I have plenty of fabric to make more if I don't.

Tuesday is 2019, Wednesday I go back to work.  I'm actually looking forward to a return to routine.  Daniel, probably not-so-much.  Shrug, let's get at it.

This Week

Monday - State Vehicle Inspection, 9:00
Tuesday -  Happy New Year!
Wednesday - back to work, school
Thursday
Friday
Saturday - It's my birthday!

What's for Dinner?

30 Ham, Scalloped Potatoes
31 Nibbles
1 Bread & Soup
2 Spaghetti
3 Chicken fingers/fish + fries
4 Pizza
5 Steak & Baked potatoes
6 Roast Chicken
7 Grilled Cheese / Tomato sandwiches
8 Meatloaf
9 Baked Mac & Cheese
10 Pork Loin
11 Pizza
12 Pancakes & Sausage
13 Beef Stew & Biscuits
14 Deli Sandwiches
15 Meatballs & Noodles
16 lasagna
17 Garlic Chicken
18 Pizza
19 Pigs in Blankets
20 Chicken Thighs and Stuffing
21 Grilled Cheese
22 Omelets & homefries
23 Spaghetti
24 pork chops
25 Pizza (Robbie Burns Day! we should have Haggis!)
26 Fajitas
27 Pot Roast
28 Deli Sandwiches
29 Stromboli
30 Laze-agna
31 Fried Rice & Eggrolls

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas on Thursday


Well, technically, it was Tuesday, but today I'm sharing the Christmas I made this year.  It seems I forgot to take pictures of the headband I made for Jen, or the hat I made for Abi, but whatcha gonna do.

<- This photo is recreated every year - the subjects get bigger and smarter, and more beautiful, but a little Lego in the stockings goes a long way to slowing down the frantic.

Braiden's quilt has been received, I assume there will be some acknowledgement shortly.  He's a really good kid, in spite of the circumstances of his childhood  - my brother Rob tries, but his (almost) ex-wife has not made anything easy for the past 5 or 6 years.  (Notice that almost - they've been divorcing almost as long as they were married.)  Braiden's sister, my niece Katherine, is 14 and the youngest of the grandchildren on this side.  She'll get a quilt in 2 years, Daniel is next, and then that's it.
Have I shared a picture of Braiden's quilt?  I think so, but here.

 Tori - picnic bag.

It's padded and lined, with sleeves to hold 4 canning jars upright (two pint jars, two quart jars, both with plastic screw on lids.)  There are four cloth napkins in there, knives, spoons and forks for four, and melamine plates that Tori decorated when she was nine or ten.  She'll give me feedback on any improvements she can think of, but more than anything, a bag where the jars don't fall over is a step up from anything she has right now.  ✓

Simon - storage containers.

Simon has terrible leftovers storage.  He brought some at Thanksgiving and I knew what he needed.  Since this is a "making" Christmas, he got them filled.  Cadbury chocolate, candied jalapeños, cashew brittle, "just add water" split pea soup (vegetarian for Jen if he wants,) molasses cookies, and little chocolate chip cookies.  ✓


Daniel - Cardigan.

When I started this, Daniel weighed probably 20 lbs more than he does now.  So it's a little roomy.  Note to self - buttons are troublesome. ;)  I think he likes it, and will like it even more when it actually gets cold - it's pretty cozy. ✓


And that's a wrap.  I think I'm making this the new thing.  Making Christmas.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

It's *cough* Gonna Be a Green *Wheeze* Christmas

And I'm sick.  It's the annual time off-get sick routine, but I think I'll be out of it before Tuesday. It's green outside, and bright, sunny, cold.  I can deal with that - it makes everyone's travel safer.

I'm getting things done today in 1/2 hour bursts, with a 1/2 hour rest in between.  It's good.  Last 1/2 hour, I got dreessed, next burst I'm going to run over to the bank and Shaws and that's it.  I need to figure out dinner, might be a chicken pot pie out of the freezer.  PROBABLY a chicken pot pie out of the freezer.  Definitely a chicken pot pie - I can skip the stop at Shaws.  There.

Next week I'll share pictures of all the Christmas I made.  Christmas will always be made, from now on, as long as I'm able.  I just gotta start earlier!   Daniel's turning 16 next year, so he gets a quilt, that's a given.  The rest?  Who knows.

I'm off work until the 2nd, I intend to get some serious New Year's cleaning in.  And plenty of Netflix. ;)  I can't focus my brain enough to fill in a menu beyond Friday.  Will we starve on Saturday?  Doubtful.

What's for Dinner?

23 Chicken Pot Pie
24 Lasagna
25 Christmas
26 Leftovers
27 Tortellini
28 Pizza
29
30
31 Nibbles
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

It's closing in!

It's closing in!  Christmas, that is.  It's all good.  I'm about as ready as I think I'm going to get.  I mean, there's still some making to do, but the buying, I think, is done.

And speaking of making... (no pictures, yet)  I'm going to finish up the making part of Tori's gift - then a little thrift shopping (or maybe basement shopping!  even better) and done.  Simon's will get done at the last minute (it's food.)

The tree is up and lit but not yet decorated - I want to go through the ornaments and pass on some of them (or at least pack them up for the kids.)  One box at a time.

Anyway, onward.  It's 41º and I'm really hoping it rains.  My car is VERY dirty! 😁

This week - meh, nothing of enough importance to write down.

What's for Dinner?

16 Pork Chops
17 Deli Sandwiches
18 Baked Potatoes
19 Mac & Cheese
20 Chicken
21 Pizza
22 Nachos
23 Chicken Pot Pie
24 Lasagna
25 Christmas
26 Leftovers
27 Tortellini
28 Pizza