Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window...today was a weird day.  It was lousy weather earlier while that major storm system passed thru.  I'll take heavy rain and tornado watches over feet of snow thankyouverymuch!!  Once the storm passed and the front went thru, the weather was beautiful!  We're back to cold weather later this wknd.

I am thinking...that I need to trim the tree branches that are around my chimney.  I've warned the IO abt it, but now I have evidence that it's dangerous to have a fire until it's trimmed up.  The leaves around the chimney are brown and dead. 

I am thankful...for all the rain that has made my tree less dry and kindling-worthy.

In the kitchen...I tried a new recipe for dinner tonight.  Italian Sloppy Joes.  I always have such high hopes for Sloppy Joes.  I like the idea of them, but I never seem to like the actual Joe.  I wont be making them again.

I am wearing...pajamas.

I am creating...the same afghan.  I took a picture of all the blocks I have done and planned on posting them yesterday but the computer was reloaded and the software for my camera is missing.  I now need to find the disk to add that part.

I am going...bonkers with my computer issues.

I am wondering...how I managed w/o my techy toys.....

I am reading...hmmmm.  I'm back to fan fiction.  I didnt finish Smokin' Seventeen and when I went to check it out on my e-reader, it wasn't available anymore.  Somebody else checked it out. 

I am hoping...that the IO finds work soon.  He's been out of work for awhile now and he REALLY needs to go back.  SO many reasons why.......

I am looking forward to...this wknd.  We've got the Father/Daughter Dance on Friday and a play produced by the local theatre youth troup on Saturday.  Both Baby Girl and #1 Son have friends in it.

I am hearing.....the hum of the bathroom fan and the meowing of an orange kitty named Hemi.  He wants to cuddle, but I'm moving too much for him so he keeps pacing the bed trying to get comfortable.

Around the house...I may be getting a new garage door soon.

I am pondering...the effects of sleep deprivation.

A favorite quote for today...another one from Facebook.

One of my favorite things...lunch out with the girls.  I havent done this in awhile and feel the need for female companionship.

A few plans for the rest of the week: see the above looking forward to

A peek into my day...
I'm confused, do I eat the nut now since it feels like summer or do I wait and bury it on Saturday when we have freeze warnings???
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Simple Woman's Daybook

It must be Tues because it's time for the Simple Woman's Daybook post.  Remember if you want to play, go here.


Outside my window...  we've started on our warming trend.  It was COLD over the wknd, and while it was chilly this AM, by the time I took #1 Son to school, he really didnt need a jacket.  I expect a high of 79 today.  By Saturday they are saying it will be a high of 88.  Ick.  Too early for it, but the weather this winter has been weird so I guess we're right on track!

I am thinking... that I'm getting a jump start to the day.  I've already had my coffee, got a load of laundry going, got all my school related emails sent out, AND I'm posting early!  I haven't gone on Facebook yet which is a BIG reason why.  Once I get on FB, I'm on for awhile. 

I am thankful... for allergy meds.  Allergies (which in turn triggers asthma) has been BAD this year.  Without the meds I dont even wanna know what it'd be like for my family.  Meanwhile everybody I know is having major issues with their allergies, and yet I've had a very mild reaction this year.  Usually I'm dying from an infected head (ears and sinuses), but this year not so much...

In the kitchen... nothing at the moment.  I need to go grocery shopping but before I do that I need to figure out what I need, what sales are going on, what coupons I can use and what I want to make for dinner the rest of the week.  Sometimes it just too much to think abt, making McDonald's an easy choice.  However I'm trying to cut back on drive thru food which requires me to do the above.  I think I'll do that next.....

I am wearing... a red SanDiego big t-shirt, blue plaid sleep pants (older than time which makes them extremely soft!) and hot pink kitty socks.  Add my purple robe and you've got what I wore when I dropped the kids off as school.  Yes, I'm THAT mom.

I am creating... on Saturday I said I was itching to stitch, and that's exactly what I did!  I didn't feel like having to decide which project to work on which made the kit such an easy one to pick!  It's a Bucilla Kit called the Lord is My Shepherd.  It's a pic of a sheep with a heart on it's hip and backstitching for the words.  I wont be adding the words, I bought the kit for the sheep.  Here's what I've got so far.

I am going... to try and focus on one room per day this week to work on.  I love the FLY Lady and the 15 min a day in a room really motivates me to get started, but sometimes it just seems that I'm *flying* from room to room w/o getting much accomplished.  I still like the 15 min idea, but I want to incorporate a focal point as well.  We'll see how that goes.

I am wondering... if I'll ever get caught up.  Who am I kidding, nah!!  I enjoy too many things to be fully caught up.  As long as I'm not overwhelmingly behind, I consider myself good!

I am reading... still on Smokin' Seventeen.  I'm getting really close to finishing.  It's due tomorrow (or close to it) and I'm not sure how to renew an ebook from the library.  Guess I'm gonna find out soon if I dont finish it off. 

I am hoping... I finish it off.

I am looking forward to... the Father/Daughter dance.  It's coming up in a couple of weeks and it will be Baby Girl's last one.  It's her last year in elementary school which means we are starting to have the *last one* of a few things coming up.  It's going to be a bittersweet spring, but an exciting fall. 

I am learning...  continuously.

Around the house... I'm seeing lots of projects that need to be done.  It's times like this I miss a landlord.

I am pondering... the benefits of nightmares in a middle aged woman.  I dont get nightmares anymore.  Adult life seems to have cured them.  And when I get a weird dream I usually wake myself up out of them.  Last night was different.  It was a dream that included my father, his 3rd wife, a grandbaby (his, not mine) and the IO and myself ending up in a bad part of town getting our heads blown off.  I have NO idea where this came from.  I woke up upset.  Then I tried to figure out why I had this dream.  It actually ticked me off.  All I kept thinking was how on earth was this dream supposed to benefit my mind.  What is going in the deep recesses of my psyche that conjured up such images?  That and the fact that I was already going to be sleep deprived today, the dream just added to that deprivation. 
So I counteracted by listening to 70s and 80s music on the way home from school.  Singing along to The Stray Cats or The Spiral Staircase makes a mind happy!  In fact the Spiral Staircase is still in my head.  "I love you more today than yesterday (insert trumpets here), but not as much as tomorrow!"

Now it's stuck in your head too.  You're welcome!

A favorite quote for today... I saw this on Facebook and felt it was perfect for a crafting blog.

One of my favorite things...my yarn stash.  It makes me happy.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  selling tickets for the dance is the only thing written in my calendar, but I know that will change as the week goes on.

A peek into my day...

where's the wooly smell?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Sky

Another beautiful day here in Central Florida. 

It was a bit warmer this AM (around 67) but the temps are dropping (62 and BREEZY) and we expect to have a freeze tonight.  Last week we're at 84, tonight we get frost warnings.  Gives me hope I might still get cool weather by the time I finish my afghan.  I'm still churing out squares.  Finished three yesterday and started another today.  I have abt 16 more to go. 

With that being said, I'm actually getting in the mood to stitch!  Haven't done that in awhile and I'm thinking of pulling something up to work on.  Cranking out all these squares tends to make my hands cramp up and the switching might do my hands good.

What's on your agenda for this wknd??

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flashback Feline Friday

Thought some pics from the current kitties as kittens would be fun to see.
I'm pretty sure they've been posted in the past (circa 2007) but they are some of my favorites.....




Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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Outside my window...  It's kind of a cloudy day.  We had a front go thru and it was actually a bit chilly in my t-shirt and sweats this AM but it's gotten humid which has made it weird.  Humidity will do that to weather.  According to WeatherUnderground it is 65 degrees. 

I am thinking...I'm mentally planning on what I want to do the rest of this week.  I've been busy at the two schools these past three days (PTO meeting,  Parent University at one school, AP course info at another school, parts @ th KH, etc)  so I'm saving today and tomorrow for house stuff.  I'm REALLY far behind in laundry and that needs to be rebooted. 

I am thankful...for coffee.  It gives me the extra energy to keep up with everything.  This makes me laugh because when I worked for a NY newspaper's Advertising Department I didnt need coffee.  Make me a stay at home mom with two kids, BAM!!!  start that mainline of caffeine!

In the kitchen...I am trying to go thru my fridge and use up some of the things hanging around instead of just waiting until they are too old to eat and  throwing them out.  Right now I have a quiche in the oven and it smells fabulous!!  It's a bit different than I normally make, but the rolled crust must have been in the freezer a bit too long because as it was defrosting, it was getting slimy.....ick.  So it's my normal recipe but crustless.  Can't wait to try it!
Later tonight will be a roasted chicken with potatoes, and green beans with parm.   YUM!  

I am wearing...an orangy-peach-salmony colored shirt and grey sweatpants.

I am creating...more kinitted squares.  I think I have two more done.

I am going...thru paperwork.  I need to go thru bills (ick x 2) and see how much money is in the coffers. 

I am wondering...how much money I can make on eBay.  I've got some kids' stuff  to sell and some old ballet things from Baby Girl's time at the barr.   I used to work with a guy that sold dirty socks.  Yes you read that right, DIRTY SOCKS!  He seemed somewhat normal and not the kind of guy that would sell that kind of stuff, but he did and he made MONEY!  (ick x 1Million!!)  I'll stick to my clientele of moms and knitters thankyouverymuch.

I am reading...an actual book!!!  Ok it's an eBook but it still counts!!!  Smokin Seventeen by Janet Evanovich.  I love her series of books, fun and entertaining, just what I need before I go to sleep.   However they can be a bit suspenseful so I tend to stay up late when I'm reading her. 

I am hoping...to finish it before it disappears off my kindle.  It's the first time I used my library to borrow an eBook and I'm not sure what happens when my time is up.  If anything its incentive to read and finish the book!

I am looking forward to...my tax refund.  I need to get caught up on bills AND get a new garage door.  Right now I dont have one and the City is giving us until mid March to put one back up.  This was an IO project.  Nuff said there......

I am learning..that my ideas for food planning and money budgeting are in the right ballpark, it's just my timing is all off.  That's the part I need to adjust.

Around the house...I have two loads of laundry sitting next to me on the bed that I will be folding once I'm done with this pulsating blog post!  I've got another in the dryer which means I have a washer just begging to be loaded.  Meanwhile Hemi is keeping the laundry warm.

I am pondering...how long before I can take out that quiche, the house smells wonderful!!!!

A favorite quote for today... "Do you have a date for Valentine's Day?   Yep.  February 14th."  - Dwight  Schrute.  Hysterical.....

One of my favorite things...candy sales on Feb 15th.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I'm hoping to hit the dollar theatre and see a funny movie with the family.

A peek into my day...



Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Morning Madness

FINALLY I have both kids back in school today!  Allergies have hit them hard here at Happy Acres, especially for #1 Son.  He's been out the most, this time being a week,  but today they are both healthy (enough) to enjoy the fruits of today's educational system. 

Once I dropped them off I drove thru Mcdonalds for their $1 coffee and a McGriddle (had to get the appropriate caffeine and grease to start the day) when I had a wonderful surprise;  apparently one of the moms I know from school was ahead of me and paid for my breakfast!!!!  What a great way to start a Monday!!!

I needed that too since I've had a headache for 3 days.  I have my suspicions to what's causing it, but I can't do much abt it yet.  Still working on that one.......I think I need to knit more. 

Speaking of knitting, I've decided that I may not be able to control a lot of what's going on in my life right now, but I *can* control what I knit.  Which means this is out

and this is in

I hadn't touched my sock in a LONG time, I just didnt enjoy knitting with the yarn.  I even went down a needle size and the bamboo just felt too floppy.  Off the needles it came and soon that Jitterbug will replace it.  So this means another type of fiber I've found that I dont care for, the other being alpaca.  Alpaca makes my eyes and throat itch.  Not a fun combination when I'm trying to work on a project.

What about you?  Have you come across a fiber or a yarn brand that just doesnt work for you?  Or if you are more of a glass half full kind of a person, what yarns can't you do without? 


Saturday, February 09, 2013

(Non)Snowy Saturday Sky

Here's hoping that all my northern friends kept their electric during Nemo.  For such a small fish, it sure packed a wallop!!!  Meanwhile we had a typical Florida winter day.....

I think we hit a high of 72 in my neck of the woods.  It's a perk of living in FLorida.   The universe balances itself out come Aug when we are in the center of the sun hot. 

Which explains the life of a snowbird.

I've been playing with technology all day today trying to get pics off my phone and into my computer.  I have a not-so-smart phone so alot of times it's just easier to email me my pics, but today I tried downloading it all.  First of all I have a LOT  on my phone, like over 1000+ images.  However after a half hour it only downloaded 130 pics until it locked up.  Then my SD card said it was *missing* and my pictures were gone!!!   As I'm mentally figuring out who I've emailed and where I've posted pics over the past YEAR I powered down my phone.  When it came back up I suddenly had all my pics back again.

Gotta love the reboot!!

With the weather being what it is, it's getting me in the mood to start some of this.

I've got some chives, basil and one other herb to start growing and figure this is a great time to start.  As usual, bets will be made to see how long I last this time.

I have only been focusing on one project lately and it's my afghan.  I've got a few more squares done.

Lots of pink this time.  I only need 20 more squares.  I'll probably be done in time for the heat!!!  And while I am VERY excited to get this afghan done (I started Oct 2011) there is a small part of me that wonders what my mindless project will be once it's done.  I always get a little sad when a major project is done.  It's the ending part of it and I hate endings.  Anybody else like that???

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Saturday Sky

We've been having some GREAT weather here in Orlando.  Sunny and comfortable!  The nights have dipped down into the 40s (or 30s depending on where you live) but I'm so not complaining!!!  Today's sky looks like a sheet of paper.

Yesterday was really cool!!!!  We had cloud formations that were just spectacular!!!  I posted one on facebook but Blogger is giving me fits in posting that one so instead I'll show you the one I took at a friend's house. 


Our internet still isnt the greatest which makes getting on line a royal pain so its a hit or miss with me posting.   Knitwise I'm only working on my afghan.  I've done abt 3 or 4 more squares.   I havent touched the sock and I'm not sure if I will continue with it.  I'm just not enjoying it.  I'm finding out I dont really enjoy knitting with bamboo and this is what's in this yarn.  This may mean a cleaning out of bamboo yarn in the stash..............If anybody likes bamboo, I'm willing to trade.