Showing posts from July, 2014

Life is a Cabaret

Last summer Baby Girl really REALLY REALLY wanted to do theatre camp, but since it was the year from hell there was no way I could swing it.  Then I learned they had scholarship programs.  I applied and we only had to pay a 1/3 of what would normally be the tuition.  This has been a WONDERFUL thing!! 

She is having a blast and will be performing Aladdin Jr this coming Thursday - Sunday.  What is cool abt summer theatre camp as opposed to normal theatre during the rest of the year is they get add'l classes; tap, backstage instruction, theatre makeup.  Baby Girl does NOT like tapping, but she DOES like theatre makeup.  It's been something she's been interested in since she was three and she loves the creativity that comes with theatre makeup. 

The first time they had this class she walked out like this.

At first I thought she fell off the stage (this is a big worry of mine since she's a bit clutzy), but then I remembered the class and I realized it was makeup. 

The se…

A new member of the family

So I'm back at work, trying to get a schedule down (which will be hard until the kids are back in school), running to Tampa TWICE (abt a 2hr drive one way), and just trying to keep up with all that I have already so the plan is to simplify.


HA!!!  I laugh in your general direction!  Last Monday when I picked Baby Girl  up from theatre camp I got bamboozled into this.....

Let me introduce you to Theo, the theatre kitty.

He was dumped over a 6' fence of a theatre mom who can't keep him because she has 2 dogs and a 20lb cat that wants nothing to do with a small kitten other than to make it an appetizer. 

She brought it to the theatre and we brought him home.

He is adorable and everybody loves him. 

We took him to the vet on Tues (I wont even discuss how long we were there waiting, but it was HOURS) and we found out he is in great shape for being a stray. 

No ear mites, no worms, no major dirt.  He did have some fleas but we took care of that. 

Everybody else is ge…

Weighing the Pros and Cons

As I've mentioned before, I've been trying to find a way to make some extra money.  I've looked online, I've looked in the paper (NOBODY posts in the paper anymore!) and I've contacted my old employers to see if there was anything available.

Thursday around 3pm, one of my old employers contacted me back telling me there wasn't any admin jobs available, but things were constantly changing and they would let me know if anything opened up.  An hour later he wanted to know if I could come in to talk the next day. 

I started yesterday.

So YEAH I found a job!!! but now I have to go to work.

I have had a lot of mixed emotions about going back into the workforce.  Am I capable?  Yes.  Do I want to be tied down to a specific schedule?  Not really, but legitimate work-at-home jobs are hard to come by.

I made a mental list of pros and cons to mentally work my way thru this.

Pro:  there will be more money during the week to alleviate some of the stress from the IO.
Con: …

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window... hot.  we've been getting rain pretty much every day, but it's not the cooling rain you get up north.  It's the steamy rain that can make it feel even worse.  Right now it's 88 but feels like it's at least 100.  My phone says the realfeel is 104.  I am in my room with the drapes drawn.
I am thinking... I need to motivate myself to get more accomplished.  However the heat really zaps any energy I have and makes getting going a hard task.
I am thankful... for central air.  I will be thankful for that for most of the summer.
In the kitchen... I made some banana muffins with some questionable bananas.  They didn't make us sick but they were definitely OFF. 
I am wearing... tan shorts and a purple tee.
I am creating... I have started my nephew's socks and so far so good.  They are striping more than I thought, kind of spiraling down the leg as they stripe, but you don't notice that unless you follow the stripe.   The other sock has s…

Felines + Fireworks = Scared Kitties


Thursday in the Garden

It's been hot here in Central Florida and by this time of year, whatever I've planted back in March or April is usually dead.  However there have been a few surprises.

The top tomatoes are rotted out.  I've got bugs eating them up.  However there are a few that have been spared....

Tomato plant #2 looks even worse.

It's all stems!!!  Apparently the same bugs are on this plant as well

However there are a few branches that have dropped down to the ground and I see this.

AND part of it has started pushing up toward the sun with new leaves!  I see some blooms trying to progress, but I haven't been watering them so its not working.  I have incentive to water it tomorrow!  If a plant is trying this hard to survive, I can at least water it and brush the bugs off.

I truly don't know how they are still alive.  Esp when this is the temp at 9:43am!

And on a side note, I tried a new recipe yesterday that was REALLY good!  It's Oven BBQ Chicken by The Pioneer Woman.  …

A swatch of sorts

Now that I only have one pair of socks on the needles, I wanted to cast on a pair for my nieces and nephews.  I dug thru my sock bin (actually I dumped it out right when #1 Son walked in.  He seemed a bit surprised as to how much a 60gal Rubbermaid bin can hold) and I found two yarns I want to use.  One is a Malabrigo for my 6 y/o niece and the other yarn is a mystery yarn.  I bought it almost 10 years ago on eBay and it came from an independent dyer.  No yarn ball or color name, just some nice yarn to make some socks.  The only problem is that I had no idea what kind of wool it was.  Superwash?  Wool/nylon blend??  100% Wool????  I knew I had to test it to see what it would do when washed.  I also wanted to check what needle size I would need since it seemed more of a sport weight than a fingering.

This would mean I would have to make a (gasp) swatch.  I NEVER swatch!!!  Neither did my mom. (so I'll blame her!)  Whenever she made sweaters, she would check her gauge as she went al…

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... hot.  hot hot hot!!!  However we do have a tropical storm brewing just east of us which will bring wind wind and more wind!  I'm ok with that.
I am thinking... too much.  Especially at 3am.  Why does the brain wake up that early when the rest of the body wants to sleep?!?
I am thankful... for the grocery store  Publix.  Lots of fresh produce, love their bakery, great customer service.  We're hoping #1 Son will be employed with them in November. 
In the kitchen... I tried two new recipes last week, a cookies and cream cheesecake and a blueberry crumb cake.  I am finding LOTS of things in my craft room as I slowly clean things out and to prove this, the crumb cake recipe was printed out in 2002.  How did it turn out? It was good.  I think next time I will make it without the blueberries and abt half of the crumble.  There was more crumble than cake!!!  The cheesecake was good, but the batter looked better than the finished product. I ended up adding…