Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today... 

Outside my window... Rain.  There is a low that developed in the Gulf that is migrating its way across the state.  Which means rain.  Lots and LOTS of rain.  I don't mind it.  It keeps the temps in the 80s.   

I am thinking... that until the kids are out of school, I will be busy.  This is show week for the kids and not only are they ramping up rehearsals, but I'm there more often as well.  We are there thru scholarships and part of the requirements are volunteering and providing items for the concession stand.  Baked goods, full sized candy bars, bottled water.  I buy on sale and help out making candy grams, little bags of candy we sell for $1 for friends and family to buy for their kids in the show.  It's a great money maker which helps reimburse the scholarship fund for future shows.   

I am thankful... for ankle braces.  Baby Girl twisted her ankle last week but it's not getting a chance to heal since she is on it every day, so she is wearing a brace.  She wore this exact one a couple years back.  She will need to leave it on for the show, but I need to get her one in black.  The white one sticks out like a sore thumb.  

I am wearing... I'm in my pjs.  

I am creating... I am making progress on my sweater.  I'm abt 6 inches in.  
I'm impressed I've gotten this much done!

I am going... to be at the theatre on and off for the rest of the week.  

I am wondering...  how I am going to finish out the week at theatre only to attend a band orientation meeting Sunday night.  Oh I know, copious amounts of coffee!!!

I am reading... play schedules, assignment rosters, costume requirements

I am watching...  right now I have The Wedding Date on while I post.  I am still watching episodes of M*A*S*H on Netflix and catching old episodes of Reba on cable.  Summer TV at it's best!

I am hoping... to clean off the foot of the bed sometime Saturday.  I'm getting quite the pile.

I am hearing......the bathroom fan.  I have the movie paused while I finish up this post.  

In my garden...  I think I need to just not add this until Oct.  I dont plan on doing much outside until after we move.  

In my kitchen... Tonight's dinner was chicken with a premade marsala sauce, noodles and mushrooms.  I wasnt thrilled with it, but everybody else was!!!  I have another packet of the sauce which I will use but I'm not sure it will become a staple in the pantry.

Also if you have a recipe that is gluten free and you have tasted it, can you post it in the comments?  I know of somebody who is trying to go gluten free and it's proving to be more difficult than anticipated.  No this person is not me, but I want to help.  We already have web sights and recipes, but I'm looking for ones already tried.

A favorite quote for today...


One of my favorite things  AKA Hemi's Corner:  

Have you SEEN the inside of dad's shoes???

A peek into my summer:  Theatre and band.  That's also my winter.  Its amazing how much of my life centers around my kids, but I am enjoying every minute I can. 

If you want to play, go here.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Sky

It's Saturday, did you look up today?

The verdict of the dueling dressings?  They tied!  They were different enough to be liked by all.  I will be adding them to my arsenal.  

It was really fun meeting up with my group yesterday.  We tried some tasty new recipes and I cast on for my sweater.  
Three more rows of ribbing and  then I get to start 17" of stockinette stitch.  Great time to catch up on movies!

However the day was truly a comedy of errors:  

1.  The filter shifted in my coffee maker so that I had more grounds IN my coffee than in the filter.  I had to strain it twice to get drinkable coffee. 

2.  Some of the lettuce that was bought for my salad was eaten last night so I had to run to the grocery store for more.  By the time I got back home, all I had time to do was take a shower before meeting with my friends.  I had to put all the salad ingredients and sweater ingredients into bags to assemble when there.

3.  I bought a new hair oil that is supposed to be so light weight you can use it as a leave in conditioner.  I looked like a grease pit even after I dried my hair.  I had no time to reshampoo so I went looking like I was wearing Jerry Curl. At least  I was clean.

4.  As I was using my friend's tomato knife to cut up the veggies, I impaled my finger.  To be fair the knife looked more like you would use it to gut a fish instead of chop tomatoes, and I was JUST about to switch it out for the one I brought but not soon enough. I did not bleed on anything so once I was cleaned up and bandaged we continued on as usual.  

5.  We were talking and relaxing and having a great time when I got a text from Baby Girl asking to go to a friend's house after theatre.  And could I bring her bathing suit.   It is time to pick her up and I am totally not ready to go.  

6.  I throw things into bags, gather my stuff, hug everybody goodbye and off I go.  I get the bathing suit, and head to get #1 Son.  As soon as he gets in the car HE wants to go with his friends that night to Ocala to see a friend perform in Into The Woods.  I'm leaning toward no.  These are all new drivers and I'm not comfortable with them driving thru Ocala National Forest at night.  

7.  I drop off the stuff to Baby Girl and the first thing she asks is if she can go to Ocala as well.  Apparently there are more people going and moms are driving.  Once us moms iron out the details, #1 Son and I head home to change, grab food and head back out again.

8.  I take my second shower and no longer feel like a grease monkey.  

9.  Our plan is to stop at the bank to get some cash and grab some food.  I get a text telling us the play starts at 7pm instead of 7:30pm, can we meet at 5:15 instead of 5:30.

10.  Forget the Starbucks (tear) and the drive thru, we grab cheese sticks and cereal bars.

11.  We have a caravan of 3 cars full of theatre kids.  I am in the car with all but one boy.  The one boy is #1 Son and he is in a car with the older girls.  My son is no dummy.

12.  We arrive 15 min before it starts and get in line for our tickets.  
SOMEBODY likes to make an entrance!

What a bunch of theatre kids look like

We called ahead to block out enough seats for our group.  As we each pay for our portion, the computer crashes.  When they get it back on line, it has no record of what seats it gave us or that we paid.  We delay the performance by 15 min.  (Why yes Devin, it WAS our fault that you guys had to wait to start the show!)

13.  We got to watch a wonderful performance with very talented kids.  This theatre has a summer camp for kids, but it's ages 16 - 20.  There is much talent here.  However there are no pictures since at this point my phone is dead.

14.  We hoot and holler for our friend during the final bows.  

The tall blond guy in the grey shirt is the reason for the drive.  He was one of the princes and did a fabulous job!

15.  Thankfully the drive home was uneventful, even though we almost ran out of gas.  

       In the middle of the forest.  

       Where there is sketchy cell service.  

By the time we get home it is after midnight.  I am beyond tired so I make my tea and head to bed.  

Whoever says I would be bored staying at home has no scope of imagination.  I seriously could not make this stuff up.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dueling Dressings

I'm doing something tomorrow I havent done is months.  I'm meeting up with my local crafting group.  We each work on something and then have lunch.  We all bring something for lunch and sit and chat until one of us has to leave.

I'm bringing a salad, but instead of bringing store bought dressings, I decided to try some homemade ones.  I couldnt decide between two so my friends will be my guinea pigs!

I made one creamy one and one vinaigrette.  I lean toward the creamy one, even though it's not as creamy as I was expecting.  It truly is a creamy vinaigrette, while I was expecting more of a ranch consistency.

I will let you all know who the winner was.

Meawhile I have started a sweater.  Actually I made a swatch for a sweater!.

(insert picture of swatch here, I cant seem to attach it)

This is amazing since I NEVER swatch!  I usually just start knitting and check as I go along.  My gauge was dead on so I will be casting on for this sweater either tonight or tomorrow.  I really should do it tonight so I can just do straight ribbing while there, but I'm really tired and I dont think it will look right.  Depending on how much time I have tomorrow after dropping kids off to theatre and before I head over to my friend's house, I may do it then.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today

Outside my window... right now, beautiful.  When I drop the kids off for theatre camp, I see the metal heron and it makes me smile.  It's the Bird Fountain in the local park.  My phone did not capture the beauty of the morning, but it still makes me smile.

I am thinking... of many things.  The caffeine has kicked in and its making my mind abuzz with projects!  I just wish it wasnt so hot outside or else I would tackle the garage, AKA the black hole. 

I am thankful... for coffee.  It really does clear the cobwebs that seem to form overnight.  However I am trying to cut back on the caffeine intake.  So instead of 4 scoops of coffee, I have cut back to 3 scoop of high octane and 1 scoop of low tess.  I want to cut back to half caff in the morning coffee.  I know it will kick back up once school events start rolling in, but for now it will work.

I am wearing... beige shorts and a VERY old Miami Heat t-shirt from 1995.  It is very worn, has a ton of holes, but it's SOO comfy which makes it a keeper.  

I am creating... a mess.  I used to sell on eBay and got out of it, but then my SIL actually set up a store and made enough money to finish off her attic.  I need to get back to this if for no other reason but to pay band and theatre fees.

I am going... to do dishes once I post this.

I am wondering... where I'll be in 5 years.  Both kids will be out of high school then and a new chapter will begin.  It's hard to think of not being active in school events, but I may just have to switch it out for travel.  Baby Girl and I want to travel and her first out of country stop is Sweden. 

I am reading... magazines.  I got rid of a HUGE pile  I was holding on to for that *someday*, but there were a couple that I held on to.  I read them while waiting for the vet a couple of weeks ago.  I kept one recipe.

I am watching .... old episodes of M*A*S*H.  It amazes me how this show still holds up.

I am hoping... that whatever my kids chose as a path in life, they will be happy.  However as an adult I know that is always not the case.  

I am learning... that not everybody is kind.  

In my garden... the begonias on the front porch are still living!  

In my kitchen... last night's dinner was Grandma's Chicken, rice and corn.  Yes I know, nothing green.  It happens.  Tonight I am making homemade mac & cheese with ham and kale.  The kale is not mixed in with the mac & cheese, but the ham is.  This has become my favorite meal. I also have old bananas that need to be turned into muffins.  

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner

Hemi does not appreciate photo shoots when he is trying to nap.  

If you want to play, go here. Then let me know so I can go read it!  

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Boy Needs a Milkshake!

#1 Son was clearing out some of his old clothes and he came across these.

I made these for him when he still looked like this.

That would be Oct of 2008.  He was almost 10.  He is now 16 and they still fit.

I think I need to feed him more......

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Already a month has passed??

In July alone, I have been to NC and back.
It's not a road trip until we cross the Bow Tie Bridge!!!

Must be a holiday wknd.....I-95 is literally a parking lot

However I still try to make it interesting.
Things you find while geocaching!

Cousins getting along.

More geocaching and an example of a cache.  #1 Son found this one.  The travel bug (the 4 Nature key chain) is ours.  

A honky tonk band in SC

Theatre camp has started,
Head shot of #1 Son

Head shot of Baby Girl
 and they will be performing Thoroughly Modern Millie.

#1 Son has gotten his license,

we've had car trouble with not one but BOTH vehicles at one time (thank goodness for AAA).
He insisted on changing the spare himself.  After he was covered in sweat and dirt did he agree to call  AAA.  

We have also been to the vet
Princess will need a teeth cleaning.

and the eye doctor.
Her new glasses

Needless to say it's been an expensive few weeks!  I've also been cleaning and sorting.  Some people love to clean.  Not in my DNA, but I'm sick of the state of this house.

I did break down and got something I normally would talk myself out of.  I bought a quilt from Target for $40.
It was on clearance and I really need a new one.  Normally I would never even consider buying it because I literally have enough fabric to make many of these, but as you see by my schedule, it's just not happening.  I did watch Fons and Porter on TV a couple of days ago and it was SO nice to watch.  I also watched a new episode of Knitting Daily, but believe it or not it was an episode on how to use those novelty yarns.  Really?  Novelty yarn is still relavant??  They showed a striped sweater with regular wool and novelty yarn.  It was pretty but I would never wear it, too itchy.

Everybody else good?  Having a good summer??