Sunday, July 23, 2017

Countdown to Halloween--100

I'm super excited about it being 100 days until Halloween!!!  I'm going to maybe figure out a writing project and I'm also going to post something crafty every day.

Today's project is this knitted shawl I made last year.
I'm not entirely happy with this photo but I'll deal with it.  I'm also not sure I'm entirely happy with the shawl but it's still pretty.  And the yarn I used is lovely and really soft.

I'm going to figure out about the writing part of my 100 days, at which point I'm pretty sure I'll edit an update this post.

Monday, July 3, 2017

I'm excited because I got selected to be in a group I wasn't expecting to be chosen for.  Today is going to be a day of domesticity I guess because I have a lot of house work to do and I want to get things done.  I'm tired of everything being messy and I'm tired of not having clean clothes of my own.

I kind of want to move the table I use as a desk in my office to the other side of the room, and moving the storage unit that is there to where the desk is.  I'm not sure how that will work but I'm going to give it a try I think.

I sometimes wish that I didn't think things were going to turn out okay because when they don't it's frustrating and makes me unhappy.  But I still think that in the long run everything is going to be how I want it.  I don't exactly know what I'll do if that doesn't happen.

I think I'm going to have to break down and cut Max's hair because he keeps sucking on the ends and it really bothers me.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Not waiting for as many things

So I finally heard from a couple of places I was waiting to hear from, so that's making me less anxious.  I also finally got a good night's sleep, which is probably helping me out as well.

I did not eat on my new eating plan last night at all.  I don't care.  The food was totally worth it.

I think we're going to do something over here at my house for the 4th but I don't know who will be coming.  I don't think it really matters.  We'll have some good food and swim and maybe get sparklers or something like that.

It's raining here so I guess it's probably a good thing that we weren't planning on working on the labyrinth.

I think that I don't have much else going on right now.  I've been doing cross stitch instead of knitting and that's going to have to change because I really need to be knitting.  But I really need to be cross stitching too!  I think that since I'm not tired I'll be able to do more during the day today.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I'm not having the best day.  I'm trying to do my writing in the hopes that I will feel better afterwards but I'm not optimistic.

I did Nicky's at home play therapy session today so I have the recording for it for the Play Lady to see at our appointment.  He had some interesting things he did, like he said the king was using the door to the castle as a catapult and threw all this food into the castle, and then ate it all and threw up into the dump truck.  Then the garbage truck came and took it all away.

We started laying down the rope for my mom's labyrinth, so that felt like an accomplishment.  We used up the first 50 feet of rope and I'm worried there isn't enough left but I hope there is.

I'm not really overflowing with things to say so I guess this is going to be short.

Monday, June 26, 2017

My poor blog!

I feel like I have abandoned my blogs!  I've been writing, but I guess not on here or anywhere related to any of my various stand-alone blogs.

I'm still working on turning my house into a variation of a creepy Victorian museum (or as close as I can get in a 1950's boxy style home that used to be a ranch but had a second floor added at some point).

I'm currently TTC baby #4 and hoping that turns out but it's up in the air and it's hard for me to be stoic about that...but I'm trying!  I'm currently eating following the ketogenic plan.

This year's projects include finishing a test knit (which I want to be finished with by the middle of August), a cross stitched tree skirt (needs to be finished sometime in December, preferably at the beginning), and I really want to get the Kipper things all done because at this point Max is really too old for them but I want them done anyway.  I'm also going to be writing another novel and I plan to revise one of the close-to-finished ones and have it published this year.  And I have an illustration project that I'm working on but I'm not sharing details on that.

I have a few mindfulness projects in mind as well, and would ideally like to turn them into courses but I suck at marketing and it's hard for me to figure out how to get those things out there into the world, so I don't know.  But I'm going to work on it because I think that they have potential.

Daily life continues to be a time-suck, as I imagine it is for everyone.  I have my littlest in a drop-in nursery for a few hours a week, and I think that when school starts again that will be fantastic for my writing and creating of all kinds.  As it stands, I spend most of my time knitting because I can do that with distractions, which are constant.

I don't want to make it sound like daily life is a time-suck in a negative way, as I do get a lot of pleasure out of being with my kids and just being.  I just know that I have more to offer and I'd like to have time to get that going on.

Monday, August 24, 2015

WIC WIC WIC

I feel like I must have gotten something last week but I'm not sure.

Tonight I am doing loads of cooking to use up things and make things I can eat all week.  I'm making yogurt in the crock pot, homemade sweetened condensed milk, and will be making those little scrambled eggs in muffin cups mixed with bacon, peppers, and cheese in a little bit.

Tomorrow I'm going to make brown rice pudding, and cream of chicken soup to use as a base for casseroles and stuff.  Right now I have two chicken carcasses boiling away in the stock pot for the chicken part of the cream of chicken soup.

I went to the store tonight to get a dozen eggs, two gallons of milk, a pound of swiss cheese, a pound of cheddar cheese, and a pound of brown rice.  I still have the last of the baby food to get, and two more regular food checks.  And my $18 of produce.  I think we are going to go to the Farmer's market, maybe tomorrow, to use those up.

If my buttermilk hasn't spoiled I'm making another Kentucky Butter Cake.  I'm also baking bread tonight, which uses up another 4 cups of milk.  The cake will use up 4 eggs.

I may start seeing if I can get by for myself with only eating WIC food with just a few extra things...but I'm not sure if I'll keep that up.  I feel like aside from the eggs and the cheese, it is just way too many carbs.  But, of course, it's hard to tell when I'm eating things like cake and bread!  It's not like I'm being very serious about doing low carb.

Friday, August 14, 2015

More WIC shopping and baking; creepy part of creepy domestic

I made another one of those Kentucky Butter cakes, to use up eggs.  I also made zucchini muffins, which used up eggs and zucchini.  They are terrific.   It is this recipe, only I didn't put in nutmeg.  I added a bit of allspice instead.  Maybe 1/2 tsp.  My mom doesn't like nutmeg and she loves zucchini muffins.  I also didn't use raisins, and put in pecans instead of walnuts.

This blog really hasn't ever been very creepy.  I am in the process of decorating Helen's nursery and it is nicely creepy.  Also since Halloween is slowly approaching, I'm starting to get prepared for that.  At some point I'll post photos of the things I am working on, but right now I don't have things uploaded into my computer.

Last night I went grocery shopping.  My WIC purchases: 1 gallon of fat-free milk  (this was at Publix and I'm experimenting to see if their fat-free milk foams the way that Kroger's does), 1 lb of split peas, a loaf of Pepperidge Farm very thin whole wheat bread, a pound of sliced cheddar, and a dozen eggs.

Helen has eaten a few more jars of baby food but I still have a ton of the stuff.  She likes everything when it is mixed with custard, but she doesn't seem as  fond of the peaches as she did of the pears and the apple/blueberry.