Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Before I went shopping, I went to the hospital to visit my sister. She had surgery two days ago and is doing great. She will be home before Thanksgiving. We are very thankful! Praise the Lord.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I also went shopping for DSH's birthday and Christmas gifts. His birthday is December 15th. This year we are having his birthday party at his favorite restaurant: Claim Jumper. All four girls will be there along with their husbands/boyfriends. We are celebrating with them on the 13th then having a big open house/Christmas party on the 14th then on his real day we are taking his 90 year old mother out to dinner with us. She is in a skilled nursing facility and doesn't get out unless we take her.
So easy to get sidetracked! Back to my fun weekend activities. I bought a master remote for the TV/stereo system (a lot more $$$ than I thought it would be!), an ipod, a popcorn popper, popcorn for the popper, and a blender ( he wants to blend things). I also took a picture that his mother has that is of her as a baby (the photo is 90 years old!) sitting with her parents and had it blown up to an 8 x 10. I dropped it off at the framers and picked out frame material, mats and glass. Did you know you can get museum glass? It is the best so I got it since the photo is old and important and will be in the living room. That all cost a pretty penny too. I am going all out this year since he always gets jipped (sp?) on his birthday (a major sore point in his life). I guess I'm doing my part to help the economy!
I had to take his mother to the doctor so I picked her up from the nursing home, had her doctor visit, took her back home then went grocery shopping. It takes at least three hours to run her to the doctor. It is very emotionally and physically draining for me because she is a big girl and has major mobility issues. Getting her in and out of the car take a long time and is hard.
Tonight I ran the dogs at the school. Clarification: they ran I walked. They can be off leash there and they love it. After everyone had dinner, I took all the light fixture globes down and washed them. All the fan blades got wiped down. EEWWWW dirty. I vacuumed and now I get to reward myself with blogging! Plus, DSH isn't here to feel ignored. He called and is having a great time. He doesn't have much guy time so I'm glad he got to go.
Good night, sleep well. May God watch over you and protect you.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We have hard wood floors, crown moulding, big baseboards, fabric on the walls, reupholstered antique furniture, chair rails and fancy draperies with lace curtains. All the proportions have been changed to look good with our 8 foot ceilings instead of the 10 or 12 foot ceilings a beautiful Queen Ann would have. He is so talented.
And that is not all. In the past we have enjoyed (cough) visiting Victorian Bed and Breakfast stays in different locations. One story: We stayed in a Victorian hotel a couple of years ago while visiting our oldest daughter and son-in-law. It was winter. The hotel was renovated but the rooms did not have individual heat controls. At check-in we were told that we could call down to the desk to get the temperature of our room changed. It was freezing when we took our luggage to our room so requested the heat be turned up. We were told that it would take awhile for the room to heat up which was fine since we were going out to dinner. We got back a couple of hours later and it was still cold. We called the desk and they said the heat was on and it would take time to warm up. We got ready for bed and put on long johns and socks and snuggled under all the covers and comforter. By 2:00am the room had warmed up considerably and we woke up ROASTING! It was HOT in the room. I just couldn't bring myself to call downstairs so we opened the door to the patio and both windows and just let the cold air in. The rest of the night was fine. Not ecologically sound, but we could sleep. The fresh air was quited nice.
In the morning DSH took the first shower in the darling claw foot tub with full surround shower curtain. Unbenost to us until too late for DSH, hot, steamy air rising from the floor of the bathtub causes wet, plastic shower curtain to suck in around said husbands unclothed body, clinging and sticking. I heard a loud "eeeww" and went in to see what was wrong. I saw him pushing the shower curtain away but it kept clinging and sucking back in. I couldn't help but laugh which didn't help his current mood. He was totally grossed out by a wet, previously used plastic shower curtain not letting go as he tried to get away. We decided we wouldn't be getting a cute claw foot tub with a full surround shower curtain for our Victorian-wanna-be regular tract house.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Have a great week. I am praying for this election!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Mommy and Daddy come home tonight and life will get back to normal for everyone. A nice break for my daughter and her husband.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Little Jenna-Bug is eight months old. She had a hard time falling asleep last night, I finally went in and got her up to rock her to sleep. She fell asleep fast then. She talked through-out the night but didn't cry. I heard her almost every hour making talking/cooing sounds. Maybe she talks in her sleep. Husband snored the whole night so I had a lovely duet. One more night to go. Mom and Dad get home Sunday night. I will go to bed early! Well, she is taking a nap so I will go shower. If I could nap I would. I NEVER nap.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I am joining in on this meme from Joy of Desserts instructions below:
I hope that I have followed the instructions correctly. :D
This doesn't have to be just for the food blogs -- any blogger can join the fun!
- Take this list and BOLD the ones you HAVE EATEN;
- Leave in the ones you have not (you could cross them out too);
- ADD your own to my list to get to 100 that YOU HAVE EATEN;
- Post it on your blog with these rules and the picture;
- If you have posted some or all of the recipes on your blog, link your list to those recipes;
- Link to this post, http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com/2008/09/100-for-sweet-tooth-to-celebrate-100.html, so that others can have one central place to join in if they wish;
- Come back to this post, to let all of us know that you are participating in this meme, and so that we can all come by and read your list and recipes;
Link directly to your list, not to your main blog, so that people can find it even months from now.
100 For The Sweet Tooth!
1. Julia Child’s Los Gatos Gateau Cake
2. Petit Pain Au Chocolat
4. Babas au Rhum et a la Creme
5. Almond Macaroons
6. Coconut Macaroons
7. Galette des Rois
8. Apple Pie
9. Peach Pie
10. Peach Cobbler
11. Black Forest Cake
12. Sacher Torte
13. Blueberry Cream Cheese Fool
14. Floating Island
15. Strawberry Cream Pie
16. Apple Tart
17. Loukoum (Turkish Delights)
18. Bananas Yogurt Cake
19. Banana Jam
21. Rose des Sables (Sand Rose — Middle Eastern)
23. Belgian Waffles
24. Ice Cream of all types
25. Macademia Nut Cookies
26. Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
27. Cherry Clafouti
28. St. Honore
29. Lemon Curd
30. Candied Blueberries
31. Bread Pudding
32. Morocan Spiced Rice Pudding with Dates
34. Creme Brule
35. Pumpkin Pie
38. St. Christains
39. Lemon Bundt Cake
40. Kouglof (Alsacian Cake)
42. Rhubarb Tart
45. Creme de Salidou
46. Tres Leches Cake
49. Chocolate Mouse
50. Creme de Marrons (Chestnut Creme)
51. Marrons Glace (Glazed Chestnuts)
52. Pates de Fruit (Real Fruit Jellies)
53. Halva (Middle Eastern)
54. Tunisian Fruit Salad
55. Creme Anglaise
56. Creme Patissiere
59. Princess Cake
60. Boston Cream Cake
61. Berry Shortcake
62. Pecan Pie
63. Pot de Creme
64. Norwegian Omelette
67. Mexican Hot Chocolate
69. Creme Cheese Lemon Flan
71. Applesauce Kugel
72. Langues de Chats (Cat’s Tongue Cookies)
73. 1-2-3-4 Cake
74. Sprinkles of Beverly Hills Strawberry Cupcakes
78. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
79. Rolled Figs
82. Mille Feuilles (Napoleons)
83. Palmiers (Elephant Ears)
84. Chiffon Cake
86. Buche de Noel (Yule Log)
87. Lemon Meringue Pie or Key Lime Pie
89. Pound Cake
90. Cream Puffs (Petits Choux)
91. Turnovers (Chaussons)
92. Easy Baked Peaches
93. Mont St. Michel (Cake of Apple Crepes)
94. Yogurt Cake
95. Polonais (Cake)
96. Tartelettes aux Poires (Pear Tartelettes)
97. Mocha au Cafe
98. Cornets a la Creme (Cream Horns)
99. Gateau de Savoie
100. Almond Cake
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We had to change our itinerary slightly because of the vet delay and headed to Klamath Falls, OR instead of Bend, OR. Has anyone heard of a midge? I don't know if that is what they really are called but there were literally millions of them at our campsite. We were told they were imported to eat mosquitoes. We spent the evening swatting and smashing midges when they snuck in as dogs were taken in and out. The drive north/east out of Klamath was very beautiful. We were happy to leave the midges.
On we went to Mountain Home, ID. That was quite a drive! We stayed at the most beautiful RV park in Mountain Home. No comparison to the ugly park where the midges live. We stayed two nights in Mountain Home spending time checking out the area with a stop at Three Island Crossing where the Oregon Trail wagon trains crossed the Snake River.
Idaho is beautiful country. I wish we had time to stay longer. On the road again heading South/East to Wendover, NV. That is a sorry little town. This RV park had permanent residents and I tell you what, I was so thankful for the blessing my DSH and I enjoy. What a hard life these people have. We did find a nice place to run the dogs off their leashes. They had been missing that activity.
We took a very long side trip to Salt Lake City to see the LDS church, very impressive I must say. We also went to Ogden to the Dinosaur Park which I LOVED. It was only $7.00 each and the park was so wonderfully done. A very tame Jurassic Park. A must for dinosaur lovers of all ages. We didn't have much time so we literally ran through the park snapping pictures like fiends. We also visited the Union Station train museum, Browning gun museum and car museum. Lots of fun!
Early the next morning (6:45am) we left Wendover, NV for Carson City, NV. Eleven hours through Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon then Carson City. Another long day. Lots of road work being done on the "Loneliest Road in America", US-50. So, we weren't so lonely at the three places we had to stop for the construction crews to do their work. Thirty minute wait, five minute wait, and a ten minute wait. Oh, well, it gave a chance to stretch our legs.
Problems in Carson City!!! The plumbing isn't working!! :( DSH is very upset to say the least. Long drive, hungry, tired, grumpy and bad plumbing are not a good combination! Emergency call to RV rental company-no answer at the 24/7 call number. More grumpiness! We decide to go out to eat as we wait for a call back. We go to Fiona's. It is 9:05pm with people in the restaurant. We wait expectantly. Hostess tells us they close at 9:00pm. DSH is pushed over the edge!! Poor hostess says she will ask the cook if we can stay. Hurray! Cook says yes! As we are being seated the cell phone rings, it is the 24/7 RV people. DSH leaves to take call. Waitress wants to take our order. I give my order and she says she will come back in a minute. Feeling pressure since we arrived after closing. Order ribeye and baked potato for DSH. Wait, wait, wait. Suspect back things. Dinner arrives, no DSH in sight. There he is, just in time! He thanks me for ordering (good thing I know what he likes). We pray, dig in and it is delicious (probably in part because we are starving). We thoroughly enjoy dinner and stuff ourselves. DSH tells me plumbing can't be fixed so we decide to leave for home the next day. Just one day earlier than planned so that isn't too bad. DSH is bummed that he doesn't get to go to Hot August Nights which is a classic and hot rod car show in Reno. We have gone every year for 10 years so I don't feel tooooo bad for him. We drove very slowly through Reno on our way home so he could look at a car or two on the road. I don't recommend such antics while towing a 27' trailer but he made it through safely. We made it home by 6:00pm and emptied the trailer and SHOWERED! What a treat! We would never make it as "real" campers. LOL
Side note: California roads are the WORST!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It was a special day at our house. Our living room window coverings were installed. Valances, tiebacks, roller shades, and lace curtains. Beautiful! Thursdays are date night so no cooking for me! We went to Sizzler because it is close to a job site DSH (dear sweet husband) had to measure for a bid. I helped him measure windows then it was off to dinner.
We got to try out the new XM radio that was installed in the truck on the way to date night. We had to work our way through over 200 stations which meant we didn't complete a single song! LOL Only checked out 74 stations. There will be more playing with the new toy on our road trip next week.