Tuesday, February 28, 2006

OMG a click from Tasmania and Ecuador

I also seem to be getting a regular click from Alaska. I've always wanted to visit Alaska. Please tell me who are you person in Alaska? And Tasmania. That's a long way off. I don't know a thing about Tasmania. I think I will have to download a few articles to take home with me.

It was a very long week. Weeks where I miss my Saturday and have to go in on a Monday or Tuesday to get my hours are always long.

Thursday I cleaned the leaves out of the flowerbed at the top of the hill and like an idiot I didn't clean my nose out with salt water when I was done. I'm allergic to the dust created by the dead leaves and I new better. Just like I knew better than to ignore it when the sinus headaches started Friday and continued to Saturday. I've been walking around since Sunday with a raw nose, a roll of toilet paper in hand, and cayenne pepper oil smeared across my sinuses. MY face looks and feels soooo swollen. What really sucks is its a beautiful day and I desperately want to finish cleaning my flower beds. Bear did a lot of it for me yesterday, but the sloping beds are still full of leaves and dead stalks as well as the ones next to the north side of the house and the area around the pond. The pond needs to be cleaned out to but I'm going to wait for warmer weather to do that.

Saturday evening Coyote went to Nicks for the evening and mouse was at my mothers and Bear had come up with some extra money somewhere and decided we needed to go out for dinner. We both mentioned it had been a long time since we had had Chinese food and even longer since we had gone out for dinner. We went to madam Wu's. The food was good, but not as good as I remember. We rented The legend of Zorro and Broken Flowers afterward to watch. I didn't like either of them.

This was also the first time in a while I was able to get dressed up and go somewhere. I wore a pair of pressed khakies. The night was a little chilly so I slipped on a knit turtleneck top that I usually only wear on valentines day or around Yule. Its red and sparkly. I fixed my hair, wore make-up and an actual underwire bra for a change (the red turtleneck is snug fitting and I figured I needed a little something to give me some shape, ordinarily I wear a sports bra or nothing at all).

Bear had a study group over Sunday. Mike the techie, a girl named Trina, and her husband. Trina has two very young children, a baby and a 5 year old girl. The little girls name is Trinity and she has shoulder length hair that curls like mine did when I was a kid. I played with her a little bit. She was enchanted by my goldfish pond and desperately wanted to catch one of the fish, but settled for feeding them instead. I had some plants in the cold frame that I watered while we were out there. She saw the watering can and decided she wanted to water the fish. I filled it with water and handed it to her. Then a few minutes later I heard "Hold still so I can water YOU kitty."

I enjoyed having people over Sunday but I felt so miserable by evening I was really glad to see them leave. We had roasted chicken and fried potatoes and rolls for dinner and then bear fell asleep on the couch. He wasn't feeling well either. After he went to bed I cleaned up the kitchen so no one would have to do it in the morning. I was not feeling sleepy yet anyway. I rinsed my nose out with salt water and rubbed cayenne pepper oil over my painful sinuses. I braved the cold night and put out some laundry, enjoying he feel of the cold air in my lungs and on my raw nose.

Work Monday was horrible and long and it was busy on top of that. I didn't take very many calls. They usually beep my phone when I sit there for to long not doing anything but Monday they didn't beep me a all. Maybe the site of my walking around with a role of toilet paper in my hand and a red nose and sneezing between calls made them sympathetic. Plus they needed hours and I'm sure they didn't want me to go home despite my low call volume.
I am scheduled for 10 hour days now but I usually stay until 9 or sometimes 10 anyway. Yesterday I clocked out and went home at 7. I worked Saturday and I can still work over Friday and Wednesday, LOL. I was hoping to be feeling better by Wednesday, but I feel pretty crappy today to. I came home and made homemade tomato soup and hot drop cheese biscuits which Bear and I ate. I was craving those two recipe's all day long. The kids weren't interested the soup or the biscuits, they had macaroni and cheese. Nothing like hot soup and something a little spicey when your sick. Below are my recipe's.

Hot Drop Cheese Biscuits

2 cups unbleached organic flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup milk or butter milk

combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add shortening first and cut in with a pastry blender or mixer, then add the milk and blend well. Use a 1/4 measuring cop to scoop out mix onto a greased cookie sheet. Cook at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. This recipe makes 8 biscuits.

tomato Soup

1/2 cup chopped onion
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth
28 ounces of Italian seasoned tomatoes (blended in a blender or food processor)
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp fresh or dried parsley
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh or dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf

Saute onion in butter in Dutch oven over medium high heate until tender. Add flour and stir, cook 1 minute. Gradually add chicken broth and stir until thick and bubbly. Add blended tomatoes and next 7 ingredients. Cover, reduce heat, simmer 30 minutes. Makes 3 1/2 cups. If you like your tomato soup creamier feel free to add sour cream or a little milk. This has a very strong tomato flavor so a little more chicken broth would mellow it out if that's what you prefer.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I'm back!!!

Its been a week and a half I think since my last post. My leave of absence was partially due to the sudden winter weather and partially due to the worst case of PMS I have had in a very long time.

The Artic Blast which began arriving at sundown Thursday kept me away from my mothers all weekend. Those of us in the Mid south react in odd ways to the sudden onslaught of cold temperatures. We flock to the grocery store and fill our pantry's as if we are expecting to be iced into our homes for weeks. If your late getting there you will probably go home empty handed. On the way home from work Friday night I listened to a northern born Dj complaining about the sudden panic and how he had gone to the grocery store Friday afternoon to buy peanut butter simply because wanted a peanut butter sandwich and found that there wasn't any peanut butter left. And not only was there not any peanut butter left there wasn't much bread or anything else left either. I was at the grocery store as well battling the crowds but I didn't fill my grocery cart to overflowing as so many people seemed intent on doing. We needed milk and sandwich bread and I was running low on flour.

After going to the grocery store Bear went to Mikes to download his homework and I went home where Coyote was supposed to be filling the kindling box. I had to wait out a very short lived storm before carrying the groceries in and spent the rest of the evening battling it out with Coyote who was being very lazy about filling the kindling box and working on every last PMS irritated nerve in my body. Instead of being practical and using the wheelbarrel he walked around the woods and picked up an armful of stick, deposited it into the box and then called me outside to say "Its full now." I repeatedly informed him full means all the way to the top of the box. Not halfway to the top, not 3 quarters to the top, but all of the way. This went on for 3 hours before it was finally done. At one point he disappeared into the bathroom for 20 minutes. I guess he thought I was going to let him stop when the sun went down. I just handed him a flashlight when he came out of the bathroom. My favorite part of this 3 our period is when he came dragging his leg up the hill and called top Mouse through an open window "Get Lucy, I broke my leg." I called out the door "I'm going to break your butt if you don't get that box filled up."

Wednesday when the weathermen began predicting an inch of ice I walked to the highest spot on my property, faced north, and did a spell which I hoped would keep the bad weather at bay. I spent the weekend indoors watching movies by the fire and watching the skies to see if it would work or not. I've summoned an Artic blast before, but never tried to push one back.

The cold air was unstoppable. Friday night I went to sleep the the sound of sleet falling outside my window and we woke to ice on the ground. It wasn't a sheet of ice like the weathermen predicted, it was just frozen rain stuck together on the ground and it looked like snow. The roads were clear and later that day the sun came out and started melting things off enough that we were able to break the ice loose from our steps and walkway. We skidded out of our driveway and drove to a friends house to borrow movies and take a look at the radar. They continued to predict more horrible weather to come throughout the weekend. Bear kept insisting it was going to get worse. He knew about the spell I did. We watched and waited and kept the fire going. The dreaded weather never arrived and everyone went back to work and to school Monday morning.

The sad thing is Thursday morning I walked around my yard in shorts. The weeping willow in front of my house had tiny green leaves on it and lots of early spring flowers were beginning to bloom. Those green leaves and early flowers are mush now. But just this morning I walked out the front door and noticed narcosis bulbs shooting up with fat buds on them and although the weather has only been warm for two days the mushy leaves on the willow are already being replaced. Its as though spring was simply "on hold" under the ice.

A cold rain followed the ice Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday I had to work to make up for missing Saturday. I haven't done any work on the back of the property in several days. Its a muddy mess back there now. When I get home today I will start pulling leaves out of the flower beds that still have leaves left in them.

All of my plants are doing well. Many have 3rd and 4th sets of leaves on them and if it was a little warmer I'd start setting them out. I am not going to be lazy like I was the last few years and set the plants out late. For example, I set out lemon cucumbers in June and Bell Peppers in July.

I did get a very late start on seedlings last year. Bear was working for a company that wanted to transfer him and it looked as though we were going to have to leave our beloved 7 acres on the hillside so I didn't start anything early. Finances were as such that we couldn't continue as we were living and he had to take the promotion.

I was mad about the whole thing. The company Bear worked for had promised to give him a store that had just opened. It was less than 2 miles from our home. Then the wife of the owners son got pregnant and he decided he wanted to move his son closer to him. They put him in the store 2 miles from our home and offered Bear two choices "Green Forest which was 2 hours away or Stuttgart which was also two hours way". What was also very aggravating is they had just fired the manager of the store in Morrilton which was 20 minutes away and rather than put Bear in that store to keep us from moving they were going to hire a woman from outside the company who had no experience in management to take it. We all suspected she was sleeping with Bears boss.

Well, I pulled my Athame off the wall two weeks before the woman was supposed to start training and cast a spell every single morning before work to stop her from taking the position. I never wished anything bad on her, I just wanted the universe to stop her. Time passed and nothing happened. Then, the first day of her training she left for work and was hit head on by another car less than 2 miles from her home. Her left lower leg was pinned and broken in 3 places. She will be lucky if she ever walks without a cane again. Bear was given the store in Morrilton. Why he is no longer there is an even longer story which I'm not going to go into here.

I found I had to talk to other witches after that happened. I wasn't really sure if I should feel responsible for the woman's injury. But they pointed out that I hadn't done anything wrong in what I worked. I never directed the energy to cause her physical harm, it was the energy itself that chose its form. They have also pointed out that if the universe had wanted us to leave our place on the hillside the spells wouldn't have worked either. So it seems I am where I am supposed to be.

Another interesting fact is Bear's boss and most of the people he worked with knew I was a witch. That man has never looked me in the eye again. To this day if he sees me in public he will turn and walk the other way. That's fine with me, I never liked him anyway.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Got a click from the virgin islands

Saturday

This morning I watered my seedlings and set them in the southern window and checked the two jars left on the heat source; another batch of mixed bell peppers and the San Marzano tomatoes which I think are lifeless. Then they are my seedlings in the bags to check. I have a few more lettuce sprouts. There sprouting like Lavender sprouts (a few at a time over a long period). I added more mammoth pumpkin seeds to the bag and I have one sprout. I planted the leek sprouts this morning in a try with the white wonder tomato plants. Its a six compartment tray and had 3 empty compartments. Now I just have to remember what they are container is labeled white wonder tomatoes.

I pulled out some seeds packets I want to start but haven't yet. The lemon cucumbers (yum), peaches and cream sweet corn, ornamental gourds, and spaghetti squash. Its been my experience that most plants in the gourd family don't like to be transplanted and also don't like being sprouted in plastic bags. I'm really anxious to get them started though. Its not like it matters if I start them early or not. I'm pretty sure I will only gt one harvest out of the spagettie squash and the gourds are for fall decoration so an early harvest wouldn't benefit me at all on those. The corn I wouldn't mind having earlier. They've only got one harvest in them to, but like the cucumbers and lettuce I can stagger them.

Corn looks so funny as a sprout. Its the only sprout Ive seen that doesn't have any leaves on it. Its just a stalk.

I need to start thinking about where I'm going to put my strawberries when we move. I have soooo many strawberry plants now. I always let them put out runners and I have a bunch of plants now. There Ozark Beauty Everbearing strawberries.

I didn't have a good harvest off of them last year. I believe it was march when the berries began to show up and there were bunches and bunches of little ones all close to the ground. They turned into slug food when the when they became ripe. So did my hollyhock blossoms when they closed and fell to the ground. I kept the hollyhock blossoms because steam from a simmering pot of blossoms can be directed into the ear canal to treat ear aches and the black ones make a lovely blue violet dye.

Sunday
I didn't do very much today. I woke up at 7:45and checked my seeds in bags and moved plants in pots to the southern windows. Bear got up and he and the kids went to church. Coyote was going to stay and then I told him its either go to church with dad or stay here and clean with me.
I cleaned the whole house while they were gone and did laundry. I had to use the dryer again. Its stayed below freezing most of the day and anything I had hung anything up would have just frozen on the lines. I also started some Chicken Pepper Pot with chicken left over from one we roasted in the oven the other night We went over to our friend Kathy's and borrowed some movies. We brought home Sahara, King Arthur, and Jurassic park Two which bear had never seen. We lit a fire and burned some Pine from a tree that our neighbor cut down (it was already dead) and spent the afternoon and evening watching movies.

Sahara I didn't like. Here these people were being physically active in the hot desert and yet you never once saw them drink any water. The reason they didn't drink any water is because they were fighting to find and destroy what ever was poisoning an underground river. All of the water was poisonos, yet none of them died of thirst. or got sick from poisoned water
King Arthur was pretty good. According to the case it was the story that began to king Arthur legend. Guinevere as it turns out was Pagan and so were the Knights. King Arthur himself was an atheist. Merlin was an old man that led a band of wild and violent people that Guinevere was apart of and who wanted author who wasn't king yet to lead them as well. Rumors among the villagers said that Merlin was a dark Wizard.

And ofcourse everyone knows what Jurassic park two was about. I've seen it before and fell asleep watching it.

Monday
Back to work, another day another dollar. Mouse is home from school sick today. I'm leaving my phone with her. Its another long day ahead of me.
It occurred to me this morning I haven't exercised or worked outside in 3 days. The weather being the obvious reason. Its cold out there, LOL. Must get back into that habit when I get home this evening.

Tuesday
I broke my record at work last night and took 220 calls in a 12 hour period. That's 18.34 per hour. The only recognition I get from other employees when I do that is "Quit working so hard, your making us look bad."

I slept late feeling like I needed the rest. There is "something" being passed around Coyote and Mouse both missed school. I felt it trying to sneak up on my last night and when I came home immediately made a tonic for it. I used rose petals, pine needles, frozen echinacea leaves, white oak bark, a little bit of dried orange and lemon peel and honey to sweeten it. hahahaha, it was awful. But I turned it up and drank it and I feel much better today.

There was ice on the pond this morning as there has been for the last couple of mornings, yet this morning I walked around the yard in short sleeves. I came back in the house and opened all of the windows. Bear came home from school and decided it would be a good day to cut down those trees I have been bugging him about. There are 3 that were standing in the middle of my bent pole chicken coup frame which I made him cut and some that would be in the way of the tractor when it comes to move the dirt. All of them were pretty small. We added a few more straight trees to the pile to use later in framing and some crooked ones were cut up to be added to next years wood pile.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Munstead lavender I grew from seed two years ago
Lenten Rose Hellebores in bloom. The flowers have a tendency to droop down on this particular plant.
More the the pretty yellow crocuses.


Friday
My melon plants are getting there second set of leaves. I have 4 surviving white wonder tomatoes, 14 bell peppers (started the rest of the package last night), 13 yellow pear tomatoes, and 31 red marnade tomatoes. Not all of the lettuce sprouts that I moved died. Some of them just fell over. I poked them deeper down into the dirt and they seem to be fine. I also had some started in a paper towel, which I stuck in the dirt with them. My onions don’t look so hot. Even though they have plenty of water the tips are shriveled. Well it isn’t as if I don’t have plenty of seeds if I need to start them over.

There was snow in the forecast. I started snowing heavily in Russellville at 12pm and my dad calls me at work and tells me to get my butt home before the roads get bad. So I did. It had stopped before I reached Russellville. It never started again.

The weatherman really messed up on that one. They kept saying its going to snow its going to get real bad and they were still hollering snow at 5pm when the skies cleared up and the sun came out.

I haven’t done much of anything today. I exercised this morning and went to work for 3 hours. After coming home I helped Bear get together some firewood. It had been raining all day so everything I pulled out of the woods was wet. He split what was already undercover and I broke what I pulled out of the woods into pieces. I was really surprised that the wet kindling and wet thin logs worked really well. They burned slow and hot and made a nice bed of coals for the bigger stuff. Bear made a pot of chili and we stuffed ourselves. I later fell asleep in front of the fire and woke up an hour later hot and sweaty.

I’ll be glad when this cold spell is over. I’m ready to get outdoors and get busy again. I want to start digging the foundation again and get that bent pole chicken coup finished.

Bear downloaded Microsoft word for school yesterday. I’ve been using it to write my entries on. I love that little paperclip guy. He’s like an enchanted little piece of stationary sitting there in the corner looking all bored. He looks to the right most of the time; sometimes he looks toward the left as if he is looking at what I am writing. Right now he is just staring off into space and looking bored. His eyebrows go up and then down like he is sighing. And he rocks from one side to the other like he is shifting the weight on feet he doesn’t have.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Wow, get aload of this

Check out my cluster map. I had a visit from what looks like Israel yesterday and a visit from what looks like an isolated section of Alaska. Isn't that cool :).

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Well, its a little better

Well I'm getting closer to getting it right. I'm not actually going to use this picture. I found the website of the artist I got my profile picture from and picked out a few on her site that i am going to enlarge and crop and use one of those. Her name is Jessica Galbreth

Tuesday
I woke up feeling lost. I hadn’t made a list of things to do. Bear cleaned the house Monday night. There wasn’t much laundry to be done. The only think I could think of that needed to be made was lemon-aid. It doesn’t take but 10 minutes to check the seedlings and sprouts. I ended up doing 2 and ½ loads of laundry, making lemon aid, scraping some labels off of two bottles I am recycling, making wallpaper paste (double sugar for the bathroom), finishing the kids bathroom, straightening up the living room, cleaning the fireplace and dumping the ashes in the pile on the back of the property and cleaning out a jar I was using the hold used Shortening in prep for more seeds. I am going to go ahead and start more bell pepper seeds. That filled up my morning.

Two of my melon seedlings died. But that’s ok there are still 23 left. 23 vines will produce a lot (if they all produce). I decided to go ahead and dig the lettuce seeds out of the jar and plant them in a container. I lost some of them in the process and started another batch.

It was cold so I didn’t work outside. That includes moving dirt. A friend has talked about bringing a tractor over this weekend or next and moving the last of it for us so I may hold off on moving the last of the dirt and start digging again. I am so anxious to get the foundation finished. Even if it were done I couldn’t start my bag walls because I don’t have bags, but I could still start other projects. I have a cob dinning room and a cob pantry planned.

For dinner I made homemade french bread which we then used to make french bread pizza. My recipe makes 3 loaves. I had 2 bread pans sitting on the stove stop waiting to go into the oven and another pan sitting on the counter. I plopped my recipe book onto the counter to hard when I pulled it out again and watched as pan #3 deflated. I rolled it back out and stuck it in a safe place to rise again while we cooked and ate the pizzas. I had planned on making pizza’s with it, but when I pulled it out of the oven everyone started slicing it and smearing it with garlic butter. After dinner I made blonde brownies. The I wrapped up in warm clothes and made my 3 laps around the property in the moonlight and pulled the laundry off the lines. I did yoga and went to bed.

Wednesday

I don’t usually talk about work much. My job is boring. I sit at a cubicle surrounded by other cubicles with a head set on my head taking phone call after call after call. An average 12 hour day for me usually includes 185 to 190 calls. Most of it is answering the same 15 or 20 questions over and over and over again. “What made my payment change.” “Did you pay my taxes.” “Why haven’t I gotten a bill this month.” “Is my automatic drafting set up” “Do you offer automatic drafting” Is there an advantage to paying off my loan early”. The only time this job is the least bit entertaining is when we get a customer that is angry or crazy or both. Ths is a call i got last night that i had fun with.

Me, “thank-you for calling blank blank, my name is Lucynda, may I have you loan number please.”
Customer “##########”
Me “Thank-you sir, now can you please verify your name, property address, and last 4 digits of your social security number.”
Customer, “I just put all of that into the phone before I spoke to you, why do I have to do it again?”Like I don’t hear that 100 times a day.
Me “I’m sorry sir but that information doesn’t transfer to us when the system brings you on the line. It attempts to answer your question before routing you to an operator.”
Caller verifies all information.
Me “What can I do for you today Mr Smith.”
Customer “I am so sick and tired of dealing with you people. This is the 50th time I have had to call (doubtful) about this. I have been trying for 3 months to set up automatic drafting. I call up here and spend an hour going through your automated system (also doubtful) and getting transferred and cut off. When I finally reach the right department they get my automatic drafting set up and tell me that everything is fine and my payment is going to draft on the date I set it up for and sure enough that date rolls around and the money never comes out of the bank. Then I call up to find out why and spend another hour on the phone trying to get to a person and they tell me the automatic drafting has been canceled.”

I know instantly what the problem is at this point and I would be more than happy to explain to the man how his actions are causing the problem but I can’t seem to get a word in. He continues to rant and rave for a good 3 or 4 minutes. The strange thing about “ranters” is while they are on the other line bitching they are in fact just repeating the same thing over and over again. Then he repeats a line that always ticks me off.

Customer “You know I make 100 dollars an hour lady and my time is way to valuable to waste on this phone every month. I don’t know how much you make but I’m sure its not even close to that much.”
At this point I am thinking to myself “Dude, you just pushed a big red button and its not even on your phone.”

For one thing nobody you will ever talk to in a customer service center gives a damn how much money you make. The reason for this is we know anyone who feels the need to mention it is probably lying anyway. Now this man is caller #167 of the day. I’m going on 10 hours of being on the phone, all of the QA people have gone home and my calls are no longer being monitored so I can get away with saying pretty much what ever I want. Seeing a golden opportunity to shut this mans mouth I grab it.

Me “As a matter of fact sir I used to make 180 dollars an hour.”
Silence for a moment, then . . . Customer “Used to make?”
Me “Yes sir. However I am now 31 years old and men like yourself will no longer pay me ridiculous amounts of money to watch me take my clothes off..”
Total silence. . .I take a few seconds to enjoy the silence on the other end. I imagine the man is standing there with his mouth gaping open after my last comment.
Me “Now that I have your attention, I would like to explain to you how your own actions are causing your Automatic drafting to be canceled. I see here that you have an account on our website and if you had fully read the disclosure statement you would realize that when you activate an account online it automatically cancels the automatic monthly drafting that you have set up.

Hehehehe, aren’t I bad.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Still not right.


I am going to have to play around with that picture up there a bit more. I liked it when I saw it in webshots. There is a yellow moon in the background which can't be seen because I didn't cut it skinny enough. And I am out of time.

I took this picture of the sunet the other day. Iys a little blurry. Don't know why.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

uhoh,

Ok can somebody tell me how to stretch this gif. of the fairy eyes out so it fills up the big white space i have created????

Winter hangs on with ragged fingers

Signs of Spring. Blooms on my Creeping Phlox
I think this is a crocus growing among the wild strawberry's, but I stole it from the yard of a vacant house so I could be wrong.
Well look at this. A little creative recycling and my basket runeth over
Garden Update Plants and Sprouts

25 mixed melon "plants" in pots
4 white wonder tomato "sprouts"
56 Spanish yellow onion "plants"
10 yellow pear tomatoes "sprouts"
8 lettuce "sprouts"
14 mixed bell pepper "plants"

New Seed starts "in zip lock bags"

Mammoth pumpkinsleekprouts)
Leeks (no sprouts)
Chives (5 sprouts)

Just purchased

Super Marmande Tomatoes
Grand Bell pepper Mix (Includes red, yellow, orange, white, purple, and chocolate. The white ones are cool.)
Small fancy Gourd Mix (decorative)

I am craving fresh tomatoes and fresh lettuce sooo bad. I am determined that this year I will buy golden raspberry vines and a blueberry bush. Preferably more than one blueberry bush. I might get some raspberries off of my vines this year. Thdoesn't if Bear doesn’t wack them down with the weed eater again. Maybe I should go ahead and move them to the fence near the back of the property.

My neighbor with the ten acres put that fence up (the retired military man with no respect for 200+ year old trees) so I should probably ask him before I plant a perennial vine that will grow on the fence.

I'm not supposed to cast spells on people that interfere with free will, but someone needs to put a respect for nature into the man before he murders anymore 200+ year old trees.

Tuesday Night
Tuesday night I was at Wal-mart. It was crowded and everywhere I turned there were people in my way. I was tired. My feet hurt. I still had to make dinner and bottle cleaner when I got home. I closed my eyes and summoned all my will and projected this desire outward. "EVERYONE GET OUT OF MY WAY".

To get an idea of what the results were take a glass of water and sprinkle pepper on top of it. Then take a little bit of dishwashing liquid on the top of your finger and stick it in the middle. Hehehe, I may have to try that more often.

Things that must be done Thursday
clean floor, sinks, mirrors, light bulbs, bathtub, shower, toilet, windows in master bathroom "done"
iron the full basket of ironing sitting in the office "done"
make a large pot of loaded baked potato soup "done"
make plain soap to use in laundry detergent "done"
Move dirt "not done, to much rain"
make wallpaper paste and work on wallpaper that came loose in kids bathroom "done"
Wash and dry the sheets "again" "done"

I made this list Tuesday evening. Its good thing most of this takes place 3amors. It started raining at 6:30am.

My recipe for loaded baked potato soup.
3 strips of bacon
3 tbsp flour
4 russet potatoes
2 cubes or 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
10 ounces of hot water
2 cups of milk
8 oz cheese (Velveeta is fine, the kind used for making rotelle dip, but if you use homemade cheese I recommend fresh mozzarella with a little bit to much salt added, since it tastes similar to Velveeta) in small cubes
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
2 tbsp chopped chives (fresh or dried)

Cook bacon in large sauce pan, when crisp remove and crumble. Cook flour in drippings 2 minutes. While flour cooks add bouillon granules or cubes to hot water and dissolve. (Cubes can be crushed to melt faster). Add chicken broth to the pot and then your potatoes. Cook covered 15 minutes and then strain potatoes out. Blend in milk and the cubed cheese and stir until melted. Stir in sour cream and chives and then add back the potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste, but I don't think you will need it.

The sheets had to be washed and dried again because Bear left one of the cats in the other night. It hopped up into bed with us and began to play with his nose. He "threw" it out of the bed twice. To get even it hopped back into the bed and peed on Bear.

When I made the soap this time I mixed a teaspoon of salt in with the oil. It hardened very quickly. I was able to break it out of the mold within 6 hours of mixing it.

Friday

Although it was cloudy all day it didn't rain. I was treated to a beautiful sunset which I watched at work through the window.

I don't know if I mentioned how I would like to cut my hours down to 30 if I could ever afford it. Well my hours got cut down to 30 without me asking for it. You would think I would know by now to be careful what I wish for. My plan was to do it when I could afford it. Well I guess the Great Mother decided I can afford it now.

There is snow in the forecast.

Saturday

Worked. Came home to a spotless house and Bear studying. I made a bowl of cheese Dip. I made some last week to and it lasted 24 hours, LOL. I also ground some dried onion flakes into a powder so I can make onion soup mix later (for making onion dip).

Bear said he had ground beef out and planned to make spaghetti for Dinner. I got aggravated because I like to have French Bread with spaghetti and I cant exactly do that when he doesn't leave me time to make it. So I went into the kitchen and Mouse watched while I made 3 loaves. I am also aggravated at Bear because he went out and bought spaghetti sauce in a can. "I can make spaghetti sauce" I said.

I hope he realizes I plan on making and canning everything in our pantry that uses tomatoes this summer. That includes spaghetti sauce, ketchup (which I have a recipe for out of southern living) Italian seasoned tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and anything else I can think of. I won't have to make salsa. We have 8 jars of that in the pantry from my mother. She doesn't can much anymore except for that. Everyone loves her salsa. Dad grows Brandywine tomatoes and onions and she grows her own jalapeno peppers and all the ingredients get roasted in the oven before going into the salsa.

Also ground up the soap I made to use in laundry detergent and liquid soap.

Sunday
Made 5 gallons of laundrFrenchrgent. Had a big piece of my homemade french bread with garlic butter and home made mozzarella cheese on it for breakfast. There is a loaf and a half left of the 3 loaves I made last night. Also made Dried Onion soup mix and used an 8oz of sour cream to make onion dip.

Bear went to church and was invited to 3 super bowl parties but decided to watch the game at "Mike the Techie's" house. He mentioned Pastor Steve asked about me for the second weekend in a row. I suspect he is praying for me to come to church. If I did go awesomeld only to be see our neighbor Kathy's awsome stage props. I may haIe to get bear to start taking the camera so i can see her handy work without having to endure the service. If I Iver get involved with the local coven again i should invite Pastor Steve to a coven meeting ;)
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