Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Fun challenges. Did find it a bit incredulous, they just happened to drive down a dirt road
on the way to Dallas. And oh! look! people in the field! (yup and the crew and their equipment trucks and a few trailers). Why didn't that Housewife of Dallas get a close up of her books? (No sponsorship, no showee.)
I think we can be thankful they can't cook the sponsor's cars. Project Runway and Work of Art have had to create using them but I think Top Chef has taken the car sponsorship as far as they can...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The squirrel survived and the foot was treated and released.
The investigating officer is still laughing.
Monday, November 28, 2011
This is a microscope that observes things at the level of the atom. kewl :-)
(Back to School night in a science classroom can be very intimidating...)
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Turkey, turkey, turkey!!!
This is an illustration I did for my grand nieces and nephews in a book about the puppies.
Bookemon.com (I have way too much fun with this site...)
Tune in tomorrow for the results of this year's Mystery Pie. No Black Friday for me and Daughter as the latest grand-niece made a Thanksgiving week entry and we are just us for Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for her mother (niece#3) and having baby born finally (she
was due first week of November!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
You can order these for your Kindle ebookreader.
Sob! Not for Nooks - of which I have.
They are made in England and I figure they don't have B&N in England.
I am ordering one for Daughter, who has a Kindle, so I can look it over, pry its secrets and attempt to make one for mine own. I have made hardbound books before with pages and pictures and words even. How hard can this be??
These can be found at Uncommongoods.com
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Of course Top Chef had to take on rattlesnakes. They are in Texas! They could have been here. We have lots of rattlesnakes and a huge Hispanic population and quinceanaras abound. (btw - wasn't the young lady of the hour beyond adorable?).
Anyway. I have a history with snakes. For those of you new to the blog I give you ---
The Snake Incident
It all started as I was taking a basket of laundry downstairs. I glanced at the bottom of the stairs and there was a snake slithering by on its way to the family room. A. SNAKE! The snake had a spade shaped head and that isn't a good thing in snake-ville. It had all the markings of a rattlesnake. And it was a SNAKE! I screamed and threw the basket of laundry at it and ran back upstairs.
I grabbed my three young children and hustled them down to a neighbor's. I borrowed the neighbor's husband, we armed him with a golf club, and sent him forth. He investigated the family room. No snake.
I sent neighbor's husband home and called the police. They declined to come and rescue me. Snakes coming into yards is common around here, you can handle it Plucky Little Woman. NO! No, I can't! Okay, then call this snake fancier's club (there are such things?) and see what they suggest.
I called. They tried to tell me the snake probably wasn't a rattlesnake, it was probably (PROBABLY?!) a harmless bullsnake. I answered, "It. Is. A. SNAKE! I don't care what kind of snake it is. I want it OUT of my family room!"
"Okay, okay, calm down. Put out a piece of wet burlap on the floor overnight and the snake will crawl under it".
Crawl. Under. It.
I gave up the role of Plucky Wife and called my husband at work. "COME. HOME. NOW! SNAKE IN THE HOUSE!"
He came home. He's good like that.
First he re-searched the family room. He upturned sofas and chairs, pulled bookshelves out from the walls, emptied and searched all the toy containers, picked up and searched the laundry I threw down the stairs. No snake.
I gathered the children from my neighbor, loaded them up and off we went to the fabric store. Asked for and bought real burlap, soaked it in water and left it out all night on the floor of the family room. Early the next morning, earlier than he ever wanted to be up, husband checked under the burlap. No snake.
My husband thought that was the end of The Snake Incident. HA! We took the kids to the pet store. I bought a Sacrificial Gerbil. I put the poor gerbil into a glass fish tank. With a lid. Set the fish tank on the family room floor and trained the video camera on, pressed record and left it running all night.
Next morning the gerbil was still there. I watched 12 hours of video tape, fast forwarded. No snake slithering around trying to get the gerbil. No snake at all. Just one very bored gerbil.
I bought the gerbil $50 worth of gerbil toys and gerbil treats and a gerbil habitat and gave him to one of the kids who lived down the street.
We never did find the snake. I know he's down there someplace. He's about 20 feet long right now...
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
What a poor ending to the series. Characters we have known and loved for years were given tiny, bitty scenes, if at all. The scenery was so dark we had to guess what was happening some of the time. Endless scenes of students running hither and yon, then disappearing all together.
They did a good job of explaining the complicated bit about the wands for those who haven't read the books (or at least I think they did). The story of Snape was pretty good, could have been better. No movie can seldom match a book but others in the series came closer than this last movie.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
UPDATE: We won!!!
Exciting game. Team really showing promise. Good news for Full Employment Plan for NIL.
I assure her that if anyone is safe on a roof around here it is a fireman.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Local train derailment.
"Forty-six cars broke loose at the yard and rolled into 31 cars and two engines at the port. Officials say they are mostly concerned about the leaking tanker that is carrying about 30,000 gallons of denatured alcohol. No one was injured."
We are surrounded by grape orchards here in SE WA. And wineries. There are two down the road from us. One of my PTA moms went back to school to become a wine-ologist (Viticulture/Enology) and is in charge of the wine section of the grocery store. My niece is leasing their land to the wineries. She took a class, in Spanish, to learn about the industry. The class is offered in Spanish because of all the migrant workers who came north , stayed and helped build the industry. Picking wine at Thanksgiving is always an exercise that The Engineer takes very seriously.
(Oven is clean! Took three hours at nuclear temperatures.)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Then The Engineer took over with a deep fat fryer.
Being a woman with a reputation to keep
I started making a pre-turkey so I would have drippings and broth.
This year I got a bit....lax.
I bought a casserole instead of a roasting
pan. Big mistake. Also didn't buy the turkey enough
ahead to thaw properly so the thing went in partially
frozen. Put in lots of liquid to make sure I have enough drippings.
You guessed it. Another mistake.
Tried to pull it out when it was done and the foil collapsed.
Broth spilling like a waterfall into the bottom of the oven.
Smoke roiling out of the oven. Smoke alarm shrieking. Open
all the windows. The Engineer brought a fan up from the garage. We
opened the front door (BIG mistake). Got the DAMN turkey
out and attempted to take its damn temperature. Battery
out on the food thermometer. Juices run out when we move
it to a platter - pink. Shoved the turkey back in the oven.
We're going to burn that sucker. Now.... WHERE ARE THE
Out the front door of course.
MASS PANIC. Grab leashes, cookies, dog whistle, chains,
run out in socks and found them cavorting around some
poor man and his dog (who was on a leash and behaving
himself). Thank Gawd, thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am never making another pre-turkey again.The Engineer
can deep fry them and I'm using canned broth and olive
oil and butter and I bet nobody can tell the difference in the stuffing
and the gravy. It is like all the turkeys I've cooked over the
prior years are getting revenge upon me.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Work is completed. Will take me a lot longer to get things back to where they belong with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. Also with spouse being slowly roasted by the entity known as the EN-RR-CEE until May (re-certification for the glow in the dark hamsters).
NOW we are dealing with money and insurance. This took FOREVER before. Restoration and insurance issuing estimate after estimate. They said they were happy, work commenced and now they are $11k apart. And we are in the middle.
Called and called insurance and surprise!!! They found mistakes on their end! Now we are $3+k apart. And we are still in the middle.
We had additional work done for $2660. (Note to self DIY from now on.) Really, really don't want to come up with additional $3k. Spouse is stressed beyond all imagining and I'm handling all domestic disasters myself (recent car bill for $1600). Deeeep breathing.