Monday, February 19, 2024

...2.19...Over the Weekend...

...the Amarylis that Mom gave us for Christmas bloomed just in time for her to see it in its glory...
...I had grocery shopped before Mom came...I wanted to get some chips and things for dinner with her...and you've already seen the mixed veg and tater tot casserole and the sort of failed fruit cocktail jello...
...I just used Gardein crumbles...but since I knew I'd be using them up...I was going to replace them...but when I saw this price...$15.99 for Beyond...I changed my mind...yikes...
...Mom brought some goodies with her...the silver bag has some orange flavored tea...and the Animal cookies are store brand and accidently vegan...and those candied orange slice are so so good...they're addictive...
...we spent Saturday touring the Botanical Gardens...it was a lot of fun...and a lot of walking and talking...then we went to a really neat little book shop...all the books are used...I wished I'd taken a photo...it was just a perfect book shop...but we got there right before closing time...so we didn't have much time to browse...

...and after wandering around 'downtown' for a bit...we went to the Goodwill...and it's an Outlet one...if you've never been it's a bunch of tables with a bunch of stuff on them...just a big jumble with everyone going through the items and taking what they want...it was so much fun rummaging around...Mom and I both got a couple of things...
...I actually needed some new pajamas...as my old old (like 25 year old) Black Watch flannels that the Man gave me way back when we lived in BG...are finally wearing so thin that they're about to get holes in them...that was some tough fabric and I got a lot of use out of them...and these 'new' ones are really soft and warm...I washed them in hot hot water when I got home...and then wore them to bed Saturday night...it's so fun to have new jammies...
...and then in the jumble I found this single Frozen bed sheet...so I got it to send to my grandbabes...but when I got home...the Man said I couldn't just send one...and suggested that I cut it up and make pillowcases for both of them...and I think that's a great idea...I think I'll send them for little Easter gifties...

...and you pay for your items by the pound...my total was $3.44...crazy...
...and then on the way home we picked up Chinese takeout for dinner...Garlic Tofu and white rice...
...it was such a perfect ending to a perfect day spent visiting with Mom...I hope she can come again very soon...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

...2.17...Dinner with Mom...a new puzzle...and no movie...

...I got out a few snacks for Mom's arrival...
...and because we thought she might be tired from driving...we wanted to have dinner all ready...and we wanted a hearty warm comforting casserole...so we made Vegan Tater-Tot-Hotdish...
...it's a casserole we were introduced to in North Dakota...and it's basically vegan mushroom soup, vegan hamburger crumbles and mixed vegetables...
...topped with tater tots and baked in the oven...
...and then continuing with the sort of retro dinner theme...I made vegan jello...using apple juice and agar agar...
...Mom's old Tupperware jello mold...I have such fond memories of molded jello as a child...we also had it whipped like a parfait sometimes...so fun...
...I added some canned fruit salad...well drained...
...and it looked so perfect and jiggly in the mold...
...but when I unmolded it...ooops...it fell apart...Mom said maybe the vegan jello wasn't firm enough for the fruit...I'll have to try it again...
...it's very softly gelled...
...a little bit soupy...
...but still delicious...
...and even better with this new-to-us vegan whipped cream...
...after dinner...we got out the puzzle Mom brought...
...it's kind of fancy...
...and the intricate and really oddly shaped pieces are made of wood...
...and after my experience with the jagged edged rose puzzle...I'm just starting this one in the middle...Mom helping me get it started...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2024

...2.16...New House Update...now and then...

...Mom is coming for a visit this weekend...and we'd been storing all of our family photos on the guest bed...so we wanted to get those up on the walls before she came...
...and of course the walls need to be painted first...so I scrubbed all the baseboards in the hallway...
...and then to protect the carpet...we put down plastic and canvas drop cloths...and for painting the baseboards...we tucked cardboard under them...it makes a nice tight seal and we'll be able to paint to the bottom of the baseboard...
...and then we started painting...
...I used masking tape directly on the carpet around the doors though...because I couldn't wedge the cardboard under them...
...I painted the baseboards and trim and the Man painted the walls...
...I added a piece of quarter-round at the top of the stairs...and I sealed it to match the stairs...but now...I'm thinking maybe it should be white...
...and then we hung all of the pictures...really...I just mostly held the level a few times...

...I do love a freshly painted wall...
...but I also painted the very last spindle on the staircase...that's been a weeks long project...and I know you've not seen the beginning of it yet...

...because the next thing back in the past is the carpet replacement...we needed to get these big flooring jobs done before we started moving any furniture...

...now back to the past...
...remember when I mentioned the odd state of this house when we bought it...the neighbors who'd been inside said that it was just stacks and stacks of boxes everywhere...we never saw it like that...
...but we could definitely see where the boxes had been...this is in the master bedroom...there were rows of boxes with spaces in between for walking...and the carpet although it's not worn at all definitely has to be replaced...
...but the middle (and smallest) bedroom must have been used to store furniture instead of boxes...you can see the divots left by the legs of the furniture...and there are no stains on the carpet...and I wanted to take it up...and use it to carpet the attic...I just thought it would make it a lot nicer up there...
...so we cut out strips the width of the floored area of the attic...and rolled them up...
...and then we left the padding for the carpet layers to deal with...
...we used up all of the carpet in the small bedroom and a strip from the guest room as well...it really doesn't matter what the carpet looks like in the attic...
...but here it is in place in the attic...isn't that much nicer than bare plywood...
...I know we're not going to spend very much time at all in the attic...but when we're up there or when the service tecnicians come to check on the furnace...it will be a lot more pleasant...
...and guess what we found up there...a spare kitchen tile and a few for the master bathroom as well...so if any get broken we can replace them with the exact same tile...the really smooth edged kitchen tile that I was wondering about only has made in spain on the back...no colour or model number at all...oh well...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend...

Thursday, February 15, 2024

...2.15...Delicious Vegan Food we ate...

...we had another nice butternut squash...
...so of course I roasted the seeds...worth it even for a small amount like this...the oven is on for the squash anyway...here's how I do it...
...then we made the squash half savory with our neighbor's fresh rosemary...
...and half sweet with vegan butter, brown sugar and cinnamon...
...and we also tried a new to us 'pop'...or 'coke' if you're in the South...a Shirley Temple...it was good...

...what delicious food have you been eating lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

...2.14...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...I'm making this dolly's dress now...in a heather-y pink...it's the Balloon Hem Dress...that's the Ravelry link...but it doesn't have a photo or a link to the pattern...so here's the link to her blog and the cast on for the dress...you'll have to go forward and back from there to get the whole pattern...
...and I made her a little pair of shoes...in brown this time...Keito's shoes...and here's the link to the post on her blog...

...what's in your workbasket this week?

~Have a lovely day!