Monday, June 10, 2024

...6.10...Over the Weekend...

...WHEW!...such a busy weekend...
...early Saturday morning...I got busy making Amy a little birthday gift...because...we had gotten the call that they were ready to move Our Airman's 'stuff' out of his storage unit in preparation for his move to Alaska in just a few days...it'll still take it a month or more to get there...

...so you're thinking what does lavender have to do with that...well...since I'd be going back to Charlotte I thought I should try to meet up with Amy to celebrate her birthday (we usually meet in between our June and July birthdays)...and luckily she was able to meet me on such short notice...
...so of course I needed to get her little giftie ready...and I needed to meet the movers at the storage facility at 11:45...so I did not have a lot of time...

...I picked some lavender and put it into the dehydrator...just for a couple of hours as that's all the time I had...
...then I went inside and baked some birthday cupcakes...I used a half of an accidentally vegan white cake mix...and added a spoonful of vanilla a fourth cup of applesauce and EnerG egg replacer...they turned out perfectly moist and fragrant...
...then...I don't know why I thought a half of a cake mix was only going to give me 6 cupcakes...when actually it was enough for 12...(as the package clearly states)...so I used the remainder to make a small cake for the Man and me...and I iced it with chocolate...
...then I iced Amy's with white and added a bunch of sprinkles...
...and put them into a tupperware with a candle...

...then I got dressed and loaded Our Airman's old boy scout trunk into the car (more on that later)...and then checked the lavender...
...and it was actually pretty well dry...and my house smells amazing...
...so I took that off the stems...
...got out a scrap of pretty cloth (it's the remnant that I initially thought of using to patch my bathrobe)...
...stitched it into a little pillow and stuffed it with the lavender...
...and I tried doing a pretty little scallop stitch around the edge...
...it's a little bit uneven...but ok...as Nanny says 'you'll never see that on a galloping horse'...
...then we met the movers and they made short work of loading all that into the trailer...
...Amy came to the storage facility so we could have a longer visit...she loved her cupcakes...
...then we went to our favorite Thai restaurant...and sadly they are not doing so well...the owner said she couldn't hire enough servers and they had to go to takeout only...so our food came in takeout containers...it was still delicious and we still had a lovely visit...

...then of course we had to drive back home...
...Sunday after Church we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant...and we got their special Mexican guacamole...it was delicious...just ignore the pork rinds on the side...I didn't know it came with those...so next time we'll order it without...
...and I got my same bean burrito...and the Man gave me his salad...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, June 08, 2024

...6.8...Dinner and a Movie...

...to my sweet sissie Karen who blogs from her boat at McCraw Sails...Hey K......it looks like everyone is getting some boat maintenance done...y'all be careful around all those tall and heavy things...Love, T

...to karen from Pumpkin Sunrise...Hi Karen...I'm so glad to hear that Frodo is getting better...I know what you mean about every day being a gift...as we felt the same with our Jack-Jack...

...to Éphée from L'éphémère quotidienneté des repas et autres trucs de magie...Hi Éphée...I do love the name 'Hippie bowl'...and your spinach pasta looks delicious...I think you have better vegan cheese in Canada...

...to Penny from Snap That Penny...Hi Penny...I loved seeing what your reading and your sky pics...I'll have to take a few as the sky has been beautiful on my evening bike rides lately...very best wishes with your renovation/construction work...

...to Beth from BLD in MT : Living a Simple Life in This Interconnected World...I loved your cookbook reviews...I've been a YT follower of Hot for Food for years...and I really like her mac and cheeze recipe too...

...and on the reading front...I'm just reading more of David Copperfield...now sweet little Dora has died...so into some sad bits again...it's always like that with Dickens...I'm hoping to find time to finish it this weekend...

...for dinner...
...veggie burgers...almost always a good choice...these are just Boca burgers...lots of vegan mayo...pickles lettuce onion and tomato...a perfect burger...and tater tots on the side...I know it's not a very healthy meal...but it's a fun and delicious one...

...and we started the detective series Mom suggested...Pie in the Sky...it's about a chef detective...and this first episode has Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War) as the bad guy...

...what have you been watching lately?...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 07, 2024

...6.7...New House Update...now and then...

...work continues on the master bathroom...the Man uses this pottery turn-wheel thingy to paint the doors...he says it works perfectly...
...so most of the door are painted...and I'm looking forward to getting the handles put on and re-installing them...

...I'm working on the mirror frame and cleaning the tile grout for the first time in 20 years...
...and then we moved everything out of the dining area...our living room is quite the jumble right now...
...and starting prepping for paintin the ceiling...

...and now back to the past...
...it was late in the evening when we drove up...and noticed that one of our fence slats was missing...not really missing...just lying on the ground...I guess that's what happens when you leave a fence unattended for 20 or so years...
...so in the gathering dusk...we picked the board up from the ground...and got out the tools to fix it...
...inside...repaired...
...the outside of the repaired fence...
...this was also the week in the past when we got the whole house painted...white...of course...
...but the doors and shutters are going to be Charleston Green (or SW - Jasper)...here's an article about the colour...
...the freshly painted front porch...I know it's hard to tell how nice it looks without a 'before' photo...
...the front door back in place...looks mostly black...but it's Charleston Green too....
...the shutters painted Charleston Green (SW - Jasper)...you can see just a hint of green here...
...this is the side of the house you don't usually see...
...the other side...you can sort of see the painted and the unpainted here...again...the old paint was 20 years old...
...they had some really tall ladders...
...you can defnitely see the greenish tint of the Charleston Green here...
...we got a few new painting tools...a wide roller and bucket set...especially for painting the ceilings...
...some paint pail liners...
...a roller keeper...supposedly you can put your used paint roller in here...and it will keep it wet and fresh until the next day so you can do a second coat...and it actually does work really well...
...and a laser level...
...and we also got a cute white aluminum bistro set for the back porch...
...it's super light...
...the table top...
...we got everything all put together...
...just lots of little pieces...
...but I love it on the porch...
...so then we had toast and tea on the porch...

Thursday, June 06, 2024

...6.6...Delicious Vegan Food we ate...

...I wanted a veggie sub for lunch...but I didn't have any sliced vegan cheese...so I just took some shredded Violife...and put it onto a piece of parchment paper and ran it under the broiler for a couple of minutes...until it got all melty and slightly browned...then I popped it back into the fridge for a few minutes until it firmed back up...and then just made my sammmie with it...

...it was delicious....I love sandwiches so much...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

...6.5...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...progress continues on the Emotional Support Chicken...when you finish the two tail pieces...you crochet them together and then pick up stitches along the long edge...knit a few rows and then start the short row shaping of the chest area...
...it's a pretty ingenious pattern...on Ravelry here...
...now I'm up to the head section...and she says it would be best to do it all in one sitting...

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

~Have a lovely day!