One day in June of 1995, I called David at work from my work, and said, “I am getting a dog today. If you want anything to say about what kind of dog we get, you will come with me. I am leaving in 10 minutes” (How obnoxious, right?)
We went to the pound. They had no puppies. We decided we wanted a puppy because we had no kids, but were planning on having them. We didn’t want a dog with an unknown history. At that point, we went to the old Craigslist, Pennysaver. There was an ad there for an Australian Shepard/German Shepard mix. To this day, I swear she is a Border Collie mix. It’s very funny that we ended up with a long hair dog, because our one and only rule was no long hair dogs. We paid $50 and named her Lucy because we wanted to come home from work and say “Lucy, I’m home!”.
Sixteen years later, its funny what you miss about a family member when they have left you. Lucy was the smartest dog in the world (we can argue about your dog later). She found a way, in her old age, to wake me up in the middle of the night so she could go out and relieve herself. That takes smarts. She would come into my room, and separate the vertical blinds and shake her head. Wow, that was a noise. It’s hard to believe I would miss that. Last night was the first full night of sleep in about 6 months. I know it couldn’t have been nice for her either.
Things change so much. We have a beautiful ten-year-old daughter. Having her, I believe, added a good 5 years to Lucy’s life. She was wonderful with Bella. She put up with the worst things. Tail pulling, tongue pulling, riding her like a horse, tugging, poking and annoying. Lucy never even looked sideways at her. She took it all and played with her when asked. Who could ask for anything more.
This morning, I woke up from a full night’s sleep (which I am not sure I liked), and went out to get my soda in the kitchen. There was no dog in the hallway right next to the front door, guarding us, like usual. This, I will miss.
Lucy, I appreciate everything you did for us. I thank you for the happiness and memories you gave us. I hope you feel better now and can sleep through the nights without having to go out. I love you and miss you. I am so sorry you suffered as long as you did and hope you can forgive me. Goodbye.
Boy have I been busy! Now I am making jewelry. I took an online class and it was awesome.
This one is a bracelet for my niece in her high school colors. I just need to add a clasp to this one. This is done in peyote stitch which reminds me a lot of knitting. I am getting more into wire work too. It really is a lot of fun.
Next is a chain I made from jump rings I made myself. Isabella wants to learn how to do this and she can. It is quite simple. The classes are offered from Sympoz.com. I believe this month, the classes are being offered at half price which is $29. Well worth that money but I’m not so sure if I would pay more. They have a knitting class and a few crochet classes and other crafty things, as well as financial classes.
Also, I am publishing this post from my new iPad 2! Yup, thats right! My review is it’s amazing. I would go into it in more detail but I really hate typing on this little keyboard. That’s my next purchase for this, a Bluetooth keyboard so I can have all my keys and everything else I am used to. This is the only thing I don’t like. I have nearly traded in my laptop for it at this point but that has a lot to do with the fact that my laptop was broken and in the shop for 3.5 weeks and this beauty came during that time. I had learned to live without it by the time it came back. I’ll still use it for photo storing and editing but who can live without Angry Birds? I’ll type more about this when I get the keyboard I need!
I’m here! I’m here! I finally have something to write about! Everything has gone so crazy for such a long time. Now I feel like sharing what’s going on. I hope you are all still with me.
I have lost about 53 pounds since all this depression and pain management crap started but since I started therapy and prozac, that weight loss has leveled off. I have signed up for my work out group again for the entire year this year! Yes, that’s right! I committed to a year of working out. Whether I work out or not, it will cost me $105 per month so I better get working out, right? I took some photos of the group for my trainers last year in October and here are a couple just for your information. This is a great class! If you live anywhere near Tustin, I highly recommend it. The class is called Rough Fit. I have two trainers, Greg and Jenni. They are helpful and friendly and they truly care about their classes and the people in them. In this class, they have started a weight loss challenge. I have joined. If I lose the highest percentage of body fat of all the people that joined, I win approximately $600. Nice, right? The class is a high calorie burner so it should be easy, right? The class gets us warmed up in the beginning for 20 minutes. Usually, people run and that’s the photo that is first. There is a trail around the park where we meet every day and we walk or run around that trail. The workout is always outside in the park and it’s just beautiful and you get fresh air and sunshine all the time (unless the weather doesn’t cooperate). The second portion of the class is core work. That includes balance and posture and abs. It seems like it’s easy but you get very sore it seems all the time. The third portion of the class is focused on whatever they have decided for the day. Yesterday was endurance. For example, we had a circuit we had to complete. We used a jump rope and followed cones. The first set of cones, we did reverse lunges until the second cone. The next set, we had to weave in and out of the cones while jumping rope. The third set, we had to hold the rope over our head, balancing on one foot and winding the rope over our head for the count of twenty. We switched feet and repeated. Then we jumped rope (I walked because of my back) up to a pre-determined location at the bottom of a hill at the park. There we did another balancing act thing with the rope and then we ran up the hill. Then we repeated the whole thing. I did this about 3 times total. It was very exhausting yesterday, I have to say.
In addition to the regular class I am taking which is 3 times a week (but I can take it more if I want), I will be training for the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on March 27, 2011. I will not be doing the full marathon but I will be doing the 15.2 mile walk. My husband’s grandfather did this march originally in the Phillipines twice and it is a moving and wonderful tribute to those who have fallen. My family and I went last year and watched while my sister and brother in law both did the marathon. It was so moving and touching and motivating that we (my husband, my daughter, and myself) will be doing the 15.2 mile march this year. Chris (David’s brother) will be doing the marathon again this year while wearing a 35 pound pack! What are you, crazy????? Honestly!
Training for this event is being lightly supervised by my trainer at Rough Fit, Greg. I am asking his advice and talking to him very regularly about it. I am paying him enough, after all! I am very excited to do this event. I was so moved last year while simply watching that I can’t imagine how emotional it will be to actually participate!. There were three soldiers at the event last year who participated in the original march in the Phillipines. They didn’t march or anything since they were like 95 years old and all, but their presence was very powerful. We hope they will attend again this year but it’s not guaranteed. I will take pictures while we are there and keep you updated on my progress of the weight loss challenge and my training regimen. Soldiers are always hot!
As far as crafting goes, I am a serial crafter and have gone crazy with beading, weaving and spinning lately. It’s been a blast and I will post some pictures soon.
I haven’t been around for a while but I couldn’t pass up blogging my cooking on Thanksgiving, now could I?! Today I made three Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pies. When I saw the episode about Caramel on Dessert First on Food Network, I knew I had to make this pie. It’s got my name written all over it. When I come across I recipe that I like, I rarely follow it exactly. As with this recipe, I have made my own pudding as I like it. However, if you decide to make this pie, please feel free to do whatever you like. Buy the caramel, buy the cream, buy the pudding mix or use premade pudding! Do it how you like it and enjoy!
Ok, so this one is a bit bigger because, holy smokes, it’s salted caramel covered bananas. I couldn’t have these displayed all small and tiny.
This is the next layer of the pie. Vanilla pudding is on this layer. The pudding in the recipe calls for flour which I don’t like to put in pudding. I find the texture a little odd for me in pudding. I used milk, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and corn starch. I find this texture much more pleasing and smooth. I added some vanilla and butter at the end.
This is the finished pie. Yummy! I made three of these. One for my in-laws house, one for my mom’s house, and one that stays here. Given the amount of work I did last year, this was a much better year. Let me know if you try it and I will sure let you know how it goes over.
I am still knitting bit by bit. I went to Purl Soho Warehouse with Stacy and picked up some great yarn. Cascade Luna in three beautiful colors. It was awesome! The idea was to make a shawl for myself. The colors are a beautiful chartreuse kind of color, aqua, and blue. These are my favorite colors and I couldn’t wait to get started. The next day, Stacy had the day off from work so I went over there and knitted with her in her room and watched movies all day. It was really awesome. The pattern I chose was LaLa’s Simple Shawl which looked simple (hence the name) and was easy to memorize. I didn’t even need the pattern after the first set of repeats.
Here are the colors for your amazement. The yarn was soft and cotton and so easy to use. There was a little fluke with the amount of yarn I got from Purl Soho. I thought I had 3 skeins of each color in my shopping bag but it turns out I had 6 of each color! Can you imagine?! Yes, I ran right down and returned the extra 3 skeins of each color of yarn. My conscience couldn’t stand it at all for even a couple of minutes if I didn’t. I really enjoyed the pattern and the colors. Here are the finished pictures.
So I finished within a week and really enjoyed the speed and color of this knit. So I had some stash yarn and a very good friend’s birthday coming up so…..what do you think happened? I knitted another one. Yep, that’s right. This next one took me a bit longer cause I had other stuff going on in my life (who’d have thought). The yarn was Debbie Mumm in Pine Tree colorway. It was super soft and very nice. I really enjoyed using this yarn as well. The colors are my absolute favorite in green and I bought this for myself to make something warm and toasty. However, this is what happens in life. Her birthday was coming up and I needed to get something done for her so she wins. Here are these photos of the Pine Tree Simple Shawl.
We went to the park today for some bike riding, a picnic, and some fun with my friends, their daughter (my Goddaughter), Isabella, and me. We spent the day laying in the grass, eating sandwiches and chips and looking at the sky. It was a wonderful day. I have found my old supermodel and found a new one as well. Here they both are:
Howdy y’all! Long time no talk, eh? Well I haven’t written in a while but I thought this truly deserved a post. I got a new ice cream maker not too long ago and I have been experimenting with low calorie and low fat desserts to enjoy. It has been so hot that I just couldn’t stand it. I have made vanilla mascarpone buttermilk ice cream, mint chocolate chip, strawberry sorbet, mango sorbet, chocolate chip frozen yogurt, blueberry sorbet and last but not least, peaches and cream frozen yogurt. The sorbets are awesome but don’t satisfy the ice creamy need. The frozen yogurt was far too yogurty and we couldn’t get past the twang that came with it. I did a little research and the consensus is to add milk or other cream to counter the tang. As you know, I don’t use other people’s recipes so this is what I came up with:
So you can find my recipe here. I whipped the cream to lighten the mixture since the yogurt has been drained. This made the entire dessert very rich. I did the calorie count with non-fat and low fat yogurt and the difference is less than one calorie per serving. I actually made it with the low-fat and my husband can’t stop eating it. The tang from the yogurt is still there but is really balanced nicely with the flavor of the peaches. I used three jumbo peaches from Stater Brothers on sale this week. This is really a delicious dessert. Not only that, but you don’t even have to turn on the stove to make this frozen delicacy! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
From time to time, I have been known to post about cooking or upload a recipe or two for you all to enjoy. This time, my daughter, had an idea. Here are those details.
Today as I was grocery shopping, I thought Isabella might enjoy munching on some grape tomatoes and small boconcini, which are small, dime sized fresh mozzarella balls. I thought I could toss them with some salad dressing and a little basil and she would enjoy this healthy tasty snack after her homework was done. I was wrong! I told her what I had gotten for her to munch on and she said, couldn’t we just bake them Mom? Oh, I guess we could.
So, on Isabella’s recommendation and suggestion, we started on this new recipe that is completely credited to her.
1 pint grape tomatoes
1/2 cup boconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls)
2 large basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1. Slice tomatoes in half lenthwise. Remove all seeds. This was easily accomplished by sliding your thumb along the flesh and the seeds popped right out.
2. Season the tomatoes as you like with salt and pepper at this point.
3. Roll the basil leaves up and slice them into tiny ribbons.
4. Distribute the basil leaves into the cups of tomatoes.
5. Place a ball of cheese into each tomato.
6. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on each tomato with cheese.
7. Bake at 450 for 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
As these pictures show, quite a bit of moisture will be released by the tomatoes and can easily be directed away from the tomatoes by putting the tomatoes on a rack before baking. Another incident we experienced was the flexing of our cheap cookie sheet that caused our tiny tomatoes to jump around and toss their cheese onto the tray. It was tragic, but still edible. We had a great time and they were delicious. Enjoy Isabella’s recipe! We sure did. I am the proudest Mom on earth today! Thanks Isabella!
This is a tribute to my good friend Jacqui who I love to death! Thanks Jacqui! She sent me this today and though I refuse to forward e-mails, I see no reason why I can’t post it on my blog since I don’t write anything original anymore.
Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies
1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup or brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila
Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.
Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one peastoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok, try another cup just in case.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.
Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the frigging fruit off the floor.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who geeves a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add one table.
Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven.
Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Don’t forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.
Cherry Mistmas !
This is too funny to not post. I must be too tired. What’s the problem with these? Did I notice it as I was knitting? Yes. Did I kitchener stitch the thumb anyway? Yes I did. Why? I don’t know!!!!
This picture is in focus and the other picture shows the actual size of the thumb for this mitten on the ruler. Laugh all day people! It is very funny!
If anyone still checks my blogs, I am back. Somewhat ayway. To make a long story short, I started therapy with a very nice therapist. Frankly, I was dealing with some lifelong issues that came to a head last year with my mom. I got depressed about it and lost a whole bunch of weight (about 50 pounds so far). I told myself that I would deal with it when I was done losing my weight but my good friend and therapist told me my grace period was up. It had been a year since the incident with my mom and I had to address it or it would affect my own daughter and family too much. This is what I did. It was very difficult but worth it in the long run. I haven’t been doing any of my normal lifetime stuff like taking pictures or knitting or anything. I feel like getting back into all that so I suppose that is a good thing. I have missed you all and I hope I still have a reader or two.
On to more pleasant things: I would love to discuss some Christmas crafting but since so many of my recipients are not on Facebook and other online places that attach to my blog, I can’t do a lot of it. However, I am working on one I can totally share. I will take some pictures tomorrow but I am knitting a wrap for my mother in law (she can’t even turn on a computer) from merino/bamboo that I ordered way back in March. I am thrilled with how the yarn came out and now the knitting is looking lovely as well.
I have a couple of woven objects that I would love to talk about but I can’t. I can say, however, that my first and second objects made on my Kromski Harp have really turned out nicely. I can’t wait to do my after Christmas blogs to show you all. I am proud and pleased.
I firmly believe in having a photo in every blog post. My dilemma is that I haven’t been taking any pictures, so I have to go all the way back to Halloween to get a shot of Bella to show you all. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before you hear from me again. Happy Holidays all!
The fall issue of Interweave Knits is out and the cover has a coat on it that I just had to have. It’s called the Clasica Coat (Ravelry Link) and I am knitting it with my Dulce de Leche handspun yarn. The chances are I will run out of yarn but I contacted the vendor for my fiber that I used and she said she gets that colorway in all the time and she will be in touch and I shouldn’t worry. I am not worried any longer. My yarn doesn’t match the gauge for the pattern. I have modified to meet my needs. I am very happy with what I have so far. The back and hood extension are both done. The measurements of my finished piece fit the large size. That’s what I am trying to do so things are going well. I cast on 10 stitches less than the smallest size written in the pattern and adjusted the pattern to fit this adjustment. All is going well and I can’t wait to finish it. I cast on 78 and decreased by 10 stitches where it says to decrease. When it said to increase to 32 for the hood extension, I followed those directions exactly as that was for the textured pattern and I couldn’t adjust that appropriately. The hood extension says to stop at 22 inches but when I finished one of the pattern repeats for the textured stitch I was at 21 so I stopped there. Here are is a picture of the back with the hood extension.