it's the week of the wedding

and I'm stressing.  I guess that doesn't mean anything when you take my stress record into consideration.  I'm at that point though where I can flip and blow up, the point of being overwhelmed and frustrated to where my body only knows to stop and cry.  Actually, that gasket's already blown so now it's like I just easily overheat.  I'm like a car.  I have to keep adding fluid but instead of water, Cosme suggested I make it something a little stronger just to calm down.  Okay, okay... I know once I blow a gasket I shouldn't keep driving the car but the only other thing I could think of was a pressure cooker and I've never used a pressure cooker... (hangs head in defeat, thinking of all the gaskets I've blown) 


Anyway, I'm looking forward to next week.  I would say Saturday but I'm one of those introverts who becomes an extrovert with a little alcohol.  So Saturday I'll be full of regret and panic, worrying about how social I was Friday night.  My mind's healthy like that.  Maybe if I start taking Cosme's advice and adding a little "fluid" though, I might can build up a little more tolerance by Friday and won't become such an extrovert.  Highly unlikely. 

I mentioned to Lauren the other day how there's the Ultimate Warrior.  Well, I am the Ultimate Worrier.  Not only am I stressing about how everything turns out once it all gets done but there's also that dance.  Eric is making me dance.  I don't know how to dance with another person.  I asked him if he was trying to make me have a nervous breakdown.  He didn't answer.  I'll take his silence as a definite YES.

Oh.  I do have to mention this from last night.  It was 10:00 and lately it's taken both of us to let the dogs in.  Maggie will run right in but Archer has to be coaxed out of his chair.  We started the routine.  I had Maggie in the cage and Cosme went out to lure Archer in. 

Me: What is that on the patio?  Is that blood?
Cosme: Uh... yeah, it looks like it.
Me: Well, as soon as we get them in, we need to find out where it came from.

It's as if Maggie understood every word.  She proudly walked out of the cage, into the yard and over to the tree they like to sit under.  I knew what was about to happen.  I told Cosme to come inside as she was heading over there.  At that time, Archer heads into the cage.  Maggie started to head back and I grab Cosme, pulling for him to come inside while panicking "SHE'S GETTING IT, SHE'S GETTING IT, SHE'S GETTING IT".  I pulled him inside and shut the door just as Maggie got to the porch with her dead possum.  Then I felt bad.  We looked out the blinds with this dead possum on the doorstep while Maggie gives us the saddest look like "I brought you something and you didn't want it".  We opened the door a little, making sure she didn't grab the possum (because we didn't need her bringing another one into the house AGAIN) and let her in the cage.  Cosme went and got the shovel to take it away and Maggie watched while whimpering.  Not only did we not appreciate her gift to us but we were throwing it out.  I felt bad.  Cosme did tell her she was good and I think that made her happy again.

Then we went to bed and I only had possum on the brain, no wedding worries.

i'm almost done with one

of the craft projects and I need to hurry and get it out to the garage.  I've been making a tree and it is one of the messiest things EVER.  I'm covering the base with moss and the branches are so wide, the best place for it is the kitchen island.  Moss is everywhere, including the floor.  This stuff is as bad as glitter.  Just when I think I've cleaned it all up, I put something down on the island and find moss all over it.


This HAS to be completed today and HAS to find a new home in the garage.

One thing that is a quick finish is the chalkboard but I'm finding ways to keep going with it.  Yesterday I pulled out the chalk pastels, hoping they will last on the chalkboard, and kept on doodling. 


This doesn't surprise me.

Anyway, the first thing I do today has to be finishing that tree and getting it out of the kitchen.  Well, after I run a couple of errands and find a spot to put the tree.  Next, I'll put the chalkboard out there just so I'll quit messing with it.  I think I'll move on to computer projects after that and start printing.  I really need to do some spray painting but it seemed a little windy out earlier.  Painting might have to wait for another day.  And somewhere in there, I'll try to squeeze in my regular, everyday things that need doing.

Oh well, it'll all be over soon and then I'll find something else to work on or stress over.

i was running wedding

errands yesterday.  My first stop was in Brazoria.  I pulled up and was pretty sure I'd been there a couple of times.


It's a bakery and flower shop now.  I hadn't been there in about 10 years but it felt the same while looking different.  The air conditioner was working about the same.  My will power didn't fail me because I didn't get anything sweet.  Luckily I don't like coffee because I wasn't tempted by anything at the coffee bar.


I just dropped off things for the florist and went on over to the BBQ place.

I'm hoping that's the only time I'll ever pay that much for BBQ.  If it's not, I've either got a serious BBQ addiction or more money than I know what to do with.  Knowing me, it would be a BBQ addiction.

I had to run a few more errands before coming home.  I threw dinner together with some little pieces of meat I picked up the other day.  I wasn't sure what it was exactly but it was a good price.  "Sirloin Tender Steak", I think.  It seems like it would be sirloin steak but most of the pieces were really small.  I googled it to find the best way to cook it but all I could find was articles on how to get your sirloin tender.  I gave up and put it in a bag with some marinade/tenderizer and minced garlic.  A little later I cooked it in the skillet and roasted carrots and broccoli in the oven.  I think I'll have to make it again sometime because it disappeared.  Oh, and then I made brownies.  I guess the will power I had earlier at the bakery had gone to bed.

Oh well, I was able to check a few more things off the wedding prep to-do list and that felt pretty good, even if I did just spend a butt load of money on BBQ.  Today I will work on crafts and housework.  TCB, y'all.  TCB.

i am so tired but

I also feel so rested... if that even makes sense.  Eric and Paige came over yesterday so that Paige and I could work on wedding stuff.  A couple of her friends came to help too.  We got SO MUCH done.  I can't think of one thing wedding related that we didn't address or finish.  It felt awesome when we were done.  I was worn out and needed a shower in the worst way but it felt awesome.  Once I took a shower I got in bed and then I felt even more awesome.  The alarm went off this morning and thought to myself how wonderful that sleep was.  I stripped the sheets off the bed, stuck them in the washer and now I'm already planning how nice it'll feel going to bed again tonight.  I have plenty of errands to run today and I know I'll be ready for bed soon enough.

Anyway, that's what I've been doing, a ton of wedding stuff.

I did take this picture for an azalea update.


See how one side is great and the other side is kind of spazzy?  I don't know.  Maybe it needs a little more Miracle-Gro this morning.  I thought about trimming those dead looking twigs.  I might just do both.

I also need to look up wherever I found the last fix for my computer, when I thought it was crapping out on me.  Something I did in the library and preferences or something.  It's starting it's thing again.

Okay, I'm about to tackle chores because right now there are tree limbs that I've turned into a tree standing on the kitchen island.  I would put it on the table, where most of the wedding crafts have been, but there are still quite a few craft projects in the way.  Something's got to happen because I'm fighting for room with myself in the kitchen.

so much to do and

here I sit.

Nothing to share, really.  No pictures.  No big story, unless I talk about going to Hobby Lobby yesterday and buying a ton of flowers that I have no idea how to arrange.  Today I'll finish making tags for the wedding favors.  I need to make vellum tags too.  I'll also need to practice my handwriting for other tags.  I should probably go ahead and make tags for the candy table.  I guess while I'm at it I can cut the tags out of my clothes and maybe search for skin tags.  Maybe I could go out and play tag with the dogs.  Any other kind of tag need addressing?  Today is Tagday.

Oh, I also need to go to WC and get tablecloths.  

Tag Table Tuesday.  Sounds like tons of fun.

if there's a day (or several)

where I don't show up around here at any point before April 13th, it's because of the wedding.  There is so much to do.  There are so many lists.  We all know how much I love the lists but there are a lot. 

I've been trying to get over to the park to walk every other day and for a minute there, I even got in a walk several days in a row.  My legs were a little sore.  This is what the park is like when it's not spring break.


Then when I don't feel like getting in the car and look out the window and see the dogs with nothing going on, I just take them through the neighborhood.  You know, let everyone see that they can be leashed and civilized and not just running wild like a couple of derelicts.


Me and the posse.  I'll try to get over to the park today because there's rain in the forecast for the next few days.

AZALEA UPDATE:
So far it looks like it's staying alive but one side of it doesn't look great.


I rotated the pot and watered it with some Miracle Gro.  Now we wait... again.  If that doesn't help, I'll rotate it in the opposite direction and maybe do a dance around it.  I don't know.

Ever wonder what happens when chives start to bloom?  This.


It's pretty.  I'm sure I shouldn't leave it there so I'll cut it off... maybe when I head out for a walk.

We decided yesterday would be a good day for starting the grill for bbq chicken.  I went to Kroger and picked up some leg quarters.  I got home and realized I forgot the french bread.  Instead of going back to Kroger, I went to Walmart.  They didn't have any french bread.  I went back to Kroger.  I got home and we put the meat on the grill.  Cosme asked where the bbq sauce was.  We were out.  Instead of going back to Kroger or Walmart, I decided I'd go to Family Dollar since it's closer than any of them and I was sure they'd have bbq sauce, even if it wasn't Sweet Baby Ray's.  It ends up, they do have Sweet Baby Ray's and it's cheaper at the regular grocery store.  So I'm in Family Dollar waiting to pay and all I can smell is me.  I smell like smoky grill.  I paid, got in the car and headed home.  Just a few blocks down the road, I thought I'd need ginger ale before anything.  I got home and did everything I could to not throw up while Cosme finished cooking.  I couldn't even eat when it was ready.  I actually couldn't even stay in the room with the food.  I took a shower, added peppermint to the diffuser and chilled until the feeling passed.  Later on, I was able to eat a little.  What I'm getting at is, I tried a new recipe yesterday.  I saw a video for crockpot jalapeño corn on fb and decided to try it.  It was easy and we liked it.  I can't find the video but I found a similar recipe HERE, on Pinterest.  I halved it and used diced, canned jalapeño instead of fresh and also added garlic powder. 

So anyway, after the nausea passed and I could stand the smell of food, I had a some sides.


While I was able to eat at this point, I still wasn't the best.  This picture was taken in bed.

Okay.  I'm about to get serious with wedding stuff... if I don't take a walk first. 

I opened the box of cups

yesterday to make sure they were in good shape.  Oh, they're in good shape but 10 ounces isn't as big as I thought it was. 


I'll need to buy a few things of bigger cups.

I also didn't get any of the crafting done yesterday.  Well, if you want to count looking up different handwriting styles to write names on tags as crafting then I guess I did.  I did look up the Kroger ad and saw that they had wine on sale.  You get 20% off when you buy a case.  I went down and bought a case of something I probably won't drink.  Moscato.  Let's hope somebody likes it.  The whole case wasn't Moscato, I mixed it up a little.  It's hard for me to make a commitment like that.

I woke up this morning having to cover my nose from stink.  I thought it was Cosme.  It wouldn't go away so I got up to open the door.  It smelled in the living room too.  I thought it was Maggie (Archer stayed outside last night).  There wasn't anything in the cage but I opened the door to let her out anyway.  The smell was outside and it was skunk.  I guess that's why Archer had been barking.  I have a window open and candle burning.  As long as I'm inside I don't notice it.  The bad part is when I walk outside and then come back in and it slaps me in the face.  Yuck.  Maybe if I bake some bread it will make it all better.  Or will the bread take on the smell?  Maybe I won't know unless I try it. 

Now what should I do first?  Start painting the tree I'm making?  Practice writing new fonts?  Cut the rest of the tags?  All of it?  Probably.  First, I need food... without waiting hours for bread to rise and bake.

i didn't post yesterday because

I didn't really have anything to post.  I woke up, ran some errands and then came home and did the usual.  I should be going for a walk this morning but last I checked it was kind of chilly out there.  By the time it warms up a little, I'll need to be home.

I did have a bunch of packages delivered yesterday.  Most of the disposable things for the wedding have arrived.  We've got cups for regular drinks, smaller cups for wine, a few of the napkins, cake plates, forks and I think that's it.  I don't know who delivered but considering it was here during regular business hours, I'm guessing it was FedEx.


I went through the open box to make sure everything was in there.

Several of the boxes had seen better days.


I'm hoping these are the only cups that were ruined.


I am going to pick up more though because all the beer I bought so far is canned.  Unlike me, I know some people don't like drinking out of cans.  I prefer it but I'm going to be considerate for those people who want a cup for their cans.

That's about it.  I'm going to be crafting today after I eat breakfast and finish a few chores.

I didn't know what to have for breakfast but decided to have a little piece of the cake I baked yesterday.  After that I needed something salty.  Lauren suggested bacon but I didn't feel like cooking anything.  I was about to turn to chips and then I wished I had some macaroni and cheese. 

The microwave just went off.  I'm about to wash my cake down with a salisbury steak and mac & cheese from Stouffers.  Why not?  Maybe I'll make bacon and waffles for dinner.

over the weekend we went to

church in Houston at St. Joseph-St. Stephen.  It was St. Patrick's Day.  It was also the feast day of St. Joseph.  They had an altar set up in the church where people set out food, which started as a Sicilian thing and I think he said this church had a large Sicilian community at one time.  There was also a dish of fava beans out.  The priest explained it all to us a little and then told us to be sure and pick up a fava bean to carry in our pocket for good luck.  He added that if we're not superstitious then pick one up anyway because it wouldn't hurt anything.  Since I fall under the category of mildly superstitious, I made sure I got a fava bean. 


Since it was also St. Patrick's Day, he started talking about how that church might have once been part of a Sicilian community but most of the customs in this country today are because of the Irish.  I had to poke Cosme because you know, 34% and all.

And now I've got to get busy.  I just got back from my walk and putting gas in the car.  I've really got to do some dishes and finish laundry.  I also have tons of wedding crafts to do.  Seriously.  I need to start some dvr or something because nothing will get done if I don't get up from this chair.  Well, stuff will get done but not the stuff I need done.

I've been on the computer a lot

trying to take care of wedding stuff.

I went to the website where I found the bagpiper for Dodo's funeral to try and find a vintage car that could take Eric and Paige from the church to the reception.  How pretty would an old Rolls Royce be?  It's just so classic.  Well, I didn't find anything like that.  I searched vintage cars and chauffeurs and got nothing.  I thought I'd try searching driver.


No luck there but just in case we ever need a Dr. Phil impersonator...  I wondered who else there was.  They've got Sylvester Stallone too.  You know, just in case.

I was also trying to find cups.  I had something in mind but of course, I found something different that I really liked that cost more.  I told Cosme.  He replied with "figures" and then I replied, referring to the time Dodo was proud of me for picking out expensive china.


Samsung tried to take the wheel, but, no.  

Later on I got an email.  Tripadvisor confirmed what I've been telling everyone for a couple of months now.

It was online so it's true.  I need to show Cosme.

And in things totally unrelated to technology, I found this in the flower bed by the front door.  I wish I would have focused on the outer shell rather than the inner shell.  Yuck.


I'm wondering if there's a nest in the rain gutter.  I would look but I don't feel like being attacked and falling off the ladder.  I've got better things to do, like letting the dogs out so I don't have to clean a mess out of the cage.

i had to run to

Kroger yesterday morning.  Yes, it was the last day of a sale but wait, it's not what you think.  I wasn't getting potatoes or strawberries.  They had 2 liters of Dr. Pepper and Canada Dry on sale.  I was stocking up for the wedding.  Anyway, we've been collecting boxes to load up decorations per table.  The plan is to make things go smoothly on the day of.  On my way to Kroger, I was thinking how these drinks are starting to pile up in the garage and I really needed a storage system.  I knew I didn't want to buy a bunch of plastic crates.  While they are strong and durable, the price adds up.  It's too bad there aren't cardboard boxes heavy enough to store bottles... DUH.  It finally dawned on me to stop by the liquor store.  I took all the boxes Spec's had. 


The lady told me to check back in a few days for more.  Some of the boxes are a little smaller but they're the perfect size to hold seven 2-liters.  I now have boxes of Dr. Pepper and ginger ale packed and labeled and it's just what my mind needed.  Now when Coke goes on sale, I'll start stocking up on that.

I did notice one thing though, Angleton must have a lot of Maker's Mark drinkers.

After I got the boxes in order, I came in to find a bread recipe to go with leftovers.  I found one on Pinterest for Sour Cream Cheddar and Chive Biscuits.  They seemed similar to the bread at Red Lobster but with chives.  (Hello, big ol' fresh chives from my pot!)  I loaded up a cookie sheet and then put what little extra was left in a cake pan.  I stuck the cookie sheet in and just put the cake pan on the rack underneath.  I was on the phone with Lauren and told her it smelled like something was burning.  I checked the biscuits but it was all good.  The timer went off and I pulled the bread out.  Oh, there's the smell, that little cake pan that must have been too close to the heat. 


The rest were fine.


I was waiting on Cosme and sampled one.  Then another.  They weren't bad but just not what I was expecting.  I guess I was expecting garlic, even though there was absolutely no garlic called for or added.  I definitely tasted the chives.  Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate them, I just had something different on the brain.  Cosme liked them.  I described them to him as almost like onion biscuits, or... chive biscuits.  The name should've given it away.  To me, they could've used a little more salt (fixed that with a dab of butter) and maybe a little garlic.  I'll be making them again sometime. 

Now that the weather's getting better, I decided to start going back to the park for walks.  I went on Monday... the first day of spring break.  I decided today I'll go earlier, like not right before lunch.  Maybe some of those moms will keep their kids in for breakfast and leave a few more parking spots for walkers. Well, the exterminator is coming today so going around lunch isn't even an option. 

Okay, time to TCB.

have i mentioned how hard it

is for me to pass up a good deal?  It is.  It's really hard.  I didn't need beef tenderloin but I knew I wanted some.  Last week Kroger had their Nolan Ryan brand of meat on sale for 25% off.  I was talking to one of the guys who works the meat counter about steaks and told him that's what I really wanted but not for that much, pointing at the beef tenderloin.  The package was $125.  (Have I mentioned there's a wedding coming up?)  I told him that Eric's been wanting to make beef wellington.  I told Eric he should make it for me and I'd supply the meat, both of us knowing it would be after the wedding because well, make note of the $125... that's why.  (Have I ever also mentioned that not only is it hard for me to pass up a good deal but I'm cheap too?)  Anyway, I told the guy at the meat counter that and he said he'd break that one up for me and give it to me for $8/pound versus the sale price of 25% off $20/pound.  Cool.  I totally didn't set this up trying to haggle meat prices.  I mean is that even a thing?  He offered so how could I say no?  Did I go in planning to buy four pounds of beef tenderloin?  No.  Was I going to pass it up at $8 a pound?  NO WAY.  I had him cut me two 1-pound chunks (might as well get two at that price) and two steaks for that night's dinner.  I was so impressed with the sticker I took a picture of it to send to Eric.


The only problem was I knew the big chunks wouldn't be made for at least a few days.  So now they're wrapped tightly in the freezer.

Speaking of great deals, yeah, I bought more strawberries over the weekend but Kroger also had a deal on 5 pound bags of potatoes for 88 cents.  Raise your hand if you think I resisted the bargain.  If you raised your hand, you are 100% wrong.  Not only did I buy one bag for us AND one for Eric and Paige but I went back on Sunday and bought us another bag.  I made a few the other day so that leaves me with about 9 pounds of potatoes.  I do realize there are only two of us living in this house.  I don't know what I'm going to do.  I have looked up freezing potatoes and they need to be cooked first.  Oh, they also last longer if you take them out of the plastic bags... (added to to-do list).  Maybe I'll spend one full day cooking potatoes to freeze.  You'd think I'd be trying to work them into every meal but we didn't even have any last night or the night before.  The night before we had chicken sandwiches with STORE BOUGHT potato salad (hey, it sounded good and 9 pounds of potatoes or not, I don't have a good recipe) and last night we had sheet pan chicken and vegetables and that really goes with rice.  What's with all the chicken, you ask?  Guess what else was on sale for 88 cents a pound... boneless, skinless chicken breasts.   

I don't guess there's any need to mention our freezer is running low on space.  The sale that ended on Sunday also included Blue Bell.  I picked up a tub of that too.  Maybe I need to set up a day to clean out the freezer since I'm running across all these great deals.  I know there are some frozen dinners in there that we won't miss.  (When did Stouffer's french bread pizzas go downhill?  I used to like those things.)

Oh well, just a day in the life of a tightwad food hoarder.

if you can't hang with the

big dogs then stay off the porch... or something like that.  Well, I can hang with the big dogs but it might not look so hot afterwards.  And really, the dogs aren't very big.


Those aren't actual scratches, just marks I guess from the blood underneath.  (Or however that works.)  The marks are still there with a few added bruises.  This is what always happens when I'm out playing with the dogs.  More specifically, this is what happens when I'm lying out in the yard with the dogs.  One thing I did learn from this is that Archer thinks he is a lap dog.  That's fine because it's cute.

I pulled up in the driveway one day over the weekend and checked out the azalea.


So far so good.


Wait.  Look at that.


Is that NEW GREEN???  Does this mean the pot is working???  I fixed it???  I just love little victories, assuming this is the plants way of getting better and not just it on its final leg and showing me what could have been.  Cindy told me how hard these things are to grow and she grows everything... except azaleas because she said she always kills them.  I think Mom said azaleas can be difficult.  If this is the plant seriously choosing to stay alive, I can't wait to show and tell.  Me, of all people, keeping another plant alive.  Well, until the next snow comes.

Fortunately, that won't be anytime soon.  Nope, now we're coming right back around to hurricane season.  That sucks.  I think that's the biggest thing I hate about the gulf coast, next to mosquitos and the heat.  Oh well.  I can't sit here and let that get me down because that also means grilling season is back.  We grilled twice in the last three days.  I grilled shrimp on Friday and burgers on Saturday.  Oh, I also finally got around to making the strawberry pie.  I also only had enough strawberries for one pie by the time I got around to doing it though.  No problem, that one pie is kind of awesome.  Also, I saw strawberries on sale yesterday so I got more.  I can't pass up a good deal.  So now I'm back to square one.  What should I do with all the strawberries I picked up yesterday?

Maybe next on my to-do list should be trying my hand at another strawberry plant.  This time I'll leave it in the front yard where Maggie can't eat the berries.  I'll wait and see how the azalea does first.

today i need to get serious about the

strawberries.  I did my research and unless I plan on using them in a smoothie or something like that, there's no point in freezing them.  I guess their texture basically turns to mush or something like that.  I  did manage to make a dent in them yesterday when I cut some up and added them to a bowl with other fruit.  I snacked while I got sucked into Ancestry.com... until I heard cat litter being sloshed around and saw Strat behind me taking care of business.  I picked up my fruit and left the room.


I think strawberry pie might be my best bet, since it calls for 4 cups for each pie.  The only downside is I'll need to make two batches of pie crust.  Oh no, lots of pie crust and strawberries... I guess there are worse things.  Now let's hope Eric wants the extra pie.

here goes

nothing.  I finally got around to putting the azalea I got from Dodo's funeral in a pot.  I had to do something.  I was trying to figure out the best place to put it.  Should it go in the ground or in a pot?  Did it need full sun or shade?  Did it need a mixture of everything?  I've tried placing it in different spots in the pot it was in.  I propped it up in the flower bed where it would've been planted but it still looked bad.  I put it in the shade next to the potted plants but it looked bad there too.  The only thing I knew to do was to get it out of that tiny pot so it would have more room to breathe.  I got what remained of the basil out and replaced the empty pot with the azalea.


Now we wait.  I watered it and that was that.  I'll give it a few days against the house and then maybe a few days in the sun.  If it still looks like it does now, I'll have to think of a new spot.  Maybe I'm supposed to cut off the dead flowers.  I guess I'll have to look it up.

I saw a story on fb last night how people are reporting that some Alexas have randomly started doing a weird laugh out of nowhere.  Falling asleep after watching that news clip was the same feeling as walking through a haunted house when you know someone is about to jump out at you.  She never laughed and I fell asleep.

I also learned that today is International Women's Day.  I think that's a bunch of nonsense.  First of all, if you're so happy about something, be happy and acknowledge it all the time.  If I want to celebrate being 45 today, I will.  Nobody said I can ONLY do it on my birthday.  And what about these women who don't have it as nice as the women in this country, you know, the same American women who complain about having it so bad?  I can't deal with it.

I'm getting worked up now.  I need to go concentrate on that azalea.

i am back and I'm loving

it.  If you're hungry, you might want to look away because today is all about the food.

So like I was saying, that no motivation allergy slump I was in is GONE and yesterday was proof.  I woke up knowing I wanted to make a batch of chocolate peanut clusters in the crock pot.  Leasa made these for the shower and I needed more.  I did a half batch in the small crock pot.


I used THIS recipe I found on Pinterest and it was so easy.  I wore a glove while I was making the clusters and I took the glove off twice and laid it down on the counter.  Here are pictures of my glove both times.



If gloves could talk... nevermind, no words necessary.  Mine was making it loud and clear.

Cranky glove aside, the clusters were done and cooling on parchment paper by 8:30. 


I was going up to the church to help out at 10:30 and I knew I also wanted to bake some more of that french bread I made a couple of weeks ago so I started that dough and left it to rise.

I got home and got the bread ready for the oven.  I have this problem a lot when I make free standing loaves. 


The bread tends to split down one side.  I googled it and some people said that happens when the bread doesn't proof long enough.  Whatever.  Maybe patience isn't one of my strong points when food is involved.

Look at that. 


It was delicious, splits and all.

Speaking of delicious, I finally got around to making a spinach and strawberry salad that was served at Dodo's funeral.


I loved it and knew I needed to make it ASAP.  It was just as good as I remember.  Oh, and don't mind that filet mignon or the roasted garlic potatoes in the background.  They were just along for the ride.  Not to toot my own horn or anything but yeah, dinner was pretty awesome last night.

Now I've got two issues. 

1.  The clusters are almost gone.  I halved the batch and looking at even half, figured we'd get tired of them and move onto other things.  Out of that half batch, I took a bag up to the church.  I guess I could make more or I could move on to strawberry desserts.

2.  Strawberries were on sale and I knew I wanted the salad so I loaded up.  I now have four containers of strawberries.  You know what?  That salad doesn't use very many strawberries.  Now I need to figure out a few things to do with all that I have left.  I was already thinking about scones and a pie but maybe I need to do some research on freezing them.  That might be the best option.  Do I really need a pie and scones all at once?  As much as I'd like it, no, I don't need them all at once.

I just thought of another issue.  How in the world will tonight's dinner match the awesomeness of last night's?  I already know what I'm making but something tells me that roast won't even come close.  While I'm researching the right way to freeze strawberries, I might as well search "how to add pizazz to your pot roast to make it as fabulous as last night's super awesome filet mignon". 

a photo challenge sounds like a

simple task.  For example, yesterday's prompt of loud.  Fine.  Easy enough.  Take a picture of something loud.  I was out running around for a lot of yesterday and kept my eyes open for "loud" the whole time.  Yeah, the drink cooler at one of the stores was loud but I didn't see anything that would show it in a picture.  I came home and noticed the garbage cans were all still out.  That was it.  I decided to take a picture of the garbage truck.  With the new system, the truck picks up the other side of the street while on his way into the neighborhood, collects the neighborhood and then does our side of the street on his way out.  I was in the kitchen and heard the garbage truck.  I ran outside to catch him driving by.  I was too slow.


No biggie.  I came back in to give him time to finish and leave.  My new plan was to catch him on the way out.  I had an idea to sit behind the bushes and get the snapdragons in the picture.  This way I wouldn't look like a nerd just straight up taking pictures of a garbage truck.  Oh wait, a school bus was on its way down the street so I got a practice shot to check out.


No, I didn't like that.  First of all, look at all those weeds.  But second, I wanted more flowers in the picture.  I sat and waited.  I decided to pull a few weeds while I was waiting.  That didn't take very long but then I didn't really give it my all.  I wasn't making a new chore out of it.  I was only trying to get a picture so I could come back in and fold towels.  A truck pulled up at the neighbor's house.  I was really hoping they didn't notice me just sitting on the driveway, partially behind bushes.  I was starting to think I'd look less weird doing that straight up garbage truck shot.  Then I heard a vehicle coming.  It was kind of loud so I got in position.


Hmm.  Fed Ex isn't something typically associated with being loud.  I was okay with the picture but just not the subject.

Not wanting to seem weird to the neighbors and every car driving by, I took a few pictures.  I'm sure none of them noticed but in my head, I felt better.

There was this bee buzzing all over the Indian Hawthorne.  (I didn't need to zoom in, I was that close... sitting on the driveway behind the bushes.)  But look at that face he's giving me.  He was probably the only one I was actually creeping out.


There was also this worm that I hated.  I guess it's a worm.  He's a squirmy critter and I hate any and all squirmy critters.  He made me jump while I was pulling weeds. 


There were also a few mosquito hawks, a lady bug and a huge fly.

After I'd been sitting behind the bushes for over 30 minutes (I wish I could say I was exaggerating), I heard a vehicle approaching.  It wasn't the garbage truck but it was just as loud.  It was another school bus.  I was going to forget the garbage truck and go for the school bus.  I mean seriously, not only is the vehicle loud but the inside of a school bus in known for being noisy.  I acted like I was taking pictures of my flowers while the bus dropped off the neighbor kid and I got a picture as it drove off.  Done.  I needed to come in and start my phone charging so I waited to post it until I got plugged in.

I came inside and plugged in my phone and then I heard it.  There went the garbage truck. 

And that, folks, is the simple task of a daily photo challenge.

i walked past the front door

a few days ago and the sunrise looked really pretty coming through the glass.


I just thought I'd share that.

Last year I planted chives.  A few weeks later I posted something about the plant still being alive.  I was so proud and shared a picture.

Look at the chives and don't forget about the rosemary back there.

I was so excited. 

When winter came, I didn't think about covering anything.  oops.


I figured it was really no big deal.  If I killed anything, I'd just replant in the spring... if I felt like it.  To my surprise though, I noticed the chives and rosemary weren't bothered at all by the snow.  While the basil died, those two were fine.

I noticed the chives and rosemary yesterday.


Look at that.



Just look at that.  That stuff is doing better than ever.  The key to chives and rosemary?  Snow.  Well, don't quote me on that because what do I know?  I just got lucky, I guess.  Oh, I guess I could remove the elegant ensemble of grocery bags and tape from the water pipes.  Although, who's going to notice with the fabulous rosemary and big ol' fat chives right there.  Probably nobody.  Maybe I'll take it down anyway and invest in a better look for next year.  Maybe I could also try to find some recipes that involve chives and rosemary.  Sounds like bread might be coming up this week.

Oh, on the allergy front, things are looking good.  Other than a few coughing fits here and there and the occasional sneezing with sniffles, it's all good.  I started Friday off with hot tea and honey.  I stopped by to see Mom and she could tell I was feeling better.  She even offered me a Kcup of decaf tea to try.  Maybe I was feeling too good.  Anyway, I haven't had any elderberry syrup but I did make more tea.  I made Cosme have some over the weekend.  We sat on the couch and sipped tea with honey while we rested.  Maybe I should try tea just for more energy in the mornings.  If it can amp me up that much while I don't feel great, imagine what it could do when I'm functioning at 100%.  On second thought, the world might not be ready for that.

Now I'm off to go and start making up time on everything I didn't get done last week.  Maybe that tea isn't such a bad idea.  I'll give this can of cold caffeine a chance first.

allergies made me

do it.  I'm not proud and I'm blaming it all on allergies.


As if me stressing it constantly for the last three days hasn't hit home, this right here shows you exactly how I've been feeling.  I didn't make a cake.  I went to Stewart's and bought a cake to take to the church.  There was one other time I bought cookies instead of making them.  I'm serious.  This junk is giving me the worst case of the blahs.  Each day I've been feeling a little better though.  Today's Friday and my plan for the weekend is to sit here and rest.  I can't handle much more of this blahness.  Being lazy is one of my favorite hobbies but I also can't stand it when stuff needs to be done.  I did one load of laundry yesterday... ONE.  It's not just me though.  Cosme's pretty much in the same boat.  I finally convinced him to take a Benadryl last night, telling him it would help that tickle in the back of his throat that's keeping him coughing.  All I ever hear from him is "it's all in your head".  Guess what.  This morning he admitted that the Benadryl helped. 

Maybe the next time I'm here, it won't all be about allergies this and allergies that... not that I'm asking for anything worse to come along.  I think I'm going to go lie down.  I don't know if it's the Zyrtec or Jim Beam.

it's day three of allergy

crap and I've put everything off as long as I can.

I have to get to Brazoria this morning so we can work on a wedding project.  I took the stuff over yesterday afternoon but the wrath of oily popcorn hit and I didn't feel like doing anything.  (Oily popcorn is now in the trash.)  I came home after we sat there for a little bit so I could stick dinner in the oven.  I got that going and took a Benadryl.  The sneezing and sniffles stopped and I passed out on the couch.  So anyway, if I want Mom's help with the tree, we HAVE to get it started today.  Drainage and watery eyes can't hold me back today.

Oh, I also have to bake a cake to drop off at the church tomorrow.  Do I feel like it?  No.  Did I sign up for it?  Yes.  I could always go buy a cake but... Well, you know me.

It's also the first day of March and while I haven't done either photo challenge for a while, it's the first day of a new month so I'm going to try to jump back on the daily photo train.  We'll see.  If being preoccupied doesn't distract me again, I'm pretty sure allergy symptoms will.

Right now though, I'm thinking hot, scrambled eggs might help.

before the shower on Saturday

I was looking for hostess gifts.  I went to the farmers' market to see if there was anything there.  I didn't find hostess gifts but I did find a booth with natural remedies.  I've been hearing a lot about elderberry syrup fighting off colds and flu and this booth had some.  I went ahead and picked up a bottle.


Yesterday when I woke up feeling less than awesome, I started off with the usual sinus solutions.  Nothing was really working.  I remembered that syrup and as much as I didn't want to try it (scared of how bad it would taste), I did.  I kind of like it.  Along with elderberry, it's got honey, cinnamon, ginger and other stuff.  I don't think it's a miracle quick fix but at 1 TBS twice a day, I wasn't expecting that.  I'm going to keep with it and see if it helps keep this junk from turning into anything worse.  I already have the diffuser going with lavender, peppermint and today, a little orange for some oomph.  Oh, I also took a nasal decongestant.  I'm all for trying the natural stuff but if you've got the good stuff, take it. 

Today is starting off better though.  My throat isn't sore but my head's still draining.  I guess I'll just keep taking everything I get my hands on.