Sunshine Through the Rain

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The last time I posted, we were having a “ton” of rain here.  Since then I have become a very sick girl.  I basically have missed the last week of work.  While laying around feeling miserable and feeling sorry for myself, my amazing husband Gregory (World Engineer), dropped some sunshine into my day.  He nominated me for a Sunshine Award.  It is not a Pulitzer, but in many ways it is better.  It is an opportunity to help others find new cool things in the blogshere.  Thank you honey!!  Here is how it works.

1) Use the logo above in the post.

2) Link to whoever nominated you.

3) Write ten pieces of information about yourself.

4) Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”

5) Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

So, here goes:

  1. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
  2. I learned to crochet from my mother when I was 8 years old.
  3. I enjoying cooking, but I love to bake!
  4. The land my house is built on used to be my grandfather’s garden.  I remember helping him as a little girl.
  5. I work a full-time job at a car dealership.
  6. My garden is under construction at the moment.  It will be a very long, slow job, but we will expand it every season until we complete our plan.
  7. Growing up, I was a twirler, dancer, cheerleader, flute player, oboe player, and piano player.  Wow!  I have never actually written all of that out in one sentence before.  It seems completely overwhelming!
  8. I am former US Navy.
  9. I am a gamer girl.  I am currently playing in two different D&D games.
  10. Oh!  And, my grandmother taught me how to sew when I was in my early teens.

I would like to nominate the following blogs for this award. (There will not be ten because I am so new to this.)

  1. BGgarden : Creative Living & Growing In The Heartland – Bren has a beautiful home and garden and shares wonderful pictures and ideas.
  2. Interesting Literature – Welcome to Interesting Literature, an online library of all that is most interesting and captivating about literature. Here you’ll find fun facts, interesting research into writers and their work, and blog posts which seek to capture the most fascinating facets of the literary world. So pull up a chair at this virtual library of literary wonder, and begin browsing!
  3. Charlotte Hoather – This young woman has an amazing voice and a bright future ahead of her.
  4. A Stairway To Fashion – A beautiful blog by a woman with a great “definition” of fashion and style.
  5. Chris Martin Writes – Thank you for stopping by Chris Martin Writes. My goal is to make this site about a variety of things. I try to publish at least one post a week. Topics will include all sorts of genres, but mostly fiction and faith.
  6. Joeseeberblog – The majority of my posts will be on mindset, blogging strategies, life lessons, entrepreneurship and my travels.

Have a wonderful day!

And the rain just keeps coming!

It has now rained everyday since Sunday.  I think I may be going into withdrawal.  LOL!  Anyway, I have been spending time going through some of my books.  Just yesterday, I downloaded 20-30 free books onto my Kindle.  They covered a number of different topics (gardening, canning, crocheting, green house-cleaning, soap-making, etc.).  As I make my way through them, I will let you know if any of them are wonderful.

Here’s to hoping for great information!!

What is a Scrafghan??

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Well…………Scrafghan started as an extra thick afghan for use on our couch.  Straight single crochet done with 3 strands of yarn and a large hook.  Then I got bored.  So, I changed colors, then added some novelty yarn.  I used up bits and pieces of different things that I had laying around the house.

Then, we went on a trip to visit friends.  Scrafghan went with us, because it was still at a manageable stage.  LOL!  I would never have guessed that my project would then take on a life of its own.

Sitting in the midst of a group of gamers, computer nerds, and technogeeks, I became the center of attention.  Wait, strike that.  Scrafghan became the center of attention.

“What are you working on?”  “What is that??”  Why is it so many different colors?”

These were not unusual questions, so I was ready for them.  Then I had one of the guys sit down next to me and ask if I was crocheting, because it looked like what his grandmother used to do. Talk about shocked.  Most people assume I am knitting, no matter what I am working on.

Then they all started to cycle in and out of my little corner of the room.  They would sit and ask me about it, some of them would “pet” the novelty yarn, and some would just sit with it over their laps like they were trying it on for size.

I left my project next to that chair when we went to bed for the night, but when I got up the next morning, it was not where I had left it.  It was covering the legs of the person asleep in the chair (hook, yarn, and all).  After that, people started to argue over who was going to get to sleep under Scrafghan (short for scrap afghan).

The following Christmas, some of ours friends bought an old afghan and took it apart.  They wound it into an enormous ball and gave it to me so that Scrafghan could continue.  Now, I am pretty sure they would send me home if I dared to go visiting without it.

Note to the KampKon crowd: “Scrafghan and I love you all.”

I have since had a number of requests for scrafghans of their very own.  I wonder if this might be an intriguing little side business. Hmmmm.

Rainy days!

We have had a number of rainy days here in the Piedmont area of Georgia.  That means that I have not been able to be outside digging in, what will become, my garden.  So, I have been looking for free catalogs and magazines about “the self-sufficient life”.  I have bookmarked a few things, but have not found anything “FREE” yet.  I have seen a few articles that I am looking forward to checking out.  I will let you know if I find anything interesting or entertaining.  Let me know what your favorites are.  Having fun and “enjoying” the weather!

Total fail on the pics!

I would just like to apologize now for my failure in the area of the pics for Thanksgiving!  LOL!

Everything came together so fast and at such the last minute, I totally lost my mind.  We were supposed to have an early dinner at my mother’s house at 4:00.  Fine, no problem.  I did my gravy base on Wednesday night, and got up and started cooking Thursday morning.  The turkey went into the oven on time (a huge accomplishment for me!).  Spiced Pecans…….check!  Fried onions for the green bean casserole……check!

At this point, I am completely confident that I will get everything done and have plenty of time for pics before heading out to my mother’s house.  (They live three houses away! LOL!)

Onward!!  Chocolate pies…….check!  (They looked great and tasted ok, but were not what I was hoping for.)

OK, into the crunch………Garlic Mashed Potatoes are taking longer than expected to cook (even though I julianned them).  Green Bean Casseroles are together and waiting to go into the oven as soon as the turkey comes out.

Turkey is out of the oven and we have gotten it onto a platter so that I can start on the gravy.  That is a lot of liquid in that pan……how am I ever going to get this to reduce down like the recipe says??  Oh!  I forgot to put the green beans in the oven and the potatoes decide they are ready now?  Rush, Rush, Rush!!

Needless to say, it all got done and we made it to my mother’s, but we were about 30 minutes late.  LOL!

Hope your Thanksgiving was as interesting and memorable as ours!!

Let the cooking begin…..

Actually, it started last night. LOL!  I have a wonderful turkey recipe that I found online last year.  It turned out beautifully, so I thought I would give the gravy recipe that goes with it a shot this year.  I have never made gravy in my life.  I know, I know.  I can hear the shocked gasps now.  Anyway, I wanted to share the link to the recipe with you.

http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/slow-roast-turkey-40-cloves-garlic-and-white-wine-pan-gravy

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has some great recipes.

As I was saying, about the gravy………it is a 2 day process!!  I did the gravy base last night.  Smells and tastes amazing though.  Can’t wait to try and finish that process up.  Should be interesting if nothing else.

Next up on the new recipe list is a green bean casserole from Alton Brown.  Fresh green beans, fresh mushrooms, half-and-half, fresh onions…….mmmmmmmmm!!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/not-your-mamas-green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html

I will let you know how that turns out.

I have a chocolate pie idea that I am bouncing around as well.  That one will be all me, and I will post that if it turns out like I want it to.

Wish me luck and pictures will be forthcoming!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Brrrr…….

So, I live in the Piedmont area of Georgia, northeast of Atlanta.  What most of the country calls cold weather, would probably be beyond my general scope. LOL! However, it has gotten down right chilly here and they are calling for rain with a possible wintery mix. Work on my garden is on hold, probably until after Thanksgiving.  (I will be spending Wednesday evening and Thursday cooking.)

Stay warm and dry and watch for how the turkey turns out on Thursday. I’m excited!

We have made a beginning!

Yesterday, we made the first (of many) steps to getting our garden started!!  YAY!!  I am very excited.  I intend to share pictures with you all along the way, but you need to know where we are starting from.  With that being said…….here we go!

Empty Yard

This is my yard as it was yesterday morning.

Stakes and Twine

We went to Home Depot.  LOL!  Looking at this picture as I am writing this, it looks like I am going vampire hunting.  Oh well!

While at Home Depot, we met Susan, The Plant Lady.  She was amazing!  She answered all of our questions about the different compost options and suggested that we use the Soil Conditioner option for the lovely clay soil that we have here in Georgia.  Fortunately, our soil is not completely clay based but there is more than enough to make life difficult.  We picked up two bags of Soil Conditioner and I plan to go back and get more every week.

Progress on Garden Layout

This was were we had to stop. (Lunch with the family for Thanksgiving is important. LOL!)

After lunch my nephew, Clint, came back home with us to help us with our work. We worked until it got dark.  I intend to take more pictures this morning, before we get back to work.

A little about my furbabies!

We have cats.  Yes, that is plural.  Inside we only have two, Shadow and Marshmallow.  Outside we have a fluctuating collection.  We have acquired them over time and they come and go as they please.  However, right now there are 5 that are here everyday.

Shadow

This is Shadow.

Marshmallow

This is Marshmallow.

Cathy and Gregory

This is Cathy with my Gregory.

Little Mama

This is Little Mama and yes she has two different color eyes.  Her right eye is blue and her left eye is yellow.

Zombie

This is Zombie, the daughter of Little Mama.  She also has bi-colored eyes.  Her right eye is yellow and left eye is blue.

CallieHorns

These are the daughter of Zombie, Callie and Horns.  Horns has eyes just like her mothers.

Now you have met my indoor babies and my outdoor babies.  I love them all!  Have a purrrrrfectly wonderful day!