Friday, February 29, 2008

Oliver Twist

Last night we had our Morton Ward Book Club Meeting. We met at Sister Hickok's home in Eureka. We discussed Oliver Twist. I did not finish the book. Very depressing if you ask me. Orphans really do have it better today. We got Spencer's wedding announcement today in the mail. I told him he could have worn better jeans than what was in the photos. He said those were $100. jeans. I told him he got ripped off. lol.

We did our monthly shopping at Sams tonight. Stocked up with lots of fish and fruit.

I am going to take an ipod class tomorrow at ICC. Wish me luck.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

College Cheese

That's what Dan calls cottage cheese. Tuesday night I started to make cottage cheese for the very first time. I finished it up this morning and I have to agree it came out pretty good. I am now cooking down the whey (liquid part) to make some kind of spreadable cheese. It was easier than I thought. Just another way to use your powdered milk. I just ate some with some fruit and it tasted pretty good. I would probably cook it less next time. I will save some out for Dan to try and then use a cup of it to make sour cream.

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd

Last night was our first night in the spare bedroom until the new furniture is delivered Monday. I didn't realize how much smaller a double bed us compared to a Queen. Amanda must have a King size You can get lost in her bed. But anyway, the cat decided to sleep on my feet all night so I just felt so crowded. Also the room was very hot. It's an inside room and I could hardly breathe. The ceiling fan has never been installed so it would have been so much better. In our master bedroom if I get too warm I just jump up and flip the ceiling fan switch.

Spoke with Amanda last night. Tyler, Mackenzie and Brett were having the time of their lives. I asked what all the noise was and she said they were just being kids. She really enjoys her children. She talked about driving out over spring break but it's a week before Spencer's wedding so that would probably not be feasible. Haven't heard from Spencer lately. I imagine he is busy with work and with the wedding.

I tried to fill in some pre-boarding info for the cruise last night. But the website came up with some errors. I saved what I had done and will attempt to complete it.

I will work on my quilting room today. My good neighbors next door brought me a whole bunch of boxes from their move so I should have enough to do the bookcase with church books.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pugle Wednesday

I offered to watch Bailey Marisa's dog. I enjoy her company and thought it would be a great day. Well, I had to run into Peoria to pick up Dan's glasses. When I got back I noticed a sack of chocolate chip chunks spread all over the family room floor. I had shopped yesterday and had several sacks still on the kitchen floor with taco shells and other dry goods. I forgot I had purchased a sack of chips. I quickly put her outside. I then swept up the chips and weighed all the chips. I am figuring she didn't like the semi-sweet chips because a very small amount was missing. It could have been disastrous . I am going to have to be more careful in the future. Neil came over and helped Dan carry our old mattress and box springs to the curb for the trash pickup tomorrow. We also got rid of our old dressers. Dan took a hammer to them and they are lying on top of the mattress. What a sight. Our new bedroom furniture comes on Monday. Dan and I will be sleeping in the spare bedroom in a double bed. This ought to be good. We always have our scripture study when we get up in the morning and just do it in bed. I imagine we will be going downstairs to study until our new bed gets here.

Nostolgic Tuesday

I didn't get to write last night because Dan moved his computer downstairs to the basement and once he shuts it down mine is off too. A busy morning. Had to run and pick up Dan's glasses from the Eye Center. Lady decided to eat them one day and so we had to order new frames. Last night I got the spare bedroom book case cleaned off. I boxed the books up and stashed them in the spare bathroom. While I was working on the closet, I found loads of clothes belonging to Spencer and a shirt or two of Danny Lee's. As Fields of Gold (Sting) played softly in the background I started to tear up. I found several Scout shirts and some shirts I know the boys wore in high school. It seems so long ago they were at home, not his home but here with Dan and I. It's over before you know it. Now they have boys of their own and will soon start having them. The potty training I don't miss. Hang in there. He must have forgotten how to go this morning. It will get better Sarah.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Annoying Tuesday

Woke up to snow and wind. It was a whopping 33 degrees. I took Sister Hall to the Dr. and found it very slippery on the blacktop between Metamora and Washington. Of course Woodford County didn't have the roads cleaned off. Tazewell did. Many of the counties are out of salt. Went food storage shopping at Walmart and Kroger. On my way home the temperature was definitely colder. Brought Sr. Pedrick a piece of the Bumbleberry Pie. I was gone about 10 minutes and when I got back home the driveway was cleaned off. The snow is starting to blow so the driveway was clean for awhile. English class was cancelled tonight. I doubt many would have showed up with the temperatures dropping. Laura hasn't had her baby yet. Once she delivers and recoups things should go back to normal.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Staff of Life

Order your wheat if you can find it. Our Bishop's Storehouse is very low and says that the price of wheat is going to go through the roof. Have you noticed the price of eggs lately? The prices are out of sight because the cost of feeding the chickens has gone up: grain. Our Stake Food Storage Specialist is going to see if our stake will pay for a truck and if our storehouse can get some reserve wheat. I have plenty of wheat but will either get it from the storehouse at a good price before it goes up or order from Honeyvillegrain. at $1. 00 /lb. Signs of the times?

Monday Morning Mahem

I am in the process of cleaning out closets because the carpet guy is coming Saturday to measure for new carpeting. I did alot on Saturday with Dan and my closet. He still has lots of papers to go through. He has so much stuff from High Council he hasn't gone through in years. He has no choice now. We purchased a new bedroom set that will be delivered next Monday so I cleaning out our room. Can't wait to sleep on a new mattress. I also need to make an appt. for someone to see me about my eye. Several weeks ago I got this unusual bruising but almost a petechia. I first had this happen about three years ago as I was leaving for Wyoming. They checked my platelets but found nothing wrong. I don't think it's normal. We shall see.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday Dinner: Tortilla Pie

1 cup frozen corn kernels (Danny, not colonel)
2 green onions ( I used onion powder)
1 t ground cumin
1 1/2 cups salsa
1-15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
4 burrito sized tortillas ( I used whole wheat, yum)
1-8 oz. pkg. grated cheese
2 T chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 450. In a non stick skillet, cook corn, onions and cumin with Pam until warm. Add salsa and beans. Place one tortilla on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Add one cup of bean mixture on top of tortilla add 1/2 cup of cheese. Repeat three times. With the fourth tortilla on top , add the remaining cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Top with cilantro and cut into 4 pieces. Top with sour cream and more salsa if desired. Buen provecho.

My first blog

Who knew it would be this easy. I love reading Sarah's blog and seeing my grandchildren so now I will try my own. Hope this is interesting to somebody. I will certainly be learning as I go.