Friday, May 30, 2014

And Mosquitos are OUT! Drat it!


Mosquitos LOVE me - for breakfast, lunch and dinner - and particularly if it is going to rain!

I've heard that mosquitos will "favor" someone who wears a scent - including scented underarm deoderants, scented hair lotion as well as perfumes and other assorted fragrances.  They will also "favor" someone who has blonde hair over brown.

So - guess what - I go charging out to my garden - complete with pear scented underarm deoderant, hair washed in aloe whatsis scented hair shampoo and otherwise resembling a fruit garden in the middle of summer.  And what color is my hair?  Well, that's a good question - I've been trying to decide that for the last 6-8 weeks - and having decided that yes, indeed, I AM allergic to hair dye - it is still blonde enough for mosquitos in the next county to come winging my way!  I swear - the mosquitos here - rather than keeping it all to themselves, put me on the net - and I ended with a full congregation of mosquitos giving thanks that I happened their way!  Ugh!

I am now back inside - complete with enough silver dollar welts that I only wish that they were in coin so I could collect and retire!

What about OFF and such like?  Outside of the fact that OFF and I don't get along on many basis (OFF spells ON to my mosquitos!) and that I am one of the lucky ones who is allergic to pennyroyal (a type of mint plant that does keep away mosquitoes - even if a person is allergic to the plant!) - I need to remember what I use every year to keep the dratted things away!  And therein lies the problem.  I seem to have a memory that doesn't remember important little things like this!  Ask me what the square root of - well, I don't remember that either - but you get the idea!

I do remember using cider vinegar and that it helped.  Now if I could remember if I used it BEFORE I went outside and it worked - or if I used it AFTER I came back in and that the vinegar killed the mosquito itch!  I do suspect though that since vinegar's effectiveness for many things lies in its acidity - that I used it BEFORE I went out.  So will have to test that and see.  More later.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Garden is IN!


Garden is IN!  With exception of.... Sweet corn, squash, melons, asparagus, and pumpkin, that is!  But the Root vegetables, leafy greens, coles, tomatoes/peppers/eggplants, beans (I didn't plant peas this year!), potatoes are planted.  Admittedly - I WILL have to transplant seedlings from the coles from one place to another a bit later - but overall - all of this is in - and I even have 1 bed for a second, third and fourth planting of lettuce!  And all of this in hopes of finishing off leftover seed from last year!  And - yup - I STILL have SOME seed left over - but may do a second seeding later!

Now to get the rabbit wire cages up and in place - and I would love to do this one tomorrow!  Hopefully none of the birds were watching!

Tomorrow I am hopeful of getting the asparagus in - as well as the rest of everything - and maybe even getting the fence put up for the blackberry bushes!

OH - and my Grape vines are starting to leaf out!  Whew!  I ALMOST pulled them out thinking that our last late freeze had killed them off!  Still I know there is definitely damage - just not sure how much!

And the raspberries - the tree in the middle of that patch is a mulberry! and it is doing a berry thing!  Sigh!  I do love mulberry trees!  Still remember eating myself silly on them as a kid!

Sorry - no pix today - will take some tomorrow and post then!

The Reason why......


The reason why I haven't been blogging the last couple of days............

My son came over Tuesday after work and got my tiller started - fresh gas - the whole thing!  YAY!

Of course, this meant that I had no longer an excuse to not till - so I did.  OMG!  Am I out of condition!  I am by NO means a lightweight - in fact I have 35 more pounds to lose (I've lost 40 pounds already! Two years ago!) and have been bouncing around on the scales + or - 5 pounds and generally on the fence about the whole thing.  Still and all - when I was running the tiller I felt like Linus and the Security blanket in the Peanuts cartoon strip!  That tiller ran wantonly all over the place and whenever I would finally get it to turn the corner, I'd go whipping around it just like I was taking flight!

About that time, my back decided it was time to kick in and make itself felt. DEFINITELY felt!  To the point of tears!  Son came back over when I called him to start the tiller again (it doesn't like me!) - and finished the last little strip!  At any rate I told him that HE could keep the thing over there!  And NEXT year I was getting either a high wheel cultivator or a Ro-Ho - both of which are NOT machine driven but people powered and both of which I can handle - probably with less pain!   Nathan, being "modern" and very mechanical and machine "more power" minded, was not impressed!

At any rate - after tilling I DID get my potatoes in before it rained (just a spit and fit rain), showered, ate - and fell asleep right after I medicated my Widget cat!  At 8 PM, no less!  AND slept until 8 AM Wednesday!

After medicating Widget (morning insulin) again, I was outside again - weeding strawberry plants, planting beans, and generally leveling out the soil in the big garden as well as the strip garden (4' x I think it is 40' long).  Came in, showered, straightened house, sat down - and woke up 3 hours later!

Geez!  would like to think it is all the fresh air!  More likely - it's all the Tiller Trauma and bending over!  All I can say is - I sure wish I had invested money in those back patches!  I'da made a mint by now!  Just on my useage!

today - it's back outside for a spot of weeding (strawberries! and I have a hunch that it is either woodbine OR it's P***** I*y I'm pulling!  Ugh!  woodbine has 5 leaves, PI has 3 and this has either one!)

After weeding - it's planting any root crops, brassicas, salad crops.  NOT planting peas this year - too late I think!  NEED to plant corn now - but really chilly out and I'm not fond of having seed rot in the ground!

More later!  Who knows - I may actually take pictures!!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What's on Tuesday's Agenda?

GO AND DO
  • DONE Post office
  • DONE 3 meals a day
  • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
GARDEN - 
  • DONE D group - feed and prepare soil.  Set up wood frames.  clear back fence.
  • DONE Orchard - plant remaining trees, clean between trees and get plantings done.  mulch orchard and bushes.
  • DONE Plant all Root crops
    STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
    • EXERCISE - 
      • DONE garden
    MENU

    TUESDAY
    B:Apple Fritters, tea
    L:vegetable soup
    D:Layered enchilada casserole, orange sections

    KITCHEN
    • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
      • DONE Vegetable soup
    • BREAD
      • DONE Apple Fritters
    • MAIN DISHES
      • DONE Corned beef - cooked but ate at Nathan and Lynn's last night!

    Monday, May 26, 2014

    Memorial Day Monday


    I had thought of marching in the Memorial Day Parade today (I can) - but honestly, I doubt if my legs could carry me around the block.  And I'm not even going to speak of my tum!  Ugh!  So - I don't know if I'm even going to be able to attend.

    Still and all - there are things I can do around here..........

    GO AND DO
    • No - tummy acting up Memorial Day parade?
    •  DONE 3 meals a day
    •  DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
    HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
    • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
      •  DONE M
    GARDEN

    • DONE till!!!! 
    • a little planting done and plant!!!!

    STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
    • THE EARTH
        • EH - 
          • DONE 41-42
        • DONE Lapbook
      • EXERCISE - DONE was tilling!
      MONDAY
      B:Rolled Oats, butter, brown sugar, tea
      L:Split pea soup
      D:Dirty rice (beans and rice) and salad would be nice
      QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)
      • DONE DESIGN WALL (Monday)

      Design Wall for Week 21 - 05-25-14

      QUILTING - machine

      Thanksgiving table runner

      Cinnamon Stix

      St. Paddy's Day

      Halloween

      Snow People

      Mini Twister

      Hearts Around Table Runner

      APPLIQUE
      The Ants Picnic

      LEADER-ENDER
      Jamestown Landing - light string blocks
       PIECING
      Underground Railroad -STILL working on pieced sashing



      Sunday, May 25, 2014

      Yawn! It's Sunday and GORGEOUS!


      GO AND DO
      • DONE 3 meals a day
      • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
      HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
      • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
        • DONE S
      STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
      • SCIENCE
        • World of Plants (WOP)
          • Unit 3
            • DONE Biomes 
          • DONE Lapbook Unit 3
      • THE EARTH
          • EH - 
            • DONE 36-40
          • DONE Lapbook
        • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
          • Yoga A wk 5 (date/3 +1)
            • DONE 05/25
        • MATH
          • DONE 91
        • RUSSIAN
          • Continue Daily review
            • DONE Lesson 10
        • CREATIVE WRITING
          • Writing Strands 
            • DONE 12-7
          • LIFE SKILLS
            • DONE Paperwork 
          KITCHEN
          • MAIN DISHES
            • DONE Corned beef - this dude has to soak for quite a while!
          QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)
          • DONE STASH REPORT (Sunday)
          • PIECE
            • DONE - worked on some LE - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks 
            • Piecing
              • DONE - worked on some Underground Railroad - Pieced sashing for quilt

          Goals for Week 21 - 05-25-14


          GO AND DO
          • DONE Walmart - meds and kitty litter
          • DONE  Post office
          • DONE Bills (ugh!)
          • DONE Yom Yerushalayim
          • DONE Celtic Women
          • DONE Open Sew
          • DONE Vince's B'day
          • no - tum NOT feeling well Memorial Day parade?
          • DONE 3 meals a day
          • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
          HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
          • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
            • DONE S
            • DONE M
            GARDEN - 
            • DONE D group - feed and prepare soil.  Set up wood frames.  clear back fence.
            • DONE C2 group - set up framework. C1 group - set up framework
            • DONE Orchard - plant remaining trees, clean between trees and get plantings done.  mulch orchard and bushes.
            • DONE Plant beans  
            • DONE Till ground in beds and set up bed divisions
            • DONE Plant all Root crops
            • DONE Plant leaf crops as I have seed
              • cover with wire cages (blasted squirrels!)
            • DONE Plant all coles that I have (doing seed only this year - seedlings will make fall plants - hopefully!
            • DONE check out trees - prune as need be
              STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
              • SCIENCE
                • World of Plants (WOP)
                  • Unit 3
                    • DONE Biomes
                  • DONE Lapbook Unit 3
              • THE EARTH
                • EH - 
                  • DONE 36-40
                  • DONE 41-42
                • Lapbook
              • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
                • Garden
                  • DONE T/W/R/F
                • Yoga A wk 5 (date/3 +1)
                  • DONE 05/25
              • MATH
                • DONE 91
              • RUSSIAN
                • Continue Daily review
                  • DONE Lesson 10
              • CREATIVE WRITING
                • Writing Strands 
                  • DONE 12-7
                • LIFE SKILLS
                  • DONE Paperwork 
                • MUSIC
                • ART
                KITCHEN
                • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                  • DONE Vegetable soup
                  • DONE Tomato sauce for Pizza dippy stix
                  • DONE tomato soup
                • BREAD
                  • DONE Whole Wheat
                  • DONE Challah
                  • DONE Apple Fritters
                • MAIN DISHES
                  • DONE Corned beef - this dude has to soak for quite a while!
                  • DONE Beans - soak for Beans and rice on Monday night
                • DESSERTS and SALADS
                QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)
                • DONE STASH REPORT (Sunday)
                • DONE DESIGN WALL (Monday)
                • DONE OPEN SEW (FRIDAY)
                • PIECE
                  • worked on it LE - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks 
                  • Piecing
                    • worked on it Underground Railroad - Pieced sashing for quilt

                Menues for Week 21 - WB 05-25-14


                SUNDAY
                B: toast and honey, tea
                L:Eggs florentine - with mushrooms, spinach, cheese
                D:Corned beef (I've been putting this one off for as long as poss - I love it - but not supposed to eat the salt - THIS one will be soaked until most of salt is removed... hopefully), potatoes, cabbage, brussel sprouts (I don't have that much cabbage!)

                MONDAY
                B:Rolled Oats, butter, brown sugar, tea
                L:Split pea soup
                D:Dirty rice (beans and rice) and salad would be nice

                TUESDAY
                B:Apple Fritters, tea
                L:vegetable soup
                D:Layered enchilada casserole, orange sections

                WEDNESDAY
                B:Coddled eggs with cheese on toast, orange, tea
                L:Pizza dippy stix
                D:Turkey and apples (supposed to have cheddar - I'm out!), brown rice, parsnips

                THURSDAY
                B:Kasha, brown Sugar, tea
                L:brussel sprout soup
                D:tomato pasta, greens

                FRIDAY
                B:Pancakes, syrup, butter, berries
                L:turkey sloppy joes, dill pickles, potato salad, lemonade
                D:Salmon croquettes, potatoes, green beans, apples

                SATURDAY
                B:cinnamon coffeecake
                L:Cream of Zucchini soup, dill pickle,potato salad,  lemonade
                D:Crockpot Italian Chicken

                SUNDAY
                B:Poached eggs, toast, tea
                L:tomato soup
                D:leftovers

                Stash Report for Week 21 - 05-25-14


                05-25-14 -Week 21 -

                Well, that didn't happen! (Referring to last week's finish a whole bunch!) 

                Worked off and on (more off than on) the pieced sashing for Underground Railroad - which is coming along - but not done yet.

                 Used This Week 0 yard
                Used This Month: 5.0625 for May
                Year to Date: 12.438 yards

                Added This Week: 4.63 yards
                Added This Month: 5.63 yard for May
                Added Year to Date:5.63 

                Net Used for 2014: 6.808 yards 

                Friday, May 23, 2014

                Friday - where has the week gone????

                Underground Railroad quilt
                Am working on pieced sashing this week!
                Does it seem like the days just fly past so quickly anymore to anyone else?  Am hoping its because I have a relatively active life (either that or I sleep a lot!)

                GO AND DO
                • DONE Bills (ugh!)
                HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                  • DONE F
                • ZONE 1
                  • Front porch
                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                  • Side Porch 
                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                  • Entrance
                    • DONE WHB on Fri
                    • Back Stairs
                      • DONE WHB
                  • ZONE 2 - 
                    • Kitchen
                      • DONE WHB on Fri - 
                    • Dining Area
                      • DONE WHB 
                    • ZONE 3 
                      • Bath
                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                        • Laundry Room
                          • DONE WHB on Fri 
                        • Sewing Room
                          • DONE WHB on Fri
                        • Study 
                          • DONE WHB on Fri
                      • ZONE 4 
                        • BR - 
                          • DONE WHB on Fri
                      • ZONE 5 
                        • LR - 
                          • DONE WHB 
                      GARDEN - 
                      • DONE Planted eggplants, pepper, tomatoes
                        STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                        • LIFE SKILLS
                          • DONE Paperwork 
                        QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)



                      • PIECE 
                        • DONE LE - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks
                          • Piecing
                            • Some sashing almost ready! DONE Underground Railroad - Pieced sashing for quilt

                        Thursday, May 22, 2014

                        And Thursday Is....??????

                        Almost Friday! LOL

                        It's raining off and on (allergies better therefore!) so no outside work!  Housecleaning - the major stuff is done for the week!  So am studying, paperwork, and quilt time!




                        Wednesday, May 21, 2014

                        And now - for Wednesday's turn!!!!

                        This is my big kitty - Widget (and, yes, there are dogs smaller than Widget!)
                        He's very sweet -   but does NOT like men (was badly mistreated when he was a kitten)

                        GO AND DO
                        • DONE Post office
                        • DONE 3 meals a day
                        • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
                        HOUSE - springtime ALLERGY season!  Wiped me out yesterday!  Slept most of day! AND all night!
                          STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                          • RELIGION
                            • DONE J Fest 53-57
                            • DONE Work on lapbooks
                            • Song
                              • DONE 89
                          • THE EARTH
                            • TOL 
                              • DONE pp. 82-85
                            • DONE Lapbook
                          • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
                            • Yoga C (date/3 + 0)
                              • DONE 05/21
                          • RUSSIAN
                            • Continue Daily review
                              • DONE Lesson 10
                          • HANDWRITING
                            • Book A
                              • DONE p. 7
                            • LIFE SKILLS
                              • DONE Paperwork 
                              • Family Financial Workbook
                                • DONE but didn't retain anything Chapter 1
                            KITCHEN
                            • MAIN DISHES
                              • DONE - yum! Apricot fish

                            Tuesday, May 20, 2014

                            Tuesday - Maybe today - garden time????

                            My daughter Wendy and her husband Vince -
                            we were at Amelia Park at the time.  This was taken 2 2/4 years ago.
                            HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                            • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                              • DONE T
                              • ZONE 3 
                                  • Bath
                                    • DONE Zone
                                  • Laundry Room
                                    • DONE Zone
                                STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                                • RELIGION 
                                  • JW 
                                    • DONE 49-53
                                    • DONE Work on lapbooks
                                  • Song 
                                    • DONE 88
                                • THE EARTH
                                  • TOL 
                                    • DONE pp. 76-81
                                • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
                                  • Yoga B wk 5  (date/3 +2)
                                    • DONE 05/20
                                • RUSSIAN
                                  • Continue Daily review
                                    • DONE Lesson 9
                                • HANDWRITING
                                  • Book A
                                    • DONE p. 6
                                • LIFE SKILLS
                                  • DONE Paperwork 
                                KITCHEN
                                • MAIN DISHES
                                  • DONE Turkey Kielbasa, chips and soda

                                Monday, May 19, 2014

                                Monday, Monday - Did I actually get into the garden today????

                                My son Nathan and his lovely bride Lynn from when they were married - 1 3/4 years ago!
                                The person who married them is Sherry - Lynn's mom!

                                GO AND DO
                                • DONE 3 meals a day
                                • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
                                HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                                • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                                  • DONE M
                                • ZONE 3 
                                  • Bath
                                      • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                      • Laundry Room
                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                      • Sewing Room
                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                    • ZONE 4 
                                      • BR - 
                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                    • ZONE 5 
                                      • LR - 
                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                      STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                                      • RELIGION
                                        • TIMG 
                                          • DONE 84-90
                                        • JFest &H
                                          • DONE 45-48
                                        • DONE Work on lapbooks
                                      • THE EARTH
                                        • TOL 
                                          • DONE (read only) pp. 76-81
                                      • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
                                        • Yoga A wk 5 (date/3 +1)
                                          • DONE 05/19
                                      • RUSSIAN
                                        • Continue Daily review
                                          • DONE Lesson 9
                                      • HANDWRITING
                                        • Book A
                                          • DONE p. 5
                                      • LIFE SKILLS
                                        • DONE Paperwork 
                                      KITCHEN
                                      • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                                        • DONE Split pea soup with half t. sausage
                                      • MAIN DISHES
                                        • DONE 
                                          Fixed Ziti instead!
                                      • DESSERTS and SALADS
                                        • DONE tuna  pasta salad for Tuesday
                                      QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)

                                    • DONE DESIGN WALL (Monday)

                                      Design Wall for Week 20 - 05-19-14


                                      MACHINE QUILTING
                                      FREE MOTION QUILTING

                                      Mini Twister - needs FMQ (and binding, of course!)

                                      Snow People -  - needs walking foot and
                                      FMQ (and binding, of course!)

                                      It's All about Hearts -  - needs FMQ (and binding, of course!)

                                      Hurricane Katrina table topper - not sure but think that it needs FMQ (and binding, of course!)
                                       PIECING

                                      Peggy's tablecloth - STILL have to applique ants and other such picnic critters!

                                      LEADER ENDER challenge - Jamestown Landing.  Not far from 100 of these.  Need 168!

                                      CLASS - Toes in the Sand - actually am on block 5.  One of pair ready.
                                       And need to cut strips for rest of this quilt

                                      Underground RR - am working on sashing - actually on the Flying Geese portion of sashing.

                                      Re-adding this this week - Arizona Skies - aka Tequila Buzz.
                                      It's time for this doo-dad to get sewn together and for the pieced border to go on!!!

                                      Mondo Bag - it only needs lining, batting then quilting! - something swirly????

                                      Sunday, May 18, 2014

                                      Sunday - what's going on???

                                      I've discovered (AGAIN!!!) that I do better when I set my goals, etc. out in the AM - and review periodically throughout the day to keep me on track.  At least that's the theory!  I don't think it really works quite that way - but it does help!  ANYTHING helps!  But at least I KNOW not only what I am ignoring and NOT doing - but am actually making SOME progress (sorta) toward some overall goals!

                                      GO AND DO
                                      • DONE Quilt class Sunday
                                      • DONE 3 meals a day
                                      • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
                                      HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                                      • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                                        • DONE S
                                        STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                                        • RELIGION
                                          • DONE Work on lapbooks
                                        • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
                                          • Yoga C (date/3 + 0)
                                            • DONE 05/18
                                        • LIFE SKILLS
                                          • DONE Paperwork 
                                        KITCHEN
                                        • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                                          • DONE Split pea soup with half t. sausage
                                        • MAIN DISHES
                                          • DONE 
                                            Pizza - homemade
                                        QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)



                                      • DONE 
                                        STASH REPORT (Sunday)
                                      • DONE 
                                        CLASS - Toes in the Sand (Sunday)

                                        • DONE 
                                          LE 
                                          - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks
                                        • Quilting  - as many as possible!  
                                          • Both table runners Quilted
                                            • DONE 
                                              Halloween
                                            • DONE 
                                              Passover table runner

                                        Goals for Week 20 - WB 05-18-14

                                        From last fall - Westfield "square" (really oval-shaped) downtown park
                                        As of yesterday they are building a gazebo (you can't see it) at the opposite end from the open "stage"
                                        where they have bands play during the summer.
                                        Sure wish they would get done!!!!
                                        GO AND DO
                                        • DONE Post office
                                        • DONE Bills (ugh!)
                                        • DONE Quilt class Sunday
                                        • DONE 3 meals a day
                                        • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
                                        HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                                        • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                                          • DONE S
                                          • DONE M
                                          • DONE T
                                          • DONE W
                                          • R
                                          • DONE F
                                          • Sa
                                          • 1 hour - Things to do
                                          • 1 hour - Filing
                                          • 1 hour - Bills
                                        • ZONE 1
                                          • Front porch
                                            • DONE WHB on Fri
                                          • Side Porch 
                                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                                            • Entrance
                                              • DONE WHB on Fri
                                              • Back Stairs
                                                • DONE WHB
                                            • ZONE 2 - 
                                              • Kitchen
                                                  • Zone 2
                                                  • DONE WHB on Fri - 
                                                • Dining Area
                                                  • Zone 2
                                                  • DONE WHB 
                                                • ZONE 3 
                                                  • Bath
                                                      • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                                      • DONE WHB on Fri
                                                      • DONE Zone
                                                      • Laundry Room
                                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                                                        • DONE Zone 
                                                      • Sewing Room
                                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                                                      • Study 
                                                        • Zone 3
                                                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                                                    • ZONE 4 
                                                      • BR - 
                                                        • DONE Zone
                                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                                        • DONE WHB on Fri
                                                    • ZONE 5 
                                                      • LR - 
                                                        • Zone 5
                                                        • DONE WHB for LAST Fri
                                                        • DONE WHB 
                                                    GARDEN - 
                                                    • Rake lawn
                                                      • M - front east side drive area - get sticks and brush hauled off.  N. car out of here. 
                                                      • T - East side house - haul sticks.  Front porch cleared off
                                                      • W - Trim trees and haul sticks off. Side porch cleared off.
                                                      • R - D group - feed and prepare soil.  Set up wood frames.  clear back fence.
                                                      • F - C2 group - set up framework. C1 group - set up framework
                                                      • S - Orchard - plant remaining trees, clean between trees and get plantings done.  mulch orchard and bushes.  
                                                    • Double check on seed order - 
                                                    • Till ground in beds and set up bed divisions
                                                    • Plant all Root crops
                                                    • Plant leaf crops as I have seed
                                                      • cover with wire cages (blasted squirrels!)
                                                    • Plant all coles that I have (doing seed only this year - seedlings will make fall plants - hopefully!
                                                    • Peas - plant all
                                                    • DONE IF plant order comes in - get that in ground
                                                    • Get all perrenial plants in ground if not done already
                                                    • check out trees - prune as need be
                                                    • Feed trees
                                                    • Mulch trees
                                                    • Set up fencing - blackberries, weed out areas
                                                    • clean and clear around raspberries.
                                                    • Remove blasted tree sapling in middle of raspberry row!
                                                    • Trim back brush at edge of garden
                                                    • Prune what limbs I can
                                                    • Remove ALL sticks to driveway
                                                      STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                                                      • RELIGION
                                                        • TIMG 
                                                          • DONE 84-90
                                                        • J Fest 
                                                          • DONE 45-48 (geez! I was on the WRONG page of book when assigning!)
                                                          • DONE 49-53-
                                                          • DONE 53-57
                                                        • How to Run 
                                                          • 317-321
                                                          • 321-325
                                                          • 325-329
                                                          • 329-332
                                                        • DONE Work on lapbooks
                                                        • Plan next lapbook project
                                                        • Song 
                                                          • DONE 87
                                                          • DONE 88
                                                          • DONE 89
                                                          • 91
                                                          • 92
                                                          • 93
                                                      • SCIENCE
                                                        • World of Plants (WOP)
                                                          • Unit 3
                                                            • 3-1R 
                                                            • 3-2R 
                                                            • 3-3R 
                                                            • 3-4R
                                                            • 3-5R
                                                            • 4: 4-1 IL 
                                                            • 4: 4-2 IL
                                                          • Lapbook Unit 3
                                                          • Unit 4
                                                          • Lapbook Unit 4
                                                        • Coloring Book (college level) (CB)
                                                          • CB 9
                                                          • CB 10
                                                          • CB 11
                                                          • CB 12
                                                          • CB 13
                                                      • THE EARTH
                                                        • TOL 
                                                          • DONE pp. 76-81
                                                          • DONE pp. 82-85
                                                        • EH - 
                                                          • 36-40
                                                          • 41-42
                                                          • 44-47
                                                          • 48-49
                                                        • DONE Lapbook
                                                      • EXERCISE - week 5 (increase times and add a routine - date/3 + R)
                                                        • Yoga A wk 5 (date/3 +1)
                                                          • 05/19
                                                          • 05/22
                                                        • Yoga B wk 5  (date/3 +2)
                                                          • DONE 05/20
                                                          • 05/23
                                                        • Yoga C (date/3 + 0)
                                                          • DONE 05/18
                                                          • DONE 05/21
                                                          • 05/24
                                                      • MATH
                                                        • 91
                                                        • 92
                                                        • 93
                                                        • 94
                                                        • 95
                                                      • RUSSIAN
                                                        • Continue Daily review
                                                          • DONE  Lesson 9
                                                          • DONE Lesson 9
                                                          • DONE Lesson 10
                                                          • Lesson 10
                                                      • HANDWRITING
                                                        • Book A
                                                          • DONE p. 5
                                                          • DONE p. 6
                                                          • DONE p. 7
                                                          • p. 8
                                                          • p. 9
                                                      • CREATIVE WRITING
                                                        • Writing Strands 
                                                          • 12-7
                                                          • 12-8
                                                          • 12-9
                                                          • 12-10
                                                          • 12-11
                                                        • LIFE SKILLS
                                                          • DONE Paperwork 
                                                          • Family Financial Workbook
                                                            • DONE Chapter 1
                                                        • MUSIC
                                                        • ART
                                                        KITCHEN
                                                        • SOUPS (serving kept out for Monday - freeze the rest)
                                                          • DONE Split pea soup with half t. sausage
                                                          • Tomato soup (optional for Wednesday)
                                                        • BREAD
                                                          • Challah
                                                          • Whole Wheat
                                                          • Homemade biscuit mix
                                                          • Homemade snack cake mix
                                                          • Homemade pancake and waffle mix
                                                          • Pita
                                                          • Apple fritters
                                                          • Sweet rolls
                                                          • Cinnamon Coffeecake
                                                        • MAIN DISHES
                                                          • DONE 
                                                            Pizza - homemade
                                                          • DONE 
                                                            Ziti
                                                          • DONE Turkey Kielbasa, chips and soda
                                                          • Crockpot Italian Chicken
                                                          • DONE 
                                                            Apricot fish
                                                          • turkey with apples and cheddar
                                                          • Oven fried Mustard Chicken
                                                          • Sloppy Joes
                                                          • Layered enchilada Casserole
                                                        • DESSERTS and SALADS
                                                          • DONE 
                                                            tuna  pasta salad
                                                        QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)



                                                      • DONE STASH REPORT (Sunday)


                                                      • DONE DESIGN WALL (Monday)


                                                      • BONNIE H. ARCHIVE NIGHT (Tues)


                                                      • SLICE AND DICE NIGHT (Wednesday) - 1 bag scraps (only 4 bags left!)


                                                      • FINISHINGS - Bindings, movies, spiced tea, hot cider or hot chocolate (Thursday)


                                                      • PIECE 

                                                        • DONE CLASS - Toes in the Sand (Sunday) 
                                                        • DONE LE - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks
                                                          • Binding
                                                          • Quilting  - as many as possible!  
                                                            • Both table runners Quilted and bound!  
                                                            • DONE Halloween
                                                               
                                                            • DONE Passover table runner
                                                               
                                                            • Any remaining table runners quilted
                                                              • All about Hearts Valentine
                                                              • Snow people
                                                              • Optical Illusions - St. Paddy's day
                                                              • Thanksgiving
                                                          • Piecing
                                                            • DONE Underground Railroad - Pieced sashing for quilt
                                                            • Holy Toledo - 
                                                              • Sew blocks together
                                                              • Setting Triangles
                                                              • Border
                                                          • SEWING
                                                              • Sew all 3 blouses

                                                        Stash Report for Week 20 - 05-18-14



                                                        05-18-14 -Week 20 - Am hoping to finish a bunch today - stashbuster retreat - we'll see!

                                                        Used This Week 0 yard
                                                        Used This Month: 5.0625 for May
                                                        Year to Date: 12.438 yards

                                                        Added This Week: 4.63 yards
                                                        Added This Month: 5.63 yard for May
                                                        Added Year to Date:5.63 

                                                        Net Used for 2014: 6.808 yards 

                                                        Saturday's Prepping Challeng - 05-17-14

                                                        B:Sweet rolls, boiled eggs
                                                        L:Tuna salad
                                                        D:Chicken crockpot, potatoes, greens, cake

                                                        Well - that didn't happen - at least not all of it!  first of all, I suddenly realized I would run out of kitty food - on Sunday I would be TOTALLY out!  Unfortunately, to go to the vet's I HAD to go past McDonald's - which meant - I had a breakfast sandwich THERE - and hot caramel mocha!  (which, of course, since it wasn't a caramel frappe meant a return trip for the frappe later!)  And we ALL know, of course, that I couldn't go the SHORTER way which went almost straight to the vet's - I had to go the LONGER - OUT OF MY WAY path that led past McDonald's and temptation!  Sigh!  And I can't even say I'm sorry I did that since I know that I would do it again and again!  I'm so baaaad!!!!  LOL (and surprisingly - I STILL lost 2 pounds acc to the dr's scales - over a 3 month period, though)

                                                        Tuna salad was good though!

                                                        GO AND DO
                                                        • DONE Go to Vet and get diabetic kitty food - wet and dry
                                                        • Worked on it Stashbusters quilt retreat (a Stay at Home retreat!) that begins Thurs or Fri and continues over the weekend (I extended mine through the following Monday!)
                                                        • DONE 3 meals a day
                                                        • DONE 3 snacks (part of each meal) - and mention
                                                        HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                                                        • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                                                          • Worked on it 1 hour - Things to do
                                                          • Worked on it Sa
                                                          STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)
                                                          • LIFE SKILLS
                                                            • Worked on it Paperwork 
                                                          KITCHEN
                                                          • DESSERTS and SALADS
                                                            • DONE Tuna salad
                                                          QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)



                                                        • Worked on it STASHBUSTER RETREAT (THURS, FRI, SAT, SUN, MON - I extended the times by 3 days!)
                                                        • PIECE 

                                                          • Worked on it LE - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks
                                                          • Piecing
                                                            • Worked on it Underground Railroad - Pieced sashing for quilt
                                                          Learned
                                                          • Provide not only for myself and my family - but also for my little friends who are dependent on me for survival!
                                                          • BIGGEST question still is - how to provide enough insulin for Widget to keep him well.
                                                          • STAY AWAY from McDonald's - either that or just give up and budget for it!
                                                          • Better yet - make - AT HOME - breakfast sandwiches, et al - and FREEZE them!  for re-warming in the toaster oven.  I can't remember the freezer life - but know it is longer than one month!
                                                          • Make MORE lemonade
                                                          • Buy stock in the lemonade company
                                                          • Make up a master list of items OTHER than foods to keep on hand - ie, toilet paper 
                                                          • Keep in mind - buy 2 big 12-20 packages - then when I get down and open the last one - buy again another big 12-20 package.  One should be in storage.
                                                          • ROTATE!  (and yes - I finally pitched an ancient can of spinach.  Not saying how old it was - just that Methusaleh's wife probably canned it!  All else is current.)
                                                          • Use a permanent marker - mark the year ON THE LID - and if home canned - write on the label WHAT it is.  Stressed earlier this week.  I had ANOTHER slice of mackeral loaf for dessert last night!

                                                          Menues for Week 20 - WB 05-18-14, Sunday

                                                          SUNDAY
                                                          B:Poached eggs, black pepper, toast, grapefruit half, tea
                                                          L:Hamburger on ww bread (homemade), tomatoes, homemade dill relish (go lightly - I added too much hot stuff!), lemonade
                                                          D: Crockpot Italian Chicken, Steamed spinach, salad

                                                          MONDAY
                                                          B:Bulghur wheat, sour cream, brown sugar or honey, (butter), apples cooked with the cereal, tea
                                                          L:Split pea soup with half t. sausage, toast, lemonade
                                                          D:Apricot fish, baked potatoes, steamed broccoli or greens, baked winter squash

                                                          TUESDAY
                                                          B:apple fritters (because I can!), tea
                                                          L:tuna  pasta salad, tomatoes, cottage cheese, tea
                                                          D:turkey with apples and cheddar, brown rice, sweet potatoes, kale

                                                          WEDNESDAY
                                                          B:Coddled eggs with cheese on toast, orange, tea
                                                          L:Cheese sandwich (colby or cheddar if possible), bread, lemonade - maybe add homemade tomato soup
                                                          D:leftovers

                                                          THURSDAY
                                                          B:Corn meal mush (make extra for spoon bread), frozen berries on top, honey, dab of butter, tea
                                                          L:lo casserole - lo casserole from freezer - find one labeled.  (NOTE to self - LABEL items in freezer! mackeral loaf does not a dessert make!), lemonade
                                                          D:Easy Creamy Tomato Pasta, spinach or green salad, baby carrots

                                                          FRIDAY
                                                          B:Pancakes, syrup, butter - maybe berries for additional topping - OR add some of fruit to pancakes (lo fruit)
                                                          L:lo lunch menu - use those leftovers! Lemonade or tea
                                                          D:Oven fried Mustard Chicken, mashed potatoes,  sweet potatoes, either steamed broccoli or greens, cake, tea

                                                          SATURDAY
                                                          B:Cinnamon Coffeecake, hard boiled egg, fruit compote, tea
                                                          L:turkey sloppy joes! Dill pickles, potato salad, lemonade
                                                          D:Layered enchilada Casserole, salad, broccoli, or steamed greens, fruit

                                                          SUNDAY
                                                          B:Scrambled eggs and turkey sausage, toast with honey, stewed fruit, tea
                                                          L:Grilled cheese sandwich, dill pickle, maybe with tomatoes and onions as well, tea
                                                          D:leftovers







                                                          Friday, May 16, 2014

                                                          Friday's Prepping Challenge - 05-16-14


                                                          Meals

                                                          FRIDAY
                                                          B:Waffles and apples - only I swapped it around - egg frittata with onions, mushrooms, cheese; grapefruit  (what is it with eggs and me?  Almost as bad as the caramel mochas.... which reminds me.....lemonade time!)
                                                          L:LO lunch menu (blintzes and raspberries - lo from last night - YUM!!!!)
                                                          D:Pasta Mezzalune with Eggplant, marinated mushrooms, salad - greens?, fruit salad

                                                          Other Things to Do Today

                                                          It doesn't really appear like I did a lot of much yesterday - but actually did.  I did paperwork - then worked on my lesson plans, my studies, and some lapbooks.  Wendy called in the evening and we had some quilting/piecing time on Skype!  She attached borders, pinned her new baby quilt to the batting and backing - and then her chronic fatigue took over and she was done for the day.  I just wish I could make it "all better" for her - and can't even give her a hug long distance (she's in NB Canada.  I'm here in MA) so Skype and quilting or chatting has to do - which we have been doing a lot.  She had some great news - which is exciting - but is hers to relate, not mine! and I'm happy for her!  Just wish she weren't ill.

                                                          While she was working on HER quilt, I sewed strings on Jamestown Landing.  Actually I had a bunch of other items I had planned on doing - but felt more like doing some mindless sewing - and sewing string and crumb blocks is about as mindless as it gets!  Just wish there weren't so many (168 4-1/2 inch LIGHTS)!  However - this is my Leader Ender challenge for now!  Although, truth be told - I AM already planning on my NEXT LE challenge (Charlotte's baskets - only 32 needed! and I'm doing them in pastels - not lights or brights!)

                                                          GO AND DO
                                                          • DONE Stashbusters quilt retreat (a Stay at Home retreat!) that begins Thurs or Fri and continues over the weekend (I extended mine through the following Monday!)
                                                          • DONE 3 meals a day
                                                          HOUSE - springtime decluttering - and freecycling
                                                          • PAPERWORK - a mountain of it! work on at least a half hour a day
                                                            • DONE W + 1 hour - Filing
                                                          GARDEN - It's raining out!  no raking!
                                                          STUDIES - (NOTE - will work on week's assignments - Mon AM to update from weekend frenzy)

                                                          • RELIGION
                                                            • DONE Work on "Counting Omer" lapbooks 
                                                            • DONE Work on lapbooks (Thurs)
                                                          • THE EARTH
                                                            • EH 
                                                              • DONE pp. 31-34
                                                            • DONE Lapbook
                                                          • MATH
                                                            • DONE 90
                                                          • HANDWRITING
                                                            • Book A
                                                              • DONE R
                                                              • DONE F
                                                          • LIFE SKILLS
                                                            • DONE Paperwork 
                                                          KITCHEN
                                                          • BREAD
                                                            • DONE Challah
                                                          • MAIN DISHES
                                                            • DONE Pasta Mezzalune with Eggplant
                                                          QUILT  (Depending on what I finish today - I may add other projects!)




                                                        • DONE STASHBUSTER RETREAT (FRI, SAT, SUN, MON - I extended the times by 3 days!)
                                                        • PIECE 

                                                          • Some are DONE LE - Jamestown Landing - String  blocks
                                                          Learned

                                                          • Today was mostly a ho-hum day, although a sleepy one!  Only foods prepared were from what was on hand - BUT I will need to go shopping soon - am almost out of cheese!  Only have another week or two left (I freeze my cheese).
                                                          • Question regarding long term storage of cheese....  I COULD buy in freeze-dried cheese - but that really isn't cost effective plus I don't like the kind of cheese I can buy  in that way.  
                                                            • OR I could buy whole horns or wheels of cheese - dipped in paraffin and store on shelving for use in the future.  Concern though is that if the paraffin does not completely exclude air it will admit molds where the cheese requires bacterial change - or that it will have bacterial change where that isn't wanted or that it would be the kind of bacteria or mold that makes the red or yellow ring (this is not good!!!)  
                                                            • I've made cheese from scratch before - and enjoy doing that.  BUT cheese has a lot of butterfat in it - amount dependent on the kind of milk used (each kind produces a different cheese) and whether or not the milk is whole milk, cream, 2% or skim - or whether it is whey.  The problem with butterfat is that as a fat it will tend to spoil or go rancid unless something is done to prevent that.
                                                            • Still and all - I would love to buy cheese - much as I used to in Arthur IL at the cheese factory - and store that.  
                                                          • I would love to store brown rice as well - and most certainly can - for relatively short periods.  Sad thing is that it is the white rice that lasts longest!

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