October 31, 2008
October 26, 2008
October 24, 2008
10 full days without hot water........talk about taking things for granted! At least we still had running water.... cold running water. But I think having no hot water is one of the worst minor inconveniences in our modern world.
For me, no more getting up in the dark at 5:15 to drive to Daughter's house to take a stealth shower, trying not to wake anyone up in the process.
For Son & family, no more inconveniencing Daughter's family with our inconvenience, taking tired, cranky kids to shower at her house in the evening before bed.
No more heating water in the microwave just to wash the dirty silverware and glasses piling up the kitchen.
note to self: never, ever again will I take for granted the ease with which we turn on the faucet and get whatever temperature water we desire....clean, fresh water for laundry, dishes or our bodies. We are so fortunate!!
Shan, I can't thank you enough for moving only 2 miles away so we would have somewhere to shower and sleep and cook and sew and play and just hang out during our exile from home and our flood aftermath that just seems to drag on and on.......just one more reason why I'm sure your move was the right thing!
What would we have done without you guys these last 6 weeks?
October 20, 2008
October 18, 2008
and the downstairs guest room/playroom looks like this (yes, that's a zipper!...)
October 16, 2008
Roasted broccoflower: If you haven't tried broccoflower, get some and cook it like this. It's delicious! The non-veggie loving grandkids even ate it (well, a few bites anyway). I love broccoli, but not cauliflower so much, but this hybrid is great! Just toss with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees.
I could live on this salad! Baby greens, chopped pears, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, Gorgonzola cheese, balsamic vinaigrette. (add some cooked chicken and it would make a perfect meal!)
Garlic cheese biscuits: Make Bisquick drop biscuits according to the box, adding garlic powder and a good amount of grated cheddar cheese. I normally would have made homemade dough in my breadmaker if I had my own kitchen stuff available, but these are quick and tasty. Not a single one left, and I made a double batch!
For dessert, I wanted to try out a new recipe, something baked, with apples or pears, but the day was getting late, so I went with the always kid-friendly ice cream cones...... peppermint ice cream on chocolate-dipped cones.
Look at these happy, satisfied faces!
Boy, was that a good dinner, if I do say so myself!!!
I can't wait to get busy in my own kitchen again once it's put back together.....I'm planning the menus in my head as we speak......
October 12, 2008
Daughter and 13 yr.old ran a 5K (3.1 miles).
Granddaughter beat her Mother's time by 15 minutes! This was her first race and we're all so proud of her!
11 yr.old and 8 yr.old ran a 1 mile fun run and were very pleased with themselves.
I made sure the girls were at the starting line on time while their parents were busy running their own races.
Oldest Granddaughter's best friend and I were the offical family photographers.
The family that runs together, gets hot and sweaty together! All 5 were pleased with their performance.......
Now, go check out Daughter's blog and see her perspective (hurry up Shan and get your posting done!)
October 10, 2008
The "Mommy/Grandmommy & Me" swap needs to ship by 10/20. My partner has 3 daughters, so four matching aprons in varying sizes should keep me busy!
The 'Hot Drinks for Hot Mamas" swap needs to ship by 10/25. My partner is a tea drinker and I love the pink, tea themed fabric I found!
I don't have my partner yet for the Winter Sassy Apron Swap, due to ship by 12/01, so there's plenty of time to work on that one. The theme is Christmas/Cookies. Oh! And of course, I'll need to do more fabric shopping for that one!
I'm going to get busy right now! It's 8:oo p.m. on Friday night and I feel an all-nighter coming on.......
October 9, 2008
Wow, Margot!! What are you feeding your plants??
October 5, 2008
The big kids did all the cutting......
There were LOTS of stickers to choose from......
Daughter finished them all off with clear contact paper.....
Some people were busier than others!......
I even made some for myself......(cooking and sewing theme of course!)
We snacked on yummy Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies.........
Then the dress-up chest got a good workout.......(check out oldest granddaughter in her Mother's prom dress from 1989! She can't believe her Mother actually went out of the house dressed in that!))
And we ended the day with chicken soft tacos for dinner and an evening Dance Performance in the backyard......
What a fun, fabulous day!!!