Category Archives: Misc

Bad bad blogger

I’ve been a bad blogger.  I’ve made some pretty fine suppers but I’ve not been taking pictures.

For instance, I made Yakisoba for supper tonight and it was delicious.  I used a recipe that I found on the Just One Cookbook blog (you can find it here).  If you love Japanese food but aren’t sure where to start, Nami Chen, who grew up in Japan, has shared many of her family’s recipes.  I wish I’d taken a picture of our meal.  It looked wonderful and tasted even better.

Lots of little bits of news to share, though:

  • I have an update on my foot.  I’m still in the boot/air cast until May 11th and there are several small fractures, but no Lysfranc fracture so no need for surgery.
  • This past week, Jody and I had dinner with my “brother”, Bubba, when he came into town for a short work visit.  Years ago I met him online and he was pretty shy about sharing his real name, so I just started calling him Bubba.  We met on a (a game site) and before long were we convincing people we were brother and sister.  Somewhere along the line we convinced each other and now over a decade later, I still call him my brother and he calls me Sis.   I still call him Bubba even though I know his real name now.  It’s payback for initially thinking I was an axe murderer.
  • Jody and I will be starting a summer bowling league in June.  It’s been about 20 years since we’ve bowled regularly and, easily, more than a decade since the last time I actually bowled at all.  I’m really looking forward to that.
  • Got the garden planted.  We’ll be trying to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, potatoes, carrots, green onions and herbs.  DSC_0188
  • I’ve been sewing a bit and I’m looking forward to summer actually arriving and STAYING.

And that’s about all the news that’s fit to print.


When you whine about a mediocre snowfall, karma is a bitch

Saturday, as luck would have it, we only got about 6 inches of snow.  I thought that we were doing pretty well until I saw the news last night.  Seems that Monday night into Tuesday and all through the day on Tuesday we’re going to get smacked by a huge winter storm.


This is our snowfall forecast.  And to think I was whining about 4 to 6 inches.  I suppose it could be worse, though.  We could live in the eastern part of the state (Massachusetts) where they are expecting more than 2 feet of snow.

Today I’m pretty sure that Dinah had her first ever experience with Greenies.  We were out near a PetSmart, and being the great mom that I am, we stopped in to buy Greenies for each of the dogs.  I’m not sure if Nicholas has had any before but I’m pretty sure it was Dinah’s first time.  And Hannah, well as far as Hannah is concerned Greenies are the equivalent of doggie crack.  Needless to say, I had three very happy dogs tonight.

A Post About Nothing

You know, sometimes life just gets pretty boring. Not that that is a bad thing….most of the time. But it does make it difficult to come up with snappy and interesting blog posts.


Dinah, on the other hand, finds things interesting in the strangest ways. She’s really big into decapitating and de-stuffing her stuffed squeaky toys. She’s also been interested in de-stuffing my quilts. Now, granted, I’m no Harriet Hargrave when it comes to quilting but it’s still disheartening to find a hole chewed in one of my quilts.

In other news…
• I reformatted my hard drive on my laptop computer and I’m in the process of putting everything back together.
• I promise that this time I will be more careful to keep my hard drive organized.
• It appears that I have not lost anything in the reformat. (That’s really strange – I, invariably, forget to back up something).
• I’ve been continuing to play with cooking in the pressure cooker.
• I’m so ready for summer, but we’re supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow Saturday. (To me, Saturday is “tomorrow” but since it’s nearly 2:30 am, Saturday is really today)

As sad as it is, that’s all the news that’s fit to print.

DIY Dog Bed

Two nights ago as I was getting in bed, I noticed it was a bit wet.  That’s never a good sign, but it can be catastrophically bad when the bed in question is a waterbed.  Thankfully, it was a smallish leak and the mattress liner contained the leak until I had a chance to empty the mattress.

Then as luck would have it, while there’s a 20 year warranty on the mattress and I’d only had this new mattress for 61 days, I bought it at and I was 31 days past the return date.  Sure I could return it to the manufacturer, but I’m a bit cheap and didn’t want to pay the shipping to send it to them, wait up to 90 days (per the warranty) while they decided whether to repair it or send me a new one, and then pay for the return shipping to me.

So I called Amazon and was reminded why I like shopping there so much.  I explained the issue to Gil and he issued a return label for me, helped me order a new mattress and expedited the shipping to one day at no charge.  And then, he refunded the entire purchase price so I was in effect, just exchanging the mattress.

Now I’m here on the bed, on top of several layers of blankets and quilts while it warms up, ready to get a good night’s sleep after spending a couple nights on the couch with two dogs.

While I was out today playing “Let’s Find the Package” at two local post offices (each said the other had the package), Dinah decided she was going to play “Let’s Eat the Blistex” at home.  She’s a lot less innocent than she looks.  And yes, I crate here while I’m out but her dad came home  and let her out.  In her spare time, when she’s not busy eating Blistex, she enjoys tearing her toys apart, removing the stuffing from my pillows and shredding Kleenex.

Dinah in her bed.

Dinah in her bed.

Her bed is made from an old sweater I knit.  In fact it was the first pullover I ever knit for myself.  It’s an ingenious method for repurposing old sweaters or sweatshirts.    You can find instructions for this project on the internet.  Here’s where I found them.

Next time I’ll tell you about a new restaurant we discovered in Springfield (Massachusetts) thanks to Groupon.

It Just so Happened

It just so happened that about 10 years ago I started a knitting blog. I was pretty regular with it until my knitting started to slow down and I became more interested in spinning and then sewing. Consequently my blog just laid there like a bowl of overcooked noodles.

I did what any bored blogger would do.  I deleted it all. I deleted my  post about my first pair of socks, my hundreds of posts about mistakes I made in my knitting. One by one the people who used to come by and read my blog moved along.

So here I am near the end of 2014 and I’m considering starting another blog. Honestly, I don’t have a real good idea of what I want to do on the blog. But I do know that it probably won’t be anything of earth shattering importance. But hey, you never know.

If you’re sitting around one night and you don’t have a whole lot to do, feel free to check back here and see if I said anything worth reading. I’d love to hear from you unless you’re  a crazy ax murderer then I’m not so sure that I’d be interested in hearing from you. But otherwise…