Wednesday, October 25, 2006

First time better be the last time....

So last year at this time I cut myself with a rotary cutter ~a mistake that quite a few quilters make but I had avoided for about 18 years I am good at avoiding most things as you well know ~but this week another seamstress worst nightmare finally caught up to me after 25 years of using a sewing machine.
I was putting the finishing touches on Mac's halloween costume when I caught part of the costume out of the corner of my eye and flinched as a natural reaction to being scared ~I put the sewing machine needle through my finger!!! I know three people who have actually done this before ~my mother being one of them and all of them put the needle into their finger tip and all of them broke the needle in the process. I didn't do it that way I have a wound that goes from my middle knuckle to my end knuckle where the needle went in and out as it was zig zaging along and that I tore the flesh on as I yanked it away. I must say I much rather have my wound that the ones that go through the finger tip.
All I can say is sewing in October doesn't suit me and next year I am sure I will some how manage to kill myself with that machine ~or maybe I will take a break next October.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Happy Blogiversary...

Happy Blogiverary To Me
Happy Blogiverary To Me
Happy Blogiverary Dear Diet Coke, Light Ice
Happy Blogiverary To Me

So I have been Blogging now for one year in that time I have managed to write 85 times about what pleases me ~this is a journaling record for me the only time that I have been so diligent was study abroad but that doesn't really count as nothing that happens in foreign countries really counts.

I just want to say thank you for all of you that read my blog it makes me happy that in some little way we are close because the only thing that fits between us is a little cyber space.

I do have to say I want to thank one of you a little more than the rest ~who ever can comment with the secret word that I am thinking of first will get a Blogiverary present! I can't help but give a hint ~it has to do with the second entry on my blog~

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Projects make me happy...

So I have some extra time on hands right now so I have been working on projects...

Here is Witch Stichy I made for my mom & one for Whit


For Whit I made a matching table runner...


The hard to see ghost is so cute!


But the candy corn nose is supper cute!!!


I finally finished my Scarf and it looks fabulous ~thanks Erin


But the best for last a house warming gift...

This was my first attempt at machine quilting and it worked well but I am glad it is a gift and I don't have to look at it everyday because it isn't perfect.

Welcome...

I would just like to say welcome to the 300,000,000 citizen of the US. The Census thinks they have a good idea of what sort of person this is ~a baby or an immigrant but most like someone with a Latino background because they are the fastest growing population ~but all this does is make me wonder

What number am I?

Because Lizzie Bolden is #1

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Stocker blog...

My friend Erin recently wrote a lovely piece about fall that I loved and found truly inspiring ~so far from her list of fall things to accomplish I have accomplished the following
1. I have made soup ~see yesterday’s blog.
2. I have watched both the BBC and the Focus Features Pride & Prejudice in rapid succession to make a better decision about comparing and contrasting the two. I have decided that I love the stuttering Matthew Macfadyen does during his declarations of love and I prefer the way Colin Firth looks in love.
3. Attended a Fall festival ~I have gone to the Hidden Springs Harvest Festival and to the pumpkin patch.
4. I finished a quilt project ~and that is the same as finishing a knitting project in Erin's world
I think 4 out of 8 isn't bad and you never know I might do a couple of more...

~Tomorrow I think I will do a Fall Photo Shoot to get you caught up on what I have been crafting!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Bake into Fall...

So fall is in the air and well nothing makes you want to bake quite like crispness in morning and warmth in the afternoon that turns into a cool evening. I have been cooking and loving it. Last week my local siblings let me tag along to the pumpkin patch with the nieces and nephew to enjoy a hayride and pick a pumpkin anyone I wanted all I had to was carry it ~I was surprised how much this limited my selection I am weak sauce.
I thought it would be so lovely if after the pumpkin patch we all went to GrammyPops for soup and homemade rolls. My mother had other plans that day and I was left to enjoy the idea much to myself ~she said if I helped it could happen. Mom made the roll dough and I was in charge of proofing and shaping and starting out the soup that she would finish along with baking the rolls. I got to spend the whole afternoon watching reruns of West Wing off the DVR with a kitchen towel tied around my waist dicing and slicing away. If you are so lucky to find yourself doing the same here is the soup recipe.

Canadian Cheese Soup

1/2 cup Chopped Onions
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Flour
1 1/2 Tlbs Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper (oh the whole blues clues family)
4 cups Milk ~heated
4 cups Chicken broth
1 cup diced carrots cooked and mashed to a pulp
1 cup diced celery cooked and mashed to a pulp
1 cup Sharp Cheddar grated
1/4 cup minced parsley

Sauté onion in butter until transparent, but not brown. Add flour, cornstarch, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add milk and chicken broth and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add carrots and celery to soup. Just before serving stir in shredded cheese and parsley. Enjoy ~this is any easy recipe to double to serve a crowd but be for warned as is the recipe serves 10.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sinking the Sub....

So during my current unemployment situation I am subbing for the school district I grew up in to give me a little pocket change and to get me out of my parents house a couple of days each month.
I quote from the Boise Substitute Guide "Keep in mind that you are not a baby sitter...it will be your responsibility to assist in the teaching of the class” Let me state clearly right now besides giving a couple of class presentations I have no teaching experience ~and it took the kids about two minutes to figure that out.
First a couple of the kids first hour after harassing me all period said they were really excited that I was going to be with them next week too. ~I am so screwed but I can tell you this right now I have detention passes that I was afraid to use on Friday but I fear them no more! I don't care if the administration thinks I can't handle the kids ~I am the Sub I don't have to put up with that ~it makes my job "baby sitting" in my opinion.
Well I would write more but I have to read two chapters on earth science for the lectures I am giving on Monday ~this ought to be good.