Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Baking Day

I had a baking day today (despite the heat!), to get some quick snacks and things ready for my coming busy week.

I made Peanut Butter Granola, whole wheat pita pockets (both from tammysrecipes.com), and a big tray of ants on a log.  The granola is so good! I couldn't stop snitching tastes of it while it was cooling on the cookie sheet.  Some of my pitas didn't puff up and "pocketize" but I was planning to only use a couple for sandwiches anyway, and I think the rest will be so great later this week toasted and dipped in hummus.

It's time for a cool shower for me, but the heat from the oven was worth it, I think, for the quick and easy meals I'll get later from these.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I am the PowerBringer!

So, for the last couple weeks, we've been noticing a few different outlets have stopped working. And the sump pump wasn't working for a bit either, until we noticed and plugged it into another outlet.

I was pretty worried that maybe mice had eaten some wires or something, and called today to have a repairman come out and check.

Ben had checked the fuse box, and none had tripped. I didn't really think it was a fuse, since the nonworking outlets were all over, in the garage, on the porch, in the dining room.

I was clearing the bikes away from the fuse box earlier so the guy could get to it more easily, and while looking at the labels, I saw those places (and the sump pump, too) are all on the same breaker.

I flipped it off and back on again, and there you go! All fixed.

I did feel a little silly calling the the repair guy back and explaining why I don't need him to come out now.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Good Luck Bear?

You'd think that, for as many four leaf clovers I find, I'd have better luck than I tend to.

I found this one yesterday while I was mowing the lawn.  Yeah, can see them from the mower now. My eyes are really trained to pick them out.  I don't usually bother to pick them, but this was whole and not chewed on, and I was stopping for the day anyway.

I should just start selling these on etsy somehow, since it seems like we've got lucky, mutant clover that overproduces four leafers.

Big storms have been coming through the last couple days, but we've been safe enough here so far.  Some of the new little trees seem a tad beat down, but I think they'll come out okay.

Hope you all are weathering your storms with lots of good natured luck!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Bad Luck Bear Strikes Again

So, I'm a Bad Luck Bear.  I tend to get hurt/sick/infected/injured/bitten/alergic/what have you slightly more than the average person.  Maybe I rush too much, or don't use enough caution, but I do feel like I might get more than my fair share of that kind of trouble sometimes.  I try to just look on the bright side and find something humorous about the situation and get on with things, and I am grateful that I don't have Job-sized bad luck instead, or even just one big problem, so I do feel better equipped than some to deal with the continual string of small irritations.

This week my tendency to be injured while doing innocuous activities reared its head again.  I ran over a stick with the lawn mower, and it kicked back into my leg, going through my pants, and subsquently, my skin.  It was slightly startling to look down and see blood filling my shoe and dripping all over the foot rest of the mower.

The amount of blood made me think I'd sliced the back of my leg open, so I was relieved when I got inside and saw it was just a small punture.  I cleaned it well with soap and water, poured on the hydrogen peroxide, and applied antibiotic ointment.  It them proceeded to become infected badly, warranting a trip to the urgent care clinic the following evening.

Because the doctor there did not realize she was dealing with a Bad Luck Bear, she sent me home with a mark indicating the present state of the red streaks, a "just in case" prescription for Keflex, and hopeful words about how well it seemed to be healing.  A couple of hours later, the streaks had progressed a quarter inch, at least, beyond her pen marks, and my prescription was implemented.

I've spent the rest of the week doing nothing much, since I've been running a fever, and the antibiotic is tearing up my stomach.  But, I'm definately on the mend today.  Yesterday, the red ceased expanding, and it has now started to receed, thank you, Keflex.

I'm hoping to be much more productive next week, since the most useful thing I've accomplished this week is the dishes and the laundry.  Not that those are bad things, but they are bare minimum things.  I did make some maple scones for our wedding anniversary breakfast on Wed, but I didn't care for the recipe much, so it doesn't seem worth sharing.

Since I couldn't be up and about very much, I did get lots of research done looking for some healthy, quick meals for the summer.  I have bad habit foods (nachos, anyone?) that I really tend to rely on too much on the weekends, especially when I'm hot, and it's much busier with the garden work.  I like to feel like I'm having a treat on the weekend, and not having to cook like all the week days, but I've been taking it too far into "treat land" lately, and Ben and I have both gained some weight.  I've been looking for recipes and ideas of food that I can make ahead, will feel "fun and weekend-y" and also be relatively healthy.  A very tall order, I know. I'm at a loss when it comes to fast AND healthy.  I can do one or the other, it seems, but not both at once.  I loved the idea of bean burritos from Tammy's Recipes (such an awesome site!) and have a couple more ideas to try out soon as well.  I'm still on the look out if anyone has ideas or links for me!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Well, let the perfectionism get to my blogging last week! After I missed a couple of letters in the A-Z challenge, it seemed like I couldn't just jump back in. Then I got more behind, etc. You know the story, lol.

I had a great time with my family over Easter. It was so good to have my big brother visit!  He brought a big bag of frozen starwberries from his garden, so this week I made jam.

I used the Ball No Sugar Needed pectin and sweetened it with just a little honey. It turned out really yummy.  I can't wait till I have my own strawberries growing!

The chickens have been getting out of their pen and causing a lot of trouble among my cabbages. Naughty chickens. But over the weekend, we moved their fence and pinned it down better, and now they stay where I've put them! I'm having an awesome feeling of power and accomplishment about that. Ben says that outsmarting a passel of chickens is nothing to brag about, but it's still making me really happy.

My lawn is a jungly mess.  We've been getting so much rain! The water is deep all over the yard, so I haven't been able to mow yet.  I did clean the garage so that we could have plenty of room to tune up the mower, so it'll be ready as soon as the yard isn't a swamp.

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