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And Finally a GOOD WEEK!!!

I’ve been Missing In Action.  I’m sorry for that.  Crummy Viruses, Avoiding Adulting, Dealing WITH Deadlines, and ULTIMATELY – We Are Here!

A few weeks ago, I spent some time (FORCEFULLY) visiting a lousy GI bug, but I beat it back and after 3 hard days – I won.  Then I successfully avoided tax prep for a minute, or so  … OK, a LOT of TIME!  But, we got them done, -AND TURNED IN (T-minus 9 days!) … I HATE DEADLINES – but we usually pull them off!

Now, with looming dead-lines met, tax papers turned in … I have several sequined Mother of the Bride fancy SACKS to choose from – plus, I’ve recently ordered corresponding shoes.  While my garden is not yet planted, my seeds-in-trays are finally happening, marinating in much-loved Jiffy soil pods, water, and natural/recreated sunlight!

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alohaAnd – the second to last irrevocable deadline is coming up.  My FAVORITE ER doctor (x 30+ years) is ‘retiring’ … OK, probably not – but he’s leaving us and moving to HAWAII!  So, I needed to make this card!  [DONE!!! – Thank you T.S.!]

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viola-lindacar-rideMeanwhile, we had a bulldog breeding.  Time will tell if our sweet Miss Linda Blue will have babies …

DH has been working (again) on his FAVORITE car – and the bulldogs love to jump in (as they love car trips) …

We’ve accomplished SO MUCH, I finally felt able to try a new recipe … We LOVE it!!! So it’s been added to our cooking-rotation!  [Thanks Taste Of Home and Melinda!]quiche

On the side – negotiations are in the works to find a day/time to gather with the Highschool Ladies … I’m so ready for this much-needed girls night!

And – it’s just over 2 weeks until our firstborn is married!  Gah!  It’s almost too much! But we have these girls (and other four-legged kids, along with chicken-Ladies) to keep us busy.the-girlz

Next up gardening – prepping and planting, Oh My!!!  I’ll leave you with this beautiful photo DH captured from the backside of our home!  Peace, ❤ – and stay SAFE, Y’all!5-21

PS: No update on the Ladies – but, they’re good.  We’re still working on the hierarchy ‘feather-pecking’ order, but Miss Hannigan was able to rejoin her flock and all is back to a safe ‘status-quo’ …  HUGS!

Getting Stuff Done …

Slowly, but surely!  We did a bit of spring cleaning in the studio, as my packaging room was over-run with more boxes than I would ever need for shipping.  There is no before photo, but trust me – it was crazy out-of-control.  And, I tried to reorganize one of my storage/display shelves … There is still a lot going on there, but I like to see my stuff sometimes …

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Our poor Miss Hannigan was getting picked on, someone was pulling her tail feathers.  A couple of theMissHannigan other girls have it too (and Hot Lips seems to like to pick at her OWN feathers), but not nearly as bad as Miss H.  We tried a ‘coat’ for a bit – but no good.  So, DH set up a temporary nursing coop in the garage.  She has settled in nicely, and is even making eggs.  Once we get her back to normal, I’m a bit worried about how re-introducing her will go over, but … baby steps.

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new-murrini-listingI’m getting inspired to make a few glass projects … I made some new murrini listings for the shop … But, I keep telling myself we need to get the taxes done before I can really play … Grrr.  We’ve put in a bit of time sorting papers and tallying numbers this week.  BABY STEPS!!!

sending-smilesI do give myself a wee bit of time to play with paper.  I put together some strip backgrounds … Hmm – I like them, and creating more masculine-themed colors is easier for me this way.  I also pulled a card together with die-cut paper piecing … Pretty, while being a bit finicky.

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I have a batch of bone broth simmering on the stove, and later today I’ll make a vat of (slightly modified from this recipe) Cauliflower Chowder as we get ready to roll into the weekend.  Make good decisions, Y’all!  🙂

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Happy & Procrastinating …

We are supposed to be prepping our taxes … But, you know – there’s still time.  So, I tidied the studio in bits and spurts, made some good food (no photos, all tried & true recipes), loved on our dogs, fed the Ladies …   I even played with copic markers today.  A good week! copic-roseTime to head back to the ER for a weekend of nursing fun.  I’ll leave with a quick pic DH sent tonight – seems a couple of the Ladies have figured out the wood perch we gave them several weeks ago.  (Miss Hannigan and Eleanor)

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We’ll get on those taxes next week, I’m sure!  Winking smile  Stay safe, Y’all!

So Fortunate!!!

My Friday started on a scary note … DH came into the studio, said ‘Hi!’, talked for a bit – and then saw all my burn-ables (flyers, packaging, cardboard boxes, junk mail) – and carted them away.  [So, HYPOTHETICALLY, maybe we have always (like 18+ years) burned our combustible trash, as MAYBE we pay for ‘dumpster’ pick-up loads … It MIGHT just be a country thing!]  Moving on … Our day started like so many of our other days.  I was creating spread-sheets, collecting tax data – moving along … But then, he yells out – LOUDLY(!!!!) … “COME HERE KRISSY, WE HAVE A FIRE!!!”  What … WTF did you just say?!? …

Fortunately, we were able to put that fire out, but not before it ‘caught’ to some weeds and brush …  IT’S OUT!!!  No One Was Hurt!  But, I put 3+ DECADES of yearly hospital FIRE-SAFETY training to good use  … Sweet Baby Jesus!!!  Something DH has been doing for most of our married life … Just, Oh … Oh My Gawwwsh!!!  [NO photos … No Proof!]  {PS – so maybe – if it even happened, it was only his barn, my studio, the LADIES, and my garden at risk … a football field away from the house – HYPOTHETICALLY … BUT – DAM*!!!}

DH took a moment (or 30), I took a moment (or 60) … Once heart rates normalized, we met back up in our coop.  The Ladies – ALL OF THEM(!) laid an egg for us … First Time Ever! Ten chicken ladies – ten eggs!  Wow!!!  My Ladies are AMAZING!!! [Or PYROMANIACS ... ???]

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And, then … through our evening talks … DH threw out that I should have a larger monitor for my computer systems/cameras … ‘Like 32 inches – or whatever we have in the den …”  What?  What did you say, Love?  A bigger computer screen?!?  ABSOLUTELY!!! 

So, in the same day that we MIGHT have burned our homestead down – while each and every one of our Ladies gave up an egg for us … DH went out at 10pm at night to buy a BIG ASZZZ monitor for me … OMGosh!!!20210320_010654

Yep, BLESSED and FORTUNATE!!!  And, feeling every ounce of it!

[PS – disregard the top of my desk … we are pulling TAX SEASON together – Gah!!!]  I have no idea whether I was productive in the studio this week.  I’m just feeling fortunately blessed!  [And, tax season is LOOMING! … But I didn’t just say that out loud!] … Hugs to Y’all … Have a great weekend!

Rough Week, But Ends Well –

I think.  (I hope!!!)  It started out very promising – I received an order of new ornament and plant-stake molds, and I couldn’t wait to play with them.  Especially that unicorn and paw print …

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But THENNNNN … My keyboard started acting up.  DH bought a new one, which worked for a day or so and then the computer took a turn.  Having experienced a hard crash with loss of photos and files before, I didn’t want to risk it again.  So, I’ve spent the last few external-HDdays copying all pertinent files/programs to a WD Book (external hard drive) and then loading them on to a new computer.  Thursday was the worst as my back-up plug-in keyboard wasn’t working, so I was using the on-screen keyboard to mouse click my way through emails, messages and command prompts …GRRR!

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HPEnvyDesktopEarly Friday was spent in frustration trying to load programs that I had on the hard drive, with limited success.  DH and I were talking about being too old for this, and possibly needing to hire a younger/smarter brain for the job … FINALLY,  late Friday night I realized I could download the programs I wanted again from my (saved and transferred downloaded [DUH!] zip files) …  Yes!!!  Corel, MS Office and  Photoshop are now up and running on the new PC!  Along with my embedding hack (which worked) for our camera system and this blogging software (Live Writer).  Yay!!!  Now to work on the plotters and printers – but that’ll wait for next week!  I’m done!!!

Time to prepare for an ER weekend of fun!  I’ll leave with a couple of photos of the Ladies loving yogurt for the first time (in a melon bowl)!  That’s Daisy, Tosh, Eleanor, Jack-Jack in the first photo.  You can see KFC and Hot Lips in the 2nd picture, coated with yogurt, looking like they’re about to kiss!  Smile  BTW – Miss Hannigan (our easter egger – not seen in the photos, though) is laying her green eggs again!  Yay!!!  Have a great weekend Y’all! 

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PS – They do not love (or even like) butternut squash … Will keep trying!

IT WORKED …

DH is a happy camper!  Our Corned Beef Soup is amazing, and he has officially requested that it be added to our Recipe Book.

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Meanwhile, I am crocheting the ‘fast hats’ … here is another ‘Rainbow Plum’ to add to our growing display.  I feel like we have a ‘Baby’ hat, now a ‘Mama’ hat … So I am working on a ‘Daddy’ hat … We will see if it fits DH’s head – and if he likes it …

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I played a bit with the Gel Press, and inks and stencils … I like what I created, but at the same time, I feel like they look like paper packs … Happy, but … NOT!

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We have recently sprayed Hot Lips with the Blue Kote spray … I now have TWO girls being picked on … Good LORD – We avoided adding a ROOSTER to the mix for this VERY SAME REASON … HELP, please!!!

It’s time to head back to work … time to bob-and-weave around the Covid-Folks … Have a great weekend, Y’all.  Snuggle up with your family!!!

Umm, Still Learning …

With a Twist! 

I am staying on top of my work duties:  Dogs, email, nursing, cooking, family … 

I’m also keeping on top of the Ladies … Poor Miss Hannigan is being picked on – So we have ‘Blue Kote’ to try to help her.  I’m still trying to figure this chicken hierarchy out … It’s confusing.,

I’ve been cooking … Egg salad, BLT’s, coleslaw, but I’m most excited about our next endeavor – a cream based soup with loads of veggies and CORNED BEEF!  We can do this! … Go Irish, go!!!

And if it fails, we’ve always got the St John’s Fish Fry for Friday … I do so love tapping into our Catholic roots…

I may have succumbed to some Covid Cabin Fever – MY APOLOGIES TO MY FAMILY,  but, I am back … I got this!  Strong and ready!

And, I’m making cards, while crocheting … and getting ready for another glass fusing fest!  So, I am  back! 

(I understand – it’s all crochet, the next card project I want to do requires a few missing tools – ON  THE WAY!) … 

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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND Y’ALL!!!

Still Learning – While keeping myself ready …

Again, another week with a huge blow.  It’s not fully understand yet – and I’m giving myself some time … But. it will be okay.

I am creating – in the kitchen and with my yarn … Look at this bean soup, along with a nice ham/cheese/egg casserole to keep someone busy …

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20210219_030947LOVE that he is – DH bought a hybrid-tree plant for me on Valentine’s – without any instructions on how to keep it from dying … I will give it my best!  And, I’ve made my favorite cole-slaw (a KFC knock-off) … OMGoodness – I could eat it every day!!!

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And I’ve crocheted more … an infinity scarf – with gorgeous colors I’ve been eager to play with …20210219_204049

And another dishcloth, in a favorite color … And lastly – a scarf – while I learn.  I managed to end it up in knots … But – it’s all learning … SO – it’s all good!

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Next up – an ER weekend of nursing fun … still healing, still learning (the rules) … I’m good!  Be safe and love those you can, y’all!

Everything’s Roses ….

I’ve taught myself how to crochet.  While I’m only mimicking YouTube videos at the moment, I will double down and learn how to read the directions!  But, here’s what I made this week.

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This week was tough.  I will be reevaluating, shoring up some ‘stuff’ and figure out the best way to move forward.  Personally, I’m really eager to loose myself as a Florence nurse this weekend! 

Here is a quick pick of our Miss CRAZY Ava, talking SMACK with her gang!!!  Peace and take care of those you love, Y’all!

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Over watch – and …

Another catch-up post.  Last I wrote, I was experiencing an internal GI over-dinner1-21haul.  Five days of Jello, water and yogurt later – my gastrointestinal system and I were friends again.  Fearing I was contagious at the time, I stayed in the studio, away from DH and the pups. 

chicken-cabbage-spi[Once normal, I hit our downstairs kitchen and bread machine with a vengeance!  I started slow with soups, but then moved into a cream cheese chicken recipe (I’ve linked to the recipe, but my version did not look like their photo!?!)  DH liked it, so …cream-cheese-chicken

Wanting to try out a few bread machine recipes, we made mashed potato bread, sweet potato bread and Italian bread

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apple-breadAs we were getting closer to DH’s birthday, I opted for a few desert items.  I destroyed this apple bread recipe (misreading it, thereby adding quadruple the amount of brown sugar) and just rolled with it until I felt I’d evened out the ingredients as best I could.  While DH likes it, I find it way too sweet.  Shocker!

Then I made cranberry walnut white chip cookies.  Again – not my favorite as the white ‘chocolate’ chips are mega-sweet!  And, finally apple crisp – a huge 9×13 pan of it.  DH is happily eating his way through all of these!

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strawberry-mango-jamI whipped a quick batch of jam together (adding mangos to a simple strawberry jam recipe) … very yummy, and great on our potato bread!  Then I wanted to try making coleslaw – as for whatever reason, I’ve never made it.  Also quite tasty.  Having gained back some confidence, I made a pot of ham/potato soup (our recipe, evolved over decades) … I say pot.  I really mean a VAT … But, it’s good and DH loves having left-overs for lunch, snack, brunch and every other meal he squeezes into a 24 hour day.

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attempting-crochetHaving enough food prepared for a few weeks days, I moved to trying my first crochet lesson.  I WILL teach myself how … but tonight’s experiment was a bust!  I’ll spend some time reading and watching YouTube videos to get the hang of it! (This is supposed to be crocheting on edge – so a triangular looking piece …???)

And we (DH and I) are doing all of this while we watch over these cute little buggers!  Awww … puppy breath!

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I’ll try to do better with updates, but in the meantime – Have a great weekend Ya’ll!