Back on Track …

We struggled in the nursery for a bit, as our Gina had her pups on Friday.  Juggling the needs of the babies, new Moms, the rest of our four-legged crew and dinners … Whew!  As we watch the newborns 24/7, DH and I flip to our best schedules – he takes the day watch and I do the nights.  Those first few days, with Mom being a ‘finicky eater’ at best(!), while watching a giant dog try to maneuver gracefully among the squirming mob of babies … Can I just say I’m glad we’re here now.  The pups have more than doubled in size, Moms are eating like they’re feeding an army, DH and I are cooking in batches (for everyone!) and I managed to get a few card tops colored.

airfryer-popcorn-chickenSo, here are the photos:  We tried our hand at air fryer Popcorn Chicken and Avocado Fries last week.  They were good.  avacado-friesEarly this week (I think), I made a big vat of Sausage Cabbage soup (with loads of other veggies).  [I apologize for the blurry, ‘action camera’ photo.  I was trying to get the good stuff stirred up to the top …]  And last night DH cooked pork chops, so today I made mashed redskin potatoes and Garlic Butter Tuscan Mushrooms (minus the sun dried tomatoes, as I just don’t love them) for a gravy for the meat and potatoes.  Even the moms liked the potatoes and gravy! Winking smile [Thank you for the recipe, Karina!]

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first-try-mastiffI Copic colored that mastiff stamp, twice.  Not great (realistic), but I think the intent comes across (it looks like a blue Neapolitan Mastiff), right?  I’ll try again, I’m certain! 

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And, I made a blended heart background – for the bunny from last week (which I like), but tried the watercolor penciled unicorn on it … and laughed out loud.  It feels like a 70’s velvet Elvis poster … Smile

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I do like the daisy flower background.  And today I made some distress oxide (watercolor) backgrounds … just because.

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Still no photos of the babies to share, as I’m struggling to get images from my phone to our laptop in the nursery (I have wifi transfer in the studio) … They’re coming, I promise!  Hugs Y’all!!!

Pup Watch & Staying Busy …

As a first time mom, Georgie and her pups are doing great!  She has even adjusted to having a whelp-mate in the nursery, as Gina is waiting for her pups to arrive (- and growing bigger by the minute!) …  So, DH and I are staying close.  I’m so grateful we have a finished basement with second kitchen.  I’ve been coloring card tops with pencils, watercolors, ink pads and alcohol markers … I even managed to get a few finished as cards!

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And tonight, I perused the ‘net to find a soup recipe to make, while still overseeing the girls/nursery.  Loosely based on this Chicken-mushroom-souprecipe (thank you, Chunguh!), I added some other veggies that we had on hand (cabbage, parsnip, spinach), ultimately altering the liquid portions to accommodate all those veggies.  I finished the soup around 5:00 this morning, and woke DH so he could sample.  He says it’s great, and I like it too!

Work has been stressful – due to the blasted EPIC charting system.  But, I know every shift I finish, I’m that much closer to being competent/comfortable.  And, I have cute pups waiting for me at home!

I hope to color this image before heading back to work.  I just couldn’t resist this Stamping Bella stamp when I saw it!  Who doesn’t love Neo Mastiffs?!?  Winking smile  Photos of our babies to come soon … Happy Thursday Y’all!
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Busy … But with Downtime

We’ve had a busy week … welcoming pups on Tuesday.  Our Georgie is doing a great job as a first time Mom, but we’re staying close to keep an eye on all. 

unicornSo – I’ve had plenty of time to work on cards – stamping, masking, die-cutting, coloring … And(!) – I organized my growing pan of Daniel Smith watercolors:

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chicken-stewCooking has been near the nursery, and in the crock pot … We made a big batch of chicken stew Friday to roll into the weekend with (some) ease, as DH takes over the nursery watch solo-style.

Leaving with a cute photo of Victor and Rotunda (hanging out in the kitchen) – and one of our pups (the girls) … Awww

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Happy Weekend Y’all … Wish us luck (as I go back to ER nursing EPIC fun … Doh!)!!

 

Birthdays, Card Making & EPIC

Wrapped up all of my mandatory nurse classes last week, YAY!  Got through the weekend shifts, and heard such bizarre complaints, I can’t even mention them… My goodness, but folks are losing coping skills by the bucket-loads! Moving on …

On Tuesday, DH and I made nachos, making the chips (cut tortillas) in the air fryer.  They’re good.  bavarian-cream-hand-piesNot as good as actual frying, but the time saved and healthier benefits outweigh the frying.  And they taste much better than store bought chips!  After dinner, I made Bavarian cream hand pies (photo).  Not bad!  I have a hankering for lemon curd pies next …

I’m in card making mode.  I made DH a birthday card, and I’m working on a ‘welcome baby’ card.

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I also pulled out my alcohol inks to make a few backgrounds.  So much fun and I love the results!

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DH turned 53 this week.  We went out for a nice, low key dinner.  I’ll be making (grilled) swai and veggie foil packets tomorrow when we celebrate with some of the kids.

This afternoon I started playing with my Daniel Smith half pan watercolors.  I hope to stamp a few images on watercolor paper to have on hand …

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This weekend starts pup watch for our Giorgana (Georgie).  So I’ll have some down time in the nursery next week.  This weekend is also the EPIC launch at work (should be a fun, stress-free weekend!?)  So, yeah Georgie puppies and a new computer charting system at work … should make for an EPIC WEEKEND! Smile

I’ll leave with a quick photo of our Josie.  She just keeps growing those wrinkles – my beautiful, silly girl! 

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Stay sane, Y’all!!!

Hibernating …

I haven’t decided if I’m battling some wimpy bug or just hibernating this week.  But, I’ve been sleeping for long spells, with short periods of consciousness – to eat, peruse the internet and play with cards/paper.  And then – back to sleep …

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Tomorrow is going to be a long one, with mandatory work competency 3 (of 4), followed by an ER nurse weekend.  Stay safe, warm and dry y’all during Michigan’s ice storm!

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Deadline 2 of 4 & The New Year …

I started the week off by meeting the (latest) new deadline for online work competencies.  Which made the next two weeks mine!  YAY!  We had beautiful skies on Monday, along with some snow fall on Tuesday … I caught photos:

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our-air-fryer[DH and] I gifted ourselves with an air fryer – so we spent much of the week learning about the machine and trying recipes: Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada dipping sauce (and toasted coconut garnish); General Tso’s Chicken (non-spicy); Pork Fried Rice; Berry Cream Cheese Wontons; Eggrolls (Philly Steak & Cheese for him and Shrimp for me); and we tried a recipe from this cookbook.  It was supposed to be Cinnamon Apple Chips, but the amount of salt called for was ridiculous!  And after reading through several more of recipes, with the silly names (‘Feisty Pigs in a Blanket’ – which are simply cocktail weenies wrapped in crescent roll dough.  I’m not sure what’s FEISTY about that …) and multiple typos, I would not recommend the book.

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We rang in the New Year with a low-key night of good food and a few games of pool.  I caught a quick photo of the sisters … such party animals  – they could barely keep their eyes open to midnight!  Smile

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After this fun-filled ER weekend, I hope to try lemon curd and Bavarian cream hand pies in the air fryer … I’ve done a wee bit of post-holiday shopping, so I’ll be playing with cards next week, too! 

I pulled together a simple card while DH and I were watching (Netflix) The Witcher this evening … And, DH found my giant teddy bear in our storage container – I made him some 18-20 years ago (when I dabbled in sewing) … Time to clean him up and bring him into the house!  Awww …

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Have a safe weekend, Y’all!

Major Deadlines … MET!

We made it … All handmade gifts were completed and GIVEN.  I pulled together a few cards (five – to be exact): Four to give to our offspring, to house the cash gifts they all wanted;

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Mexican-Frui-CakeAnd one more card for my sister … To go along with the Mexican Fruit Cake for her birthday (12/29) – which was my contribution to the whole (extended)-family-Christmas-Eve-dinner that she hosted (her favorite cake … and Not My Photo).  My sister did an AMAZING job, and I had such a great time!

We wrapped the couple (dozen) gifts to add to the 8 tubs of Christmas Chex Mix (!), made our own Christmas day feast … And we were GOLDEN!!!  … Christmas (Eve and Day) 2019 …  So – YAY … WE DID IT!

Moving on from family celebrations … I’ll begin Deadline 2 (work competency segment  #3 of the year), so I can officially celebrate 2020 … I  totally LOVE meeting DEADLINES … !?!  [I do … once they’re DONE!!] … So I can start playing with glass again!  Happy Holidays Y’all!!!2020

T-5 days …

Actually, I have 2 more days to prepare for Christmas … [Fingers Crossed – but I think we’re looking okay!]   Just a few more items to purchase, projects to complete and gifts to wrap.  And get through an ER nursing weekend.  It’s all good!  We’ll be ready to start the celebrations on Christmas Eve …

paradise2019I’d say I can’t complain too much, as we just got back from Paradise.  With special thanks to our youngest son for keeping the household together, DH and I managed to escape for several days …

Which was wonderful, and a much needed break.  Once we wrap up Christmas, I have to buckle down with some additional work competencies (because twice a year isn’t enough!?!)  Thank you, Epic software!  But that’s next week …

sweet-potato-goat-cheeseWe’ve been doing a bit of cooking, now that we’re home:  I finally got around to making Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese & Thyme (so yummy!); We tried our hand at making Pineapple Mango Coleslaw (we had it in Jamaica and it was amazing … unfortunately ours did not turn out as well, but it’s pretty!); pineapple-mango-coleslaw

And, we cooked up the (frozen) Thanksgiving turkey carcass for broth and made a sort of clean-the-fridge-of-all-vegetables, enormous stock pot of soup.  DH calls it Meatloaf Soup (although it has no meat in it)! With green and purple cabbage, carrots, red onion, corn, peas, green beans, snap peas, cauliflower, pinto and white beans, scallion, garlic and crushed tomatoes, along with a healthy dash of many herbs … GOOD STUFF! [Loosely based on Turkey Carcass Soup recipes …]

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I’ll leave with a few photos of some of our handmade gifts this year (double knitting and fused glass items):

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I’ll touch base once I’m producing in the studio again … Merry Christmas y’all!

 

Happy Thanksgiving …

We had a great Thanksgiving day!  DH and I prepped all we could the night before, including our (now) traditional bacon-wrapped herb-butter turkey, green bean casserole, hanky pankies and spanakopitas (although we didn’t bust into those on Thursday).  On Thanksgiving day, I made my mashup of 3 different Whiskey Apple Stuffing recipes and our family favorite (red skin) mashed potatoes.  Along with a vat of homemade gravy, croissants, pecan and pumpkin pies … What a fea(s)t!  All the kids came and DH and I feel very blessed!

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sweet potato gratinOur oldest baby girl surprised us with Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese.  I love sweet potatoes (DH does not), but didn’t think I liked goat cheese … This stuff is amazing, even DH loves it.  Thank you baby girl ~ and thank you Kalyn!

I had two kilns cooking in the studio for most of the week.  Here are the requested sun-catchers and I moved along some Christmas tree night lights:

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sympathy-cardI also put together a beautiful card I’d been itching to make since discovering itVintage Cloche by Grace Rose on Pinterest.

I did a bit of research on Ravelry for my next knitting project … as it’s getting to be that time of year.  I hope to start this hat next week:

I’ll leave with this sunrise photo DH caught this week (Michigan in November), so pretty!  Have a great weekend Y’all ~ and please stay out of the E.R.’s … Winking smile

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On The Mend …

Both physically and creatively – with baby steps! 

I must not have been successful at the dodging-and-weaving game with our swarm of flu/URI-crud patients last weekend in the E.R. … I’ve been fighting sinus pain/snot and body aches this week – the best way I know:  Lots of vitamin C (orange juice), strong heart-pawmedicine (ummm, maybe vodka), and loads of sleep.  I crashed hard for 15+ hours yesterday!  And woke feeling almost human … Yay!!!

So, this evening I worked on  a special request glass project (will be ornaments/sun catchers once complete).  Here’s the design, and the glass discs waiting for the kiln/step 2.

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foiling-bdayAnd then I wanted to do something with cards.  So, I opted to try making my own toner sheet with our laser printer to foil a die cut ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment.  It was pretty successful,  and I like the cut-out centers too …  I hope to bust out some stamp sets and do a bit of (copic) coloring soon.

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One of our 2-legged babies has asked for potato soup, so DH and I are cooking up a full ham dinner (ham, cheesy potatoes, vegetable medley) later today.  Then we can whip up a batch of the much-loved soup, all before Thanksgiving and the crazy feast we make to celebrate that day!  (I know, the sacrifices we make for our kids …  Smile )

Leaving with a cute photo of Miss Linda Blue, who is 7 months old now.  Such a lovable  little bug! heart-emoji

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