Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Update

Here's my yoga bag... but I just bought new yoga clothes so I might need to make another one that matches my clothes...

I made delicious banana chocolate chip walnut cupcakes and cake, so moist and yummy with cream cheese icing!

My Mommy's amazing 7 layer sandwiches... so good I'm in love with garden tomatoes!

There goes the neighbourhood!

There's more to come... I'm a busy girl!

In Progress

I have tons of stuff to write about: big things, little things, food things... but the pictures to accompany my thoughts are all locked away in my camera until I have time to download and sort... Hopefully I can do that tonight... because I have completely blown my goal to post a yummy recipe every tuesday even though I do make something and take pictures every week, even several times a week...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sniffle, sniffle, snort

I am sick, I'd say sick as a dog, but I don't think I've ever seen a sick dog... anywho... I bought over-processed kleenex that is lotion AND vicks infused so it helps make the sickness more tolerable and I'm eating canned peaches, but not the ones I just made... ones that were lurking in the pantry.

Since I've been home a lot more this week than usual I also seem to be more productive: laundry, making the bed, organzing the pantry... who knew I was so competent!

I went to my first ever Yoga class on Thursday and it was really nice and relaxing while still giving me the burning muscle-leg quivering feeling that let's you know you've done something good for your body. So now it's Yoga everything Thrusday and hopefully a space opens in the Tuesday class so I can go to that aswell.

In celebration of Yoga I shopped :a new sports bra (Izzie made a snack of the straps of my v. expensive hot pink one) and a Yoga mat (I seriously love any excuse to shop).

And in celebration of my yoga mat, I made it a bag out of my leftover cushion material. I used Amy Butler's Nigella Yoga Bag pattern and when my battery is charged I will take some pictures.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Domestic Bliss

So I've been all domestic lately and now you get to see the fruit of my spoils so to speak...

I found some organic peaches to satisfy my sickly needs and then canned them and all my jars sealed... on my way beck from Creston I'm going to buy oodles more to can... because 10 jars will not get me through the winter...

I convinced blair to buy me a sewing machine... YAH (and look I've used it!)

And of course I needed/wanted a rotary cutter and it needed a pretty mat!

I made some of Moonstitches' owls... I see the possibilty of an army of owls taking over my house...
I also got all crafty on my nasty throw pillows that Blair puts his feet on... so now we have nice stripey removable washable covers!! I made 4... WITHOUT a pattern!!

And I also made a softie block a la London Mummy

Blair tiled the backsplash ans of course Izzie helped

I though that this deer was pretty until I realized she ate my cherry tomato plant!
This little guy, along with his friends: screen, cable and ceiling mount, will soon be joining our living room multimedia experience!

That is all for now... I'm heading off to yoga...

Tomorrow I work 12-8 so I should have PLENTY of boredom time to put together a Friday Five

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Five

This week’s Friday Five is brought to you by all things creative…

1) Owls by Moonstitches - I lovelovelove these owls and hopefully I can make sense of the tutorial and make my own gigantic collection of them!



2) Soft Cubes by London Mummy - I either need friends to be having babies or to get pregnant really soon, because I want to make lots of these… and it’s an excuse to by a “rotary cutting thingy”… [Kait – do you want some soft cubes??]



3) Divider Decals - I want the trees for my newly decorated guest room (pictures to come when it’s fully put back together…


4) AT: Nursery – Roman’s Modern Nursey - I love this room, it’s so nice and gender neutral and stylish! I love the bedding they used… too bad it’s insanely expensive!


5) Gumdrop Pillows by Amy Butler - Again… I really want to make these… but there are lots of things I want to make that have free patterns… so these will have to wait until it’s their turn!


Thursday, September 6, 2007

So...

So life works itself out in pretty cool ways...

+ We'd been talking for awhile about selling our 2nd lot (when we bought our house, we got 2 lots with 2 separate titles... they are both 33 x 122, this is a great thing because, in Cranbrook you can't subdivide a lot any smaller than 50'), we discussed this idea with both sets of parents and a friend of my father-in-law's called us up and said he was interested in buying our lot... 3 years ago we'd be lucky to sell it for $15,000 and well now it's going for a LOT more than that!

+ In order to sell this lot, we need to remove our carport, because it crosses the property line. We have been going back and forth about building another carport in the back off the alley or building a garage, finally we settled on getting footings poured this fall, so that we could eventually build a garage. Today when I picked up Blair from work we were discussing it again and started talking about how even though a garage is considerably more expensive it would be really nice to have a covered parking area AND dry storage (since our basement is, in some areas, anything but that come springtime). So we figure we'll get some guys to quote on it.
We get in the house, check the messages and some guy from the college had been talking to one of my F-I-L's friend and heard we were looking to get a garage built and that he has between 9 and 11 students that need experience doing garage like things: pouring footings, erecting walls, putting on roofs... and that it would all be supervised by him...
Blair is in the process of calling him back and hashing out the details...


So yah for blessings that come knocking on your door!! And yah for F-I-L's and their friends!!

Tonight we are off to the RDEK company picnic, and I believe that it is T-Bone steak again like every other delicious year!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Millions of Peaches

Thanks to A. Val for planting the peach canning seed in my head, because now I really, really want to... BUT (there always seems to be one...) I've been reading about fruits and veggies and organic vs. non-organic and all that fun-killing, life-improving stuff on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website and their list of pesticide laden produce to avoid buying non-organic and the stuff that is fine to buy non-organic... and well here comes the biggest BUT of all: PEACHES are #1 on the list of things to either avoid or buy organically... I'm not sure if I've ever seen an organic peach and I doubt I can afford buying enough organic peaches to can should I ever find them. So unless there are any organic fruit stands in Creston I figure I'm out of luck...

I love canned peaches SO much, there pretty much the only thing I will eat when I'm sick... and well since I may have lots of nausea in my near future I'm going to want lots of canned peaches in my pantry... but I don't really think that pesticide soaked peaches will be the best thing to put into my body when that time comes...

Onions have the lowest pesticide load... maybe I'll can those with lots of sugar instead...

And just so you know... Apples are the #2 worst offender out of the 43 tested... so I'll be buying those organic too from now on...