"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same." ~Francesca Reigler

Thursday, November 26, 2015


 Sorry, couldn't resist! Haha! 

My belly is full and I'm finally sitting down after being on my feet since I woke up. Will rest a bit, then get the kitchen whipped into shape, and start working on tomorrow's lunch for the stitch and bitch. I'll have home baked bread and a salad bar. A good "healthy" lunch to follow the big Thanksgiving feast.

Our feast was more like a Sunday family dinner. Hubby fried up two chicken hind quarters (yum, leftovers!), and I made dressing, black eye peas, chicken gravy, and country greens. Also threw in some cranberry sauce. Can't have thanksgiving without cranberry sauce! The unused greens and peas will go with the ham hocks they cooked in to make some pot likker soup. That will go in the freezer later for New Year's Day. Gotta keep that good luck flowing.

Actually it was nice to just have the two of us in our comfy clothes. It's a sharp antithesis to some of our family gatherings in which the china, crystal, and silver are dragged out. You don't have to be fancy to be thankful.

It has been a sunny day and my mountains were out. The mountain snow caps aren't in full glory yet, but are pretty darn close. We are counting our blessings. Before you know it it will be our four year anniversary here.

Tomorrow is my sewing party. Just a small gathering of four friends. A great way to avoid the Black Friday hubbub. Then it's Thanksgiving dinner with hubby's coworkers down the hill. There we will be celebrating the folks that brought us here.

Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Madness

I'm procrastinating right now. I have a task list I'm working on. Yep, it's Monday... The day I make a feeble attempt to start anew. Hahaha! This is my list for the next two days. Welcome to my week. I'm desperately trying to catch up on my house cleaning. Luckily, letting a week slide doesn't do much damage. Last week with the storms and such I didn't do squat.

This morning I made a grand attempt to not go shopping on Friday. I'll be hosting my first annual Black Friday Stitch and Bitch. All friends, no shopping, and lots of sewing! I'll make a fresh loaf of bread, provide coffee and water, and lay out a salad bar spread. Easy peasy.

This will help soothe my soul since we'll be away from family. I'll likely do this again New Year's Day.  My front living/dining room is perfect for this. I'll roll out my tables from the studio and we'll get to business.

Saturday I spent the night sewing at local late night sew in. Got home at 3:30am. Had a blast. Finished a row of my hand piecing project. I now have two rows left to sew. I'm hoping to make my goal of getting this done ASAP.

Sunday I imitated a sloth, as I didn't go to sleep, and this morning I woke up late. 9am is late for me, as I usually wake up around 7am.

I've menu planned for he week. I think Thanksgiving dinner will be homemade fried chicken legs, greens, black eye peas, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. On Saturday we'll be doing Thanksgiving with friends. I'll be making Alex Patout's Praline Sweet Potatoes (make it, you will love it! You're welcome.) and baking a spiral sliced ham.

This year we have lots to be thankful for.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Welcome to Washington State. Home of autumn and winter windstorms. Windstorms are quite common here. Tuesday's storm was a doozie. Our electricity was out most of Tuesday until Wednesday afternoon. Huge thanks to our tree folks and linemen that work for our communities!

Wednesday morning found three sections of the neighbor's fence down. Since it also serves as part of our fenced yard, we told our neighbor we'd help pitch in a bit to get it fixed. We don't go for the "my yard/your yard quibbling" when we also benefit from the fence. It's part of being a good neighbor.

Hubby slept most of yesterday. When I say most, I mean from about 1-2pm yesterday until about 6 am this morning. Neither of slept much on Tuesday night as we didn't have electricity for our CPAP machines. That's going to be a topic on our next household business meeting.

I discovered a kick-ass flashlight room lantern a while back and got to put it to work. It's made by Energizer. Don't let the compact size fool you. This Energizer LED folding lantern provided enough ambient room light to cook by. Yesterday I promptly ordered three more. Yes, I like it that much! One for the master bedroom, one for hubby's workshop, and one for my studio.

I've been working in the studio the last few days, rehanging stuff, cleaning out more junk, and organizing my sewing machines. I'm almost done...yay! Today I spent some time practicing my hand-lettering skills that are very rusty.

Next week is Thanksgiving week. Dang, where has time gone? Right now we don't have any plans, but I'm sure that will change.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Summary

Jeanie - 1, Vertigo - 2.

Dang vertigo keeps coming back every morning and I knock it back. Tonight it is kinda bothering me. Also have symptoms of a cold coming on. Grrrr! Don't have time for this!

I have been on a quest for a while for something simple. You know this as a pasta server. But to me it is a back scratcher that I'll keep in my bedside table. Thank you dollar store for this find. Don't worry, it won't make its way to the kitchen for any other task than hanging out in the dishwasher every now and then. I decided it wasn't fair. I have nails and can scratch hubby's back, but he doesn't have nails. So I took the law into my own hands.

This weekend found me at two dollar stores--the regular one and the Japanese $1.50 store. I raided their stationery and school supply departments for stuff. I'd post it here, but I promised a friend I'd be good on not buying stuff like that. And if she doesn't see it, then it's like I never got it. I'm being sneaky here. Hahaha! (By the way she reads this blog).


Move on... Nothing to see. And no that's not an Amazon order coming, either!

It's been cold and rainy all week, so I cut up part of a chuck roast and made soup. Hubby likes it brothy. He said it was good. He ate three small bowls of the stuff!

Hubby's brother made it home safely. Got his wheels down message that he got back in one piece. The boys had a good visit. Lots of laughter. Just what hubby needed.

Tonight finds me praying for two friends facing surgery tomorrow. One is getting her heart worked on, the other is having something done in her abdominal area (several things at once). So I've got them in my book and will be thinking and praying for them all day.

Speaking of books, I started #3 in the Mrs. Peregrine series. They are unusual books written for young adults, but they are really imaginative. It's a good read following that intense forensic mystery. I'll likely continue with a few cozy mysteries before I hit some more riveting reads. I need some book candy.

That's it for now. I'll be trying to get the house back into shape following the weekend. It'll take me all week, using my divided task method. That's okay. It allows me to work on some other things.

Have a great week, y'all!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the Thirteenth

Good afternoon! Today got off to a woozy start. Woke up with a case of positional vertigo. Oy vey! That is the worst feeling. Luckily I took some evasive action and got the old ear tubes back to normal. Jean-1, vertigo-0.

Hubby's brother is visiting. Hubby really needed some good time off, so I made him take off work and invited his brother to come visit. He's an easy houseguest. Right now they are on their way to Whidbey Island to investigate a gun club.

Me? I just got back from the makeup store and am going to give myself a gel manicure while reading Crimson Shore, the latest Agent Pendergast novel by Preston and Child. This one is good. It's the fifteenth novel in the series. I like the forensic archaeology in this one.

As for my manicure, I'm debating between doing my nails with gray, clear with light shimmer, or burgundy. My last mani was plain and clear. I'm really digging the gel because it's so durable and quick. Yes, it's a bear to remove, but it isn't that big of a hassle when you can multitask.

I'll also be playing with my new smartphone printer. I plan on using that with my journaling. I downloaded a few apps to use so I can get multiple photos on the 4x6 sheets. Yay! I got a Canon Selphy printer. I liked the size flexibility I can get with the 4x6.

Speaking of creative time, I've been watching baking videos online. I'm obsessed with learning about bread baking, pastry, etc. I found an awesome recipe for Orange Hazelnut Biscotti online, made it and loved it! That batch didn't last long. I sent out a half dozen each to two friends. And the rest was gone Lockett split. So crunchy and soooooo good!

I wanted to play around, so I took the base dough recipe and played with that a bit. The next batch was slivered almonds, cranberries and white chocolate chips with an almond flavored dough base. Next time I'll use sliced almonds, as I prefer a bit more color. The last batch was made using a chai spice mix (2tsp), orange zest, and slivered almonds. On that I'd up the chai spice to 1 tablespoon, use walnuts, and add vanilla to the base along with the orange zest. Maybe even some candied ginger. I can't get over how easy these are to make!

It's a rainy, chilly, blustery weekend here in the PNW. Perfect for nesting and such!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Miscellaneous Tuesday

Today's tasks are to vacuum, clean up the kitchen, and do a grocery run. I've got a slow start today, but I am at least upright today. For that I am thankful. 

Hubby and I had a relaxing weekend. He didn't go into work. I'm glad. He worked hard the last couple of weeks. I made sure he knew how much I appreciated that and left him a little gift saying so.  

Not much has been going on. I've been mostly a homebody. With this cool rainy weather I don't want to get out much. Yesterday was my big day out. Drove into town to hit the post office, Target, and Costco. I even lucked out and got a last minute hair appointment with my stylist! 

I splurged at Target. I'm such a bad girl. I shopped the dollar spot for scrapbooking supplies. I also got me some moisturizer, a makeup sponge, and lamp for my studio desk.

Since I had time to blow between Target and my hair appointment, I hit Costco. That's always guaranteed to take up at least an hour. I shopped for non-perishables there and ate a hot dog for lunch.   The Costcos up here now have a big cup of chili available at their cafes. I didn't notice it until I sat down. The kids sitting next to me were eating it. Their mom was too. They said it was really good! I will have to try that. 

I hit the beauty shop a tad early and her previous appointment cancelled, so into the chair I went. I swear, I left ten pounds lighter. While she didn't cut any length per se, she did cut in layers. I have fine thick hair, so that meant a lot on the floor.  This is a no makeup shot of the after. See how curly/wavy it is? Love it. Us southern girls like big hair. Lol! 

Hubby has another busy week. He's finishing up this machine going to Juarez and then taking Thursday and Friday off to play with his brother, who will be in town for a long weekend. And yes, there is a chance hubby will be going to Juarez. He has a service rep from Mexico that will be escorting him around. The rep says it's not as bad as it was a few years ago and he knows how to travels there safely. I'm still not sure what to think of that. I know the rep. Met him at a company function. Big family man. Right now it's slated to be around thanksgiving. But I think it'll be moved to the week following at the earliest. 

I learned a new makeup trick from a Bobbi Brown makeup video. Start with a light plumping moisturizer, let it sink in and plump your skin, then follow up with a heavier cream to seal it all in. I am currently using her foundation stick (it's awesome!). So I start with my Laniege emulsion from Target, then seal it in with my CeraVe cream in a tub. It has really made a difference in my skin's texture. Very hydrated, but not greasy. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


I'm alive. Just a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. Took a me day yesterday to do a few things: got coffee, did sewing with the ladies, did lunch with the ladies, hit the city library for a new card, and picked up a special order for a sewing foot.

Hubby's been hugely busy at work. Major stress stuff trying to get this very specialized machine up and running for an upcoming acceptance test. He's had a parts vendor guy in from Sweden for the last week. I think he leaves today. Things have just been crazy for him.

He slept in until 7am today, which was unheard of for him! He's usually at work by then, if not earlier. That tells me that he's tired.

I've been cleaning the studio area. I just need to do a wee bit more work then I'll be done. I have two big boxes of stuff to donate!

Today I tackled my most hated job -- bill paying. Ugh, it's so depressing sometimes! I've been having an issue with one company locking out my account every month since we moved. Today, like the last several months, I've been dealing with some unsuspecting soul in India (customer service) to fix this issue again and again. Then on top of that this person wanted to sell me a promotional deal. I laughed and politely declined. I'm over this. I'm sure I'll be talking with his or her buddy next month for the same dang issue. It just gets frustrating!

Baby #3 will be a girl. She's due sometime in March. Aside from my son in law, the only other male on the farm is the steer that will be dinner next year. Poor guy doesn't stand a chance. I'm excited either way. Now that I know I gotta plan her quilt. So far I've got an idea on fabric, but not pattern.

That's about it for excitement. I know, mundane stuff.

Hope things are coming along in your neck of the woods. It's chilly, cloudy, foggy weather here. We'll see the sun probably sometime in May or June. Lol!