Living with intention…or not

The putterer
January 23, 2010, 11:33 pm
Filed under: Home sweet home

Where do the weekend hours go? I’m trying to be more conscious of what I do with my time, but even so, hours seem to evaporate with little to show for them. This morning, I slept late (9:00+), showered, wrapped Jeanette’s birthday presents, and made a card for her. Seems like there was more but what the heck was it? Oh, yeah– I frosted the cake that I baked last night. Chocolate/chocolate. Mmmmm.

We had lunch at 99 with Ed & Jeanette (joint birthday bash), where I had my favorite Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad and a cuppa chowder. The candied walnuts on the salad are the best part and I save them up for the last few bites like a happy little squirrel.

After lunch, cake back here. For an $0.89 mix, it was awesome. Moist, light, and chocolatey. We were looking at bakery cakes while we grocery shopped last night but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $10-$15 for cake. So we bought a mix and frosting, and after adding water, oil, and eggs, and a little bit of time…CAKE. And more importantly…CHEAP cake. DELICIOUS cheap cake.

This afternoon we walked the boys in Herthum. Haven’t been around our usual loop in weeks because of the never-ending chill. But there was sun today, and I think we hit the 30’s, so not too bad. Boo and Scout fought it a bit at the get-go, but once we got going they trotted along.

After the walk, I got my notes together for a church meeting tomorrow, and then got my work lists and iCal updated and printed for the week. I created a DINNER calendar in iCal so that I can do a better job of getting dinners mapped out for the next week.

Then— hot tub, hot chocolate, and a batch of molasses cookie dough (needs to chill so I’ll bake tomorrow).

I still want to read, and there are a few minutes left before the clock strikes midnight and Saturday is gone. Gone! Another Saturday gone.

Gonna go grab those minutes.



What I Did On My Tuesday Evening
October 21, 2009, 6:49 pm
Filed under: Good eats, Home sweet home


Did I mention that I made applesauce? No? Well, I did. Turns out it’s very relaxing. Just a lot of loitering and stirring while the apples mushify.

Now I’m baking molasses cookies and the house smells like Christmas.


Again, more loitering while the cookies bake.

I could get used to this.

What I Look Like When I’m Eating Lunch
June 17, 2009, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Critters, Family, Home sweet home


After accidentally pouring iced tea on my Frosted Shredded Wheat, I KNEW that I really did need a day off. I spent the morning at home…marinated a steak for dinner, made molasses cookie dough to bake tomorrow evening, ironed tomorrow’s work clothes, and updated my to-do list template for tomorrow.

Had lunch with the folks at Nola’s (very good chicken sandwich!), then visited our newly chosen graves (do we know how to have fun, or what?), handled some banking paperwork, and finally settled on their patio. Last time I was over, the chipmunks were running amok. Today, not so much. Probably because I was trying to take pictures. This little guy stuffed at least three whole peanuts (shell and all) in his cheeks, then scampered off under the air conditioning unit. On his last trip, a bird dive-bombed him. He shrieked, jumped, and never returned. I think he had to change his pants.

April 19, 2009, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Home sweet home, Pets


After whining most of the night (pain, fear, morphine?) Scout seems much better today. We walked our usual route this afternoon and he trotted right along like always. He’s barking his head off at the TV which is another good sign. Boo’s snoozing, pretty much oblivious to HIS close call. All is once again right in our doggy world. Phew.

Half of the afternoon was chewed up with an after-church meeting. I felt myself fading with hunger and fatigue (I slept in fits and starts, listening to Scout whimper). We had a quick late lunch of cheeseburgers, then took our walk. The day was sunny and 60-ish. Beautiful for this time of year.

After the walk, we took a spin on the Spyder, and stopped at Dunkin Donuts for iced coffee. I’m finally feeling recharged. Sun, wind, caffeine, and a crisis averted will do that.

I’m almost feeling ready to charge into Monday. ALMOST.

Old books
April 14, 2009, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Books, Good eats, Home sweet home

Books at the Horned Dorset, where we had Easter Dinner.


Now that I’ve purchased MacJournal, I better start using it.

But for now, it’s off to bed to watch The Real Housewives of NYC.

Cooking circa 1924
January 2, 2009, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Good eats, Home sweet home

My mother recently gave me copy of the Westminster Church Cook Book from 1924. The ads are hysterical and the recipes themselves are maddeningly vague. Tonight it struck me…I think I’ll post a recipe a day. Maybe I’ll even try a few. MAYBE.

We’ll start with SOUPS AND CHOWDER

Clam Chowder

25 clams, 4 potatoes, 2 onions, 1 carrot, 1 tomato, 1/2 pound of salt pork, milk to suit taste. Add few cracker crumbs toward the last to thicken if desired.
Chop pork fine and fry in a separate pan until brown. Then take out some of the fat. Add the finely chopped onions, and fry brown; then put into a kettle and add a quart of boiling water, and clam liquor which has been boiled and skimmed. Then add vegetables chopped fine. When all is tender put in the chopped clams; Last of all add the scalded milk to suit taste.

Mrs. J. A. Drew

No pic [Day #13]
November 16, 2008, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Books, Home sweet home, Weather

My uploaded pictures aren’t appearing on Flickr which is what I use to post photos here, soooo no photo today. I made progress on the Christmas card assembly this evening (doing it is much faster than thinking about it) and also made a meatloaf for tomorrow’s dinner and dealt with the baggie of Amish Friendship bread that a friend foisted on me.

There’s been cold rain and occasional flurries all day, but nothing dramatic. Just dark November dankness. I sprouted another migraine this afternoon, but that’s finally gone, and now it’s time to head to bed and read about Alex the parrot.

God, I’m tired lately.