Rambling Edition…. (when is it not?!)
It’s been 2 days since I’ve received a new picture of Gariníon, so I do not have a new one to share today. This picture from one week will have to do. I know you might consider me biased, but in spite of that, she really is a beautiful baby!!!! I just stare at her picture as much as possible! I can’t wait to hold her and kiss her and give her all manners of “granny love”!!!!
I will get a LOT of pictures of that sweet baby beginning in less than a week! I am so excited about the trip, and still a little nervous about being gone so long.
I started hand dyeing some yarn. It’s so fun. It’s so easy. It has been so long since I’ve done it! (I finally figured out that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing… I can do it in increments!) I have one more color I want to add (some on the still-undyed base yarn, some over-dyeing) and then it will be done. I like how it looks so far, but I always love seeing how it knits up. What you think you see in a hank is not necessarily what you see in a pair of socks (or whatever!) I have used purple and yellow so far and will add some green (and leave some undyed.) It is starting to remind me of an iris (of course, we just finished “Still Life with Iris” at the theater, so I do have iris on the brain….)
I’ve not talked to SuperSoldier since Mother’s Day. I miss talking to him! Of course, I understand that he can’t just pick up the phone “whenever” but I still miss it. I miss him loads! He has sent a couple of emails and we IM’d for about 3 minutes one day, but that’s not as nice as hearing his voice. I am glad he has a shorter deployment than usual, but it is still a long time.
UPDATE!!!! SuperSoldier called about an hour ago! He was heading from his “room” to the office and said he’d call again later! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!
Last Friday, I did can those beans and it appears it was a success! I sure hope so because I sent a bunch to SuperSoldier. I have a few jars left here. I plan to open one today or tomorrow to see if they’re good. They should be, but you know… I don’t have the confidence I will have once I do open a jar that is good. I will be quite disappointed if I sent a bunch of beans over there only to have to tell SuperSoldier to throw them away! (if I talk to him, anyway!)
UPDATE!!! As I mentioned in #3, SuperSoldier called. He got the beans and opened them while on the phone with me. Poor guy didn’t have a spoon in his “room” so he tried using his dogtags. That was okay, but he decided it might go better using the beef jerky I sent as a scoop. That actually worked and he liked the combination! He assures me that the beans were still sealed properly, smell right and taste great! Yay! (I’m still opening beans for myself, though!)
Chief brought a surprise home last night. My glasses that were being replaced under warranty FINALLY came in! (it was 3 or 4 weeks of waiting!) It was very sweet of Chief to call them and check up on things and then make the stop for them on the way home. It is so nice to see better again!!! I have to bring the broken pair to TSO so they can send them in for credit. That works out, though, since I have to go to that area anyway. I need to look for Adams Cajun Seasoning to bring to SgtSoldierSon next week.
I am in a serious menu rut. I have got to figure out more everyday type menu ideas! The problem is in the ideas. I’ll cook just about anything. I just can’t seem to think of anything except the same old things… which would be fine if there were enough same old things! I always think of: spaghetti, meatloaf and some kind of grilled (george foreman grill) or baked/breaded chicken breasts. Oh, and let us not forget scrambled eggs! *sigh* I need my real, outdoor grill to work. The grill always makes things better. Not that I think it will completely fix the “problem”, but it should help.
The beginnings of the Purge of ’10 have gone fairly well so far (see #3 7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 80).) I did move the vast majority of my books and it has really helped a lot. I still have a long way to go and a lot of things to go through, purge and move around, but so far I do not regret the steps I’ve taken. I think I need to purge my pots and pans next. I have more than can fit in the cabinet and I’m ready to not have pots hanging from the pot rack. After that, I think I will tackle the cabinets in the laundry room. I am not even sure what’s in there apart from bandaids.