Archive for January, 2007

I can’t believe I forgot

January 15, 2007

Tomorrow American Idol starts. How could I forget that????? I’m a hardcore AI fan since all of last year! Last year was my first year watching it and I was hooked from the first minute. So, are you prepared for all my commentary? And I do have a lot of commentary. I have an opinion on just about everything, just ask me.

I also anticipate getting lots of knitting done. I just read Emily’s blog and she mentioned “all the great, speedy, adrenaline pumping knitting” she’d get done during 2 nights of 4 hour, 24 episodes. Well, I’m not into 24, but I can see the same thing happening during AI. 🙂

Ice Storm Update: The storm is past, but in our immediate area, 70,000 people are without power. Tree limbs are down all over the place. No thawing in site until probably Thursday when it’s supposed to get up to 40. Tonight, the temp will be 5. Pretty cold even if you do have power.



and more ICE!

January 14, 2007


We heard a big loud noise and thought it was ice sliding off the roof. Nope. It was our tree, attacking our car! Yes, it broke the back window – again! (not the tree breaking it again, but the window breaking again) Oh the joy of winter!

Karen – sorry, I kept resizing the picture but it insisted on being big… i dunno….click on the picture to see the whole thing.

Ice, Ice and more Ice

January 14, 2007



This is not lovely snow on bare branches. This is just ice. If you looked at our front yard, you’d see a snow covered winter wonderland (well, snow covered anyway) but it’s not snow. It’s just ice. You can walk across it, if you were so inclined and not even leave footprints. You don’t sink down at all.

Mike is out trying to get the trunk open on the car. We left the new bag of dog food in there. Last night the dogs had a veritable buffet of all the leftover dog food in 2 bags, a handful of dog bones, some pig ears and various other dog treats. They had a blast, eating everything but the dog food! Sally tried to bury her pig ear, but couldn’t find any ground that wasn’t frozen.

And lest you worry about our dogs outside in this weather, they live very comfortably. They have a room, under the porch, filled with straw and there is a heat lamp for them. Mike thaws their water all day, so they always have fresh. And! They have fur coats on.

I’m so glad I finished my slippers. And then yesterday my new socks came. So, I have the new wool socks for sensitive feet on, underneath my wool slippers. And my tootsies are toasty. Just in time!

The kids were already off school tomorrow, so there is no cancellation. Maybe Tuesday. Everything around here is canceled. Even the churches are closed. It’s very quiet out there, no cars going by. I did hear sirens a few minutes ago but that’s all.


The Ice Storm Iceth…

January 13, 2007

Well, it came and is now in a lull, waiting for the rest of it to hit this afternoon or tonight. It looks like snow out there (exactly like the last picture I posted of the ice storm) but to step in it is like stepping on concrete, Mike says. I haven’t tried it, and don’t expect I will. Means I’d have to take my slippers off and put shoes on. Nope.

The chicken is simmering in a pot on the stove with celery, onions and garlic. It will either become Chicken and Dumplings or Chicken Soup/Stew… something along those lines. If I get ambitious I might make biscuits, but I have a feeling I’ll just take bread out of the freezer. I don’t feel ambitious, not when I have bread at hand.

So, we are all hunkered down here in our nice warm house doing our various things.  Nothing interesting. I’m working in my sewing room, Riley is watching TV and Mike is becoming a pilot! (Flight Simulator)

I remember when our family got it’s first computer. We shared it between 5 people with nary a problem. That was probably 15 years ago.

Today, in this house, we have 3 computers. Actually 4 computers. Two of them are here in my sewing room.  One computer per person is about what it comes out to be. We have a phone and TV in nearly every room and are putting in a second phone line this week. We had a heck of a time figuring out which phones would go where, and which phones work with the fax machine and which phones don’t. Which phones had a Caller I.D. I could see without my glasses!

Everything has some kind of beep, buzzer, tone or ding associated with it. Especially now that we have the new stove. That thing rings more than the phone! So, between the computers, the phones, the answering machine, the stove and the dryer… there is no more peace and quiet.  Even if the TV’s are off, our home is filled with a cacophony of sounds. If we could coordinate them we might be able to make a buck! Now of course I exaggerate… but only a little!

I’m going to turn on the TV and get some peace and quiet…


The Ice Storm Cometh…

January 12, 2007

is what’s all over the TV this morning. We haven’t had any weather here in Missouri for I don’t know how long, but now it’s finally gotten around to us. The temp is falling and it’s raining. In Idaho, that meant snow. In Missouri, it means ice.

I know I said I don’t make resolutions, but I did make a teeny tiny one halfway – to write in this blog everyday. You can see how long that lasted.

I sent the class socks to Jack. He can’t wear them with his regular shoes, but he can wear them with his dinosaur snow boots.


I imagine this is as still as you can get a 2 year old to sit, in order to model his new socks! And you can also see he needed to wear those dinosaur boots –

So, today will be spent sewing a quilt for the magazine.  After all these years I finally learned something new for the EQ programs.Something so elemental every beginner knows it, except me it seems. I thought, silly me, that if you plugged in block measurements for a 10″ block, it would give you templates for  10″ finished block, that it would actually measure 10 1/2″ blocks. Well, not true. If you want a 10 1/2″ block, you have to enter those measurements into your Block Setup.

So,  now, red faced and humble, I return to my sewing machine.


Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine now has an affiliate program!

January 5, 2007

and what the heck is that, you may ask! Well, I didn’t know at first either, until my very patient web guru answered all my newbie questions and held my hand until the whole thing was over. She says it was easy as pie, I had to take Valium. (not really)

If you have a website or a blog, go here  and sign up. You get to choose from a lovely assortment of custom made ads, and best of all (drum roll please) everytime someone from your site/blog clicks on it and subscribes to Cotton Spice… YOU get $2.49 in cold hard check. Trust me, $2.49 adds up quickly – go to the grocery store and see if I’m wrong!

So, the baby cotton spice takes another step toward a grown up website (don’t confuse that with ‘adult’). And the coolest part are things I can’t even share with you – but some very cool things will be showing up in the near and far future.


Crab Rangoons for Tara

January 4, 2007

These are not hard at all! They don’t end up exactly like the ones in the restaurant, but they are equally yummy.

The other night I used the Weight Watchers recipe, which everyone says they like better than the ones we fry in oil.

It goes like this – you need a package of cream cheese(softened), a can of crab meat, a package of won ton wrappers, some soy sauce, a little garlic, a few green onions chopped up and a few snow peas. Saute the garlic, onions, and snow peas in a little olive oil for a minute. Drain the crab and add it with the saute mixture and the soy sauce to the cream cheese. Mix it all up with a fork.

Put a teaspoonful in each wrapper, wet the edges and press them together good. Do this until you run out of wrappers. Place the filled wrappers on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam. Oven, 425 degrees. Spray the filled wrappers with Pam. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until brown and crisp.

Yummy! If you want to fry them, you do the same thing, you just fry them in an inch or so of hot veg oil. They only take about 15-20 seconds to cook tho, so be quick with the slotted spoon to get them out!

enjoy! 🙂 Karen

Warm Socks

January 3, 2007

I went to Macy’s today in the search of warm socks. The best thing I found was a pair of slippers on sale for $10. I know I’m learning to knit socks, but in the meantime, my feet are COLD! They had all kinds of socks – thin, cute-sy, fashion-oriented knee socks, fuzzy trimmed nylon socks, argyle socks… all THIN and made from synthetic’s. Some white cotton ones, but that’s not what I wanted.

I wanted some beefy, thick wool socks that would keep my toes warm. And for once in my life, I just wasn’t in the shopping mood. So I came home and did a search for wool socks. And found something I think.. I hope…. I’ll like. How could I pass up the title? Chill buster! Angora wool!Then…. buy 3, get 1 free!!! Oh boy!

But of course, that’s only 4 pairs of socks. I guess I’ll do more laundry until I get that first pair of socks for me mastered.

Hope your tootsie’s are warm!


It’s a work day, but not quite

January 2, 2007

You’d think today would be the first day back to work. But the bank is closed and I’m sure we won’t get mail. And the kids are still out of school. Tomorrow will be the first day back to work, except that I’m still working! I just can’t bank or mail.

Yesterday I had the entire day to myself, and got SO much done! It’s amazing what you can accomplish when the house is quiet and empty.

Tonight I’m making Chinese food for dinner – fried rice, egg foo yung and crab rangoons. It all sounds yummy to me!

I’m also working on getting the newsletter done, it’s almost done. It has a new Abby chapter in it! 🙂

Ok… back to work! Karen

Happy New Year

January 1, 2007

The past few years have brought pleasant and happy changes to my life. After 48 years of living in this world, I’ve given up on the New Years Resolution. Last year, a friend posted this on another bulletin board and I asked her if I could use it. This, is my New Years Resolution –

“My resolution this year is to live lavishly and lovingly! To do this, I want to continue to make and keep the five commitments I made last year:

  • to savor nature and beauty
  • to give and receive love
  • to encourage and exercise my creative spirit
  • to be light in the world (a person of truth and integrity)
  • to cultivate a positive, thankful attitude

I want to feed my own soul, so I can bless and serve my world.”

Now, she wrote it, and I choose to replicate it as she wrote it. We can all make our own personal changes to the words, but they are good and positive words. I wish the same for you in this new year of 2007.