DH was off today and tomorrow. Went to the post office, took stuff to soup kitchen, returned a bath shelf and got my free lotion at Bath & Body Works. We are getting a surprising amount back on our taxes, so DH bought me tickets to see James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt for my birthday in August. Going to be able to buy the kennel to replace the old one that goes with the chicken house, too. My bluebirds are back and busy in the birdhouse. Went to Tractor Supply and bought mealworms for them. Tomorrow I am weeding the garden and getting ready to plant warm crops next week.
03-17-2017, 08:33 AM
Weeding the garden today, and that's probably about it.
03-17-2017, 11:44 AM
GB, I hope yours is not as bad as mine. Normally by now I'd have been out several times and cleared all of last years debris and got to the early weeds.
One of my sourdoughs is fine, the other I may have killed over the winter but I resurrected it with some dry starter I had held back.
Our new cards came so I need to order the asparagus, finally.
Get into the garden for at least ten minutes today.
Make bread and muffins.
Prep an appetizer to take to friend's house tonight.
Get started on a handmade gift.
All on one foot. The swelling is down a lot, my toes look like little prunes in the morning but unfortunately are back to balloons by nightfall. I'm walking on 3/4 of the foot, still can't put weight on the big toe and it starts to ache after a while. Still using the knee roller a good bit.
It's been awful quiet in the village lately. Hope everyone is well.
03-17-2017, 02:40 PM
I would love to work on prepping my garden, but it is currently covered with snow. This has been a wacky season for sure.
CH, how do you store your sour dough starter long term? I made a starter, but couldn't keep up with it, so ended up pitching it. If there was a way to put it "on hold" so to speak, I probably could manage better. We just don't eat that much bread & the kids are too far away to just drop them off some bread.
Today is my day off. Usually I have something planned & am quite busy. I am in a weird state, nothing sounds interesting right now. I forced myself yesterday to do a few things, cleaned my granite counters, used the special cleaner on the stove top, did dishes. Today was similar. I don't have anything pressing to do, though I have plenty I could do & probably should do. So I made brownies, unloaded, loaded dishwasher, portioned out chili for freezer, cut up turkey breast from a couple days ago, making broth in pressure cooker now. I did a general pick up & put away session, so everything is pretty tidy. I really don't want to start anything like cleaning closets or drawers...
I have to go to town tomorrow, so no need to go now, especially since it is snowing. I am seriously considering buying another sewing machine. There was an ad in the paper that there will be a sale of "student" Singer sewing machines for $149.00. I have been having trouble with sewing machines. I used to be very good at sewing, even won an award back in the day, but recent years, I have spent more time trying to get a machine to work than actually sewing. I have an antique Canadian Singer that I always fell back on, but now something is wrong with it. I have never been able to do much with the $800.00 Baby Loc. I think I may have damaged the bobbin case. And there are several others... So I am going tomorrow to take a look.
I finally got my credit card situation resolved. They took off the charge temporarily, then put it back on, then the fraud unit took it back off. Hopefully it's done. Had to update the cell phone auto pay with the new number & it was a big whooping deal! I just want to give them money. The phone is in my ex son in laws name, since he got it when he used to work at the cell company. I had to have the last 4 digits of his SS# to update. Then it won't update until next month so had to go through the whole hoop- de- rah again to pay this months bill & they were going to charge me an extra $5.00 for paying over the phone. So that's done.
Need to find something to do...
Everyone have a good day!
03-17-2017, 03:20 PM
Winkie, I have found that starter will keep about 6 months without feeding. There may be very little left alive in it by that point, but if you feed it, it comes back eventually. It may take a few days to get to the point you can make bread with it. If you can remember to feed it quarterly, you should be able to keep a good strain forever. I just put the starter in the coldest part of the fridge.
Beware the "student" sewing machine scam. They are not overstock school machines. That's BS. They are just travelling salesmen selling cheap low-end machines. More importantly, there is no warranty or service support on them, no matter what they say. They take your money and are gone the next day. You are better off getting a cheap machine through Sears or Walmart, where at least you can return it if it does not work. Better yet, if there is a sewing machine shop in your area, ask them about any used trade ins they might have. They will show you how to use the machine and service it too.
But since you already have two machines, why not just get one repaired?
I did my ten minutes in the garden and got the raised bed weeded. DH came out and helped get one mother of a yellow dock root out with the shovel, and he put my cucumber trellis back up. The big wind storm a few weeks ago took off all our trellises.
I need to go back out and tackle the wintercreeper that is trying to take over the yard and the escaped honeysuckle I thought I had killed last year. Maybe tomorrow.
03-17-2017, 03:25 PM
Winkie-checkout the reveiws for them online. I got DD a project runway machine online and she has loved it for years. It does all the embroidery stitches. Came w/ a good case. I usually buy mine at S.A. for about $30. and order accessories online at ebay or that. I have a cheap $100. singer from Target and DD has the same one. But I have a metal WHITE machine also. Joannes services machines but it may only be ones they sell now. AND yes it is lightly sleeting? here. Was supposed to start at noon and just began @ 2:30.
I have been shopping stamps again today and was bad. I will call it a St. Patricks Day present.lol
DH leaves again Sun. for a week so he actually went to get a haircut. I was laughing because he wanted to get in before they "filled up". WHAT,will there be a ST. Patricks DAy line??lol He is so funny.
I decided not to do anything today for cooking. I will maybe make everything tomorrow??
03-17-2017, 04:12 PM
FW- had to laugh at the hair cut comment. My DH goes at 5:45 AM so he can be first when they open @ 6:00. He always comes home with a report of how many were in front of him!
CH & FW - you are both right about the sewing machine. I think the old Singer can be easily fixed, but it just does straight stitch. There is a sewing machine repair shop in the next town who should be able to handle it. The Baby Loc needs to go back to Cleveland which is a bit over an hour drive. I bought it on a whim while at the Home & Garden Show probably 8 years ago. I think the problem is I never learned how to use it. I also have a White I bought used that isn't working right & my old favorite Singer Golden Touch & Sew that I bought 40 some years ago brand new. The Touch & Sew can't be repaired any longer, I need to pitch it. I don't know why I was sucked in by the ad for the student machines. I guess I just wanted instant gratification. It would just be nice to sit down & sew & not have to mess with the machine forever. Thanks for bringing me back to earth.
03-17-2017, 04:12 PM
Thanks CH for the sourdough info.
03-17-2017, 06:45 PM
Winkie well worth your time to find someone who can service the Singer if needed. I took mine to a "Brother" repair shop when it needed service. Then I got brave and started watching Youtube videos and cleaned/oiled/ and made some small repairs myself. I downloaded the manual from the Singer web site. Read the diagrams and figured out part names. Ordered parts off the internet. Mine is a very old 1950's machine "Rocketeer" model. It does what I need.
Still busy w/ work. Everything else just has to wait for another month. Snow is melting here but I am not tempted to go mess in the yard or garden yet. Hope everyone else is well.
03-17-2017, 08:21 PM
OK now wait a minute. Is the singer a good metal one or anything. If it only straight stitches I WOULDNT repair it unless it has sentimental value or maybe if it was metal. I got rid of moms old metal one w/ case because a spring busted and I am still kicking myself years later. I was lazy and ddint want to haul it in for weight. How much do you sew and would you sew more w/ less hassles. I'm thinking the repair would be more than a new one and still only be a straight stitcher. IDK I would browse at Joannes and buy online.
SO HAPPY ST PATRICKS blizzard.We just got 3" delivered in 1/2 hr w/ quarter sized flakes. Poor DH we had ordered a pizza is normal weather and 10 min later the guy said there were 3 accidents in the mile he needed to drive to get it.
Going to make a meal tomorrow. Wasnt motivated today.lol
AND yes DH got his hair cut w/ brave tales of how many ahead and how the young people were filing in after work. I guess in our 50's we are "old folks" speak for yourself man.
03-17-2017, 08:27 PM
Dcpa-love that machine-looked it up. Please tell me you have the pink one!!
03-17-2017, 08:42 PM
CH, I can imagine what your foot looks like by the end of the day. The last 3 months of my pregnancy with our son my feet (especially the left one) swelled up horribly and stayed that way till after he was a couple of weeks old. The only shoes I wore for that whole time were men's black flip-flops. My brother said my feet looked like potatoes with toes. I had DH take pictures for posterity.
Don't overdo----feet heal slowly.
fw, I laughed at your DH at Aldi. My DH is different----whenever we go shopping together he always lags behind. I tend to zip through the store to get it over with but DH will be a few aisles over from me, looking at stuff. He spent over 20 minutes one time looking at pickles. No, he didn't grow up in a jungle where he never saw a store. He just loves to look at the variety of things.
Gbug----James Taylor? Sweet baby James? Oh, I'm jealous. What a fabulous present!
Winkie, I know next to nothing about sewing machines but I agree with the advice everyone has given you.
dlrcpa, isn't Youtube great? I learned how to light the pilot light in my oven from a video there. Scared me to death the first time, but I figured if the Youtube posters could do it, so could I.
Anyone I missed, hi, hope you're okay.
Been enjoying the warmer weather today. After highs in the low 40s the past few days, today was close to 70 and sunshiny. Gorgeous day.
Today I cleaned some windows, did some vacuuming, really thrilling stuff like that. For Saturday I'm doing laundry, going to my nephew's ball game, mopping, and continuing going through boxes of my parents' belongings. No cooking because we're still enjoying the turkey I cooked on Wednesday.
03-17-2017, 09:20 PM
ILc-would love to do windows but its too cold. DH just looks at stuff then announces I'm going to go sit in the car. I hate that as it makes me feel obligated to hurry which make me forget things. Just stay home then. He likes watches,books and electronics after that-bored. When we go to S.A. he always gets "a prize". I can buy the whole store if he gets a raven bit=something small,shiny and electronic.lol He always wants me to call him in the store when I'm done. HOW many stores have I been in w/ no signal. Kmart,Sams,every groc. etc. Just meet me back up front in 20 min. It worked for mom and dad?
Going to bed and rent Passengers too dang cold.
03-18-2017, 04:36 AM
I read a few days ago my favorite ice cream shop opens a store in my old neighborhood. Since I moved out my favorite bakery also opened across the street. I think I would have spend a lot of money if I still lived there.
My birthday was last week and we'll visit my family this weekend. The gifts from my BF and his mom were replacements of broken things.
Fold laundry and run dishwasher before we leave for the island I come from.
03-18-2017, 11:16 AM
Never will I understand my DH's logic. He is moving everything to mop his bathroom floor-wow. But then I dont smell anything so I ask what he mopped w// HOT WATER-WTH. All these animals and a bathtoom why bother. 10' away was a cabinet w/ bleach.DW soap,lysol floor cleaner,vinegar. There wasnt anything in here. REALLY. Ya walked past it to go in HERE. Helpful-no
We had a 3rd storm of large fluffy flakes that stayed all the power lines,trees everything fluffy white. Happy March.