Monday, September 28, 2009
I don't know what is wrong with me, but seems that I've picked up a second wind or something. Sunday I was in the mood for pasti for dinner. So I made 3 of them (pie size) instead of one. Two went into the freezer. Ching! I see sewing days or something like that in my future ... with good dinner breaks ... and more sewing!
Today I thought about a nap after work. I'm really very good at those nap things. I didn't take one. Instead ... I started puttering. I took my cd player (borrowed from a kiddo) into the master bathroom with me, hit the play button ... grabbed my spray bottle and attacked the ceiling. When we redid the bathrooms, the main bath was completed. Ours was not. Hopefully this winter it will get done. In the meantime we have a problem. We didn't put a fan in there and the moisture collects quite nicely in the shower section of the bathroom. There is a wall dividing it from the rest of the bathroom. It is a wonderful place for things to grow on the ceiling. Not anymore. I scrubbed that bugger clean. It looks so nice! I couldn't get every single spot off ... but I did some major improvement.
Then I think I moved to the plants on the porch. Not ready to give up all the flowers yet ... but all the other pots got dumped. Flower pots (the ones that I emptied) got washed. Ahhhh. Another check off the "get ready for winter" list.
Jari is leaving tomorrow and the weather is getting chilly. Off to drain the water from the 5th wheel. That's done! We'll cover it all with a tarp when he comes home. I still want to move some things out of there. Would hate to bury all the sleeping bags out there and then not be able to use them if we need to for extras. Found a bonus out there. Boxes of Ziploc bags, tin foil .. things to add to the pantry. Even brought in the tea pot. Am thinking it might get some use with hot cocoa evenings once the weather cools a bit more.
I don't know what posessed me next, but I was looking at the living room and thinking that maybe tomorrow I'll rearrange that. Why wait? It's done. I think I like it. The entertainment center is much too large for our small room, but I have no other options at the moment. I think I might like to move it out to the cabin at some point and use it as a clothes storage device. No closets out there and it makes it fun living out a laundry basket and suitcase. I really wish Ikea was the in the backyard ... or even shipped. That might be kind of handy. Gonna have to be Craig's List when I find a big enough rock with some green under it. The camera is leaving tomorrow as well ... will have to wait for pictures of this one. Must be back into that nesting instinct again. I've sort of been missing it!
What on earth am I going to do without a camera? A person gets mighty used to having that sitting around. Snap, snap, snap ... I love it! I'll be running around with my cell phone instead. The pictures on there aren't too bad either. At least I don't have to remember to adjust ISO on that thing ... not that I remember on the other one!
Enough of my prattling .... g'nite!
Friday evening we had our first Home Services in Alaska. I think they're scheduled every other month. Was so nice! Next time it's our turn at our home. We then dropped the girls off at Anna Siltala's to enjoy a birthday weekend of gal pal stuff. They had a good time for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday morning Jari and I headed into Anchorage to return a vehicle (our truck is back!) and so that I could meet the gentleman that Jari has been doing a lot of work with. Wonderful senses of humor with some parallels in our lives. We had breakfast at they Flying Machine Restaurant which sits at Lake Hood, the largest float plane "airport" in the country. Delicious breakfast. I'm kind of on a cooking strike. Not really a strike ... just have no great ideas of what I should be cooking lately!
On our way home we stopped and met this young man. A week ago we learned that Samuli is studying as a foreign exchange student in Kasilof. He would much prefer to be closer to believers and has been quite lonesome down there by himself. Alyx & Brock were out tootling around and ran back as well to meet him. I spent some time on Saturday filling out paperwork to be a host family for him. We're hoping that the school paperwork goes through and that we can pass any inspections/investigations necessary for us to host him in our home through the end of the school year. He is very gifted muscially (my piano hasn't been tuned in forever and sounds horrible) and is very active with outdoor activities as well. Let's hope and pray that everything works out well. The kids are all looking forward to having a partner riding the mountains at Hatcher Pass and hitting a puck around the ice on skates.
Today's technology just amazes me sometimes. We have web cammed (is that a word?) with him via Skype for the past week ... and have had frequent visits with his family in Finland as well.
Saturday evening I got to play. I call it playing. I'm sure Amber does as well. The church here is doing a fundraising craft fair sort of thing on October 31st. I've done a bit of sewing for the occasion (still have much more to do) and now we started making cards. We have a ways to go ... but every bit helps!
Sunday morning I woke to a phone call from Heini. We learned that Aunt Martta had reached her eternal rest during the night. What a blessing for her. Her illness these last months have not been easy for her. She has been able to be near family for the last short part of her journey here on earth. I'm so glad I was able to see her in June. She was still planning a trip here when I visited.
Jari will be going to Arizona at the end of the week to join the rest of his family. I wish I could go along with him, but am very doubtful that I'll be able to get time off work. We will have many years of sharing "Martta stories". There are many. I was blessed to be able to enjoy her in my life.
Friday, September 25, 2009
On the real bright side ... our truck is done at the shop. Jari is picking it up today and we're hoping it runs like a champ! The time is now 7:00 a.m. ... I've been up since 6:15. Kids don't have school today so the house is quiet .. all the mice are sleeping. And I need to get hustling and off to work.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Today I came home from work, got dinner into the oven, grabbed the camera and headed out teh door. These photos were all taken within several miles of the house. Some up the hill at the mailbox. Others on the road to the kids' schools. Some of the views may be the same direction, most are different ones. North. East. South.
Beauty surrounds us.
- find all the garden hoses
- move all the summer stuff inside
- put up some nails to hang the waders inside so we can move the sleds outside
- finish emptying flower pots
That kind of thing.
I should have taken the camera along yesterday morning when I brought Alyx to school. The mountains are certainly dusted in white. Beautiful! Brock let me know when I picked him up from school that there is snow on the ground where we drop them off at Hatcher Pass. He's ready to play. The snowboard needs polishing, the skates need sharpening. Has a few snow machines to get running first. They're sitting in the garage waiting for moments of time.
In the meantime ... yesterday we had rain.
Leaves are leaving slowly ...a gust of wind here and there sends them skittering across the yard. Do we really need to mow the lawn? It's going to be covered with leaves soon ... and the lawnmower is malfunctioning. I've never had good luck with them. Why is that? This time I bought a warranty. I'm just getting a new one every year. :)The view out my living room window on Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
On to the concert. First of all, my pictures stink. It is impossible for me to get decent pictures inside. Let alone when I'm not remotely close to the subjects. That usually doesn't help either. I just like my camera in my hands outside. Period. But the concert was fabulous ... as always. We start each concert with the Plege of Allegiance. Amazing hey? There are still places left in this country that place this country under God.
A sixth grade band (or any first year band playing together) always amaze me. The first concert of the year means that they've only been playing as a group for 5 weeks ... and Mr. Lambert expects alot out of them ... and you can tell. I always love the end of the year concert the best. Seeing how they've progressed makes me just giggle.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Kids are at Haps. Fun for them. Alyx is zonked out. She let me know earlier that I need to help her with a speech tomorrow. Note to self: remember that!
It was a busy day. Highly unusual.
Started out with a pajama party. Sound like fun? Amber and Nolan popped over around 9ish and stayed 'til noonish. In their jammies. I was still in mine. Perfect! I finished my long hot pads while she was here. She brought some darling scrapbook pages over to share with me. We sipped our coffee and visited ... in our jammies. Fun stuff!
Then I made it to Jo-Anns ... again. I fear that I'm going to become a fixture in that place. I'm finally receiving the ads in the mail again. With the coupons. Yippee Yay! Picked up some of the goods for the next project! Craft sale is scheduled for October 31st and I need to get this stuff done and off my plate. I cut out 8 stockings this evening. Edges are all sewn together. Now I need to start playing. Need something to attach fun fabrics to the fronts. Some are funky modern, some will be kind of primitive country and others will be more like me. A bit of more upholstery kind of fabric mixed with deep reds. I'll share the goofy things when they're done.
This afternoon and evening we met some new folks. We hope we'll get to know them much better in the months to come. More on that later.
Now the clock has ticked itself past midnight. No new photos uploaded today. I did get another box of printed 12x12 pages in the mail today. My pile is growing!! I'll update photos here .. maybe tomorrow. Morning is coming sometime soon. My sewing is spread all over the dining room and it isn't going anywhere until I've slept a few hours tonite. Sunday School started last Sunday. I'm teaching a new lesson this year .. 8th grade curriculum with an 8th, 7th and 6th grader for students. Sometimes I can get a little frustrated with the extra jobs, but I really do enjoy it. It is fun to get a whole new curriculum to teach ... I've done 7th grade the last several years. I'll learn right along with them. So the point of all that was that I need to prepare a lesson in the morning as well.
And ... if tomorrow is as beautiful as today was ... I'd love to take a camera for a stroll. Probably a drive ... stroll sounds much more energetic.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The colorful flowers passed away quite a while ago. I'm not crazy about these pots. They lose too much water, retain too much heat and need me to remember watering constantly! I really should put them away, hey?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The goal was to find Tia something she needed for her concert next Monday. Jari needed some new jeans. That was it. Maybe 3 items. NOT 3 BAGS! But that's what we came home with. Maybe I overdid it. I was a good girl and had the poor clerk putting things in her "to go back to the shelf" box when I saw prices I didn't like. Not all the clearance racks were 50% off the lowest price. Sort of bummed me out. I thought I could get Joe Boxer jammy sets for $2.50 instead of $4.99. I paid the $4.99. I don't buy cute jammies. Sorry. But I did last night. We found all kinds of goodies. I am a little curious tho'. Clearance in September doesn't mean that long johns are on sale. It doesn't include great deals on anything that looks long and warm. Shucks!
It did include some great deals on Lands End shirts tho'. Might see these colors on me next summer. Might just go back for some more. They were a really good deal and my closet could use a new look ... black and brown are sort of getting old.
But seriously ... short sleeves?? Will have to go buy a tote before I know it!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Jari went hunting today and planned on spending the nite under a tree somewhere. The thought of someone out hunting by himself with grizzly bears in the neighborhood just didn't sound like a great idea. He's home for the night. :) Will try and do miles of mountainous hiking again tomorrow. Seems a little safer to be snuggled in the bed rather than having bear blasting guns in your sleeping bag. We do have dreams for the next phase of our life. It would be nice to see some of them come into being. Middle of the night meetings with grizzly bears just seem like they might muck up that plan a wee bit.
Today was absolutely gorgeous. I suggested taking our post surgical patients out to the parking lot, but nobody wanted to go for that plan. Hmph. Kind of like being a kid in school in the spring. I know this gorgeous stuff isn't going to last for long. I don't mind winter ... but I love fall.
Pressure cooker is busy on the stove. I really don't feel motivated enough to hit the grocery store for more pears, but I really should. Tia was calling them candy tonite. They are. Will be great for a snack for school, the car, the mountains ... I really need to go out and get some more. Maybe I'll skip the peaches. I canned 7 pints of pears and 4 pints of peaches this evening. I think we just love the peaches fresh ... the pears I'll work with.
Laundry is spinning. I should take a camera downstairs just to show you what a disaster a good size laundry room can be. It. Is. Bad. The bright side is ... it isn't going anywhere!
Roast is in the crockpot.
Pears are still trying to dehydrate.
Girls used up all the hot water this morning taking their showers.
Hmmm. Now what? I can wait another 9 minutes and then try. Think the hot water heater can catch up that fast? Can go out to the cabin. I'm sure there is hot water out there. Big problem is that I ordered it cleaned, cleaned, cleaned over the weekend. Brock said the toilet looked so clean he couldn't wait to use it!
Not sure I dare go look at the shower. Especially at this time of the day!
Too much weekend. Advil and coffee on board ... better go check the water.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Jari brought home a few barrels. Needed a new burn barrel and this one got plunked on top of gravel. Burning trash is quite handy, I just don't like having the burn barrel in tall weeds. Something shrieks "forest fire" when we do that. It's usually a rainy day when we're burning and we do it safely, but stuff managed to accumulate. This is handy.
So I did manage to get pulla made and it looks awesome. Why is that sometimes yeast does what you want it to and other times you wonder why you bothered.
The saran wrap worked in the dehydrator. Problem is that I think I had it too thick at the very edges and I may have to just give that part up. Great thing tho'. Now I don't have the excuse of waiting to buy more parchment paper!
Fruit up here is not inexpensive. It drives me crazy. Fred Meyer had peaches and pears both on sale for $1.28/# this week. Guess what I got? I don't dare look at the receipt to see how many pounds I bought. I think I'm going back for more. Need to wait a few days for them both to ripen just a tad. Then .... canning peaches if there are any left on Monday ... and drying pears. They are delicious dehydrated. (Maybe it's just that I love my sugar in compact portions.)
Got HOURS of sewing done today. This is not an easy thing to accomplish. I'm going to start taking a day off work here and there to just get things done that I can't get done in a normal week. Tough to get anything done when Saturday is the only day to do anything. Actually it gets very frustrating. Am thrilled with my progress today tho'. Will try and share some pictures tomorrow.
Made strawberry freezer jam. Thanks to Amber, I learned a wee little trick a while back. I buy the frozen bag of strawberries from Costco ... thaw the necessary amount of berries ... and voila! Strawberry jam that the kids devour. They're not so impressed with my currant jelly. Don't understand why. :)
It is nearly tomorrow already ... time to find my pillow! Hope your day was a productive one!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
My pulla dough is rising. Yup. I'm doing it today. I wish I knew how to make carmel rolls. Mine just never taste like other people's great ones. If anyone has a recipe that they aboslutely love ... feel free to share! As soon as I hit the publish button at the bottom of this page I'm off to pour applesauce on the dehydrator. Have never tried using saran wrap. I'll let you know if it works. I usually use baking paper ... and it is a bit pricey. Wax paper may work as well ... I never buy the stuff.
Plenty of things to get done today ... and the house is quiet with only myself keeping myself company. :)
In the not so quiet mornings of this past week I worked on pictures from June of this past year. I think I need to do some more that are just a collage of favorite shots. Scenery ... people ... more scenery. I sent another 15 pages or so off to be printed. Maybe by the end of winter I'll have this stuff caught up, deleted off my computer and in a book to enjoy.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I read that magazine too late last night and woke up late this morning. Had to shuttle kids to school before I went to work.
A stop at the mailbox brought me all kinds of goodies. A box of slippers and shoes from Mummu. So fun.
And a box of 12x12 scrapbook pages. Ahhhh. 9 days from order to delivery. Not bad for living up here. Feels like the other side of the planet sometimes for ordering things. Scrappingsimply.com is the place to go. Pages turned out awesome. They are inexpensive and the site is very user friendly. My sales pitch for the day. Can't wait to upload a bunch more. Maybe I'll get these things printed sooner that I thought!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- Master bathroom is cleaned
- Laundry is done but for one load
- Halibut is thawing for dinner tomorrow evening along with home grown potatoes (they aren't thawing tho')
- I'm kind of crabby
- The mail pile is much too high .. nearly heading over the edge of the basket that holds it
- I need a day to just sew or something like that .. think I need a day off work .. during the week!
- Kids checked out books on my library card and now they're overdue
- Overdue books means that I can't finish listening to my audiobook downloaded from the library
- I've only downloaded the same book about 7 times! They automatically disappear off your computer in 2 weeks. Can't listen if you have overdue books. Ugh!
- Need Jari to get a libary card and just use it for audiobooks. He never goes to the library. That might work.
- My bedroom is clean (well ... I should say presentable anyway)
- Flowers finally got a drink tonite on the porch ... they were wilting ... gotta enjoy them while I can!
- Should have made pulla on Monday ... sure would taste good right now
- Made my Costco list. I really don't like going there. It makes me nearly crazy.
- Pears, peaches and nectarines are on sale this week at Fred Meyer. They're on the list as well. I'm going to dry dehydrating them. Pears are scrumptious done that way and store for a nice long while.
- Try grilling peaches or nectarines ... cut them in half, remove the pit, coat with a mix of brown sugar and honey, flop on grill and cook 'til browned a bit. Serve with ice cream. Delish!!
- I s'pose I could go to bed. Maybe I'll page through a magazine for a bit and fix my attitude.
- Tomorrow is Wednesday .. Hump Day!
- That means that the next day is Thursday. The 2nd Thursday of the month. Monthly staff meeting at 6:30 a.m. It's always a great time. (I'm working on my attitude ... can you tell?)
- Craft nite on Thursday.
- On call on Friday evening.
- Can you tell why I'm cranky? I really am going to hit that magazine.
- Maybe I should go grill a peach instead. Or eat some candy corn?
Monday, September 7, 2009
We dumped our potatoes out of the tires. Hmmm. Did something wrong there. Next year I'll use the tires, but grow the potatoes in individual tires instead of stacking them. We had spuds in the first tire at the bottom. Nice ones. Don't know what happened to the rest of them. It was incredibly difficult to judge the amount of water they were getting as well. Live and learn.
The green house nearly sparkles. I'm still trying to coax tomatoes into growing. Healthy amounts of tomato food, plenty of liquid ... beautiful weather ... maybe if I keep my fingers crossed. I have about 60 cherry tomatoes on one plant. Does that count? Check this one off the list!