I’ll start by apologizing to my regular readers for the long hiatus from posting…it was a combination of laziness, and not having much to write about. Here’s what’s been going on the last little while:
1. Kaylee and Scott celebrated their fourth anniversary together last Monday. Anna put her artistic touch on a Black Forest Cake I made. We also made cupcakes, which Hope and Brianna decorated.
The cake recipe was from my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook…I’d like to try pairing it with my brownie recipe for a “chocolate overdose” dessert…maybe a layer of each with chocolate ganache in between? Yummy!
2. Jim made a delicious turkey soup with the remains of our Christmas bird and some more of our garden veggies, and served it with awesome homemade biscuits. That was a good supper!
3. Jim was on vacation last week, but spent almost every day doing something IT-related…a great deal of time was spent building my dad’s computer for him (Christmas present). We installed it at the bookstore on Wednesday (the same day I was running late, and Dad decided I wasn’t coming and left ten minutes early, without me!)…unfortunately, neither Jim or I remembered to feed the parking meter out front in the afternoon, and we got a parking ticket! On Saturday about lunchtime, Dad’s monitor “went black.” We didn’t find out about it until Sunday morning about 9, when we came down to find a note he’d left us. If he’d called us at one of the three phones we have between us, we could have fixed it for him Saturday (my dad’s picture is in Webster’s under “passive-aggressive”)! I discovered this morning that the monitor had bitten the dust…luckily my old one was still out back, and I got it hooked up with no help from my techie guy…I was pretty proud of myself!
4. Last week, I was honoured to be asked by my blogging buddy and fellow Ohioan, Maura at 36 x 37, to be a guest host at her blog while she is offline this week. You can find me over there on Thursday with a post from
when I had five loyal readers my early days. It was neat to get the invitation…it’s lovely to know that someone likes (and trusts) your writing enough to put it on their blog! I told Maura that I finally felt like “one of the cool kids” (the other writers who are filling in are also on my Blogroll).
5. I have a famous visitor coming in the next couple of weeks…all very hush-hush for now, but of course, I’ll be blogging about her visit! We’ll be showing her the highlights of Saint John, New Brunswick…she’s never been in the Maritimes before!
6. We got a big bunch of books in on Thursday…17 garbage bags full…yes, I did say “garbage bags.” Believe it or not, they’d been thrown in the back of a pickup truck! It was all anybody could do to lift them, and of course, all the corners were ripping through. What a mess! At least there were some decent books in the lot. That was a first in ten years…it amazes me how stupid people can be, especially with valuables!
7. Devin went to driving school last week. He had some bad luck in the classroom simulator the first day…I asked him on Thursday after he got home if he’d hit anything that day: “I don’t think so,” he replied. Probably not the best answer…he reported that at least when he had hit something, he didn’t scream and take his hands off the steering wheel the way the girls in the class did!
8. I was pleasantly surprised at the reaction/support to my last post…so far, we’re doing well with our “experiment.” Anna and Brianna de-decorated the Christmas tree on Friday, and Jim dismantled it (that’s probably a record for early removal!). I almost “slipped” on Saturday, when Anna demanded I make breakfast for her. I was making my own anyway (the same thing), so Jim suggested I do it at the same time in a larger pan (I was going to make mine first, and then hers, after she got out of the shower). Anna floored me yesterday by asking what I needed help with while I was trying to get dinner ready (I needed someone to take stuff out of the washer and dryer, and put more clothes in, which she did). Anna and Hope have even been getting along better!
9. Anna’s friend, Celia, came over on Saturday for a sleepover. It was her first time visiting. Jake liked her as long as she was either sitting or lying down (or feeding him treats)…standing up, not so much! Luckily, Celia works part-time in a veterinary hospital, so was fairly comfortable with our neurotic dog.
10. I am now the proud owner of a “pastry cloth.” After a search through Saint John’s kitchen stores, I finally found what I was looking for at Decor 8 in Brunswick Square…a thick cotton cloth especially made for rolling out dough. It even came with a rolling pin cover: $10 plus tax. It will make things easier not having to use wax paper!
11. Elise and her parents were here for a visit last night. Elise’s vocabulary of words (and signs) is growing quickly…that was the first time I’d heard her say “NO”! I warned her parents that Kaylee had hit “the terrible twos” at eighteen months (Elise was 16 months old yesterday). I’m working on trying to get Elise to say “Gramma.” She is also having fun with the Elmo drum set that her sadistic “Uncle Ben” got her for Christmas…glad those things stay at her house!
12. The kids go back to school tomorrow, after the longest Christmas break ever! We’re all happy!