Archive for July, 2008

Mmmmm! Smelly Business!

Ts_version_2I have a wonderful smelling something to tell you about! I received a TriScents Transform Your Home Kit in the mail the other day, and let me tell you– it smells so good. I usually don’t put a lot of stock in air fresheners, because I find that they tend to combine their overpowering fake flower scents with the stale sock and full diaper pail odor I was trying to get rid of. But Renuzit has definitely raised the bar with this product. First off, I was surprised (and pleased) to see that my sample was Seaside Breezes. It seriously smells so good!

I have plugged the Renuzit TriScents in just inside my bedroom door, and every time I walk in there, I get to enjoy it. And since my bathroom is through the bedroom, and I have a bladder the size of a thimble, I get to walk through there quite often. It changes scent every 45 minutes, so it stays fresh. I have mine set on “minimum”, and it is just perfect.

Listen, if you haven’t tried it, run and do so. Just go get one and plug it in, then come back and thank me. Oh! Almost forgot. Go to Tricents.com and print out a coupon first! I want to get another one for the boys’ bathroom.
Sponsored by Renuzit TriScents

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #34

Has it really been since the 30th of May? Wow, guys. I am so sorry. I thought life had been crazy, but now I am sure of it! Becasue, really. No craft club since May 30th means basically no stitching since may 30th. And that’s just WRONG. On so many levels and in so many ways that I cannot even ……. wow. No wonder I;ve been a little cranky, ykwim?

But enough! I have pictures! Ok, Picture. This is the bottom egde of Skimmer. I have crocheted into the cast-on edge, 2 rounds, decreasing one stitch in every ten, and working through the back loops only. Then I did one round even, through the back loops. Then I did a 5 double crochet shell.

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Pretty, no? I am doing the neck edge now. So, what have you been crafting?

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!

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Speaking of Oh So Sweet

Man, I love a good segue, don’t you? Ok, I tried. Sometimes it works better than others. back when I was young and dinosaurs roamed the earth, I lived down the street from a small store. I remember walking up to the store and buying candy. I know my mom knew the owners, because the town was so small then that you couldn’t help but know everybody. I don’t remember a whole bunch, but I do remember that the store was way darker than stores are today. Of course, back then, the little corner candy stores were like that, all of them. Dark, and sometimes dusty, but a great place to go with a nickel.

Today of course, the candy stores are in the mall, and all you can get for a nickel is a contact high from the smell of corn syrup. And oh the candy they have! I was a driving teenager before I ever went in one of those mall candy stores, and I was just enthralled with the huge displays of candy and nuts in clear, tall cases. You dipped the stuff out with scoops, and $2.50 a pound was …not a bad price for jelly beans that tasted like the actual thing they were named for. Silly me, I had always thought a jelly bean was a jelly bean until I met Jelly Belly jelly beans.

I don’t go to the mall very often anymore, and I did not see a candy store the last time I was in ours, but I think I have found a way to introduce the kiddos to Jelly Bellies: Bulk Jelly Beans. They aren’t $2.50 a pound anymore, but I didn’t see any dinosaurs when I took my walk this evening either. I guess that’s a fair trade.

Couple of Reminders

Hey ya’ll. I have a couple of “don’t forgets” for ya.

1) Don’t forget to click on the “enter here” in the sidebar. and enter to win a free book. It’s a good one!

2) Craft Club will be running on schedule this week, and that means tomorrow. I’m nearing the finish line on Skimmer and it’s oh-so-sweet.

3) speaking of sweet……………stay tuned to your feed reader

Ways I Suck, Part One

Yeah, part one. Sad that I suck so many ways that I have to give them part numbers, right? Well, this one is pretty bad, ya’ll. I just took the BillsIQ test and I failed. I mean, I failed with a 59. I didn’t think it was possible to be that financially stupid. And I guess in truth, it’s not. See, I knew the “correct” answer for most of the questions, but I answered them with my truth, and my financial truth is very, very ugly just now. My husband is a field service tech, and gas is over 4 bucks a gallon. He gets paid thirty-two cents a mile IF he has to drive more than 35 miles to get to a call. IF. One way. That means we are eating most of his mileage at less than 20 miles per gallon. Well less. Like 15. Yeah.

And when I went to buy groceries Monday, some of my “regular” items had increased by more than a dollar in the past month.

And amazingly enough, my kids still want to play football and lead cheers. They still need new school books and clothes at regular intervals. They want to eat. AGAIN, darnitall. And that van I mentioned up above? It’s about to throw all its little rods, and has to go into the shop to the tune of about $1500. Umm, I don’t have that, folks.

And everywhere Igo, I hear folks moaning and groaning about the cost of this, that or the other. They are looking at ways to Consolidate debt just to survive. And they know the “right answers” to the financial questions, too. But what do you do when you were just getting by, and now it cost 35% more just to work than it did when you took the job? Since there hasn’t been a raise, that translates to a 35% pay cut.

Man, I sound like Debbie Downer for sure. And I guess it’s just all boiled over at once here. But you know what else I learned in BillsIQ? I learned that finances aren’t rocket science, and at it is possible to make a plan and stick to it, and get yourself into a state of better financial health. You can make wise decisions, you can make provisions for the future, both yours and your childrens, and things can get better. Provided you can quit having to take pay cuts.

Cass in the Kitchen: Outstanding in the Field by Jim Denevan

:kitchen: Have you heard of the Eat Local Challenge? Well, Outstanding in the Field is the cook’s guide to how to do just that, plus. Jim Denevan drives across the country each summer, setting up outdoor dinners right in the fields where food is grown. He prepares and serves it with the help of his staff, and most of it comes from wherever they are. How cool is that?

The cookbook has got you covered from appetizers to dessert, and there are several menus listed in the back. Interspersed with the recipes are stories from places he’s been and meals he’s served. The recipes range from fairly standard fare such as cider braised pork shoulder to more exotic stuff—did you know you can eat stinging nettles?

9780307381996The pictures alone are enough to make my mouth water, and are also the source of my one complaint. There are several that appear without a recipe beside them, and I can’t figure out what they are. I’m a very visual cook, usually deciding from the picture rather than the ingredients if I want to cook something, and of course, those are the recipes I want to try. Guess I’ll be reading the recipes this time, since it’s mentioned in the info if the picture is elsewhere in the book.

Of particular interest to me is the recipe for Green Tomato Marmalade. I have long loved fried green tomatoes, and one year my mom and I made green tomato jelly (you flavor it with jell-o of all things). The children wouldn’t eat it because I made the mistake of telling them what it was, but this recipe is loud and proud with green tomato pride, and it looks mighty tasty, too. I may have to make some to serve with salmon or pork roast.

There is a website that you can check to see if Jim and his team are headed to your area. They’ll be near me this fall, but the event is already sold out. And also, a blog, where you can read about dinners and see pictures.

Alert the media.

I am stitching.

Just Beautiful

rainbow garden Isn’t that just gorgeous? Ang. showed it to me a few days ago, and I just downloaded it from TopWPThemes. I may end up putting that theme on one of my projects. I just love the bright colors! It looks like yarn, only not. Which is ok, becasue I knit. Only not, since I have all that food and dirt to deal with. They have several nifty wordpress themes there on the site. The lead post contains a theme based on a clock. It seemed particularly appropriate after my last entry!

They have more than themes though, and I learned a few things from this article called, appropriately enough, Understanding Web Hosting. I guess I lucked out when I selected my current host, because I didn’t know most of this stuff when I picked them, and I have had a pretty good experience so far. Mostly.

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