Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Prom


This was fun. His first tux rental. It was a close call because the saleslady ordered the tux to come in the week after the dance, but they overnighted it when the mistake was discovered. He had a good time and has found a potential new girlfriend.

Heating Up...

Well, not really. We had enough of a snowstorm last night to get school cancelled today. It was a nice day at home and it stayed warm enough that the snow swiftly turned to mush and the interstates have been opened again.

Where the Heat does come in...many years ago my ex was making plans for his visit and one item on the agenda was to watch the movie Heat with my son (something he probably forgot long ago). Since that never happened I've had the dvd sitting in my cupboard all this time. Today we watched it...nearly three hours long!! It was good for an action/thriller; good acting, interesting plot. It's probably a sign of how sheltered we are here that when a woman picked up a man she had only seen around a few times and took him home that we were surprised by how reckless she was.

My impulse decision to go brunette seems to have worked out ok. I'm not used to it yet, but I got quite a few compliments at work. It was fun seeing my mom freak out "But you've been blonde since you were two months old!!!!!" At 41 years old, maybe I'm overdue for a few changes.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sparking

I've decided to track my calories on sparkpeople.com. I'm completely healthy, stable (if this week didn't make me depressed then that's under control!) and it's time to take care of myself. My plan is to tackle the eating/nutrition side first and ease into the exercise.

I see lots of veggies in my future...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Illness

It's draining to be ill for days. At least the weather is cooperating by being wet, windy and cold. I'd be much more upset if it was gardening weather.

Recently I had a less than favorable reaction to my picture. I keep looking at it, trying to figure out why. It's just the same face I see every morning in the mirror. Nothing special, but not all that offensive. Maybe I can be more objective when I feel better.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Turkey eggs




Since these just started appearing in with the chicken eggs it really threw my parents for a loop at first.
Tomorrow will be a day of thrills and excitement as I share .....wait for it.... pictures of turkey eggs! Woo hoo!

But for now I just have to say that this was a beautiful day. Warmth, sunshine, gentle breezes; I even hung my laundry outside to dry instead of in the basement. I was kicking back watching my current addiction: Biggest Loser Australia (way better than the american version) when my dad calls. He wants to put the panes in the greenhouse but can't figure out the instructions. Thus I spent the next three hours in dirt, grime and spiders helping him out. I got the rubber gasket fitted throughout and he put in about half the panes before the light started fading.

Something I noticed on the drive home that seemed odd; even as warm as it's been, the lake is still frozen over. And there's talk of snow next week...grrrrrrrrrrrr. Well, it can't last long and the leaf buds on the trees are starting to plump. Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Growth!

Even before the grass has begun to green I've found the beginnings of growth in my garden. Last fall I planted a row of garlic and transplanted some rhubarb from my parent's farm...and both have sprouted!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

DST

I hate the time change!

Movie review:
Watchmen - dark, disturbing, and very violent...not an easy film to watch but you won't be bored. Rorschach dominated and had the best lines.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cry fowl

When I get to my parent's farm the birds come running to see if I've brought them anything yummy.

The turkeys were a new addition to the farm last year. Two hens and the tom. Aren't they gorgeous?
They were such homely chicks. Well worth the wait for maturity.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Meow

This old boy is Rom. He's over 15 years old. A stray kitten we brought home from Texas. Always the first to see what's happening in the kitchen, I hope he keeps his health.



This is the matriarch of the house, Sassy. Loud, opinionated and cranky; rather like me some would say.


The boys, Trigger and Tommy. They live life to the full; playing, eating, and sleeping.

I can't imagine a home without cats...but four is a bit much.

Monday, March 2, 2009

stuff - fun or not

Still winter and cold so I spent the weekend inside doing.

Cleaned the fish tank:


I know a fish tank isn't frightfully green, but I've had my silver dollars for years and they're staying.


I also made butter. No special reason, I just wanted to try something different and new. I managed to make quite a mess of the kitchen, but now have butter and buttermilk. :)


Aren't these lovely? What's left of the first dozen eggs I got from my parents now that the chickens are laying again.
I thought the farm was too sad when they didn't have any hens. It just wasn't a proper farm! I ended up having to enclose the chick room of the barn with metal mesh to keep the rats out. Of course, as Dick Strawbridge says 'it's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission'. Which is why I bought the chicks and just showed up at the farm with them.

The turkeys were a bit more of a hassle since they had to be housed separate from the chickens until they were old enough to be disease resistant but they turned out to be beautiful birds. My mom has no regrets (we won't ask my dad).