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1st Daffodil to open!



1st Daffodil of 2011 planting

Originally uploaded by CrazyMaisy.

I posted this photo to Flickr the other day. It’s the related to the previous post here, the same plant as the one in the photo of a green shoot coming up through the dirt.

There are many more shoots coming up now, over 70 (not quite half of what was planted, yet.) and 4 are flowering today, with a few more that look like they will be flowering by tomorrow.

Snow January 2011

We got over 5-inches of snow from somewhere around 10pm through to the morning, Sunday, January 9 to Monday, January 10, 2011. The snow came down thick and fast for a long time fastly sticking and building up. I’m seeing this as the best snow storm we’ve had since moving to Georgia in 1997.

Skillet Beef Casserole


Maisy’s Skillet Noodle Casserole

1 large onion, chopped fairly fine

4 or 5 large cloves garlic, finely diced, smashed

1 lb organic beef or bison, ground

2 Tbsp Beef Base (less if desired)

1 can of tomato soup, or tomato paste equivalent, or tomato sauce, or … tomato you-name-it (can use more than 1 can of soup amount if desired as well)

1 Tbsp Deli Mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dry basil

1 pkg medium egg noodles

water
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1 cup sour cream (optional) or yogurt, etc.

Cheddar cheese, shredded (optional) or any other cheese you prefer
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  1. In large skillet cook onion in olive oil for a few minutes, then add garlic, stir frequently until onions are translucent.
  2. Add ground meat and brown, stirring frequently to break into small bite size pieces.
  3. Add Beef Base, Mustard, Worcestershire sauce and basil to the pan.
  4. Add tomato and stir well.
  5. Add 1 cup water, and stir in the entire package of dry noodles, combining with the meat & sauce mixture as well as can.
  6. Slowly add more water to the pan, covering the noodles entirely. Bring to a boil, then bring the temperature down to simmer, and put a lid onto the pan. Cook for about 15 minutes. (add more water if needed)
  7. Stir in 1 cup of sour cream, and allow to heat through.
  8. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top and cover with lid, keeping heat on low, until cheese melts.
  9. Serve from the pan, or gently turn into a dish for serving.

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  • I haven’t done this: but it makes sense that this could also be done on top of stove, then put into the oven with the dry noodles and water and such … just haven’t felt the desire to go that far, as this is pretty easy and yummy.
  • I have also made this with 2 lbs of meat, using the same recipe above, not doubling, except for maybe some flavoring upping a bit.
  • Also can be fully doubled to serve more, or whatever. I make this in a large skillet, or a short dutch oven, or a huge amount in my pasta pot (very, very tall, holds a ton.)

Any questions, just ask in comments below!
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Campbell’s recipe:

Skillet Beef ‘N’ Noodles

2 packages (3 ounces each) Campbell’s or Ramen Pride Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1 can (11 1/8 ounces) Campbell’s condensed Italian Tomato Soup

1/2 soup can water

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Generous dash of pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh Basil leaves for garnish

  • Prepare noodles according to package directions. Add seasoning packets; drain off most of liquid. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is tender, stirring to separate meat. Spoon off fat.
  • Stir in tomato soup, water, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Add reserved noodles. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Tip: Before serving, stir in 1/2 cup sour crean. Sprinkle with snipped fresh parsley.

Makes about 5 1/2 cups or 4 servings.
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Starting out in 2010

Boy oh boy it’s a new year, already a month after. I guess I thought I’d posted something here. Something, since mid-December. I didn’t get a family photo for Christmas, and never got a Christmas card finish or sent to anyone.

It was very mild in December & January, cold enough for a fire in the fireplace, but we ran out of wood, and then it was warm enough out to run the heat a little and get by. Why fix a leaky roof when it’s not raining, right? Same thing with wood. Wood runs out, it’s warmer though, don’t need to go get more wood, right? Suffer later for such thoughts and lack of action.

It’s been colder the last fews day/week. Cold enough to wish to go to bed and stay in bed longer than usual. Cold enough to not get out of bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Our system has something wrong with it. Our master bathroom only gets warm if the day is warm and sunny. The heat doesn’t go in there even though there is a fully open vent in there. The bedroom does get hot at night if we leave the hallway door shut. Go to bed cold, wake up at 2am suffocating from the heat. Have to open the door to let the heat out, and that regulates it a bit, but still, the bathroom, left shut or open, remains cold. This house has always been quirky anyhow, this is just a bit different.

We have many house projects to tackle still, and I’m hoping we’ll actually get some of them accomplished this year. Sliding door in kitchen, deck redone, window in kitchen, floors in kitchen/livingroom. Just that stuff need done terribly bad. Then also the cabinets finalized, really truly installed and counters, island created with downdraft and bar.

Things are in such a nothing-ever-changes mode it’s depressing.

Crafting a Christmas Card

It’s already just a week before Christmas 2009. Time has flown. I still haven’t gotten my Christmas cards done. I know what I want to do. But haven’t gotten anything more than pro-types for cutting with my Cricut/Gypsy and putting that together and gluing things together & glitter … but no inside picture or writing done …

I wanted to get a family snapshot taken on Monday or Tuesday, but it didn’t happen, now hubby isn’t here until Friday night, so it’s a no-go … I could take a picture of just the children, but that’s not really what I wanted to do. Then on to printing it, I have an Epson picture printer, 4×6 size. It hasn’t worked well for me always, really wastes ink IMO and it’s only worth printing at all if you are printing a lot at once. I did have something installed on a computer once that allowed me to manually control “what it thought the ink levels were” but that’s long since gone since I mostly used it with my Epson All-in-One that was crazier than my Picture printer and I got sick of it and threw it away. Upgrading and new computers … it was either on my Desktop which is re-invented since, or my old laptop which was re-Clean-Installed since as well.

My picture printer has been sitting around for many, many months so I have no idea if it can be counted on or not. So not is my guess, since it’s a crap shoot as to how many photos it will print.

The other option is to print onto cardstock or vellum with my HP Laserjet … which does make a good looking black and white image on regular paper and such just fine, it’s just not “photo-ish” it’s more “newspaper photo-ish” which is good, but different than usually used in cards.

I used vellum to print a large photo for my youngest’s first baby scrapbook page with the HP Laserjet. It’s kind of cool, very, in fact. It’s just not a full fleshed image like is expected, it’s very subtle, soft, gentle. Therefore interesting, so now I have convinced myself it’s not so bad to use such for my Christmas card either, probably.

A 3rd option is to get a picture taken and upload it to Costco to have printed, or another place. Since it’s so late in the season though, it’s not a good idea necessarily, plus it’s something I’d best do at home since Friday night or Saturday late morning is the first time to get a full family picture taken, so it’s just something I need to figure out here, children or entire family, & then print it how.

Meantime I do have to come up with a Christmas list. I have no address book available. I’m Out-of-Touch with most everyone, not sending Christmas cards for a long time, though I have attempted, but I don’t know where a list is right now. As the years have gone by most people have stopped sending me Christmas cards, which makes it impossible for me to send THEM Christmas cards. I am still here where I’ve been since 1997. Actually, the cards coming to me dropped off before I stopped sending them. So it’s not fully my fault at how I feel about it. I don’t know what’s the what, guess my generation just doesn’t do much. I don’t write Christmas letters, feel weird doing so, like I have to have something spectacular happen to write one, like in 2007 I had a baby, but then I had trouble getting birth announcements out, finally did 3 months later, not in a mode with 3 other children & a baby again to do anything for a Christmas letter/card anyhow.

My sisters don’t always send something, my in-law relatives either. I mean cards or letters.

I have good intentions. I do, always have. I just haven’t functioned well enough to follow-through. It’s easier to make a blah card and send it out, or to make a great one custom for one person for no good reason any other time of the year.

I love my Cricut & new Gypsy. I have many ideas I can implement, but it’s really the thing about why: I don’t have a good place to work on these things. My scrap stuff is in my bedroom piled up, and also in an old computer armoire, all piled up. No desk or table for crafting available. It’s frustrating to use the kitchen table, can’t leave a project out. Worse to use the bed, way worse, but better in a way, but still NO PLACE TO LEAVE A PROJECT OUT, something that is in stages of putting together. No place in this house. This house is too small in regular living in fact. I’m stir crazy from that, and not productive therefore. I try, and fail. I’m trying, finding it hard to get anything done in this realm.

I did get a new thing at Costco this year, recently too, that makes wrapping presents much more pleasant. It’s a SnapWare Gift Wrapping station. It’s plastic with metal folding legs. It holds several rolls of wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, scissors, etc. Neat thing to hold stuff while working on wrapping, channels in surface to follow with scissors to cut paper. I wrapped daughters birthday presents this Nov. with a happy heart the whole time. It went smoothly. Christmas wrapping has been great too. I’ve wrapped a lot in the last few weeks, a ton, but it’s not as bad past years using the bed, the floor, or the kitchen table. None of them work because they aren’t like the new wrapping station I got. It’s wonderful.

The wrapping station is something that shows what a good crafting area, a dedicated area, would do for me. It’s a wonderful template to apply to life in every area, what works best is a good kitchen, good bathroom, good living room, good vehicle. The right size & tools for the job, the right space, all works together with a human to do their best and enjoy doing it more than if they had to do it with lesser.

So I hope I can manage to send something out. I am trying.

December

December this year has been rather wet compared to what I remember since living in GA (1997.) It has rained and rained and rained, been overcast and dull a lot, little sun. Sunny days are very special this month so far. Today the wind is building so much so that we are under a Wind Advisory as it is supposed to start when a low passes over GA so windy conditions will build with enough wind and gust to get an advisory until 6pm so far.

I’ve noted while looking out the window that wind is actually starting to build more in the last 10 minutes than before all morning, so the event has started. The sun is out a bit, but has been rather blah looking, until just recently, the sky is all blue and sunny with some stretched-out clouds on the skyline North-ish to the horizon there.

I’m trying to get more into the holiday mood. Already have any presents that we’ve bought wrapped up for several days. We’ve done more ahead of time than usual. We have more to get, but have to wait for Dec. 15 pay day to do more. Also, now that the septic tank was a forced issue we will be behind more than we anticipated and so my main Christmas present will probably not happen.

Hubby would say I got mine early anyhow, but it’s a different one than was planned (yes, I know what it’s supposed to have been, nothing is a surprise some years, such as this year is.) I got a Cricut “Gypsy” on Black Friday, with Michael’s having the best price “239.99” plus a $100 rebate to use on cricut.com. AThey also gave a car-charger and lanyard as a gift after purchase. (car-charger was $24.99 alone FWIW)

Besides the septic thing we also have something extra from a problem hubby is having with his a former contract he had, the which is suing the former head of that company and added my hubby to the suit for no good reason but thus far haven’t been able to get out of it, so $$$ to lawyer for working on it …. 🙁 no Christmas cheer for me due to that. I am able to do some things, but there is the “decide what we need in the kitchen (food) for the rest of the year. Then it’s Pick One from: get a Christmas tree, or firewood, or get the milk we usually buy from the farm in SC. But, it’s all “in the future” as we are pretty much out of money until payday, then not much to use for what needs done, so it’s a picking game. :(;

Septic Tank Pumping

Update on the septic tank pumping from yesterday: they arrived later than originally planned, but it went quick. It was FULL. So we hit that point like a brick wall this past week. Barely able to do anything in the house that involved draining into the stack to the septic tank.

A chart online about septic tanks says for 6 people using a 1000g septic system it should be pumped every 1.5 years. For 5 people, every 2.0 years.

We lived in the house from Nov. 1997 to Aug. 2003 … with 2 adults & a toddler, then a baby in late 1998, then another baby in 2000. By the time we finally had the system pumped we had a 7yo, 4yo, & an almost 3yo, plus us adults, the parents.

From then to now, over 6 years ago, it’s the 2 adults, plus a now 13yo, 11yo, 9yo, & 2yo. It makes sense that we have filled it up, maybe others would have done so sooner, as we don’t all take showers every day like many do. I’m believe in conservation and try to keep consumption of water down where I can. That does help with a septic system.

So the next pumping should occur: August 2011. Before or after a bit would work.

Septic Tank Pumping 2009

Birthday and Thanksgiving Day were good. Waiting to get things done here & there, then this weekend we had symptoms of “gotta get it done” with the septic tank, so bad we had to monitor the toilet in the basement & vaccum water out of it if it got too high when flushing another toilet in the house. It has gotten so we can’t flush very often, not often enough for 5 people to live here happily.

No showers, no washing machine use, no baths, no dishwasher use.

I am would love to use our gray water differently, and if we did, it would put a great prize into the yard, & take away some of the septic overload. But we aren’t set-up for that (though it could be accomplished.) If we were right now though, showers and baths would be do-able at the least.

Thing is, this situation is so very tedious just washing something in the sink sets the drains bubbling & gurgling, or tilts the balance of things & water starts rising again. It could be worse, I know that. It’s just plain bad enough. Really bad in how I estimate this process of waiting so long to get it done that it takes quality of life, puts it in a holding tank where we can’t access it.

We last had the system pumped August 8, 2003. Too long ago. Certain maintenance things are not followed around here that need to be and as the house gets older it’s becoming an issue.

This is one that could be a costly issue, maybe, maybe not. We won’t know until the septic people arrive & open her up.

V’s 11th Birthday

Today is our daughter’s 11th birthday. We are having Spaghetti, at her request, and chocolate cupcakes w/cream cheese frosting.

I’ll add some pictures here later.

11 years ago I was in the hospital, induced to give birth so that I didn’t go into labor over the holiday [rolling my eyes] which is a ridiculous thing, but ok in the end.

Taco Ground Meat Filling

Taco Ground Meat Filling
by Maisy

1 lb. ground meat (i.e. beef, bison, etc.)
1 med. onion, diced
Garlic, minced (2 or more cloves, as much as desired, I use 3-5 usually)

Cook the above on medium heat until the meat is browned and the onions are soft. Then add:

1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Cumin Powder
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan Salt

Stir the seasonings into the meat mixture well. Then add:

1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz. or equivalent of freshly diced tomato)
1 cup water

Stir everything together and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat just enough to keep the mixture gently simmering until the sauce thickens to desired consistency (10 minutes or so.)

Use to fill hard taco shells, soft taco shells, use with nachos, burritos, and so on.

This is what I’ve developed over the past few years. Tweak to your own taste.

–Updated May 6, 2016 — ratio of chili to cumin (was 3T Chili 1T Cumin)

Going on and on

My children are getting older. Of course they are, but it’s the anniversaries of events that mark such growth coming up that make me think of it. My eldest is turning 13 on the 29th. My youngest will be 22 months old on the 23rd.

I’m working on birthday stuff for the 29th. Elections for birthday breakfast and birthday dinner have already been made. I need to decide on what cake to make, and finalize presents. I’ve purchased some decorations and have some presents, need to get some other things accomplished in that vein.

Baby Q is getting so big, and talking more and more, and really understanding vastly more than ever. He’s really cute and quite a ham at times. He’s still my baby, but branching out more towards others. He’s a full fledged Toddler. He gets into trouble a lot too. We have a gate that is frustratingly not a good one though it should have been. I have to re-install it, he gets it opened and goes downstairs and opens the door to the room where the cats are when they aren’t supposed to be out … anyhow, he loves cartoons and “gets mad” if you turn the channel … and some other things make him mad, so that’s the big thing I have to work on with him, and also the others, as they get on each other and it’s just worse right now, with Spring kicking into high gear and things needing done and birthdays coming up and … on it goes.

Still, STILL Snowing

It’s still, still snowing, though maybe not as hard as it was an hour ago. I haven’t gotten my pictures uploaded yet, though I have downloaded them from my camera to my computer … FWIW.

Still Snowing

The snow is STILL coming down, now it’s 5pm. It’s been falling thickly for so long now and the snow must be 4+” by now.

I will put some pictures here in a bit.

Moving On

Well today is Friday, the last Friday in February, so that’s nearly 2 full months in 2009 already gone by …

Accomplishing a lot has been my goal forever, but rarely do I see that happen, or feel like it has. Right now I’m a bit bogged down, the weather is dreary today (rainy and gray) and my cycle is near the end (a really bad combination.) The house is just so small for us, and things are so disorganized and our main living space is clogged up with baby toys, things that need to be put elsewhere (but where?) and a huge couch that is so depressive due to being dirty, broken down, and I just can’t stand it anymore, haven’t been able to for a long time, but I’ve made myself live with it, but I’m to the point where I’d rather take the cushions off of it and put them on the floor and throw the rest of it away.

It, the couch, was an IKEA purchase and it was the right thing at the time, but not bought for where it is right now. It was supposed to be in our “basement” and because of things here and there it has been moved up and down a couple of times and has been ruined by jumping children and things piled on it while it sat dormant in the basement for awhile in the past, and just basically the covers are needing replaced. No biggie really, to “refresh” this is not a bad thing, IKEA makes it to be laundered and also replacement covers in many colors and patterns are easy to get, not the price of a brand new couch. Unfortunately I could never convince my husband to get a different set of covers, so these are worn out, stained, the body cover is ripped where it connects to the couch with velcro, and because it was a pain to use since it got older (all the covers) it just sat in the basement and had full abuse from the children and stuff sitting on it and one arm is totally depressed/loose and the seat next to it is sunken, no support in the middle. The lack of support is bad, but the lack of the body cover staying on is way worse, it slides down into the front and pools on the floor, and seat cushions slide forward and hang over the front too far and it’s like a giants piece of furniture (sitting on it with feet to the floor is impossible, it’s too far “out”) and so the whole thing needs to be reset, and that is nearly impossible with the body cover, and any work put into it is wholly defeated once a round of sitting on the couch happens by the family. Not taking into count how dirty it gets, how washing the cushion covers only is nice, but they still look blah, and the body cover is past being able to be washed, so gets worse and worse and the cushions get so dirty so fast that washing them is just not what I’ll do anymore. So now that I’ve given up that for good (crossing my fingers behind my back) I’m having a hard time looking at the monstrosity in my “living room” and navigating around it, onto it, and blech, touching it. :rolleyes: I had tried to revive it by washing the cushion covers again and again in the last month, but when I got everything done and right away it was bad enough that one or two needed it again, and doing just those and getting them back on and then again more and more and again, and again, well, that is enough, no more.

We had considered a new couch from Costco, in the warehouse, and talked about it and talked about it, but ended up going with something else for our daughter instead, she needs furniture in her room and they had just a few of something I’d had my eyes on and so often that happens, when I see something I like there, and we don’t get it, when we do decide to get it, then we go and it’s gone. So I was seeing those things and hoping our chances weren’t going to run out, so it came down to “couch or daughter furniture” and we got the daughter furniture. The next time we were there, the couch was reduced and we hemmed and hawed over it and decided to forgo it, it would have been crunch to do it, and I knew it would mean we wouldn’t get it, and sure enough, though we were there again just the next day or so, it was gone. It was a couch that had grown on me, the style being so very modern compared to the things we usually have had. It actually made me think about redoing how I was approaching the living room, and so I probably will go ahead and try to find something similar in the future, and the hard part of that is the waiting and the “what do we do in the meantime” — sigh.

We had another couch years ago that we got rid of, it got ratty, but looking back, it was so much nicer, in many ways, and that feels like heresy to write. That’s how bad this IKEA couch has become.

All of this has just become so urgent feeling because the baby is growing up, time is moving along and four children in a not even 10’x10′ living room is outrageously annoying, and even a couch and wall mount TV seem to be too much there, let alone also having baby toys, an end table, and toddler table for play, Wii system, PS3 system … and all the junk that accumulates … it’s just too much. A couch that is just a couch is one thing, but in this case its a corner+2 couch, a corner with two seat on the right and two seats on the left. It’s a huge thing and I can’t take it anymore!

Happy February ’09!

The month of January flew by, and it’s now February. The Super Bowl is over. I’m not a football person, just can stand to watch some of it, and I’ll root for a team in the Super Bowl if someone is worthy of it, as this year the Cardinals were, and boy was it a battle. I feel bad for them. It was a good game, and I do “get into” such a game, and even when I was younger at home we’d watch the Super Bowl but not other games before in the football season. Hubby is a sports fan and thus since getting married I’ve had to “endure” more sports than I like, and thus have had to understand more about football than I’d prefer. 🙂

So now Football is over in the US until later this year. 🙂

Baseball season is coming up fast. That’s the one sport I follow with my own desire to do so. I love baseball. That’s the sport my Daddy liked too. So I grew up watching it on TV some, and hearing about it a lot.

I also do like watching golf. It’s interesting and one can take a nap while watching 😉

Long ago in March, 1996, we got tickets for the Doral Ryder Open, in S. FL. I was 8 month pregnant with my first baby, and we loved it. We were there for the second day and the last day. It was a lot of walking, the temporary bathrooms were nightmaric for me (massively pregant and it was so hot in that plastic stall …) other than that it was a wonderful experience. We followed a few different people the first day we were there, and then exclusively The Shark the final day, and he won the tournament. 🙂

Apparently the the North will have 6 more weeks of winter, according to the groundhog reading, as heard on Mike & Mike on ESPN2 (TV) [it’s usually on, at least when hubby is in town, in the morning, and sometimes during baseball season even when he’s not here.] I’ve not looked further into it. At any rate, we live in the south, so “spring” is right around the corner. 🙂 February is usual for Spring/Winter back and forth, with March being more Spring than anything and that’s it, full force into Spring/SUMMER. I like spring, but hate it. Allergies are not so good in winter the last few years, but spring is way worse, and then summer is so very hot and muggy and intolerable. I used to love summer, in Pennsylvania. In FL from 13 years of age on, I lost my ability to experience it in reality, but kept it in my internal self, with a deep imagination brain it’s no problem, just physically I can’t stand the actual summers down south. GA isn’t as bad as S. FL, but it’s just as bad in most ways.

This is a shorter month than any other, not that it really makes much difference to life, just somewhat, depending on how things are attached to dates, like pay days, and other things. So it seems quicker, and it is, but only a couple of days faster. It’s funny how such an imposed structure makes a difference to how we live. Just my silly objective perspective of looking at the world from outside of it for a short bit. We have so many structures imposed on us. It’s almost stifling to think about, so I must stop writing this so I’ll get away from those thoughts and breathe again, lest I go too deeply and don’t breathe at all.

So then, Happy February, once again. That’s Feb-ru-air-ee NOT Feb-you-air-y.

To MI and Back

We were going to be on a trip to MI to see hubbies Dad after Christmas, and because of our usual tradition of “seeing a new movie” in the theatre on Christmas, and not having found one that we wanted to see, we decided at the last second to leave that very day, Christmas Day, instead of choosing a movie we DIDN’T want to see very much, and waiting until the next day to get ready, or staying home and waiting, or anything …

So we left by 5pm that day, and arrived there the next evening, having split the trip into two parts because of the distance (about 14 hrs straight through.) We were there until January 2nd, and arrived back home on January 4th, late.

I haven’t written anything or done much online being busy with Christmas on the way and then the trip. I’m trying to play catch up with all that, and also get photos gone through, uploaded to Flickr, and that alone is a big task. I have a bigger one now too, having received a lovely Sony Handycam for Christmas, finally I have a video camera. I have had two in the past, both 8mm tape versions, and they both broke on me, and I gave up and waited for better technology to come down in price. It has been down, but better keeps coming our way, so hubby went and got me something I’d like this Christmas. It’s a hard-drive version, with Memory Stick Pro ability as well, and records in SD or HD. I can also take photos with it. It’s a very wonderful camera and I look forward to getting good use out of it, and I hope it won’t force a huge editing time on me, so I have to do a lot more practicing with what I’ve shot and what I can shoot to make it all be avantageous to my available time.

Sickies; pictures

I wrote a post on my other site about being sick.

I’ve been dealing with recovering from a long trip, then having the children get sick one by one, and now me too, and haven’t delt with the pictures on my camera from the trip as of yet.

One of these days I’ll get my pictures downloaded, then upload the ones to Flickr that need to go there, and get some DVD’s filled up for my sisters with the house photos mentioned in previous recent posts about the trip we were on.

Our Trip

I am up early and decided to check on my blogs, and was nearly shocked when I realized I never wrote another post here about the trip.

We went to NYC Friday night, took some camera phone pictures, we were in the Times Square area. We went to Toys R Us and it was really cool, so much stuff. Totally a different feel than anything we have in Georgia, or anywhere else I guess. We also went to the Virgin Mega Store. This is one store that I like, and have the opportunity to visit occasionally when we are in Florida, seeing as they have a store in Downtown Disney. I just love music and browsing through a ton of it. I go to CD Warehouse at home usually, and might get something at Best Buy or Target less often. While there Frank showed me some cool Yankees gear, and ended up getting me a messenger bag from the line. It’s a Cooperstown design, heavy duty canvas, camel color, nice Yankee “NY” on the front, and a scripted “yankees” on the back. I’m finding that I really like it, it’s big enough to hold anything I want it to really, yes, a laptop even. So anyhow we just sloshed around the streets some, and also stood outside the studio of SNY and could see ourselves behind the guy reporting. It’s a Met’s affiliate, or some such channel. FWIW.

I have a few camera phone pictures of NYC, but no Canon pictures. I left that one at the hotel, not wanting to lug it around. I also carried the baby on myself for the first half of the visit, then we went back to the van, got the stroller and put our purchases in the van, and then walked some more. It was raining lightly, but never too much. It was just a dirty city, full of people, but not so crazy full, it wasn’t as bad as the Mall in December, I do mean anyone’s “mall” Anywhere, USA. Just a boring Friday night in NYC.

After awhile we packed it up and headed back to our NJ hotel. In the morning we got up and got things packed up and left for home. We drove a bit and I wanted to stop in Philly, and Frank agreed. So we went downtown and walked a bit, then had a horse/carriage historical ride. We did have an appointment to see … what was it … Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell? I don’t remember much since I didn’t set it and was really hot by the time that whole thing was going down. We ditched the whole idea and got back into the van and drove south some more. We got a hotel in the Annapolis area. It turned out to be the most fun for us. Frank pricelined it, embassy suites. It’s decor was mid-century modern, sort of. Spacious, and a welcome difference from that NJ Residence Inn. Breakfast, a joy to go to. I love those hotels, but this one was particularly good, either because it is, or because I’d been semi-miserable for many days in another.

So we got back on the road the next day and arrived home in the evening. I haven’t gotten my pictures out of my camera yet, so I can’t post any here. I can’t post house ones here anyhow. Gotta go, baby awake. I’ll see about pictures later.

Our Trip – Stop 3: Feeling Stuck

We are still in the hotel in the Princeton, NJ area, and will be for a few more days. Time is running out for us to do the stuff I want to do though. Hubby won’t be back until after dark tonight, so there is no where we can go to see anything. We have laundry we must do also.

Tomorrow is Friday and then there is Saturday. Hubby wants to go to NYC, has also talked of going to a baseball game, Trenton Thunder, AA Yankee team, which is near here. I love baseball, but don’t want to waste this one-time trip I’ve had to the truer NE that I love to see baseball when there are other significant sites I want to see.

I also have less desire to go to NYC than hubby, I will go, but don’t wish to spend a ton of time there. I have little I’d like to see there, and there is limited $ to use there, so … then it goes on to what else I want to do and it comes down to it’s me against everything else. I want to see more in the Easton, PA area, and that’s 2 hours away. NYC is about 40 miles from Easton, FWIW. I’m not sure how far NYC is from here. Anyhow, it’s just that I also want to see some family historic area(s) like the Imlaydale Historic Distric here in NJ. That’s something for daytime. I’m not entirely sure where it is, it’s close to here, sort of, or closer to Easton, or something. I sound dumb about it. I am and am not. I don’t have a map so I’m out of sorts about it. We have a GPS and that just doesn’t cut it for understanding where everything is laid out in larger regions, comparatively.

Add into all of this the fact that Asa has his 8th birthday on Saturday.

I also wish to find something in the Easton/Allentown area that might still be around that was around in 1973/74, a restaurant, I have memories of some sort of place but I can’t recall the name. It likely doesn’t exist, but anyhow, it was particularly known for really good Shoe Fly Pie. I don’t know how to find anything there that has such now, I love the stuff, have made it myself on occasion, but would like to get some on this trip, to eat now, and also take a pie or two home …

The internet is great for searching for things, but not always so great for savvying out what you are truly looking for, the quality of an actual human, and I don’t have good internet in this crappy Residence Inn, though it should be better, in my opinion. Wireless is good in some hotels, and crappy in others. Here they have a box to connect an Ethernet cable to one’s laptop, we are in a three-room suite, two bedrooms and a livingroom/kitchen. Of course the box to connect to is in the one bedroom that is less conducive to be wanted by a married couple, and there isn’t another box in the whole suite. Wireless comes and goes, and is very low most of the time, limited or no contectivity a lot of the time, totally “not there” a large percentage of the time. Growl. I like to stay in the living area with my laptop and listen to music via it, and then surf, research, blog, etc. sometimes. Online streaming of music from my last.fm library radio worked 100% fantastically in Williamsport, PA at the Holiday Inn there, but here in NJ at the Cranberry Residence Inn, it just plain sucks. It’s the wireless. To plugin in the room with the box means I can’t be out in the living area, but stuck in the corner of that bedroom. That’s alright for a short project, but not what I want. I want my music! I don’t have much of anything on this laptop, I took it all off, going to be turning this one in hopefully at Best Buy, it’s got a few problems lately, and we have a 3-yr. guarantee deal on it that expires in October. So, I’m needing my internet streaming last.fm library, otherwise, it’s just Evanesence and a few other songs. Not bad, but overkill if it’s all that I can have.

I could connect my Sansa e280 to the laptop and play it but that’s moreso fussy, having to find what I want, and then I don’t want this laptop adding all that stuff to it’s music library, and I don’t want to pick stuff, just want a stream of anything that last.fm puts in the stream from my library, it’s a “radio” then, not an album or playlist like I would use at home on the desktop, or use with my Sansa (Rockbox’d) and headphones other times.

I’ve got to go, see if the internet is capable of working for me to publish this, and the baby is really being pesty, pulling my power cord out, and my battery is so weak and old it can’t live for more than a few minutes of that. Babies and laptops don’t go together. I never had a laptop with my first three babies until the youngest of them was a bit older. Babies and laptops are a hard mix to deal with. I totally just use the desktop at home now. So it’s “on the road” that the laptop come out and it’s frustrating enough with the baby, but with the cruddy Wi-Fi signal, it’s just torture. Amen.

Baby Q News and Pics

Something we’ve learned about Baby Q of late, don’t give him anything to eat with sour cream on it. Just give him a blob of sour cream instead. :rolleyes:

He’s getting more into our meals, table food, family food. He loves some things, but nothing like sour cream. He won’t eat anything of substance if there is sour cream involved, he just wants the sour cream.

I’ve given him plain yogurt before, and I should do so more often, like every day, but I haven’t thus far.

Anyhow, here are some photos of him enjoying the yogurt, from July 5th (2008):

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