"This fog is thick as peanut butter."

"You mean pea soup."

"You eat what you like and I'll eat what I like!"

- Yukon Cornelius and Hermey the Elf

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Another Fine Weekend

**Do you ever get irritated by the amount of time you waste doing a simple task online? You try to do one little thing, and end up having to sign up for this, agree to that, change this password, remember what the hell that other password was...I don't even read those damn agreements before I click "ok". I know that's bad, but for God's sake - I have to get on with my life!

So the bottom line is, I just wanted to put up a new blog entry before turning on the Oscars, and all of a sudden I'm forced to move my entire blog over to "the new blogger" and get a new google account and a bunch of other crap. So I don't even know what the new blogger is and I don't much care really, as long as all 2 of you can still read this blog? Is it working? Does it look funny?**

Now back to your regularly scheduled blog, unless something else happens to piss me off and I end up changing my password to "a$$master." ....Except I can't now because it's not a secret anymore. Damn, that would have been a good password too.

OK, so first of all, this year's winner for "Cutest Big Butt In A Picture Window" goes to:

The Ruffed Grouse in my front yard! Yay! She didn't have a speech prepared, but I'm sure you understand how much this award means both to her, and to all Ruffed Grouse everywhere who just had a dream. A big butted dream.

The folks were up visiting this past week and we all had some time to play in the snow. And the award for "Most Snowshoe Wearing Family Members In A Weekend" goes to:

Congratulations guys! Speeeeeech! Speeeeeeech!!

Mom and Dad's house is coming along fast - look how tall it is!

It makes really pretty patterns inside too.

(I really only wrote this post so I wouldn't have to look at those damn cookies anymore. They look so yummy and I want more, but I already ate them all. Damn you Wendy! Why didn't you save them for later?????)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Unexpected Cookies

You wake up in the morning, and you have no idea what awaits you that day...For me, my plans were to try to squeeze in a knitting group night and some grocery shopping before the big storm arrived. I've been saving money and trying to diet at the same time by eating nothing but soup and frozen vegetables for a couple of weeks and I thought maybe I could pick up a little treat. I had no idea that when I arrived at the library for my knitting group a fund-raising bake sale would be in full swing.

In our meeting room, three tables were covered from one end to the other with cake, cookies, brownies....The whole room reeked of chocolate. ummmmm Those savvy librarians of course allowed us to have our group in the same room, knowing that our willpower could not hold out for long. In addition to the cookies, Steve, our lone male member of the group (who "crochets like the wind" as described by another group member) brought in several loaves of home made bread to contribute. And hey! I'd been planning on buying bread.

So home I came with the bread and a few groceries, including milk for....

these! At first I thought they were leaves and a little flower in the middle, but no - look! They're lips!! And the middle one is an X for kissing! Strawberry frosted vanilla kissey cookies!

Unexpected cookies!!! Can life get any better than this?

It sure can!

A snow day for Wendy! Yay!!!

Just look at that driveway. Wendy's not going anywhere today.

So here's what I did for 5 hours this morning. This is the state of my roof after last week's storm. I'm new to all this and didn't know any better - evidently, this is not a cute eyebrow for my house, it's an ice dam. Very bad thing. So last week I bought a roof rake and tried to get the worst of it off. But it's about 3 feet of snow packed down hard into 1 1/2 feet and I'm short, so I can only reach the front of the roof.

Here's the state of affairs this morning. You can just barely see the little ridge between the higher stuff I couldn't reach, and the new snow towards the front of the roof.

And here's the front of the house, that I didn't get to last week at all. See the little horizontal lines showing the layers? Just like layers of rock in a cliff.

And halfway through the morning...Whew! Hard work, but very satisfying. I need a personal assistant to do the filming for me while I work. Then you could see the way the snow cascades down over the edge of the roof. I couldn't stop - it's sort of addictive. Unfortunately, I haven't grown any taller, so I still can't get at the snow further up on the roof. I hope the roof holds...

(I didn't want to work on that middle section for obvious reasons...)

Oops. All that snow had to go somewhere. So then I had to dig a path through the piles of ice and snow so the fuel man could deliver my heating oil. Poor Zeke looks miserable, doesn't he?

....and then I went inside and fell asleep on the couch.

Here's wishing you some unexpected cookies of your own!!

**Updated To Add**
I just checked the local newspaper website to find that all roads in my county are closed to anyone but snow plows and emergency vehicles. Wow! Guess I'll go make a cup of hot chocolate.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The End of Global Warming???

Not quite - but it IS the end of my Global Warming socks!! YAAAY!

I finally finished them last Sunday night and wore them to my knitting club on Tuesday. I took my shoe off, held my orange clad foot up over our table, and got a rousing cheer from the group!! Yup, I'm burning my candle at both ends, folks.

My original intention was to knit them both at the same time from the toe up. That way I could keep going until I ran out of yarn. I wanted to see how far a ball of yarn would really go...

and go....

and go....

This freaking ball of yarn would not end!! I really ought to report this to NASA. I knitted and knitted and knitted, and the damn thing didn't change in size! And look how much is still left over when I finally gave up in despair. It looks like there's enough left to knit a sweater and a matching hat and mitten set.

So, are you getting sick of looking at pictures of snow?

'Cause I'm not!!!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

I Forgot...

Well pooh. I was waiting for the weekend to take daylight pictures of something for you....and I forgot. Guess it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until then, here are some little miscellaneous items.

To Al Gore, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in spreading awareness of Global Warming. Go Al!! If anyone deserves to win, it's him.

And to Alan Arkin and Abigail Breslin for their Oscar nominations for Little Miss Sunshine!!! Yay!! I'm not obsessed with that movie AT ALL.

You will either love me or hate me for showing this to you:
This is a set of on-line riddles/puzzles that some other bloggers have been obsessing over. Now I know why. I selfishly waited a while to share this, so I could get a head start. Some of them are really hard! Actually, the answers aren't that tough - the hard part is figuring out what the question is...

I'm trying not to let it rule my life...After a week, I'm only up to level 16.