Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Slow Start

It's January 9th.

I haven't made a post since January 1.

I had plans. Big plans.

I planned to get a fast start this year.

I was even going to skip the basement clean-up and just get started.

Started on my big plans.

But. Life. Happens.

Let us digress.

Every year we go to Oklahoma for Christmas. That's where all of our family lives. By the time we get back home we have lived in 2 hotels, at least 3 homes, eaten in countless restaurants, and peed in no less than 50 different bathrooms. That's a lot of germs.

Every year the day we get home Mr. Quirky gets sick. A vicious cold. And then a sinus infection.

Every year after Mr. Quirky has been sick for 5 days, I get sick. A vicious cold. One that wraps itself around my vocal chords and sits in my chest for a week and then moves up to my head for another week.

This freezes my brain.  I sit on the couch for hours. Doing nothing. No matter what I've promised myself I will do. No matter what I have on my list. (wait a minute . . . I don't make lists). No matter that I have promised my daughter to make slipcovers for couch cushions that she needs as soon as possible.

I do nothing.

Finally last night I started sewing the slip covers. They are 70% done. Thank. Goodness.

I'm feeling somewhat better so I thought I would write a few random things about my trip, etc. (travel pictures mean lots of blurry phone pictures so brace yourself)

My daughter has a roommate now so we stayed at my sisters for rooms sakes. That means more time for puzzles.  My puzzle maker was working well.  We did three. 

Puzzle 1. Deceptively hard. Had the weirdest shaped pieces we had ever seen.

Puzzle 2. Easy peasy.

Puzzle 3. Didn't quite get finished. So I guess it was puzzle 2.5.

Whenever I am in Oklahoma City over Christmas I have to go to the Chesapeake Energy grounds to see their magnificent light display.

Every light on their considerable property is wrapped and lit. It's just magnificent.

Every mile of street is lined with trees and every tree is beautiful. Someday I'm going to take a tripod with me and see what I can learn about taking pictures in the dark.

Sammy enjoyed the trip.

It took him a while to get used to co-habitation with new cats, but he lived through it. No bathroom accidents. That's a 50% success right there. And my house wasn't destroyed when I got home and he didn't eat so many strange objects that he had to be hospitalized. That is good. The whole reason I brought him was because he likes to eat strange stuff and I'm not sure what he might have eaten if he had free range of the home. He did like the bar soap at the hotel very much.

We had bubble bread twice. God I love this stuff. It. Is. Delicious. We always have it on Christmas day, but I made more for New Years Day. It makes me groan just thinking about it.

I made a Pistachio Lemon Cake. I thought it was heavenly. I might post about it sometime. We'll see.

In the meantime, you can read about it here.

I've been mulling over something very important . . .

Why is Charmin toilet paper that you buy at Target in the large multi-packs 1/2 inch smaller than the Charmin toilet paper that you buy at Costco in the large multi-packs?

Is anybody there? Does anybody care? 

It's been snowing a lot here. A whole lot.  This picture was 6 hours into a 26 hour snow.

This is the same snow storm - after shoveling for a VERY long time.

Basically that is all we have gotten accomplished since the new year. Shoveling snow.

But that's going to change. 

As soon as I finish the slipcovers.

And put away the Christmas decorations.

Make something wonderful today!


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Laura @ duke manor farm said...

That's a lot of snow....and puzzles. Hope you are feeling better each day.

Art and Sand said...

I am so sorry that you got sick, but when you notice the number of strange bathrooms, it makes sense that one would get sick.

Sammy is adorable and seems to have some of our Little Lulu's habits. Lulu eats socks, hair ties and basically anything she can find. We were just discussing this morning that we don't think we will ever be able to leave her alone outside of her crate. We hope she doesn't outgrow it.

Hope you are better and ready to create - forget the cleaning - just have fun.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

So sorry you have been sick! Ugh! I'm a huge fan of puzzles and particularly like the online ones. Gorgeous Christmas lights! FYI for future visits...Sam is horribly allergic to cats.

Bliss said...

You've accomplished more than me, including the toilet paper comparison. I want an answer on that.

Nita Stacy said...

Great post. I'm right there with ya. I remember when I had to travel for Xmas every year...I couldn't do anything when I got home for at least a week. Your cat is soooo cute! I was going to take my tree down today...but now I have to go to will have to wait yet another day.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Sorry you and yours got sick, it reminds me of what I had last year - ugh! Don't worry is you are doing some slipcovers that's a pretty big project. We are in the same boat as you are with snow.
but I just love it, but then hubs does the shoveling. Dirt always comes back so don't worry about that!


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