Um...it's been a while. Sorry. I've just been busy and tired and kind of overwhelmed and tired and lazy. And tired. Here are some things that have been happening...with less detail than usual, most likely. At least now you know I'm still alive, though.
|The ladies are sharing a cage for now - they are still young and I want to keep them together while I can. |
I do have more cage space though, so I can adjust as needed.
|This is the mixed feed we made. Pretty!|
I made JapChae, from scratch, and gluten free. It was too much noodle, not enough veg, but still okay. We are cooking gluten-free at home, but those of us who can still have gluten are having it, to use up items we have on hand in our pantry. So far, so good.
|I had such high hopes for this recipe...it was just okay. Kimchee is good, at least! :)|
We went to a friend's house to have fondue. It was SO fun and very tasty, and just YUM. We took some fresh fruit and the ingredients to make chocolate fondue. Do you know what goes in chocolate fondue? Heat a cup of heavy cream until it just starts to simmer. Dump in a bag of chocolate chips and a pinch of salt. Turn the heat super low and use a whisk to combine. There. You just made chocolate fondue...and a lot of it. You can make a half recipe - just use a pinchlet of salt and half of much cream and chocolate chips. Easy!
I've continued to use homemade laundry soap and drying racks to keep our laundry expenses to a minimum.
If you read here regularly, you know that in the past month or two I've gotten three $25 gift cards to Kmart for transferring prescriptions. We have watched for sales and deals, and we've stocked up on toilet paper, kleenex, toilet paper, snacks, toilet paper, feminine hygiene stuff and yes, toilet paper. Something like 100 rolls of toilet paper...some of them double rolls or bigger. And I still have nearly $30 in gift card to spend. I'll likely use it to get more toilet paper, LOL.
Still reading books and getting movies from the library. Our library continues to be an awesome resource.
Getting the rabbits meant I eventually had to clean out the bunny barn, or die of embarrassment when friends came over. I chose life, and cleaned out the bunny barn. It looks much better. So if you know me in real life, I'll likely let you back there now. :)
|This is actually 'after'...and it's much tidier than it was before!|
|My shelving is the headboard from an old bed - works for me! Feed is in one trash can, hay in the other. |
The mowing deck will go back on the mower come spring, and the tiller will be moved as well.
I kept walking. I don't walk a lot, but just doing some every day helps me. It also meant I had to take in my pants, because they got too big. That's a big YAY! Since last April, I've lost about 30 pounds. I still have many pounds to go, but hey, I've lost 30, and that's significant! It's slow and steady, but I'm not going to complain, especially in a post where' I've mentioned JapChae and chocolate fondue. We won't talk about how much soda I shouldn't drink. Nope. Not going there. Did I mention I'm down 30 pounds? Hee.
Daughter has gotten a lot more social of late...having friends over to play, having her first attempt at a sleepover, going on more playdates, etc. It's nice...and I think it's good for her.
I wasted time on Facebook.
I combed the mats out of the rabbits, trimmed their nails, and I'm getting them used to me. They'll both let me hold them on their backs, like babies. Mrs. Patmore almost falls asleep now when we do this. Aww.....
I made this. It is a couple of corn tortillas, cooked with a little butter in a nonstick pan, until lightly browned. On top of that is some homemade (gluten free) enchilada sauce, then egg scrambled with queso fresco (which I got on markdown for about 25 cents per 10 oz - and I got something like fifteen of them, which I put into the freezer). Over that is some homemade salsa, a little more queso fresco and fresh cilantro. This is an incredibly tasty way to start, or end, pretty much any day.
I dismantled, cleaned, and reassembled the wood stove and parts of the chimney. It's enough to make a girl want to go solar. ;)
I made scarves, and a hat. And more scarves. The chicken project this coming year is going to be stellar! Meanwhile, my friend Kelly is making these adorable cowls and fingerless gloves and stuff.
My husband went to Las Vegas for a few days when his parents were there on vacation. This is awesome, because they live in Hawaii, and by seeing them in Las Vegas instead of flying to Hawaii, he saved hundreds of dollars on the plane ticket. Daughter and I stayed home, because they really want to play/gamble, and she and I can't be in the casinos. (Well, I could, but then she'd be unattended, so..no.) So we had a mama-daughter weekend while he had a good visit with his parents. Husband brought home cute little coconut-lime-verbena soaps and some shampoo and conditioner samples for me. Also...lots of chocolate from Trader Joe's, which makes him a very, very good Husband. :)
I found out that the church I attend has bible studies that we can check out to do at home and/or in small groups. This is awesome for me, because I can get something to listen to during the day that helps me grow spiritually and/or learn something, without having to purchase something I might only read/listen to one time. I'm doing a study of the book of Esther right now.
I've been subbing quite a bit at the library - as much as 20 hours per week. Since we can't plan for this income, it is always nice when there is so much of it. :)
I made kimchee. This makes us happy.
|I got a 1 gallon pickle crock at Goodwill a while back, and it is perfect for making kimchee.|
I was unattentive, and my chocolate mint plant died of neglect. Meanwhile, my poinsettia is thriving. I kind of wish that whole scenario was reversed.
It's winter, so I've been catching mice in the henhouse. With a trap...I am clarifying because that first sentence makes me sound like I sit in there, ready to pounce, but no - I use a catch-all trap. There are openings where they can get in, but they can't get back out. It is a wonderful thing. We have two of them, so I set up the second catch-all in the bunny barn, because where there is grain, mice are soon to follow.
|After a mouse goes in the little hole, things shift from his/her weight, and they are sealed inside. |
The trap can intake multiple mice per night if need be.
I changed the very full bag inside my vacuum cleaner, and it works SO much better. I know. Duh.
I continued to buy whatever produce was on sale, to shop sales combined with coupons, and stay with in our $160 a month grocery/household/toiletries budget. I admit, those KMart gift cards make it easier, since I don't really count them (they were free, and KMart's prices run high in our book, so we just use them for whatever is the better deal...mainly, toilet paper).
I started a Gifts of the Spirit study at church, did a personal inventory, and I'm learning all about Spiritual Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit. I am really interested in becoming a Stephen Minister at some point. The next training set I've found locally starts in September. Of 2015. Mew. Hopefully, something will come along sooner.
There were other things, I suppose, but that gives you some idea of what we've been up to lately. Thanks for your patience - sorry I took so long. What have you been doing with yourself these days?