Then. . . and Now
Hoppin' and a'Boppin'

Friday Round Up: Random Edition

It's time for a Friday Round Up!  It's been a busy week here.  I was away for two weekends in a row, so I had quite a backlog of chores to catch up on.  Of course, it didn't help that my dryer broke down . . . just as I was starting my assault on Mt. Laundry!  I was stuck with a load of wet towels from "up north" (meaning . . . really old, kind of threadbare, and prone to mildew).  I started my week waiting for a new timer for the dryer. . . and displaying my "up north" towel collection on my back fence.

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Luckily, the repair was completed by Wednesday, and I was back in business.  (Of course, the laundry had multiplied right before my eyes in the meantime!)

To distract me from the ever-growing laundry pile, I decided to make some ice cream.  Chocolate!  Gosh, there are a lot of calories. . . and fat. . . in ice cream!

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Making it yourself, it seems like there are even MORE calories . . . because you SEE the ingredients go into the bowl. . .

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and you know what's in there. 

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Remember Puck?  Brian's parrot?  Well. . .

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he's sort of. . . worming his way into my heart.  We still aren't the best of friends, but we like each other a whole lot more now.  He's very, very happy living in my office.  He loves music -- and I always have music playing.  He sings and whistles to the music, and even does a little "dancing" now and then.  He has a lot more social interaction now that he's closer to the center of our home, and he's responding well.  Maybe this will work out better than I thought. . .

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My herb garden is really flourishing!  Although I snip fresh herbs to use in cooking all the time, it's now Herb Harvest Time.  I picked these first thing this morning . . .

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and will spend some time this evening freezing some. . . and drying others. . . for use during the winter.  Last week, Kim put together a fabulous post about preserving herbs.  Check it out! 

I also have begun my pepper harvest.  Besides the bell peppers, I'm growing jalapeno and cayenne peppers this year.

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Actually, it looks like I'm going to have a bumper crop of the jalapenos and cayenne -- so I'm going to string them and dry them for use later.  I'm also planning to try to pickle some of the jalapenos!

With all these herbs around, I've been getting a lot of use out of this nifty little herb chopper.

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Works like a charm!

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As for what's blooming this week in my garden. . . we have PeeGee Hydrangea. . .

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. . . grass "plumes". . .

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. . . and brown-eyed Susan.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Just a little follow-up note.  Remember this project?

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The lovely little cardigan with the totally messed up pattern?  Well, I just wanted to let you all know that the designer was very receptive to my notes and suggestions.  For the time being, she has pulled the pattern from distribution/sale and is working out the bugs.  The Ravelry page for this design now carries this note from the designer:

July 18, 2010: Guinevere is temporarily unavailable. I am working on making it a little clearer and to address some errata that has come to my attention. I hope it will be back up for sale in 2 weeks.

I'm so pleased that she is handling things this way.  I just wanted to pass it along. . .


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Vicki

Ohmygosh I love, love, love your Aladdin towel; we have (among other things) an old Power Rangers towel that makes me smile every time I fold it.
; )

Marilyn

Homemade ice cream sounds wonderful!

Broken appliances are a bummer. Do they always break when you need them the most??

Glad to hear you and Puck are liking each other a bit more. :)

Cookie

But the calories are totally worth it because you do know exactly what went into the ice cream.

I'm so glad the designer took it well.

Does Puck fold towels? ;^)

xo

Kay - From the Back Yard

Love the bird and the flower photos, too! I think those birds need that social interaction. I'm glad you're both warming to each other.

Jane

I love your garden pictures!

margene

I missed the Friday round up and here it is MONDAY. Your peppers are much farther along that ours. I sure would like a fancy herb cutter like yours!

Rachel

Your produce make me want to cook! and the photos of your garden make me very happy,
thank you :)

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