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While we were making these on the inside, it was doing this on the outside. It's not snowing, it's was just windy and I was trying to capture the many little snow devils that were forming in the field.
Wow, Celeste! Those are awesome! I love the colors you chose! I never learned how to do that. Looks like a lot of fun.
Rosemary, huge kudos to your very impressive kids! What a wonderful statement of your parenting. You must be having such fun following their terrific adjustments and their blossoming. Very impressive!
Jan, hope you feel better soon! Hank is still struggling with that long-lingering cough. I can't imagine how I have avoided getting his virus so far. I guess it has something to do with how often I seem to wash my hands...not because I'm a germaphobe, but probably because I'm a gardener and hate to have dirty fingernails. LOL
Those tye-dyed shirts really caught my eye...love them! Have never tried it, sounds like work! Thanks for the update, Rosemary...sounds like the kids know what they want...sorry to hear about the coughs...knock on wood, healthy so far...I'm crediting the black currant juice!
I ditto the black current juice from the standard grocery store, but I think the Sambucus extract --available at Whole Foods--is at least as good. The point is to build the immune system with superfoods. It doesn't cure anything, but I think it speeds healing and I take it when I think I'm getting a flu.
I think I'll going to see if I can grow acerola in my window with the same idea in mind (only see it at Logees) cause you can pop them into smoothies.
Thanks everyone, the tie dye was fun!!! Of course I still have blue& purple fingers. :)
These are the Cinnamon Ornaments.
I used to make these with the kids when they were little, very easy. Apple sauce, glue & cinnamon, punch a hole out for a ribbon to hang with and let dry for 5 days on a flat surface.
Good project when I'm sitting the kids...thanks. Louise, I usually get a cold in the winter from the kids, & I know the black currant juice has a lot of antioxidents...started drinking it at breakfast since the fall...not a sniffle...so far.
As Lindsey says, 10 months old wearing 12 months clothes, not bad for being 2 lb 3 oz and 9 weeks early.
I can be mad at DH, and all he has to say is, Leah and I'm smiling, even when I say it's not going to work :-)
Cute cake, the base would make a cute Easter basket cake.
Leah is adorable, can't believe how fast they grow
found the recipe for that cake, it says it was translated from Dutch, hope they got the measurements right, LOL
METHOD PIGS IN THE MUD CAKE
You will need:
- A biscuit/cake of 20 cm (self-baking cake and some stores sell them plain)
- 2 x large bar of milk chocolate 200 gram
- 1 Cup (250 ml) whipped cream
- Filling for the cake of your choice ( a layer of jam / tart fruit and a layer of pastry cream, whipped cream or butter cream.
- 3 x a five-pack KitKat
- 1 packet (250 gram) light pink marzipan
- Cake saw or large knife
- Skewer (for the pig eyes)
- Flat board or plank to the cake to set
In advance you already prepare the pigs, there's no real method ... just a bit like sculpting in elementary school once ;)
Pour the cream into a saucepan and place over low heat.
Continue stirring until almost boiling.
Meanwhile, the bar of chocolate into cubes break.
If the cream almost boiling turn off the heat and stir in chocolate the cubes
Stir until you have a smooth mixture.
Let this cool and thicken and occasionally stirring (takes a while).
In the meantime you take your already baked biscuit and cut it in 2 layers and fill with your filling of choice.
Keep your cake on a breadboard or other surface so you can easily rotate because smear the sides, is a nice mess :)
Break the kitkats already in 2 and and put them ready.
Look how thick the chocolate mixture is, when he is about as thick as custard you can smear the sides of the biscuits/cake
Use a spatula or just the back side of a knife.
If you have the whole cake smeared around you can stick the kitkats.
This is a difficult job, the kitkats sometime will not stick and fall occasionally.
Put them a little slanted so they lean against your cake.
If they were all sitting around you quickly doa ribbon around it and put them all pretty straight.
The rest of the chocolate mixture, you just pour this on top of the cake.
Please note, when it is too thin it goes through the kitkats wall!!!!
Then you put the pigs in the still soft chocolate and put in the fridge.
After an hour
you can put cake on a beautiful plate and serve, enjoy!
Well, defense was able to puncture holes in the prosecutors overstatements. I think we're missing the cultural context of violence in south Africa. Robbers do break the roof in order to enter a home sometimes. But to me as an American it doesn't look good for the Bladerunner.
There was an American news person interviewing the head prosecutorial cheese who was adroit at side stepping answers to questions"How long do you think the defendant will last in confinement in your prison system/"
There was another question that skirted the corruption in the African justice system.Finally the prosecutor blasted "our system isnt corrupt"
If the detective with 7 murder counts on him is an example I doubt the evidence was taken correctly.
Thanks Pixie. I dont think their holding cells are as up to date as ours are.
The news film of him in court shows him shaking and quivering.
He definatly has lost a career.NIKE only resigns celebrety sports figures like Tiger Wood and Michael Vic.k
Had the Pinewood Derby runoffs. My son came in second and made the finals on Friday. For first time I am not rooting for him to win. Another kid, Bobby, in his den, made a Semper Fi car. It's dedicated to his uncle, a marine who was recently killed in Afghanistan. I hope he wins.
Just gotta complain.
New computer and new mail.I loved Outlook Express.I could create group mails and send stuff to my garden followers.
I have Outlook now,its Mail Merge in order to do that.
PLUS i have a cordless mouse but the pad cursor on this laptop keeps jumping into the middle of messages. Wish I could disable it.
I got a refurbished HP with a full warranty with Windows 7. HP Pavilion HPE H8-1230Z Desktop, 8-Core, 8GB Ram, 1TB HD, BluRay, 1GB Video I ordered a monitor and hope it will come before the weekend so I can set up the new system before this one dies.
Whew I was wiped out yesterday went to eye doctor and all the scanning and lights gave me a migraine and then they dilated my pupils so the drive home was no fun and I was no use doing any paperwork I couldn't see, so I took a nap...geez never had that kind of reaction before, Now I have a pile of work. My accountant is driving me crazy, asking all these questions when she had reviewed everything in Dec, why didn't you ask questions then and I could have adjusted it back then?
Jen, I had an awful time 2 years ago after my eyes were dilated...I, too, had never had that kind of problem. My appt. last fall was with a new doctor in the practice...I told her what happened & she knew the med that caused the problems...it's one they put in so your eye doesn't burn after the dilation med...she didn't use it, & I was perfectly fine...please, call the office & tell them what happened & see if they used that on you.
Something in the drops affected him. But, then he also has to be lying down when he has blood taken.
I probably should have my eyes checked. It's been a few years(read that as quite a few).
Playing volleyball tonight. Will be my last match cuz I'll be gone for a month. Will miss playoffs. The team we are playing tonight has several of my former students. One of them played on Rowan U team. Oh, yeah, we are TOAST!!! LOL.
Let's hope the air pressure lets all the headaches get better.
Tonight is the last night I'm allowed to take pain medications or drink any alcohol :( until Mid march. I'm having a day surgery in March intended to restore my smile because having the triplets caused a bad Bells Palsy 19 years ago. It is called a platysectomy. The surgeon severs the outside of the neck muscle.
Don't ask, Pixie...it's definitely not snowing! My stepson is loving Sarasota, even though his wife is still in a nursing home. He's been fishing, birding, enjoying that wonderful FL winter. Rosemary, best of luck with the surgery...will be nice to have your smile back.
I think we definitely played up last night. First game was close unless they were just toying with us, but I don't think so. After losing the first two games we then just played around and mixed up the teams. Fun to have my 'students' set me up. Felt good!!
Marilyn, we plan to head up to the Sarasota area very soon to do our annual Selby Gardens visit. On Sunday our realtor is doing an open house, so we will get outta Dodge for the day, and it is supposed to be in the 60s, just perfect for a doggy day trip.
Jan, it is awesome that you still play vollyball, and I'm sure it was great fun to reconnect with your former students. Bravo
Just went to a luncheon with an eighth grade class and paired up with a girl who likes to crochet. She is also a farm girl, likes biology and gardening. I showed her how to make a crocheted flower and she showed me how to make one out of duct tape. She had a duffle bag loaded with 29 different rolls of tape. A veritable cornucopia of duct tape. My grandy will be sooo proud of me cuz she is also a duct tape aficionado.
Finishing up laundry and getting my roots done tonight, then packing tomorrow morning so I can fly to Oregon. DDIL's surgery has been postponed two days because there are electrical problems in the OR.
No results yet from baby Thomas's tests. I had him this morning so his mommy could go to the gym. Gracious, he will be sooo big when I get back in a month! What a cutie pie he is!
I'm on my new PC. I left the new monitor at work even though I wrote sticky notes to remind me to take it home. I thought I would get faster internet with a better computer. I'm not sure it is any faster. :(
Just something of possible interest...my son's FIL owned Waterbury Companies, & one of the factories was Waterbury Button, they made brass buttons for every possible use...the rare ones are in Mattatuck Museum, but Garret framed a few interesting ones for his office...Titanic uniforms & Confederate Army replicas are a few he has framed...
Those are very nice, Marilyn, and very attractively presented. We have some antique brass buttons - mostly military, and I'm thinking they too were likely made in Waterbury. I love the look of them too.
When Carl still owned the company, my son got him to make the brass buttons that are for the Masters Golf Tournament...Garret gave them to my brother who was a rabid golfer before the Parkinson's attacked him...
Louise, glad you got to meet RRR and her DH. I agree, they are keepers!!
Thank you, all. Frosty here this morning, but sun shining brightly. Learning the routine and directions to places. Fell in love with my new grandson. He is very cute. They are finding 'holes' in his development. He seems to be a happy kid and obedient. DDIL says that there was abuse from his grandmother including possible shaken baby which would explain some of the developmental holes. He's very coordinated. He is fitting in with DS's family. Markus's father seems to be happy with my son and DIL so will be allowing the adoption to proceed. Please continue to pray. Also for DDIL's surgery. She is very freaked out about it, but keeps hearing great things about the surgeon. That relieves her somewhat.
Thank you. The father can't take care of his son, but also knew he didn't want his mother caring for the boy either. Markus is 6 yr.old. He will probably be in kindergarten next year, too.
My fifteen yr old grandson has grown so much. He has to duck going through some doors. Someone at church yesterday had found a pair of size 19 Nike shoes and gave them to Nick. He was very excited. What a blessing. I need to be on the look out for pants with a 38" inseam.
Jan my DIL is a nurse and works with kids that are severely mentally challenged most are from abuse. She said one of the hardest parts is when the abusive biological parent wants the child back and gets them. Keeping your son in my prayers for a wonderful outcome!
Horrible stories in the news. First, the couple doing to the hospital to give birth and they get killed in a car crash. Baby was taken, but died a day later.
Closer to home, only miles away, a woman stabbed her daughter repeatedly then stabbed herself to death. Girl was found hours later, but somehow survived. Bizarrely, the woman's sister had killer her own son!
Sorry to change the mood here but I will only be a minute.
I need to rant about the Daves Garden survey.It is the creepiest and most annoying thing I have encountered.I have visited at least 10 websites of various things and each one pops a survey up so nI have top shut it in order to go on with my business.
I thought they paid a decent salary to market researchers to dothat stuff and leave the customers alone.
DDIL had a rough night and is in a LOT of pain. They are trying different combinations of pain killers. IV morphine, Valium, flexer-something and oxycodone. May have to go to oral morphine stronger dose. She has been crying constantly and having spasms and pain shooting down her legs. May do an MRI this evening to see if there is a hematoma. They turned her to the other side a bit ago and she seems to be relaxing a bit. Please pray for some comfort for her and less pain. I feel helpless.
We also enjoyed lunch in Fort Myers with Louise and Hank (DonnieBrook). Not posting much while my laptop is being fixed. Don't want to take too much time away from some one else's computer. Hope to see them and others here at Jan's swap in South Jersey. Our house can be an overnight stop for those who need to travel further north and would like a break to sleep.
We have a room available also and space in the yard if you want to camp..
Charles called a little bit ago and they took Royale down for an MRI. Yes, it was flexeril. Will keep you posted when I know something.
Results show a leak of spinal fluid which is causing pressure on all her nerves. Not a hematoma. No wonder the pain med cocktails were ineffective. Heading back in to surgery in the morning. Covering your continued prayers and concern.
Just heard, second surgery to drain a 5x4cm void of spinal fluid and blood is scheduled for 2pm PST. Since Hope and Markus don't have school today and it will be in the 50's this afternoon we are going to the zoo. Markus didn't know what a zoo was, so this will be quite an adventure!!!
Just got back from the zoo. Fun times, spring is in the air and some of the animals were kind of frisky, especially the giraffes. There was a sweet, baby elephant named Lily. She was born the end of November. Markus was looking forward to seeing the giraffes and got excited when he came around a corner and saw one.
DS called right after we got home and said Royale was out of surgery. The surgeon did not find spinal fluid, thankfully, but a little blood and other clear fluid, so he put in a drain. Apparently he looked very thoroughly for spinal fluid, but the team watched as tissue fluids filled in the void. He told DS some people are juicier(for lack of a better word). He is leaving for Phoenix for a conference and wants to keep her in the hospital til he gets back on Monday. This surgeon has been recommended by many especially other health professionals as the one they would want. feel very confident with him.
So, PT came in this morning and was able to have her get out of bed and stand and move a bit. So, we are now at the point we had hoped to be on Thursday. Recovery starts now! Charles and I are switching places tonight, so he can get a full night's sleep and spend time with the kids. Ugh, time change tonight!!!
Things are progressing nicely. She has gotten out of bed twice so far this evening, since her catheter was removed. Second time was easier than the first. The drainage is slowing down, so I think the surgeon will be pleased on Monday. Pain levels are lower, too. Praising God
Good sign the pain levels are lower, will make the PT easier.
I've been trying to convince my husband that if he rearranged the family room (his man cave) it would double in size and we would have more room for over a year or more. I finally talked him in to it by using the grandkids as leverage...explained that the girls would be able to do there gymnastics and flips and Domenic (his little buddy) would have more room to play and crawl/walk around...worked like a charm...sectional was delivered today!!
out xcountry skiing yesterday and came across a garter snake - a little early as there is still a foot of snow on the ground and bad for the snake as a snowmobile had run it over and injured it severely.
Whoa! Snakes are coldblooded...they shouldn't be out until April...that was a real dumb one...My son called last night & said his 8 year was jumping moguls at Mt. Snow, & running her skis down the steel bars & jumping...Ulp...glad I didn't see that!
Don't like spiders near me, but, yet I am drawn to their webs in fascination. I like to feel snake skin.
Is it the practice at hospitals now to only have 'room service'? When DDIL wants a meal she calls room service, orders, and it arrives very quickly and freshly made. We are impressed with the service and the staff and the care she has been receiving. Granted, one of us has stayed with her 24/7. Looks like she will come home tomorrow. The surgeon removed her drain this afternoon and she will get a shower this evening. Feel like a new woman she will. Heehee.
Prayers are being asked again...Adam is in the hospital and not doing well. I don't believe he will be going home this time. The tumors are pressing on his CNS and causing a great deal of pain. He is now hooked up to a morphine pump and his parents have issued DNR orders and no more aggressive treatments. Please pray for mercy and relief of pain for this baby. He is not even 2 years old yet and has had to endure more than most of us will in our lifetimes. Thank you friends. :,(
Yes, exactly as you ask, prayers, Celeste. I was afraid to ask you how he's doing. I am also praying for the purity of love-- that you may all be blessed by the brightness of it, which he has borne so well, though he is but a little vessel.
So many conflicting feelings here for all. Happy for Jan's DDIL, very touched to read Ronnie's note from her Sophia, and heartbroken for little Adam's family. If there ever was a little saint, it is certainly Baby Adam. Praying for everything he needs and much comfort for his parents and family, including Celeste who has borne too much pain recently.
Thank you all, my heart just breaks for this little family.They have a great support system and lil Adams Mom & Dad are great advocates for him. They have the last leg of the journey before them and this will be the hardest thing these two young parents will ever face. I'm praying for mercy for Adam and strength for his parents.
Jan im really glad your DDIL is doing so much better, thats some happy news and I needed it. :)
Ronnie, how sweet and how blessed are you to get such a special note!!! I'd keep that for ever.
You may have heard about a truck that crashed into a house last night on LI, hitting the gas line and causing a huge fire. It was WC's neighbor! Luckily no one was seriously hurt. Must have sounded like a bomb. Scary.
Ronnie, very sweet grandchild you have...the note is a keeper...Victor, that sounds scary...could have been a disaster. I agree, Allison...wish we were up in Maine to give whatever help we could...sad, sad times.
Hey, just wanted to let everyone know I'm back online. Don't have time right now to catch up or write much. I was without my computer for 2 weeks due to my hard drive nearly crashing. Had a new one installled, and everything's hunky dorey right now. I didn't get it set up for about a week after I got it. Was using my phone for getting online. Then I didn't get on here till now. Sorry I've been gone so long. I've missed you guys. I will get on Thursday night and start reading what I've missed. Getting ready for spring cleanup. Already started over a week ago. Last week was a washout with all the snow. It's all gone now. Yay!
I fell today over Winston...My BIL's dog was over for a play date and I was carrying out a bowl of water for them. Trying to avoid being jumped on by him I side stepped him right into Winston, and down I went. I spun around to try not falling backwards on my back and went down on my knee. It didn't hurt then but boy is it throbbing now. To top it all off the water went down the front of me and Winston thought I wanted to play with them!
Glad you're back online, Karen...strange how the gull landed on the papal chimney just before Francis I was chosen...St. Francis of Asissi is always shown with a bird...Hope you have ice on that knee, Ronnie!
I am here til the 28th, Jen. Taking a red eye home. Got Royale home, prescriptions filled, car unloaded. DS called and said he was picking up the kids, so my feet are up. Hmmm...wonder if new food is being brought tonight or if we are having leftovers. Just know that I am not the one doing it. I sat down and it hit me that I'm exhausted. Getting up every few hours to help her get to the bathroom or to reposition is like having a baby in the house. Speaking of babies, Thomas is 5 months old today.
The ballots are burned after each vote. Black smoke (straw is mixed with the ballots) indicates a failed ballot, white smoke means a new pope has been elected. "Since the cardinals meet in isolation, it's the only way to inform the public about the proceedings."
What a treat! So much to love at Selby Gardens, Louise. How fortunate you are to be there!
I'm back! Neck surgery called platysmectomy today required more skill from the surgeon than I had realized. Over a half hour of preparation having me make faces and 60 or more injections of anesthesia, then at least that long digging under the incision to find a muscle, slowly trim it, remove fat and collected tissue, and then roll the other muscles back, and reattach the medial muscles (the surgeon's term) before closing it. It's like my neck got a tummy tuck because I can tell even with swelling that there's less offending thickness, but the purpose is to improve facial mobility. I am off work for a few days to let the wound close and to recover, but I've had worse experiences.