Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A little riddle...

I like riddles.  The sillier the better.  Somebody told me this one today at work, and I got tickled.

What's the difference between an elephant and a Zippo?
An elephant is really heavy...

...and a Zippo is a little lighter.

image credit:  Bing clip art images

Today the new hire was finally approved for the office in which I have been subbing.  She starts a week from Thursday.  That means I have two more days to work there (one this week and one next week), then I don't have anything scheduled till AUGUST!  I am really looking forward to a break, but at the same time it's kind of unnerving.  But I have already met my minimum hours for the year, and I have completed all my required annual training, so I actually don't have to work at all for the rest of the year...unless, of course, I want a pay check.  :)

But I'm just going to be happy about having some uninterrupted time at home to get some projects done.  Happy, happy, happy!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Making it Monday...

Quilting day at the library again.  I finished the crib quilt top today (above) that I started last month.  Now need to machine quilt it.  I'm planning to do it myself, but need to give it a good pressing.  Would rather nap.  :)  

Working next two or three days, so probably won't get started yet.

And sorry, Peggy, forgot to do anything about blogging about library quilt group.  There were only 4 of us there today.  Will keep it on the back burner.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday desserts...

I saw these Ice Cream Sundae Cookie Cups on Pinterest quite awhile ago, and thought I'd give them a try.  I wanted really easy, so I used prepared cookie dough from the refrigerated section at the store.  I cut the roll of cookies into 12 equal slices, and placed a slice in each cup of a regular size muffin tin and baked at 350̊ till golden around rim but still somewhat soft in the middle (about ten minutes).  Removed from oven and immediately used a small spice jar to push down the center into a bowl shape.  Cooled for ten minutes, then twisted gently to remove from the muffin cup.  I used a paring knife to loosen some...they stick a little if you leave them in the pans too long.  Let the cups cool thoroughly.

Fill with ice cream, top with Magic Shell and sprinkles.  Store in freezer.  The recipe and directions are at Lovely Little Kitchen.

edit:  I couldn't find my ice cream scoop, but that would have simplified things a great deal.  While the cookie bowls were baking, I placed scoops of ice cream onto a cookie sheet, and placed the sheet in the freezer to to keep them firmly frozen until the cookie cups were baked, cooled, and ready to be filled with them.  You have to work pretty quickly.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Frugal Friday File, week 17...

1.  FINALLY got around to cutting down the 4" foam cushions for the window seat (after decreasing bench width by adding shelves on either side).  I've put it off for a month dreading messing it up.  I'd always heard to use an electric carving knife, but not having one, I opted to use an inexpensive serrated knife from the knife drawer (not my good bread knife) rather than spend $ on a one-time use item.  Since I only had straight, easy cuts, it worked perfectly well to suit me.  Now if I did this sort of alteration a lot, I would go for the precision of the electric, but I don't see any more chores like this on my horizon, so I'm happy saving the $15.99.

2.  Car sharing again til hail damage to son's car repaired.  Not having car at work means I'm packing a lunch.

3.  There was no giving in to fabric temptation this week.  

4.  I drank more water,  made my iced coffee at home, and made fewer trips to Sonic.

5.  Put off haircut for yet another week.

Keep Tryings:
I did pretty well this week all around.  I did make some online purchases that weren't strictly necessities, but they were either needed, waited for, and purchased on clearance, or needed and gifts.  Not really impulse purchases, so not really 'Keep Tryings' at all.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  pizza
Sunday:  leftovers
Monday:  fried rice
Tuesday:  Oven Barbecued Chicken/Twice-baked Potatoes
Wednesday:  Taco salad
Thursday:  King Ranch Casserole
Friday:  *Schlotzky sandwiches

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The accidental comedian...

image credit: Bing clipart

Well, it's scorpion season.  I have killed a couple of them in the house in the past few days.

This morning I decided the dust and detritus on the bathroom floor had reached critical mess mass and had to be dealt with.  I retrieved the broom from the laundry room, and when I started to sweep the floor, a scorpion magically appeared.  I yelped and exclaimed that there was a scorpion hiding in the broom.

The hubs innocently replies that it probably thought I'd never find it in there.

If I had said that, it would have been dripping with sarcasm at how infrequently the broom gets used .  I admit it; I'm a smart @$$.  The hubs, however, imparts his words with no ulterior intent.  

Sometimes that man cracks me up...even if he doesn't mean to...especially if he doesn't mean to.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Told from the assistant's point of view, this is about a reclusive author whose first and only book catapulted her to the stratosphere of the literary world.  Decades later, swindled out of all of her money and on the verge of losing her home, she agrees to write a second book on the condition that she is given a large advance and a trustworthy assistant to help with administrative and domestic duties, and in caring for the author's eccentric nine-year-old son, Frank.

This is new at our library, and I lucked out and got very close to the front of the reserve line.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What a day...

image credit: Bing clipart images

Make up a story about the picture above.  Go ahead.  The wilder the better.  It may have elements similar to my day, but it will not top it, I promise.

All weekend I was dreading going to work today.  And yet, as it turned out, it was full of camaraderie, and memory making moments, and I am so glad that I was there today.
ps:  Sorry to leave you hanging, but I can't elaborate further.  It was one for the books, though.
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