It's been one of those weeks where the most I've gotten done is being a referre between the kids. And also trying to make our 16 year old understand that she is still considered a child and not an adult. The thing is as soon as she gets this through her head the 14 year old will be turning 16. lol
We took Colin to the Plaza Feista Mall Sunday afternoon they have a huge play center in the middle. I've heard how nice it was but I hadn't ever been there.
He had a blast! So we came home and emailed the Wednesday Park Day group and asked if anyone would like to go there on Wednesday since it's been so hot. So far we have heard from one and they would love it. Colin can't wait to go back!
Last Monday I went and bought a clothesline. Now I have asked many times in the past for one and heard...why you have a dryer. With the cost of gas and food I've been trying to find different ways to cut back on other things and decided a clothesline would help. Help by not running the dryer and without the dryer running it won't heat up the house. So I went to Walmart and looked for a clothesline thinking I would get the poles. No clothesline there! I then went to Lowe's next closest place and they didn't have anything either. Then I hit Target and they didn't have anything. Sitting in Target parking lot I was trying to figure out where to look next and they have a Home Depot next to them so I went in there. I searched and didn't see one and thinking okay maybe they don't make clotheslines anymore. I saw an employee and asked and he said oh yes we have them it's the umbrella type and it's over on isle 12. I went and looked and they only had 2 left so I grabbed one. Returning home I sat it next to the door so Tony could see it upon arrival. He came home and after some time of him not saying anything I asked did you see what I bought today? Yes, but you have a dryer. The next day I waited and waited for him to put it up finally mid afternoon I asked are you going to put my clothesline up? Oh, you didn't tell me to! I looked at him and said PUT my clothesline up today and turned walked out of the room mumbling some not so nice words. He got it up and the next day I had it filled and even made a little bag for the clothespins.
I made this little bag from an old t-shirt of Dale's and used one of Colin's little hangers for easy access. I made a couple of these bags several months ago but much larger. You can check it out here. I use them all the time...to carry my crochet in for class, stuff for the gym, and mostly in the past couple of months stuff for the pool. I love them when you want to you just throw them into the washer. I got the idea from Martha Stewart. But anyhow I love my clothesline. I grew up hanging out clothes and did for many years after until we moved to the city and couldn't have a clothesline. But the kids are having a hard time adjusting to this new way of doing things. I've heard that what they did in the olden days... I don't want you to hang my stuff out I don't like the way it feels. They heard these words come out of my mouth... suck it up and get over it! That is their new saying and mom used it! Back to the orginal start of this topic he put it in the side yard well what there is of it and I said I wanted it out back. I heard it can't go back there because I will be redoing the fence and there are several trees that will be coming down and it will be in my way. Okay good answer but what I want to know is when all this is going to take place? I know it's not even on the front of the to do list. lol
Today I grated up zucchini and froze 2 bags that have 2 cups each and I also dehydrated onions.
I use this old tartar sauce jar for my dried onions. Tomorrow I need to dehrdrate some garlic that needs to be used up. I've got to start using this more when we first got it I tried different things and not many things turned out like apples and bananas. The most this gets used for is onions, garlic, and beef jerky. I found a site today hoping that it would help Canning Pantry Dehydration of Food. I'm going to play around with it and see what else I can do with it. Anyone have any tips or advice please leave a comment.
The zucchini is easy I used 3 medium zucchini's and got 4 cups out of it enough for 2 bags. Next trip to produce stand I will get some more to freeze.
Grated Zucchini for Baking -- Steam in small quantities until translucent 1 to 2 minutes. Pack in amounts used in recipes, allowing headspace. Put containers in cold water to cool. Seal and freeze. Drain before using in baking.
On to crafting... I have Kaylee's afghan done and I got the one I made for Brendon and made a bit larger and I've started Justin's. His is going to be red, white, and blue. The blue is done and I'm half way done with the white. I didn't have a clue on which child's afghan I would start it's hard when you have 7 of them. So I put all their names in a hat and drew. Solved that problem. lol
I guess I've been sitting here typing too long I have a four legged critter trying to get my attention by jumping up on top of the computer stand with his paws on the monitor meowing at me. Can you say SPOILED? He knows it's time to be curled up in the chair watching the yarn go by and sheepishly trying to catch it. My other four legged critter is watching to make sure I don't touch the other one because if I do he will jump up and start barking his fool head off. I swear they both are spoiled rotten. I can't even go to bed without them there one lays on the floor as close to the bed as he can get so that means if I have to get up I have to scoot down the bed so I don't step on him and the other lays at the end of the bed. He won't lay on Tony's side it has to be on my side right at the bottom of my feet.
Well, I better make sure everything is ready for morning.
Take Care :)