March 20th, 2006

MP: too silly icon

Ugh. It's Monday...

Himself seemed better yesterday, but was coughing pretty badly again this AM. *sigh* Co-worker's DH is out of the hospital (2 days early!) and is on his way to the dialysis center now. My head is pounding like you wouldn't believe....

Need to make a pom-pom for daycare lady's daughter's hat. The hat itself is done - yea! I'm back on the diamond patch sock. I might drop it for a bit though, and knit my FILs (late) Christmas present. The yarn is done and balled......gotta find my larger needles.

Next real spinning project - superwash wool for a scarf for the church's handyman. I had asked him to make me a blocking reel....he got confused and made me a set of skirders instead. (You use them for laying rope, and plying, apparantly. It's on the opposite page of AA's blocking reel)...he wouldn't give me a price - told me to pay him what it's worth to me - :boggle:. It's hard to put a price on wonderful handcrafted stuff. And these are lovely - cedar body and nice clear maple dowels. So...a handspun, handwoven scarf seems appropriate. In green, since he likes green. Superwash, so he can toss it in the washer ( his Wife can toss it in). *g*

Still no ATM/Debit card. It's very frustrating to have NO easy access to my money....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
MP: Completely different

Fun with Cooking!

Not content to sit on my laurels, I am tweaking my chili receipe to get it ready for *next* year's cook off. *g* Today's experiement: adding beer to the batch.

I did a 2 pound batch - 2 pounds ground beef (browned with Penzey's Taco sauce and butter, then drained), 2 cans tomato sauce, 6 tbls Penzey's chili powder, and 1/2 bottle of Guiness.

Meh. It didn't blow my skirt up. I don't know if a)the beer was flat (horrors!) b)I didn't add enough or c) I needed more chili powder. I could taste just a hint of didn't do much for the flavor, didn't make it richer, just....didn't.

I'll grab a can of...something else for the next experiement. Or maybe I'll toss in some of my Lambrusco....hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

In other news, got the ATM/Debit card today (Finally!) Does me no good - I have no money, but hey! I got the card!

I also got the first payment on the pool - which is 1 more than I expected, frankly. That's good.

Gotta go put a wee laddie to bed - he fell asleep right after supper. Poor wee thing.....