Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I think I am jinxed

when it comes to putting up a new post here. Seems everytime I want to write, something comes to distract me or prevent me from doing so. Like just now. I've been cleaning and sorta re-arranging stuff in my kitchen and what I thought was the perfect little floral thingy going on on my kitchen table. three white Gerbera daisies, each in a little vase all sitting atop my antique cake plate in he center of the table. Grabbed my laptop and set it on the table and when I did, the entire thing fell over making a huge wet mess. Luckily my laptop was spared, but I had to stop everything, clean up the mess and head to the basement with wet soppy towels and tablecloth.

Sigh...I don't really think I like to clean house anymore(no commenouts on the "anymore" please).I live in a 13 room house and it seems like all I do is clean the same 3 rooms over and over. There are only two of us living here not counting the dog and I don't see how we can make such messes.

The diet is going well. Although, I have to admit, the past 2 weeks have been hard. For some reason, I am really much hungrier now than I was when I first started. But I've lost 10 pounds! Hot dawg!

I try not to deny myself everything I love all the time. I would definitly be doomed to failure if I did. I just plan ahead and eat accordingly. Like tonight. I am having a serious crave for BBQ. You can't seperate a Southern girl from her BBQ-ed pork for too long. Things could get ugly. I once cracked one of my friends up by confessing to her that when I read the Old Testament and it is describing all those burnt offerings going up to God, I start to crave BBQ. All the those poor critters being offered up for the Israelites' transgressions and I'm thinking to myself, 'Where's the BBQ sauce and the cole slaw guys?' So tonight, I am treating myself to a little burnt offering Southern style.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

the days are going by too quickly

as I spend them with my youngest granddaughter and her new baby brother. Time spent reading stories to Sophia as we cuddle on the couch . Blowing bubbles in the tub. Sneaking bites of food into her picky toddler mouth. Chasing her down to change a diaper. Buying yet another helium balloon to add to her collection. This girl does love her helium balloons.

Time with Max is more mellow. Cuddling and rocking, putting him on a blanket by the fire just to watch him stretch his little bird legs. Listening to those precious coos and laughing as he crosses his eyes as he attempts to hone in on a familiar voice.

Yes, the days are going by far too fast.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

this is what I've been doing

the last few days. Max made his entrance to the big wide world on Thursday morning. Perfectly healthy, by the way, and thank you Lord. The MOTH and I have been staying with Max's big sister, Sophia. She is the best little thing. Playing in her own little world, stopping to pick up a book and holding up her arms for a cuddle and a read. She is not the least impressed by this brother buisness. Not really acknowledging him at all. On the premise that if you ignore it, it will go away I guess. She does like all the balloons that came with him tho. While we were playing today, I tied her rainbow playsilk around her neck like a cape and she toddled all around the house. Her daddy snapped this picture of her with one of Max's balloons. I think it is my all-time favorite picture of her.
In typical fashion, Max has turned the house topsy-turvy. But no one is really worried about it. We are all just wallowing in the new baby smell, the sighs, and the tiny little mouth wide open in a yawn. And when we aren't doing that, we are reading to Sophia, blowing bubbles, and just stopping for cuddles and catnaps on the couch.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rosemary in the snow

I gathered fresh Rosemary in the snow! It has snowed here off and on for 3 days and I couldn't be happier about it. Not a huge amount but enough to satisfy the winter lover in me. Sunday it was in the 60's and we were out hiking and by Monday it was snowing. Tonight it is supposed to be 11 degrees for the low. Southern winters!

The Rosemary was for herb crusted lamb chops. Oh boy! They were so good! Rosemary, Sage and Parsley all chopped up and rubbed into and onto the chops and then cooked to medium rare. What's not to love there? I also braised cabbage in white wine and bacon and we had a feast.

NEWSFLASH! We may be having a baby tonight! A grandbaby that is. I am sitting up waiting on a telephone call. I should be in bed asleep just in case I have to go to work tomorrow instead of go to a birthin' but I'm too excited to sleep. So I am going all over the house, packing stuff up and trying to not forget anything. Maybe tommorow there will be pictures of Max here!