Sunday, August 31, 2008
I had a good cry on the way home (Mom is in Athens, about 50 miles from my house). I am not sure what the future holds, but I know that my life will not be what I have become accustomed to for the foreseeable (or should that be the unforeseeable) future. When I got back into town, I called the friend who was keeping the dogs for me, but she was going to be away from the house for a couple more hours.
I ran by Hancocks and bought the Cinderella dress pattern (will I have time to even tackle that before Halloween?) When I got home, I just collapsed on the couch and fell asleep. The phone woke me up - Nancy was bringing my dogs back to me.
I've had a double dose of corgi therapy this evening. We've snuggled, frapped and shared a bowl of popcorn. Just what the doctor ordered.
Mom was less with it as the day went on - I guess the result of no food or water until after 6pm and probably some swelling in her brain. She was talking out of her mind - sometimes it was pretty funny. "Janet, help me pick up all the fish.". "What fish, Mom?" "Those crappie are jumping right up on the bank.".
She slept pretty well and woke up very lucid this morning. The doc should be in shortly and we can get the results on the second CT scan. My brother and sis in law are coming in this morning.
Thanks for the well wishes. Keep sending happy thoughts and healing vibes our way.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I thought about trying the instant movies on Netflix, but I gotta tell you, the selection is less than stellar. But I could keep with my English comedy thing and watch the original Office or Keeping Up Appearances.
I've got make a thread run to Hancocks. I'm thinking I might find that Cinderella dress pattern and hide one somewhere in the store so I can be sure to get it tomorrow when it goes on sale.
Last night, I thought I might take myself out for breakfast this morning for IHOP cornmeal pancakes, my favorite. Instead, I googled this morning and found a recipe that is FABULOUS. Here's the recipe:
3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup plain flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 T sugar
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add:
1 cup milk
2 T melted butter
Mix up batter, pour on a hot griddle. Yum!
(btw, this reminds me - Scout's original name was YumYum. So glad I changed that.)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I was a slug on Monday, when I woke up with a headache and kept it all day long. So, I just took it easy. Spencer and I laid around, and mostly only got up to let Scout out, then let her in, then let her out, then let her in . . . .
Yesterday I ventured out and ran a few errands between rain showers. I dropped in Hancocks, because I had an idea about making Avery a princess dress for Halloween or just for playing dress-up. She is such a girly-girl, and at the ripe old age of 2 is already completely bitten by the Disney Princess bug. She knows every one of them by name and had memorized all of their stories. How cute is this:
Now I just have to wait for the Labor Day Sale to buy the pattern for $1.99.
Here's my current project. I am finishing a redecorating project I started five years ago in my guest bedroom. I had already covered the valance with the black toile, but didn't get any farther. My original plan was a duvet cover, black and white check on one side and white toile on the other. Now I have changed my mind and I am going to make a tied quilt. One side will have a center panel with the white toile and side panels of the checked. The other side will be the opposite. I am tieing with pink and green six strand embroidery thread.
The wild pink, green and black will be shams, and the I am going to attempt a rollup shade with the other white toile with black and white polka dots on the back. I saw some tied up shades at Pottery Barn and I am going to attempt to copy the pattern.
I have another idea about covering some bolster pillows with this check and doing a little cross stitch on them - maybe a cardigan silhouette.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Recently, I have really enjoyed poking around the net and reading blogs. I started out just checking in on folks I already knew - dog friends, family, and others. Mostly through links on these blogs, I began to venture out and find new favorites. It's a rare day that I don't check in on what's going on with Ree, Rechelle, and SueBob.
I particularly enjoy reading stories people share about their lives. I did not find this one until after the author and her husband were in a airplane crash a couple of weeks ago. I first read about the accident on Design Mom's blog, and since then have seen reference to it on several others.
This story has really touched me, not only because of the sadness of what has happened to this beautiful family, but by how strangers are reaching out to help them. Here is the link:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
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Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Well, months have passed, and like any good addiction, the cravings grew, and nothing would suit me until I moved up to the Curve. So over the weekend, I got on eBay and wheeled and dealed until I made a bargain and bought a gently used one (I hope).
It came today and oh, life is good. This is my first post using it.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
BOS today. I had been hopeful because this judge had given her BOB just back in early July. But it was not to be, and now I'm even more bummed because we see this judge again in less than week - she is the Friday judge in Atlanta.
But, I am happy that this time next week I will have my little butterbean back with me, and with doG as my witness, I will never send her out again.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The good news is that she was best of breed today. Herding Group is last - will update if there is more good news.
Her tatted-up granny paid for it. We can hope that this little one will be returned soon to parents with some sense.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'm glad she's getting some time to run and play. She did not show last week, as Cheryl went to a show that was either just Brittanys or just sporting dogs - not sure which. But I do hear that Scout enjoyed the birds at the hunt test.
This weekend she shows in Fitchburg, MA. The breed judges both days (who are also the group judges on alternate days) have both given her BOB in the past, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.
After that, she heads back south to Atlanta. I will miss the Friday and Saturday shows as we are going to Memphis for Avery's birthday. I'm headed back this way right after the party, and will be in Atlanta on Sunday to see her show to Lester Mapes.
And then I will get my little red alarm clock back home with me! No more sleeping in for Spencer and me!
She makes cute girl clothes and gives them away!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Good barbecue comes in two forms - pork shoulder and pork ribs. Pork shoulder is probably my favorite, cooked long and slow over charcoal, pulled from the bone by hand, and never contaminated by a knife. Sauce is red-brown, not too sweet, not too vinegary, smoky, and always served on the side, never ever stirred up with the meat.
I like it piled high on a platter. If served as a sandwich, slaw is absolutely required as a topping. (When I first moved to Georgia, I dropped in a barbecue joint and ordered a pork sandwich. As I watched them prepare it, I noticed they were wrapping it up without putting slaw on it. When I stopped them and asked for slaw, you would have thought I asked them to pour chocolate syrup all over it by the look on their faces. Of course, after I took one bite of it, I realized Georgians have much bigger barbecue problems than just omitting slaw.)
I am not a complete traditionalist - I like pulled pork on baked potatoes and big salads as well. I love Coletta's barbecue pizza and barbecue spaghetti, and somewhere I even tried barbecue nachos.
When it comes to ribs, I generally prefer the dry ribs of my Memphis homeland, but I enjoy wet ribs as well. For the uninformed, dry ribs are prepared with a dry spice rub, but the ribs themselves are still very juicy. Again, sauce is on the side for dipping. I believe that Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous was the birthplace of the dry rib, and this is one of my favorite restaurants. Their cheese plate used to be a frequent workday lunch, but I digress . . .
Having settled in east Tennessee, I am happy that even east Tennessee barbecue is pretty close to what I was raised on, although I generally find I still prefer west Tennessee sauce. There's a little take-out place down the road from my house where they smoke their barbecue out back. I'll pick up some takeout there, but I'm not wild about their sauce. That's why I always keep a bottle of Corky's on hand. Corky's has also opened locations across the state, so I am never too far from good barbecue.
Sticky Fingers is another good source for Memphis style barbecue, and they even cater to those who like other styles, even that wacky Carolina mustard thing. Another favorite is Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur, AL, of all places. They have won the prestigious Memphis in May Barbecue contest repeatedly, as well as several other lesser contests. I have to admit, I even have come to really like their white sauce, but only on chicken, never pork.
I was inspired to write this after seeing this video on CNN today. It is a hoot.
BTW - if you ever need a pillow form, check out this site. I ordered this pillow form there, and it was a great price (a quarter of the price of buying retail at Hancocks), shipping not so bad and very quick delivery.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
It takes all of us to chase big sister Avery around. I keep forgetting that she doesn't know all my dog commands, like "drop it" and "leave it."
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Cheryl's RV was sinking in the mud and had to be pulled out and moved Thursday night. Sounds like no fun at the dog show to me.