Sunday, December 29, 2013

Knit. Leg Warmers

Leg Warmers (Knit)
by Julie Wadlinger

Finished Measurements

1 Skein Caron R Simply Soft Party TM
Shown in: 0005 Royal Sparkle
One pair size 8 US double pointed needles
Yarn needle

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins

Directions (Make 2)
Using long tail CO 40 stitches.
Rnd 1: [K2, P2] to end of rnd.
Repeat Rnd 1 until you reach the desired length.

These were for a skinny/tall 11 yr old. I will be making the same pair for a normal/tall 6 year old in green and the 15yr old will get lavender with the number of stitches cast on will be increased to 48. They are taking a lot longer.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bake. Coconut Cloud Cookies

I wanted something sweet and I wanted to use what I already had so I googled yellow cake mix and coconut. I found Norma's (Coconut Clouds) Cake Mix Cookies. I used up some seriously old coconut which I mixed in to the batter and saved the fresh stuff for the outside. They turned out great. Very sweet and yummy. I would love to try them with chocolate chips or 1/2 dipped in semi-sweet. I didn't have chips on hand or I would have done it. Thanks Norma!

I ended up frosting them with melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. Delicious!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicles #4

Snowfall at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

(Lakeshore Chronicles #4)

Snowfall at Willow LakeInternational lawyer Sophie Bellamy has dedicated her life to helping people in war-torn countries. But when she survives a hostage situation, she remembers what matters most--the children she loves back home. Haunted by regrets, she returns to the idyllic Catskills village of Avalon on the shores of Willow Lake, determined to repair the bonds with her family. There Sophie discovers the surprising rewards of small-town life--including an unexpected passion for Noah Shepherd, the local veterinarian.

I breezed right through this one and I'm on to #5. I like how her stories just grab another person from the town and tie them into the whole picture while helping you see a different side of someone.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicales #3

With her daughter grown and flown, Nina Romano is ready to embark on a new adventure. She's waited a long time for dating, travel and chasing dreams. But just as she's beginning to enjoy being on her own, she finds herself falling for Greg Bellamy, owner of the charming Inn at Willow Lake and a single father with two kids of his own.

I only read a little on my trip. Some on the destination flight and a little before bed each night. I think I ready most of it before I left. The return flight was a good one and I did a lot of reading. Finished it the next day and immediately started the next one.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pittsburgh. Sand Hill Berry Farm.

Today we went to the Sand Hill Berry Farm.and walked around a little. Timmy was out in the field but Gunther was eager to say hello. My brother called him and he came running across the pen for his treat. I have never seen a sheep react that way. Pretty funny. He was very sweet.

I also learned that I still had a few cards left in the Greendance Winery store. I had sold them a few two years ago. I guess it's time to replenish! Pretty exciting to see them there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Pittsburgh. Incline

When my brother takes you to the city he will sometimes drop you off at the bottom of the incline which I found out a few years ago was considered public transportation and is only $2.50 for a ride. Here's a pic of the incline and a view of Pittsburgh from inside. Once you get to the top you can walk along the street on Mt. Washington to see several different angles. It was kind of a gloomy day and I have plenty of pics of the city. I did try to get one of the big rubber ducky but it didn't work out.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pittsburgh. Fallingwater

Today we took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. The tickets were purchased in advance since I found out several years ago that you can't just show up.

This angle shows the stairs coming down from the main living area that suspend right over the river. It would be so nice to sit there with my feet in the water. There was also a pool off of the guest house that was naturally filling with spring water. Nice.

The house was really neat but the individual rooms were too small and dark for me. It was meant to draw you to the outside through the windows and patios. I loved all the windows and the natural aspects of it. You were not allowed to take pictures while inside the house. 

I took this picture from the observation area after the tour. We were lucky enough to be in the second to last tour and so that the majority of the visitors were already gone. Beautiful. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pittsburgh. ICV Trail

I can't remember whether we walked this on Saturday or Sunday. It's the same Indian Creek Valley Trail but in the other direction. The pizza place was not the intended destination but it became quite urgent that I stop by... On the way back, there were loud roars and zebras. Notice the Living Treasures Animal Park. I didn't realize it was right there. I still like the other part of the trail better for some reason. Either way, it's a great perk. Total estimated miles walked 3.2 according to Google Maps. Hey! That was a 5k.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pittsburgh. ICV Trail

Yesterday I arrived in Pittsburgh. We went straight to Fiori's for my hoagie and then to the Giant Eagle for my water and doughnut before heading on to Champion.
This morning we went for a run/walk from point A to B and back which is approximately 2.4 miles total. We forgot to look at the time but I'm guessing it took us (me) just under an hour to complete. My goal is to do at least one 5K. I don't even care if it's official, just so that I can run/walk one in under an hour. Baby steps. It didn't stop there though, my PT (brother) also made me do an upper body workout and stretching.

Today was a lazy day for me (after the workout) and I'm totally okay with that. I found a bicycle in the basement and pumped up the tires. Tomorrow I'll go for a ride.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Re-fashion. Dirty Jeans

Earlier this year I joined Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle and found out I was a Type 3. It is based on my natural energy and I can appreciate that. I dove in head first and changed my wardrobe since it sucked anyway. I hated getting dressed because I was terrible at putting outfits together and nothing felt right or matched right. Then I found out that using the color card solved all that. I love it. I admit I still need practice, especially with the lighter colors but it makes life so much easier!

Among the many "instructional" videos they have for my type to help distinguish between the other types there is one that talks about jeans. Each type wears and looks best in a different type. Mine wears "dirty" jeans and that's fine because I love them and luckily I can pretty much dye any pair I want to make them work.

Since I was dyeing several pairs of jeans I doubled the recipe (provided by DYT in the Type 3 section under resources). I used 2 boxes (powder) of RIT Tan, 2-1/2 tsp RIT Golden Yellow and 1 tsp RIT Dark Brown. I use the washing machine since I have an old one and I don't care about it's appearance. According to the box instructions you do a HOT/COLD cycle and so I filled the washer, got the jeans wet, threw them in a bucket, mixed the dye in the machine and then added the jeans. You want a long cycle so with an old washer I set the timer and reset the machine a few times so that I wouldn't lose the dye in a rinse cycle. Then I hung them on the line. I'll re-wash them all together later in case there is any dye left to rinse. Meanwhile, I'll wear them because I'm T3 and as far as I'm concerned, there's no point in re-washing them before I wear them.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicles #2

On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather's belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rourke McKnight try to sort out the mysteries revealed by the fire. Now, following her dreams might mean walking away from her one chance at love.

I just finished the 2nd book in the series and immediately moved on to the next one. I didn't read as fast this time and it not only had to be returned but I needed to start a new one for my upcoming vacation. Again, there's the very occasional swear word in this book but if you can ignore that then I totally recommend this series. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DIY. Painting - Kitchen

This is the before. I have lived with this drab white with little to nothing on the walls for about 20 years. Again with the fear of color on the walls. A big obstacle when it came to choosing a color was the counter and back splash. I found a match online (Dusty Jade Dust Matte Finish) and pinned it on Pinterest.

After some serious thought and I decided on Stampin' Up!'s So Saffron. I painted my front door first and then started on the kitchen. It is still a work in progress but I can tell you now that I can't help but smile every time I see it. I'll post again when it's all done and I have some decor to finish it off. Happy.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Biking. My Exercise of Choice

10.3 Miles Provo to Spanish Fork
This morning I got my bicycle fixed. The front wheel had gotten all wiggly again so I took it over to Mad Dog Cycles which is like 2 blocks from my house and the tech fixed it on the spot free of charge. Awesome. Of course this made me want to ride some more.

Shortly after that I was talking to my sister who was headed home (south of Spanish Fork) and she said she had to come back my way by 2pm. I mentioned riding my bike to her house and she said I'd never make it in time. Was that a dare?! It was 12:45pm. Of course I wasn't going to make it all the way to her house but I definitely made it to where she didn't have to go out of her way to pick me up. I rode from my house to the Macey's grocery store in Spanish Fork via the route above and got there with 10 minutes to spare and she ended up being late.

3.9 Miles Orem to Provo

She took me directly to the Legacy Dance Studio in Orem where I hung out for several hours. After realizing she wasn't going anywhere until 7pm I rode home via the route above. I had done the same route on Friday round trip. Let's hope I can keep this up.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

DIY. Changing a Light Bulb the Hard Way

About a week ago the light bulb in my bedroom made a loud pop when I was turning it on and went out. It wasn't until last night that I finally decided to put in the new bulb that I finally got from the shed the day before.

This is what I found when I took off the globe. It had popped right out of the metal leaving it hanging from the socket. Nice.

After making sure the switch was OFF,  I pulled off the glass that was hanging by a thread, got some PPC Wooden Tongs (no longer available in the style I have sorry no pic) and put on some gloves. I know there are other ways to get the metal out of the socket but it was 11PM and this was my method of choice. I simply used the tongs spread apart to hold onto the metal and turn it out of the socket. It worked quite well. Done.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

DIY. Painting - Front Door

I finally decided on a color. I picked So Saffron from my Stampin' Up! Color Coach because it will go with the colors on both projects. I did a color match and got the Glidden Satin finish. There are two projects in the mix, possibly three. The first project is clearly the front door. Then I will move on to the kitchen.

It's always a little scary to paint something a color other than white or beige because that was the only accepted color in all of our homes growing up. That being said, I have been pleased with every decision I have made so far to break that mold. I am excited to finish the door tomorrow and get started on the kitchen. It's just paint.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bake. Cupcake Success

Last cupcake post I made the cream and it was so yummy. I had left over and I didn't want it to go to waste. My plan was to make what you see here since the last attempt was sickening sweet. This on the other hand was absolutely delicious!

I used a regular cheap chocolate cake mix and added some chocolate pudding to give it some substance. I do admit I almost forgot to add it so the cupcakes themselves could have turned out a little better. Totally my fault. After adding a wee bit of milk to the almost room temperature (from fridge) cream I whipped it back into shape and put it into my frosting shooter. Rather than "frosting" the cupcake I decided to just do the cream in the middle overflowing to the top. I didn't do much because I didn't feel like making more. Delicious!

Angel Cream Filling Recipe: from HERE
1/4 c Solid Shortening. (I used Coconut Oil)
1/4 c Butter.
2 c Sifted Confectioners Sugar.
1 tbsp Milk.
1/2 tsp Vanilla.
Mix the first two items with a beater. Slowly add the Powdered Sugar then add the Milk and Vanilla.

Monday, September 9, 2013

DIY. Antenna Switcharoo

I do not pay for cable TV. Years ago while deciding whether or not to switch to a different provider I decided to go the antenna route. I ordered the small antenna online for $99 and we installed it on the house. I get about 25 channels. As far as I'm concerned, the only ones I need. Besides ABC, CBS and NBC I also get KBYU, KJZZ, ION and MEtv along with several others.

Last week or so I noticed a neighbor had removed a larger antenna from their house while getting a new roof. I watched as it stayed on the ground with the junk pile and so one day while passing by I asked if they were throwing it out. Yes they were. Free antenna!

It had the exact mount as the one I had already so all I had to do was switch it out. That was of course after I switched out the cable cord which was too short (also a DIY). I got it all ready and then took it to the roof. Once the storms cleared I made the cable switches and took down the small antenna. Then I found out that I was too short to finish the job.

Later that day I happened to meet up with my friend Celia. She brought her family to the yard sales which I realized later was a great opportunity for me. I asked her husband to mount the larger antenna to the house. It took him just a few minutes since everything was all set up for him. Thank you Nathan!

Since then I have been on the roof many times trying to find the sweet spot to get my channels back and hopefully a few more. It has been bouncing back and forth between some good ones but not quite the ones I want. What I really need is an electronic rotating mechanism with a remote. In the mean time, I need another person to sit on the roof and move it until I get all the channels I want. Eventually. For now, I'm sick of going up on the roof just to turn it a little. I even tried using a compass but the coordinates I found are pretty general.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bake. Cupcake Fun

I really do love cupcakes. It's a lot of individual cakes so you don't mess up a big one and when I say mess up I mean cut into not bake wrong but that's a possibility too. My thing lately is to fill them. I even have a fancy pastry tool that I've had forever.

My goal was to find something as close as possible to the filling on my favorite Angel Cream Dunkin Donut. Here is what I found and I actually really like it. I only used her Vanilla Cream recipe but I may go back and donuts later but I'll do that outside on the grill. There's a single unit on it where I can boil something so that I don't have that greasy smell in the house.

My friend Michelle did the icing. We colored it lavender (to use up the food coloring) and then put a little poof on top. It was actually way too much icing. Especially since the white cupcake was already sweet and filled with vanilla cream. Also, the cupcake was too fluffy and fall apart for the filling. I'm guessing that is why people add pudding to the mix. At least they're pretty!

Next time I will make the cupcake chocolate with vanilla cream filling and just a wee bit of icing on top. I also need an icing bag kit with fancy tips for the icing since my other contraption is full of filling which by the way is delicious and I could eat it with a spoon.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY. Sunflower to Seeds

Thanks to the birds I had a random sunflower in my garden. They also gave me a small stalk of corn but that was uprooted and didn't take. Back to the sunflower. I'm terrible at watering my garden so I believe it died early. Anyway, I can see it from my work station and decided to look up how to harvest the seeds. I found a guy on youtube. I can't find him again because there are tons but basically he said to let it wilt and when the back of the head turns yellow you cut it off and dry it out for a day or so (hard with all the rain lately). Then the seeds will practically fall right out. They did. Then you soak them in salt water or something and lay them out to dry. After that I guess you could roast them? I wouldn't know because I never got that far. The birds will get the seeds because Max decided to go for a dirty spoon that was nearby. He got caught up on the paper towel and was startled to get much more than he was going for. Seeds everywhere. Fail.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Knit. Rickrack Rib

I originally found this pattern on Purlbee but the instructions were written and with pictures and I kept messing up because I wasn't understanding them correctly. I turned to Youtube and found the answers after starting over at least 10 times. Then of course I would forget which direction I was going because I forgot to make a mental note of the obvious. I am not starting over again. I've got it down.

I'm having a lot of fun with this pattern. It's simple (even though I said I don't do patterns). The scarf is loose and stretchy. I am using size 15 US wooden needles and there are 25 stitches on the needles using the Long Tail cast on.  

The yarn was found at a yard sale so aside from doing the yarn and needle test I have no idea which needles I'm supposed to use. I can't be bothered with that (T3). I will knit it until it's gone so this may just be a short collar type scarf with a button. I guess we'll see. I love the chunky look and the color (also T3).

Here's the Youtube video I used.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Read. Lakeshore Chronicles #1

Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

(Lakeshore Chronicles #1)

Summer at Willow Lake

Olivia Bellamy has traded her trendy Manhattan life for a summer renovating her family's crumbling holiday resort. Tempted by the hazy, nostalgic memories of summers past - childhood innocence and the romance and rivalries of her teens - it's the perfect place to flee after her broken engagement. But what began as an escape may just be a new beginning...As Olivia uncovers secrets buried thick with dust, one by one her family return, their lives as frayed at the edges as the resort.

This book series was recommended by my friend Tami. As I have mentioned before, I like to read books in their published order and it is even better if there's a series involved! This one has nine in it! Thank you Tami!

I was a little hesitant because this book was found in the "Romance" section. I love a good girl meets boy happy ending story but we all know what a risk it is getting one from the romance section. I'm happy to say that this book did not include those scenes you imagine a book having that has come from this section. Sure there was love but they left out the "details". Thank goodness! I must warn you as always that there were a few "F" bombs but I think it was in my less than five category. 

If you ever went to camp, family or sleep away, this is a fun read. She makes you feel like you're back there again. I've already checked out the next one and I plan to start it ASAP.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Our New Best Friend - Dr. Youtube

We have had some circulating problems around here. Mick came with "allergies" and so he is on prescription food and in the mean time Max had gotten some sort of a bug and then starting having allergy symptoms. I took him to the vet and that is what they treated him for. After my 2nd time getting the allergy shots and antibiotics that seemed to wear off way too early I decided to look into it myself. It was getting expensive and we weren't getting the results I wanted.

I took Max off the antibiotics and started treating him from the inside out for a yeast infection. After all, he had all of the symptoms which are very similar to allergies and he's never had allergies like this before. So of course, I don't believe it is allergies. I put him on a specific dog food that will not feed the yeast and I feed him plain yogurt and coconut oil. I like to use the coconut oil on his skin too but it is difficult. He loves it and you'd think I was rubbing him down with bacon grease.

Max has been improving. I got his weight back up and his ear hematoma has gone away just like this guy said in the video. We had it drained once and then it came back and the next option was surgery. I'm glad I found this because it was so true. See video below:

Today I decided to treat them both to an ear wash. I had everything but the Hydrocortizone and the Aspirin and the Antihistamine so I went out and got it. I did both dogs at once so that I didn't have to redo the mixture each time. I used a blue bulb syringe and it worked just fine. It turns out Mick wasn't too happy about his one ear so it's good I did him too. I didn't even realize he was having a problem. They are now napping and it looks like they're feeling good. See video below:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Time to Knit

Recently I found some fun yarn during my yard sale expeditions for very cheap! There was only one skein of this color so I think I'll start with it. Just a scarf of course. I like mindless knitting for the most part but sometimes I will tackle a pattern. 

I don't knit very often so every time I pick up the needles I need a refresher. Youtube is awesome for that! My favorite cast on is the Long Tail Cast On. This tutorial is by Knitpicks.

It wasn't until I felt the weather starting to change that I felt the need to knit. I look forward to the fall.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Read. Penelope.

Penelope by Rebecca Harrington

From Amazon: When Penelope O’Shaunessy, “an incoming freshman of average height and lank hair” steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother: "Don't be too enthusiastic, don't talk to people who seem to be getting annoyed, and for heaven's sake, stop playing Tetris on your phone at parties." Penelope needs this advice. She is the kind of girl who passes through much of her life with coffee spilled on her white shirt, who can't quite tell when people are joking, and who, inevitably, always says the wrong thing. But no amount of coaching will prepare Penelope for the people she meets at school. 
Another stumbled upon book. Judged and chosen because it was a large paperback and I liked the cover. The author doesn't have or at least I couldn't find a website. This was her first book. 
I found that I could relate to the character in a lot of ways and I think that is one of the main reasons I couldn't put it down. There was hope that things would change for her and they didn't really. Having already been through college it brought back some memories. Of course there are things I know now that I wish I knew then. It's nice to see that I wasn't alone.
This book had more "F" bombs than I prefer. Specifically in 2 different conversations. No smut which was awesome. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Frosty Mug DC

I like Diet Coke but not to the extent that you'd think*. Most avid soda drinkers that I come to think of get a large fountain drink first thing in the morning on the way to work. No way! First of all, I am not a fan of fountain drinks. Sure I'll get one occasionally at a restaurant but mostly if it comes with the meal. They're too flat for me. Second, I can't usually even finish a whole can!*

I recently found that the best way to drink a DC (for me) is frosty mug style. MMMmmm! Besides having it in a can for maximum bite (I'm not even a fan of the bottles and especially not the 2L) it is even better this way creating even more bite! The only catch is that I have to drink it fast. That's easy though because it's so good.

*I clarify this because it seems that every time I drink it I get lectured as if I'm an addict.

Monday, August 12, 2013

What I Just Read

Meet June Parker.  She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds.  
But June’s life is about to change.
After a dark turn of events involving Weight Watchers, a chili recipe and a car accident in which her passenger, Marissa, dies, June finds herself in possession of a list, “20 Things to Do By My 25th Birthday.”  Even though they barely knew each other, June is compelled by both guilt and a desire to set things right to finish the list for Marissa.
The tasks before her range from inspiring (Run a 5K), to daring (Go braless), to near-impossible (Change someone’s life), and as June races to achieve each goal before the deadline, she learns more about her own life than she ever bargained for.
I stumbled upon this book while going back to my old technique of looking at every book in the stacks for a large paperback. I was actually looking for a particular book I had read a long time ago. I did find it but she still only had one book on the shelf.  I think I had seen this one before but must have forgotten about it. 

It was a fun read. I breezed right through it. Clean too! Just a wee bit of language with five or less sporadic F bombs. Totally worth overlooking those. I will definitely find and read the rest of her books.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Reading is FUNdamental

As a favor to friends of the family, romantic antique-junkie Evie jumps at the chance to appraise a Scottish castle full of artifacts and heirlooms. What could be more thrilling than roaming the halls of Kettlesheer and uncovering the McAndrews’ family treasures—and dusty secrets? But crossing paths with moody heir Robert McAndrew has Evie assessing what she wants the most . . . and at an upcoming candlelight gala, a traditional dance will set her heart reeling.
I finished Swept off her Feet by Hester Browne. I loved it ! Her books are very clean. It was a sweet story set in Scotland with a bit of romance. I totally recommend Hester Browne's books.

Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless.  They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history.  She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia.  But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.  And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back.  But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town.  On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone.  Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.

Next I read Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews. I had been waiting for this book for so long that I read many in between. As it turns out, I finally noticed that this one was one of very few from this author listed as a Romance (at my library at least) yet they are all about the same in that sense. All this time and I hadn't been able to find it because it was in a different section! Even when I had a librarian try to help me many months ago when it was listed as being on the shelf but we couldn't find it. Duh.

This one started off slow but as of last night, I couldn't put it down. The last time I looked at the clock it was around 4am. Needless to day I took a long nap this afternoon to make up for it and I'm off to the library in a few minutes to fine another book.

This book was mostly clean. Slightly more graphic when describing the foreplay of one scene and a little bit of language.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tree Trimming

We have a very big tree in the back yard and when the wind would blow it would take down branches of all sizes. It was starting to get a little scary. Mostly I would just play pick up sticks... lots of sticks. I decided that it's time to get a trim.

So I called some tree experts and got some quotes out of the ones that chose to return my call and/or show up. This is the guy in the tree. It only looks like he's on the roof. Here is where you can see how much they took off.

And here is the after. You can still see the enormity of the tree. Remember how much they took off? A little silly looking at first and I always thought that topping trees was weird. Now I understand. Some need topped and some may be thinned. It depends on the type of tree. This was a topper. It should fill right back in. The tree to the right is the neighbor's tree which is also scary. They got a quote too and will hopefully be doing something soon. Oh, and there's a Weeping Willow directly behind this tree so it's not as full as it looks but they did leave a few branches for fill.

I used Provo Tree Company. The owner, Lee R. Senior really seemed to like my retro glider lawn chair. I just missed getting a picture of him in it. The 3 workers were great. They kindly left me the wood to burn or sell and they cleaned up very well. I recommend them.

Provo Tree Company
(801) 368-4811
Lee R Senior (Owner)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Dessert

I got these fabulous little dessert glasses the other day when I was at Ikea with my friend Michelle. I mostly remembered that I was even looking for them because I was with her. She likes to bake and cook and we wandered slowly through that section of the store so it gave me lots of time to think. I need another set of 4.

I love the idea of these mini desserts and so when I got home I immediately looked up something to make. Then I realized I didn't want to try someone else's recipe. I simply found a few I already had and combined them. The mistake I made was that I quickly cut each recipe in half. I goofed somewhere because the cheesecake part never did set up and it was a little too sweet. I'm pretty sure too that it was becauseI used the 1/3 Less Fat Philly. It needs all the fat. I'll definitely be making this again because it was delicious and I have a lot of berries now.

I combined my (meaning in my possession not my creation) Easy Cheesecake recipe that uses Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla and Whipped Topping AND my Graham Cracker Crust recipe that uses Graham Crackers, Butter and Sugar.

Happy 4th of July to me (and Michelle since I gave her one).

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Reading Challenge Accepted

My friend Michelle challenged herself and friends to read a book a week throughout the summer. I don't read that fast most of the time but I thought I'd still step it back up at my own pace.

Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations. 

I finally finished reading this one. I did like it but it seemed to go on forever so I lost interest. It could have just been that I had other things going on. To speed myself up I checked out the next book I wanted so that it would remind me to hurry up and finish this one. A Good Read but not recommended by me as a clean read because of the language and a few other little off remarks. I loved how this book was centered around John Hughes with a lot of 80's references. It was edgy and made me laugh a lot. 

I broke my rule of reading in publishing order but it was a stand alone book and it looked interesting. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Curtain Rods - Fixed

I have these curtain rods that sit on a hook and the curtains hang from the rod on the hoops and clips. Every time I would open and close the curtains the rods would slide and twist and end up like you see above. To the left we have a twist with a rogue hoop and to the right the rod has slid out too far. I decided I had had enough.

Most of these types of curtain rod set ups come with a screw that tightens the rod to the hook. These did not so I came up with a way to stop the constant sliding and twisting. Velcro! I even happened to have had the black in my stash. I simply cut the self-adhesive Velcro to fit the hook and placed it on the rod accordingly.

No more sliding and twisting! I actually added another curtain to this rod and raised it 5 inches so that the long curtains weren't touching the floor. I am so pleased with the results. Why did I put up with it for so long?! Done.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Continuous Reading

Twenty-seven years ago, an infant turned up on the doorstep of London’s esteemed Phillimore Academy for Young Ladies. Now, Betsy Phillimore returns to the place where she was lovingly raised by Lord and Lady Phillimore, only to find the Academy in disrepair and Lord P. desperate to save his legacy. Enter Betsy with a savvy business plan to replace dusty protocol with the essentials girls need today: cell phone etiquette, eating sushi properly, handling credit cards, choosing the perfect little black dress, negotiating a pre-nup, and other lessons in independent living. But returning to London also means crossing paths with her sexy girlhood crush . . . and stirring up the mystery of who her parents are and why they abandoned her. Will the puzzle pieces of her past fall into place while Betsy races to save the only home she’s ever known?
I was reading Hester Browne's novels until I ran out of available books at the library. I read all of the Little Lady Big Apple series and moved on to Finishing Touches (which I took on the cruise but hardly read). I have loved them all! Unfortunately the next book in line (I read in order of publishing) had been checked out.

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

I moved on to another author where I had previously had the same problem. I was waiting for the last book to become available and it was worth the wait. I read it in like 3 days which is quick for me. 

After checking back on the shelves for all of the books I'm waiting for (and I'm happy to wait because I find new authors in the process) it was back to the kiosk for another search. I look up one or two of the books I previously loved and click on the topic to find related ones. Then I scan through the list and read the synopsis until I find some that I'd be interested in trying out. Next I head for the stacks to look at the actual book and make further judgments from there. For instance, if there is a "LDS" or a dove on the spine it doesn't make the cut. 

So that's where I am with my reading. All caught up. Once I finish this one I'll look for the stranded books as usual and then come back to this last author as a back up if she makes the cut. Another author on the list is Mary Kay Andrews. I have been waiting for Spring Fever and as it turns out, she has written another one (Ladies' Night) while I was waiting! Awesome! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

T3 Bracelet Collection

I never wore bracelets. Just a watch by itself. Thanks to Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle I am now the proud owner of this awesome collection. It's funny how I am able to wear them when they're more substantial but had I tried to wear just one of the thin gold bangles by itself it would drive me crazy. I still don't like things on my right wrist though. I only wear a few of them at a time with or without my watch.

  1. Bangle trio (the thin one colored with nail polish) - $3 from Plato's Closet
  2. Gold nugget stretchy - $6 from The Trendy Exchange
  3. Square gem stretchy - $5 from DI
  4. Thin Gold (now brassy thanks to the Caribbean Sea) - $1 from Walmart (part of a set)
  5. Bambo bangle - $2 from Goodwill Ft. Lauderdale
  6. Animal imprint - $2 from Goodwill Ft. Lauderdale

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dog Sitting

Here we have a typical scene around my house these days. Sometimes Mick is completely straddling Max's head or upper body trying to gain control (which he has no doubt). I truly believe Max needs a dominant dog around the house and he is much happier now that he has one again. Looking back, both Buster and Bridget were dominant to Max.

This merge of black fur and legs is Max taunting Mick with the ball and so Mick decided to sit on him while trying to get it out of his mouth. Unfortunately we are still trying to master the actual sit command. They have such fun together.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Finding the Type 3 Me

Type 3 Necklaces
All my life (so far) I have never known how to dress or accessorize. I have always felt like a slob or a tom boy. I don't feel like anyone ever showed me the ropes and through my observations of others and trying to mimic them, I failed miserably because what looked good on them did not look good on me.

Lessons from my mother: Gold is bad, Navy blue is good. I think that is all I picked up from her.
Lessons from my sister: I observed her in the 80's. She is 5 years older than me and was tall and thin. By the time I might have cared, she had gone to college. All I remember is a lot of hair curling, super tight jeans and her high heels. Enough said.

Recently, my sister and I have found Dressing Your Truth by Carol Tuttle. She dove right in but then had her moments of doubt (she is a Type 2) as we compared it with Color Me Beautiful from long ago. We learned that though there are a few similarities, there are more differences that we found comforting. I am a Type 3 and it explains a lot. It may be easier for you to determine your time using Carol's book It's Just My Nature. That's what I did.

Since I recently (within a year) gained a significant amount of weight (for me) it was time for me to finally accept it and get some new clothes. I was down to one or two items that fit and thought it might be nice to go out once in a while (ha ha) and actually look nice and not be wearing the same thing every time. With that and an upcoming vacation I was ready to revamp so I decided to take the plunge and revamp DYT style.

I signed up for the full online course (for a discounted price of $99) and got right to work. The first thing I did since I was waiting for my style card was to go get some jewelry. I was eager to get started. My type wears substantial jewelry that is Rich Gold, Bronze, Copper and Brass. No silver! My favorites are the necklaces on either end (photo above). I am still building my collection. Funny thing is that the dainty necklaces I used to wear always felt like they were choking me and I don't even notice these huge ones! I have already gotten rid of all of the old stuff or have it in a pile to sell.

Type 3 Watch
I also found this great watch at Plato's Closet in addition to the necklaces (except for one found on clearance at Wal-Mart). I always loved the rectangular face and now I know why. It just needed to be gold.

I am really enjoying all of this.