Monthly Archives: February 2010

literary cat

Yes. We're all oh so literary around here…

I know, this is library book abuse.  My husband is appalled at my mistreatment of books. But, oh I love them so. Even if I manhandle them and fold over the corners of pages.  

snowed in

Here is my view right now…




a closer look out the bedroom window…aaahhh!!



uh oh…the natives are getting restless!

monthly check-in

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted….again! I thought I'd better check in, since I've received a couple of concerned emails, wondering if all was well.  I suffered a heart-wrenching loss in my family, and it has just been hard to get back into a normal routine. I'm finding it easier to stick close to home, to disconnect, and try to occupy myself with simple things. Not to mention the snow, snow, snow! It has sort of been a necessity to stick close to home! I've been reading alot of books, which is always cozy and fulfilling, trying to avoid the internet as much as possible, baking tons of bread (I'm becoming obsessed), rug hooking, and I have a new desire to make my own household products. There's something satisfying about, say, making your own laundry soap. Nerdy, right?  My creative impulses are nill right now. I hope to get them back soon. I know everyone would like to see some new animals, but I just haven't had it in me lately. I know I'll come around again, soon, though. No worries.

Breadandjam Rughooking
Laundry Soap

1/2 Cup washing soda
1/2 Cup Borax
1 Bar of grated soap (I tried Dr. Bronner's & Fels Naptha…both worked equally well)
Use 2 or 3 Tbsp per load, depending on how dirty your laundry is!

The bread is Oatmeal bread, and the recipe was posted as a response on Alicia's blog, and it's pretty tasty! This is just one of many though.  I have been having fun reading the King Arthur Flour blog. There are tons of great bread recipes on their website, too. So, I'm trying to bake at least 2 loaves a week. Eventually, I want to stop buying bread, but I have to find the ultimate sandwich bread recipe for that to occur, or Jay and Clara will be sad.

I'm watching the snow fall like crazy right now; we're supposed to get like 20 inches. I kind of love being trapped inside, with nowhere that I have to be, nothing that I really have to do. As long as the kiddies are well behaved, it's pretty blissful. 


That is still my Christmas wreath up there. It's wintry I say.