Sunday, October 28, 2012

To live a long life

I don't know when I decided it, but I have long held the belief that I would like to live to at least 100, maybe even 125 if I can manage to keep my witts about me and my body moving.

So am always interested to read about people who have figured out how to live a long and healthy life.

So who is with me, let's move to Ikaria.  I better start learning Greek.

I do seriously think about what it will be like to be 85.  What will I do for a living?  What will I do for fun and  where will I live?  It makes me slow down and take things at a less frenetic pace (which I have an unfortunate tendency towards).  I hope to have a great garden then and to live in a small house with friends and family nearby (I like the closeness of my townhouse community a lot, but I sure wish some of my family lived here too).  I also hope that I will get to take a good walk and a good nap most days and that I will get to make things for grand and great-grand babies.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Anyone who has been to my house knows that my dishwasher is mediocre.  It looks nice and fancy - stainless steel can mask a variety of ills - but it truly does not clean well and usually things come out looking a little dull.  So I tried rinse aids and vinegar and different types of soaps - all with little success.  Eventually, I came to just more or less wash my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, where I would run the normal cycle and have them coming out dull but allegedly clean.

After a few years of that - ok, maybe it was 5 or 6 years - I figured I would try just hand washing my dishes.  It turns out, that the process of hand-washing and rinsing is faster and my dishes are cleaner. So I have been doing my dishes by hand for about a year and it works pretty well.  I still use my lovely dishwasher occasionally (mostly as a drying rack) and at some point might switch back to using it full-time.  For now however, I am doing dishes old-school.  Also, a big thank you to Aunt Myrtle (Desiree's mom) who taught me how to hand-wash dishes efficiently when I was a teen-ager.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


This is my favorite season.  I get giddy the first time the air feels crisp outside and I smell the fall leaves.  I love the colors of the trees and the nights getting longer and cooler.  I love living with the windows open and the breezes blowing through the house.  I love apple and pumpkin picking and going to harvest festivals.  I love trying to get that last little bit out of the garden (my kale is still going strong).  It is just a good time of year to be alive.  That stifling summer heat that makes days seem like they will last forever is gone and fall seems to hasten things for me.  As if I only have a little bit of time to enjoy it all before the cold of winter descends.

I also love that I get to start baking with gusto again.  Pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite foods and I usually have muffins ready all fall long.  Inside the house, we start the season of decorating.  First we decorate for the Halloween and Fall, then the Halloween stuff gets replaced by a few Thanksgiving things.  Last but certainly not least, we get the Christmas decorations out and the whole house seems cheerier.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Work project

I finally found a project at work or rather it found me. I was "on the bench" for five weeks which is a nerve wracking place to be. It basically meant I had a job but was not making the company any money. That is not a good place to be for long. So I am thrilled to have a real project.

I am working on a counter narcotics study of our (the US) work in Afghanistan. It looks like I may have to travel to the infamously dangerous Tampa, FL; but thankfully not to Afghanistan. :)

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Projects - Cross-stitch, VW, dehydrator

As mentioned, I love Alicia's style at Posie Gets Cozy.  So earlier this year, I bought a cross-stitch sampler kit from her.  It was so much fun to do, because once I got started, it was easy to just do a few stitches whenever Meredith would start playing with something.  And easy to set down again as soon as she noticed that I was not focused exclusively on her. ;)

Also, here is the finished lego VW van.  It turned out awesome and is perfect on my fireplace mantel.  Audrey and Claire both helped me with the van.

And last but certainly not least, I bought a dehydrator!!! I have a whole bunch of kale and basil to dry.  I am super excited.  Please don't be surprised if your Christmas present includes dried kale and/or basil this year.