Saturday, January 17, 2009

Marvelous... Peanut Butter Recall

M is allergic to something associated with Peanuts. So we tend not to have it in the house. In the last 7 yrs I think I've had a bottle of Peanut butter in the house twice.

But a couple weeks ago I had a hankering for PBJ sandwiches. I miss them! So I have a jar, that I have used twice and not knowing where it is from... the FDA is suggesting I voluntarily throw it out! It's not fair!

And for you folks that like chocolates like Reese's peanut butter cups, or peanut butter and crackers .... they aren't exempt from this discussion either!

For more info...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cold, Cars (or cash?), and Cons!

What January Brings....
In one of dh's childhood books there is a poem that the first line goes something like this.....

"January brings the snow,
makes our feet and fingers glow."

So far this January I haven't had much to complain about. New Year's day the kids and I were at the park and while a bit nippy for here, it wasn't what it could have been. We've had days where we've been out with light spring jackets on (like Tuesday this week.) Where most year's we've been bundled up. So far tonight and tomorrow will be our coldest yet this winter... with our lows being 14F and 13F, and our highs being barely 30F. For my Northern relatives, that's a walk in the park -- they'd think a mere night time temp of -10C and a daytime temp of -1C is downright balmy for this time of the year. But houses are built to stand the cold up there, where here and especially in this house insulation is a joke - I mean I can feel a blast of air coming through the electric outlets let alone the OMG the pipes might freeze warnings. In my next life I'll be a carpenter and strip my houses to the beams and fill with luscious insulation no matter where I happen to live! LOL!

So it must truly be January, old man winter has his siphon in my pocket draining our bank book yet again! Last year we started the new year off with a beautiful flat tire that fell right off the rim. This year we started off with 2 dead garage doors, 1 dead car battery, a new set of front tires on 2 different cars... and a set of rear breaks and rotors on one of those cars and it's only the 15th. I can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings! *sigh* I need a new door on my car - well the inner parts anyway - as the molding has fallen off one of the rear doors making it impossible to open without sheer brute force.... and there are other expenses coming, I just feel it.

So after M got her American Girl - Mia doll, with her Christmas money yesterday, dh blowing a whole lotta dough on the car today.... we were picking daddy up to get the car from the shop this aft and M reminds daddy that there is a Leaf's game tomorrow at Phillips Arena....
"Oh please daddy can we go??"

To which daddy huffs and says.... "No, I'm sorry we can't.... I'm just about to spend a bunch of money on the car sweetie."

Which is greeted with a flurry of tears from the backseat.

So I asked how much the tickets were ... just because she's had her heart set on seeing this game since Dec 26th when she went to her first Thrashers game. To which he replied the tickets were $40 - ish a piece.... I asked if there were cheaper ones and he said he thought so but would have to look and also check if they were available..

Sure enough when we got home.... he and M were at his computer finding the nosebleed seats for $10 a piece. Hey its a live game, she's 7 and all she cares about is being there and having a night out with daddy! We aim to please.... its a cheap date.... now if I could get the same deal and leave the kids home for just one night I'd be in heaven! LOL!

So all in all, the cars are fixed (for now) the garage is fixed (sort of) and the big kid is happy!

My Apples are In Season..... YAY!

Each year since I got pregnant with M, I have waited and waited for my apples to come into season..... they are finally in season and taste just as good as I remember them!

They are supposedly available from October to the early part of the year, and while buying products from the country that I live in is important, I think I'll pass that opportunity for the good taste of these Australian Pink Lady's.

They are just so red and crisp... and divine! :)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Been Busy.

You'll notice that my Recently completed projects have been humming along. LOL!

Well oldest is thrilled with me. Without telling her about 30 minutes before we went to the park, I started work on a Kit Kitteridge Cloche hat for her....
Finished it around 9:30 pm.

Happy New Year

Happy Happy New Year to all my favourite readers - whether you comment or not. May 2009 be a prosperous year for all of you and may the year bring luck and health to all your families and friends. From our house to yours Good Health and Good Cheer.

So, 2009 is finally here. 2008 has been a busy and learning year. I joined a book reading board in July 2008 and attempted to read 100 books by Dec 31, 2008. I only made it to 19, but I didn't join til July. There were more books than just what is listed on this list.... so its really not a fair or accurate description of what we/I have read! LOL! Anyway without further adieu, here is the list of my books for 2008. I'm going to aim for 100 in 2009. So if you have suggestions, I'm all ears. I have 2 on the go at the moment.... Physik by Angie Sage, and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
  • (#19) Flyte, Angie Sage (12/08)
  • (#18) The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman (10/08)
  • (#17) Magyk, Angie Sage (10/08)
  • (#16) The Mark of the Crown, Jude Watson (9/08)
  • (#15) The Hidden Past, Jude Watson (9/08)
  • (#14) Dark Rival, Jude Watson (9/08)
  • (#13) Rising Force, Dave Wolverton (9/08)
  • (#12) The Trail of the Jedi, Jude Watson (8/08)
  • (#11) The Way of the Apprentice by Jude Watson (8/08)
  • (#10) Lindsey, Chryssa Atkinson (8/08)
  • (#9) Meet Felicity, Valerie Tripp (8/08)
  • (#8) The Trojan Horse, by Emily Little (8/08)
  • (#7) The Alchemist, Paul Coelho (8/08)
  • (#6) Meet Kaya, Janet Shaw (7/08)
  • (#5) Samantha's Surprise, Susan S. Adler (7/08)
  • (#4) Happy Birthday Samantha, Valerie Tripp (7/08)
  • (#3) Meet Samantha (1904), Susan S. Alder (7/08)
  • (#2) Meet Kit (1934), Valerie Tripp (7/08)
  • (#1) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (7/08)
  • Quilter's Legacy by Jennifer Chiaverini (6/08)
  • Runaway Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini (6/08)
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (5/08)
  • Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk by David Elkind (4/08)
  • Cross Country Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini (3/08)
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (2/08)
I've set my mind to focusing more on my crafting activities and recording them too! This year as always will prove to have its challenges... but I'm looking forward to a fun and exciting year and hoping to get more fun activities done with my girls. We started one last night and we'll post the results on the Homeschool blog when it is done! So keep your eyes peeled for it! :)

I hope to post a little more often than I have been lately. I think the winding down of the Old Year leading into winter, then Christmas, then new Years and more winter always drag me down a little and I lose focus on my goals and ideas a little. But I'll be seeking suggestions and advice and sharing the things I've found over the coming year and hopefully having fun too! :)

Anyway.... before this gets too long (since there are no pretty pictures.... Happy New Year! :)