Friday, May 30, 2008

Nice firm buns.

No, not MINE. Unfortunately. I made hamburger buns so we could have grilled burgers tonight. Well, we were supposed to have them YESTERDAY but I was an idiot and fed the starter a day early, so when I used it it took longer to get things moving. But after a day of rising, being shaped and rising overnight in the fridge, and more rising on the counter today? Wow. Good flavour (not too sweet), nice texture (not squishy but not hard) and they looked cute too! I brushed them with melted butter when they came out of the oven so they would be soft.

Here they are. Nice texture inside. DH was worried because they didn't feel squishy and he was afraid they were dense. But the texture was perfect to hold up to the burger and toppings without being tough and squishing them out when taking a bite (I HATE that), nice and airy inside. Next time I make them they will be a BIT softer because they won't need to rise as long, but overall I am impressed.

Here they are again with some whole wheat pita bread, and some cloverleaf rolls I made with the extra dough from the hamburger buns. They turned out a little small but aren't they just adorable? Tee hee!

I moved the planter/bird feeder today so I could watch the birds. Of course, when I tried to take a picture there were no birds to be found. Silly things! But this is the little project I was (and am) smitten with. I want to make more, in the original size (I made this one a bit smaller so I could use up some scrap materials I had on hand) and other styles. Isn't it just darling? It will look great once the plants fill out even more. The bottom part is just the right size to hold a "bird block" which I thought was a good idea because the sparrows make such a mess flinging seed everywhere. But now I have noticed they are picking off all the seed and leaving a big blob of black sunflower seeds. Little buggers. When I make the bigger one in the same style I am going to plant it with moss and hens and chicks, maybe some small sedums. Instead of making them feeders I might make the bottom deeper and plant coleus or something. I tried to move the bags of moss, but holy crap those suckers are heavy! So for now the feeder is on the edge of the fire pit.

In other news today, isn't Ruby adorable?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Laundry sucks rocks

Nothing profound about that and nothing you all didn't know. Just thought I would share the obvious. They need to invent a dryer that finishes in the same time it takes to do a wash. Because I am seriously over waiting for the dryer to buzz while the wet stiff sits and mildews. Can you just imagine a Jumanji type scene where an entire jungle grows out of the washer as you wait for your other load to tumble dry? That would be a cool commercial, wouldn't it? Like for when they invent that speed dryer. Of course, with today's economy and eye on the bottom line, they are more likely to tweak washers to work slower so they finish at the same time rather than actually improve anything. I am lured to the romantacized notion of using a clothes line and airdrying. You know, better for the environment, saving money, white laundry blowing in the breeze as DD and I dance around the yard wearing pristine flowy gauze dresses while holding hands. We all know the first time I find bird poop or a bug on my stuff and the fantasy is OVER. Plus, I don't have good stuff to hang outside. I just don't have pretty laundry, folks. Our towels are crappy, old, and mismatched. My underwear is gigantic and white. DH owns fifteen pairs of the exact same jeans. Where is the romance in all that? Plus knowing me somebody would comment on the use of a clothes line (as in how unsightly it is) and the next thing you know I would have bondage wear, mens tighty whities that have been bedazzled with the words "suck it up", and hazmat suits splashed with red paint up there. Defiance, my friends. Defiance. I just cannot resist the chance to yank somebody's chain. Gift or curse? You decide. We are having an above ground pool put in. The space has been dug out, the boxes of parts have been delivered. Now the guy just has to come and put it in. Do NOT tell me it is easy and we can do it ourselves. I am a useless cripple and DH is not exactly a handyman. We are lucky if we can get the water in there without needing technical assistance. They piled several bales of peat moss on the patio (apparently it goes UNDER the pool). Ruby has decided that these bags of peat moss are evil. She spends most of the day looking at them from the sliding door (in the "get ready to run away in case they move" stance) and barking at them. She wants to go outside, but when I open the door she eyes them warily and changes her mind. I have to FORCE her out. Then she refuses to walk past them, giving them the hairy eyeball and hiding under the patio table. I finally carried her over and wrestled her paw onto one of the bales. You would have thought it burned her LOL. She was wiggling so much I was afraid to drop her so I plopped her right on top of the stack. She sniffed around a bit then tried to jump off so I carried her down. Did it help? No. Now they are even more evil than before. Sigh. At least it is amusing. And temporary because the pool should be up by the week-end. Or moved, because they are blocking my view to the planter/feeder and I want to watch the BIRDIES *stamping my little foot*. Okay. Stamping my OGRE foot. Sheesh.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Grand Central Station!

This house has been so busy with coming and going today it has been like grand central station! First, we had the inspector come out to check the yard. We are having a REAL above ground pool put in. Everything is fine, except for the section of fence that is missing. More on that later. Then the guy who does the digging showed up (two days EARLY) with a backhoe three times larger than we were told to expect. DH and I were gone dropping off my car (which totally died for no obvious reason over the week-end) and when we got back not only had he started, but had driven across our neighbours property - for NO reason - and damaged part of their flower bed. Wheel ruts, broken stones, they were not happy and neither were we. I forgot to mention that CAA came here right before then to jump start my car. I couldn't turn it off again because the battery wasn't charging so had to go right then to bring it in. Got that all smoothed over, at least for now, then the fence guy came to give us an estimate on closing off one corner of our yard. Like four feet of fence and a gate. Holy crap, is it going to be expensive! Why? What are the most expensive parts in chain link fencing? Posts and gates. This is mostly posts and gates. Sheesh. Once I recovered from the sticker shock I was disappointed that it was going to take so long to get done. But nothing I can do. Poop on that. Sometime today my brother is supposed to come so we can use his truck to dispose of the old intex pool. I was trying to give it away because it has the nice coated metal t-bars, but there is a leak in the liner somewhere, and the hoses to the pump are cracked. Plus the nylon rope that ensures the legs stay in place is broken. In fact, birds have been coming far and wide to collect floss from that string. And the worst part? We found a dead bird in part of the tubing. I have no idea why it was in there or how it died, but BLECH! Poor thing. I don't want to saddle anybody with a pool carrying the dead spirit of a bird. Plus every inch of that piping has wasp nests in it just from this spring. You can bet I won't be helping carry any of that. During all this, MIL decides she HAS to have DH come over and help her with things. DH accidentally let it slip he had today off. Stupid stupid stupid! He has mown her lawn, trimmed her weeds, cleaned the eavestroughs (AGAIN, this is the third time this year), brought her to get pills for the dog and pay her house insurance (why mail it when you can have someone drive you two towns over to hand it in personally?), and a few other errands. He also put up a new mailbox for her. She sent him home with a box of Lucky Charms for DD. She said that she bought them for herself but that some pieces are too hard for her. She likes the nice soft pieces (um, those would be the marshmallow candy pieces) but not those hard pieces (the cereal itself). She says she didn't know it was children's cereal. People. There is a LEPRECHAUN on the freakin' box. Give me a break. Ruby has been in her glory - all these people to bark at then visit with. DD just needs to bring home one of her friends to play after school, and it would be a perfect day for this little dog LOL. She LOVES DD's little friends. She spends the whole time they are here wagging her tail, trying to steal kisses, or laying just outside where they are to keep an eye on them. Then when the guest leaves Ruby heaves a deep sigh and conks out. Staying conscious that long was SUCH an effort ;). Right now she is snoozing on the couch. I think I will go join her. If DH comes in and complains I will tell him that she hypnotized me. Yeah. That will work!