Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cat & Dog Diaries - Too Funny!

My sister (who has both a dog and a cat) sent this email to me yesterday. I too, have had both dogs and cats and thought this was too funny and had to share it with you!
These are photos of my dog SAM.

Excerpts from a Dog's Diary*

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

* Excerpts from a Cat's Diary*

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a good little hunter" I am.
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe, for now..........

Friday, April 13, 2007

AFTER Photos!

Well I remembered to take the BEFORE photos and today I remembered to take the AFTER photos!

Even though it was Friday the 13th and the we had torrential rains with wind I'm happy to report that the doors were installed without any problems!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Spring Cleaning Tips!

I'm really enjoying reading the Spring Cleaning tips. Please keep them coming!

It seems that music is important, opening the windows and not trying to do it all at once. That's very good advice.

I also like the idea of hiring someone to do it but it's not just cleaning it's a lot of purging too. I've got closets to clear out and piles of magazines to go through. It's a big job of sorting and clearing out rather than the nitty gritty cleaning and so can only be done by me.

Now that the pest guy has been I'm afraid I'm going to have do some heavy duty wall scrubbing and repairing now too. You know he actually drilled holes in my dining room & living room walls!!!! It looks like there's been a drive by shooting here.

I'm hoping that the ants are now dead and there won't be any more surprises when the door gets installed next Friday. But you know - it's Friday the 13th - who knows what else they'll find when the wall comes down!

Renovation Update

Today the electrician showed up and everything seemed to be going smoothly - he's MOVING my plugs not disconnecting as I orginally thought, he's installing my outside motion sensor light fixture and installing an outdoor plug on the front of my house. The outdoor plug is something extra I asked for and not part of the dining room door renovation.

Like I said everything was going to go well until he opened up my dining room wall to move the plugs.

You would NOT believe the amount of carpenter ants he found living in the wall!!! I swear there were MILLIONS!!! I had to dash out to the hardware store to pick up bug killer before he could do anything else. I had no idea that I had ants - I don't even own any RAID. I mean on occasion I'll see an ant - so far 3 since the weather warmed up this week. BUT I had no clue that there were TRILLIONS living in my wall. The walls aren't even damp or rotten so it's got me scratching my head in more ways than one!

Of course you know me....I grabbed my vacuum before I even thought to grab my camera. Now I wish I had taken a picture before I vacuumed them all up! You wouldn't have believed it.

I got out the yellow pages and the pest guy is coming this afternoon to spray into the wall before the door guys come to rip open the rest of the wall.

Here's what it looks like now. Yes that's my FISKARS rotary trimmer on the dining room table. I was trying to get some swaps done before the guys showed up this morning!

LOL! We did NOT get an organ!

Yesterday I was talking on the phone to my sister in Ontario (I'm in BC).

We must have had a bad connection because she could hardly hear me - or maybe we are just getting OLD?

Anyway, I told her my husband went to OREGON. To which she replied "What? You got an organ? Who plays the organ there?".

I said "NO. Miles has gone to OREGON".

She came back with "Did he take the organ with him?" Now I knew she was joking with me but I couldn't let it drop.

I said "Yes he took all his organs with him!". We both had a good laugh over that one!

Friday, April 6, 2007

I knew that I'd forget the BEFORE!

First off I want to say that last night's Explosion/Squash Book class at the LSS went very well and we were done in record time. Thanks to everyone who wished me good luck with my new format. Having the customers pick their own paper worked out well and the customers loved it!

I've got 3 more classes to prep for this week but also a little home renovation that I need to prep for. Here's where I forgot all about the BEFORE!

I'm talking about a BEFORE photo. It seems that whenever I make changes around the house I get so excited about how it's going to turn out that I forget to document it. I love looking in home magazines and seeing the BEFORE and AFTER pictures and I always tell myself that I should do that. BUT I always forget to take the BEFORE photo!

I'm having a large 10 foot window in my dining room replaced with glass doors. There will be 4 panels of glass and the 2 middle ones will slide to the sides to open.

The electrician is coming bright and early tomorrow morning to move two plugs and install a switch and an outdoor motion sensor light. So today I needed to move some stuff so he can work but also to prepare for the actual doors which will be installed next week.

Luckily I remembered about the BEFORE photo and although I'd already started I took this photo.

Now this really isn't the BEFORE photo since I've already taken down the curtain rod, the curtains and the blind. BUT it still shows the window and how the wall looked BEFORE the doors come in. Oh and my hubby will be so pleased - I did a bit of recycling. I used the blind from this window on another window with a broken blind. It was exactly the same size!
On Friday - yes April 13th - the door guys are coming to cut out the opening and install the new glass doors. I'm hoping that I will have GOOD LUCK and everything goes smoothly!
I'll post an AFTER photo when it's all done.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Like the sands through an hour glass...

Where did the weekend go?

Saturday we had a trip to the local mall for new runners for my boy (school track & field starts this week), a few things needed for around the house, and some groceries (mostly ingredients for that night's appetizer).

I spent the late afternoon making afore-mentioned appetizers for a soccer wrap up party on Saturday night where I drank way too much wine and ate too much apple tart! Check the bottom of this post for my Asparagus Appetizer recipe.

Today I started the day off puttering around and spent the morning "bonding" with the kids - ok we watched a couple of movies and I caught up on some laundry! I didn't make it out of my pjs until almost 3 pm!

Every once in a while I'd go and check my emails, bounce around a few blogs and waste some time on the computer. If my husband asks - I'm doing "research" for my May classes. Which is kind of true!

It's almost dinner time here and so far today I've done 4 loads, walked the dog down to the beach and back, LOTS of "research" and I'm now waiting on my husband to come home from shopping for new runners for my boy. Apparently he didn't like the ones that we picked out yesterday and went in search of the "right" ones. We'll see what he returns with!

I did kind of have a lazy weekend but I'm still amazed at how quickly the time has slipped away...

Tomorrow we will be back to the hustle and bustle of the week - back to school, back to work and back to my "research"!

Marie's Asparagus Appetizer

1 bunch of Asparagus
1 package of garlic & fine herbs Boursin cheese spread
sliced prosciutto (I buy the president's choice brand in the 125 g package)

1. Rinse and then snap off the ends of the asparagus. Blanch the asparagus and then set aside to drain. * I boil until slightly tender in my big pasta pot with the strainer. Then I take the strainer out of the pot and set it in a large bowl of ice water. Then I take the strainer out of the bowl and set it in the sink to drain.
2. Take a slice of the prosciutto and spread the Boursin on it. * You only need to wrap this once around the asparagus. The president's choice prosciutto is almost 7 inches long so I cut it in half to wrap around 2 pieces of asparagus.
3. Take a piece of asparagus and wrap the prosciutto around it. Lay it on a baking pan.
4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 until you have used up your ingredients. * Yesterday I made 46 of these suckers - I used 3 bunches of asparagus, 3 packages of prosciutto and 2 packages of Bornsin (I had a bit of Borsin leftover).
5. These are meant to be baked in the oven but if you want to make them ahead of time they can be covered with plastic wrap and kept refridgerated until you need them.
6. Bake these (uncovered on the baking pan) in a 375 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.
7. Serve warm.

I got this recipe from a friend, who got it from another friend and so on. I'm not even sure this is the same recipe as the original but this is how I make it and they were a big hit at the party last night!