Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I Can't Believe I Did It!

I baked two loaves of banana bread this morning before it got hot! Um, well, the girls and I have already eaten one of the loaves. Eeck! But they were SO good! Oh man...you wouldn't believe it! If you want I will post the recipe, I got it off the internet.
I don't like to do work and then sit and wait for the results of that labor. But the store where I work brought in some really, really pretty flower bulbs last week and I couldn't resist. Now, normally, I buy the bulbs and then they sit until they are all dried up and useless. Not because I love throwing money away, but I have brown instead of green thumbs. I bought the bulbs and was determined to plant the dang things before they were garbage.
And I did!
Of course, I picked one of our hottest days of the year to go out and pull the weeds and sweep up the walkway, to prepare to plant those bulbs. I just did the weeding, and took a break. Then I swept the walkway and took a break. It took a while longer than it should have I am sure (But I don't know really, because I have no reference point here)Then I dug and dug and dug. Eight inches is freakin' deep! Oh stop laughing! But I got those bulbs planted and I even put some small redwood bark over the top of the place I planted. Next paycheck I will purchase some of those cute little fence thingys, you know the border things, to put along the edge to keep the bark in place and hopefully the kitties out. Now, I look at that one little tiny spot in my front yard and then turn and look at the rest...oh my...I think I have started something I am going to have to keep going on with. Believe me when I say, the yard looks like CRAP! I do want to do something, but I never know how my energy and money will hold out. It does help that if I planned it right, I could get a lot of the stuff for the front yard from my sister at a more reasonable rate. My neighbors would love it. I need to do something that doesn't require a lot of maintenance.
I came in and gave the big dog a long cool bath and water massage. He just stood there in the bathtub and took it like a champ. Of course, I am sure that the water massage was what kept him there. Now he's all dried off and fuzzy furred cause I washed all the natural oils out of the fur. It'll be back by morning. He seems very content right now.
I just put a roast in the oven. Yeah, I know, crazy...it's hot and I have the oven going on. Can't answer for my cravings. I saw chuck roast on sale so bought one. I put condensed cream of mushroom soup on top of it and then sprinkled dry onion soup mix over that, added some burgundy wine to the baking dish, covered it loosely and popped it in the oven for an hour. I can almost taste it now. Add some steamed rice and your favorite vegetable and you have a dinner fit for a king...or queen. It's one of my mom's recipes that was always my favorite.
While that is cooking I'm going to wash up the dishes and then give the little dog a bath. She doesn't get a massage, I can't bend over the bathtub anymore. I gotta hitch in my getalong now from all the other bending over I have done today. She gets her bath in the washtub out in the garage, so I can stand.
Tomorrow is normally my late day at work, but I traded hours with one of my coworkers, so she could go to an appointment and not miss her hours at work. It'll be nice getting off at a normal hour. That meant I had to call another coworker who I give a ride home to. He's cool with it..he's only seventeen and can take the bus. (I say that like I am above taking the bus, but I'm not, I would, but jeez, I'd get home by 9:30!)
Anyway, you all have a great day tomorrow!


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

So you think they are all sleeping? I think those 11 states just hate us!

Hallie :)

Niki RuralWritings said...

Hi Claudia, just wanted to thank you for your encouraging comments and prayers re my mum.


Debbie said...

You are the BUSIEST woman when not working! I'm proud of you for planting the bulbs...like you, my ideas seem to rot away in the garage too LOL. I need to trim hedges but have Hanna/rain as an excuse today. Maybe tomorrow.

I still want to remind you of how much happier you sound since you started blogging :) I'm so glad!

Your roast and dinner sound delicious!! It is fit for a Queen...YOU!! (((hugs)))

riceandbeanschic said...

where's that banana bread recipe? I love banana bread! My mother in law makes them every once in awhile and then we (my husband and I) scarf it down so fast, noone knows they ever existed:)

Thanks for adding me to your blogroll!