Monday, August 11, 2014

Survived the weekend

Pride was a blast, but I think I am going to have to see about having an assistant for outdoor venues. I was a wreck by the time things were over and taking everything down. Luckily there were some strong bodies when we got there to help set up the pavilion and haul the old school table out of the van. It is HEAVY!!!!! Had a bit of help getting the table into the van and someone stopped by to help take down the pavilion. I love helpful young people :)

Made some money and gave out quite a few cards. Gave cards to the guy who bought the mobile last year, he says he has people stopping by his office and wanting to know where he got it. I really do need to get good pics of the others posted.

Got plenty of cold, cooked chicken and pork on had for this week, also rice, broccoli and other veg for salads. We are supposed to have a bit of a cool down starting in a couple days, but that is for thunderstorms and we are tinder dry. I hope we don't get anymore fires, the ones we have are more than enough and they don't need more to fight. They have their hands full as is.

Got out last night to catch the Supermoon:

Between the harvest dust and the smoke from the wildfires the moon was a tad red. I did get some great sunset photos, will finish getting them and the photos I took at Pride processed over the next couple of days.

Thursday, August 07, 2014


2 more days to Palouse Pride, time to finish getting ready.

We are in a few days of cool down, in the 80s, so will take advantage of it tomorrow to prep things for hot weather meals. Went shopping last night, picked up broccoli and cauliflower and other veg for broccoli salad. Going to hard cook some eggs, make some pate choux and use the grill to cook up a ton of meat. Picked up a big fresh pork roast and more chicken breasts. I've still some chicken thighs and a whole fryer I will cook up also. I'll slice and dice everything and package it for the freezer so it will be easy to grab and thaw for meals.

Will make a ton of rice to stash in the freezer, found a way to cook it in the slow cooker so will use the 6 qt cooker. I will then pack in gallon freezer bags, flatten them and then they will stack in the deep freeze nicely. Will be good to have on hand for last minute fried rice.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Survived another weekend

Another warm weekend that was busier than I'd wanted (I'd brought home the new Deborah Harkness novel The Book of Life to read), but we did get things done.

Got several new display stands done, so I am on the final countdown to Pride on Saturday. Will pick up the shade pavilion on Friday and load up the van so I will be ready to go first thing Saturday morning. I like to get there as early as possible so I can have everything set up and ready so I have time to relax before the festival begins.

Finally found a new home for the queen sized futon mattress that was taking up space. Contacted the local animal shelter and they took it for a nice big dog bed. So I had my neighbor put it in the van for me and help with some boxes for the Hope Center. Dropped off the futon and a big bag of old sheets, blankets and towels at the animal shelter, then dropped off a box of knick knacks, a box of books and a bag of sheets at Hope. We have a big foam mattress pad we will drop off at Hope Center on Friday and that will help clear more room out of the bedroom.

Hubby and a friend got in and excavated his office. Put out a very full trash can this morning and we can now see surfaces in the office that haven't been seen in years!!!!! He has quite a few things that we will take to Pacific Steel recyclers next week, so those will finally be gone.

We've been contemplating getting rid of the kitty condo:

Rum Tum and Scrapper cat

When the cats use it, they use it, but they spent most of the last year ignoring it. It takes a lot of space, so I think it will be a good fit for the animal shelter for their kitties. Rum Tum has taken to sleeping on the back of my retro sofa, Phoebe and Scrapper like the cushions:

nap time

We want to build some bookshelves in that space as we REALLY need more shelves. Will also get a nice, small kitty scratching post or hidey hole they can mangle that won't take up as much room.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Almost the weekend

Got the shade pavilion lined up for Pride, so now I just need to work on the displays for my stuff.

Time left 'til Pride:

Have my article about 3/4s done. Just need to add a few more thoughts, dig out and scan some old photos and then tweak it. Can't wait to send it to the magazine for publishing.

Writing has stopped on the cookbook for the nonce, too hot to cook, so double checking and tweaking a few of the recipes will have to wait for a cool down, hopefully soon. Or at least some time I can be up late at night when it is cool and I can cook.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Where did July go???????

Summer is rushing by. Two weeks until Palouse Pride, so will be gearing up for my booth there. An online friend gave me some display and table layout ideas. Hubby will be helping me make the display stands.

Sold a tie tackthru my Etsy shop yesterday, posted it in the mail this morning, so it is winging its way to Tennessee as we speak!

Added some new designs and products to my Zazzle shop:

Two moons throw
Two moons throw by JeanC_PurpleDucky
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Zazzle has added lots of new products, so I will slowly be adding my designs and photos to those and getting them into my shops.

Set up an account on Snapwire in hopes of more exposure for my photos and with luck sell some images.

Weekend was fine, got REALLY hot yesterday and today and tomorrow is going to be more of the same. Again I am thankful for air conditioning, otherwise we'd melt into puddles and not do very good. My tomatoes are loving the hot weather, I just wish they would start producing.

Weeded one of my bookcases on Saturday, so now I have two grocery bags of cookbook and gardening books to go to the Hope Center when I run by there next. I also went thru most of my bedding. Saved a couple queen sets for the air mattresses when we have house guests and sorted the rest between Hope Center and the animal shelter.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Thought I was going to die on Friday. The smoke from the fires in Washington made their way into our area and even tho it was breezy out, I was reminded painfully I am in one of the sensitive groups that need to be careful of the conditions. Ended up wearing a disposable filter mask just around the house since breathing started to get hard to do and was a bit painful.

Luckily the weather got better on Sunday in that it rained, so the air locally cleared and since it cooled down and rained elsewhere in the region, gave the fire fighters a bit of a break. Esp when the winds calmed down.

Been seeing the pictures out of Washington, YIKES! Luckily a number of aid groups are on hand to help people out, there are lots of people donating money and goods for the people who lost their homes and the Washington National Guard was on hand to help with the bigger fires.

In my quest to make extra money, I am currently putting together a gluten free cookbook with recipes I have come up with and adapted from my favorites. I will be selling it as an ebook and so far have about 18 recipes. I will be illustrating it with the pictures I have taken of the various recipes and will write a little bit about going gluten free and adding any tips and tricks I have discovered along the way. Not sure when it will be ready for publication, but I will let people know when it is available. I just now have to actually formalize a lot of my recipes. I tend to wing them most of the time now.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Well, not quite, but I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad for air conditioning. Been a wee bit hot here lately. My tomatoes are loving it, I swear most of them are growing a good 6 inches every day. Now they just need to start producing 'maters and I will be very happy.

We will be having a cool down this weekend, so I can get a lot more puttering in and out of the house. Did commit yellowjacketcide last night, they had several nests at the front of the house over the steps onto the porch. Committed thistlecide this morning. A fair sized patch next to the road in front of the lawn. Poured quite a bit of vinegar on them and the heat today should finish them off.

We are glad we snow coated the roof last year, that has helped to keep the temps inside down a bit. Usually inside and outside matchup at some point, but it is usually staying 5-10 degrees cooler inside this year. Giving serious thought of painting the whole trailer with snow coat hehehehehe!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New pets

Baldfaced hornets took up residence in my shed sometime in the last year:

Baldfaced hornets nest

Going to leave them alone for the time being. They aren't assholes like yellowjackets, tho they can be pretty vicious if they are bothered. Since I know they are there, hardly go into the shed and they have pretty much run the yellowjackets off we will see if we can co-exist.

If however they start causing trouble I will bug bomb the shed and have a cool nature made art piece for display purposes.

The small nest going up on my porch however will be taken care of. That one is WAY too close for comfort.