Hey, did my picture in the banner disappear for everyone, or just for me? Whazzup with that? And I don’t have time to go fuss with it right now.
I keep hearing this thud-thud-thud, and see huge masses of snow falling past the window. My wonderful husband is shoveling snow off the roof. We were getting an ice dam built up around the edges from all the freezing and thawing, and he was afraid it might result in roof leaks if we didn’t get it cleaned off. One side of the house has a pile of snow several feet high, so there was a lot up there! I’m just so thankful that he is taking care of it, and it’s not me up there!
I have had so many things buzzing through my brain that I suppose I should divide it up so that this post isn’t overwhelming, but who knows when I’ll get here again? Sorry for the length of this post!
What I’ve been doing
This has been one crazy week. Monday after school I started sewing, and pretty much sewed like a madwoman, taking a break only for a quick supper (which dd fixed) and bedtime reading. Got the jeans quilt about half pieced together. Woo-hoo!!!!
Tuesday I wanted VERY badly to continue working on it, but I had to update a bunch of financial stuff I’ve been neglecting, which took all my free time. That evening we went out to dinner (more on that later.)
Wednesday I still didn’t get to sew because I had promised to go help a friend who is moving (more on that later, too.)
Today I need to be cleaning because the young people will be here for supper and Bible study tonight, and the house looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for two weeks (with good reason. )
Why is it that when you’re not busy and have plenty of time, you have nothing to blog about, and when you’re too busy to sit down at the computer, you think of dozens of things?
This morning I was reading in the Usborne Book of Knowledge about northern lights. Since I was wondering about that recently, it was interesting to hear the idea that they are formed by particles from solar winds that collect at the poles of the earth because of the magnetic field of the earth. Hmm. I still wonder.
The meal Tuesday night was really interesting. When your friend who regularly cooks all sorts of exotic things tells you they’re having something kind of unusual, you do get curious (and a little worried! )We had something I’d never had before, at least not exactly. It was a “haystack” type meal, meaning that you just make a layer of one thing, then top it with something else, and then something else, and on and on until you’ve stacked it all up. Then you eat the whole conglomeration together. I had something similar once called a Hawaiian meal, but this was quite different, and amazingly wonderful!
Here are the layers: Rice (hers was wild rice–yum,) Pinto beans, grated cheddar cheese, coconut, pineapple, chopped tomatoes, fried onions, pickled watermelon rind, and salsa. It seems like there may have been something else, but I can’t think what. Anyway, I was completely amazed that even my slightly picky eater actually liked it! All but one of us was enthusiastic about having it again soon! Just goes to show that you never know what works until you try it. And for those of you who are turning up your noses, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it yourself!
About that pickled watermelon rind–I’d never tried it, but it’s just like any other pickle, and tasted great. Such a very thrifty thing to make pickles from–something that will be garbage otherwise!
Cleaning for a friend–true friendship!
Wednesday was one of those days that you dread, and then it turns out to be very rewarding and you wonder why you felt that way. I went to help clean the house my friend is moving into, and boy, was it a challenge. I have heard the term “dirt-encrusted” many times, but I have really never understood it until now. We were there for 6 hours, and five of those hours I spent cleaning the bathroom, mostly the tub/shower. I have never in my life seen one so dirty.
It looked as if it had been used daily for at least five years without ever being cleaned. There was soap scum so thick that it took forever to reach the actual tub surface. Since this was an empty house, there weren’t a lot of tools around, but I did eventually come up with a method that really worked.
Just in case anyone else has a job like this to face, I’ll pass it along. After I had applied bathroom cleaner (three or maybe four different kinds) over and over, I realized that when you scrubbed the sticky soapy mess off, it would re-adhere somewhere else. My scrub sponge was so full of soap that I couldn’t get it rinsed. I was mostly just spreading the gunk around.
What I needed was a scraper–a plastic one that wouldn’t scratch the tub. Of course, there was nothing of that sort on the premises. In desperation, I tried a plastic hanger–no luck. Then I thought of taking the plastic cap off a spray can, and that worked like a charm. Since it was curved, you could even use it in the corners of the tub. So I scraped the softened gunk with that, used a scrub brush to remove it from the little slip-proof ridges in the bottom of the tub, and then after a couple more overall cleanings, it was done!
What had looked like a particularly disgusting blackened eyesore now looks like a new tub. It was SO rewarding. Of course, my back is a bit stiff today, but hey, it was worth it.
After that, I had to go shopping (groan) but boy, did I sleep well when I finally fell into bed last night.
And now, I really must get busy and clean up this house. And do that mountain of laundry, which has also been sorely neglected this week.
Oh, and rub my poor hubby’s back. He just came in from his all-day shoveling job, and is lying on the floor moaning. This is not good. I think he needs me.