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22nd-Apr-2014 10:29 pm - Meh
Pusheen cake
I have totally waved the white flag with the old mattress. I know it's just four more nights til we have the new one. No way can I sleep on that thing. So tonight, I have picked up my bottle of Poland Springs water, my tissues and my ipod, and I'm sleeping on the daybed in the office.

When I was married to the jerk, I slept many nights in another room without batting an eyelash. With Hubster, it's different. I don't sleep well if we aren't sharing the bed. I am so looking forward to the new mattress. It had better be good. I haven't had a decent night's sleep in months.

My friend Deb is back in the hospital. This time, she has pneumonia. I'll call her tomorrow and check in on her.

So, tomorrow, I'm off to the doctor to get a name of a pain management guy. Between the shoulder and the fibro, my life is just miserable. The last orthopedist I went to said I had another tear in the rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I've had that before and had the surgery. The pain manifests when I move my fingers - as in when I type or write. It's not like the other shoulder injury where I lost strength and motion. I have full motion in my arm.

Last night we were awakened but a burning smell. It seemed to be coming from the furnace. So we turned it off and the odor stopped. We wondered if a bird had gone down the flue again and got it's feathers singed - or if a mouse had ventured too close. In the morning, Hubster took the front of the furnace off. No singed beasties or birds. But the filter was really dirty, so that could have been what was smelling hot.
Hubster changed the filter,and the odor didn't return. So I guess it was a filled filter!
21st-Apr-2014 02:09 pm - Potato Galettes, part deux
NoLa Jazz
This is a followup to my post The Elusive Potato Galette

For my lunch today I made the potato galettes according to the recipe - well, not totally, but I'll explain as I go along.

I grated two potatoes. Just me for lunch, so 3/4 pound would be too much for one person. The recipe directions didn''t call for me to squeeze out the liquid you get when you grate potatoes - and I grated them by hand, not in a food processor. I squeezed out the excess juice and put the potatoes into a bowl. I added a tablespoon of flour and tossed it around. I added the herbs, salt and pepper. I used dried herbs. Instead of green onions, I substituted onion powder. I also used garlic powder instead of fresh.

The directions say to 'ladel' the potato mixure into a frying pan. I could patties out of the mixture and placed them in the frying pan, and cooked as directed.


The result? La Madeleine's Potato Galettes! They tasted almost as good as I remembered. I think if I had used green onions instead of onion powder, and fresh garlic, they would have tasted exactly the same. I am REALLY pleased with how well they turned out.

20th-Apr-2014 05:40 pm - The Elusive Potato Galette
NoLa Jazz
Ever since I first tasted a potato galette from La Madeleine's in New Orleans, I've been searching for the recipe. I checked every one of my (many) cookbooks. Nope. Nothing vaguely like it. Oh, there were potato pancakes from every corner of the earth, but nothing tasted like it. I even wrote to the restaurant's corporate office. Nope. They don't give away secrets.

I even tried to make my own recipe. I grated potatoes finely and put a Boursin cheese in the middle. I was almost there.

Then, life happened. My son was sick with a bone infection, my husband had surgery and then a hip replacement. I had surery, then I damaged my shoulder - I am in recovery from that one. I sort of forgot about the potato galette from New Orleans.

Until this morning. One of our clients called to make an appointment (yeah, on Easter Sunday) and we chatted a while. She mentioned she'd been to visit her daughter, who lives in the south. They had the best lunch together at a place called La Madeleine - they're a chain, but sadly there are none in New York. I told her I'd been to several of them, one in New Orleans and one in Columbia, MD. Oh! I told her. I love their potato galettes! She said she did too and so did her daughter. She loved them so much, her daughter begged for the recipe - and wonder of wonders, she GOT IT!

Mrs. G emailed me the recipe. And now I am going to share it with you.

Behold. The Potato Galette Recipe!

1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 lb potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
1/4 tsp crumbled dried rosemary
1/4 tsp crumbled dried thyme
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Grate the potatoes in a food processor. Using a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the rosemary, thyme, green onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, stir together the butter and the oil. Brush the bottom of a small cast-iron skillet with some of the butter mixture. Heat the mixture over moderately high heat until it begins to sizzle. (The restaurant makes these in muffin rings and lays thin sliced potatoes on the bottom and top of the muffin ring. You can just make them like a pancake without the rings.) Ladle a layer of the potato mixture approximately 1/4 inch thick and fry over medium heat for several minutes, until the base is golden brown. Flip and brown the other side. 
Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

I'm going to make these for lunch tomorrow as a test while Hubster is at our harpsichord builder in New London CT. I'll let you know how they turned out. =)
20th-Apr-2014 04:42 pm - Birthday Shoutout for typhoo
20th-Apr-2014 12:08 am - Get out of Dodge
knit don't kill
This morning, there were three tree working companies working on different neighbor's trees. The noise and stench of the equiptment and the trucks idleing made us sick to the stomach and gave us headaches. Then, the carbon monoxide detector went off and we had to get out of the house FAST. I opened a few windows upstairs before I left locked up. Hubster was on his way home from a tuning, so we waited outside for him. Chris went into the city,and we drove around for a bit. When we got back a couple of hours later, the tree people were gone and the toxic air was out of the house.
20th-Apr-2014 12:00 am - Happy Easter
Pusheen Easter
18th-Apr-2014 10:30 pm - The Friday Five!
1. What's one song that can make you cry everytime?
Mimi's Addio from the third act of La Beheme. The scene is set just before dawn, it's just started to snow. Mimi knows she's dying, so she decides to leave her lover. She tells him he can keep his first present to her, a little pink bonnet. "Goodbye," she says "I'm not resentful."

2. Would you ever leave your whole life behind just to be with the one you know you are meant to be with if they decided to move away? Uh... yes. I did it.

3. Would you rather have a year of all your dreams come true and not remember it in the end or stick it through thru your lifetime and develop your dreams then?
Give me that one perfect year.

4. Are the online quizzes that you take at all even a little accurate to who you think you really are?
It depends on who wrote it. Sometimes they are so far out, it's funny. Other times, they nail me.

5. What is your favourite love song of all time?
"Original Sin" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
18th-Apr-2014 04:43 pm - Update!
I updated my Food Blog, Memory's Table.

Puddings From Scratch
18th-Apr-2014 12:59 pm - Just a reminder
Pusheen cake
Don't give Easter Chocolate to Doggies. It's cute, but it cold be lethal.

17th-Apr-2014 04:02 pm - Yesterday's Adventures
knit don't kill
Yesterday, We ordered another mattress. We went to sears. I NEVER go to sears. We went because they were last on our list and we had seen and priced mattresses all over the city. Sears also had a 50% off sale. The mattress is like the one we almost got from Sleepys. I liked that one, but Sleepys gave us such a hassle about delivery, we jus said screw it. ANYWAY. Th mattress usually sells for $1400 or so, and we got it at less than half price, and we'll get it on the 26th.

There was a couple at Sears complaining loudly that they'd sue Sears if they didn't have someone dress up in an Easterbunny costume and have their kid's picture taken. The manager said the 'Bunny' had called in sick. The couple didn't care. They wanted an EasterBunney as advertised. So one of the salesmen volunteered. The couple said 'No!' He was too short to be an Easterbunny. So some one in the office came down to the department and said she'd do it. So, off went they went. I turned to the manager and said 'I guess we should be glad they didn't want a reenactment of the crucifixion.' The sales people agreed.
17th-Apr-2014 04:00 pm - It's Tiara Thursday!
purple dancing thing
Gosh, I hope this isn't too over the top.

16th-Apr-2014 08:11 pm - It's been a day
Pusheen cake
16th-Apr-2014 07:59 am - April Snow
I love this icon, but wow, when snow falls in April, it is so wrong.

We had a snow/rain/sleet storm last night. This morning, this was the back yard scene

excuse the quality of the shot.
15th-Apr-2014 09:32 pm - A Girl and Her Eagle
Rainy Day
This is from the BBC News Magazine.

A 13 year old huntress and her golden eagle

14th-Apr-2014 10:08 pm - Passover Greeting
Pusheen cake
I'd like to wish my Jewish friends a Happy Pesach and 'mo'adeem l'simcha'.
13th-Apr-2014 11:14 pm - Classic FM
Pusheen cake
I forgot to mention.

Yesterday, I got that 'British Radio' app for my iPhone. Along with the vernerable Beeb are lots of other Brit radio stations,including one lone classical music station,Classic FM. I listened it this morning, and the station broadcasts some very nice, non-scary classical music. (I'm listening to the station now and they are beautiful 'Finlandia', which is one of my favorites) I liked the station so much I check to see if it was streamed on iTunes desktop Internet radio- and it is! So this, along with CALM Radio, WWNO,WCPE and KING are my go to music stations.
13th-Apr-2014 09:34 pm - Warm and Summy
Pusheen cake
Today was a perfect spring day. Blue skies, spring flowers, birds singing. In the morning, I dragged my sorry butt outside with my chair, it's a Windsor Chair, and sat in the sunshine and spun for a while.

Hubster came home from a tuning (yes he works sunday morning. If someone waves money at us, he'll tune their piano), and we had lunch then watched a baseball game. It didn't dawn on me that the game was a rerun of yesterday's game. So we sat there for a few innings, til we noticed the 'Yankees Encore' logo in the top right of the screen. Felt like idots. XD

The highlight of the entire day was dinner. We ordered out from a new Asian Fusion place. Hubs had Orange Flavor Beef, and I had Pad Thai. Yum.

I realized I have to get new clothes this spring. Mine are either worn out or too large. I've decided to sew instead of buy, that way I can make the clothes the way I want them to look instead of being at the mercy of buyer who insist anyone over size 12 should be clad in double knit crap.
I may buy some teeshirts, since they are cheap enough.

This is going to be the week when we find a mattress. I'm tired of sleeping on either a lump or a pit.
12th-Apr-2014 10:42 pm - Today
Pusheen cake
This morning into the early afternoon, Hubster and Chris were out of the house. Hubster had to check out a piano for someone, and Chris had a memorial service to go to. Since the house was nice and quiet, I decided to have go at drop-spindle spinning.

I've only recently became interested in spinning. Since a spinningwheel is far too expensive for my circumstances, I decided on a drop spindle. I mentioned it to one of my Reiki students, and she bought one for me for my birthday. (I was really pleased, since I rarely get pressies)

Anway. I watched a couple of videos on Youtube and read the directions over. The first attempt, the yarn came out all different thicknesses. (I took it off the spindle and tossed it in the bak yard for the birds to use in nest-making). The next attempt the yarn was too fine, It looks lke what I knit socks from. I may try a bit more before bed. I think I'll like it once I get the knack of keeping the yarn a uniform size. If I really like it, I'll look into making a 'home-brew' spinning wheel. Must be someway I can rig something up.

So now I can cross 'Spinning' off the bucket list!

This evening, I found a new app for British radio. Of course, what do I listento but BBC Radio 4e. Good old Radio 4. So, I put it on, and I found a reading of a new book by Elizabeth Jane Howard, a new and final book in 'The Cazalet Chronicles'. I really loved the first book in the series about a British family, 'The Light Years'. I found it on the first trip to Great Barrington with the chamber orchestra. I grabbed it off the shelf of paperbacks at Kmart. Best book I ever got from KMart. The books series went on to follow the famil through the late 1930's and into the WW2 years. This new book, 'All Change' is the last in the series (well, author died this January in her 92nd year!). It's set in 1956.

Lucky me to have found the program on BBC4e! So I snuggled down in bed and listened to the omnibus version of it for an hour and a half. I've written memos so that I'll listen to the next bit next Saturday night. =)
11th-Apr-2014 10:34 pm - Birthday
Pusheen cake
Happy Birthday to my dear husband. <3 <3
11th-Apr-2014 10:21 pm - a good day
Pusheen cake
I started out very busy. As soon as my feet touched the floor this morning, I gathered up laundry to do, and Hubster lugged it down to the laundry room for me, bless him. After breakfast, I cleaned the kitchen, started the dishwasher and made bread. I got everything out of the way, so I could rest up and be relaxed and happy to see Lynnie and her family.

As try as I may, part of me will always want to see Lynnie as a six year old, but here she is, a grown woman, married with two little kids. Her husband is a nice quiet man. You can tell he's good with the kids and that he loves his little family. Lynanne has really blossomed. She enjoys being a Mom. She is so much like her mother when she was young. Deb's mannerisms are there, and it warms my heart.

We had a very nice time at dinner. We had good conversations, the kids were quiet and did their own thing while the adults chatted. They ate their dinners, didn't wail or run around. Good kids. But then, Lynnie wouldn't raise brats.

We'll see them again in a few weeks when we go to visit Deb.

I got a parcel in the mail from one of my Reiki students. She sent me an eaerly birthday gift. It's a drop spindle and roving. I am just so pleased! It's going to take a while to get the hang of spinning, but it looks fun and interesting. The wool roving is just SO SOFT! I just cuddled it for a while this afternoon. =) I'll give spinning a go tomorrow when the boys are out of the house.
9th-Apr-2014 10:39 pm - Not stressing
Pusheen cake
My friend Deb's daughter is visiting the area this weekend. She, her husband and two little children are going to a local attraction 'LegoLand'. Am I inviting them to my house for dinner and to let the kids run around? No. Chris is having a neuralgia spike and I am simply not up to it. I am not up to all the cooking, cleaning, and childproofing I'd have to do to get the house ready.

My house is not childproof. I have too many electronics, computer, antiques.Then there are ALL the meds the three of us are on. Chris and Hubster both have a shoebox each of Rx meds. I have four that I take. These would have to be put away under lock and key if little children are visiting (no matter how good they are, I wouldn't want to rist having them within reach) I have a feeling my friend's daughter is a bit put out about not being invited to the house. I know she understands Chris isn't up to it. (He's in a lot of pain most of the time, and they know it). But still, she makes all the noises like we can go out to dinner in your area, but... I don't care. They'll just have to understand, or lump it.

I have lived long enough to learn to say NO to people. I'm not anti social. People know this. When I entertain, I cook for days and the entire house and garden are right for company. The house is NOT clean because I haven't been well since last October. The garden and back yard are a sea of mud and will remain so until late May. Any kid who set foot in the yard would be mud encrusted in less than a minute.

I wish I could have them to the house, but I'm not up to it. And that's that.
9th-Apr-2014 09:21 pm - Finished Project
The latest in the series of Chemocaps for my friend Deb. It's folded over to show the detail - little lacey hearts.

9th-Apr-2014 09:21 pm - Finished Project
Knitting Sheep
The latest in the series of Chemocaps for my friend Deb. It's folded over to show the detail - little lacey hearts.

5th-Apr-2014 09:07 pm - Bleh
I'm feeling better this evening, but today was just a waste. I was achy and coughing and just feeling rotten. I slept in this morning, and after lunch I put my feet up to watch baseball (YAY!Baseball Season!)and promtly conked out. After that, I did some maintenance on the office computer, and sat around with Hubster, listening to music and just hanging out. He was beginning to feel tired and headachy. We had dinner, and then his headache got worse. So he went to bed around 8. Poor Luvvie. He gets really bad headaches sometimes. the only thing he can do is go to bed.

One of my Reiki students is sending me a drop spindle for my b'day. I've wanted to learn to spin for a long time. It's all part of the earth-sheep-wool thing I have. My great great great aunt Rebecca is the only one in the family who spun. I have a picture of her taken in the late 1800's early-1900's of her sitting at her spinning wheel, with her cat at her feet. She was an enormous woman, over 6' tall and wide! But she had a long, good life on the old farm in Maine.

We just got a five-day recording gig for the end of April. Pity it's not all stand by time, but still, it's a good sum of money to get!

So... I think I will knit for a while then watch Shear Madness on Nat Geo Wild channel. It's the last episode, Wah! I hope they renew for a second season.
5th-Apr-2014 12:10 pm - Guess What ?
I sing, puppy howl
It's almost time for The EuroVision Song Contest! It's the granddaddy of all tv singing contests.
3rd-Apr-2014 05:25 pm - That mattress that didn't happen
Cat hiss
We didn't get the mattress. We canceled the order. The delivery men were insulting, had bad attitude, and lazy. We ended up calling the main office, with the mattress still in the truck undelivered, and told them to take it back, we wanted a FULL REFUND. I was totally in enraged.
Even though we paid for them to take the old mattress, they had every excuse ready, and were waiting for us to tip them before they made a move. I am ready to make voodoo poppets of these jerks and stick pins in them.

It will be a cold day in hell before we go back to that store or give them a nice review.

So now it's back to the drawing board. To avoid a scene like that again, we'll cut up our old mattress and take it to the dump. I feel like writing a very nasty review for the company.
2nd-Apr-2014 08:21 am - Drama Over!
purple dancing thing
Yesterday, we went to SLEEPYS - a large chain mattress store that has a good reputation,found a mattress that we liked and bought it! Let me just say a big thank you for those who sent input.
We tried Posturepedic, Beauty Rest, Gemma and a few more brands. The Posturepedic(red and pillowtop) hit my pressurepoints and HURT. The Gemma mattress (a memory foam) felt like I was sinking in wet sand. Moving and turning was next to impossible. The Beauty Rest Recharge Luxury top (I think that's the name) is an $1800 mattress. We got it on sale for less than half price. It has a gel foam pillow top with memory foam base is amazing. It didn't hurt to lay on it! Hubster loved it. I felt as if I could have fallen asleep there and then. It'll be delivered TODAY! yay!
30th-Mar-2014 11:13 pm - 2cellos
Cat in a box
Ok, so yesterday, gairid posted a couple of their vids. One where they were shredding their bows to hard rock. (those were not bows that cost $$$$, trust me) So I thought I'd post a couple too, since I like them. They aren't Yo-yo Ma, but they don't try to be.That's partly why I like them. The other part is, they bring age-old music to new ears that never would have heard Vivaldi or Bach.

Bach first.

Vivaldi second. Something other than "Four Seasons" (HOOORAY!)

30th-Mar-2014 10:29 pm - Le Weekend
do not feed st8 people
Since I'm still getting over this col/flu/with a fever bug, I slept in. I ended up at the top of the bed, sitting up, leaning against the headboard. I was just on the cusp of THE PIT (ie, the sinkhole in the f'ing mattress.) I got out of bed and went in to Hubster who was at the computer in the office/spare room. I told him we ARE getting a mattress this week. HE said 'You know it's just your fibro'. That was as close as it got to knock-down-drag-out-fight as we ever had. I calmly said. 'the f'ing thing is 30 years old. You tell me every morning that your back hurts. I may have fibro, but I'm sure that the mattress is to blame for your achy back and stiff neck.' He didn't look up from his work and said 'The mattress IS 30 years old. It needs replacing.' 'Yes,' I said, 'and we're doing this week. Or I'm getting the air mattress out and sleeping in here. Do you want coffee?'

We don't fight. We discuss things. I can only remember two fights. The first one was a misunderstanding, and I forget what the second one was about. Life is too short to spend it screaming at each other. I was married to ole Smiles for 11 years and most of that was spent getting yelled at. So it's not worth it to fight.

Of course, I know he doesn't want to spend the money because the water heater is on it's last legs. But he also knows I mean what I say, and if we don't get the mattress, Mamma ain't gonna be happy, and when Mamma's not happy, let me tell you, no one's life is easy. It's rare for me to go into bitchmode. But if I must. I will not step down.

Anyway, it's rained here since Friday night, that adds to the joy in the household. We're all been sick and crabby as hell. At least I've got a reason.
28th-Mar-2014 12:16 am - yeah, I'm sick
Pusheen cake
I hardly moved out of bed all day. This virus has flattened me. I've been on cracked ice with honey, the only thing that calms the raging sore throat.

I listened to a webcast from Natalie Redding, the woman who does the sheep/wool/Border Collies show 'Shear Madness' on Nat Geo Wild. She's some tough woman. She's a shepherdess by career has different breeds of sheep bred for their wool. She shears the sheep herself! Amazing to watch her. Always cool to see the dogs work the sheep.

Anyway, back to bed. I'm sitting here in my nightgown wrapped in a thick-yarn shawl I knit last year. It's cozy, but no pockets. I need ti design a shawl with pockets for books and ipods and things like that.

Bob FINALLY has a new C-Pap machine. He has sleep apnea and he snores MAJORLY LOUD! This mask is small, just goes over his nose.Much better for him. He can actually watch TV or read while wearing it.
25th-Mar-2014 10:23 pm - computer update
Pusheen cake
Everything's back to snuff. My comp had to be set back to factory, the office one was ok. Chris managed to pick all the bugs out of it. We owe him. I am rebuilding my compy, little by little. Dreamweaver is being a pain at loading. It always is. I'll get Chris to wrangle it for me.
25th-Mar-2014 10:11 pm - More snow, dammit!
Pusheen cake
Yes, it's snowing. Pbbbttt! And I have an awful sorethroat and cold. On the other hand, my kitchen is clean. Sort of. If you don't look at the floor.

As soon as we get that money from Uncle $am, we are going to get a new mattress. If not, I am going on strike. Official notice.

Hubster did the grocery shopping this morning. I had been up half the night with the cold/god-awful/lumpy/fuckinguncomfortablemattress, so I just slept in. When I woke up, the shopping had been done, and the groceries put away. ♥ and there was a carton of red velvet cake ice cream in the freezer. I should really know better than to turn him loose in the market. ;)
24th-Mar-2014 08:38 am - more computer woes
Pusheen cake
The biz computer's host file is totally screwed up. It's really infested. [personal profile] babysprite you know what I'm talkin' about. Chris had to reconstruct it. Everything just blew though the security.

So the moral of the story is,back up early and often. AwdCleanup caught the malware files quick enough in mine.

Looks like Chris has his hands full today,
24th-Mar-2014 01:06 am - well, crap.
Pusheen cake
My computer caught a rootkit virus on Livejournal! Those funky Russians. They've got nothing better to do, huh?

Of course, Chris took care of it for me. All I had to do was step away and he reformatted the thing. Lucky I had everything backed up.
23rd-Mar-2014 03:54 pm - LJ virus

We found a root kit virus on my computer this morning while doing routine cleanup etc. Chris, my son and tech ID'd the thing as from LJ.

Please run Adw cleaner on your counters, reboot and run again. I hope no one else has this because it is hard to get rid of. This thing got past my anti viruses,

So,at the moment, I am backing up my stuff on an old hard drive , and then we'll reset my machine to factory after we nuke it.


23rd-Mar-2014 12:09 am - My day
Knitting Sheep
I was awake at 5 this morning. Four hours sleep, wtf?

Did two loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen and turned the mattress again. Just trying to make it last til the IRSrefund arrives. Question to the group - what brand of mattress do you have? Thinking of going to king instead of California King. what a pain getting sheets for that!

I did some work on the latest chemocap for Deb. Peach colored cashmere yarn with white bunnies. Only the bunnies don't look like bunnies. I havent gotten to the ears yet, but they look more like sheep!
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Speaking of knitting and yarn, I've been watching Shear Maddness on Nat Geo Wild. This is the webpage of the woman who is a shepherdess.

The guys were out tonight. Chris was in Brooklyn at an art gallery. A couple he knows was exhibiting. Someone in the place was smoking and the smell of weed was on his clothes. He's allergic to the stuff and he was suffering, but I had a allergy attack- felt like my throat was closing up. Benedryl and ice chips took care of those problems.

Tomorrow Hubster has a gig in the city. Still have not heard from the orchestra in Philly about the concert rental in late April. Maybe they looked at the contract I sent and dropped over. Confirmed the rooms for the May concert, everything's ok. We're staying in Lenox, Mass. Great Barrington is just too freaking gentrifide these days, and the price of a simple room is well over $150 a night.

I really have to go through some of my stuff and put it up on ebay. I need to get some more yarn since Deb donated nearly all of her chemo caps after she had her second round of chemo and she was feeling optimistic. Now she's getting both chemo and radiation, and her poor hair is gone again. *iz sad for my friend losing her pretty blonde hair!*
22nd-Mar-2014 09:58 pm(no subject)
Pusheen cake
Chris walked in from going to an exhibit a couple he knew was giving at a gallery. (Worst sentence ever!) Someone had been smoking near him and I am allergic to THAT sort of smoke. =P Now I have a headache and my throat felt like it was closing. Benedryl and ice chips for me!
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