Friday, June 29, 2012

MuffinStuff

When I'm feeling a little down, baking is one of those things that takes my mind off of the little things that are bothering me. There were some bananas about to get a little too ripe to eat, so it was the perfect excuse to make myself a little treats - banana muffins!

I used the same recipe that I've had since high school, and just can't get enough of them. They make the perfect little wake up or bed time snack for me. Personally I like to put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes to warm them up and give a slight crispness to the tops, just like they are fresh out of the oven.

The recipe has been posted to allrecipes.com so feel free to try some out :)

A Ruined Anniversary


June 27th marked Dustin and my anniversary. Two years have come and gone, now onto year three. I wish I could say we did something exciting and extravagant for our big day, sadly that was not the case.

Our anniversary started off on a rather bad note. Starting at about 11:45pm on the 26th the storm had knocked out the power here in town, as well as many other places. It continued well after midnight on the 27th, our anniversary. It was quite a storm, though we got away quite lucky considering how other areas nearby were affected. That's not the point.The roof leaked like crazy when it rained (not normal) and we worried that it would short some of the power cables in the walls. We shut off the breakers in that area and they are still shut off today.

Just before 4am the power came back on and the transformer on the power line just behind my sweeties' house was sparking and smoking. We went outside to investigate and both of us tripped on a tree (basically an xmas tree) in the driveway that had come down in the storm. You could smell the burning and we worried it was a matter of time before it started the tree next to it on fire. The cops and fire crew were called to be on hand since the local power company was beyond busy with the other areas.

Some time after 4am I gave up waiting for any kind of lights to come back on, and headed home to get some sleep. It was starting to become light outside so walking home wasn't too bad. Just as I was climbing into bed the power popped back on and the horribly annoying siren from (I believe) the water plant was going off, as it does after the power is out for a while and we get quite a bit of rain. This lasted for at least two hours or so, though I was actually able to tune it out after a while and fall asleep.

Waking up the next day I had high hopes that the day would turn around. We opened gifts to eachother, mine being wrapped in my usual newspaper and having a quick sketchy Portal "cube" drawn onto it. I thought it was humorous. He gave me a sweet little button necklace, such a romantic.

Things seemed as though they were turning around. Not one bit. We kept it simple and went out for some A&W and I had hoped we'd go down to the lake to relax, but the wind was just crazy. We went back to his place and all went downhill from there. I won't get into details, but I'd just like to say that my family is made up of manipulators and tools. With the stress my sweetie ended up sleeping most of the day, and I just lumped around on the couch. It's a day we'll never get back, and was ruined because of others selfishness, and I know I will never get an apology from any of them. I feel bitter...angry...I want to get away from them for good.

That's all for now I guess.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Picking Wildflowers

 Today was a rather awful day. I experienced a feeling of hopelessness after having such a wonderful offer come my way recently, just to have it yanked away. An opportunity that makes you full of hope, with so much to look forward to, and you can't help but plan. I was left simply feeling like a fool, thinking I should have listened to myself when I thought it was too good to be true. It was more than too good to be true.

Did I mention a rabbit ate my beet tops recently? Well, it did. I had to replant all my beets. Things could be a lot worse, of course, but that was one of those things that just added to the list of stressful little things happening recently. As cute as they are, I could have gone for some rabbit stew right at that moment.

There is an abundance of chives in my sweetie's backyard, as well as a massive asparagus plant. When I say massive, I mean almost as tall as his roof massive. There are these little bugs that seem to constantly cover the asparagus plant, and to me they look like angry ladybugs. I get a little chuckle out of it actually. Angry asparagus beetles. It almost sounds like a good title for a piece of art of something. 

Dustin and I took a drive out to one of his childhood spots today. There I got myself a wonderful batch of wildflowers and he got...well, he got wood ticks crawling up his legs. Eight of them to be exact. When things are awful it's nice to get out like that, just to get away from it all. The best part of the day was just getting away, and getting those wildflowers. Sometimes something as small as those wildflowers can make your day just that little bit better...


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AntiqueAttack

Upon waking up to a series of frustrating events that I won't really get into right now...I promptly headed over to my sweetie's place to vent, then immersed myself in my Great Grandfather's childhood scrapbook. It's very much a different time from now, and has a rather interesting mix of bits and bobs. Some of the pieces I wish I could take out and frame, but I'd feel a little guilty for separating any of it.

So that's all for now. Just a quickie with a whole lot of visual antique pleasure. Enjoy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

GoingGreen

Summer really is the busiest time of year, isn't it? I have been working on getting my garden ready as well as enjoying some of the warm weather we've been having with my sweetheart. While that has been nice, I wish I had gotten more work done. It feels like things have come to a slight stand still and almost no new items have come up in my shop...though I did get into the city for a few new fabric deals. Hopefully I will get myself back on track and start saving up again.

So! Back on the garden subject. This year I spent a little too much money on my garden, with getting a few pieces of wood for a raised garden bed as well as bags upon bags of soil. With all the trouble I had last year with our horrid clay filled soil I felt it would have been impossible to get a truly decent garden without some investment. So I've ended up with two 8'x4' garden beds, very simple, but they should work head and shoulders better than what I had. I also moved an old half wooden barrel over to my sweetie's place so that I could have a 'mini garden' of carrots at his place.

What garden would be complete without a big metal watering can? I actually had some trouble finding one this year, strange as that seems. I ended up just buying one at Wal-Mart, much to my dismay. Oh well, at least I have one, and it did only cost me $13. Perhaps one of these days I'll find another one at a garage sale that I will be able to put my own personal touch to.

It's that time of year now when all the lilac bushes that surround our yard come into bloom and the strong smell of lilac fills the air. That smell is probably my favorite floral scent of all. It reminds me of hot summer days, when school is almost out, coming home to that smell. When the day comes that I have my own home, you can be sure that I'll be planting plenty of those lovelies all around. It also doesn't hurt when having all the pretty butterflies around, huh? With that, I will leave you with great wishes for your summer days ahead!