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February 26, 2015

Catch Up


Well, I’m not getting any better at this am I?  Southern Snowman

Let’s see.   The weather this winter has been uncooperative to make hiking every week a possibility.  It was wicked cold most of January and I opted out.  I find no pleasure hiking in the cold, wind & wet.  I hope to rejoin my group of hardy hikers very soon.

I started cooking.  Yes, this is exciting news.  I do not enjoy cooking.  Especially if all my hard (or easy for that mater) work goes under appreciated.  My dear ELPH is a wonderful man and I love him to the ends of the Earth but we all have our little idiosyncrasies.  ELPH is an Engineer by trade.  It’s in his genetic makeup.  He is always solving problems, looking for ways to make processes more efficient.  In the past one of these problems and processes has been my cooking.  I’m not a bad cook, just not a very imaginative one.  Basic meat & potatoes home style cooking.  But deep inside I’m also a very sensitive person so any type of comment, suggestion, or un-asked for advice is viewed in my eyes as criticism.  So small comments like ‘what? no gravy?’ (and many others I will not go into because this is starting to become a long rant/rag on my amazing ELPH) really put me off cooking….anything.  SO.  I bought a new crockpot and started simple; Chili, Lemon Garlic Chicken.    Lemon Garlic ChickenI love the crockpot because it it only one dish to clean and I can start it and forget it.  Definitely my kind of cooking!  After a couple successful crockpot meals I moved on to actual stovetop/oven cooking.  Eggplant Rollatini, Italian Meatloaf, Baked Parmesan Chicken (Pinterest has some wonderful recipes).  The most amazing thing?  ELPH has liked everything I’ve made.  Really LIKED it!  Like gave my meals ‘a 9 out of 10′.  He said “I don’t know what would make it a 10 but I’m reserving 10″  I can live with that!  And because he has not offered any ‘help’ or ‘advice’ I find that I can enjoy cooking.

Cabled Headband

I knitted slippers for my twin nieces for Christmas.  The girls went off to their freshman year in college last fall and requested slippers for Dorm wear.  I made myself a quick cabled headband.  (And now that isn’t grey hair.  It’s strands of Glitter thankyouverymuch!)  I’d never done cables before and it was way easier than I imagined.   Recently I’ve started a baby blanket for a friends daughter who is having twins (so I’ll have to get on this and make the other one before end of March!).  It’s a simple pattern and doesn’t take much yarn.  It will be a great size for when they are newborn and can graduate to carseat/stroller blanket later.

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Oh and my new favorite cocktail!  It’s called a Werther’s and it tatses just like the candy. Mmmmm.

I’ll see if I can find more interesting stuff to blog about real soon.

July 18, 2014

New Hobby

Filed under: Ever Loving Patient Husband, Shooting — Linda @ 5:41 am

ELPH was a Skeet Shooter in college.  He started practicing again last year and has recently begun shooting at the Registered Shoots at our local Gun Club. He shot a 92 out of 100 last week! Not too shabby.

But after soundly whooping him shortly after taking up Pistol shooting a few years ago …

I Win!

I Win!

I thought I’d give him a chance to get reacquainted with Skeet before I tried it :)    After a couple afternoons just watching at the field I decided to give it a go.

And promptly demonstrated how NOT to shoulder a shotgun…




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Yea, that’s so not my shoulder.  Don’t do that.  It really did look worse than it felt.  My brother has hit me harder ;-/   Anyway having missed 19 out of 25 shots I still really enjoyed the experience (it’s totally awesome when you hit the clay and it blows up!).  So my Ever Patient Loving Husband (ELPH) bought me my very own shotgun.

It’s a Beretta 692 Over/Under 12 gauge with 28″ barrels.  Isn’t she pretty?!

I call her Vera :D

I am too excited about getting it!!   ELPH even set up with a lesson with Master Instructor Doug Thompson.   Invaluable information & instruction.  So much new information to remember.  I at least know immediately what I’ve done wrong, LOL!   I had the gun about 4 weeks before I was willing to send it off for modifications.  First thing I’m having done is getting an adjustable Buttplate put on it.  It will help me position the stock correctly into my shoulder every time.  Then later I’ll have it fitted with 20 & 28 gauge tubes so I can shoot smaller loads.


















December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Success

Filed under: Actual Cooking, Ever Loving Patient Husband, Family — Linda @ 1:41 pm

Thanksgiving should be done all year.  And I am grateful EVERY DAY for all that I have.  An Ever Loving Patient Husband (ELPH) who puts up with all my delightful defects, this beautiful home we live in and the beautiful property it rests on.   I know how lucky I am.

This Thanksgiving ELPH and I were blessed with a visit from my baby Brother & his lovely wife.


They’ve recently relocated from Alameda, CA to Indianapolis, IN and drove down arriving late Thursday afternoon.  We chilled and ate pizza, had a few drinks and just relaxed.  Our plan all along was to have Thanksgiving on Friday.  None of us are ‘go to the mall’ shoppers so Black Friday was just a regular Friday for us.

IMG_5217Our wedding china, my MIL’s 1940’s silver, the personal salt & pepper sets from my sister  Salley.  Simple Pilgrims and dollar store leaves decorated our Thanksgiving table this year.

ELPH prepared the turkey, stuffing and gravy.


I made herb rolls, cranberry sauce, asparagus with feta, roasted sweet potatoes, blueberry and pumpkin pie all from scratch!  Thank you For the Love of Cooking!

IMG_5222My most faithful readers, all 3 of you, know that I don’t often cook.  I CAN cook.  I’m just not overly fond of it.  ELPH is…particular so, in addition to my lack of enthusiasm this means the rare occasions when I do cook it’s by strict recipe.  Well, I want to tell you a secret.  I went out on a ledge and jumped!  With the exception of the dinner rolls I didn’t measure anything!  I just went all ‘that looks like half a cup’ crazy!  LOL!  And guess what?  It was fantastic!  The asparagus was amazing, the roasted sweet potatoes exactly right, not too much sweet and NO marshmallows!  (Marshmallows go on dessert not on your side dish IMHO.)  I have a serious crush on this website now.  Much of what I made I made ahead so I had time to think things through and not worry about sharing the oven with a turkey.

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with Family, Friends and Football.  If it doesn’t rain on Thursday I’ll be hiking John Rock in Pisgah National Forest.

P.S. Just so you know, I don’t normally put up our tree this early.  Actually I don’t think I’ve ever put it up much before the 15th of December.  Just don’t get around to it till then.  But with Brother & SIL visiting I wanted it to be especially festive so there ya are.   Without small children to shop for and the nieces & nephews getting teenaged it seems my shopping will only get easier.  Gift Cards used to be so lame but they are all the rage now and I for one and thankful for that.  My nieces & nephews are wonderful children/teenagers but I don’t spend enough time with them to know what they are into and what they really need.  And I’d hate to be the lame Aunt who gives them last years “It” thing so Gift Cards it is kids!

October 11, 2010

ZPDK set to invade SC in TEN Days!

Zombie Prom Date Knitters
Zombie Prom Date Knitters

Eight of these Awesome Ladies will be arriving at my house TEN DAYS!  And I can not wait!!  See they just needed an excuse to come visit so I gave them one.  A good one!  The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest will be in Fletcher, NC  the weekend of October 22nd.  And seeing as they graciously invited me up to Michigan for the Wonder Why Alpaca Farm spring herd shearing, the very least I could do was return the favor:)  They’ll be loading up the van and driving down middle of next week.  I am TOO EXCITED!!!!   

I’m not an over planner as plans tend to either change or get royally screwed up so I generally just “wing it”!  I do have a few things we can do/see incase we get bored:  I figure if the weather is nice a boat ride will be the order of the day.  My Ever Loving Patient Husband has graciously offered to pilot our Party Barge to the Tiki Hut or any other destination of our choosing:).  In any other free time not  talking, spinning, knitting, crocheting or drinking we can drive into town and explore historic Ram Cat Alley or  Oconee Station, tour the World of Energy  or visit the Lunney House Museum.  

On Saturday we drive up to Fletcher and spend the day groping fiber and having yarny orgasms:p   ELPH has even agreed that I can purchase a spinning wheel!!!  As long as it’s pretty:)  I figure with eight Fiber Friends I’ll have with me, I’ll bring home the prettiest wheel there:)

So if you happen to see bunch of women running wild through the streets trailing knitting needles & yarn wielding sharpened shovels, never fear!  The Zombie Prom Date Knitters are here! 

September 10, 2010

ELPH’s Birthday

Filed under: Actual Cooking, Ever Loving Patient Husband — Tags: — Linda @ 5:23 am

One year ago today was ELPH’s 50th birthday.  50!  And how did we celebrate?  My cousins and their husbands came to stay for a week.

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Did I throw him a party?  No.  Did I buy him the coolest gift ever?  No.  Did I bake him a cake?  No.

The man is so difficult to buy for!!!  He is VERY particular .  He researches purchases into the ground and then researches some more.  It takes him a year to buy a car.  But you know what?  He always gets exactly what he wants.  *cheesy grin*   How the hell he ended up with me is still a mystery!

This year I figured the very least I could do for his 51st birthday was call the neighbors and invited everyone for cake and ice cream.  I even made his favorite cake.  Devil’s Food with chocolate frosting. This has got to be the ugliest cake I have ever made.  It’s pathetic.


First mistake I made was not putting on my reading glasses.  Had I done that I would have read the directions correctly and added 1 and 1/3 cups of water.  Instead I added 2 cups (There was a picture of two cups!!!).  Makes for a watery batter.  Doesn’t rise well either.  And so moist you can’t touch it without pulling a layer of cake off.  Let me tell you, this baby was a real bear to frost!  I told ELPH I’d stop at the grocery tomorrow and pick up a real cake but he said he wanted this one.  Sigh. The neighbors are never going to let me forget this.

Happy 51st Birthday my love.

November 23, 2009

Shhh! I’m counting…

Photo courtesy of Tahki Stacy Charles Crochet, 2007 2d Edition Pamphlet

Photo courtesy of Tahki Stacy Charles Crochet, 2007 2d Edition Pamphlet

Sometimes getting into a groove on a project is a problem.  I’ve been wanting to make the Lacy Top Cardigan (designed by Doris Chan. PDF pattern is available for free download on Ravelry.com ) for my SIL ever since we saw the pattern while shopping together in 2007. Yes, two years.  Well I’ve started on it.  Really.  And it’s an easy pattern too.   But it does require a certain amount of concentration which means I can’t take it to Knit Night (yes I know this sweater is not knit and most of you know I don’t knit but Knit Night just rolls off the tongue nicer and besides I’m the only Crocheter there so my vote doesn’t go far in the name game) because we talk too much to keep count and I end up frogging most of what I do and that leaves me pretty much where I started before I even got there (DEEP INHALE!).  My that was a long run on sentence!

Most other nights my problem is the ELPH.  Don’t get me wrong!  He is the most awesome, Ever Loving, Patient Husband there is and I don’t know what I did to deserve him but, the ‘kids’ have him under their little paws.

I usually get home before ELPH.  In his awesomeness he doesn’t expect me to be wearing nothing but an apron and have dinner on the table when he arrives home but he does kinda like for me to have some idea of what I’m going to microwave (and when) or have something in mind that HE can cook for us.  After dinner, about the time I get all settled in on the sofa with my yarn & pattern & glass of wine, the dog needs to go out.  ‘Fine! Lets get this

over with! ‘  And out we go.  Now Sparkie and I can scarcely go outside with out Jaspurr in tow.  Sparkie sniffs around and does her thing, Jaspurr wanders off and then Spark & I head back to the house.

PITAC at Window

I get all settled in again when Jaspurr jumps up on the back of the front porch bench, looks in the window and proceeds to SCRATCH HIS NAILS ON THE GLASS to be let in!  Now the ELPH & I will take turns letting the little PITAC (Pain In The Ass Cat) in and out but here’s my little secret.  When ELPH is not home?  That PITAC goes out after dinner and stays out until it’s darned convenient (like at the end of a row or a commercial) for me to get up & let his little ass in!  Same goes for the dog.  No matter how many times she ‘dolphins’ me with her nose!

Sweet_Guy_Scarf_mediumSo, when I can’t work on my SIL’s beautiful cardigan I make fast, easy things.  Like the Sweetest Guy Scarf(Also availabe for free at Ravelry.com)  We all know a sweet guy don’t we?  Go!  Make him this scarf in his favorite NFL team colors.  You can find that list over on Holly’s blog Knit with Snot for You .  Go!  She put a lot of work into that list, the least you can do is use it!  Besides that she’s a RIOT!

Breezy Hat

I also made the Breezy Hat designed by Linda Permann (pattern currently only available the Summer 2009 edition of Interweave Crochet )

It was a fast project and easy to transport and I used left over yarn from the Secret Project.  I’ll probably make some more in solids and Clemson colors.

So if you don’t see anything new here you can find me sitting on the sofa trying to count.

November 2, 2009

ELPH Beat Me

Filed under: Ever Loving Patient Husband, Random — Tags: , — Linda @ 4:20 am

At the Range that is.  And I have the bruised ego to prove it.

ELPH wins Nov 2009

ELPH – 356                                                                                          Linda – 339

No, I didn’t ‘let’ him win and yes it was fair & square.  If of course, you take into account that he has modified his weapon and I have not.  Ok he hasn’t put a scope on it or anything.  He replaced the factory sights with some pretty sweet fiber optic Williams Fire Sights.  These sights have improved his ability to actually put all 40 shots on the page which helps the score. And as you can see they clearly have enhanced his ability to hit the center of the target.

My only consolation is that ELPH hasn’t beaten my high score of 362, ……. yet.

September 15, 2009

Stay-cations are the Best!

I can’t remember the last time ELPH & I took a vacation and pretty much did nothing …..and LOVED it! 

Uncle JimMy Dad came to stay with us a few days last week.  ELPH had a Honey Do List and Dad was a huge help.   What’s the saying?   Many hands make for light work.  ELPH was very happy to have the help and company.  Dad only lives a few hours away and we love haveing him here.

On Friday my Cousins and their husbands arrived and we spent all day Saturday on the lake.

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  We took them to see a small waterfall and a little island we’ve named “Jumping Off Rock”  where crazy young people climb up and jump off  the 20 foot high rock into the lake.  Then we cruised up to the Cliffs Marina and had lunch out on the deck. 

ELPH and I both have birthdays in September  so before my Dad left for home we had an early birthday celebration.  This year ELPH turned 50.  Did I do anything special for his Big 50?  You betcha!  I invited my cousins & their husbands to stay with us!    I didn’t even bake him a cake.   I’m just awesome like that.  I got him a few things he’d said he wanted.  He celebrated his birthday by shopping for mine.  He bought me a Henry .22 Golden Boy, Lever Action, Long Rifle !


It’s SWEET!  Shoots like a dream and the lever action is so smooth.  I LOVE it!   Of course we had to take it to the range to try it out! 

Now my cousins are not big on guns…at ALL.  They call me the Crazy Cousin with the Guns.  So I was determined to at least educate them a little about guns hoping to alleviate some of their fears.

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 I think they got over it!

After the range we hiked Issaqueena Falls and took tons of photos but I’ll only bore you with these two.  

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 That evening we washed our faces and combed our hair, put on some clean clothes and took some family photos.




S-Dave and I S.C.

















 That’s enough for one post.  More tomorrow.

May 8, 2009

Happy Anniversary My Love

Filed under: Ever Loving Patient Husband — Tags: — Linda @ 3:21 am

Remember when…




May 8, 1993










Happy Anniversary

my Ever Loving & Patient Husband


You are the love of my life.

March 17, 2009

ELPH wants a refund

Filed under: Ever Loving Patient Husband — Linda @ 12:00 pm

ELPH thinks I’m defective.  He wants a refund from my father.  I should probably give you some background but where to start?  The wasp nest?  The heart attack?  No it started long before that.  Actually before ELPH & I were married. 

Defect One:  Emotionally unstable.  We had just moved from Chicago to Cumming, Georgia, was it 1991?  Anyway, while we were living in sin, ELP-Boyfriend went next door to visit the neighbors without telling me.  No biggie right?  Well after searching the house and yard and I couldn’t find him I had some kind of emotional freak-out.  It’s funny now but back then after he found me sitting in the dirt crying in a heap in the back yard I’m sure he had his doubts about marrying me.   Flash forward 6 or 8 years when I met my current lover Zoloft.  Ah yes, happy was the day he came into our lives.  Within months the emotional meltdowns and the coffee mug throwing incidents are (mostly) behind me and all is right with our world.  

Defect Two: Defective Manufacturer Parts.  In 2004 at the tender age of 43 I had a cardiac spasm, a very mild, unexplainable heart attack.  I thought I had heartburn.  Never mind that I never get heartburn.  I have no family history of heart disease or diabetes or high cholesterol.  After talking to what seemed like everyone every family member and friend I have, all of whom said to go to the emergency room, I finally went after about 8 hours.  After a bunch of tests and drugs a blood test came back with elevated enzymes. Proof positive I was having a heart attack and they slip me some nitroglycerin.  They did a cardiac cath and still don’t know what the hell happened.  The only thing we can attribute it to is the birth control pill.

Defect Three: Allergic to nature.  A few months after that while mowing the lawn (with a push mower, yea the ELPH is a real slave driver) I was stung my a wasp and had a serious allergic reaction and ended up in emergency room again.  Medical bracelet and and epi-pen are prescribed.   Apparently I’m allergic to wasps, bees and fire ants.  Like I could die!  Crraaapp!

It’s at this point the ELPH trys to negotiate a refund with my father.  Dad explains that I was the “first model” (I’m the oldest of 4 children).  ELPH counters with “So! You sold me an un-tested propto-type!”  Somewhere in the conversation my previous marriage came up and ELPH was all “Oh great! Used goods!”   Dad said something about the warranty being out of date and ELPH hasn’t found away around that - yet.

Defect Four:  More Defective Parts.  The latest “defect” started about a year ago when I started to feel a “mump” under my jaw line after I ate anything. It became quite painful so I went to my regular doctor.  He said it was most likely a blocked saliva gland.  “Nothing to worry about really, suck on a sour candy to increase the saliva production”.  So I didn’t worry about it and it went away.  That leads us to last week when I started feeling this “mump” again so I Googled it.  Turns out this blocked gland can get nasty and infected and shouldn’t be ignored (I’ve already had some choice words for my GP cuz a year ago this would have been simple to fix).  Google said it was more of a dentist thing than a doctor thing so I call my dentist who referred me immediately to an Oral Surgeon who got me in same day.  He took an x-ray of my entire head.  And there it was, a stone the size of a cheap diamond.  To me it looks kinda big, which I mention and the Surgeon says “yes, it is.  And from the position of it, it most likely won’t come out on it’s own.  We’ll see you in another week.   If it hasn’t moved we’ll have to remove the entire gland.”  Remove the gland!?!   Wha??!!  Yea.  I go back next week for another x-ray and to schedule the surgery.  Yippee.  Hmmm…maybe I’ll lose some weight;)

So now ELPH is really up in arms about this defective bill of goods my Dad sold him.  I don’t understand what the big deal is.  I mean I’m 47 years old.  Come on, some of these parts are gonna start to wear out right?  Right??  Anyone?

Yea, well.  Can’t wait to hear that conversation between ELPH & Dad.

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