Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What's Happenin' Wednesday: How to fill some days off blogging.

So what do I do when not updating the world at large with my generalized craftiness?

1) Make 24 jars of ridiculously delicious organic strawberry jam. Flavor some with lime, flavor some with basil, flavor some with mint. Make labels and wrap for Christmas presents. But keep many many jars for personal consumption as well. Need the recipe?


2) Do some new landscaping. Lots and Lots of it, actually. Hardscaping is, in fact, rather hard.
3)Pull Weeds... A Lot. 100 gallons of them.
4) Keep the clothes off the bedroom floor for 8 consecutive days. And make the bed before noon.
5) Try your hand at some weak attempts at spring cleaning. Don't surrender the hope, but make only a little headway.
6) Do Mystical Artichoke Experiments; force an artichoke to bloom with no water after being cut and drying out for 3 weeks, simply by moving it to the cookbook area.


7) Embroider more sign language samplers.


8) Finish some cool jewelry.
9) Enjoy the first days of summer by torturing your sweet kid by doing "summer home schooling".
10) Make ginger lemon cookies with same kid for father's day present.
11) Ruin your husband's birthday cake. Total flop.
12) Plant drought tolerant flowers. ( I'm cheating here... I think this actually falls under the landscape listing.)
13) Make really yummy dinners from the Farm Share veggie box.
Pasta with tofu sausage, spinach, pine nuts and dried cranberries.
Grilled pineapple, shrimp and tofu salad with mint over spicy peanut noodles.
Heavenly omelette's with asparagus, scallions and smoked salmon with goat cheese and spring potatoes and carrots roasted with oregano and lemon,
and eat well but don't photograph a single one.
14) Clean off the deck. (Including putting the Christmas Tree stand away. OMG!)
15) Take 6 boxes of stuff to Goodwill.
16) Bring 3 bags of stuff back.


17) Go to the spa with a group of lady friends.
18) While you are there, drink too much before dinner and swipe a bike-surrey thing with your sister as accomplice.
19) Put it back where you found it, after a joy ride around the parking lot, because you're rowdy- not evil.
20) Get completely addicted to "Lost" on dvd.
21)Craft here and there in an attempt to decrease the stash and finally update the poor languishing etsy shop.

22)Finally finish the limoncello and decide to try a different recipe next time.
23) Feel a little guilty for not keeping up with the blog.

PS: To the sweet people who asked about the lace necklaces: They will be in my Etsy shop. Monday is my goal date.

28 comments:

ruby-crowned kinglette said...

you have been extraordinarily busy and productive... i am impressed and kind of feel like little miss lazy person here.... you should add to that list 'inspired others to get off their a**..."

thanks!

maplesyrup said...

oooohhhhhh....I was wondering if you were making any headway on your pond. Sounds like you are. Isn't summer wonderful! Glad to see the little stash of fabric I passed along is going to get used.
How do you get so much done?! Both you and Michelle amaze me....

Anonymous said...

Busy Busy Betty!!! :)

Your strawberry jam sounds divine indeed. Yummy!

xoxoxo amanda button

Knitsonya said...

I was beginning to wonder where you went. Rowdy, not evil. I love that. Isn't amazing how much you get done when not blogging. Some inverse relationship or something.

Nancy said...

you're amazing! i've never seen an artichoke in bloom before, it is really lovely.

and *yes please* to the strawberry jam recipe. not like i have time for canning at the moment but one day I will and I've tried several strawberry jam recipes that all made me sad.

mscleaverchronicles said...

1- wow , have you been busy!
2- I'm with Nancy on the Artichoke!

Heidi Ann said...

Sounds like you have accomplished a lot, and had some fun, oo. Your update was fun to read!

Jenaveve said...

What a lovely post! I'm very interested in the home made organic jam - not that I've ever tried making / canning my own jams before but I am curious to see what's in it, and how difficult it is too...

Same - didn't know artichokes bloomed! It's gorgeous.

Natalie said...

Strawberry jam and list a mile long...I am completely impressed. I wish I had a little limoncello to chase the list down with.

The artichoke...I don't know what to say. It reminded me of a sea anemone.

woolanthropy said...

Natalie aka woolanthropy ;)

Natasha said...

Wow..... What are you making your sign language tea towels for. I have never seen patterns like that. They are great!!

sweetcheese said...

Lime and strawberry?! Yes, please!

Kai said...

You ARE busy. You are also hysterical! I LOOOOVE your blog!

Stacie said...

that artichoke is amazing!!!! jam, also amazing!!!

l said...

Wow. I was feeling like maybe next week I do some weeding and maybe (just maybe) clean up our kitchen...then I read the list of all you've accomplished. Now I feel even more lazy than ever. I am not motivated at all...

Though, you do have me hopeful about making some jam and then cleaning up the kitchen!

blazedanielle said...

What a fun post! That artichoke is so prtty! Great to eat and to look at! ;)

Colleen said...

Yes, I would love to have your recipe for the jam. We are off soon to pick organic strawberries and I want to make a bunch of jam!!! Thanks in advance!

amy said...

good grief! you are awesome! i would love the strawberry with lime recipe!

Angelina said...

So impressed with everything you've been up to!

Wendy said...

Just found your blog, love your jam labels! Looking forward to the recipe!
The dress you made is fabulous!

Dot said...

Nifty list! you are definitely inspiring me to keep track of all the stuff I'm trying to get done... I haven't been quite as productive as you, but I'm trying!

Dot

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

ROFL about your week. My list would be 3 items, and very boring. I totally relate especially to the took 6 bags to goodwill, brought 3 back. I had no idea an artichoke would even bloom>?!

PĂ©itseoga said...

i'm very impressed! you've done so much while i lazed about on hols and at my parents...

Teena said...

Ok, so now I need a stiff drink down to recover - that was exhausting to read! I'd forget the housework. Obviously you were meant for better things and clothes on the floor just mean less laundry in the basket! Hurrah to that! don't you find children (and husbands) will always wear something one more time if given no other option?! Lime, mint, strawbs, yes please!! mmmmm.

sulu-design said...

I've missed you, but I see you have plenty of valid excuses for not being bloggy. The sign language sampler is awesome, and the orange and blue eggs are super cool. Do pop in again, won't you?

Ruth Singer said...

cor, that sounds a whole lot more interesting than my blogging break. drive a long way - set up show - get very fed up with it - sleep badly in bunkbed - pack show all up again - drive a long way home again.
no artichokes of any sort!

Melissa H said...

I didn't know you were blog MIA because my internet was also MIA and I also spent the time making jam ;) the no-internet productivity is amazing. I did strawberry lemon, strawberry freezer jam and apricot. All pretty good. I'll have to try it without pectin next time!

Maddie said...

Ugh.... I only wish I had gotten so much done... but I am also "summer-busy"... good stuff but it does not leave much time for blogging and such. Glad to know things are going well for you.

Maddie

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