Friday, September 30, 2011

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Still alive out here in the middle of nowhere!

I've had some time-management issues this month that have made blogging and commenting near-impossible. The Captain has been away and Rosemary's Baby's tutor had to take a 3-week sick leave. Living where we do, there's no one to take over when our tutor gets sick. The major lesson I've learned from this is that MY KID NEEDS HIS THERAPY!

Holy cow, he's been a little terror! I literally cannot spend more than one minute at a time on the computer or I go back upstairs to find the little monkey either raiding the cupboards and fridge of things he shouldn't have, or in the garage, trying desperately to figure out how to back the car out of the driveway for a joyride. He's suddenly napping at weird hours and appearing in my room expecting breakfast at 3AM. No-therapy-RB is killing me!

However, all should return to normal next week and I am to be banished to the basement, as my presence on the main floor during therapy sessions has been deemed a "distraction". The ornery part of me might want to argue, but to be honest, my basement needs a good cleaning anyway, and since I have a TV, treadmill and computer down here, I'm pretty sure it'll actually end up being good for me too. Prepare to be sick of me by Christmas.

In the meantime, go visit my friend and fellow blogger Granny Bob for an update on the amazing autumn colours in our area at the moment.

Have a beautiful fall weekend, everyone. I really will be back soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tomatoes, Spice Cake and Frost. Brrr.

I've been thinking that if I don't post again soon, you're all going to think that my last post was a suicide note. So, rest assured, I'm still alive and well. Just buried in tomatoes.

We got our first frost last night and it is CHILLY! There's still a lot to be harvested from the garden, and between that and having to do a lot more work than I'm used to for RB's program, time is at a bit of a premium for me right now. But I am slowly trying to make the rounds and leave some comments, and eventually I'll be back on track with my own posts. I hope...

Before I get back to chopping tomatoes, on another very grave and important topic, I heard some news that rocked my world this morning. Maybe you heard it too.

THE EASY BAKE OVEN IS LOSING ITS LIGHT BULB!!!

That's right. In the interests of preserving our already crippled environment, Hasbro has redesigned the classic first kitchen appliance of aspiring little chefs to include a proper heating element and more cooking space. The light bulb is being phased out! It's great news for 4 year-olds who are concerned that the 100-watt hot spot surrounded by some nominally warmer-than-room-temperature air might dry out their souffle before it's puffed up properly.

For those of us more worried about what an entire heating element will do to the moistness of our tiny round spice cakes, the jury is still out.