Dollhouses ‘n Stuff

I’m not sure how many more posts I can start with – I’m so bored!  My readers will start deserting me 🙂

I did a bunch of cross-stitching today.  I’ve put many hours into it lately, and there’s not much to show for it, but I will take a picture soon so you can see.

Then this afternoon, I started looking at dollhouses online.  Not sure why, but I just started googling random things. And I found on E-bay the dollhouse I had when I was a kid!

external_openOh man, it brings back such memories!

I had no idea it was a collectors item, especially because it was essentially cardboard and plastic.  When we moved to the U.S., the dollhouse came with me, but over the years, tucked away in the garage, it succumbed to water damage and time.

Apparently this is what Swedish homes must have looked like in the 70s, since I learned today this is made by Lundby of Sweden.  The doors on the right opened up to a garage with a stall for a horse in it.  LMAO, I wonder if people really did keep their car and horse in the the same building once upon a time?

I called my mom to tell her I had found it online and she told me she had found some of the furniture from it in the garage this weekend. LOL, I can’t wait to see it! I remember loving the way it had functioning lights and there was a little TV that plugged in and lit up 🙂

Tonight we went to the garden, and I attempted to stake up the sugar snap peas.  Didn’t have much luck. Did get some good pics, that I will try to post tomorrow.

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Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

I’m obsessed with them.  O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D.  I love following #sotomayor on Twitter. I’ve even been re-tweeted by blogdiva 🙂

Trying to do something today…

Yesterday I did the most I’ve done in a month! Too bad I forgot to bring my camera for most of it.  My family came up to visit, and we went to the farmer’s market, which is in full swing.  It was kind of funny watching my aunt, who couldn’t comprehend why anyone would go to a farmer’s market.  She actually asked the milkman – “Is that milk in bottles?” He answered nicely, “yes, milked and bottled on our farm.” I think she couldn’t comprehend that 🙂

Booty from yesterday

Booty from yesterday

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider from Migliorelli Farm (amazing how there’s still some left from last year’s crop!)
  • 1/2 gallon low-fat milk from Battenkill Creamery
  • 2 hydroponic tomatoes from….I forget
  • 1lb processed chicken cutlets from Cooper’s Ark Farm (this was the first time we found processed chicken for a good price!)
  • 8oz. pesto from Buddhapesto (OMG, this was the most delicious pesto I’ve ever tried. It was made fresh that morning!)
  • 1lb fresh mozzarella cheese from another place I forget (my brain is so not functioning lately)
  • 1 french baguette from Our Daily Bread
  • 2 ears of corn from Barber Farm
  • 1 quart of local plums (even though only 2 shown in picture) from Maynard Farm

We came home and had pesto with the french baguette and fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil (from my basil plant). All of it local. How awesome is that?

Later, in the heat of the day, we went to the garden and everyone except me helped weed.  The garden is in shambles.  Our tomato plants never got tied to the stakes, and the sugarsnap peas are a tangled mess that are leaning over into the golden chard.  If I were better, I’d go over there now and get it all sorted out, but I am not strong enough yet for it 😦  There was only one new zucchini this week, which didn’t look very good so we left it to rot.  We picked some more sugar snap peas, and the garlic scapes (which are a little past prime I think, oh well).  K mulched as well.  We were there for quite a bit of time, I think I over did it, even though I basically just sat there in a chair and watched – but the sun was quite heavy.  Had a bad night as a result, but even so, I think I am getting better.

I’m going to try to get some laundry done today…if I can lift it.  I don’t know if it’s still too much for me.

On a political note, I am obsessed with the Sotomayor hearings this week.  I can’t explain it, and I can’t get into it politically.  I’m Puerto Rican, darn it, and I’m taking untrue statements about her personally.  That’s all I can say about it. For now 🙂

The Recovery Continues

Stuck at home, not able to do much makes it hard to blog about non-personal things…so I’m sharing a personal, ugly picture.

Ok, I hate pictures of myself.  Hate hate hate.  So hard to find one I like.

So here is the ugliest I hopefully will ever look.  But hey! I’ve got a thumbs up going on, so I must have been in a good mood

But yea, I don’t remember this picture being taken 🙂  This is me, still on the respirator, probably the day AFTER my surgery I think…when I had actually woken up.

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Yikes it’s scary.  Apparently I demanded my glasses because I am blind without them.  I also asked to wash my hair (I have the paper on which I attempted to scribble this as proof).  Not sure how I expected to wash my hair in this state – LOL!

This week I am doing much better after a slight relapse last week.  Today, I went to the mall with my mom for THREE hours.  It’s the most I’ve left my house for yet.  I bought some cotton shorts (haha) because they are über-comfy and I don’t feel like anything uncomfortable these days, and an apron.  Don’t ask about the apron.  The hubby met us for lunch and I looked almost normal.

Then I came home, utterly exhausted and zonked out.  Not quite normal yet.

I called work today to check in with folks.  My vacation/sick/personal time was due to be used up at the end of June and then I would be on FMLA but not getting paid 😦  But I found out from HR that people have donated enough leave for me to get paid through July 17th.  Holy cow.  I am so grateful and thankful! I feel like I barely know anyone there but people actually donated their vacation time to me!  This is enough to get me one extra paycheck I would not otherwise get.  And I can’t even know who they are because it’s against the rules.  I have to figure out how to get a thank you out somehow.

Speaking of thank yous…I must get others out (now that I’m feeling a little better) for the flowers and other things I have gotten. Unfortunately I did not think to take pics of all of them, but here are some of the things people have sent me.  Darn it, why didn’t I remember to take pics of everything? My brain is seriously fried right now.

From Sarah - yay chocolate! :)

From Sarah - yay chocolate! 🙂

From Am and Rudy

From Am and Rudy

From work

From work

In garden-y news…we have cubanelle peppers growing.  Cubanelles are my favorite pepper -I love them in fajitas!

Baby cubanelle

Baby cubanelle

Cubanelles plants in planter

Cubanelle plants in planter

Our crazy alpine strawberry plant

Our crazy alpine strawberry plant

Jalapeno pepper plants

Jalapeno pepper plants

Mango plant (left), lemon plant (right)

Mango plant (left), lemon plant (right)

Avocado plant

Avocado plant

As you can tell, these are all being grown on our deck. Still haven’t been able to get out to the garden 😦

I’m back!

I’m back from my surgery!  Not anywhere near 100%…somewhere near 50-60%, but I’m going to start to try blogging again.

The surgery went really well, although last week was very rough…so I haven’t been doing very much yet.  Luckily, the hubby has been willing to take a few pics for me.

Last week in the garden – around 6/25:

Corn stalks

Corn stalks

Green bean plants

Green bean plants

Carrots

Carrots

Strawberries

Strawberries

Sugarsnap peas

Sugarsnap peas

I’m not able to go into the garden yet, even to weed, so I haven’t seen it since the middle of June.  But K went today and look at what he came home with!

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More lettuce, almost a quart of sugarsnap peas, a bazillion zucchini and a couple of strawberries. 🙂 The berries were delicious!  I have no idea what to do with so many zucchini! Any ideas?

Apparently our tomatoes are not doing too well. It’s been raining almost every day for the last two weeks. Makes me sad…I wanted to make and can tomato sauce this summer!

My ILs came up week before last and brought us the 15lbs of cherries they promised -whee! This past week my MIL and SIL came up to visit and pitted them for us, then froze them.  I can’t wait to feel better enough to make strawberry and cherry jam now.

K went by himself to the farmer’s market today because I wasn’t feeling very well…he came home with this:

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  • 1 quart milk from Battenkill Creamery
  • 3 lb fresh chicken from Sweet Tree Farm
  • 1 quart strawberries from Buhrmaster farm (not sure why, when we have a bunch we picked that we froze a few weeks ago 😉
  • 1 oz. green tea with jasmine from Divinitea
  • 2 cobs of corn from Migliorelli Farm
  • 1 bunch of broccoli from Barber Farm
  • 1 quart of red potatoes from Barber Farm
  • 1lb of wildflower honey from Lloyd Spear, beekeeper

I don’t know how often I’ll be able to update this in the next few weeks, as I feel better and better it’ll get updated more, but some days are better than others. Thanks for sticking with me!