Saturday, October 6, 2007 in family, holiday fun

Happy *sniff* Thankgiving

So Addison, Kaytlyn, Mom and Carl are all decending on our house for the big dinner today. It’s Thanksgiving weekend up here in Canukistan, you know.

Of course, Mom decided two days ago that she could come, Emma – who was recovering – slowly slid back into the not feeling good and was throwing up (because of a runny nose, not a virus), Sarah got a sore throat yesterday and now has no voice, and the ceiling above the table with the big hole where the plumbing was repaired now lets go of some plaster at irregular intervals.

I am thinking this is going to be a very interesting day.

Friday, October 5, 2007 in education

Email of the day

Subject: Home School

Please e-mail us the information for high school home schooling, price and period time required.

It doesn’t mean what she thinks it means.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 in food

Cream Cheese Brownies

Cream cheese brownies

Mix in a small bowl –
4oz cream cheese (half a brick)
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBSP flour
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, cut up and well drained

Beat cheese and 1 egg well. Blend sugar and flour in gradually until well blended then stir in cherries. Set aside.

Mix in a bigger bowl –
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine

Beat the 2 eggs until frothy and add next 4 ingredients. Melt butter and stir in cocoa. Add to the egg/sugar/flour mixture. Stir well.

Spread a scant 2/3rds of the chocolate mixture on the bottom of a well-greased 8×8 pan. Carefully spread or drizzle the cream cheese & cherry mix over top. I used a spatula and let it drizzle off the edge in small doses, moving it back and forth. Spread or drizzle remaining chocolate batter over top as best you can.

Bake in 350 oven for 30 to 35 minutes – it should show signs of pulling away from the edges of the pan. Let cool. Theoretically, you can cut it into 25 measly pieces.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 in pictures included

More pics

I also updated the flickr album.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 in I'm a computer geek

We’re raising another geek

We were all snuggled in bed; Emma, Ron and I.

“Daddy?”

“Yes honey?”

(Here Emma rattles off a series of ones and zeros.) “That’s three in computer talk, right?”

“Uh… yes it is…”

“And that’s a byte, right?”

“Yep.”

I finally whisper, “I think she’s been watching Scooter Computer & Mr. Chips again.”

“Daddy?” Emma asks again.

“Yes honey?”

“What do you do at your job?”

Ron goes on to explain he talks to computers in their language and tells them what to do. Emma says, “WOW. That’s really cool.”

I think Emma’s really cool.

Monday, October 1, 2007 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

Fall goodness

Gee, I went and posted we were feeling icky, then I ran off and had a good weekend. The girls and I hit the road Friday afternoon, went to the market and did some shopping. Emma was hapy to pick out 3 pairs of pants at a thrift store.

I found the remote for my upstairs tv, so that was awesome. I have volume now.

Carl and Mom *finally* came up to visit and see our house. Of course they love it. I think Carl is jealous we have so much wind here. Now we have a legitimate excuse to buy a windmill. Ron took him on a tour of the area to see some windmills in action, even. They also spent a great deal of time in the basement, wondering aloud at all the fun construction misdeeds. I pointed out a few to my mother, and when she got real confused for the 6th time and asked, “Well ,why would they do that?” I told her we’d given up trying to figure out the why of it all. It’ll just make you crazy trying to figure out in what universe some things make sense.

Mom also brought up some fabric for me to go through, for some heavy window coverings just for the short term. Carl is hoping she’ll clear out a bunch of stuff, including fabric, before they retire to their little country house, as yet unbuilt. I told him I could only take half. “You’re forgetting the deal,” he tried to remind me, “You’re supposed to take it all.”

“I made you roasted parsnips,” I said in reply.

“Okay. You’re off the hook. This time.”

We then had roast pork, mashed potatoes, squash and the best gravy I ever made. They left when Mom couldn’t stay awake any longer, which was around 7:30. Emma was just ramping up her activity level for the evening too.

The next day, we all went on a long drive for a photo hunt. I also walked down to the lake after we got home and took even more pictures. The total was over two hundred, but a lot can be cleared out due to focus issues.

I always have focus issues. 😀