Showing posts with label To Do list. Show all posts
Showing posts with label To Do list. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The "H" I Say


The other day I decided to keep a daily Have-Done list. For awhile, that is. Until I no longer need to let myself know that I have accomplished something each day.

Every day, I add things to my To-Do list. As you can see in the photo, the items don't always get done right away. Sometimes, not for weeks after I put them on the list.

The Have-Done things, so far, were not on my To-Do list. That's okay. They were usually stuff:

•  I would've distracted myself to do so I wouldn't do anything on the To-Do list. For instance, dig up a narrow piece of the front lawn to create a new home for a bunch of jade plants that no longer fit in their pots.

•  I would've discovered I needed to do before I could do a To-do item, such as clean the freezer in order to start it up again.

•  I needed to do that moment because they needed to get done then and there. We needed to pay that water bill, you know.

•  I would've eventually put on my To-do list. That would've probably been the applesauce I made this morning from the apples I picked off our tree last week.

There you go. That's how I am right now.  

H is the letter for this week's ABC Wednesday. (Thank you very much, ABCW team.) To read other H-inspired posts and/or to join in with your own, please click here.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Sweet Distraction is called Molly the Cat


What happened? My serious—as opposed to maybe I'll do it—To-Do-List got very long just now. Yuck. All I can do is do what I can. And, stop now and then and play with Molly the Cat. That's very important for my sanity.

I like this photo of Molly. Can you tell it was taken upside-down?  Molly seems to like the camera that way. By the way that fleshy stump next to her is my leg.

Until tomorrow.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer Domestic Diva Challenge -- Two Down!


Hurrah! I completed item#1 on my list of seven things to do before the summer ends.

The Husband has his second tunic. It sports a couple of boo-boos. One pocket is lower than the other. And, there's a triangle of fabric missing in the interfacing. I cut it out as I was sewing because the fabric was overlapping in the oddest way.  I should've had more faith in what I was doing. We'll see how the tunic holds up with each washing.


The blue print on the pockets and on the sides looks weird. What can I say other than it brings out the happiness of the shirt.

The Husband is so cool.



Friday, August 14, 2015

Time Flies. . .


When you have much to do. Yup. Time flies. Fly, fly, time.

Within the next six hours, I plan to do this:

Finish the Husband's tunic. All I need to do is attach the sleeves and sides, then hem it up.

Make an appetizer.  The Husband and I are going to a party tonight. Fun. Maybe I'll make cheesy olive balls. They're easy to make, but that means going to the store for olives and cheddar cheese.

Put together a photo collage.  It's for a luncheon fundraiser tomorrow. I could probably do that after the party, if I print the photos beforehand. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Get this post done.  I threw this in so I can feel like I'll have accomplished something once its published.  Always look for the positive, I say.

Thank goodness, I finished reading my novel last night, otherwise I'd forget about doing these things I plan to do. Enchanted  August by Brenda Bowen.  Just like the title, the story was enchanting.

I could go for either a cup of coffee or a lovely cocktail.  That's not going to happen. So, I'll just pretend to smell the flowers.  See ya.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Domestic Diva Challenge -- One Down!


Ha! I completed  #4 on my list of seven things to do before the summer ends. 

A jar of lemon peels covered with vodka is now sitting in the cupboard with the glasses. In four to six weeks, it will become lemon extract. I hope, I hope. 

The first thing I plan to make with the stuff is lemon cookies. They were the first—and when I think of it, the only—cookies that the Mama baked when I was a small kid. They were perfectly round, golden, and yummily lemon flavored. I have yet to taste a lemon cookie that rivals my memory of the Mama's cookies. 

If you're curious, this was my recipe, which I adapted from Mommypotamus's.
  1. Zested 9 medium lemons. Don't get any of the white peel. 
  2. Place lemon strips in a jar and cover with about 1.5 cup of vodka. 
  3. Shake well, then put in a cupboard.
The rest of the instructions are from Mommypotamus:
  1. Shake the mixture every day for a week.  
  2. Shake every so often for 4 to 6 weeks, which I shall translate as once every 3 or 4 days. 
  3. Strain the lemon peels and pour lemon extract into clean jars. 
  4. Store in cabinet or refrigerator.

What will I do with those lemons I zested? (The zester is a very cool tool by the way.) Make lemonade!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Seven Things to Do Before Summer Ends


It's time for me to make a list of all domestic diva things I want to accomplish this summer. Otherwise, I will just vaguely think about doing them, which in my world means "I'll do it tomorrow." As we all know, tomorrow really never comes.

I shall ring Tilda-Hilda's ding-a-ling bell and...and...and...proclaim my list of things I shall complete before the first day of Autumn.


1. Sew the Husband another tunic.

2. Sew myself a tunic.

3. Sew the Christmas vest for the Husband, which I said I would do....uhm, two Christmases ago.


4. Make lemon extract.

5. Make limoncello.

6. Make candied ginger.

7. Bake energy bars. So, Tilda-Hilda and I can pedal farther and further down roads.

I can do these seven things. I can!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

From the First Blog


Cu'Pie Baby Bird says "Chirp. Chirp." was the first blog I wrote and published. That was back in 2007. Did I really say, "back in 2007"? It was only eight years ago, but it certainly seems like much longer. I bet I still have things left to do on my To-Do list from back then....Oh, yeah, I do! The big one: Have a garage sale. Hmmmm.

Where was I? Today, I decided to share a post from my first blog. Here thou goeth.

Movin' On Up 

Originally posted Sunday, June 17, 2007

We are moving up in the world. Or maybe the cliché should be -- we’re keeping up with the Jones’s. (Edit from Dick: “You can say either. It means the same thing.**)

Yesterday we stopped at Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond. (Another edit from Dick: “No. It’s Bed, Bath, and Beyond.”) This was our second stop in over a month, a very unusual thing for us. The only stores we grace more than once in a blue moon are the grocery store, the drug store, and the bookstore.

Our mission this time round was to buy a cherry pitter and a kitchen trash can with a lid. We headed for the beyond section where Dick immediately found the cherry pitters that are dishwasher safe. As we circled the section, I couldn’t help but get a package of silicone basting brushes and another plastic- thingy that covers a dish as it heats up in the microwave. Each item is wonderfully dishwasherable, too. (Editorial comment from Dick, the Dishwasher: When choosing any new item that must be washed, it must be dishwasher safe.)

We walked all over the store searching for a garbage can. Turns out the selection of receptacles were in front of the store, next to the entrance. The top of the line was $179! I wonder how much garbage you would need to throw out before you felt you recouped your investment. You know, after a certain point, every bit of garbage is just gravy, dude. Turkey or beef, doesn't matter.


We settled on something far less expensive, but still a bit luxurious for a garbage can—$39!. It’s a 30-liter silver-streamlined garbage can with a fitted black top AND a foot pedal you can press to open the top. Hoo-ha! And the engineer designed it so that the part of the garbage bag that folds over the rim is not visible. (Editorial comment from Dick: Regardless of what you see in the photo.) It looks and works very trés cool.

Yep, we now own a cherry pitter, two silicone brushes, and a posh garbage can. We are definitely moving up in the world. Right up there with the Jones’s.

**I know I can make the changes without quoting Dick, but what’s the fun in that.

Update: The cherry pitter is still a fun gadget because I rarely use it. The silicone brushes keep moved around the kitchen so it takes awhile to find one when I want one. The foot pedal no longer works on the posh garbage can. It's a good thing we didn't purchase that expensive one. The dishwasher went kaput several years ago and the Husband now washes dishes by hand two or three times nearly every day. One of these days we'll get that dishwasher fixed or buy a new one. It's definitely on the To-Do list.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saturday Morning Ramble


My town does not have a bookshop, an art supplies store, or a music store. Once upon a time it had all three. When I was a teenager, I fantasized about one day owning a bookstore with a ceramic wheel in the back so that people who want to play with ceramics can do their thing. I even knew what space in town I wanted to have my bookstore. Sometimes the fantasy of having a bookstore pops up when the Husband and I stumble upon a vacant space on main street or thereabouts. I no longer want a ceramic wheel. But, I do think of offering a service for people to have their packages delivered to my bookstore so that they don't have to fear about them being stolen off their porch.

In a tiny way, I am living out my bookshop fantasy by having a virtual online book store at Amazon, which  focuses on books about my town and county, as well as local authors.  I could expand this virtual shop by adding other categories that interest me. Yes, I could. Maybe, I will. I'll put it on my To-Do list to consider.

Back to the topic that is in my head. My To-Do list calendar, which you see up there in the photo. Last month, I was inspired to create my own daily calendar, doodling the date everyday. I'm enjoying the first—and sometimes only—burst of creativity each day. Once, I did the next date before I retired from the office for the evening. I was actually bummed the next morning that I did not have a date to doodle. I am not going to do that again.

I started my post writing about the non-existent bookshop, art supplies, store, and music store in my town because the Husband and I happened to find all three in the same part of a shopping plaza in a town about 30 miles away. We had a delightful time wandering around the three shops.  We'll be stopping by again since we drive over that way to buy cat food for our very particular eater Molly the Cat. 

While at the art supplies shop, I purchased some colored pencils. Lemon yellow, olive green, true blue, and golden brown. Now, I can color the sun in yellow. Whooo-hooo! And, that was what I really wanted to write about today. That my new colored pencil of lemon yellow makes me giddy. The other three are cool, too. Together, all four colors pirouette on the page. The lemon yellow, though, shouts joy like the sun.

By the way, the FCC requires that I tell you that if you click on the Amazon link and purchase anything while any where at Amazon, I may be rewarded with a few pennies for referring you to their site. Ka-ching!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How I Spent My "Gone Reading" Day

I need to put up my "Gone Reading" sign more often. I got some good reading done yesterday. It did take awhile before I actually ran to the bedroom and escaped into another time and place but when I did I read for two hours before it was time to make dinner. In the evening, I went back to the mystery I was reading until I turned the last page of the book, which I will tell you about another day.

To feel okay about going reading, I decided to cross a few things off my To-Do list. I finally put the photos I had scanned back in the Mama's albums. Some of them even went back on the correct pages. Hopefully, the Mama won't notice. I filed away some documents and put papers to shred in a neat pile on the floor.

I even researched what kind of milkweed grows in our area and where to purchase the milkweed seeds. Milkweed is what monarch butterflies munch on as they pass through from here to there. When I was a kid, monarch butterflies were a common thing to see around here. Not anymore. Over the decades, their food source has been wiped out every where through development, which, of course, has contributed to their decreasing population.

Belt Holder

Last week, the Husband and I did a thorough cleaning in our bedroom on account of the carpet beetles that suddenly showed themselves. Damn, bugs. On one hand, it was good thing because it forced the Husband and me to take out everything in our drawers and closet. "Oh, I didn't know I had that," said the Husband more than a few times.  We got rid of a bunch of clothes and reorganized things. And, you know what, we only had a few things that had no place to be.

The Husband's belts, for instance. Yesterday, I got tired of seeing them sprawled on the dresser, so I put on my thinking cap. Essentially, I found a bunch of curtain clips in a drawer and. . . Voila!


As you can see, Jane Austen had to get in on the action, too.


Monday, February 16, 2015

"Gone" for the Day


Does anyone put up a "Gone Fishing" sign anymore?

I think it's a good idea to check out now and then. So, I'm posting my sign. Hopefully, I'll get some good reading done. See ya tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Uhm, Hanging Out at Twitter

If I want to, I can start my social security benefits at the end of the year. So, do I really want to finally learn about social media? This came to mind yesterday afternoon when I wanted to know something about Twitter hashtags. Yes, indeed, I can cross that off my January To-do list.

Learning about Twitter hashtags opened up a new can of black beans. (Not worms, because there are a lot of them in our compost bin.) Just like that, I found an easy-to-comprehend article about hashtags. That got me curious to go to my Twitter account, which I rarely do because I plead the old person's lament of "I don't understand how it works." Yet, I have a Twitter account that is hooked up to the Facebook pages for my two blogs -- this one and Take 25 to Hollister. A technical friend told me I could do that, so I did and left it at that. Until yesterday morning when I daringly added a hashtag to a Facebook post. I had to find out if I used it correctly and appropriately.

So, there I was at Twitter. No story to tell other than amongst my clicking of here and there, I came across The 9 Must-Read Social Media Aricles of 2014. I probably would've passed on reading the article if a cute old typewriter wasn't at the top of the page. That article lead me to three more articles, of which one or all may interest you.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Things to Do in January


I'm one of those people who has good intentions of doing things. I'm also one of those people who needs to make a To-Do list to keep her focused on performing the tasks. Some times I even complete every item on the list. That said, here are the things I want to accomplish in January.

Put photos back into the Mama's albums.  Now, this item I ought to be able to finish in a flash.

Make cafe curtains for the kitchen window. A few years ago, I made easy-peasy yellow curtains that are not the easiest to scoot along the rod. I did not put the centerpiece for holding up the rod in the precise center, which bugs a certain precise person, who shall be nameless, and possibly the other precise person, who shall also be nameless, in this household.

Make a bird feeder. The screw mechanism for the cover of the feeder failed sometime last year. But, because the birds can still balance and eat on the feeder, I've ignored replacing it. Recently, the birds have taken to pooping on the cover. Maybe, it's their way of saying "Get us a new feeder." I'm sure a Google search will come up with a DIY feeder that requires not much of a fuss from my end.

Purchase milkweed seeds to help save monarch butterflies. The migrating process between Canada and Mexico of the monarch butterfly is at risk of being endangered, which essentially would affect the ecosystems that this species visits. I live in an area that's along the butterflies' path. I only see a few come through these days, unlike when I was a kid who could go into a field and be surrounded by them. Check out this article, if you want to learn more about the migrating monarch butterflies.

Learn what Twitter hash tags are all about. I think it's time.

Ha! I just realized that with every item I do, I have a potential post. Stay tuned, dear readers.