Cold & Tired & Sick

What a whirlwind the last week was! Thankfully we were able to get our heating issue fixed just in time for some terribly cold weather. In fact, last Tuesdays the school had a delayed opening because of the dangerous wind chills.

The rest of the week was the usual blur of activity! Saturday I left work a little early so we could get a jump on our trip up to Massachusetts to see my family. I’m kicking myself for not taking photos, but we were just having a nice, relaxing time. My mom cooked us all a huge dinner of meatballs, Italian sausage, chicken parmesan, pasta, garlic bread, salad, and cake for dessert. No, we certainly weren’t hungry!

Sunday morning we stopped by my brother’s house and gave my niece and nephew their Christmas presents — we had not had a time to get together sooner ?? But it was great to finally get together! We got back home mid-afternoon and the boys had homework to finish up. I did some laundry, made everyone’s lunches for Monday, and that was about it.

Yesterday was grocery shopping day, and I wanted to get that done before the predicted snow. Got everything put away and sat down to watch a bit of the Ted Bundy docu-series on Netflix when suddenly I was just overcome by aches and tiredness. I drove J. down to the Town Hall for his work orientation (he was approved as a junior A/V engineer to help out with broadcasting public meetings), and then mustered the energy to make dinner, but I just crashed after that. In fact, I think I fell asleep by 8:30, only to wake up in the middle of the night with a horrible sore throat.

I did drag myself to work because I was pretty sure I’d end up needing to leave early anyway, and sure enough – the schools announced an early dismissal due to the impending snow storm! The library follows the school district, so we closed at noon as well. I wish I could say I made better use of the extra time, but I am really not feeling well so I’ve just been watching TV and doing a little puttering around the house.

I’m thinking about making some chicken soup… hot, salty broth sounds so good to me right now. Also planning on making BBQ chicken paninis for dinner, so a cup of soup will go well with that.

So now we will see what tomorrow brings! The snow continues to fall and I wouldn’t be against a snow day. Really, I’m just hoping that a good night’s sleep will help me to start feeling better. Not that anyone enjoys being sick, but I really don’t have the time to let things fall behind!

Happy Homemaker Monday for January 21, 2019

Oh, it is such a Monday, let me tell you. The power vent on our furnace burned out yesterday, so I’ve already had the plumber out here and he needs to get a part and will be back this afternoon. Thankfully we have the wood stove. But the lack of hot water is really aggravating! Well, I guess it’s all part of the joys of home ownership, right?

Other than that, we had a pretty nice weekend. We attended an Eagle Scout court of honor on Saturday night, which was really nice. We got home before the weather got too bad, and Sunday we didn’t leave the house. I started working on cleaning out my dresser and closet and what a huge difference! I was really inspired by the Marie Kondo program on Netflix. It felt great to get rid of some clothes I was hanging on to, hoping they would again fit me someday or because someone gave them to me and I felt guilt over donating them… but no more! Now everything I have fits, and the clothes are styles I currently wear, and they are not ripped, torn, or overly worn.

Anyway, let’s get on with it shall we? Time to link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather…It is just frigid today! We got snow and ice over the weekend, and now it’s just ridiculously cold. Thursday is looking to be the best day of the week.

On my reading pile…I’m going to start You by Caroline Kepnes. My husband and I watched the show on Netflix and now I’m curious to see how it compares to the book. D. listened to it quite a while back and he said the show was very different from how he remembers the book.

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend…Nothing much, really. At night D. and I have been watching old episodes of Seinfeld (I still love that show!) and the latest DVD season of Big Bang Theory.

On my TV…I think I need to look for a new show to watch. I want to start The Innocent Man, as well as Glitch if I have time this week.

On the menu for this week…

Monday: Fried chicken, baked potatoes, steamed green beans
Tuesday: Turkey tacos, black bean soup
Wednesday: Bacon cheese burgers, French fries, salad
Thursday: Roast chicken thighs, broccoli-cheddar rice, steamed broccoli
Friday: London Broil, salad, mashed potatoes
Saturday: Dinner with family
Sunday: ?

On my to do list…Vacuum, watch floors

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating…While cleaning out the closet I found a 10-point star blanket that I started a couple years ago. I am going to pick it back up and finish it as a baby blanket for a gift.

Looking around the house…The kids are off from school today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day so it’s not as tidy as it could be. Plus, our piano is still in a few pieces, as D. is working on some repairs. It’s hard to get motivated to clean at the moment, though! I’ll catch up tomorrow and Wednesday,

From the camera…

Even though the snow had a crunchy layer of sleet and ice, the kids still managed to get some sledding in yesterday.
What I’m wearing today…Jeans, gray sweatshirt with lace overlay sleeves (love this top!), slipper socks, and slippers.    

One of my simple pleasures…That first sip of coffee in the morning! Is there anything quite as good?

Tracks in the Snow

“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on.”
— Carol Rifka Brunt

It snowed last night (though hardly the 2″ I was expecting). In fact, it was just enough to lightly cover the ground. Nevertheless, it was also just enough to let us know that a fox was trotting around early this morning. At least I’m pretty sure it was a fox. My tracking skills are not the greatest, but comparing the prints to images online, and knowing that there are plenty of foxes around, I think it’s a pretty good guess.

Trying Something New (Back to my Blogging Roots)

Well, I don’t know if this will last, or if in a few days or weeks I will delete this blog and go back to where I’ve been writing for the last 19 years, but… I felt like trying something new/old.

The new? Obviously the name. And the web address. The old? Blogger is where I got my start way back in 2000. I’ve found myself really frustrated with the new editor in WordPress, so I thought I would give Blogger a go again. Why not? It’s free and familiar. Kind of like coming home in a sense.

And that brings me to my new blog title. “My Hudson Valley Home” is pretty self-explanatory! I have been wanting to get back to a more journal-esque style of blogging, and while I could certainly do that on my old blog, a fresh start seemed appropriate. I love my adopted home — New York’s Hudson Valley and it has become a huge part of me. And I enjoy writing about all things “home” like my knitting and crochet projects, scrapbooking and memory keeping, sharing recipes, and just rambling on about who-knows-what. I want to create a space that is cozy, friendly, and reflects who I am now. So we will see how it goes!

Snowy Morning

We woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground this morning. I love how pretty it looks. We haven’t gotten much snow so far this year, so I enjoy it when it’s here.

Snowy fence
3/365 Snowy morning, Jan. 3 2009
Snowy morning

By lunchtime it was all melted away, but I was happy to capture a little winter beauty.

River Rock Blanket

Hooray! I did actually finish the blanket today! According to my Ravelry notebook I started working on this on Feb. 18, 2018. I actually thought I started sometime in December 2017, so it took less than a year of work, crocheting off and on.

2/365 River Rock Blanket
River Rock Blanket
River Rock Blanket

The pattern is called the River Rock Blanket by Acquanetta Ferguson. The pattern is available for free on her blog, Olive + Brook. It’s actually really simple to do — just variations on double crochet. I opted to do my own border and worked two rows of single crochet around, and then this simple shell stitch border:

Shell Stitch Border

5 DC, sk st, SC, sk st
Repeat around and sl st into bottom of first DC.
(Feel free to fudge it on the spacing in order to get your shells just where you want them)

The blanket is huge and I am very much looking forward to getting cozy with it tonight while watching TV!

Happy New Year, 2019!

Happy New Year everyone! Wow, it’s been a while since I logged into WordPress and the new update makes writing a blog post quite different. Might take a bit of getting used to. Anyway… I hope your year is off to a great start so far!

Here’s hoping 2019 is a great year for all of us. And here’s hoping I get in here and blog more often! I was rereading posts from years gone by and it was so nice when I was documenting everything. I’d love to post more about my craft projects, post recipes again, and reclaim this space. I know, I know, I get in a “bloggy” mood every couple months and say the same thing, but hopefully I’ll stick to it this time.

1/365 Cheers to 2019!

I had every intention of popping in yesterday, but I ended up spending most of the day offline, which is a goal for this year — wasting less time mindlessly scrolling through social media. Instead I slept in, we watched a ton of movies, I prepped some healthy food for the rest of the week, I made a delicious dinner of filet mignon, grilled shrimp, steamed broccoli, and baked sweet potatoes, and last but certainly not least I almost finished my River Rock blanket. Just 1.5 more sides to go on the border, then weaving in the ends. It will definitely be done today.

Well, now that everyone is back to work and school and it is my day off I should go and make use of it. Time to put away the Christmas decorations and get this place back in order!