Monday, November 30, 2015

Gratuitous Kitteh Monday

Well, I hope you had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! We had a very quiet turkey day with just the two of us, but I did crank out a yummy bird with all the fixings. Sometimes it's good to just do your own thing.

I can tell by my posting stats that you all have been looking for faster, easier ways to make mashed potatoes for the big day, as my #1 post viewed this past month was:

How To Use a Pressure Cooker: Mashed Potatoes in 10 Minutes!

So easy!

You all are also busy finding ways to pack and ship your yummy canned goods for Christmas, as my #2 most viewed post was:

How To Pack and Label Canned Food for Shipping

I'm going to be doing that again very soon. I need to make some more jams though. I've been busy making cookie dough to freeze for The Great Cookie Bake of 2015 and I'm almost set. It's such a tedious thing to coordinate everything and ship it all out, but it's worth it.

Things should be back to "normal" for the next couple of weeks as far as posts go. I have some new things that I've done and projects completed that I'm dying to share!

Now, where's the leftovers?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gratuitous Kitteh Monday

I know it's not Monday, but things have been SUPER crazy around here.

But first, shhhhh....don't tell them they are sleeping in a DOG bed!

It may not seem like much, but this pic is a BIG deal. Miss Thang still has her opinions about Leo The Kitten, and the fact that she is letting him clean her in that big, warm bed by the fire is a big step in the right direction. She is less growly around him, but definitely does not like it when he pounces on or harasses her. She is definitely a Diva in her own mind!

But, a little feedback from last post: No, I did not get the job, but I DID pass my professional certification exam and I am sooooo relieved. We talked to our realtor a week or so ago and we are all set to put our house on the market next spring.

But until then, there will be warm fires and kitteh cuddle sessions.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Fall Happenings

Things have been pretty hectic around here lately and it looks like hubby and I are in for some even bigger changes ahead in the next coming months and following year.

We have decided to sell our beautiful country house next spring.

I know....AGAIN! This will be the 4th time we've moved in less than 6 years.

This has actually been something that's been at the back of our minds for a while now and we weren't even planning on acting on this until at least 2017, but we are motivated to act earlier. Turns out our neighbors, who have the exact same house as ours, are selling next year too. They have had their house appraised at a lower price than ours, so after talking to them, it seems like the smarter move for both parties would be for us to sell first at a (hopefully) higher sale. That way, we both benefit from the higher sale and comps. So, it looks like our plans got bumped up.

I've always said that you get a house just the way you like it and then it's time to sell, but the truth is, I'm looking forward to moving back into the "burbs". Living here has been a lesson on what kind of people we really are and our lifestyle. Although I have many "country ways," I am not a country least not one who has to travel into DC for work. :-)

Speaking of work, I have a big interview tomorrow for a new job that I am excited about (at least for never know). If I get this job, my commute will go from 0 to 1000 in a flash and moving will be pretty much mandatory, as I don't want to spend 4-5 hours a day sitting in DC traffic.

I have a big professional certification exam that I am taking on the 23rd of this month that I've been studying with a study group for 3 months. I'm pretty nervous about that too, so not too much cooking or DIY stuff has been going on....well SOME. I will post when I am done and have time.

So, the next couple of months will be committed to doing all those little projects that I've been putting off, but now HAVE to be done in order to sell. SIGH...the story of my life.

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