December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012 Autumn Around Maison Newton

I saw this intriguing recipe for Fettucine Alfredo at Love, Pomengranate House, and decided - it was too good to be true.  Way too easy!

And so I tried it out for myself Friday night.  Guess what?  It worked!  Perfectly.  For myself, I made 1/4th of the full recipe, and it was a just the right size serving portion.  I eyeballed the dry fettucine pasta - a double handful and then broke it in half into a pot of boiling water.  I will try the chicken recipe next.  I can tell you, the Fettucine Alfredo is DELICIOUS!  It almost feels like a sin or something to have a recipe this simple and this delicious!  Oh my!  [Postscript:  I discovered that if the heat is not set perfectly, the sauce has a tendency to break, but I learned shortly afterward from watching an episode of America Cooks on PBS that using a pinch or so of cornstarch in the sauce keeps it from breaking, and it works!  It took a little experimenting for my small portion of the original recipe, but using a quarter-teaspoon worked for me, sauce stayed intact and did not break even when it cooled.  Perfection!]

Except for the Packers managing to lose a won game earlier today, it was a good day around Maison Newton.  I changed the "autumnal mantle" somewhat -- added the second owl, added a lovely ceramic pumpkin that held a very nice floral arrangement I received at the office for my recent 10th anniversary there, and added some seasonally colored leaves around my piece of rescued wood from the back yard.  Here are some pictures:

I moved the smaller owl to a roost on the candle holder and added the second larger owl.  I lit them up last night with votive candles and they looked really beautiful!

I really love this piece of rescued wood from my back yard.  The texture, the color, the holes, the splits!  Gorgeous.  I dressed it up with some (not real) autumn leaves.

Here's the ceramic pumpkin.  It adds an appropriate seasonal touch, incorporating Harvest, Hallow'een and Thanksgiving.  I've got something in mind to add later on to the mantle as it gets closer to Hallow'een.

This morning, I don't know what prompted me to do it, but I did it.  I pulled out an old pair of smaller jeans stashed into a drawer for many many moons, and -- they fit! Whooppee! Actually, they fit around the waist (I'm getting a waist back!!!) and are about an inch loose in the hips and butt!

It was cold here today - the high only got up to 46 degrees F.  Brrrr!!!  I had to go to the supermarket to pick up some things, so I pulled out the winter jacket I wore to Madrid in January.  It looked a little big on me then in photos but now, well, it's now looking baggy.  Wow! I've managed to misplace about 15 pounds since going on a healthier eating spree at the beginning of June (before I was diagnosed with my heart problems with extra impetus now to shed excess pounds).  Today I hauled extra groceries home from my hike to the Pick 'n Save and I had the idea of weighing myself with everything on including by loaded cloth grocery totes just to see how much I hauled home those 9 blocks (mostly uphill).  Guess what -- well, you won't so I'll tell you -- I was lugging 28 extra pounds from what I weighed in my PJs first thing when I got up  this morning.  WOW!  I knew I was pushing it adding those extra few things to my cart but still, I had no idea.  No wonder I was slightly out of breath by the time I hit the top of the hill.  Whew!

Also had excellent news about the upcoming Hales Corners Chess Challenge XVI (October 20, 2012).  The most chess femmes we ever had play in an event was eleven, in Challenge IX; in Challenge XV in April, 2012 we had eight.  Early registrations for Challenge XVI have nine chess femmes already, so I'm hoping for twelve or thirteen chess femmes!  That would be absolutely wonderful.  Chess and getting more females to play it is a passion.

I put this together, hope you enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. Love the owl and pumpkin! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!