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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mumbling Sunday

It’s been CRA…A…Azieeeeee (crazy) around here. First off, Marion had another visit to the hospital. Nothing serious, they did a few tests and thought it best to keep her overnight for observation. She is now home, fine and back to her “old” self.

When I saw this hollyhock with fresh buds the other day I just had to bring it in to see if it would open. It did, three times!

I’m not upset with the hospital. How were they suppose to know the roofing guys were coming for the weekend and I still had last minute chores to attend to. Like picking up the rest of the roofing material, waiting for the dumpster and porta-potty to arrive and getting the gardens ready for flying debri. (What I should have done was had my crew come up from New York and help me with this roofing stuff! Well, at least it will be guaranteed for 30 years, ahem:)

This Oriental Poppy is trying to bloom again too. I brought it in. We’ll see what happens:)

I have a feeling it won’t look like this one did on May 30, of this year:)

They started the roof today (Saturday) and so far so good. (with the exception of the brussels sprouts which are now covered with tar paper) Thank goodness the weather is holding up which is actually the reason why they are doing it over the weekend and will probably still be here until Monday. I suppose I should keep repeating Marjie’s words to myself and be thankful I don’t have a slate roof, lol…I can’t even imagine how much that would cost! Personally, I’m more concerned with them doing it properly. It wasn’t leaking before and it better NOT be leaking after! I hemmed and hawed about getting a metal roof and decided against it. I’m happy with my decision:)

And, this is just the beginning! Chances are I won’t be posting on Wednesday. Marion has a few follow up visits this week and I have lots of business “stuff” going on down in New York. I have suddenly learned how to Facetime, Skype and hold conference calls all in a matter of what seems and feels like days! However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After three would be buyers for the business fell through, I do believe it is finally sold! Fingers AND toes crossed!!!

So, let’s get down and dirty with the Little Monsters Cookbook.

It isn’t one of my favorite books but then I didn’t buy it either. Marion, sweet little thing that she is, bought it for Noah. The only thing is, when the kids were here over the Summer, she couldn’t remember where she stashed it. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t a thing wrong with that woman’s memory! The problem is, if you can call it a problem, she has a room full of goodies for kids of all ages. If I didn’t know better, I would think she was Mrs. Claus!

We found the book the other day when I was rearranging her collection of yarns for Winter crocheting. We had to break the skeins down to seasonal colors because she just has waaaay too many. Now we’re into shades of reds, oranges, greens, winter whites, browns, yellows and blues. I kid you not:)

For me, the major flaw in this book is in the recipe I am going to share with you called Coffin Crunchers.

I actually like the way the author introduces the book in The Deliciously Gruesome Guide to Monster Meals at the beginning. ”Just remember as you plan your monster menu to make sure you add foods that are tasty and good for you too” he writes. There are also reminders about being safe in the kitchen such as, ”Your blood is a very precious thing. Just ask Dracula. To preserve all of that great red stuff it is important to follow safety rules while in the kitchen.” He then lists about 10. There is also a section titled Mix it, Cook it, Chomp it explaining the basic principles of tools and measurements in the kitchen. All in all, a pretty good introduction for ages 6 and up.

So what are the problems?

You tell me:)
8:50 p.m. The roofers were a no show today (Sunday) It's gonna be a looooooong week...Have a Fun and Safe Halloween everyone, Louise:)

38 comments:

  1. So sorry you have to deal with unreliable workers. That's always such a bad feeling. I hope they get back soon or that you can find a substitute contractor! Isn't it amazing how long the flowers are lasting this year?

    Best... mae

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    1. They showed up today Mae. Hopefully they will be finished before the rain comes on Wednesday. Fingers crossed...

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  2. Fabulous flowers! Those coffin crunchers are cool.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Welcome back Rosa!!! I hope you had a peaceful "pause."

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  3. What a fun book! I saw some of the monster creations on Pinterest and smiled. Now if my 20-something children were here for Halloween - I'd be giving them a go. Nobody totally grows up. Home improvement.... yep... necessary... a pain and wonderful when it is done. Thanks for the blog recommendation! (Love the Oriental Poppy - cannot get one to grow in my garden.)

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    1. It is a fun book Claudia. My 40-something children woud give it a go too, lol...I wonder sometimes whether they are regrssing, lol...Thanks so much for visiting. I had quite a few Oriental Poppies this year in the garden but, they did take quite a long time to finally grow at all. Don't give up!!! When you least expect it, wha la...Do drop by any time:)

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  4. Dear Louise ,
    First and foremost , thankful that Marion is doing fine and at home . Glad the weather is holding for the reroofing . I now know why I was thinking of you all week , glad everything is okay with you and Marion . They say things happen for a reason and maybe just maybe this buyer is the best one . Marion has her colors by seasons what a wonderful idea .
    Your garden is still beautiful and the flowers are so gorgeous , what pretty colors .
    Noah will be so happy to get the cookbook and Happy Halloween to you and Marion with a lot of (((HUGS))) .
    I have so much to tell you ,it will be later in the week .
    Thanks so much for sharing ~Nee~ ;-D

    PS : Wiggle those toes girl !!!

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    1. Hi Nee,
      I just came in to heat up some lunch for the roofers so I figured I would try to catch up. I made huge pot of ravioli with homemade meat sauce last night for them. Hopefully feeding them lots of carbs will give them more energy, lol...

      Marion is doing GREAT! They take such good care of her at the hospital. I think it's because they just LOVE all her crochet work that she donates, lol...
      There are so many flowers still blooming in the garden. I really should take more pictures:) Noah is getting the book for Christmas, lol...He will love it any time of year! Thanks for visiting, Nee. I hope you are going to let me know what the kids will be wearing for Halloween:)

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  5. I hope Marion is feeling better! No fun going to the hospital. And no fun having roofers around, either -- such a mess! We once almost bought a house with a slate roof, and finally decided against it in part because of the roof. They look great, but they do wear out, and that's expensive! Good luck on the sale of your business. Oh, and I love the Coffin Crunchers recipe! Really fun.

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    1. She's doing GREAT John, thank you. I guess when a person is almost 95, better safe than sorry:) Oh what a mess but at least today is a gorgeous day. I can't even imagine what a slate roof would cost and the labor! Oh gosh! Thank you so much for visiting, John...Those Coffin Crunchers sure are a fun way to enjoy hummus!

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  6. I need to make some coffin crunchers. Hope your week goes well and enjoy your new roof:)

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    1. You sure do, Geraldine! So far, so good...

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  7. Hi ~~Louise~~.....
    Love the Hollyhock.....Poppies in October?.....your straw glowers look crispy!
    Hope Marion is fit as a fiddle.....new roof? Been there...done that!
    Enjoy your week ahead...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks Linda..Marion is doing GREAT! What amess getting a new roof is but, it's almost over, lol...

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  8. Sending along good wishes for Marion's health and the arrival of those roofers! xo

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  9. I'm glad Marion is OK...whew. And those coffin crunchers look perfect to accompany a batch of hummus :)

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    1. She sure is, Liz! I'm thinking I may make her a batch of hummus for Halloween. I'm not sure about the Coffin Crunchers though, lol...

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  10. Glad to hear marion is ok but hospitals can be grim places to spend too much time - good luck with the roofing and hope your little monsters can enjoy the book (But what is the problem - my guess was giving little monsters scissors to cu up the coffins because I watch Mr Maker who tells the little kids that Scissors are Sharp)

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    1. She is doing fine, Johanna. Yes indeed that was one of the problems that bothered me but, there are more:)

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  11. I hope everything is ok..and you will have a chance to rest. These coffins look so cute, not scary at all :D

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    1. Doing great Medeja. So glad you like those Coffin Crunchers:)

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  12. Happy that Marion is alright, that your garden is still blooming and that you roofers finally showed up. We will be needing a new roof on one section of our home come springtime…not looking forward to that mess.

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Yes all is well with the exception of the roof almost being done. Be prepared for quite a mess! Tomorrow I will be scouting the lawns with a magnet in order to pick up the tons of nails that were flying around. UG!!!

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  13. Hi Louise, for a moment, I thought you're from S. Florida...re: your roofers; unfortunately here, we have these issues of every type of workers not showing up on time...not calling, or the worst: not showing up at all! Glad Marion is doing much better; just love the cute little coffin crunchers, so easy to make and so much fun to dip into hummus! Can't get over that you still have Poppies in October, how beautiful! xo

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    1. Thank goodness the roof is finally finished, Elisabeth! It looks GREAT!

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  14. Hi Louise, I posted to your blog yesterday and I am not seeing it. Hope that it went through..I got a notification that it did go through, but I am not seeing it here, just don't want you to think that I didn't reply to your post...let me know if you got it...Please. Blogger is doing some weird things lately. Even with my blog posts..Have a good day! Dottie :)

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    1. Dear Louise, I guess it was not entered my original post. But anyway, I will write again...I am glad that Marion is doing better. I really enjoyed your post...the Coffin Crunchers are yummy..have to try that recipe. Hope by this time the roof is finished or being finished with no leaks. Glad that your sale of the business is going well. I am sure that will be a big change in your life. Hope that you enjoy your Halloween and thanks for sharing your recipes and post. Have a blessed rest of the week..Dottie :)

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  15. I hope Marion has completely recovered now, I can't imagine how scary that must have been and am sorry you had to go through!
    The only thing frightening about your Halloween snacks is that I would probably eat the entire batch and then ask for more :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I'm sure you would enjoy every bite, Uru, lol...Marion is doing GREAT!

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  16. Hi Louise, cheer up. Sometimes those workers can cause our schedule up-side down if they didn't stick to their appointment and on time. What to do? We still have to depend on them. Well, glad that Marion is fine and your garden is already enough to brighten up your day. Do take care and warmest regards, Louise :)

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    1. It all worked out, Ivy:) Thank you...

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  17. Cursed roofers! Now you know why we had Dan do all of the flats on our roof a couple of summers back! We've had no leaks in the slate, although I do have to say that we had to pull a couple of sections off for one reason or another, and put new tarpaper plus asphalt shingles under the slate. I think it's now a Thousand-Year roof.

    Glad Marion's little scare was nothing serious. Sometimes it's better to err on the side of caution.

    Have a good week, Louise, what with roofing and rain....

    Marjie

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    1. I'm hoping mine lasts just as long, Marjie:)

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  18. Dear Louise, I hope all is well with Marion. She sounds like such a kind and wonderful lady.
    I used to have a monster cookbook too; when the kids were little. It had such fun creations in it. THese are fun things to make and eat!
    It sounds like the roofers will definitely remember working on your roof. They must have been so happy to have your meat sauce. I bet they loved your meat sauce and raviolis.
    I am still learning how to do all these magical things with the computer; such as skype and all . That is wonderful that you figured it out.
    Take good care Louise and all my best to Marion. I will keep you and Marion in my prayers for good check-ups. Blessings dear. Catherine

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  19. Hi Louise, hope everything is well and okay now. Ha ha !Those coffin crunchers ! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend !

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  20. Hi Louise, I hope Marion is feeling better by now.
    Those flowers are really gorgeous and beautiful. Gardening is a good form of exercise too. Keep up the good job and show us more flowers.

    Love the coffee cruncher, interesting recipe and look very delicious.
    Best regards.

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  21. louise, i hope the roof is all done well by now and yes, better not leaking now! haha! you are funny. Flaw in the recipe...hmm..should not discard leftover bread!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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