Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Update - Week 51

Well, folks, we're almost done with 2014.  Release the 2015! 


Anyway, last week saw some gains in the editing sphere.  I am now done through Chapter 24.  Which means I have 6 chapters left to go.  I had hoped to get them done this weekend, but that ain't happenin'.  I ended up taking yesterday off...

Because we spent a couple hours yesterday afternoon looking at used car.  Well, actually went spent most of that time talking to the private sellers of said car.  He was a hoot. She was really nice. And their dog was amazing.  So there we are looking at this vehicle and another car pulls up to look at the car, which made the whole process take longer.  Still, it was good to get out of the house and chat with new people.  (Hermits like us don't get to do that often.)  I think we made new friends.  LOL  Whether or not we get the car will be the subject of another post.

Last week, I made cookies.  And crabmeat crescent puffs

I also read a bit.  Three books and a screenplay.  All good reads.  So yay.

The big news of last week, though, was Max.  After fighting his recurring infections - stomatitis, actually - we had his last four teeth pulled.  Only it wasn't just four teeth.  It was four visible teeth and about 6-8 broken teeth that we didn't know were there.  Poor boy still couldn't eat well Thursday when we brought him home, but he's slowly getting back to normal as the pain and swelling abate.  Once he's all healed, I'll get a pic of him.  It's strange looking at him without his one tooth sticking out past his lips - he lost the snaggle-tooth look - but I'm glad if it means no more steroid shots and no more pain.  And no more infections.  And no more drooling.  And no more wondering if he's going to eat today.  He's still playing like a champ.  In fact, I'd venture that he's more playful now than he has been in the 4.5 years we've had him. 

So it's all good.

How are things in your world?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Crabmeat Crescent Puffs

I mentioned earlier on Facebook that I was making Crabmeat Crescent Puffs for dinner, and that I'd post the recipe if they turned out good.  They were awesome, but the recipe seemed too long for a FB status, so I thought I'd throw it out here (the blog updates to FB anyway) and now all of you can try it, too.  It's really pretty yummy.

Crabmeat Crescent Puffs
1 6oz can crabmeat
1 8os pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded colby/jack cheese
1 tsp chives
dash pepper
dash onion powder
1 rolls refrigerator crescent rolls
Additional shredded cheese for topping

Drain all the liquid from the crabmeat.  Put brick of cream cheese and crabmeat into microwave safe bowl and nuke for 60 seconds.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in shredded cheese until well combined.  Stir in seasonings (use my measurements or add to your taste).  Unroll crescent rolls.  Using a rounded spoonful, place crab-cheese mixture on wide end of each roll, roll the roll - crimping at the seams, until the mixture is enveloped by the crescent dough.  Place all 8 rolls on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Sprinkle each with additional shredded cheese to your taste.  (Might have to pat it on to keep it from falling off.)  You will have more filling that will fit in the rolls.  (Frankly, I filled mine too full, but hey, I'm a glutton.)  The extra filling tastes great on crackers... or probably on a roll. Hey, there's lunch tomorrow!  Should feed four for dinner*.  There are two of us and we had two each.  Leftovers!

Next time I'm going to use lump crab instead of shredded.  I guess you could also use imitation crab if you have that handy instead. 

Personally, we're not spicy people, so this recipe might be a bit bland - which is why I said 'to taste'.  You can probably also use different seasonings depending on your tastes.  Might be good with garlic powder, chili powder, etc.  Spice it up a bit if you like.  Just make sure you have crackers nearby for frequent tastings until you get the filling just right.  (No one has to know how much filling you ate beforehand.) 

*This was supposed to be an appetizer recipe, but like I said, I'm a glutton - especially when cheese and crab is involved.  If you make them smaller, and use 2 cans of rolls, you should have 16 appetizers for guests and stuff.  (We never have guests, so these are all mine!  Bwa ha ha.)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Life at the Sanderson Toothless Cat Rehabilitation Clinic

Well, Max is toothless now.  Unfortunately, he's so sore and swollen that he still doesn't want to eat.  And I tried everything we have in the house.

So, today I went down to the Wallyworld and picked up a vast array of food items for him to try.

Salmon in a pouch
Tuna in a pouch
Canned Chicken
Grilled Chicken
Canned Crab
Frozen Flounder
Frozen Swai (wth is that? some kind of fish)
five different types of cat foods in a variety of flavors
cat appetizers (yes, they make cat appetizers)
kitten pate (until this morning, the only food he would eat)

And a mini food processor to turn anything we try into a paste for Monsieur Gummer.

First up, the appetizers - shredded chicken in chicken broth.  I took the container out there and he went wild trying to eat it. But he failed and gave up quickly.  I then took the stuff into the kitchen, threw it into the food processor and made paste.  He ate almost all of that.  Score!

On the upside, we humans can eat the variety of human foods if he doesn't. (Thank goodness Hubs likes sardines.  Blech.)   And Kira can eat the cat foods he won't.  So nothing will go to waste. 

Yes, it seems insane.  It may in fact be insane.  But he's such a sweet boo-baby, he deserves whatever we have to do to make him feel better. 

What's the weirdest, sorta-insane thing you've done for one of your furbabies?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


If all y'all haven't already gotten my cake mix cookie recipe, here it is...

One box cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350F.  Empty the cake mix into a large bowl.  Stir out the big lumps.  Add eggs and oil.  Stir until combined.  Drop rounded spoonfuls about an inch apart on a cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Now that you have that, you can play with what kind of cookies you want to make.  Today I made mint patty chocolate cookies and snickerdoodles.

For the mint patty cookies, you'll need - natch - a bag of mint patties in addition to the above ingredients.  Follow the recipe above using your favorite type of chocolate cake mix, but after you take the cookies out of the oven, wait a couple minutes and then press one mint patty into the center of each cookie.  Transfer to a paper towel (or a baking rack for you fancy folks) and allow to cool.

For the snickerdoodles, mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with one teaspoon of cinnamon.  Take about a tablespoon full of the mixture and add it to the above cookie recipe.  Then, instead of dropping the cookies, make 1" balls with it.  Then take the balls and roll them in the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Set those on the baking sheet about 1 1/2" apart, then press them done with the bottom of a glass.  Bake about 10 minutes or until edges start to brown and centers are set. 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Update - Week 50

Two and a half weeks left.  Argghh!!  Is it just me, or did this year slip by way too fast?  And these last six weeks??  Where the hell did November go?  How is it halfway through December already??

:panics a little:

Okay, now that THAT is over, here's what I did last week:

As of last night, I had edited and polished through Chapter 13.  It doesn't seem like much, but that was a lot of work. (Update: After I wrote this, I couldn't sleep.  I got the edits done through Chapter 15 and have polished through mid-14.)

Meanwhile, the weather was nice enough that I got out in the woods and started cleaning the trails I made last year.  My guess is if you looked at it from above, my trails would look like a funky upside down capital Q.  I mean, it ain't round by any stretch of the imagination, but it does make a loop with one central trail out, so I guess it could be a Q.

I also got caught up on my reading yesterday.  I'm now at 95 books for the year, with 5 more to go to reach my goal of 100.  Some of them were novellas, but then again, some of them were big, fat tomes, so it all evens out.

We made the decision to have the remainder of Max's teeth pulled.  He's got something called stomatitis - which pretty much is like an autoimmune reaction (i.e. his body is actually fighting to kill his teeth - or rather the plaque on his teeth) and ever present as long as there are teeth, so out they come.  It's his best hope for being pain free.  There's a slight chance it won't work and he'll still need steroids for the rest of his life.  There's also a slight chance the anesthesia will kill him, so if I'm a weeping loon on Thursday, you'll know why.  He'll be my little gummer.  Everything I've read says he should lead a normal rest of his life without teeth - including being able to still kill shrews.

Other than that, got my Christmas shopping done.  Hubs and I have already received our gifts.  The Kid got her Christmas box and was thrilled.  The Moms' gifts have shipped and should arrive shortly.  Yay.

How are things in your little part of the universe? 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Things That Confuse Me

Not that confusing me is all that hard - depending on the day and the amount of caffeine in my system - but here are some things I find confusing:

A news headline that states they found water on a comet, but it's not like water here on Earth.  So, what?  It's not H2O?  Would that be NOT water then?  So I clicked on the article link to get some clarity, and read where they're pretty sure now that it was an asteroid and not a comet that brought water to Earth.  What? Because hydrogen and oxygen and the necessary factors to combine them into water weren't already here?  I'm confused.

How people who want to get paid for their work scream when someone else even suggests that they might want to be paid for their work, too.

Hairless cats.

People who would never give out their personal information to some dude that walks up to them on the street but happily give it to someone who calls them out of the blue. 

Rude people.  Is it really that hard to hold the door when you see me walking up behind you? 

Dietary information on the menus at fast food restaurants.  The big M should automatically tell you that it's full of fat and calories, and if it doesn't, the information on the menu ain't gonna help.  Sometimes a gal just wants a quarter-pounder with cheese, fries and a large chocolate shake.  I know it's not 'good for me', so why rub it in?  

The fact that MS Word would like me to change quarter-pounder to something like quarter-ponder or quarter-sounder or quarter-plunder.  Now at McD's... The Quarter-Plunder! 

People who complain about a certain business to the point of insanity, but then continue to use that business.  (It's okay to kvetch every once in a while, but there's a limit there somewhere.) 

Humorless people.  (Note: I call my daughter 'the humorless troll' on occasion, but she laughs at that, so she's not actually humorless.)  Life's a funny place, people.  Laugh at it.  It'll all go so much smoother.  Trust me.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Update - Week 49

Hey All.

We're creeping up on the end of the year and I don't know if I should continue these updates in 2015, or just let it go.  Time will tell.

And I'm kind of in a funk this morning, which makes it harder to see anything I accomplished in the past week.  But here goes:

I started the edits for Dying Embers this week.  I may have said this here or somewhere else, but as I was beginning to attend to the notes my editor had given me, I noticed a bunch of other stuff that was bothering the heck out of me.  So, to that end, I'm taking her notes and fixing them chapter by chapter.  After I finish each chapter of her notes, I go back to the beginning and polish the hell out of the manuscript to fix all the little things that are bugging me.  So far, I have 5 chapters done and I think they're way better.  We'll see what she thinks when she gets the manuscript for the next round of edits.

And it sort of makes me want to send a huge apology letter for sending her the dreck I sent her to edit in the first place.  That she made any sense out of that steamy pile is amazing. 

It's also giving me edit brain.  How many ways can I reword a simple sentence??  I don't know, but apparently, I'm attempting to find out. 

I ended up freezing a bunch of turkey leftovers because by Wednesday, we just couldn't stand eating turkey anymore. 

I made pumpkin muffins this past week.  They turned out really good, and I posted the recipe yesterday, if anyone's interested.

Also, I decorated the house for Christmas. 

Now we're playing the fun game of 'what do you want for Christmas?'  Laying in bed last night, we talked about the subject and ended up laughing because I don't want anything and neither does he.  We've already given each other everything we need, and anything else on the list are things we don't have the fundage for right now.  (Like a second car, or a fishing boat, or junk like that.)   So, most likely, the space under the tree will end up like it did last year - with Christmas cards all around and no presents.  Works for me.

How were things in your world last week?  Anything looking good for the week ahead?