January 11, 2013

by the spoonful

Hey.  I'm just sitting here, watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, snarfing apple slices with peanut butter and nutella.  I seriously don't understand how anyone - ANYONE - could not like peanut butter.  This stuff is delicious.  I mean, if you don't like it you're certainly entitled to your own opinion and taste...but you're missing out.  I eat it by the spoonful.  Just saying.  Also, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are insanely awesome!  
{note: some content is inappropriate for my younger readers, which is why i'm not linking to the videos.  please be aware and watch with caution.}  

Lately, I have been in a blogging rut.  A HUGE blogging rut.  The kind of ruts you see in dirt roads during spring in North Idaho.  Deep.  Muddy.  All of my posts lately have been a bunch of randomness thrown together with a title slapped on.  I simply cannot think of anything to say.  The fact that January always has been and always will be a boring month, does not help.  No offence if your birthday is in January, btw.   But, it is a boring month.  Christmas and New Years have come and gone and what's left after that?  The flu season.  I'm not sick, by the way, nor do I intend to be, Lord willing.

Back to me having nothing to say...
I actually have a lot to say.  My mind is full of wonderful thoughts and plans...but I can't share them here.  They're not the "sharing on the internet for the entire world to read (not to mention real life friends)" kind of thoughts.  And since they are the kind of thoughts that take up all of your time and energy, there hasn't been any room to think of brilliant blog posts.  So, there you have it!  My {somewhat} silent blog is explained.

Today was a good day.  The weather was gorgeous, although very, very cold.  Which meant I didn't really want to be outside.  I narrowly escaped a cabin fever collapse of epic proportions by discovering and watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD from now on).   Which is not all I did today.  Goodness, no.  
I got up and ventured into the arctic world to feed the animals at around 8:30 this morning.   
After that, I read my Bible, made coffee cake, consumed 1/4 of said coffee cake, deep conditioned my hair (using a honey, olive oil, apple cider vinegar concoction which has to stay on for an hour), did laundry, watched some LBD episodes, did more laundry, washed my hair, sang in the shower (Think of meeeeeee!  Think of me fooooondlyyyy!  When we've said goooood-bye!), checked on the laundry, watched a few more LBD episodes, cleaned the outside of the kitchen cabinets with Pledge (that has been on my list for a looooong time.  finally did it!), ate the rest of the coffee cake (what was left after my bro found it, that is), ate lunch, wrote a letter to my new pen pal (hey, Kelsey!:), started a letter to one of my church friends (Amanda), watched more LBD, worked on packaging an Etsy order, did laundry, played my mandolin, ate dinner (it was my bro's dinner night:), called my Aunt Liz (no answer so I left a message), finished a book I've been reading, ventured back into the cold to feed the animals again, came back inside, checked to see if my toes were still there, blew my nose...twice, changed in to my flannel pajama pants (with sheepies on them, of course;), watched more LBD, and ate apples slices with peanut butter and nutella.

Life ain't bad at all.
Happy Trails everyone!

okay really quickly, I had to select a new contest winner for the DW necklace giveaway.
I know, I know - what?  This again?  Yep, this again.  
It was Christmas time.  That's my excuse and I'm stickin' with it.
So, the new winner is...

Congrats!  Please contact me at this email (edithmacalpine{at}gmail{dot}com) with your mailing info within the next 7 days to claim your prize! 

one more thing...
I still have two Purple Charm Quilt chain letters and blocks that I haven't found homes for.
Anyone interested?  Anyone?  Just send me an email if you're interested!


  1. Oh Tasha, you have snow and bitter cold and we are having a warm spell!!! It is has been 80 degrees here the past 4 days with another week where they say we will have more the same! REally?? Unusual for even Florida in January. Speaking of January, it can be such a let down month after the busy and beautiful fall. No doubt about it! But, like you say, it is a great time to be absorbed in dreaming and planning and pushing out to new edges and seeing what offers. Oh, and those peanuts??? We grow tons of peanuts here in Florida so maybe you are enjoying the fruits of our sunny skies on your apples?!! just maybe!

  2. Your life is every bit as interesting as my life. And still we blog. Just January in North Idaho, what can I say?

    I especially like the bit about you blowing your nose. Important to keep track of those kinds of things, ya know!

    I'll have to check out The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

  3. Aren't LBD AWESOME?! They actually got me reading P&P, which is a major accomplishment, no pun intended. I've caught up and now I've got to WAIT for each episode....I hate waiting. :D Things are finally developing and I'm loving it! Absolutely *love* the way they're reinventing the story.

    I KNOW, right? Like, everything in my life right now is stuff that I don't want to share on the Internet right now, so it's like, BORING blog going. :D But ah, well.

    OH, my sister's latest theory is that the bike guy that knocked over John was INTENTIONAL and that there was a REASON that Sherlock told John not to come closer because he was the only person there who could tell that it wasn't him. So yeah, we're going crazy with theories here. Belle's like, tell Tasha my new theory! So you have been informed. :D And my brothers nicknamed Moriarty "Karaoke". I have no idea why. :D

  4. Well I have to say, I don't like peanut butter, unless it's covered in chocolate, AKA peanut butter cups. But my mom and sister love eating spoonfuls of it.

    Sounds like to got a lot done! The coffee cake sounds good. :)

  5. Winnie - Oh my! I can't even begin to imagine having 80 degree weather this time of year! Now there's a thought - I could indeed be enjoying Florida peanuts! :)

    Mrs. Cook - Hehe, yes we do!
    Oh yes, you never know when knowing when and how many times you blew your nose could come in handy. ;D

    You would probably really love the LBDs! They're done in vlog style on YouTube, but it's like watching a movie. Very fun.

    Oh, and I wish we could have made it to your game night, but it just didn't work out. I'm sure you all had a great time:)

    Ally - Totally AWESOME!!! Good for you! I really did enjoy P&P the book. I had to stop last night on ep. 59, so I haven't seen what happened when Darcy came into the room. Eeep! I can't wait!! ;D Yes! Totally love the way they're reinventing and telling the story!!

    Well, I guess we can be boring bloggers together. ;)

    You know, I forgot about the bike guy - I really need to watch that episode again - but I think Belle has something there. Exactly! John is his best friend and also a medical doctor! Two very good reasons for not letting him get to close. Also, he's not stupid. Tell Belle I like her theory! :D
    Okay, somehow that name is just perfect for Moriarty...wonder why. ;D

    Sereina - lol! Well, peanut butter cups are about as good as it gets, so as long as you like those...;)

    I did, and the coffee cake was very good. Maybe I should share the recipe...at least then I'd have something to share here:)

  6. I am a life-long lover of peanut butter. A favorite snack is p.b. on whole wheat with plum jam! Nothing better. And I love the picture of Bonnie against the snow and of the snow-laden conifers. I hear you have 18 inches of snow on the ground. We're having a "coldspell" here in southern California, but "cold" can be a quite relative term.

    Happy Days,


  7. Flu season got me, and I rather agree with you on January (and February gets thrown into the bunch, too). Though travelling by slow trains through snow-covered Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, as I did yesterday, is a very nice aspect of January! You know, you come to the station that's approximately at the highest point, and all you see is snow, snow...

    I do not agree with you on peanut butter. I think it's somewhat of an acquired taste, and having grown up in a country with no peanut butter tradition leaves me lacking in that respect... I'm all into honey, myself. Apparently, honey is a bit of an acquired taste, too, because a girl I met in the US of A, who loved sweet things, did not like honey.

    And blogging rut? Heh, look at my blog!

    Happy new year!

  8. Hello : )

    I found you through Pinterest and stopped by your site. It's really pretty and classy : )


  9. Hi ! I totally agree about peanut butter. The sad thing is, whenever there's a jar around, I feel like I'm supposed to eat it as quickly as possible ^^ But it's sooooo good !
    And BTW, I've reading your blog for a little while and I have to say that I like it ! Feel free to stop by my blog (http://lescrapdemarie.blogspot.fr/) where I share my crafting stuff ... And it's written in french AND in english, in case you were wondering !
    Blessings !
    Marie, a reader from France

  10. Hello there! Nice to hear from you!

    No offence taken. January isn't too bad, February is the month I can't stand.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I like calm days. Sometimes.

    So I watched the end of S6 of Doctor Who. Doctor 11 is brilliant. I have no idea why he gets so much hate. He is funny and crazy but he has 'sad' eyes and that ageless face that can look really young or really old. He is amazing and I love him. And I Love the Ponds. Why do they have to go?! I have a theory about what happens to them in "Angels take Manhattan" It is not at all a nice theory. But I think it is very 'to the truth'. I hate Moffat sometimes. Why can't he leave his companions alone? hasn't the Doctor suffered enough? Hasn't he lose enough friends? Why can't he be happy?? *sniffle* After the Ponds I'll have to get used to Clara who I'm sure is good, but she is SO NOT THE PONDS :'( Am I the only one who thinks the Doctor has earned the right to have a Companion that becomes "The Girl who Stayed"? Is that just me?

    God Bless

  11. Got to look into the LBDs... can't wait:) Ahh... peanut butter. It's been my life-sustaining staple lately, as we seem to have plenty of it:D

    And that seems to be all I have to say, though I still know there's something I was going to say and can't remember what... Grr. ;)
    See you tomorrow!

  12. This is me again! I now have a blog :)

    Just thought you'd like to know

    God Bless

  13. I've given you a blog award, and with it, an excuse to post something new...
    Enjoy. :-)

  14. ah! that sounds like the perfect day!
    god bless

  15. Mr. Dane - Umm, that sounds delicious! We did have a lot of snow, but it's once again just a bit above freezing and melting again.

    Hana-Marmota - Train travel through the snow-covered mountains sounds completely enchanting! How fun!
    I suppose so. :) Oh, I LOVE honey! Personal taste has a lot to do with it, I'm sure:)
    Thank you for the blog award! I'll be by to claim it soon:)

    Ivy - Greetings and welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by and took the time to say hello:) I hope that you will continue to enjoy it!

    Marie - It is sooooo good! I'm always sneaking back to the jar with my spoon, hungry for more;D
    I'm looking forward to checking out your blog and I'm so glad you said "hi"! :)

    Bella - I enjoy calm days, too...sometimes;)
    I think 11 gets so much hate because he came right after David Tennant's Doctor. I mean, DT was sooooo awesome in that role, it's a bit hard to adjust to anyone else after that. But I very much enjoy 11 - he's totally the Doctor.
    I have yet to see The Angels Take Manhattan. Yeah, Moffat has a thing for killing off characters... I personally enjoy the changing companions, but yeah, it would be nice to have one stick around for more than just 2 or 3 seasons at a time.
    And I'm so excited that you got a blog!! Hooray!! :D

    Kellie - It was soooo awesome fangirling with you after you watched LBD!!!! :D
    lol. You'll think of it eventually. *grin*

    Anonymous - It was indeed! :)

  16. Nutella is awesome! As is The LBD!!! So glad to see another fan! Do I need more exclamation points?!!! :D Heehee. Anyway, yes I absolutely love Lizzie Bennet and it has become the only reason I actually look forward to Monday's. Especially now that she's at Pemberly. ;) And at least your post about blogging about nothing is better than my rambly, twisty-turny post I did the other day. I have now become your newest follower! :)


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