Sunday, April 26, 2009


It was a pretty low-key, quiet weekend. I made jewelry, read a little, cooked, and watched the rest of Twilight, along with all of the extended content. I liked it a lot, I will definitely watch it again. It seemed to capture the book really well, and while I wasn't crazy about the casting when I first read about the movie, it kind of grew on me. I didn't start reading the book until after I'd seen promotional stories about the movie, so I think that helped, since I didn't have a pre-conceived version of the cast in my head. The only one I pictured differently, if I pictured them at all, was Charlie, Bella's father.

But all in all, I enjoyed it.

I've been trying to cook more, and to use Bob's term, utilize existing resources. He was out of town a couple of weeks ago at a friend's place at the lake, and when he did his grocery shopping he bought a whole bag of potatoes since they were on sale, and cheaper than buying individual ones. But since he was by himself, he came home with basically a whole bag of potatoes.

Last weekend we were thinking about what to cook for dinner, and, looking at the bag of potatoes, I said, "We should cook something with potatoes!" So I made scalloped potatoes. We had baked potatoes a couple of nights during the week, and tonight I made scalloped potatoes again, along with hot dogs and deviled eggs (using up the last of a dozen eggs I bought when they were on sale at Easter). Bob's friend Phil called while we were eating dinner, and said it sounded like a picnic.

Pretty much everything I cook, I just "wing," i.e., I don't really use recipes. For scalloped potatoes, I just peel and slice a few potatoes and chop up a small onion, and layer them in a casserole dish with pats of butter, sprinkle them with flour and salt, and pour milk over them. Then bake until it looks like they're done.

Deviled eggs are easy, too -- halve hardboiled eggs, scoop out the yolks, and mash them with Miracle Whip, a quarter teaspoon or so of sugar, and a drizzle of sweet pickle juice, then mound them back in the halved eggs and sprinkle with paprika.

I went outside this afternoon to take pictures of the new jewelry I made this weekend, and there was a scruffy little bird sitting on the side of a dish that I leave sitting outside with water in it for the various wildlife. I hadn't cleaned it out yet this spring, so it's full of fallen leaves and other debris, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.

I thought he would fly away the minute I stepped outside, but he didn't. I had the camera in my hand, so I turned up the zoom and took his picture, in face, I took about half a dozen pictures, and he didn't leave. I figured he must be hurt or something. I went ahead and took my pictures, and pretty soon he flew away. Just a rest stop on the journey, I guess.

I made a bunch of bracelets this weekend, and put them all up at the Etsy shop.

On a whim, I laid them all out side by side and book a picture, and it was so pretty that I made desktop wallpaper out of it. Just click on the link for the one you want, and it will open up in the browser. If you're on a Mac, you can control-click and choose "Save as desktop background." If you're on a PC, you're on your own. ;)

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Jennifer Stumpf said...

this is my new backdrop at home. go mac! thanks, willa.

Joanna said...

'Love the bird photos. And, the bracelets are very pretty.

Sharon said...

Willa, thanks so much. I have a PC and I just right clicked on the picture and saved as background.