Project 365, Days 86-96

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Day 86, February 11: Making a big pot of chili on a cold winter day

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Day 87: Sending out college stuff for Greg.

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Day 88: Eric’s car was hit by a snowplow while he was on his way to work this morning.

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Day 89: Happy Valentine’s Day

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Day 90: My little laundry helper

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Day 91: I find it amusing that a warning is required to say that a can of real crab meat contains crab. It better contain crab. That’s why I bought it.

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Day 92: More winter weather is on the way. It’s been a very “wintery” winter this year.

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Day 93: When I woke up this morning, there were 6 Mt Dew cans in the living room. 5 were empty, 1 was not. Why are they left in the living room? Is it really so hard to put them in the recycling?

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Day 94: Winter storm 2 days ago. Rain and warm today. Yes, that is grass showing through. Yea!!

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Day 95: Blizzard and Greg kept each other company in the car while waiting for Janelle to finish dance class. Blizzard does not like being away from his girl.

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Day 96: It’s been really windy since last night. So windy that it blew down our satellite dish. I guess we won’t be watching the Olympics closing ceremonies this weekend.

Project 365, Days 69-85

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Day 69, January 25, 2014: Blizzard found Janelle’s old bean bag in the basement and has made himself comfortable in it.

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Day 70: Sunset. This one is through the window, so there’s some distortion, but it was too cold to open the window or go outside

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Day 71: Not much happening around here, so I’ve resorted to taking a picture of my new slipper. 🙂

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Day 72: Eric’s car is having a hard time starting in all this cold weather. He’s getting to be a pro at using jumper cables.

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Day 73: It’s Doctor Who time. It’s all Janelle’s fault that I’ve started watching this show.

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Day 74: Yes, it’s snowing again.

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Day 75: Maple glazed pork loin

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Day 76: Eric started a new job and has to be at work some mornings at 5:30. He’s a bit tired at the end of the day.

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Day 77: Oops. I hit the side of the garage with the side mirror.  In my defense, the skid loader was parked in the garage, as well, taking up a lot of space and I hit some ice on my way out of the garage and slid a bit.

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Day 78: It’s not snowing much, but it is very windy and our road is rapidly drifting shut.

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Day 79: Our microwave door no longer stays closed. We tape it when we’re not using it and have to hold it closed when using it.

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Day 80: It seems like every morning lately, I wake up to find a mess in the living room. Dishes, mail, clothes, furniture moved.  I may have to banish everybody from the living room when I go to bed at night.

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Day 81: Tilapia with mango salsa. Yum!

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Day 82: Janelle loves to dance, and so we’ve started putting up a mirrored wall in the basement to help her. One section is up, with more to come in the near future.

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Day 83:  Eric put his car in the ditch on his way home from work.

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Day 84: Blizzard is a little beggar. He really wants Eric’s food.

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Day 85: Enough already. It’s February. No more below zero weather, please!

 

Project 365, Days 63-68

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Day 63, January 19, 2014: One of the joys of living on a farm in winter–mice sometimes find their way in the house. This is one of the precautionary traps I have set in the basement, just in case. Haven’t caught anything yet.

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Day 64: The tool Greg needs to tune the piano arrived today, so Greg is happily learning how it works.

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Day 65: This is the mess in my laundry room. All sorts of dirty barn clothes. I tripped over this lovely pile and ended up flat on my face.

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Day 66: Blizzard got a haircut today. He’s all white and fluffy again. Janelle thought he needed something to help keep him warm since he has less fur than before, so she got him this pink sweatshirt.

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Day 67: Why can’t dirty clothes end up in the hamper? Would it really be more difficult to drop them over a couple of inches?

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Day 68: A cold, windy day. Our road is blowing shut. Hopefully a snowplow comes down the road soon, or we’ll be stranded.

Seafood Chowder

I’ve never made seafood chowder before, but had several ingredients on hand that would work with this simple recipe, so I decided to give it a try. It was a success with the family (except Janelle who doesn’t like anything seafood)

Easy Seafood Chowder

Ingredients

4-5 slices bacon
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can cream-style corn
1 can cream of potato soup
2 cups half and half
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
1 can crab meat
1 can clams
1/2 pound frozen, cooked shrimp

In dutch oven, cut up bacon into small pieces and fry, with onions and garlic, until bacon is starting to get crisp. Depending on the size of the shrimp you are using, you may want to chop them into small pieces. Add all other ingredients to the pot and heat, without boiling, until cream cheese is melted and shrimp are heated through. Depending on how thick you like your chowder, you can either add more or less half and half.

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Project 365, Days 51-62

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Day 51, January 7: Blizzard got ahold of this ice cream bucket with a bit of leftover soup in it and carried it away to his favorite spot–under my bed.

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Day 52:  I haven’t had a pic of Eric lately, so here’s one of him lounging around

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Day 53: Yep. It’s still cold.

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Day 54: The moon is rising

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Day 55: Kaiser wants to come in. He always wants to come in.

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Day 56: Blizzard is looking a little shaggy and dirty. I think it’s time for a haircut.

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Day 57: Sunset

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Day 58:  It’s not as cold, but now we’re having lots of snow.

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Day 59: Still snowing

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Day 60: I came home to find the piano opened up and Greg happily working on it. He’s trying to fix the broken keys and then he wants to tune it himself.

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Day 61: Dinner tonight was seafood chowder. It was a hit with the family.

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Day 62: What happens when I open a bag of candy that I intended to use in Spanish class? It all gets eaten long before Spanish class.

Project365, Days 41-50

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Day 41, December 28: You have to watch Blizzard. He likes to steal your place. I think he believes he’s a person.

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Day 42: The chalkboard wall in my daughter’s room gets lots of use. Lots of Doctor Who and Loki stuff on it right now.

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Day 43: At this time of year, all the boots come in the house because it’s too cold in the garage. This tends to make a bit of a mess of the floor.

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Day 44: A New Year’s Eve treat. Almond patties, also know as banket.

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Day 45: Another Dutch treat for New Years–Oliebollen

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Day 46: The youth group schedule says the topic for May 6 is “Die”. Maybe we want to miss that day 🙂

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Day 47: Winter sunset

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Day 48:  Getting ready for the Packer playoff game.

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Day 49: Packer Party. Too bad they didn’t win. No more parties until September (at least not Packer Parties)

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Day 50: The worst thing about this photo? The temp wasn’t even at it’s lowest yet. It went down a couple more degrees.

 

Project 365, Days 31-40

Dec 18

Day 31, December 18: Beautiful sunrise

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Day 32: Finally got the boys room fairly clean so there’s room for people to sleep on the floor.

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Day 33: Blizzard is sleeping half on/half off Janelle’s bed. He’s usually under the covers.

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Day 34: The peaceful calm before the storm. A winter storm warning is set to kick in later today, right when my family is scheduled to arrive. But, for now, the frost on the trees makes everything look so peaceful.

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Day 35: That winter storm didn’t dump quite as much snow as was predicted, but there was enough for a couple of vehicles to get stuck in our driveway.

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Day 36: Greg’s organ was popular over Christmas. Here, my brother Jim is getting some pointers on how to play it

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Day 37: A family tradition: the Rook card white elephant gift exchange. Eric got this awesome inflatable mohawk

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Day 38: My nephew, Devin, designed a carpetball tournament. It was double-elimination and was complete with an official bracket and prizes for the top 3 finishers.  Janelle finished 4th.

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Day 39: Another frosty, peaceful day. This time, there’s a lot more snow on the ground.

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Day 40: This one is from a couple of days ago. The kids in our church’s Christmas program. They were cute 🙂