Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower soup: Put in Crock Pot – cut up head of cauliflower, 2 strips of good bacon, clove of garlic whole, chopped green onions about 2 onions, cover with enough chicken stock to have cauliflower covered by 2 inches. Add Basil, salt and pepper and a bay leaf. Cook all day. Take Bay Leaf out, and puree everything in the pot either with an emulsion blender or a food processor or blender… Yep even the bacon gets blended up… Tastes a lot like Clam chowder actually… OO you know what you could add clams at the end if you wanted. mmm
Then put in bowl and add cream to taste and top with parmesan cheese chips that you can get at Costco that are so addicting… Spendy but worth it…

New Year Eve Already

screen-shot-2016-04-05-at-7-12-07-amWell the building process is nothing to sneeze at. One needs to be a stubborn bulldog in order to get things done right. So here is the plan for the first week of January 2017 regarding the new house.

  1. My sneak phone call worked and Hubby was glad I did it. Phew that could have gone either way. I hate seeing him sit and suffer waiting for an email reply. He just doesn’t get people are not responsible via Email like they are a phone call. So the plans are wrong and they are going to fix them. Tuesday the updated plans should be ready. Hubby plans on driving down to Puyallup and ensuring the updates are correct before they print everything. Honey Badger alert. He is going into Badger mode. I suggested that he call and make an appointment to do just that as Im not sure how well he will be received just showing up.

    Why is he riding this so hard? Because every time they print new plans it causes another week delay. Hubby wants to ensure that only one revision is done. Smart man. Hopefully the Hi-Line staff won’t mind. Plus the Excavator is chomping at the bit to get started as well.

  2. Trees are going – got our first shared payment to get the trees removed. I wonder if the home owners of the trees that are being removed are going to stiff us or not? Should be interesting as they expressed that they knew this was their responsibility but didn’t like doing it.
  3. Keeping Bronco! busy… This is my job. We went to Costco yesterday and I got a few cool boxes for him to destroy. This is how I am able to write this blog. Ha Ha Ha.
  4. House Guest next week too – so so looking forward to another mind to pipe in on ideas… My little sis is great at this stuff. She landscaped her place beautifully. How did she learn this? Crazy… She definitely inherited that gene from Mom who had the greenest thumb ever..

Well that about wraps it up for now, probably won’t blog much next week but one never knows. Actually with my sister here I probably can as I have someone to entertain the puppy!!!!


Happy New Years Everyone!

The Plans Arrived

Well lets see, we haven’t even broke ground and we are starting to get behind. The plans were suppose to arrive on Dec 21 but didn’t arrive until Wednesday well after Christmas. And after the Dude spent the fair amount of the day pouring through the many many layers of paper he discovered several things that need fixing. I won’t go into the deals of that because who cares the point is this is going to add another two weeks to the process as the plans need to be redone before we can submit to the county. Our Excavator is sitting on pins and needles waiting for us to get the permits submitted so he can start the drain fields and septic system.

The good news is that the company we are working with basically put together the package that we need to take into the county for permit submittal. Bad news, my poor hubby was totally overwhelmed by all he needed to pour through. You see my Dude is thankfully very very detailed and there is not one word he hasn’t digested and questioned in this entire packet. So need less to say the process of filling out all the forms for permits is daunting for him, for anyone for that matter. He has spent two full days so far. Our kitchen table is nothing but forms and plans.

So currently we have three fires to put out.

One: Electricity to the Site. Apparently we need a two foot easement to access the electric box on the neighbor’s lot. However the Electric Company wants a 10X10 foot easement which there is no way anyone would give up that much. So if the Dude can’t get a solution to easily access this box we will have to opt for a much more expensive way to get electricity to the lot. More as this story unfolds. He is currently pursuing a 2 foot easement with pictures of the area in question and asking both the Electric Utility and the neighbors for this solution.

Two: Storm Damage precaution Form has the Dude baffled. It is basically suppose to be what our plan is to keep everyone around the construction site from eroding all over the neighbors and streets. However this form is like 13 pages of what options you are choosing to use to ensure erosion control along with a drawing. This is the biggest question how can you create a drawing of where the dirt mounds will be when you haven’t even started digging yet. Crazy. He is going to yap with his Mentor on this form.

Three: Plans corrected: Who knows how long this will take. The Dude is resisting the urge to just white out and fix himself. I keep reminding him he can’t do that. These are not his plans to mess with.

As for me, my Tree removal project is finally underway. There are three huge trees blocking the view from our lot and the neighbors. So we all are going in to help pay to have the trees removed. This really wasn’t too bad. A few hiccups but back on track.

Well that is about it for now, ooo one thing I did that will probably bite me in the ass. Lynn just emailed the company about the house plans being wrong and needing correcting. I suggested that he call them but he felt no one was in the office anyway until after New Years. So what did I do? I called and left a message for them to call my hubby. Hopefully we will hear from them today!!!! I am kind of pushy probably should not have done it but I hate seeing the Dude struggling and stressing waiting for a response. 


Random Thoughts

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 8.33.19 AMWell it’s Dec 20, tomorrow the blueprints are suppose to be ready. We just got out of a cold snap so I need to get gardening on the house we intend to sell. I have this puppy though that is not helping.

This is him going Mom I’m listening…..


Hubby fixed the dishwasher soap dispenser but was very annoyed with me sending him Youtube videos as to how to fix it as he was hoping to not have to worry about it. Now I’m going to get the snub all day from him I just know it. Oh well the price I pay for living with a Dude that is touched.


Well it’s the week before Christmas

Well screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-11-53-50-amthis tree is wonderful isn’t it. It is a Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree not vine… mmmmm Pondering this for front yard landscaping…

Well lets see where are we in the building a new house scheme. Well obviously we need to sell our existing house to pay for the new house and the laws have changed so much in the last 10 years since we bought our existing house. So we just learned that we have to have the county out to inspect our existing septic system to ensure it is in compliance with the law. Now my first impression when I learned this was, wait a minute what is the annual inspection for  if not to ensure we are complying with the law? Strange. So in addition to paying for our annual inspection which provides a report to the county that we are in compliance, we had to have an actual county guy come out and bless it. This was hairy.

Both of us were on pins and needles as we felt that our annual inspection company wasn’t very good at really looking at the system and our fears were confirmed when the county guy came out. But they were wonderful, spent the fair amount of an afternoon working with my husband to expose view ports we did not even know existed as the previous owner did not have to do this type of inspection when we bought the house from him. So then we waited a nervous 3 days and got the county blessing that our system is good. YEAH… Phew, huge relief…

Things that are pending – Design plans from Hi-Line should be done on the 21. Then we need to figure out where to get blue print copies and fill out the pile of forms to submit to the county for approval to build. I also need to get ahold of the tree guy and get that ball rolling for payment collection on getting three trees removed after the holidays but I will wait on this until after Christmas.

Speaking of which this should be an interesting holiday as we have our house all staged to sell. Meaning it’s empty as heck, and my brother in law and his son are coming for a visit the day after Christmas. We haven’t shared the news of moving with Lynn’s side of the family yet, nervous about how they will take it. Hopefully we will be supported one never knows.

December 14th – List of to dos

Well lets see where are we on the house stuff. Man so many new rules on building a house it is overwhelming. There are equally new rules for selling your house. One of them is that the county has to come out and bless your existing septic system before you can sell it to someone. This is a new law that went into affect in 2008. Great another things for my OCD Dude to lay awake at night about. He is scheduling the county to come out sometime this month. The other thing is that the wait time to get someone out here can snag things up. Good thing my Dude is ahead of this curve, as I am sure there will be other curveballs we miss.

So our current plan is enjoying the holidays and family, then in January we are having trees removed on the property hopefully the first week and then the middle to end of January put the house up for sale.

As for the new house, plans are suppose to be done Dec 21. My Dude is thinking of awaiting on the fancy generator until after we are in the house for a year. I’m a bit disappointed but totally get it, cash flows are a bitch. Hardy Har Har..

Another thing keeping my Dude awake at night is the no build zone of the septic system as our deck we plan to build will have stairs that currently are designed to go down into the no build zone. So he has been scouring the County Web site for rules for this no build zone as oddly enough no build doesn’t mean you can’t cover parts of it apparently, but we don’t want to build the deck only to have to remove it right? So the Dude has our expert who is installing our Septic confirm with his county buddies he used to work with that our septic no build zone area is ok to have a deck touching the no build zone and stairs. Geez this is complicated.

In the mean time, I am obsessing about how to landscape all this. Bronco! and I will have a fenced yard to roam free. So I am thinking the back yard will be something with lots of paths leading to sitting areas. My plant list is growing. screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-8-52-46-am

I love this look but I must remember that I need to be able to maintain this myself when I am 90… mmm I ask myself could Mean Old Aunty Em weld a hedger? mmmmm definitely have lots of Alliums though…

Well that’s it for today, Bronco! is busy barking at himself in the mirror. Must get a picture of that!

The Beginning – New House

Well today is the day we sign papers to start the building process. A year ago we bought a piece of property with the idea that we would build a rambler to better support our aging bodies. This lot has turned out to be great for building at least so far. One never knows until you start digging but so far so good. Lets see what have we done so far before getting to this point.

First we had a septic guy come out and get approval for a septic plan since we live out in an area without public septic. Boy septic is a BIG research project folks. There are so many different systems depending on how well your soil drains. The house we currently live in has a septic system that is like a mini treatment plant. The waste leaves the house into one tank, then filters into another, then goes out into a big sand filter that goes into another tank, which then pumps the clean water up around into the back yard which is what has been defined as the drain field which comes with all kinds of restrictions as to what you can plant so basically most people do a big lawn which is what we have.

Well we got the septic design back, boy we lucked out and we qualify for a normal old fashioned 3 bedroom gravity system. What rocks about this is we don’t have to have it inspected by the county every year which is an expensive of roughly $300. And it seems every time they come out they break something so you really have to stay on top of them. Some systems require an inspection twice a year as well. My neighbor has that type. This was our first pleasant surprise.

Now my hubby has drawn up the plans for what is called an I-Pit. This is a new requirement from the county to ensure proper drainage off the site. Again lots of requirements and restrictions here which in most cases defines what size house you can actually build. If you ever wondered why someone would build a small vertical house it might just be because of the I-Pit and septic restrictions they had. It’s very interesting actually. The guy building on the lot below us had an engineer come out and design a house to fit the I-pit and septic system for him. It’s crazy all these things you just are not aware of when building your own house.

OK so we have Septic approved, I-Pit Plan approved (this required us to take a soil sample to a soil analyst (paid $600 bucks mind you) to get a piece of paper for the County which we will have to pay to get it permitted and placed and then inspected again. It’s amazing all the hands you have to feed during this process. We are creating jobs for people that’s a good thing!

So now we are ready to get the official certified drawings made up so we can submit about 40 different pieces of paper to the County for approval to break ground.

Here is the house we are building. We are opting for the Supershell version where my hubby does all the finish work (Installing cabinets, floors, painting, etc).

We are also going with the Weekender Pro Tuffshed. Click here to see it! This is going to be my “SHE” shed… I am going to go with the Options lights and insulation hopefully. If the Dude will let me spend that much on it… We shall see. The idea here is I can do my Clay art again as I will have a place to make a mess.

mmm OK so that is it for now. The timeline for all this to actually beginning building in Feb 2017.. Septic and I-PIT goes in first and then the foundation.. Assuming we get all permits approved in time… Hence why we are signing today as it takes a month for Hi-line to get the drawings needed to submit for the county to approve which will take another month. Man the lead times on this is crazy.

Anime Studio Pro Lesson 20-24

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 8.02.15 AM OK now we are getting somewhere. This was pretty easy to make. Took me about 30 minutes… Not bad.. Adding details is where the time comes in, like eye lids, fold shadows etc… but it’s a start.


Yesterday’s learning session was much easier than the glass of water. My dyslexia hates multiple lines together close as class 19 had, but lesson’s 20 – 24 were about brushes and were much easier to follow…

So what did I learn actually? Style settings, edge affects, how to shade, how to layer objects using Group folders (this is important when I start to animate Bueller’s Ears because see how the ears are behind his head here? Well when I animate them the edges behind will show if I don’t get it just right)… I will post example when I get to that phase.

I am a ways away from the animation part of this class. Not sure exactly how the animation is going to work but I am getting impatient – I so want to just skip forward but I won’t… must be detailed and learn everything so when I can bones that will allow me to move Bueller everything works the way I need them too. Sounds easy but I’m sure it’s not going to be. hehehe

Well that’s it for today! Tomorrow is Easter and I am taking the day off to play with my Aunty Em in OZ!



Anime Studio Pro Glass Lecture

Results from lesson 19thScreen Shot 2016-03-24 at 7.59.22 AM


OK it may not be the best looking glass but it does look like what lesson 19th taught. Although I am still having trouble really getting how the color fill works, I am very comfortable with the add points, delete points, layering of images (not that I can easily change to layer order yet but I will get there), Make lines thicker, hide lines.

Now why would you hide a line instead of delete it you might ask? Well if you delete a point you loose the image fill, but hiding a line you don’t. Good to know…

One step closer to getting a Bueller image…… Yippy!