The White House

The White House

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Procrastination is the key word of the day. I am tired from working 10 hours in the yard yesterday preparing for the snow/rain we are supposed to get later this afternoon. No, I am not ready.

I also have my first Cub Scout meeting today that I am not prepared for. I had all summer to get ready. I guess I work best under pressure.

Q&A: Why do I have a sheep?  -  I usually answer that question "Because I can". I live further out-of-town so I can do what I want (for the most part). City living in a subdivision would drive me insane. This is Daisy's sixth summer and she is purely a pet. I have never used her wool as it is expensive to process and I don't have the means to myself. I was thinking of doing a little of it next spring just to have a bit of her to save when she does pass on.

Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely shredded unpeeled zucchini
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (I just throw in a splash of lemon juice from a bottle because I never have lemons on hand)
1/2 cup walnuts

In a mixing bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. In another mixing bowl combine sugar, shredded zucchini, cooking oil, egg, and lemon peel; mix well. Add flour mixture; stir just till combined. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into a greased 8X4X2-inch loaf pan. Bake in a 350* oven for 55 to 60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove bread from the pan; cool thoroughly on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicking. Makes 1 loaf.

(At this house it gets cut hot and two loaves are eaten in about 2 hours. I freeze my zucchini in 2 cup portions so I can make two loaves at a time).

September 5....
They are just so darned cute. Foggy morning.

September 6....
Elijah running it in for the first touchdown of the game. We won this one!

Muddy game as it had been raining for a few days prior. Sprinkled some during the first half.

September 7....
Our last game of croquet for the season.

I love to sit by the fire pit. Wish I had the time to do it every night because our Fall is pretty short. Soon it will be winter and I'll be sitting by the fire inside.

 I'm really happy with our area. Twelve chairs so plenty of seating and the rock keeps it so clean.

September 10....
This is where we are with the hill. The two landings will be for gardens which are not going to be ready this Fall. The dozer went back so we aren't even sure we will get the fire pit and snowboarding hill done. Hopefully we'll get to use it one last time to finish up.

September 11...
I was at the school so I could go to Girl Scouts with Olivia. I saw this poster she made on the wall in the halls. She was the only child with ten family members. The most anyone else had was six (mom, dad, four kids). Guess she's lucky. She wishes for two dolphins. Not sure where that's coming from?

They had snack on the floor (I wish she would have had them sit at the tables).

Then they made a book. It's a two hour meeting and everything she had planned was done in about 50 minutes so they went out to the playground. We stayed 20 minutes and left. Delaying dinner and taking up our evening for the playground is not why Olivia is a Girl Scout. Hopefully in  future meetings they will do more to work towards their badges.

We stopped by the store because I had promised a trip to the toy aisle. Those two have to look at every single thing before making a decision. Ug! Grabbed some groceries and home for dinner.

Again I seem to be failing in the photo department. I am floundering and so far behind. My time management is pretty decent (except right now), but it seems there is just too much for one person to accomplish in a day. I guess *when I have time* I am going to have to better organize myself. I can do this!!


Nancy J said...

Gayle, ta for the loaf recipe, have saved for this summer. I see it is cold at your place right now, 1.6C, lovely photos, and a sheep, why not, it is so good to live with some land, some animals, and some space. Olivia, one super poster!! Lucas, stay cool in your school gear. Greetings to all, Jean.

anymommy said...

I don't think it's possible to get it together in September. Too much craziness!

Arizaphale said...

The sense of time and the flow of seasons is so pronounced at your place. Here's hoping the GS leader gets her act together. Hope you get a few more nights by the fire pit. The weather here is gradually warming up...

Anonymous said...

Did you just change your header to one with snow? Does that mean you have snow on the ground? I don't mind snow and wish we would get a ton of it but usually we're lucky to get some on the ground for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Where are you? I miss your posts!!

Anonymous said...

I missssssss you!
I wonder what's going on in your life...
Please check in!

Stephen Andrew said...

How cute! Olivia looks so much older. Hope all is going well!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Where are you Gail? I hope all is well with all of you.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Wow are they getting all grown up. Going to try this recipe since I just picked one last squash before the frost.

wendy in NY said...

I miss her too :(

Anonymous said...

are you ever coming back?

Anonymous said...

I miss your post so much! Hope everything's okay!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Gayle ~ Your last post was two months ago and several of us are concerned about you.

I hope and pray you and yours are all well, that you are just busy, and hope you have a lovely Christmas season.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Teddi said...

I miss her post too! hoping she comes back soon!

Teddi said...

I miss her post too! hope she comes back soon and all is well!

Stephanie said...

It's been almost 4 months since your last post. I hope everything is ok and you return to update your blog. I love reading about your Alaskan adventures and your beautiful family.