Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday was a typical January Day

   This is a batch of Puttansca sauce for the spaghetti for tonight's supper. I made spaghetti and salad and bread.  Earthy fare for a cold night.
 Didn't get any pictures of the beautiful salad I made because we were starving.

 And since it was cold enough to freeze your hiney, I stayed in the house almost all day. Had to go out and do the chooks of course, first thing. Their water bowl was frozen solid and they were none too happy about the frigid day out there.  It was about 16 when I first got up, but made it all the way up to 26 before the day was over and it started to spiral back down.  Supposed to get down to 12 tonight.

  I made a batch of artisan bread dough around noon and turned on the oven and decided to make oatmeal applesauce cookies. It cozied up the house right nice. The dough has to raise about 5 hours, so I thought that would work out pretty good for fresh bread for supper.

 Here it is, resting for half an hour before going into the oven. Boy, was it ever good. The batch made one large loaf and 2 smaller loaves and I went ahead and baked them all because there's not much room in the fridge for a bowl of dough. lol

 I took a shower after the Irishman tonight and so only had enough hot water left for about half the dishes. So, I still have work waiting for me in the other room. lol  Not that much left though, if you don't count the nasty mess I made all over the stovetop. No matter how hard I try, I always make a mess when I make spaghetti sauce. Every time.  sigh...


  Had a relatively productive day today. Have you ever noticed that no matter how many times you do laundry, you always have to do it again? lol  3 loads today. And decided to wait until tomorrow to wash the love seat covers. Got company coming for lunch on Wednesday.  I also got the nasty aquarium cleaned. That's a job I always takes longer than I think it's going to. You have to siphon water out of it and vacuum the rocks...and replace about 2/3 of the water. It's a little over a 30 gallon aquarium, so it's no mean feat hauling 4- 5 gallon buckets of dirty fish poop water from the living room to the bathroom. Can I just say...YUCK !  lol  Then (because I don't do it often enough) I have to scrape the top of the walls and down along the bottom as well. Lime buildup mostly, mixed in with a little algae.  It has 2 filters that have to be taken out, scrubbed down (slime--YUCK) and have the cartridges replaced.  It looks really good once it's done, but lordy....

  3 things on my list that didn't get done. But there's always tomorrow...Of course, tomorrow's list already has 6 things on it. (I can't win). lol


Alright. Dishes are finished, stovetop is sparkly clean.  Everything's put away. Roxie is all snuggled in her doggie bed, Miss Molly McGee is asleep on the sofa, covered up with one of the fleece blankets.  Bella and Caylee are in here sleeping at my feet, snoring softly and chasing rabbits in their dreams. All the cats are in, the bird is covered and chirping now and then to remind me that tomorrow is his day for a housecleaning.

  Outside the sky is clear and dark, and everything is already completely iced over. Supposed to warm up some by Wednesday...that'll be nice.

 My bedtime is here.  Mr. I come !!



DJan said...

I always love to come visit here, get the feeling of having had a good day with you. That bread sure does look good. When it's that cold, how do you keep the water from freezing for the chickens?

Beth said...

The spaghetti sauce sure looks good Annie and the bread too Yumm!

I am ready for spring and i bet your chicks are too!

Akannie said...

DJan, we bought a heated water bowl (for dogs) from the farm store. You plug it in. That bread turned out really well...I used all unbleached flour with 7 grain cereal thrown in.

Thanks was good. Yeah, the chickens are more than a little disgruntled with the

Mariodacatsmom said...

Another busy day. Do you ever have a day where you are bored. There is something very pleaceful about sitting down at night with an animal or two or three sleeping next to you or around your feet. I didn't realize you had indoor animals. I remember about the chicks, etc., but not the dogs and cats inside.

Akannie said...

Lordy, MDCM-- I have been accused of being an animal hoarder. LOL

Living out like we do, people dump animls all the time, and I seem to emit some kind of juju that draws them here. One time, I had 19 cats ( 2 pregnant dumpees, who had 5 and 6 kittens, and 6 in residence at the time. 4 dogs. Fish. Cockatiel. I found farm homes for the 13, eventually. And am down to 5 cats now, as I just found homes for another 3 about a month ago.

Mama Pea said...

Gosh, you always seem to get a lot done in a day's time. Makes me feel like a real slug. (But you're also inspiring, so that's on the plus side!)

I just made a big batch of spaghetti sauce for the freezer. Love to have those quarts to pull out in the morning.

I've never been a fan of fish aquariums and now after hearing the job it is to clean one out and keep it looking good, I know there's no way in the world I'd ever be tempted to have one! My daughter kept an aquarium and fish for a while and in it she kept some kind of a fish (I can't remember the name of it) that helped to keep the algae and muck cleaned up. Problem was the dang thing was so ugly to look at and grew so big, so fast it gave me the creeps to look at it!