Sixteen Years

Fall flowers

Well, last week I renewed this domain for another year, so I figure I should really make an effort to get back into blogging. The entire summer went by with barely a word from me. I do have my reasons, but it’s time to get it together and start writing again. Monday marked my 16th anniversary of owning puresugar.net, can you believe it? I’ve been blogging longer than that, but still… Isn’t that crazy? I remember hand-coding. I remember when Blogger was in danger of going out of business! I remember Movable Type, pMachine, and GreyMatter. These new whipper-snapper bloggers probably don’t know what I am talking about, LOL!

Anyway.

So, what’s been going on with me? Oh, just life I guess. My husband lost his job in May, so things have been tight and stressful, but we’re getting through it. Luckily, I have my job at the library. It might not be much, but it definitely helps.

School has started for all of the kids, obviously. I have a 9th grader, a 6th grader, and a 2nd grader this year. The time does go by so fast!

I haven’t picked up my pointed pen in quite some time. With the kids home for the summer it was hard to find enought quiet time to sit and work on my calligraphy. I’ll get back to that soon enough, though. I am, however, crocheting. I hopped on the Caron Cakes trend and I’m almost finished with a C2C lap blanket! I love it so much, and I can’t wait for the cooler weather to hit so I can cozy up with it. I’m also working on a scarf using planned pooling. It’s magical how it works!

I still enjoy making planner stickers, though I have not uploaded any freebies in ages. Tuesday I got my new Erin Condren planner (and I loooove it!), so I’ll try to work on getting some printables up here for you.

Well, I suppose that’s good for a check-in for today. I do miss my little space on the web and ignoring it doesn’t help anything, so I’m going to try to get back into a routine. If you’re still reading, thank you!

Back Mad Match on Kickstarter!

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Do you like puns? Do you like tabletop games? Then please check out my husband’s Kickstarter for Mad Match! He (and we) have worked very hard on this game, from concept, to card design, to play testing… And trust me it is a ton of fun and easy to learn.

Today we are having a special promotion since it’s the 3rd and the game works in 3’s. Join our 3 on 3 pledge blitz – add an exclusive expansion to your pledge for only $3 on August 3rd! It’s a great deal and you’ll help get this awesome game funded. We are halfway there — please check it out, share, and support if you can!

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Cool Custom Martini Glasses

This is a milestone year for myself and many of my friends. We are all turning 40. I know — yikes! I still feel like I’m about 25! Anyway, since this is one of the “big” birthdays, I’ve been looking around for fun and memorable gifts for some of my girlfriends. Wine glasses are always fun, but I feel like you can find cute ones anywhere. So I set out on a search for a different kind of glass. After doing some searching, I finally found it: Glasswithatwist.com – martini glasses – customized.

Martini glasses are perfect! They’re sophisticated and elegant — just like my friends :-) I love that these glasses are engraved (not painted) and can be customized. (I absolutely adore anything you I can customize myself!) I just might order one for myself, too! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate an important birthday than enjoying a night out with friends — good food, good laughs, and good drink. A custom glass would only make it more fun!

A Long, Cold Winter

Oh look, I’m in a “Hey, I’m totally going to start updating my blog again regularly” mood! I was recently added to a Facebook group of “old school” online journalers and I have to say, it’s wonderful seeing how many people are still around. So maybe I should stress less about content and just write more.

Indeed.

So, what’s new? It’s cold. Cold, snowy, windy, and all-around frigid. I have a pretty high tolerance for winter I think, but even I am starting to long for warmer weather. I’m growing tired of the mud tracks in the kitchen, the salt and sand tracked in from all over the place, the splinters from loading wood into the stove. Spring is just around the corner though… I can feel it.

It’s been a busy year so far. So many different activities and school functions, work, and just trying to keep up with it all. I’ve managed to squeeze in some crochet here and there. The library was closed on Monday (snow day), so I wipped up this little fox from a kit Drew gave me for Christmas.

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fussy mr. fox

I still have two afghans and at least three scarves to finish, but I just can’t help picking up new projects!

So yes, I am still around. I have not given up on the blog, LOL… I promise.

Thanksgiving 2014

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here in the Northeast, it was rather eventful… the first major snowstorm of the season hit, complete with travel tie-ups and serious power outages. The snow started on Wednesday morning, and as I suspected, the library opted to close so I didn’t have to go in to work. Drew’s mom and aunt came up in the morning, as well, in order to stay ahead of the storm.

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For most of the day we watched the snow fall. (We ended up getting close to a foot!) The kids were excited and built a snow man and snow fort in the afternoon. We had all just settled in to start a movie before dinner when everything went silent. Yes, the wet, heavy snow (or an accident… or who even knows) caused the power to go out. At first we were hopeful it was temporary, but soon we realized that we wouldn’t be able to use the oven to make dinner. So while I was gathering candles and oil lamps, Drew got out the propane grill and camp stove so we could get everyone fed.

Outages were widespread and I began to get worried about what would happen for Thanksgiving. Would I be able to cook? We came up with a plan B, just in case. Luckily, the mashed potatoes and stuffing were already made. We could easily warm those on the wood stove. We figued we could cut up the turkey and cook it in the Dutch oven outside if we had to. We all went to bed, not knowing what to expect in the morning. Luckily, our power came back around 1 AM. I was incredibly thankful! Some people in the area are still without power.

Thanksgiving day was very nice. I was able to cook the traditional dinner after all — no fire pit cooking was necessary! I think everyone enjoyed the meal — we were sure full! I made roast turkey, sour cream mashed potatoes, green beans with slivered almonds, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, cornbread, and cranberry sauce. My mother-in-law brought the cranberry-sausage stuffing. For dessert we had apple crisp — simple, and just enough!

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After the dishes we washed, and turkey bones were simmering to make stock, the kids and Drew’s mom played board games for a while. I did a bit of crochet, and Drew started to put up the Christmas tree. I think we’ll decorate it tonight.

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Today I did some more cleaning, and I’m just taking it easy. No shopping for me today! There’s nothing I really need and I just don’t have the patience to deal with the crowds. I used to always enjoy going out on Black Friday, but in recent years it has gotten way too crazy. Nope, not for me anymore. I think I’ll spend the rest of my day off working on craft projects and making some turkey soup for dinner. Some down-time in front of the fire seems pretty perfect to me!