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Happy Holidays from Chateau Sutton-Goar

Happy Holidays from Château Sutton-Goar!
2016 marked our 10th wedding anniversary, and we celebrated by buying new rings. While it was tempting to do the traditional tin/aluminum, we thought they might be more meaningful if they DIDN'T come out of a gumball machine (if they still have those). It also shamed me into sorting through more of the garage in case any of those remaining boxes were ALSO celebrating a 10th anniversary, though I'm not sure what a box buys to celebrate. New packing tape?
While “done” with physical therapy seems to be something I'm never going to really ever achieve, my hip/back does continue to improve, and we were able to go cross-country skiing this year, which was very exciting. Even bigger news—I was able to go back to work for most of the year. For about 7 months, I worked as the store manager at Dunkley Music's Nampa store, which was fun—except maybe for what is known as “rental season,” which is a three-week period that is the source of…

It's 13 Degrees Right Now

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And that is apparently the temperature when one cannot leave a heating pad for even a second:

I'm Back to Work!

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Honestly, there have been times during the hip/back struggles that Andy and I both wondered if I'd be able to go back to work, and in fact I will not have the physical strength for outside sales or fund-raising ever again.  BUT I was browsing help wanted ads to try to get ideas of what I might be able to do, and found an ad for a music store manager/sales person.  So, I sent in my resume and 9 days later started at my new job.  :)

So, when one hasn't worked in quite some time (years), it's a big adjustment.  I have been ordering clothes and shoes like a mad woman because I'm too tired at the end of the day to go shopping, and Andy is picking up a lot of the slack--dinner, grocery shopping, etc.  And I'm learning a lot--or trying to.  This week I've been researching whether the music books are from bands I've never heard of, movies I've never heard of, or television shows I've never heard of.  Last week was restringing violins.  Tonight is a "…

And THIS Is Why I Don't Bake

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Sunday we had friends over for dinner, so I decided to make a one-layer cake using a heart cake pan we'd been given but had never used, and when it fell in the oven,
 I remembered why I don't usually bake.  And when I do decide to bake,
it would be best to stick with my usual one-layer stays-in-the-pan sort of cake.  Frosting covers most of my blunders,
but this time even frosting failed to cover my errors. Thankfully, there was wine with dinner, so maybe no one noticed........

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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Garlic

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I actually DID dig up the garlic last year, but it's obviously the smartass of the plant world:

Sharing the Artistry

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Today we went to the Idaho Artistry in Wood show today.  Just a fraction of the amazing work:























Let The Gardening Games Begin!

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I have planted lettuce, spinach, and kale!
Which is the most excitement kale really ever gets, isn't it?  We've had such warm weather and they're so cold-hardy that I could have put them in a few weeks ago, but it's still early enough that the "old saws" will be lining up to tell me how wrong I am.  Whatever--it works every year, and while we're hearing how I shouldn't do this or that, we're usually harvesting the lettuce that isn't supposed to grow.  Our temperatures are rising drastically every year, and last year our final frost was a full month earlier than average and it's going to be even warmer this year.  I need to get some cleanup done in the greenhouse, and it will be time to get starts going in there--YIKES!  Where does the time go?

Between fungus and scorching temperatures, we're going to cut back on tomatoes this year.  It's just too hot for them unless they get shade, so I'm taking a break from even trying to grow…

Valentine's Day On the Town

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While I'm not a fan of Valentine's day, Sundays are fun days to be out and about--especially now that I can be out and about.  We picked up my cousin for lunch, then we all went to a local winery for a wine and chocolate tasting
then burned off the wine and sugar high by browsing thrift stores (charity shops).  I can't tell you why, but this is something the 3 of us just love to do.  We always find fun stuff--toys we used to have, at least one or two things we can't identify, and, of course, always a few useful items.  I was delighted to find this:
which needs to be repainted and is lacking 2 little screws, but will be some wonderful wall-mounted storage in the sewing room.  We also found these,
which are actually really cheap frames but will make a great display of some of Andy's photographs.  And this lovely tray,
 will either have the tarnish removed if I can, and if I can't, will be painted with chalkboard paint and be useful for parties.  Either way, a gre…

Happy Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day
which used to be one of my favorite days in grade school.  We'd make boxes or envelopes, pick out Valentines (which luckily didn't promote movies yet), then give them to every single classmate during an afternoon school party.  Mom made us give one to every classmate--even those we didn't actually like--so it was a holiday for everyone.

I've been much less of a fan as an adult.  If you're in a relationship, how valuable is it if your partner gives you flowers because it's expected?  If you're not in a relationship, it's the ultimate boy-do-you-not-fit-in-because-you're-single day of the year.  Well Ihave a lot of great friends who are wonderful people but not in relationships.  I think we should go back to the way it was in grade school--just a fun day to celebrate with friends.  So to all my friends--single, married, dating, divorced, whatever--Happy Valentine's Day!  Who better to love than one's friends?

Snowshoeing!

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We went snowshoeing today!
and judging by how much the snow changed in just one week, winter is ending early even in the mountains thanks to extremely high temperatures for this time of year--which is our new norm.  I've snowshoed several times in the past, but had never bought snowshoes as I don't like it as well as cross-country skiing, but it DOES make it easier to get off-trail, and our friends have really gotten into it, so I ordered some snowshoes and this was their inaugural run. 

We had taken skis as well, as we were going to do a short loop with skis then switch to snowshoes, but the snow had melted so much and refrozen that it was ICE, and it was just too slick for safe skiing without skins, so it worked out well.  The day was beautiful
and we were able to get into some remoter places.  We even figured out how to take a "selfie" with Andy's new camera:
This week temperatures are supposed to reach a VERY unseasonal 60 degrees, so the days of snow sports …

We Went Cross Country Skiing Today!!!!!!!

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My Taste Didn't Grow Up

Thanks to our library's app, I can download and listen to audio books on my phone, which is the first thing that's made me really happy about upgrading to a "smartphone."  What makes this setup even better is that I can listen to kid's books without anyone knowing.

Yep, I'm 45 and I listen to children's books.

At first it was just the ones that I thought were "classics" but that I had missed:  Pinnochio, Anne of Green Gables, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Then I moved on to the Percy Jackson series that one of our nephews was really into.  Then on to the sequel series.  Now it's anything I can find.

As far as I'm concerned, kids get better stories than adults do.  No horrific violence.  No heaving breasts.  No mid-30s-woman-putting-her-life-back-together-after-divorce-and-inevitably-involving-a-circle-of-girlfriends-(one-of-whom-will-get-cancer).  No heroine standing in front of the mirror and describing her appearance.  No misery-…

How To Deal With Spam

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I have a new hero:



Seriously, haven't you always wanted to turn around and annoy a spammer or telemarketer?

To Be Sensitive..

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Having spent two months coping with bronchitis on and off, THEN having it start turning to pneumonia and 10 days of a nasty antibiotic to get rid of it, what could be more fun than catching a cold?  Seriously, does my immune system do anything? 

After a few days of daytime cold medicine, I changed tactics yesterday afternoon and tried Andy's Sudafed.  I tried the 12-hour once for allergies, and didn't sleep for two days, but thought I could cope with the 4-hour version.  And it did work!  I breathed easier, had a clearer head, and
channeled that legal-amphetamine-hyperactivity into finally getting the rest of the Christmas decorations located, packed, put away, and the winter ones put up and the downstairs cleaned.  Really, I haven't had that sort of energy in two months.  Andy was wishing he were as sensitive to medications as I am--that was sort of handy......:)

Zero For Two

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In the past, I've either physically dusted lampshades or rinsed them with water to clean them.  However,
dusting broke the first one, rinsing broke the second, AND the color bled on both of them.  So, we're looking for new lamps/lampshades.

I'm thinking the third option would have just been to replace the blasted things in the first place........

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year from Château Sutton-Goar

Santa made a surprise appearance at the Château last year, bringing Andy an acoustic parlor (smaller body) guitar and  me a 12-string, so there has been a lot of music here this year—and more than a few discussions about how many guitars two people actually need, though these discussions are quickly scrapped when either the sewing room or the third bay of the garage known as the Wood Shop are mentioned.  No one, however, is allowed to take up the tuba.

Andy has always been interested in photography, and this year purchased a better digital camera to play with.  On one of the first outings with a camera, while Andy tried to get just the right shot of a goose with her gosling, I fended off another goose, presumably her agent, who wanted to A) bite, and B) talk royalties.  A day on the motorcycle with the camera has become a favorite weekend activity for him, and over Thanksgiving he took some wonderful pictures of my aunt and uncle and their famil…