NIGHTSKYSTAR's SparkPeople Blog NIGHTSKYSTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community waiting on the cold report changed its a high of 10 below tomorrow..low of 27 below. yee haw!! I LOVE THIS WEATHER!! Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:49:44 EST Thursday Just ran over to the bakery to turn up the heat and let the water dribble. going to have to leave my heat on here at the house the next few nights (i'm used to turning it off when i go to bed) <BR> Calling for 20 below. i dont need to go out for anything but to the mailbox and across the street to the bakery, so i'm hunkered down with a mug of hot grean tea with honey and lemon..and some kniitting. Later i'll work on my bedroom purging more, but for now? this is pretty nice! Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:18:31 EST wednesday Productive day. Up. played with Lucy, talked to my dear friend Ann for a bit..its been a while as we are both so busy!! <BR> Lucy went out to play in the snow that continued to fall. Got Valentines in the mail. Recyclables in the garbage. Knit some and caught up on the 2 shows that were on Hulu. Knit some more. Lucy in for lunch..and she was so happy and content in she stayed in till i kind of missed my lunch. I had a little before she came in, and probably more than i needed, so it cou... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:40:22 EST tuesday it snowed!! yay!! and my daughter is coming for lunch!! its a good day... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:06:04 EST Monday Off for a walk with Lucy. Finished the scarf i was knitting..heres pics... <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:18:33 EST Saturday. Just finished 2 difficult cakes. one was carved, otherwise not bad. the other..ARGH. it is for a little ones birthday..some cartoon or something named CARS. the logo gave me was on short notice. i ususally make 3 case of breakage or smears or whatever..but she only ordered it monday so not enough time to dry, etc. <BR> Thank goodness it worked..just sent her a picture she loves it so i'm DONE. Now to make valentine cookies and butter pecan fudge for a package going across ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:57:43 EST Friday woke up feeling MUCH better. got one big cake order done. the second is half done..thats for sunday morning pickup and needed to dry before i can do any more. workouts are done, Lucy got her walk, and it snowed some and got colder!!! YAY! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:09:07 EST Thursday Continues to be warm. Mext horrid result? the Maple sap is running. So many here depend on syrup and confection sales for income. Its supposed to get cold the sap will freeze and it will be a short, slow run this year. really, really awful for the add it to the horrors of this non winter.. <BR> on the good side. I did get Lucy out for a walk today. it stopped raining so I took her between drops. All the orders are baked...will decorate most of the day tomorrow. <BR> Eve... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:15:06 EST wednesday well..we had ICE today. this is the winter that wasnt, and i detest it. i love snow and cold, live for it..and its WHY i live here. its 51 degrees right now. the ice palace for carnival is melting before carnival starts. all the snow is gone but some patches. i didnt go out today for anything but the mail. YUCK! <BR> the good part? Lucy and i relaxed and i knit. i'm working on a multi color scarf..will post a pic when i get done. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:57:21 EST Tuesday busy at the everything put away...took Lucy for a long walk. and now i'm going to knit!! have supper all made..did my i'm all set to knit for a while! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:58:28 EST Monday Told my Hogwarts team...want a good show to watch? on Netflix..its called Wentworth. NOT FOR KIDS...but riveting..great acting..and really interesting story line! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:38:42 EST Saturday Been awol but i'm back!! time to buckle down and get back to it...holidays were fun but time to lose more!! Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:44:47 EST weds i hate running errands. yuck. pharmacy. motor vehicles. bank. groceries. what a waste!! <BR> on a good note..its DONE...and my workout is, too!! <BR> on a sad poor old kitty Cooper isnt doing well. he was fat and happy at Thanksgiving. he isnt now. I dont think he will be with me long. its hard saying bye to a good friend. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:03:59 EST tuesday Had a nice rare weekend away at my moms...i love that little cottage!! i ate too much...but i got on the scale this morning and havent gained an yay!! right back at it today..i did keep up with my workouts so maybe thats how i escaped unscathed!! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:15:55 EST wednesday amd after the wonderful week, today my boy goes. he is about to leave..just making one last sweep to be sure he has everything. <BR> I will have a good cry, then go decorate the new years eve cake orders. then i'll come back to my quiet, empty house, and start cleaning. this is the part of the holidays i DONT like. sigh. <BR> but it was fun and wonderful while it lasted!! <BR> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:53:19 EST Merry Christmas Eve!!! sausage balls made and in the fridge on the cookie sheet ready to bake tomorrow. <BR> Rum cake is made ready to glaze (thats next) <BR> all orders are picked up..and they were all on time!! <BR> cookies delivered to the neighbors and made up for my daughter and some for her boyfriends family. <BR> Cranberry mince tarts made. <BR> yeast is proofing for the overnight cinnamon rolls..which will bake with the sausage balls for tomorrow morning <BR> <BR> still to do? living room rug needs a go... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:42:38 EST Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!! the orders are all done...sour cream cinnamon twists packaged and ready for pickup. All the cakes are out already. All the breads and rolls go out tomorrow. I have everyone picking up by noon so i can come home and get my own stuff done!! <BR> I just made the cranberry mincemeat for the little star topped cranberry mince pies. I still have to package one cookie gift up that will go out in the morning...or whenever everything is picked up then i can run it to my lovely neighbors who are always... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:42:23 EST Monday... well. today was it..the last day i could do anything BUT the bakery till noon on thursday...then i will come home and do MY familys things...rum cake, sausage balls, overnight cinnamon rolls, cranberry mince tarts, brown sugar bacon mini hot dogs and a cranberry jello mold. Thank goodness we do prime rib for fuss. toss it in the pan, montreal seasoning and let it roast. i wont peel the potatos for mashed potatos, and we will have corn and rolls...its literally zero effort for me... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:31:48 EST Sunday coming down home stretch. just finished ALL the wrapping. OK well not ALL..i had one thing i wasnt about to do the stairs again to get, but that isnt for till the 26th, so i have time. Nothing has ribbons or bows, but if i dont get to ribbons i can just stick bows on quick and that will suffice. <BR> now starts the hardcore order baking. i have orders for cinnamon rolls, sour cream yeast raised cinnamon twists. cookie orders. cupcake orders. rum cake orders. decorated cake orders. all for Ch... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:57:39 EST friday working hard to get everything finished but just got dumped on with orders for Christmas Eve. just gotta keep plugging... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:48:30 EST wednesday my mom and stepdad are coming to help me put up the tree and decorate it!! yay!!! <BR> All the cookies are done...the candy is made. the packages are ready to go out in todays mail. (well all but one but Ma is bringing me something to put in that one then its ready.) and i will go to the post office later..they are labelled and paid for. <BR> now just the house to decorate, some things i am knitting to finish, the wrapping to do. I dont have much to wrap so it wont take too long. <BR> Next ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:00:11 EST Sunday I'm getting there...just have to put the fudge and nuts on the candy bar cookies and box them up, then i'm going to make the oreo snowmen...getting garbages together...everything is out but i have room so cutting down some boxes. still have to sweet the kitchen floor, too...making meatloaf for supper that should last a few days so i wont have to worry about dinners for a bit. <BR> Have to package up orders and secret santa gifts and get them out to the mailbox... <BR> I havent wrapped a THIN... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:59:47 EST Saturday Today is brittle day..peanut, walnut and cashew. Walnut is my favorite.... <BR> Also doing both kinds of thumbprints, and dog bone cookies for my furry friends!! Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:45:12 EST friday ok so..with 20 kinds of cookies to make..several candies, along with the fruitcakes and rumcakes and regular bakery orders, i make schedules. i got the bright idea this morning, since i had a couple decorate the gingerbread men and the roll outs. 4 hours later..i was done. and now i'm making key lime pies for 11 am pickup tomorrow...and five pounds of butter pecan fudge, and i have to do the mice cookies today. <BR> i did manage to get lucy a walk in, and my workout. but now i HAV... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:01:38 EST Thursday the days are ticking down. The house is close to clean, except i'll have to shampoo the living room rug before Christmas again. and noone better look in my bedroom..hahaha <BR> However...i havent wrapped a thing..not that there is much to wrap. bad, bad money year this year so lots of fun homemade gifts and lots of cookies and candy to give for gifts. <BR> The house is kinda decorated...i have one box of stuff still to put out, including the nativity scene. every other year i put it in the l... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:13:43 EST wednesday just a moment to some knitting done, took Lucy for a walk, did my beachbody workout. now time to start gingerbread men and roll outs....busy busy!! Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:44:35 EST Happy Birthday Lucy!!! My miracle girl is 3!!! The vets told me she wouldnt make it to one...every time they see her they shake their heads and say...we dont know how...theres no explanation..she sounds to be in end stage congestive heart failure.. <BR> Well, I know. its love. and joy. and need...I need her. She needs me. She doesnt know shes sick. I treat her like shes a normal girl. <BR> I am blessed....Happy Birthday my sweet, dear girl..Mama love you!! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 7 Dec 2015 21:32:34 EST happy saturday! time to make the fruitcakes..and more cookies..and decorate the house... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:14:29 EST friday knit, worked out, took Lucy for a long walk, made more cookies. productive day! Fri, 4 Dec 2015 16:17:28 EST thursday did banking this morning. its snowing!! yay!!! now to do more christmas cookies!! Thu, 3 Dec 2015 13:17:06 EST weds dr appt this morning. its pouring rain. i'm baking Christmas cookies this good day for it. Wed, 2 Dec 2015 08:01:43 EST Tuesday Happy December!!! Time to start the!!! and decorate..and clean..and i got my cards done yesterday, Beast's birthday presents mailed, bring it on!! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:59:05 EST Monday Rest day..except for a workout and lucy walks. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:27:46 EST sunday. cake orders to do. tomorrow is garbage day so have to fill the bins and get them to the road. THEN i can stop..take a deep deep breath, and RELAX for a bit before dec 1 starts the Christmas rush.... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:24:58 EST Saturday whew what a whirlwind!!! sorry no blogs or thanksgiving goodies i didnt have a SECOND to get on here!! <BR> The kids arrived at midnight on wednesday..i immediately loved Dougies new girlfriend, Andrea..and just told him if he lets this one go i will kick his ass from here to eternity!! Shes a keeper....lovely girl..and GORGEOUS..but her sweet, kind, helpful personality won me over immediately..and she loves my boy so what more could i ask!! <BR> Thanksgiving was fun...we missed my youngest a... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:06:04 EST wednesday all the pies are baked..some ready for pickup. Apple, pecan and pumpkin. one of each kept back for my family. coffee cake for breakfast in the oven. Cake orders baked have to go decorate. Upstairs is DONE..beds changed sheets washed bathroom clean floors done. (except my room..which is a MESS.) <BR> potatos peeled for tomorrow. Yams baked (have to make the casserole..pecan praline yams. no marshmallows in this one!! pecans and brown sugar and butter..YUM!!) stuffing made and chilling. <BR> S... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:52:41 EST tuesday rug and floor day..was in walmart at 6 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:08:33 EST monday home. exhausted. drove to my moms saturday. up early yesterday to do an all day craft sale with her. she and my stepdad took me out to dinner..what i treat i NEVER get to go out!! up this morning..drove home as i had cakes to get out by 4 pm. then cleaned..the kitchen is done except the floor. tomorrow is familyroom, bathrooms, and rugs, but my carfully planned week is shot because i got more now on top of everything i have cakes for friday..i dont keep gluten free ingredients in t... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:14:23 EST saturday.. I so want snow. this is awful this year. usually we have a bunch by now!! hope it hurries up and dumps... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:47:39 EST Friday cakes baked, Lucy walked, now i'm cleaning. its spitting snow..was a REALLY chilly walk!!! but she was so happy bouncing around and playing no walk isnt an option!! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:37:23 EST thurs still cleaning. had to run back to town (grr) <BR> got all christmas shopping done for 2 of 10 on my list. thats 1/5th done!! <BR> got some other chores done. <BR> Workout done. <BR> taking lucy for a walk then back at the cleaning... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:30:09 EST weds got all my thanksgiving shopping done..except the turkey. they are saving me one off the truck tomorrow. at 49 cents a pound they go really Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:27:35 EST tuesday ok so today..i got another good chunk done in the pantry..another couple days it iwll be at least presentable..not finished, but WAY better. and i can live with that!! <BR> <BR> I totally purged my fridge freezer. the whole top shelf except the ice bucket under the icemaker is totally room for the turkey and ice cream coming tomorrow. Folks if you live in ny..vt..ct..not sure what other states..price chopper has turkeys on sale for 48 cents!! picking ours up tomorrow... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:26:47 EST Monday well still working on the pantry. today i washed all the cookie cutters and organized them in storage units that went in one of the lower cupboards. I went through several boxes in there (like i said, the room is HUGE..and a receptacle for coming? toss clutter in a box and stick it in the pantry). i was hoping to get it all done before thanksgiving company. that wont happen but its much, much better. <BR> In with that i'm also cleaning the main house, trying to get all bu... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:54:32 EST sunday just finished cleaning the LAST food shelf in the pantry!! now comes the organizing..that room hasnt been right since i moved in here in 1997. but its gonna be now!!! once and for all...hate how much i had to throw out, but its all purged now. <BR> this pantry is the size of a pretty large bedroom. so its not an easy task... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:02:47 EST saturday it snowed it snowed i'm HAPPY!! Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:14:25 EST Friday YUCK!! rain. cleaning. not my favorite things....but..SNOW tomorrow..which IS!! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:49:20 EST Thursday Off for my yearly mammogram. If you are felmale and havent had the girls flattened this year...make a note!!! IMPORTANT!!! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:31:03 EST Veterans Day Always a day of reflection for me. My dad was a soldier in WW2. My favorite man in the world besides my boys was in the Air Force. My setpdad was in the service. Katies boyfriend was in Iraq. <BR> Please...never forget our service men and women. A friend told me this morning that someone asked him why he was flying a flag this morning. thats just wrong....everyone should understand why there is a day off... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:30:08 EST Tuesday long day..up, water guy came to do my quarterly bakery water tests, home, baked cookies, knit a very little, sewed, just had cake pickups, workout, just got back from walking Lucy, now sewing the rest of the potholders i have binding for. have thin steak out for supper...thinking stir fry. then an evening of hopefully knitting!! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:24:05 EST