this morning my daughter headed off to her first day of 8th grade. hard to believe. and even though i had the WHOLE summer to compose a lunch note, i failed to enclose one in her lunch. not even a scribbled “love you” on torn paper! but i did bake her Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants for breakfast and made an iced vanilla coffee with heart-shaped coffee ice cubes to go along with!
what i would miss:
2. cream cheese (make your own!)
i would especially miss a bagel with cream cheese and a little honey on top alongside a crispy fried egg!
(had plans to insert an image here of a fried egg but, you know, fried eggs don’t seem very photogenic so i’m just going to skip that.)
we are trying (and have been for several weeks) to rid our home and cats of fleas. on top of vacuuming almost every day, i’ve tried the holistic route using diatomaceous earth, feeding them brewer’s yeast and zinc and that has helped a little but the DE makes quite a mess through the house: it looks like a talcum powder bottle exploded! we have bathed the kittens several times in Dawn and that gets some of the fleas but not all. most websites discourage flea collars because they are just a ring of poison around your cat’s neck. but we tried them anyway. there were fleas UNDER the collars! so we broke down and bought some of this:
and guess what? it doesn’t work either. i know fleas are super bad this season but it makes me sad to see my kitties with scabby necks and being itchy and it makes me mad to spend $18 on a product that is supposed to kill fleas within 15 minutes but there are still FLEAS RIGHT WHERE THE PRODUCT WAS APPLIED! our 2 kittens are heading to the vet to be spayed/neutered on Thursday and it’s embarrassing to have to take them in with all these bugs. i guess we’ll just keep on with the DE and the vacuuming and the combing and the hand-picking (which is pretty tricky with kittens!) until we get a hard freeze and i can send them outside!
A family friend just had rather major surgery and I wanted to send along some good wishes to him while he heals.
Today is Monday and that means a fresh start! This week we plan to:
1. Assess the child’s clothing situation to see what fits, what doesn’t, what’s needed before it’s Back to School;
2. Head down to Jungle Jim’s International Market and IKEA. Not because we really need to but because it’s always fun to pick up exotic ingredients at great prices and, well, why do you need a reason to go to IKEA?;
3. Take kittens to vet for spay & neuter! Not going to be fun for anyone involved but we understand the importance of having this done!
friends brought City Barbque to the hangar. Corn pudding is the best!
My daughter made this Jello Frosting yesterday (found on pinterest) and it was so good! She made the cake Strawberry and used Raspberry Gelatin for the frosting. The only problem was that yesterday was pretty warm and the top layer sort of slid off the bottom layer as we transported it to the airport. I recommend keeping the cake in the fridge!