Saturday, November 24, 2007

*Groan* Ugh..I ate too much!!

First off..Hello and welcome to the new people! Three comments from people that I've never seen on my blog before!! Sweeeeet!
And now...
Thanksgiving was AWESOME!
So much good food....ooh gosh...sooo much food...
ham, turkey, green beans and thyme, sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and pecans, pecan and orange pie, pumpkin pie(2), white potatoes mashed, and mixed with various dairy products, sprinkled with something and baked, sausage stuffing, AND turkey stuffing.......
so much yummy food! we still have leftovers, and we have 5 people in our family!
We were so lucky to get to skip the cooking this year...grandma brought everything but the salad, which we ended up eating the next day for lunch....ha ha
So I'm a bit late but I'll go ahead with what I am Thankful for....

I'm Thankful for...

a warm home
Air conditioning!!(and heat)
warm clothing(it got cold here!)
and the "silly" things I'm Thankful for...

Sewing machines
fabric stores

The Little Pilgrim
Cranberries dripping down my chin
Have stained my pilgrim suit.
I ate too much Thanksgiving day
But I don't give a hoot.
I slurped a pile of dressing,
Gobbled down a turkey thigh,
Dribbled messy cranberries
Devoured some pumpkin pie.
Within me on this special day
It's a thankful heart that beats.
For all the things that I enjoy
But mainly for the eats.

So yeah...A week ago.....the door bell rings.....Its Channel 7 news....asking my father to say a few things about.....the meth lab they busted 4 doors down!
Dad declined the ladies request, as he'd just woken up, and wasn't about to show his face on the local news...ha ha
here is what the local paper had to say about the whole deal....

Three people, including a chemist with ------ Base, face drug charges after deputies said they found a “large, professionally equipped” meth operation that used chemicals and equipment taken from the base. Deputies arrested Hubert ----, 31, Jacqueline -----, 25, and Brent -----, 26, at their residence Wednesday night after authorities served a search warrant and found about 3,000 pounds of meth oil worth about $300,000, according to a ----- Sheriff’s Office news release. All three were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine of more than 200 grams and manufacture of meth. ---- and ----- also were charged with possession of listed chemicals, the release stated. ----, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, told investigators he was employed at ------ as part of a cooperative partnership with North Carolina State University, where he is listed as an assistant research professor in textile engineering, chemistry and science. Deputies said he headed up the meth operation. ---- was not on the property when the search began, but he arrived while the Sheriff’s Office Methamphetamine Drug Unit was searching the property and removing a vehicle listed as stolen from ------- County, deputies reported. Investigators said they found $20,000 worth of chemicals and professional lab equipment in ----’s vehicle that are believed to have been stolen from -------, including a triple-neck glass beaker valued at $1,200. Civil authorities contacted the -------Office of Special Investigations, who also responded to the scene. “The true laboratory-grade professional chemistry stuff. The same kind of stuff you’d expect a Ph.D. to have,” said Ruth -----, of the ------ Sheriff’s Office. ------ said it does not appear the high quality and quantity of production indicates heavy or specialized distribution and that it appears most of the drug was consumed as it was made. First appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.
------- officials declined to comment, saying the affair is a civil matter.


So I can't say our street is boring...

And last night there was some domestic dispute, the guy was just cussing away at the woman, and then suddenly he has a shovel in his hands...we hear clanging and banging, mom decides to call the cops...first off...hes out there yelling at the woman...cussing loudly, you could hear him half a block away "F--- this, F--- that", he's just thrown a shovel in the back of his truck, pacing around, up and down under the street light, around his truck, she's threatening to call the cops, hes yelling something about the cops, all 3-4 cop cars ended up coming out, a civilian vehicle came and got the guy and then the cops left....between the time we called the cops to the time they left, only a half hour had gone by..must not have been a huge big deal......but they'd been out there yelling for a good half hour before...

What? so my room has a good view of a couple neighborhood houses....I know...I've got a good start at being the old maid that has a dozen cats, lives by herself and runs the neighborhood watch campaign by herself, keeps a pair of binoculars by every street facing window, and has holes cut in her blinds so she can peek out ever 10 minutes to see what everyone is doing....and keeps the cops on speed dial so she can quickly report the least little offence.....hahahaha

But besides Thanksgiving....the meth lab, and the neighbors fighting...there isn't much new....I'll have pictures to add of some dolls I made, soon, as well as my Civil War day dress, dads Christmas present...and whatever else I think of or make during now and the next time I post....hehe

The Bella Modiste~
A.K.A. The nosy lady next door :P

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Easy Three Ingredient Layered Biscuits

Yours Truly in the "required" apron..:P
Alrighty...So here is the promised recipe with pictures...Now I'll give you the recipe and instructions all at once, instead of spread out with all the pictures, makes for an easier read I think.....
Three Ingredient Flaky Biscuits
1 stick butter
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350*F. Melt 1/2 tablespoons
butter, and mix with the flour and milk.
If dough is dry and crumbly, add more milk until it holds together, but is not sticky when touched. Flour your surface(here I suggest using a large cookie sheet(it speeds clean up time) and tip your dough out onto it. press your dough to about 1/2in thick and butter one half. repeat this step until your butter is all gone. One final time press out to a thickness of about 3/4in (or the height of your biscuit cutter)
and press out your biscuits. Place 2in apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden.

Alrighty, so this is too narrow to post pictures side by side..I apologize for the REALLY long post, but I wanted to show step-by-step pictures...
~The Bella Modiste~

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


(WOW! Look at the dewflap on him! (not my photo, did a random search for "brown anole" if I used a copyrighted photo, please don't be mad, its a compliment, and if you like, I will change it)

So a few days ago, while moving some plants around with mom, I happened to be digging around in some pots, and I found two small eggs, hummingbird size(or smaller, I've never really seen a hummingbird egg, but..whatever) one was about 1/2in, the other about 3/8in. So tonight i was checking up on the eggs as usual, and I happened to take the top off, to add a bit of moisture, because they have to be kept humid(I did about ten minutes of research and found out some things about what I figured they were). then, before I put the thin fabric back over the top, I decided to remove the label of the jar I was keeping them in, and all of a sudden...*plop*....into the sink jumps a tiny barely 3in long freshly hatched brown lizard, I'm fairly certain her/she is a brown Cuban anole, being as, s/he is brown(duh), I saw several pregnant looking brown Cuban anoles out about a week- week and a half before...and doesn't look as *sleek* as the green anoles.....So now I am eagerly awaiting the hatching of the second egg, provided it does hatch, and next week I will have to start feeding. The info I found says they go a week on their yolk, so I'm good there...lets hope my parents don't mind the sound of crickets....hahaha....

here is some information about them...

Brown Anole (exotic)
Anolis sagrei sagrei
Description: maximum length to 8.5 inches; gray, black, brown to very dark brown and sometimes speckled coloration which may vary in hue; males turn almost black during territorial displays; females have diamond-shaped patterns down back (second photo at left); males may display patterns, but never diamond shapes; dewlaps are red to red-orange with a yellow border (photo left top); mature males will also have crest-like ridge along back;
Food: mostly insects but occasionally Green Anole hatchlings when they come to the ground
Habitat: ground dweller but will venture up several feet into trees and shrubs; prefers drier areas
Range: most of peninsular Florida and the Keys; not cold tolerant
Lifespan: around 3 years
Breeding: mates late spring to early summer; 2 eggs per clutch and several clutches each summer; eggs laid under decaying vegetation on ground; 60-90 days to hatch; an exotic that has probably spread when eggs distributed in tropical landscape plants originating in nurseries around Miami and the Keys

Sunday, November 4, 2007

A few things I've made lately

Made this little purse from a small pair of little girls shorts...picture doesn't look like much, but it very cute...
A skirt I made myself, red with a wrap slip underneath to be worn with other future skirts
White blouse that will go under a black velvet bodice top I have...forgot to take a picture with it on over it. It does look cute...with the velvet bodice over it...ha ha
And pillows I made for my bed a while back using 12in fabric squares mom entered a swap for last year before Christmas, and then gifted me with, and the bottom pillow was made from a corduroy jumper, and is not stitched closed after stuffing, but instead buttoned....he he
So who else loves this time change? I mean, wow! you can sleep til what feels like 11:00 and in reality, its only 10! sweeet!
Yes, yes I know..I stayed up late last night working on mini aprons and also making mom another curtain...
that's all for now...but I'll have more pictures hopefully soon...
~The Bella Modiste~
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