Book 2 off to the Editor

This morning I sent book 2 off to my editor.  I am so happy that it is going early.  Hopefully, she will get it taken care of quickly and then I can get it out to the public quicker than we expected.

I am still working on knitting items for people.  Loads of items.  I have two hand warmers in progress, one pair of socks, and a hat for someone else and then I am going to knit myself a hat.  I donated mine to a less fortunate child.

I figured I could make myself another one.

Handwarmers for Michele.

 

Ainsley’s hat

Socks for Maribeth.

The top of Ainsley’s hat.  It is a pony tail hat.

I am trying to do a challenge this year.  My goal is to use up as much yarn as I can.  I am going to challenge myself to use up a tub of yarn a month, if I can.  Notice I said, if I can.

Now, I am trying to work on book 7.  Since I have been sick, I haven’t written a thing.  I have several other books in the works, too.  It is a crazy thing this writing that I am doing.  I find I love it.

One of my many nieces, is pregnant with her first child, we found out it is a boy.  I suggested how neat it would be to make a quilt for the baby.  I asked one of my other sisters to go in on the project with me.  It is turning into a major deal.  I just wanted to do one simple quilt not all of this other crap my sister volunteered me for.  Excuse me, how did this happen?  When are either one of us going to find the time?  I have a book to finish and to heap this other crap on me.  Uh, no.

I have learned to say no, and it feels good.  Say it with me, No!

The neatest thing happened the other day, my dog, Percy, aka Destructor, took something that wasn’t his, I asked him to bring it back and he listened for once and brought it back to me.  I was in shock.  He normally doesn’t listen, he walks or runs off.  Never again will I get another terrier.  Not my kind of dog.  I love my corgi, he is the best dog.  He is always happy and he has this one smile, it melts my heart to see it.  He was diagnosed with lymphoma back in October and that broke my heart.  He is on prednisone to keep the inflammation down and he wasn’t feeling all that well, I had to take him to the vet, he has a stronger dose and it is working, he gave me that old smile last night.  It lightened up my heart just seeing it.  I know he is feeling better.

I was going through book 3, before it goes to my beta readers and I was cracking up at some of it.  I can’t tell you how weird it is to read a book that I wrote and realize that some of these things are truly amazing.  How did I think of that, is my main question.  Apparently, I did.  See, things of this nature stun me at times.

I took a poll with one of my sisters for the different names of the male appendage, and she said she liked all three of my names for the thing.  So, I thanked her.  I couldn’t ask the sister older than her without laughing out loud or starting to snicker.   Isn’t it funny how I can ask one sister and not the other.  Now, I would never ask any of my way older sisters about that item.  My oldest sister would have a freaking heart attack, the second oldest would tell me I should be writing about that in the first place, and the third oldest would look at me funny, she still thinks I am four, and I don’t want to blow her mind.  Although, I told her my age at Christmas and she blinked.  Amazing how time flies and your little sister is 47.  Yep, that is my age.

I have earned that age and I am not ashamed to say that I am 47.  I have the gray hairs and my body feels it at times, the left knee in particular.  I would love to color my hair back to my dark golden brown but, I know as soon as I do, the weather will warm back up and in the pool I go, funky orange hair will be the result.  I did that one time, and well, I didn’t like funky burnt orange, it wasn’t attractive.

I had an interesting conversation with one of my oldest friends, she said that she wants to find the kind of love my husband and I have.  I thought that was incredibly sweet.  It takes a lot of hard work and communication to keep a marriage going.  Sometimes, easy sailing, other times, it takes a lot.  It isn’t easy but, it is well worth it.  My hubby is my rock, the man keeps me sane, I get crazy and he is there to hold it all together.  When he gets crazy, I am there to hold it together.

Although, I don’t do well on cruises, after 3 days, all bets are off and I get bat shit crazy!  I can’t deal with being on a ship that long.  We no longer go on cruises, we fly to our destination.  It would take a lot of booze for me to be on a cruise ship for more than 3 days.  I would have to be hammered the rest of the days to even cope.

Last night I made sour cream chicken enchiladas verdes.  So simple and so tasty.

I took 6 chicken breasts, boiled them in salted water with pepper.  Pulled them out of the water when they were done, and shredded them.

I bought two jars of Herdez salsa verde mild, one tub of sour cream 16 ounces, 20 fresh tortillas, and a block of colby jack cheese.  Shred the cheese, I used a box grater.  Half of the cheese goes into the filling mixture.

I mixed one jar of the salsa with the sour cream and some of the colby jack cheese, and the shredded chicken breasts.

I took a large pan, and started the tortilla rolling process, take one tortilla, spoon some of mixture in, roll, place the seam down in the pan, move on to the next one in the same way until your pan is full.  Take jar of salsa number two pour over the top, and take the remaining shredded colby jack cheese and place over the top of that.  Cover with aluminium foil and bake in a 350F oven for one hour.

Uncover and  serve with Spanish rice and refried beans.  It will feed a lot of people.  In my case, I froze some for hubby’s lunches with my seal a meal.

This recipe can also be used for ground beef enchiladas, use corn tortillas, dip them in hot water before filling and rolling.  The beef sauce can be used with ground beef,  taco seasoning and red salsa, same cheese can be used.  Sour cream can be used in the filling as well.  Be creative, use whatever works for you.

I love to cook and I haven’t had the time, lately.  I took the time this weekend.

I am planning on making pot roast in the crock pot tonight.  I need to get on that as soon as I can today.

 

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