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Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.
2. I made French Toast Roll-ups with blueberries and cream cheese. They were delicious and we want to have them again.
How has your week been?
Welcome to Lows & Highs, a Stories from the Stairs weekly-ish feature! Feel free to join in by posting your lows and highs from the week in the comments or by posting a link to your own lows and highs blog post.
Low: From midnight to around 5:30 Sunday morning, Brian and I were frequently woken up by a yipping puppy who does not like being alone in a dark kennel. It did not make a very restful night!
High #1: I enjoyed hearing Brian preach at CrossPoint Great Bend on Sunday. Here are my sketchnotes from his sermon.
High #2: We adopted a puppy from our local animal shelter! She is a terrier mix that we named Cola because she is kind of cola-colored and has a sweet personality. So far the funniest thing she has done is being scared to step from one texture of floor to another. The fear had her trapped on our area rug, surrounded by a moat of wood-laminate flooring, for almost an hour. We were on the rug with her but she really wanted to explore the rest of the room.
I missed posting photos for Insta-Friday last week, so today’s post includes highlights from the past two weeks.
I am still enjoying a large box of peaches from Bountiful Baskets. I blanched the ones I could not eat right away and made them into peach pie popsicles (newly invented recipe), syrup for Italian sodas, two kinds of peach dumplings, a caramelized peach dessert, and – because I still had peaches left after my energy ran out – a couple quarts of frozen peaches. Photo not edited.
I rearranged my living room furniture and changed the decor on the top of the bookcase (aka the closest thing my apartment has to a mantel). Photos combined with Diptic, text added with Over, the “after” photo also uses Instagram’s Hudson filter.
We were playing miniature golf last weekend when the rain sprinkles began. About the time we finished the round and headed toward the clubhouse, the rain increased from sprinkling to pouring. It was a welcome – though temporary – break from the summer heat and drought so we did not mind getting a little wet. Photos combined with Diptic and filtered with Rise (Instagram).
Shadow, adopted July 2005, and Cobra, adopted July 2012, live with my parents and enjoy afternoon naps near their people. Arranged with Pic Collage, text added with Over.
It is time for InstaFriday again!
Our weekly game night included several amusing rounds of Game of Things. The board in the photo shows our answers for the prompt, “Things that are wild.” I wrote “bed head.”
My department had a snack day this week in honor of our summer intern returning to school and a supervisor transferring to another location. I made my family’s favorite chocolate chip cookies and substituted dark chocolate for the usual semi-sweet. I had a very large snickerdoodle.
Shadow got some attention from Mom.
A couple days ago, a friend texted me, “Help!!!” There was a hungry-looking, stray black cat at her back door and she wanted to feed it but was afraid of it and wanted it to go away. I warned her not to feed the cat or it would not leave. Amused, I wondered if she was afraid of all cats or just black ones… then she sent me a photo.
Yikes! Everyone I have shown agrees this looks like one scary cat!
Low: My parents’ new puppy, Copper, got very sick over the weekend and died Sunday night. It was frustrating and sad because we did everything we could to take care of her, including antibiotics from the vet. I spent most of Sunday evening sitting on the floor with her in my lap, coaxing her to eat and drink and using a turkey baster to dribble liquids into her mouth. They had her less than two weeks.
High: On Saturday, my boyfriend and I went to visit my grandparents and have lunch so he could meet them. (It was all his idea because he had scheduling conflicts and could not come to any of my family gatherings this summer. The next family event is in October but he did not want to wait that long to meet the grandparents.) They live on the family farm where Grandpa was born, less than two hours away from where I live. During the chatting and telling stories over deli sandwiches and homemade desserts, we made a fun discovery: We knew we each have a grandma named Ruth but had not connected the dots to realize they have the same birthday (one year apart)!