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2000:  Party Girl
2001:  Happy Birthday, Ludwig
2002:  2-a-Day
2003:  It's Christmas Time in the City
2004:  Still, Still, Still
2005 Happy Whatever

2006 At the Mercy of the Elements
2007: Friends of Friends
2008:  Saturated
2009:  Napoleon
2010:  Happy Birthday (again), Ludwig
Local Celebrity
2012: Mittens
2013:  Sunday Stealing
Kissed by the Rain
2015  I Wanna Be a Chef
2016: Lunch and Logos
2017: Monsters and Candy
2018: Sunday Stealing
2019: Meanwhile

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December 16, 2020

Well, it all worked out all right, but yesterday would be a good plot for some comedy about things going wrong.  Nobody in the house knows exactly how many things went wrong.

It started out first thing in the morning, 3 a.m. I turned on Morning Joe, which I watch every morning but I was tired of news and decided to finish watching the movie I'd started the day before.  I turned on Netflix and got the opening screen which asks who's watching, me or Ned.  I clicked on me and nothing happened.  I could not get off of that screen.  Not only could I not get off of that screen, I couldn't get out of Netflix.  I spent a very long time using different ways of getting out of it and all it did was bring me back to the Bev/Ned screen.

So I turned off the TV and came to my computer, but the internet was out again.  Well, if I couldn't get on the internet, at least I could answer a letter, which I did ... but the printer wouldn't print.  All this before 5 a.m.   I decided to try going back to sleep, but I couldn't sleep.

Ned finally woke up to make coffee and he fixed the TV.  I knew that what had to happen was to reboot DISH, but I couldn't find any way to get to any button to reboot it and couldn't see anything in the dim light with my bad eyesight.

The plan for the day was to make more cookies for the postal carrier since the batch I made last week was stolen by someone, and I wanted to start with shortbread.  I had several recipes for shortbread but thought I remembered that the easy recipe for shortbread was 1/2 - 1 - 2.  Half a cup of sugar, 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of flour.  Got that all mixed up and it seemed a bit dry, but I got it all formed into a ball and put in the refrigerator to chill.

The internet was back, briefly.  It was long enough to post yesterday's blog entry, but when I went to view it, the internet was out again.  Ned found out that the fan on the modem had burned out and thought that maybe when it heated up, it cut out the internet connection so he put a fan by the modem and that seemed  to get the internet going again, until he and Marta could go and get a new modem.

I took out the shortbread and went to roll it out, but it was so dry that it cracked everywhere.  I had bought a new donut cutter, which cut a circle out of the circle I was cutting, but for some reason it didn't work.  The small circle cutter wouldn't fit onto the big cookie cutter so I had to cut the holes out separately, and each one of them got stuck in the cutter and had to be scraped out.

I managed to get the cookies cut and on the baking sheet, and after they were cooked, spread them with raspberry jam, but I knew they were not what I had intended that they be. They turned out OK and tasted fine, but I won't use the 1/2 - 1 - 2 recipe again.

The printer decided to work again, so I was able to get half of a letter printed until the paper jammed and I had to get Ned to help me unjam it.

Ned and Marta went and got a new modem and that seems to have fixed the internet.

 Next I made chocolate chip cookies.  This is the one recipe I never have to check anything written.  I can do it from memory.  Only I was doubling the recipe.  Normally I use 6 Tbsp of sugar and I lost count of how many Tbsp I put in and ended up putting in too little sugar, but they turned out OK, even if the ingredients weren't right.

Paul Hollywood would have voted me out of the group after tasting my first two recipes.

Ned asked if I could make chili for dinner and we could all eat on our own.  Marta had an on-line meeting, Ned was getting together with his fsriend Greg and we woujldn't have a sit down dinner. 

Chili is another dish I don't need a recipe for.  I mean...how can you possibly ruin chili?  Ned brought me a frozen pound of hamburger and I stuck it in the microwave to thaw only (a) I forgot it was there and (b) I set the thaw power too high so an hour or so later, Walt found a baked clump of hamburger sitting in a pool of juice.

I must mention this gadget that I bought a couple of months ago.  It's a meat chopper and it breaks up ground meat as you are cooking it.  It's meant for uncooked meat, of course, but it worked much better than a fork would have to break up this hunk of baked meat I had microwaved.

I put it in a casserole and added my usual ingredients, only I didn't have the canned chilis I always use, so I dumped in the end of a jar of salsa.  I added the spices I use, tomatoes and tomato sauce.  I always use 1 envelope of Splenda to take the saltiness out of the chili, only we couldn't find my Splenda, so I used a bit of sugar, which didn't work as well. 

But, as with the two cookie recipes, it turned out OK, just not the way I expected it to.

By the end of the day, I had three batches of cookies, a pot of chili, working internet, and a TV that worked fine, so all ended up OK, but it seems that everything I touched throughout the day didn't work.



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