Jennifer Lyon

Monday, July 19th, 2021
Weekend Roundup

A weekend happened :-)

Wizard’s back stayed the same over the weekend, and we’ll see what the doctor says today.

Due to his back, Wizard called Youngest and asked him to fix a broken sprinkler for him. I was so proud of Wizard.  Youngest came over, dug it up, fixed it and then surprised me by brining in his extended ladder and cleaning the hard to reach, high ledge driving me crazy in my living room. (It’s the height of a one story roof). Yay!

As it happened, Youngest’s wife came with him and hung out with me while I worked on this:

It’s a decadent four layer chocolate cake with three layers of Nutella flavored swiss meringue buttercream icing drizzled with Nutella ganache. The frosting job isn’t great as the icing was soft, but it came out tasting so good. It has a light, satiny mouth feel to it, and less sweet than American buttercream. I was very happy. I just wish I’d remembered to take a picture when I sliced it to see the layers–that was the most impressive part.  Now that I understand the technique to make the icing, I should be able to adjust it to a little firming icing texture to get a smooth finish.

FYI daughter in law was highly amused at the way I talk to myself while working, especially as I’m adjusting my plan as I go. And when I picked up the heavy cream and shook it–forgetting I had already opened it and hadn’t put the lid back on–I heard strangled laughter. I think I laughed too because….seriously??? My cupboards and floors got the heavy cream treatment.

I really should take my act on the road. I’m hilarious.

Sunday was quieter.

How was your weekend?

5 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    July 19th, 2021 at 6:48 am · Link

    Aww, poor Wizard. Back things are the worst. :hugs: BLB to the rescue! Yay! OMG, your cake looks amazing. And it sounds totally yummy. Umm… about the cream thing? I did that once with mustard, so you’re not alone. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take our comedy stylings on the road? At least we’d get paid for being goofy. ;o)

    The weekend here was bland. The highlight was finding one tiny tomato on one of my many many tomato plants. I lead such an exciting life.

  2. Silver James
    July 19th, 2021 at 8:26 am · Link

    There was a weekend. Your kids are made of awesome and proud of Wiz for admitting he needed help. 🤞 for relief from the doc. I bet that cake tastes as amazing as it looks!

    The kids were on the road. Made it and sent pics of where they’re staying and Stormy at the Cardinals game yesterday.

    Long story: The fan in the kitchen was all kinds of messed up. The chain for the light broke inside and then the light “kit” sort of fell off it’s base. We’ve been looking for a new one. Found one a couple of weeks ago, bought it, and it’s been in the box since. Saturday, LG decides to fix it. First, one of the old fan’s paddle broke off. Metal fatigue. It was over 20 years old so… Anyway, a couple of hours go by as LG struggles to get the base plate of the new fan attached–even to the point of drilling a new hole in it because the one screw he has doesn’t hold it flat to the ceiling. He finally asks me to look at the instructions. (He’s been looking at the diagram…) I READ the instructions, THEN looked at the diagram. “LG,” I say. “Does the electrical box have 2 screws holding it in the ceiling?” “Yes,” he says, rather sarcastically.” “According to the instructions,” I say, “You need to loosen those screws, fit those big holes in the plate over them, slide them to the narrow slots and tighten the screws…” I leave the rest to your imaginations. The fan is up, works beautifully. We won’t discuss that extra hole in the base plate… :lol:

    I’ve made it to chapter 3 but I fear the beginning of this book is boring. Yeah, yeah. Write the darn thing then make it interesting during edits. I’m working on that. Interestingly enough, this is one of the first books where I have models for 6 of the characters–4 heroes, a secondary male who is important, and one of the heroines. That NEVER happens. Now if the words would come easier. Ah well. New week, new words, right?

    We had a bit of rain which was nice but the humidity is a joke. You walk out for a few minutes and come in drenched like you’ve been sitting in a steam room for an hour. I shouldn’t complain given the weather in other parts of the country.

    Anyway, that pretty much sums up my weekend. Here’s to a good week for us all! 🥰

  3. Silver James
    July 19th, 2021 at 8:29 am · Link

    Oh! And I forgot! Uncle Fix-It (the BiL) came over yesterday and it took him about 15 minutes to install the new door latch/lock mechanism on the washer. However, we had to order new door hinges, which arrive today or tomorrow and BiL assures me LG is capable of installing those. The washer worked fine (as long as I held my mouth right when closing the door) so I got 6 loads of laundry done.

    Okay, NOW that was my weeknd. ;)

  4. Jenn
    July 19th, 2021 at 5:16 pm · Link

    B.E., we really should take our shows on the road :-)

    It’s actually super exciting to find that first tomato! I take pictures, LOL!

    Hope your week is off to a good start.

  5. Jenn
    July 19th, 2021 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Silver, glad the kids trip is off to a great start.

    LOL on the ceiling fan installation! Wizard usually reads all the instructions while I plow right into trouble, so I can relate a little to LG here :-) But it’s done now and you guys must be happy.

    You’re 100% right on getting the story down before trying to fix it. But I do it the wrong way and slow myself down. Hope you can stay smart and keep going! Tell yourself “Don’t be like Jen”

    We’re humid here, but probably not as humid as you. But I’m whining about our level, so I feel for you. Your knees probably don’t like it either (my RA sure doesn’t).

    Glad you got the door latch fixed. Hope LG can do the hinge quickly and efficiently. But for now, you got 6 loads of laundry done!

    Happy Monday!

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