All the news that’s fit to print.

I know what you’re thinking… what’s Diane been up to for the last coupla months? Right?

Well, Noah made a crawfish trap (very appropriately out of a tomato soup can, I might add.) He reports that it works great, and is tentatively planning a campfire crawdad meal for himself and his buddy Caleb.


We’ve been making all kinds of new varieties of pizza, like this Mexican chili pizza. With guacamole. It was good.

Pastor came over for an unannounced visit the other day. I was in the middle of my heavy cleaning routine, dressed in an old overall jumper with bleach stains across the front, my hair falling out of its braid down the back of my neck. The living room was littered with cleaning supplies and the detritus I had just pulled out from under the couch cushions and behind the piano. I was panting lightly from the exertion of washing down the stairs. A bead of sweat was precariously close to dribbling off the end of my nose. So yeah, me at my best…. pretty much.

“I’m not proud,” I thought.
But then, as I sat down opposite Pastor an appalling heart-stopping scene met my eyes: the large sunny south window just behind him was filled.. absolutely filled with flies. Flies! I’m talking like from a horror movie or an episode of Hoarders or something. Now, I swear to you on my favorite housedress (the one made of real actual vintage fabric and handmade 100% cotton gingham bias trim) that those flies were not there a mere fifteen minutes before. Where they came from, I know not, but they were having a hoe-down-show-down in that window fo sho. They hummed and they buzzed. They bumped their disgusting little bodies against the window. Every few minutes one or two of them would venture out and buzz around my sweet pastor’s gray head, crawl on his hair or perhaps settle companionably upon his hand. And all the while he sat there chatting graciously, occasionally waving his hand oh-so-casually dontchaknow, as though shooing away hoards of noisome insects is just a usual occurrence whilst visiting one’s parishioners.
OH EARTH, SWALLOW ME.

A while back Betsy apparently noticed that I was inquiring about (LUSTING FOR is probably a more accurate descriptor) a certain kind of luscious chocolate-y zucchini cake, so she took it upon herself to write out the recipe. She tucked it into her purse and gave it to me during the greeting time of Sunday morning services. She’s so sweet, that Betsy.

We’ve been to the thrift store where we scored some amazing deals. Real Uggs. Worn maybe two times. $6.95 God is good.

We started school with a dinosaur unit based on this lapbook. Hands of a Child, where have you been all my homeschooling life?

Our little town had a memorial ceremony for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Main street was blocked off and an enormous American flag was suspended from the ladders of what had to be the two biggest fire engines in the county. Our local fire fighters stood in solemn lines and the bells from the Lutheran church rang over and over and over. I just sat in my car and remembered those firemen that ran full force up the towers when the rest of the world was running down. They’ll never stop being my heroes, those guys.

So yeah, that’s what’s been going on: big game hunting, pizza, and thrifty finds. Chocolate and abject humiliation and dinosaurs and gratitude.

You know…. just the usual. Mhmm.


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37 Responses to All the news that’s fit to print.

  1. 1
    Mrs.Rabe says:

    There, now that wasn't so painful was it? :)

    Lovely to hear from you and to hear that you all are doing well.

    Deanna

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    multiplemom says:

    We've missed you! And oh, if you could see the spider webs, covered in dust, that hang around the ceilings, well, I think you'd feel a little better!!

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    Mama Sewing says:

    I am so surprised, I ran over here to see if you had posted something and here you are! It sounds like you are having a great time and I laughed so hard at you and your flies!
    Don't stay away so long next time. ;)

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    Amy Jo says:

    Diane,

    It is so good to hear about your life… although we've never met.LOL My mother follows you as well and just said, she wondered if all was well with you. Like we know you personally ha ha… anyway blessings to you.
    Amy Jo

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    Sarah : ) www.crumbsundermytable.blogspot.com says:

    Yay!!! So glad you're back! I have definitely missed reading here, and I'm glad that nothing catastrophic has been keeping you from blogging. Looking forward to reading more news from the tomato patch :)

  6. 6
    fallenstar80 says:

    Welcome back! Totally understand about the fly situation.EEEK!!!!!

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    Kristine says:

    Every day I check to see *because just maybe* Diane has, perhaps, broken her long silence. I nearly whooped this morning when my dashboard showed a new post! Hello, friend!

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    Sommer says:

    Well, what a treat to read this post! You've been missed.

    Sounds like life has been busy but good. And, I am feeling your pain about those flies(though I must admit to chuckling quite heartily)…that sounds like something that would so happen to me!

    Lots of love,
    Sommer

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    Diane says:

    multiplemom… i think i would have welcomed a spider or two the other day! especially if they had an appetite for flies;-}

    deanna… honestly, writing this post was like pulling teeth! i am so out of the writing groove. guess i better get myself back in the groove, eh?

    mamasew.. i'm actually planning on posting regularly again. at least a couple of times a week anyway. i've missed all of you ladies so♥

    oh amy jo… i feel as if i know you girls personally too. gotta love these interwebs;-}

    and i'm looking forward to having you back m'dear☺

    fallenstar… i was EEKing on the inside for sure:-P

    kristine!! girl, it is SO nice to see your sweet smiling face. i'lll be over to visit you in a tick!

    well sommer dear.. i'm glad it was at least good for a laugh:-D

  10. 10
    Elissa says:

    Oh, I've missed you, it brightened my day when I logged on to blogger and saw a new post from you!
    I also wanted to let you know that you've made a Artisan bread in 5 fanatic out of me! I got the book for my birthday, and I have looved it! There is a batch of boule rising on the stove while I type. Thanks for the recommendation!!!

    Anyway, lovely to read an update
    blessings,
    ~Elissa

  11. 11
    Ganeida says:

    Diane: Have missed you & your posts sooo much!!!! When can we skype again? Muchus love♥♥♥

  12. 12
    seekingmyLord says:

    You will never believe this–well, maybe you will–but I was visiting your blog before you posted this, just missing you terribly as if checking in I might catch a glimpse of you peeking through your monitor and waving hello. Then I got busy with the homeschool thing and just now looked on my own blog roll to see your blog at the top again–just where I like it!

  13. 13
    Becky K. says:

    Hey there. I just love the stories you tell…..even when they involve icky flies. LOL

    Did I tell you that you can cook a crawdad by launching it in a rocket? Comes back bright pink.
    Mmm-hmmm……We just did that once. After we learned that Mr. Crawdad didn't enjoy flights we didn't try it again. Live and learn.

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    Amber Dawn says:

    I couldn't stop laughing when I read about the flies… My sister asked if anything was wrong with me. lol Isn't that just the way though… One minute you think you've got thing somewhat under control and bam there is something you totally didn't expect.
    My momma always says people show up only when the house is at it's worst.
    Missed reading your posts.

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    vivian says:

    hello dolly! I got a great laugh out of the fly story! I just could picture the whole thing. always fun to catch someone off guard! lol! just not me please! had he come here, he would have most likely found me with some ratty tank top and no bra… birdseed from the parrot all over the living room.. craft supplies strewn about.. a porch full of wedding stuff and halloween decorations in bins..dishes in the sink.. oh you know.. just the usual! lol!
    glad to see you in blogland! I missed your smiling face!
    xoxo
    vivian

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    Lady Anne says:

    Welcome back! We've all missed you, my friend. Loved your story about the flies. We were having a Rather Nice dinner just before Irene came dashing up the Chesapeake, and our lights kept flickering on and off. Everyone at the table was watching the chandeliers – and admiring the cobwebs stretched from one arm to the other. I *swear* I had cleaned them the day before. Blasted spiders must have been up all night, just waiting to embarrass me.

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    Anonymous says:

    I think some of those flies decided to take up residence at my house too! Just when I think I've managed to get rid of them all, more show up….I don't know from where. :o /

    Good to see you posting again.

    sincerely,
    Brenda

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    Diane says:

    elissa.. isn't that artisan bread book a life-changer? i make up a batch or two a week and that's all my fresh bread done! whoopee!

    ganeida.. oh yeah, i am totally up for a skype session! message me on fb and we'll set up a time… in fact i am looking forward to it already☺

    awww.. linda, you are just the sweetest thing♥ let's talk soon, okay?

    becks… you know much as i was dying of humiliation during that whole fly incident, i was thinking how it would make for an amusing blog post, lol. ahhh.. my glamorous life;-}

    amber.. your mom is right;-]

    viv, my darling, i have never been in your home when it wasn't sparkling clean, not a speck of dust in sight and every nook and cranny filled with the most beautiful and adorable little things you've made (which is notably better than what my home was filled with, i might add!)

    lady anne… i have had almost the exact same experience with cobwebs! so yeah, i believe you that you cleaned that fixture the day before… i swear these little creatures live to cause us embarrassment;-}

    brenda… well, i do take some small comfort from the fact that several other ladies (who i personally know to be excellent housekeepers) have had similar invasions of the wretched little things of late. doesn't stop me from writhing in embarrassment when ever i think of poor pastor sitting there so graciously trying to act like those flies were no big deal… eeek.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Sounds like a fun summer. A nice treat to hear asbout it. I love zucchini anything and chocolate anything but I just saw PUMPKINS. Have a lovely season. I'll be reading.

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    Lady Anne says:

    Actually, we don't have too much trouble with flies (now watch – me and my big mouth!) but the ANTS are driving me crazy. Every time it rains, they come inside to get out of the wet, and we have had almost non-stop rain, with first Irene and then Lee waltzing up the East Coast.

    The two best things I have found for ants, BTW, are Terro, which is a clear liquid, and Hot Shot, which is a clear gel that comes in a tube similar to a caulking tube. You can use it outdoors and run it under window sills and the bottom ofthe siding, and stop the little devils before they get inside.

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    ??????????????????????????????? says:

    I've missed you soooo much…
    Glad to hear that all are well and I hope that you will post more soon…
    I've made a few changes: no more FB and I've started a new blog.
    Life just seems to get busier and busier and hums right along…
    So glad that you posted!!!!

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Missed you and was concerned. So glad you are back. Blessings~

  23. 23
    Diane says:

    elizabeth.. i'm anxious to try that cake! i hear it's very rich and moist… yummmm:-)

    lady anne… i don't usually have problems with flies either- or really any kind of insect-y pest for that matter (one of the benefits of living up here in the frosty north.) one thing i do though is spread something called diatomaceous earth around the baseboards and under cupboards. it supposedly kills almost all kinds of pests with no danger to humans or pets. it seems to be working (except for the flies of course:-P)

    ?????????????????….. hoooo are yoooo?????????????????

    thanks anon… it's nice to be missed♥

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Diane,
    Okay, you know somebody was bound to ask. What is the recipe for the cake? I can read the words on the recipe card, but is that all of it or more on the back? I have some very overgrown zucchini that would like to be made up in to a cake!
    Glad to see you back,
    Amy F.

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    So glad to hear the update!!! and so glad that all is well.

    Don't worry about your pastor andd the flies; I've heard that pastoring a church is like herding flies. He probably thought he was seeing things.

    - Sally

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    Diane says:

    amy f… yes! there is much more to the recipe and i promise i wasn't trying to be secretive or anything, lol. i'm planning on making this cake for our sat evening meal, so i'll do a post and put up the recipe then… or if you can't wait that long email me and i'll get it to ya☺ tomatosoupcakeblog@gmail.com

    hehehe sally.. thanks for the laugh:-D

  27. 27
    Kelley says:

    Dianne, I was one of the anonymous commenters but have no idea why my name didn't show up~ so sorry!
    ♥Kelley

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    Ginger says:

    I saw that you had updated (because you are my homepage, after all) but decided not to read it until I had time to relish it. So, here I am at 4:45 a.m. and can't sleep. What's a girl to do? RELISH TOMATO SOUP CAKE!! So glad you're back.

    "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'" ~ Erma Bombeck

  29. 29
    Diane says:

    hey kell, no prob! i'm happy to have your comments anon or not♥

    ginger, that is one of my very favorite quotes evah. girl wouldn't it be great to sit down and have a good ole chin wag with erma- you, me and her. we'd have a great time and probably all end up laughing until we snorted our coffee. let's make a date to do that in glory, kay? (coffee snorting and all♥)

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    Christie P says:

    SO glad to have you back! Your blog sits at the very top of my iGoogle homepage, and it looked so forlorn with nothing new to post!

    and p.s. to the lady with all the zuchini, you can take all that zuchinni, grate it in your food processor, freeze it in portions just right for zuchini bread. Once frozen, the liquid will separate but just put it all back into the recipe and it'll be fine. (good for nothing except baking then, but you can save your zuchini and enjoy chocolate zuchinni bread all year long.)

  31. 31
    Becky F says:

    Yay! you're back :) so glad all is well. Your boy sounds like he would get along with my brother (last time hwe was over he asked if I knew there were crawdads in the creek). I have missed reading about your life and have been hoping all was well.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Miss Diane! You have been missed. As for the flies…honey that ain't nothing compared to coming around the corner with drinks for your date to see him playing tug o war with your dog……and a pair of dirty underwear that little sucker dug out of the laundry pile. I nearly died. I would take flies any day;) Ace

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    Vintage Girl says:

    SO happy to hear from you! And very happy to hear all the goings on at your home. Ok, I was laughing hysterically over the flies…..I know your angst…I watched once as a spider dangled over our pastors head while visiting and tried very hard to look him in the eye not his head. Eventually I couldn't stand it and swiped away the spider!! Diane, it's just lovely hearing of your family again and how you are doing. Prayers and hugs, Heather

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow! I am so blessed! Welcome back. I have so missed your posts They always encourage me and i feel like you are a (missed-when-you're gone) friend even though you do not even know me! God bless!
    Warmly,
    Karen ~smile~

  35. 35
    MamaOlive says:

    SO glad to see you back!

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    The return of my favorite blogger! I was about to give up hope! YAY!!! :^D x28

  37. 37
    Diane says:

    christie.. that is a great tip about the zucchini! oh and eek! speaking of the gal who requested the recipe, i faithfully promised to send her the recipe on sunday and i haven't sent it yet! EEK! so sorry amy… i'll try to get it out today *blush*

    becky.. too bad you and your brother don't live next door! noah would love to have someone who appreciates the finer points of crawdad fishing nearby;-)

    oh ace.. that is hilarious! and horrifying! (but mostly hilarious- at least from where i'm sitting;-]) thanks so much for sharing. i'll be giggling to myself all day over that image☺

    hehehe heather… so glad to know i am not alone in my insect-y humiliation, lol.

    oh karen, what a sweet comment♥ let's be friends!

    mamaolive… and it's so nice to see your comment and your little one's cute little face☺

    anon… i'm your favorite? really?? well girl, you just made my day! have a wonderful one yourself☺

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