Sunday, November 8, 2015

Some days....

I wonder why I am here. What is my purpose? 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This morning outside my door....

Today is a day to arise & spontaneously sing. Join me? Oh what a beautiful Morning! Oh what a beautiful day. I've got a wonderful feeling everything is going my way!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Today, my heart aches. My oldest daughter is expecting a child in November. I am coming to terms about being a grandma earlier than planned. Life happens. I am well aware of that. My heart aches because my daughter is causing strife. Fully expects DH & I to drop everything we are doing and bend over backwards to help her. No gratitude.  No thanks.  I can't do that.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Super Bowl


Tons of memes are out there regarding the cities from whence the teams are from. Somehow the fact the both places have allowed marijouna sales tickles the funny bone of quite a few people. Something about smoking bowls. Nothing I know about.

One of the most important parts of a Super Bowl party is the guacamole.  The latest Consumer Reports (February 2014) (how can they date it for February when we are still in January? Is there a time vortex involved?) contains a wonderful one page report on "Guacamole that earns an 'ol`e!" (pg.7). Their recommended store bought guacamole is Sabra's classic product. You can purchase an 8 oz container at Carrs/Safeway for $4.99. (AK prices.)

Consumer Reports also includes tips for avacodas and a recipe for homemade guacamole.  Homemade is always better. Less chemicals, fresher and you know what is in there.

From Consumer Reports:

How to create a homemade dip

Choose ripe avocados or buy them ahead of time and let them ripen. (To speed ripening, put them in a paper bag with an apple.) To keep mashed avocado from turning gray-brown, try adding lime juice, keeping the pits in the dip until serving time, or gently adding a half-inch of cold water to the dip as an oxygen barrier. (Pour it off before serving. )

•2 ripe avocados, mashed
•juice of 1/2 lime
•salt to taste
Add one or more:
•1/4 to 1/2 tsp: ground cumin, ground coriander, minced garlic, hot sauce, or roasted garlic
•1 to 2 tbsp: chopped cilantro, chopped parsley, diced jalapeños, diced chipotles in adobo
•1/4 to 1/3 cup: diced tomato, diced onion, salsa, cucumber (peeled, seeded, and chopped), diced red and green, mild chilies

What kind of chips? Consumer Reports recommends Tostitos multigrain "best in our past tests of multigrain chips. They're crispy and tender, with lots of sweet corn flavor."

Another option is to make your own.

From "Ultimate Nachos" by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson.

•1 ounce vegatable or canola oil
•1 corn tortilla
•cayenne pepper

1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat to oil to 350°F. You'll know the oil is ready when you add a small piece of tortilla to the skillet and it floats and bubbles.

2. Cut round tortilla into triangle shapes of any size you want, then add the triangles to the oil.

3. When one side becomes golden brown, about 1 minute, flip them over and fry the opposite sides until golden brown.

4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chips from the oil and transfer to paper towels to drain.

5.Toss the chips with salsa and the cayenne, if using.

Repeat as needed.

Sounds absolutely DELICIOUS! Can't wait for the Super Bowl party.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not sure...

Not sure what is going on. Thursday & Friday of last week I was having lightheadedness. I have no energy. Nor do I want to do anything but sleep. The only reason I am not curled up on the couch is because I need to change my pjs. Kinda interested in knitting but not enough to pick up my needles.

I have an appointment tomorrow. Wonder if I am low on vitamin D.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Day of School

Just dropped off my 6th grader. Sigh...where does the time go? Seems like yesterday she was rolling into kindergarten. Tomorrow, she will be graduating from high school & headed off to her adventures in the big wide world. This is why we must live in the present. The past is done. Nothing we can do will change what has happened. We can learn from our mistakes & blaze our own trail into the future. And live in the present.

Unless you are hanging with Dr.Who. Then disregard everything I said.

In just a bit my 4th grader is off to school. Then I can go back to my routine of sleeping till noon, watching soaps & eating bon bons.

(In actuality, spending the morning cleaning & running errands in the afternoon.)

The fun never ends.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monmouth Cap

Some weeks ago I stumbled upon The Dreamstress and she was talking about a year-long sew-a-long. For the first five minutes, I thought I would not be able to participate. Yes, I sew. No, I don't have the space to dedicate to sewing a historically accurate costume. (As much as I would *love* to...) However, The Dreamstress pointed out that knitting would be acceptable also. (Mental head slap) Of course knitted items would work as they knitted them! I was quite thrilled to see that. After signing up on the Facebook page, I spent about five hours screwing around industriously researching possible knitted patterns. After several misleads, bunny trails and child/husband interruptions, I came across my first project.

The Monmouth Cap. The history of the Monmouth Cap can be found here. In a nutshell, the cap was introduced in the earlyish 15th century. The everyday man wore the cap-made from serviceable material. Royalty wore the cap- made from finer material. In later years, the cap was widely used among sailors as it kept the head warm (imagine that!) Captain John Smith (yes, that Captain) even recommended the English colonists include the cap in their kit.

The pattern I used was a compilation of this one and this one. The yarn I used was Lion Brand, Jiffy in Dark Gray Heather, 100% Acrylic. (Yeah...I know...not historically accurate yarn). I have used the cap several times and it is quite warm. DD#2 loves playing with the brim, changing it up, down, leaving one side up and the other down etc...

Things I learned-how to pick up stitches and sl2tog, k1, psso (different way of decreasing instead of k2tog)

I would like to make this hat again. This time doing a provisional cast on as suggested in knitting-and. Should make turning the brim easier. And maybe make a third one so I can felt it.

Brim up
As requested...the facts

The Challenge: Challenge #5: Peasants and Pioneers

Fabric: Lion Brand, Jiffy, Dark Gray Heather. 100%Acrylic 

Pattern: I used a pattern from Jennifer L. Carlson and knitting-and 

Year: Earlyish 15th century to 17th and even later 

Notions: None, zippo, zilch, Nada 

How historically accurate is it? Both patterns used were based upon viewing one of the few surviving Monmouth Caps. From what I could see, when the brim is down, the cap does resemble the cap in The Nelson Museum and Local History Centre
Brim Down

Hours to complete: About five (slow knitter and the first time I picked up stitches)
First worn: As soon as it was off my needles-March 6, 2013
Total cost: $6-for the yarn
Other Monmouth Cap websites :
17th and 18th century knitted caps
Colleen Stitches in Time -SCA
ravelry Monmouth Cap Pattern
Odettes Obsessions
More historical caps