Monday, March 31, 2008

Just need The Frame...and an Iron!

It took me a bit of time to get my Etsy/Paypal account started but I was finally Ready To Shop!! I had wanted one of my own Keep Calm... posters, SFGirl and I got it worked out, and then it arrives. Fragile. Does this mean anything any more? ?!??! Grrrrrr.

Click on the pic to see the description re what the mailcarrier said when I commented on the tube and the sticker on it.

Fragile means WHAT???

Once I get the Ikea frame it will be alright but it was the point of it all. No wonder people use UPS and FedEx...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

This is...the contents of my purse

Sharon suggested this week's meme theme. (good rhyme there)And of course the great instigator is ThreeButtons.

Not a lot you say? no, I've tried to lighten my purse, since I almost never carry it unless I am in my car.
So...wallet, glass case free from Talbots, cell phone, and some lingering receipts from Lisbon.

I had been carrying a larger purse that I thrifted in on our recent trip to Chicago, and went back to this smaller one I had taken as the replacement. However....I realized the first night I went to use the smaller one (a CA thrift store purchase last December and used A Lot since then) that it had a small tear on the strap and would have probably broken if I carried it. Deep deep sigh. I do hope I can get it sewn to be usable without it looking like sh*t.

The size I'm looking for does not seem to be in fashion any more and I'm just tired of looking. Any shade of black is fine. Bah humbug, or bah handbag.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter Massacre

Easter Massacre
Originally uploaded by redazadi

Just to let you all of you, who have Chocolate as your demon, know that we started in on this victim Right Away. He is down to an unidentifiable body part....

Friday, March 28, 2008

A recommendation from ?

I think it was one of the down-under bloggers who was reading this book. I got a copy of it from the library and have been thoroughly enjoying it. With her nicely terse style, E. L. Delafield sounds as if she could be a current day author.

Diary of a Provincial Lady

n.b. The copy I am reading is an original 1931 print. Ancient, isn't it? but so many feelings never age.

Thank you Anonymous Blogger! Please identify yourself if you read this and I'll credit your great taste. ;-)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

On my desk ...March 26

Look. Bare wood.
Originally uploaded by redazadi

Well since no one is using my desk, I am presuming it looks just as I left it. Some bare wood, imagine that. All should change on by Friday. ;-)

( And yes, I'm the one cheating by posting early. )

Sunday, March 23, 2008

This is...

my demon. al-kuḥl - ironic, these days, that it was a gift of the Arabs.

I was asked recently if I was doing much writing, and was encouraged to share my truth, especially with younger people. Well, since most of the blogging world is younger than moi, I thought why not.

In my early days..15 on...alcohol was fun, and I was proud that I could hold my own and drink more than the guys. Little did I know that was a red flag. By the time I was 42, drinking was the be all and end all of my life and I had no idea how it had come to that. Slowly, steadily and progressively as the description of the disease describes. I lost many things,including my marriage, any relationship with my children, my ability to work and but mostly my sense of who I was. Death on the installment plan.

When someone told me it never had to be this way again, I really didn't get it. But I went into a detox mostly because I was at the point of not wanting to live but not knowing how to die fast enough. That's a cliche but when you've lived that cliche you know why it's a cliche. My life truly has never been the same and it is almost 21 years later. 12 step programs are free and full of people willing to listen, to laugh and to cry with you but mostly help you change.

So while this is about me , if it touches something in you that you don't like looking at, remember there is another way of life. Really.

Thank you drewzel for a moving start to this week's "This is..." meme.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Funnier Together

Two library books - and I had to get them just for this picture.

He doesn't talk? Don't Throw Him Out. Recycle, renew, & reuse...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

On my desk...March 19

Not much.

My goal this week was to clean up, clean out, and pack the suitcases. Again. Now I have something to report for the On My Desk meme from Kirsty @ Kootoyoo. This box is the way I'm starting to feel - tidy.

What got done was -
  1. A session with a monk gave me a spiritual boost
  2. The small brunch happened, people were fed, and the cook let out a deep sigh
  3. A movie was watched - Donnie Darko- with popcorn AND ice cream. (So decadent...)
  4. The final season of The Wire was recorded - phew!
  5. The CanonPixma 160 software was reloaded, reloaded, and once more reloaded and I can now scan.
  6. Transition of winter bedding and clothes began
  7. Clothes were hung on the line for a whole day!(Spring!?!?)
  8. Loads of magazines were read and either flagged for recycling or went back to the library
  9. Information on Chicago food/restaurants was gleaned
  10. And that is why most of my desk is empty. "That's A GOOD Thing!"

    Wireless issues here at home, so maybe it's just as well Cooking My Life is taking a break and sister blog, Get in The Car will be speaking. I hope to look at all your desks along the way. Ciao!

What's been Cookin'

Well since everyone who posted said they'd cook up a storm in my kitchen, I felt almost like getting back in the groove. Somehow we haven't eaten as much and the fridge is plagued with leftovers. But dh has been out a lot and so there they sit. Even dinners seem to have been leftovers. I had cleaned out the fridge before Spain/Portugal but here we are again. Lingering leftovers

Last Sat we had a brunch and I did finally lose my Habanero Cheese Bite Virginity. They are sooo easy and sooo good. But knowing the crowd that was coming, I didn't use the Habanero Gold Jelly from Canning Camp. (OH, does dh love that stuff!) With a sweet pepper jelly (bought) they were good, but not great. Here's the dough, cut and rolled.

After they bake 5 min, you make a dent and then fill them with the jelly. I poked/dented the first batch with a large chopstick.

But then realized that the chopstick was not wide enough. I settled on the little oil stopper for batch 2.

The jelly in a plastic baggie for piping in

And the first batch finished. The 2nd looked better because the dents were larger and the bites then held more jelly. Out of 80+ we have about 10 left.

And till I think of a better way to do recipes (OPEN TO SUGGESTION) I will link them. Habanero Bites

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pegs on a Line

Originally uploaded by photoabruzzo

Should this not be a notecard?....inside saying Drop me a line...

I love this image! Made my Monday. ;-)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

IKEA....can you make this for me?

Having seen this over at the Roadsidescholar I am wondering if Ikea can't come up with a similar one, but not at Europhase prices - soon? Like by June? July?

My only real complaint about a lot of Ikea lighting is the piss-poor wattage. So listen Ikea, I want a shopper-friendly price, and good high wattage option, and maybe led brillant. Oh and with a dimmer option. Please.


This is ... my creation

bettythegeek picked this week's theme in threebutton's meme. Well done ladies!

Well, the first thing that sprang to mind was from long ago. Two blond haired, blue eyed boys...that became blond-ish, blue eyed, 6'2' men. There is also a raven haired, black eyed girl but as she was adopted she is not quite my 'own' creation.

and the most recent creation I'm proudest of - created with This Dear Husband - my kitchen.

Kitchen in snow

Friday, March 14, 2008

Correction on Heather Smith Jones info

A nice email from the Pinhole Artist tells me she is not Australian but was influenced by Aboriginal art. So much for my belief that I read things thoroughly. LOL

Check her new You should hear me try to describe the tool she uses when I try to find something in our craft stores. I think I need to take a picture with me...and try to explain that way. ;-)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On my desk...March 12

I had thought about this meme from Kirsty at Kootoyoo. Last night, and woke up early fed up with the way the tables are. This is my first full year of using the room, and I found I could not reach the window with the table up against it. (i.e. in the side by side arrangement) So I had moved them apart and had my chair w/back between the tables. This worked ok, but I hated seeing the back of the well loved Imac as I entered the room.

There is ongoing clutter tho the shelves are pretty well organized - it's still the boxes that are still packed and the decisions of how to store things I have never used - or at least for a long time.

So shift and push and get the tables back to back - and look what I see while I'm sorting out.

But will you see the tables as they are now ???oh, no, because my new effin' card reader is doing nada. The blue light is on but nobody's home. Grrrrrr. But I am working on a project for shhhhh!

Next week...another view, and hopefully less crapola.

Quiet night, great flic

We have a limited # of interesting films at our library; great children's section but since my children are out of the nest for a long time...they are not on my 'to watch' list. But I found this one..

And decided to go wild and pay the late fine of .25c to watch it last night. Beautiful. Highly recommended.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

This is ...the view from my front door

This weeks theme from Angela at Three Buttons "This is..." meme comes from Brooke at Boobooksausagedogs . It's a nice idea as we shift into either fall (for her) or spring ( for me.) We have such interesting environments.

The view is rather short but I do love my front walk (and driveway). That was one of the things that sold me about the house 21 years ago. I eliminated the front grass then and now have a combo of ivy, pachysandra and unfortunately some other things that spring up right thru and need to be plucked out. Not too diligent about that... But good things also emerge from planting ages ago, like one little purple crocus fighting its way up thru the leaves.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

"The John"

Originally uploaded by Maggie Neely

The place not the person.... posted by Maggie Neeley .

This is a pic from one of my Artist Way buds. She works at this prestigious place but she's really normal. Well, no she's not but ...

Check out her pictures at the Maggie Neely link above as she has a good handle on the look of Baltimore.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pinhole not Pinprick

Pinhole, pinhole... is what I had been talking about earlier. The artist is Heather Smith Jones and her flickr pics are just amazing. What patience she has!! And she's Australian too!! (Wrong! HSJ tells me she is not - I believe she is from Kansas US. Ty KSJ. ) I see all this As A SIGN that I am meant to go to Australia. But what a loooong long time on the airplane. (n.b. even if HSJ is not Australian, I think a future trip is plannable. )

While Heather says she uses a sewing machine needle, it seems that there is a tool in one of her pics. In quickly googling, I didn't find too much that did not go back to referencing Heather. One other blog CallyCreates has pictures taken from Heather's site and other work she and others have done. I am going to have to read up a bit and see what they have done and how they have done it.

I DO have a new thimble bought in Lisbon that I spied with just this project in mind. Two other women were looking at the thimbles as I came back to buy the one I'd pondered (but didn't buy on first look), and neither one knew what the little items were or what they were used for. I explained and they still didn't quite get it and English was the language we all shared so it wasn't that. I guess if you've never seen a thimble in use or sewn, it makes no sense.

Anyhow, with a price at just under 1.5 Euros I snatched the one I wanted while they looked at these tiny and affordable souvenirs. As my little treasure is some kind of pottery, I do hope it will work. A pic later when I can figure out how to put it on my finger and snap or get dh to do the imaging for me.

Rose-y Wall

Originally uploaded by wallpapers and digitial mural wallpaper

I saw this and fell in love with it.

My problem is that I have virtually no walls in the house that are not broken by either a window or a door. That is the downside of renovating and knocking out walls. I love the airy openness but miss walls on occasion.

Another home? another lifetime? Maybe YOUR home in this lifetime?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

On my desk...March 05

Well, my desks are in a state of flux after the serious look at those poor inspiration boards. I know I'm not listed on Three Buttons blog as playing the "This is..." meme but I am. (3Buttons..I don't see an email to ask you to include me.) These pictures go with the meme from Kirsty at Kootoyoo.

I must have been thinking of how I could move this room around, and got up out of bed just before midnight to do some playing around with some cards. First thing in the morning, I took the picture... pen caps did get put back on after use. ;-) I am still planning on making a card using the pinprick method, but I just have to test it out...and find the print of the blog on which I saw the concept. I think I know where it is. I hope I know because I have no idea what the real word for that technique is. I'm also wondering what kind of needle will go thru this faux watercolor paper.

Ok people...I do need to know what this technique is called. I don't (grrrr) have the paper I thought I did. I saw the idea on flickr - a woman making wallpaper withe pinkrpicks of traced greenery. Does that ring any bells???? I'm running out of vocabulary to google. TIA!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Back to the Kitchen

It feels as if I haven't done much cooking lately and I realize that feeling is accurate. Not much was done for the month of February, which is a downside to vacations if you like to cook. When it's a couple of weeks or so, I have to get back into an autopilot and that is best done by making a simple tried and true recipe. I know what it should taste like, I know we like it and any need for improv is handled by the veggies or sides. So today it was SharonCB's "World's Best Meatloaf". Sharon, who lives in the Canary Islands, did not invent this one but found it - from American Pro Football Player's Wife in 1963. How is that for round the world?

First came the veggies to roast. It's getting to the time of year that soon I won't want the oven on all afternoon so do it now!

Then get the meat all mixed up. The orginal recipe, which I will post, is good exactly as it is but we both like a bit of heat and/or Southwest flavoring. Instead of the Sofrito which Sharon does suggest, I used a combo of Sofrito and a medium Salsa today, mostly because I already had a partial bottle of Sofrito in the fridge. I often use a salsa instead of sofrito, but plain old tomato soup will do since you have a bunch of other flavors in the mix. I didn't have a green pepper but rehydrated some dried ones. As I don't like the taste of green pepper I wasn't too concerned. (Please don't let the flavor come out strong enough to taste!!!)

The vegetables are a bit over done but were still pretty good. Nothing like that caramelization to have you go...mmmmmmmm. I had a bit more carrots chopped than I needed so into the rice along with some parsley. I almost never flavor rice as we usually have much 'hotter' i.e. spicier food, but tonight I tarted up that rice.

DH was surprised I didn't make something else for myself. LOL...I'm not that much back into the groove. It'll happen - and there's still plenty left for him to have a couple of lunches. That's like money in the bank in my opinion, knowing I won't get the ominous question of "What can I have for lunch???".

World's Best Meatloaf via SharonCB @ GardenWeb

1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs - (tear up soft sliced bread - don't use fine crumbs as for breading)
1 1/2 lb ground meat (beef or pork & beef) (about 700 grams)
1 beaten egg
1 onion chopped fine
1/4 teasp dry Colman's (or similar) mustard
1/8 teasp ground sage
1/2 teasp ground thyme
1 1/2 teasp salt
1/4 teasp pepper
1/8 teasp nutmeg
1 chopped green pepper
1 tin condensed tomato soup (eg Campbells's) Sharon suggests using Sofrito instead
3/4 cup grated celery
3/4 cup grated carrot

1) Mix meat with egg, add onion and seasonings and bread crumbs, greens and carrots
2) Add half the tin of soup and mix everything well. Turn into greased loaf pan or glass casserole dish 8.5 x 11 x 2.5 inches and pour remaining soup over the top, smoothing it evenly over all.
3) Bake 350 F (177 C) for 1 1/4 hours.

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