Friday, November 30, 2007

putting up lights

Tonight the lights, tomorrow the indoor decorations. it was frreeezzing out there tonight too!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

just keep hopping

I've been blog hopping for days. I'm enjoying it so much, I decided to stop by my own blog and mention some new ones I've found. Here's JOE, who loves food and loves to cook and does a much better job at it than myself. and..Take a look at BellaDia who has a fun site for crafters. There are so many more I've found. I may even share more tomorrow. have a wonderful evening. I'm off to the quilting table.


I have been having sooo much fun blog-hopping I haven't spent any time on my own blog. I promise to upload more quilting pictures. My quilted wall hanging project is coming along nicely. I've also been created an etsy page for my jewelry. setting pages up takes a long time for me. so many choices, so many options. I get so overwhelmed.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

quilting and puters

Still working on my quilt and still trying to figure out the easiest way to get photos uploaded. Got my old desktop working so now I have to puter's. that crazy ol' Mercury retrograde really had me going this time. It held over for a bit longer than I expected. Then, sure enought, everything started working again. and now I have a new laptop to love and care for.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I didn't know quilting was so task intensive. First I had to pick out what I wanted to do - talk about overwhelming decisions. there are so many fun and pretty choices out there. next I had to pick out colors - then go get the fabrics! choices, choices. then wash and iron all the fabrics. don't forget matching thread. next - I picked a wall hanging to make that had appliques on it soooo I had to get some plastic to trace my appliques onto. then cut out the appliques

next trace your templates onto fusible web - then cut them all out. 4 big trees, 8 little trees, 6 stars.

I feel like I'm cutting my paper doll clothes again.

I'll be working on it again this evening so I'll display further adventures tomorrow.

For my macrobiotics, I cooked up lentils with carrots, onions and sea vegetables. At the end, I added a bit of Mirin and tamari. It's very good, but only for those that can handle the taste of seaweed. fortunately, I LIKE IT.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Vista --- ick

so far Vista has not made a very good impression with me. I can't use my MICROSOFT Picture It! 2001 - won't run it. I can't listen to .wav sound bites on websites - vista has so much internal security, it won't let me play them before I download them. I could go on but I'll just make myself more pissed. well, I'm going to take my old worn out PC into the GEEK squad and see if they can get the old gal up and running. maybe I'll just have two computers until enough people complain to microsoft so they fix a few of their 'issues'. I refuse to let anyone control me by keeping me angry. it's not that important.
A laptop is not a desktop, I'll just learn to love my laptop for what it is.

On to happier adventures tomorrow. good night world.

Monday, November 12, 2007


My new laptop arrived today! It's beautiful. there sure is a lot of work getting a new pc up and running. I copied a bunch of music and pictures over. got some registrations completed. learned what was loaded on it and what isn't. My favorite picture publishing software isn't available from Microsoft anymore. I used Picture It! Publishing on my old PC and Vista can't run it. I'll have to find a good program that will handle all the functions I like to use when I play with my photos.

here is the snowman potholder I made. It's a bit primitive like I said earlier, but it's a start and it was fun. Shabby chic is in right?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

a twist on breakfast

I'm very excited. I got my sewing machine out yesterday and did a warm up exercise. I made a snowman potholder. I added my beads for the eyes, nose, mouth and coal buttons. It was a lot of fun but it's easy to see I need a lot more practice. but who needs perfection. I've got the pattern picked out for my first attempt at quilting. Next on my list is to go pick out my fabrics. That will be fun. I love fiber and fabric as much as I love beads.

If you like oatmeal, whole oat groats are better for you. Old fashioned oats, even steel cut oats are still considered too processed for macrobiotic cooking. Yesterday I cooked brown rice, wheat berries and rye together and baked a butternut squash. I warmed up the grain mixture with 1/4 of the squash for breakfast. It was really yummy.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Chew on this

I went to an Intro to Macrobiotics class last night. I'm so very interested in eating for health. The foods used just happen to be my favorites so it's easy for me to move toward a more macrobiotic diet. Grains, beans, legumes and veggies, veggies and more veggies. The one thing the instructor really stressed was CHEW your FOOD. He said chewing 50 - 100 times for each mouthful is optimal.

Food should be liquified in your mouth using the gastric juices created by your saliva before you swallow. I think of how often I have chewed 4 - 5 times and swallow. He says we get much more nutrients out of the food we eat if we allow the mouth to do it's job. So I tried it this morning. It took a long time to eat my Rice-n-Rye w/ butternut squash for breakfast. but I feed I'm doing my body good. chew, chew, chew.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


I saw snow falling today outside my office window. It only lasted for 5 min. but it's a start of a long cold season. Tomorrow, more of the same... cold, rain/snow and blustery. Everytime I hear the word blustery I think of Winnie the Pooh! and his umbrella turning inside out because it was such a blustery day.

I made chilli in my new pressure cooker - added my already cooked beans to it and ended up with burned beans on the bottom of the pot. The recipe had said to add the beans after the cooking process was complete and just heat them through, but I somehow missed that part while I was throwing everything in the pot.

Too many jalepeno chunks almost made it un-edible it was so hot. So I added a little brown sugar to cover up the burned bean taste (pathetic) and let it sit for a day in the fridge. the flavors mellowed out as I hoped they would and found it very tasty after all. G kept telling me to just throw it out, but I can't throw out food - just because it was a little burned - I just couldn't do it.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


I've ordered my new laptop ! I'm expecting a delivery - should take 2 weeks to show up ! I ordered an HP dv9500z. I tortured myself over which one to buy, so if you don't like HP or this model, PLEASE don't tell me. I'm looking forward to my new arrival and don't want any negative energy surrounding it.

I used my pressure cooker today and made black beans. I love black beans and rice. I throw some Tamari sauce and Franks hot sauce on them. yum! I'm thinking of making chilli tomorrow night with my fresh cooked beans. double yum.

I brought my jewelry to a craft fair on Saturday. It was a very small craft fair. I went because my neighbor did not want to go alone and asked if I would bring my stuff and share her table. She does watercolor cards and pictures. Anyway, I picked up an extra $50 that way. fun money.

Once I get my Holiday jewelry ready and set up at the shop, I'm going to start my learn-to-quilt projects. I'm looking forward to a new challenge.