I feel we do ourselves a great disservice by making New Years Resolutions.
Just when we're stuffed to the gills with food and drink, satiated with presents and songs, then January comes.
Yes, from January to April there is a huge hole in the calendar. (Unless you get sucked into Valentines Day, which I do not.)
How can your best intentions survive when you are faced with NOTHING.
Best to make your resolutions before Christmas. I Will Eat Healthy.
Then break them to bits. - Attend every Christmas Party and Cookie Exchange on the calendar.
Now that you've gotten the worst bit - failure - over with, now you can start again in January, all relaxed. You've already blown it, so you can take this round easier. Make better choices. Enjoy your successes without guilt.
I'm making my resolutions now.
1) Write every day.
2) Eat simply
3) Walk, even if it's raining
4) Smile at everyone
I'm hoping that I'll get at least one of the four right and keep it right.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Blathering by Heather at 4:20 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2012
November 8th rolled around today and I had not received one email in reply to my question on how people like to use spices in their food storage. I was pretty bummed. My sister Holly tried to make me feel better by saying, "Don't sweat it, nobody obsesses about spices the way you do."
I like to buy my spices at the Indian grocery stores around town. They know their spices and the prices are much less expensive than what you'd find in the regular grocers or spice shops. The turn over is usually good so you'll get fresh spices.
- Bay leaves
- Cilantro Leaf
- Curry Powder
- Garlic powder
- Lemon Grass
- Mustard powder
- Onion powder
- Sumac - a Middle Eastern spice with a mild lemony flavor. (Related to poison ivy!! but yummy.)
- Nigella - a small black oniony flavored seed. You'll find it topping many Jewish breads.
- Machalepi - a rose scented Greek spices for breads and pastries. Quite hard to find, but available in Portland!
- Fenugreek - great in currys, chutneys and with meats.
- I happen to know that Theresia uses bay leaves to keep pantry moths out of her flour.
- You can make a nice cinnamon-honey facial masque for oily skin. (Don't leave it on too long because the cinnamon can be strong and give you a sunburn like redness.)
- Cloves, Mace and Cinnamon have been used for hundreds of years to repel moths in clothes. (Moth balls are just yucky.)
- I know this is preaching to the choir, but let's say it out loud - never ever ever measure your spices over a steaming pot or above the stove. Keep the jar away from heat and moisture at all costs.
- Paint the outsides of glass jars and bottles with non-toxic paint to block out the light.
Blathering by Heather at 11:04 PM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
When I left the office today I started my Sabbatical!
Blathering by Heather at 7:26 PM
Monday, September 19, 2011
Dang it! I thought I had everything so well planned. :(
This past week I've been gone and for a wonderful reason. At long last we took our parents on a well deserved Anniversary cruise to Alaska! It was fantastic being there with family, even though it rained a lot. There will be pictures to follow (beware).
I knew that the Bead Soup Reveal Day would fall while I was on the ship, so I set everything up to automatically publish on Friday night. Problem is… it didn't.
Today I finally got back on the computer and the first thing I saw as a note from the lovely Bead Soup party coordinator threatening to blackball me for not posting my pictures. (I guess I can't blame her, she's worked so hard on this.) Then I saw a note from my wonderful Bead Soup partner who was worried whether I was alive or not.
I feel like a heel. My apologies to one and all.
So, without further ado, I present My Bead Soup Project!
Can you believe time has flown? It seems like only yesterday that we were assigned partners and my beads showed up in the mail.
I finally decided to use the pink and blue bead collection. If you read my post when the beads arrived you'll see that my partner, Terry Carter, very kindly sent me two sets of beads. It was hard to chose which to use, but I kept imagining a lovely Victorian setting with drippy tea stained lace and lavender ribbons intertwined with the beads. The focal piece would be offset and feature a large lavender ribbon bow… yes, the plans kept running through my head.
Problem was, I couldn't quite make it work.
The focal piece was just too heavy to stay where I wanted it (on the collarbone at the left side) and kept sliding down to the middle. The ribbons where gorgeous, but too thick to string beads on, so I tried beading them but that just didn't look right.
Finally, in despair I called out the cavalry. In this case, my sister Holly.
You should know that Holly is the crafty/talented one in the family. She spins her own yard, knits, crochets, beads… everything.
Holly came in to see what I was doing and just shook her head. What I had in mind would never work. But… ta da! She'd just finished crocheting some lovely black lace that would look great with the colors of the beads and the focal. And if we got rid of the ribbon, and restrung the beads….
Two hours later, and here is the masterpiece. I have to admit flat out that it isn't my work. This is all my sister's inspiration but I love it and don't want to change it. I hope you like it also. It's no longer Victorian, but it's oh so fun.
The picture, sadly, does not do it justice. The beads are very pretty lavender, pink and several shades of blue. The lace also doesn't show up well but Holly did a great job on it.
Thanks Terry, for the lovely beads!
They are amazing!
Blathering by Heather at 11:13 PM