Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Genealogy: The Genealogy Guys and Genealogy Connection

Finding family is one of my favorite things.  Genealogy podcasts can be  such a boon to family hunters.  They give lots of information on "how to" many different genealogy topics.

Today I went for a walk in the sort-of-early morning humidity.  While walking I was listening to the Genealogy Connection #003 podcast, an interview with Jen Baldwin about using social media in genealogy research.  Well, sort of.  Drew Smith and Jen Baldwin spoke of many things, most of which were known to me, but in the smallest  bits.  This made me want to sharpen up on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools to help locate some people I am trying to find.  Thanks, Drew and Jen!

When I got home, I logged into my Twitter account and found it was still active! Hallelujah!! I have not touched it in ages.  Maybe I will get my Twitter/genealogy act together and begin working it!  See you there!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Watercolor Painting: Another Lighthouse

This week I tried another lighthouse painting.  Watching The Frugal Crafter was such a bonus!  Her lighthouse tutorial made all the difference.  Well, maybe not, but it gave me the confidence to try again.  It took only about ten minutes to watch! 

This painting was done with a friend.  I brought my laptop to her home and together we watched the tutorial all the way through.  We then halted the video at the end with Lindsay's finished painting on the screen.  That was our sample.  We both painted the same painting and got very different but so fun results.

Just now as I re-watched the tutorial to get the URL to share I noticed that I had left out the land mass behind the lighthouse. I also noticed that the lighthouse might not survive another serious hurricane...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Failure, or Start Again?

My Fitness Pal helps me to keep closer to the straight and narrow path health-wise.  It is a website/web tool that helps you track your movement and your food. You can use it on your computer as well as on a mobile devise.  Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to knowing what is actually happening in your life rather than what you think is happening or even what you HOPE is happening.  My Fitness Pal is your friend in this effort.

This application helps you quickly record things like weight, exercise, food consumed, even various measurements.  Quick and easy.  The app very clearly shows you what you have done which helps you in your daily choices.

Well...I have been recording in My Fitness Pal for quite a while.  In fact, I have done it EVERY DAY for 162 days.  Until yesterday.  I did not do it yesterday. What a bust.  I have not done ANYTHING that many days in a row in my whole life!! I am in a small dilemma:  do I just look at myself as a failure and throw out the whole thing? OR  do I pick myself up from the heap on the floor where I threw myself is disgust and disappointment, and start again?

Failure, or New Beginning?

Well, since I did not know I was a failure (having not recorded food or weight or exercise yesterday) until I opened the app to put in my new, and better, I might add, weight number early this morning,  I guess I have already begun again. I think I will compound that new beginning by going out to take a walk while it is still cool and misty.

Rats!  Not long ago I was imagining to myself what a coup it would be to have recorded every day for a whole year.  Well, pride goeth before a fall it says in the Holy Bible. I even THOUGHT about My Fitness Pal once yesterday but it was not convenient at the moment to stop everything and record.  Oh, well. Into every life a little rain must fall...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Food Friday: Kale Sauté with Vidalia onion, and Mushrooms with Montreal Steak Seasoning

Yesterday I planned to make a sweet treat for Dear One when we arrived home from temple service.  It turned out we were later than I thought we would be. I was too tired to start in then, even though it is a fairly quick treat.  Maybe next time.

So, today I am sharing my breakfast and lunch treat!  It is Kale Saute with Vidalia Onion and Mushrooms with Montreal Steak Seasoning.

I use this to top just about EVERYTHING!  I love this stuff.

This is quick and easy and tastes so good.

Kale Saute

1 Tablespoon coconut oil---you could probably use your favorite other oil
3 large kale leaves, chopped
1 medium Vidalia onion, peeled and sliced
1 small box mushrooms---this was about 10 mushrooms--peeled and chopped
Ground black pepper to taste
Granulated garlic
Montreal Steak Seasoning.

In a large cast iron skillet melt the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the sliced onions and chopped mushrooms and stir with a wooden spoon until the onion slices begin to become transparent.  Add the chopped kale and stir until all parts of the kale are slightly shiny from the coconut oil.  Put a cover on the pan and let cook about three minutes.  Remove cover.  Stir well then sprinkle on to lots of black pepper, granulated garlic, and top with a good dusting of Montreal Steak Seasoning.  Stir again, turn off heat,  then put cover on again, and let sit for another two or three minutes.  This activates the Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Cooked just right for me.  You might want to watch it closely and stop cooking when the kale is all still bright green.

You can now serve this.  I had a bowl for breakfast.  I also had a bowl for lunch.  That was all there was in this recipe.  Dear One did not indulge.  Sad for him...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Early Morning Garden Jungle

This morning it is very lovely, cool, and misty outside.  I went out with my iPad to take some pictures of the garden.  I realized that it is more jungle than garden!

The tomato jungle, not close up!  With rhubarb at the left.

Another thing I noticed was that one of our tomato plants has some leaf damage. I need to look into that.  The Gardening Guy  had a post about tomato blight a while ago.  I guess I need to go back and find it, read it, and take action.  Of course, I don't know if this is blight yet, but...

See all those blossoms?!  No fruit matures...

And the cucumbers continue to make lots of lovely little female blossoms with tiny cucumbers attached but no cucumbers mature. I have sent Henry Homeyer a message to see what the scoop is on that.

Happy kale!

Over the last year I have become very much enamored with kale.  I eat it nearly every day.  Kale from our own garden is much more tender and delicious than what I buy at the store.  I have been clipping off a few leaves most days to eat in salad with a little lettuce, broccoli, Vidalia onions, and celery.  Wonderful salad!  I hope this selective harvesting is good for the plants and that they will continue to produce for a long time...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Merino Fiber: Ready to Card?

This fiber project is taking on a life of its own!  The whole batch is now dry.  I wish I could say it is now clean and dry BUT that is not really the case.

This has been washed twice...

My biggest concern is the amount of lanolin still in the fleece.  Currently I do not like the feel of the lanolin-rich fiber in my fingers.  I may need to readjust my likes and dislikes....

Last night as spinning group I felt some other merino fiber.  It also was quite lanolin-y.  Maybe I will just have to suck it up and move forward with preparing this fiber for spinning.

We shall see...!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Watercolor Painting: Lupins

A friend and I have decided to paint together.  She would like to try her hand at a landscape.  I volunteered to download some of The Frugal Crafter's YouTube watercolor tutorial videos because I have seen several of her landscapes which look very do-able.

While searching for those landscape tutorials I found this Lupin video that I thought I would try.  Mine does not look like Lindsay's at all, but I am beginning to become comfortable with not comparing myself, in any way at all, to others and/or their work or being.  This life is a one-time journey.  Comparing ourselves to others sets us up for unhappiness  and distress.  Why choose to be less upbeat than we can be?  I choose happy!

You will notice the white at the top of the painting.  If you look closely you will see stitches there.  I am using the beautiful book Daughter made for me with marvelous 140-lb cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I have decided I will use that for much of my painting, unless I plan to send something as a post- or other card, or unless I need a larger piece of paper for a potential painting.

Painting is fun.  Just do it!