We don't have any face masks at the house, so when patterns started popping up, I was interested. True, it they're only 50-70% effective, but that's better than nothing! I did sewing for a LARP my friends and I took part in, so I felt it was a project that fit my skill levels pretty … Continue reading Trials in Sewing Face Masks
We've had a lot of down time lately, so I cooked another batch of Bean and Bacon soup. The post where I cooked it last time with the recipe is here. I soaked three pounds of pinto beans: I knew how much space they would take up this time, so I didn't have escapees. This … Continue reading Meal Prep: Moar Bean and Bacon Soup
It's still a little cold outside, but I decided to start some green onions inside. I use the standard onion starts and just grow them tall enough to be a green onion. Then I cut them, toss the remaining start into my outside garden to grow or not, and I have fresh onions for cooking! … Continue reading Green Onions, Meet My Belly!
My closet garden (not to be confused with a Lady Garden) has sprouted plants in nearly every glow-in-the-dark pot now! Here's an overview: So exciting! They're so frail, these little seedlings, but I'm really excited they're growing at all! EVEN THE ROSEMARY SPROUTED. I can NEVER get Rosemary to grow, but here it is: I'm … Continue reading Green Growing Things!
We're all stuck in the house, and this is a great time to get some reading done. And, if you don't have anything in mind, I want to introduce you to my favorite Urban Fantasy author. E-books are your friend, my friend. So, meet Patricia Briggs. You can find her work here on her official … Continue reading Favorite Authors: Patricia Briggs
Continuing my meal preps for getting sick, I made Chicken and Rice Soup. This is deceptive - it's my own recipe, and has no actual chicken in it, only bouillon and chicken broth. It's very mild and good for upset stomach especially. Here it is simmering: Very straightforward. This is made for a 20+ cup … Continue reading Meal Prep: Chicken and Rice Soup + Recipe
I have all my seeds now, so it's time to start my plants! Last year I started in December, which was ridiculous and led to very leggy, frail plants.. Lesson learned! I used glow in the dark pots, of course. Here's where I sorted what would go into pots, and I set the rest aside … Continue reading Starting Moar Plants!
In preparation for getting sick with the Corona Virus, I did some meal prep. I made Bean and Bacon soup! From dry beans! And so much bacon! Here's the recipe I used. I tweaked it a little bit. I have a vegetable chopper, so I chopped all the veggies finely so that they won't be … Continue reading Meal Prep: Bean and Bacon Soup
When my brother was little, he was frequently sick with chest ailments that hospitalized him. A nurse finally told my mom about Chest Percussions, and this reduced the number of emergency visits significantly. Not only that, but these are good for chest colds you may have. Are they good for the Corona Virus? Possibly, but … Continue reading Sick? Chest Percussions Are Your Friend
I received my Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog several months ago and ordered then, but it turned out I forgot to order any tomatoes! So, you KNOW what this lead to. I made another order! Here are the tomatoes I picked: I ordered three types of tomatoes and saved three glow-in-the-dark pots for them, but … Continue reading You Knew I Couldn’t Resist: Baker Creek Seed Order #2!
See this creepy light in my closet? Let me explain: I ordered some pots recently to start plants in. I wanted to give more room for the plants to grow and not have to re-pot them multiple times before they went outdoors. Oddly enough, the blue and white pots were the same price, so I … Continue reading Glow-in-the-Dark Items Are Eminently Superior
We had our local Chili Cook-Off recently, and it's always followed by an auction to raise money for Church events. There's a pie and cake auction and a general auction. I can't eat most pies or cakes (wheat!) but I usually at least look at the auction items. This year, I didn't attend, but my … Continue reading Thoughtful Presents
I'm going to make a confession here. I swear. A LOT. Like a sailor in fact. My family is full of Actual Navy Sailors (for realz!), and I learned from the best. They are inventive and come up with new and exciting combinations of ways to offend other people. I also play video games. A … Continue reading I Have SUCH a Foul Mouth – Why Aren’t You Seeing It?
This is a blog, and there are no restrictions on who can see it, so it's obviously a public space. My life with my husband and puppy is not visible on the Internet unless I post about it, so it's a private space. The problem is when I post publicly what's going on in my … Continue reading Navigating Public vs Private Spaces – How Does That Work?
It's that time of year again! My church has a Chili Cook Off each year to raise money for mission work. My mom and I usually enter, of course. So here's MY Chili Recipe, created through meshing family recipes and adding what I love. It's only mildly spicy: Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef 1 can … Continue reading Chili Cook Off! Here’s the Recipe
Every so often, the powers that be on YouTube suggests something that is both interesting to watch and so chill that it's a breath of air after a long day. (Previously it was a painting restoration specialist, and I'm not sure I've linked to him - I'll have to check.) Currently, it's Trenton & Heath's … Continue reading ITJFU: Trenton & Heath Shoe Repairs
If your book reviews on Amazon are being blocked, and you get a 'Review Hidden by Sensitivity Filter' message... you're not the only one. It seems like Amazon turned these on for everyone! But it's an easy fix, and I'll walk you through it. First, go to Amazon.com on your laptop or desktop. This might … Continue reading Is Amazon Blocking Your Reviews?
I attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, which was a wonderful and desperate experience. I was so sick during this time period that it was a struggle. But, one semester, I don't remember what year, probably 2005 or 2006, I took an art class. My professor came down on me hard for making everything … Continue reading When Something You Create Becomes Precious
My parents and my husband traveled to Iowa this weekend to adopt a rescue from IAMRA (Illinois Alaskan Malamute Rescue Association). She was surrendered by an Amish breeder and has had a hard life so far. She is SO very shy when she's inside the house. Here, you can see my husband coaxing her out … Continue reading Welcome to Wisconsin, Mary!
While my husband was out working recently, he found this adorable bit of vandalism: Most of the time I'm indifferent to graffiti if it's nice and annoyed if it's pointless. But this little bit made me smile. Here's to hoping you have a wonderful weekend! What do you think about graffiti? Are there times when … Continue reading At the Corner of I Love You
I write. SO MUCH. And very little of it is on this webpage. So I thought it would be fun to show what I've written: here's a break down! I have a TON of novels. (This does NOT include any of my short stories!) Year is the year started. Colors in this list are just … Continue reading Did I Mention I Write a Lot? Like, A Lot, A Lot