Sand Away the Dirt

November 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s a cold, gorgeous grey day outside with fall leaves scattered on the lawn. The smell of fresh baked cookies and cappuccino fill the house. There’s nothing like a god stop motion either:

DRINKme-EATme-READme

I also found a tutorial on how to make your own almond milk! I am fairly certain it’s more cost effective to buy it. Organic or natural almonds are rather expensive plus time. I would like to try it regardless at least once to experience the process.

The day proceeds to be chillier and includes an exploration of T.S. Eliot. This calls for warmer dress and a trip to an inspirational studio.

May your day be filled with light and peace!

~M

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Friday

November 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday consisted of hot cocoa, cinnamon rolls, sandblasting, failed soldering, chicken baking, potato frying, stock making, pea heating, and apple crisp baking!

I spent most of the day with my friend. She made us brunch (the hot cocoa and cinnamon rolls.) Then we went and sandblasted for awhile on some pieces that she had recently cast. I tried to solder something, but it did not work so we hauled a piece of tree about six feet long back for her to use. She felted while I prepped the chicken. She showed me this great website she uses called Pioneer Woman where we got the instructions for baking the chicken. I put in a sliced apple -which came out delicious,- lemon and onion. Totally new trying that! We had fried potatoes and peas with it. I made stock out of the bones and heated a soup today with it, also delicious.

You’d think I’d be tired of cooking after that, but no, I made apple crisp! (I’m eating some right now.) We watched Tangled because my friend hadn’t seen it. Tomorrow I’m baking chocolate chip cookies to take to work and I will be taste testing the dough, just for quality control of course.

~M

We’re Not So Old

October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Open eyes  at 3:00 AM

Chalk in the corner

All over us now.

Monsters on the sidewalk

Dust on our clothes

Tears cover its face

Momentarily in exisistance

Washed away in the flooding rain.

Memory Sets A & B

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Memory Set B: was full of music. Cello, guitar, piano, symphonies, Circa Survive, Brand New, Chris Botti, Andy McKee. Books and movies discussed, almost no topic left untouched. There were children involved, significant others, coffee and cigarettes. Apartments, cups of tea, art, thoughtful expansion. Benches, cold, punch. Silences and meetings, talk of stars and football fields.

Memory Set A: Chat boxes and webcams. That was the time of late nights and half-way there day. The computer was always hot. I’ll never go back to drinking chai with just water after that. Make it with milk. Canyons and photographs I’ve never seen. Passports and collar bones. Almost no topic left untouched. 

Art work everywhere.

There are very very things in life which completely befuddle me. One is how I missed a conversation in which someone asked me about how I felt towards him. That is just another story and I am so lost as to how I could possibly have no memory of this taking place whatsoever. I digress.

The other, well, is about two sets of experiences. One I regret almost in it’s entirety, whereas the other one, which I feel and it makes sense in my head to regret, I don’t. Memory Set A I had perfectly good reasons and motivation. Memory Set B, not so much and no regrets. Just would like to say that. I know this post probably makes no sense, but I just gotta write.

Today I was reminiscing and found that I became happy thinking about Memory Set B. I listened to music, researched some things that made me think of those times. I realised the contrast between that and Memory Set A. Whenever I think about that time in my life I usually become very sad or upset. It’s taken quite a long time for even those emotions to calm down.

A Comment on Clothing

October 6, 2011 § 7 Comments

Thoughts on some things that have recently reached my radar:

1.) Leggings are not synonymous with pants. 

Ever. I am not opposed to leggings under a shorter dress or very long top, but really? It does not look good. Leggings can be thing and see through which means seeing those cute striped undies I do not want to see. Not to mention it does nothing for you if you have, like most females, any semblance of curves. Not support and no hiding of cellulite.

2.) Slips

Unfamiliar with the term? You’re not alone judging by the number of skirts that can be seen through daily. It’s a garment designed to go underneath skirts to make them not see through. Generally made out of a sofy, smooth fabric so it doesn’t catch the layers of clothes above. Why should you wear a slip? For some odd reason, undies come up again! They should not be seen ever, at all! Cupcake pattern through striped dress, even if it’s dark and you don’t think they can be seen, they can! See through factor, it’s just not modest and you look a bit under-dressed.

3.) Jeggings are not jeans.

Most of the reasons I am opposed to jeggings fall under the leggings category. They’re not thick enough at all!

4.) Booty shorts, hot pants, 3 inch inseam, etc. 

I think short shorts are on the trashy side. What are your motives when you wear them? Most of us have body fat, and for a lot of us women, that means cellulite. Short shorts expose this cellulite that is not attractive. As we walk our muscles expand and contract adding to that jiggle of your flubber. That said, are you getting the kind of attention you want when you wear them?

5.) Pants on the ground

I’m always waiting for the pants to drop. Guys, it’s highly unattractive and I don’t want to see your Hanes. This style debunks guys not being able to walk and talk at the same time. Walking and hitching pants up constantly trying to look cool says you can multitask if you want to.

6.) No side work-out shirts

I’ve seen ’em on both guys and girls. We don’t need to see that much skin at the gym. That might be what you go for, but I’m certainly not going to give you a show.

That’s all for now folks. Anything else you want to know what I think about, let me know and I’ll gladly tell ya.

Things to Learn

October 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

1. Netting We’re learning how to net in a class I’m in and I simply cannot do it. I tried converting it to a way I can do it more easily left-handed and at first I thought that I skipped a step when I flipped it, but then I went back to right handed and the same problem occurred. I tried to watch Youtube videos on it, but they were using a different method than the one I learned so I looked up image diagrams. It was almost helpful. Almost. This technique is something I am really wanting to get down and understand to a point I can use it easily. Thus, I am no where near giving up on this. I enjoy a good challenge.The problem I am having with the netting is the knotting step; mine tends to slide. 

2. Psalm 27

Adonai is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Adonai is the strength of my life; of whom should I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may camp against me, my heart shall not fear;Though war may rise up against me, in this I will be confident. (1-3)

This is what I have so far, verse three was a little mixed up. My motivation for learning this Psalm is a verse in it that talks about dwelling with the Lord and beholding His beauty, seeking after that wholly. It’s beautiful words full of loving and safe promise. 

3. How to follow directions

In my knish making I read the directions, I just didn’t follow them and left out a few ingredients, haha. They tasted good, which was nice, but I still feel the need to keep making them until I get the taste right. (As best as I can having never had it before, that is.)

Reason number two: I was working at a family science night and a friend and I were manning the ‘glue glob’ table. You were supposed to mix the correct proportions of water, glue, and borax together to achieve a certain non-stickyness. I even told my friend to remind me to follow the directions because I had done this before and not followed the directions at all. Just winging it does not always work. So, I had to laugh when I started telling the very first kid to do it incorrectly and his dad looked at me and said this one. I was thinking oh boy… It was fun altogether, especially afterI got the directions down. 

4. How to go to bed on time

Bedtime was set for over half an hour ago…what happened? In other words, goodnight. 

An Early Morning

September 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Autumn is my favourite season, even as it moves into winter I still enjoy it. What is it that is so wondrous about this time of year? The coming chill outside that begs for an extra layer, the want of warm beverages, and leaves scuttling across the streets and gutters. Stepping outside, it’s obvious fall has not quite yet arrived. For everything there is a time and I’m pretty sure summer time helps me appreciate fall and winter as fall and winter help me appreciate summer. I’m looking forward to making this pumpkin pie again! Soon it will be blogging in coffee shoppe season again soon, I hope. It’s been busy with all of my projects. 

The projects I’m working on are hands-on projects: basketry, enamel, and sculpture. This makes me miss working in my sketchbook and drawing. One of my favourite parts of the processes these crafts require is  the concept development with sketching. 

It’s now time to head out for this warm day! M~

 

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