Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Better Behaved

I am being better behaved today and not engaging on any bizarre, angry, useless conversations on the internet.
Instead, I made myself useful.

I made cinnamon rolls:

Note that fuzzy blur. That would be my best buddy!

Finished my Christmas card for this year:

It is a watercolour based on an image I saw online the other day.

Picked up squishy mail:

Nice online sales the other week.

Looked in on my lemon tree:


I did a lot of knitting, but I cannot share those pictures, as some of the items are to be gifted.

Today is going to be a veggie kind of day. Nothing but t.v., knitting, visits outsides and relaxing.
Have a good day everyone.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Too Dramatic

My Facebook feed is still filled with a lot of hate and confusion. No one is really willing to listen to reason at this point. This are very scary times for so many people. From personal experience, people need to rewire their memories in order to make sense of events. Very clearly, on record even, people will tell bald face lies. There is evidence of it. People need to take those lies and spin them so that they are no longer lies and in fact just thoughts that were not really expressed out loud. I am having a very difficult time trying to explain my self this morning. My apologies.
I'll try again.
Some people lie all the time. It's like they cannot even help themselves. Do they even know they are lying? Psychologist call these sort of people, compulsive or psychopathic liars. There is actually an official name for these people. We all at some point accept these lies. It is easier. They might give us comfort or just simply we can no longer argue and try to get these people to see the falsity in what they say.
These seemingly random thoughts of mine have been sparked by sort of a debate on that previous mentioned social site. There was a person who claimed quite fervently that everything their newly elected leader said, were simply opinions. He did not lie at all. I was shocked by that statement. Did that person not watch the same debates as I? Did that person just not understand what the terms racism and sexual assault actually mean? I provided actual quotes the elected official actually said. Words that came out of his mouth on various programs, news and talk. Nope. Those are just opinions. At the end of it all, forget it. I had to walk away for my own sanity. You cannot argue with people who will not see the truth. Actual truth. Not just media spinning words into plausible explanations.
People need to believe in these lies because the truth can be a dark and scary entity. I'm very curious to see what next year brings.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

There is Pie

And quite a bit of it!


Which is good, because looking at all the snow we received the past few days, I really do not want to leave the warmth of my home.



Jackie however, had other ideas:

We need to be outside! Now!


So off we went!
While out enjoying the blistering, blowing snow, we followed some rabbit tracks,


We ran around like crazy for a bit,




Napoleon thought about it.....for a few seconds, which is longer than his attention span, and gave that idea a very big nope.

That was also by the way, one of the quickest nopes I have seen from this cat.

Rebel has absolutely zero interest in the outside world.
He found a freshly emptied laundry hamper to sleep in for a bit.


Actually, after last night at work, a good sleep sounds great right now.
Good plan Rebel. I'd high five you, but you are still sleeping.

I hope you all are healthy and warm.
Talk with you later!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Some Wins and a Good Effort

Yesterday I was trying my hand at being one of those domestic goddesses I read about once in a while.
I pureed my first pumpkin.

Before:
Gorgeous scaly topcoat. I wish I could remember the name of this particular pumpkin. Even before I cut it open, it has a sweet smell.

For such a small pumpkin, it certainly has a lot of flesh inside.


I brush some olive oil and place it down on a cookie sheet to bake for about 45 minutes at 350.


Napoleon and Jackie were on hand to supervise the baking process.


Rebel is not really into Pumpkin. He is however a fan of Bruschetta.
So while the pumpkin is baking, I made some. I follow the recipe I just linked and it turns out pretty good.

Just think, that started out from our monster harvest of tomatoes!

Oh, that photo was taken after I did that blanche thing.

Rebel loves when I cook. I always drop stuff.


By the time the tomatoes have transformed into bruschetta, the pumpkin is ready to be pureed

This weekend, that will magically transform into Pumpkin Pie!

So that bit where I put in good effort.
I am struggling with the concept of watercolour.
I have been watching a few tutorials.
I have to watch a lot more.
Scratch that. I NEED to watch a lot more.
The bit I'm struggling with is the concept that less is more.
With oils and a few other mediums, I can layer the colour on thick. Eventually it will be what I want it to be.
Watercolour, I am discovering is a little different.
A bit more permanent.
Anyways, this is my painting of a Moose in Autumn.

Like I said, work in progress. The effort is there. I just need more practice.
Well, I had a long night. Time for me to turn in.
I hope you are all well.
See you later.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Super Moon

I have to give all the photo credit to Hubs. He did a fantastic job finding the right settings on the camera and the ideal location to take such a beautiful work of art.


What makes this experience so special is this will be the first time since 1948 that the moon has traveled this close to the sun on its elliptical orbit. There are three super moons. The first was October 16th, Monday that just past, was the largest and the next will be December 14. So you have another chance if you missed the other two occasions. After that, the next super moon will be in the year 2034.

Beside watching the skies, I have been knitting like a fiend.

I cannot yet show pictures, because some are gifts.

I can however show you some pictures of slippers I just made!

Jackie and I are now having a serious discussion on whether to add poms poms.
I'm leanings towards no.
Jackie is suggesting add some challenges to going up and down stairs as the cats try to madly catch the pom poms.

Speaking of cats. I hear angry meowing. I suspect someone is trapped down in the basement. Again.
Sometimes they like to follow me down and I do not see them right away.
Right then. Off to rescue someone.
I hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Is Everyone ok?

I do not know about you, but I did not see the result of that election coming. Funny enough, The Simpsons did. How spooky is that eh?
I know a lot of people are frightened. And you have that right. To put it mildly, The United States will be experiencing a lot turmoil. I sincerely hope you all stay safe. The thing to remember is, you have to get past this. he may not be the president you wanted, but he is now in the White House. Remember that the States are still a democracy. Your laws have not changed. Your community leaders still need to be held to the highest standards. There are checks and balances in place to ensure no one takes gross advantages of their power. It there are issues to vote on, get out there and vote! You, the people are the ones to place citizens in power. Do not be fooled by what everyone says. Do your own research. Do not go blindly into situations without all the information. Learn about the democratic process. Educate yourselves. To remain ignorant to do yourself a disservice.
Do good out there. Volunteer. Help others. Find joy in the little things. Above all, do not sink to the level of hatred that is currently running your country. Rise above. You can get through this!
Times are scary right now. You might feel alone. But! You are not alone. That vote was freaky close. It may look like a lot of red, but those blue populated areas are very dense. You are not alone in your feelings. Lastly, i want you to know that this is a safe place. I will gladly listen or read whatever concerns you may be experiencing. I don't care what colour, creed, race, religion you participate in. I will listen and do so with all of my attention and all of my faculties.
Tomorrow is another day. I will be here and so will you!

Friday, November 4, 2016

November Beginnings

The Halloween decorations have finally made it to the basement. One of the many joys of having a constantly growing teenager in your house is there now almost always, someone who can finally lift the heavy and put things away on top shelves.
I was out in the backyard with Jackie the other morning. It was much to rainy to go for a walk.
Drivers just do not seem to care that there are massive puddles in the roads and the poor pedestrians do not wish to drown on their way to the post office. So, we stayed within the safety of our own yard.
Almost everything is dead or dying in my gardens. It is all very brown, black and muddy. There is however, one exception.
The red really stood out!

My lemon tree is enjoying its relocation.
The lemon is actually starting to turn well, yellow.

I was starting to wonder how long it takes for a lemon to ripen.

I was feeling rather adventurous yesterday and decided to make bread for Bruschetta.
Napoleon was a big help.


I was very helpful!


Looks like another rainy day here. We will binge watch some television shows and maybe knit a bit.
Have a good day everyone!