Sunday, September 17, 2017

240: it's Really 240


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240: It's Not 239

 Hunting the rare birds for Pokemon

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

Nancy's socks in Paton's!



Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial



In Progress:

Easter Egg Entrelac scarf

The Southwestern Entrelac Scarf


The Pink Cascade Socks--first sock is done.  I am moving through stockinette on the second

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios

Dizzy Blondes: 

Planning to take the Spindolyn to Sunnybank to spin for the Collie folks there. Thinking of learning to needlefelt.

Planning the t-shirt quilt and the Pennsylvania Dutch pattern for some hand embroidery (fraktur). A bit about hexen as well.

A bit about how to make a t-shirt quilt.

Strategy:
Learn your financial patterns. And see the section below on Apps to manage money.


Put a Lid On It:
Fiesta Salsa and Jalapeño Salsa canning for the year. The 2-day method: one day to just run tomatoes through the mill, a second day to actually make the salsa.12 pounds of tomatoes made 17 cups of processed tomatoes. 13 pints total between the 2 types of salsas.

My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!
Daily 30 minutes on treadmill or elliptical to rebuild stamina. Hoping to get back to Running Dog podcast soon.

Something I Really Like:

Acorns and Clarity Money apps. My credit rating has gone way up since I started taking these 2 apps seriously.

Blather:
Chasing rare Pokémon birds with the Santa Clarita Valley group.

We are losing Teavana! OH NO!!!

Calendar:

August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!













Sunday, July 23, 2017

239: Hot Summer Days


 

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

239: Hot Summer Days


Cherry juice so easily becomes fresh sorbet! And jelly, of course...and smoothies...


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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

Nothing new this week

In Progress:

Random coasters for mugs



Easter Egg Entrelac scarf

The Southwestern Entrelac Scarf

Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios


Several pairs of socks:

The Pink Cascade Socks--first sock is done.  I am moving through stockinette on the second

Nancy's socks in Paton's--I am almost done!



Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Dizzy Blondes: 

Considering how to use the yarn I still have from Eleanor.


Strategy:

Tolerating Criticism I:
Letting your critic know that you have heard them. Using neutral voice. Not agreeing that the critic is right, just making clear that you've heard their ideas.

Put a Lid On It:

Cherry harvest is done. Results: tried cherry marmalade recipe--not especially worth the effort. Black Forest Preserves are a hit again this year. A bit about processing tomatoes before making sauces or salsa. My recommended ice cream maker is from Cuisinart. My beloved tomato press is here.

The Cake described:


Aunt Mim's Cake Plus:

Use a boxed cake--Devil's Food. Replace water in mix with 2x strength coffee. Make as 2 layers. Between layers, use Black Forest Preserves as ganache. Frost with cream cheese frosting:

1 brick softened cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 bag confectioners (powdered) sugar to taste

Mix the above, with sugar to taste. Decorate with fresh, sliced cherries

Plans: Time to make fresh salsa and bread and butter pickles.

Sorbet: 5 peaches or nectarines or plums make a fine batch of sorbet! No peeling, just simmer and then into the sorbet!

Easy Smoothie:
frozen banana
watermelon chunks
white grape juice
filtered water
peach sorbet
frozen cherries (pitted)
blueberries

Whiz around in blender.


My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!

I'm BAAAAACK!!! Daily 30 minutes on treadmill or elliptical to rebuild stamina. Hoping to get back to Running Dog podcast soon.

Make YES Happen--my source for virtual races. Look up the older, free races.


Something I Really Like:

The new Conversations and Drop In functions on Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.

Blather:

Life with a tiny air conditioner. And a naked Newfie--Poor Baron!



A bit more cherry harvest stuff:

Hanging out in restaurants and hospital:


Calendar:

August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!

Fearless wants equal time, of course:













Sunday, July 9, 2017

238: Post Pneumonia


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238: Post Pneumonia


Home from the hospital after 3 days of pneumonia and a lot of fear. All are well again.

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

The "Stuck in Traffic" socks! I LOVE THIS COLORWAY!!!




In Progress:

Easter Egg Entrelac scarf



The Southwestern Entrelac Scarf

Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios


Several pairs of socks:

The Pink Cascade Socks--first sock is done.  I am up to stockinette on the second

Nancy's socks in Paton's--I am up to stockinette on the second

Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Dizzy Blondes: 

A small harvest from Baron. No real spinning right now, due to need to heal my damaged sinuses.

Baron and Eleanor have both had major summer groomings. Due to extreme heat and damned foxtails, no great undercoat harvesting this year!



Strategy:

Trust: the 6th law in the book below, but the first law, in my own experience. Issues around group shaming behaviors.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership --Meh.

Try The Leadership Challenge
The Happiness Advantage

Put a Lid On It:

Cherry harvest is done. Results: tried cherry marmalade recipe--not especially worth the effort. Black Forest Preserves are a hit again this year. A bit about processing tomatoes before making sauces or salsa. My recommended ice cream maker is from Cuisinart. My beloved tomato press is here.

I had such a great helper again for this year's cherry picking:



We managed the cherry harvest, with a lick and a promise, due to it occurring at the same time as the pneumonia infestation.



Have I mentioned that you REALLY NEED a good ice cream maker? Peach sorbet and a recipe for banana sorbet.




My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!

Starting things over after rather serious lung issues. Running Dog podcast has also been forced on hiatus, due to my inability to record and speak for that long a stretch.

Make YES Happen


Something I Really Like:

Hemp oil--and NO! IT'S NOT WEED!!!

Blather:
We all survived our various versions of pneumonia just after Memorial Day. Pneumonia sucks, BTW:



Baron has been shaved, while Eleanor has been very seriously groomed and shed out. Beloved Son is doing well with hockey.

Fearless the Cat demands equal time and representation:


Nike isn't taking this lying down:




Calendar:

August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!











Monday, May 29, 2017

237: Memorial Day


Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

Charcoal Embers Entrelac Scarf....it looks like charcoal and embers to me....the recipe is here.



In Progress:

Easter Egg Entrelac scarf

The Southwestern Entrelac Scarf



Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios


Several pairs of socks:

The "Stuck in Traffic" first sock is done! And I am up to stockinette on the second

The Pink Cascade Socks--first sock is done

Nancy's socks in Paton's--I am up to stockinette on the second

Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Dizzy Blondes: 
Still harvesting coat from Baron, Eleanor's is just about to begin. Looking forward to Retzlaff.

Strategy:

Everyday Leadership: Live your values. Because if you don't lead by example, nobody will follow.

The Leadership Challenge-

Put a Lid On It:

Reviewing recipes for the cherry harvest--starts on Tuesday, May 30! Potentials include cherry jelly, Black Forest Preserves, Cherry Marmalade, and, of course, cherry pies!

Use your phone's camera to take pics of your recipes and that can replace a shopping list in a pinch.

My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!

Currently Fitbit free.
Week 3 of Ease into 10K app. Doing about 2.5 miles of walk/run intervals. My virtuals:



Make YES Happen

And Episode 10 of Running Dog is live...


Something I Really Like:

Being a Crafter/Maker in an environment of Materialists

Blather:

Just cheerful ramblings this time...we all are a bit sick, Memorial Day is passing in a tranquil way, 3 more days of school for the Beloved Son...and Retzlaff!


Calendar:
June 3, 2017: Retzlaff Winery spinning event
August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!










237: Memorial Day


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

236 Happy Mothers Day


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

236: Happy Mothers Day!



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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

Nothing this time.

In Progress:

Easter Egg Entrelac scarf

Random Entrelac Scarf....just because....the recipe is here. Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios


Several pairs of socks:

The "Stuck in Traffic" first sock is done!

The Pink Cascade Socks--nearly done that first sock because of all the entrelac.

Nancy's socks in Paton's

Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Dizzy Blondes: 
Finally! I washed some coat from Baron. On to the combing...!

Strategy:

Everyday Leadership: Clarifying Your Goals--the easiest way to stay firm when someone else attacks them.

The Leadership Challenge--yet another fine book

Put a Lid On It:

I made orange marmalade and it is WONDERFUL!! Get the recipe here!



My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!
Still in the midst of walking daily for 30 minutes for 30 days.
Episode 8 of Running Dog is live. Races I am doing in Yes.fit: Finished The Race to Oz (free) and still creeping along on the second in the Appalachian Trail series. Started the (free) Dublin Pub Crawl to see pics of Dublin.
Several races here are now free, as long as you choose not to order the medal or shirt. So I have signed up for them all!

Make YES Happen



Something I Really Like:
The Acorns app. Gift cards for Apple watch: $150...

Blather:
Hockey Son's first season continues. Game 3--which his team "PsychoDogs" lost 4-3, but what a great game!.

Happy Mothers Day!!



Calendar:
August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!
Hoping to make the Retzlaff Winery event June 3rd!









Sunday, May 7, 2017

235: Mall Crawling

No, it was just a windstorm...

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

Nothing this time.

In Progress:

Easter Egg Entrelac scarf




Random Entrelac Scarf....just because....the recipe is here. Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios


Several pairs of socks:

The "Stuck in Traffic" first sock is done!

The Pink Cascade Socks--still creeping along on that first sock because of all the entrelac.

Nancy's socks in Paton's

Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Dizzy Blondes: 
Baron helpfully continues to blow coat! A bit about the eternal issues of spinning doghair. Weaving it: so far it has worked better as weft than as warp. As warp, the hair did not stand up well to friction from the heddle.

Strategy:

Win-win solutions: the end of all good negotiations.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
The Happiness Advantage

Put a Lid On It:

No, not really...

My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!
Still in the midst of walking daily for 30 minutes for 30 days.
Episode 6 of Running Dog is live. Races I am doing in Yes.fit
Several races here are now free, as long as you choose not to order the medal or shirt. So I have signed up for them all!

Make YES Happen



Something I Really Like:

The care and feeding of gift cards: my method for saving up with gift cards.



The Outdoor Travel vest in action at Universal Studios theme park. Carryin a bottle of water, a wrapped pastry, pen, notebook, keys, phone, etc.

Blather:
Hockey Son's first season continues. Game 2--which his team "PsychoDogs" won.



Calendar:
August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!
Hoping to make the Retzlaff Winery event June 3rd!

Paz would like you to know that he thinks the opening picture looks more like Llamageddon to him. He would never participate.










235 Mall Crawling


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

234: Windy Day!


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234: Windy Day!


Quechua and I enjoy the morning from my study.

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Mother Bear Project--the website, for info on making bears.

Finished:

Nothing this time.

In Progress:

Easter Egg Entrelac scarf--Yes, I lost another battle at The Wall of Noro.




Random Entrelac Scarf....just because....the recipe is here. Also, Entre to Entrelac book.

My LYS: Creative Ewe Studios


Several pairs of socks:

The "Stuck in Traffic" first sock is done!

The Pink Cascade Socks

Nancy's socks in Paton's

Gray Dawn--another Collie scarf for the Terhune Sunnybank memorial

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. No, I have neither finished not forgotten this one...

Or this one:

Eleanor Scarf--spun from Eleanor's undercoat and knitted in my favored checkerboard pattern.

Dizzy Blondes: 
Baron has begun to blow coat, so I am busy brushing the best areas and harvesting!

Strategy:

First things first: prioritizing the small steps towards your goal.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Put a Lid On It:

No, not really...

My favorite books:

The Joy of Pickling
The Ball Book of Preserving Foods
The Joy of Cooking
The Perfect Scoop

Aw Shoot!
Still in the midst of walking daily for 30 minutes for 30 days.
Episode 5 of Running Dog is live. Races I am doing in Yes.fit.com:

Several races here are now free, as long as you choose not to order the medal or shirt. So I have signed up for them all!

Make YES Happen

Something I Really Like:

Wikispaces.com. Build a group-edited website for your team! Or class! My team's wiki:


The Outdoor Travel vest and the Luna vest from L.L. Bean for POCKETS!!

The Happiness Advantage
Drive


Blather:
Hockey Son's first season has begun. Here is a pic from his very first game today.



Calendar:
August 18-21, 2017: Sunnybank again--northern new Jersey
Dec 13-17: Anaheim for Evolutions Conference!
Hoping to make the Retzlaff Winery event June 3rd!