Monday, August 11, 2014

A Cookbook, a Bag, and a few new Dice…

Summertime is winding down, work is looming on the horizon, and the heat is beginning to take its toll, but the crafting, cooking, planning, and booking is still going strong! Lots to still do today, so lets make this a quick post and do a list, shall we?

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A new Cookbook Project is in the works this year. I’m still not sure if it’s an every-single-recipe-in-my-repertoire, or a current-favorites kind of collection, but it’s been such a fun thing to pull out to work on throughout the spring and summer! (and the Faeries are just fascinated by the smaller size binder- they think I’m making it for them.)

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Oh what a hideous picture, right? Ah, the travesties of phone cameras! This is a messenger bag I made for myself to lugg all my Gaming Gear around with me to conventions and Game Days. It’s the Snooty Girls Bag, and the design still needs some work (gotta work a handle into the flap next time), but I love it and have been dragging it around with me everywhere this summer!

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And this happened this year- I finally sorted all my minis (figurines) and dice into a two-sided organizer and discovered that I have a pretty decent collection of both! I also discovered I’m an official Gamer this summer- I bought Dice instead of Jewelry at ComicCon this year! They are the watery blue ones up there, along with the black with gold numbering ones, and the purple ones. (Also, you are an official Gamer when you buy dice so your characters can all have their own colour coded favorites. ahem.)

So it’s off to the kitchen to make up some goodies for the week- meatloaves, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce and a pot of brown rice for quick veggie stir fry lunches. Toodles!

 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A magical life in words…

Isn’t it interesting how one little change can refresh your whole outlook on life?

It’s been so long since I’ve felt the need to write a blog post- but I’m back! It’s been a good year. Lot’s of sewing, cooking, crafting, gardening, and, well, living!

Let’s make a list, shall we?

Summer living:

Get outside! We joined our local Community Garden this summer, and I’m soo glad we took the plunge. Early morning planting, watering, and weeding is a lovely way to get some fresh air and sunshine before the heat of the day saps your lifeforce.

Salads, Salads, Salads! No need to turn on the HOT oven, just wash some greens, toss and enjoy. Curried Chicken with grapes and celery; Green Lettuce with apples and cheddar cheese; and Watermelon with Feta are in heavy rotation this month.

Staycation in your own hometown. Do some research and visit places you would visit on vacation- but in your own hometown. Look around you with new eyes, it’s a great way to learn about your city, save some money, and foster that pride of place we hear so much about.

Stay hydrated! Drink more water (carry it with you everywhere you go!), eat more fruits and veggies (apples for snacktime, watermelon for dessert!), slather on the sunscreen, treat yourself to a dip in the pool(or ocean!). This time of year it’s easy to miss those 8 glasses of water a day, get a little too much sun, and end up with parched, pink, blistery skin and frizzy hair. Take care of yourself and take an (iced) Tea break.

Visit your local Public Library- you know that long list of paperbacks you’ve been meaning to pick up? Look for them at the library! It’s free, a great place to make new friends (and hang out with old ones!), connect with your community (look for the community bulletin board- lots of places post in the library), and THE place for finding a good book! Take a stack home to browse through for crafting ideas for the kids, new recipes for summer lunches, decorating the perfect summer retreat in your bathroom, or even find the perfect beach book!

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Tasha staying cool in the garden this summer- gotta keep an eye out for those marauding Faeries mamma!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Vision of Spring

The fifth day of March- and we find ourselves on the doorstep of Spring. The Vernal Equinox is a few weeks away, that moment when day and night are equal in length. Then, the Earth will tilt over onto our side of the hemisphere, and the days will get longer, brighter, and warmer. Nature will wake up from her long winter’s nap, and eggs, milk and fresh vegetables will appear in the farmers markets once more, we’ll hear baby birds up in the trees, and the local zoo’s and gardens will tempt us with visions of baby animals, butterfly exhibits, orchid and tulip shows.

It’s easy to forget the “processes” of nature when you live in a year round climate. Pictures of snow and ice don’t bring home the reality of weather so much as actually experiencing it does, which is why so many of us travel up into the hills at this time for a day in the snow. It’s also a great way to delight the senses and go up for a day of spring- the fresh, cold nippy air, warmed by springs first rays of sunlight, so that it’s still cold in the shade if one gets a little too much exercise hiking up those brilliant green hills. A day of listening to natures chorus of birdsong, frogs ribbeting, hawks and ravens talking over the daily gossip goes a long way to banish the noise of traffic, schoolyards, and emergency sirens of the daily grind the rest of the time.

A few other events happening this month:

Daylight Saving Time happens on Sunday the ninth- don’t forget to set your clocks forward! After doing a little research on the topic, I’m still not convinced it is a good thing as it upsets everyone’s internal clocks so terribly, and it plays havoc with school and business schedules, but apparently it has been done several times throughout our history of civilization- even the Romans had a form of it at one time!

St. Patrick’s Day on the seventeenth- ostensibly to mark the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, but it’s really just an excuse to celebrate the Irish, their food, heritage and culture! Taking a slightly different view on the idea, my focus is more on the old stories of myth and legend, with a menu of old country favorites like Champ, Brown Bread, Vegetable Stew, Oatcakes, Cheddar Cheese and Shortbread.

And lastly, it’s the beginning of Convention season again – ConDor hits this month, on the 21st , and runs the whole weekend long. A Science Fiction and Fantasy themed convention, it’s being held at the Towne and Country resort and convention center again this year. The costume theme this year is the American Revolution, and there is a Friday night English Country dance scheduled!

Hmm…the Faeries seem to be planning something elaborate for this month’s festivities- something involving Wigs, Clover, Clocks and- hey, that’s my copy of Soulless, give that back!