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Where did May go?

The Month of Thai was more like the week of Thai, I’m really having issues with this cooking for one business. I’m eating out more often than we used to, then I take leftovers home and eat them the next day. To help me through the day, I did have several girl friends over for lunch on Duke’s birthday.  Among other things we had spring rolls, pad Thai, satay, and a couple of salads. Dessert was sticky rice with mangoes. I meant to take photos but was too busy cooking. Then I had leftovers for several days. I am planning on doing  thank you dinner for the rest of my friends who helped me with Duke, but I haven’t gotten far on the planning. The house is less of a mess than it was, I’ve made the headboard, a bed skirt, and a bedspread.I’ll post about them next time. In my quest to figure out my role in this new life, ...

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A confession- I’ve been a bit down lately

My house looks like looters came and went. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the least bit tidy. Too many projects going on at the same time, and a tendency to be distracted. I’ve always said that while no one in their right mind would do surgery in my kitchen, no one would think twice about eating food prepared there. However, if the health department had come in last week, they might not have shut me down as a health hazard but they certainly would have written me a few citations. The state of my house was bad enough that BK worried about me, to the point that she was practicing what she was going to say. Imagine her relief when she came over yesterday and found that I am heading back to normal. It didn’t take that long to clean the kitchen, a couple of hours on Sunday before I headed off to the symphony. ...

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Surrounded by UFOs- UnFinished Projects

Are you surrounded by UFOs, UnFinished Projects also know as PhDs, Projects half Done? No matter what cute names you tag them with they silently judge you. Guilt isn’t really my thing, I always say that it’s an unproductive emotion, a point of view not open to debate. Usually, I have one or two things pending, that’s normal for me. The worst UFO I ever had was a stack of toddler shorts I found in my stash, cut out, the pins rusted firmly in place when the said toddler was almost eight; even her little sister was longer toddling. I’ve been taking inventory, part of the great  Sewing Studio/Craft Room redo, and have unearthed more than my share of UFOs. Whenever I walk outside, the recliner sofa barely manages to hide it’s half done state under fabric. All these UFOs were starting to get me down. Then I decided to count the things I have accomplished instead.  I had so ...

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What do I eat all day?

Nancy from Countdown to Mexico  recently posted “What DOES a vegetarian eat, anyway?” and in the comments she asked me to post what I eat since we’ve gone grain free. So here it is, What do I eat all day?  I started to write a book on food before I got cancer but have abandoned it. Not that the information isn’t good, it’s that I don’t feel that I have anything new to add to that genre. Basically my current food philosophy is eat real food, hardly any grains (except rice and the occasional nixtomalized corn tortilla), and if I stray off the path, just get back on it. We strayed off the paleo path quite a bit, I gained a few pounds due to my frustration at plateauing at 60.3 kilos ( sounds less than 133 pounds). Last week I weighed 137 pounds, argh. So we’re on the Bulletproof Diet, the main difference between how we were eating before and on ...

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Fabric storage solution

  Dumping all my fabric in a crate was the worst fabric storage solution for me, stacking fabric on shelves was not much better, and leaving it in piles all around the house  definitely put a strain on my marriage. So what’s a girl to do? I turned to pinterest, made a new board titled “Craft room/studio redo” and started looking at pins. All those photos of material lovingly stacked on shelves by color and fabric type made me feel better about my stash. It’s nice to see that I won’t be winning the “largest fabric stash” award after all. The sun is strong here, so leaving fabric out exposed to the light really isn’t an option for me. I needed a way to see what I had, and to retrieve it without making a mess. I know that when I am in the thralls of a new idea, I don’t want to stop to tidy up any messes along the ...

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2014 DIY goals

My 2014 DIY goals are not as ambitious as some that I have had in the past, but I feel it is important to have goals. If you don’t have a plan how do you measure success? How do you give yourself a road map to follow, if you don’t have goals, then you are being reactive instead of proactive. I don’t mean to blindly follow my 2014 DIY goals but I want to open up some more possibilities. In 2014, I want to do more refashioning  and sewing and less shopping, not that I do a whole lot of clothes shopping. I also want to do more beadwork this year than I did in 2013. I have made some pretty fabulous things in the past.  I’ve also had some pretty spectacular craft and cooking fails and some stuff in between. However, the key is to keep trying. The key is to keep trying. Even when I fail, I learn ...

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Living the diy life, leading the way.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams Living the diy life  and helping you create the diy life you want is my goal. I don’t think of myself as bold or a trailblazer, but that is the role that I’ve chosen.  I am creating the life I want to live, and I want to show you how to do it too. I aspire to John Quincy Adams’s definition of a leader. All my life, I have been interested in  how. How do things work? How is that done? Can I do it too? I leave why to the philosophers. One of my favorite toys was the original Mr. Machine, a top hat wearing transparent robot. I loved taking him apart and putting him back together. In my pre-teen days I was a compulsive fort builder, my sister and I once tented over the entire ...

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A new fork in the road

Filled with enthusiasm from attending Malcom Massey’s talk on e-publishing, I mentally went over the possibilities. I could self publish a book! What kind of book? My Griselda stories? a cookbook? The best blog posts from this blog? A novel? Then I thought about painting, fixing our house, crafts and all the other things that I do. So the book idea goes on the back burner, it’s not time to go down that road yet.

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First Artistic Friday

  My first painting class was today. The time just wizzed by. It’s a four hour class designed so you can complete a painting per class.  Being who I am, I chose something difficult for my first effort, a portrait. Hunting around the web and browsing through our many art books I realized that I like Realism especially art from the Romantic Era but my all time favorite are the Flemish painters. The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck fascinates me. My goal is to be able to paint like that. I have a long way to go. My next class is in two weeks. I will post my finished portrait after that.

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Conversation with myself

I have been reading other people’s blogs and surfing the web searching for the ever elusive “inspiration”. You know, something that will spark me to write about it, or remind me about something in my life or whatever. Guess what? It ain’t happening. I went to the well and it was dry. Not that I lack for opinions, I seem to have strong opinions on everything. Frustrated, I had the following conversation with myself. “Maybe it’s the weather?” I asked myself. “No, I like the weather this time of year”, I replied. “Could it be a lack of projects?” I mused further, looking around at the plethora of things half done and waiting to be begun, I dismissed that thought unanswered. “It can’t be ill health, I’m feeling great.” due to Nancy’s timely reminder, I am taking my chia seeds daily and I think that they are keeping me hydrated. “Well maybe I just don’t have anything left to say?” ...

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