Monday, January 27, 2014

Week 2 of 52 Lists
I had planned to be back here sooner but I went on vacation.  I may show some pics in another post but for now I want to get started on my Week 2 of the 52 Lists project from Moorea Seal's blog.
This week it was on Your Greatest Comforts and here are a few of mine:
  • hugs
  • sunshine
  • dark chocolate
  • beautiful music
  • hearing someone say, "It is going to be OK".
  • knowing ( I really hate not knowing )
  • baggy jeans and a sweater
  • having my hair brushed
  • massage
  • snuggling under a quilt with a warm drink and either watching a good movie or reading a good book.
  • coffee in the morning
  • sitting in front of a roaring fire
  • hearing someone special say "I love you".
  • swinging on my porch swing on a warm summer day
  • knowing my family is safe
  • a quiet day at home

Monday, January 6, 2014


Hello 2014. 
It feels like I am crawling out of a dark pit called 2013.  Now that it is in the past; I am feeling like I am seeing the light again. I know it is only 6 days in but just the turning of the yearly calendar has made a difference.  I am spending more time in the art studio and making space in my schedule and head to be creative.  I am even hoping to show up here a bit more.  This old blog got left in the dust and I had to wipe away a few cobwebs to get back in.  Rusty is a kind word for what I am right now but I feel like there might be a few things to say and share this year. 
One of the ways I am going to try and get back into the blogging habit is to participate in the 52 Lists Project.  Head on over to check it out if you haven't already.  Week One: List the words that touch your soul.  Here are few of mine right now. Quiet, joy, love, purpose, turquoise, peace, sweet, breathe, cuddle, sing, rest, and beauty. Those are the words my soul is craving and clinging to as this new year begins it's journey and I follow it into the unknown.  Hopefully some of the unknown will turn out to be noteworthy and mentionable. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Some progress

Ok, I finally got in my art studio today.  After crawling over many boxes to get to my computer I decided it was time to clean. It has been time for quite awhile but we won't go there.  I set a timer for an hour and went to work.  Something about a clock keeping me accountable seems to work.  I got quite a bit of organizing done.  I actually have  a clean path to the computer.  Whoo hoo!  I think I will try that hour thing again.  I have been having a strong desire to paint and so that may be in the near future.  I will be back when more progress is done.  Hey, two more things before I go.  Brave Girls have a daily journal prompt going on for the summer.  I wish I had a link for you but I am sure you can find it if you haven't already.  The other thing is that I have another grandbaby due any day.  So exciting wondering when he will arrive.  Ok, that's all for now.  Happy June!

Monday, June 3, 2013

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hello again

I thought I would pop in today and take a look at my blog.  It has been so long since I have posted that it almost feels foreign for me to be here.  It seems connected to another life I was living with art and creativity pouring out almost everyday.  Now my life is filled with working in an office, cleaning, cooking, watching grandchildren and resting from being tired from all those things. It is a mystery to me how I got here and how to mesh the old with the new.  I am taking Susannah Conway's Unraveling e-course to maybe figure it all out.       So much to think and ponder about right now.  One thing I do know is that I need to get my art studio back in shape.  It got destroyed in the move and has never recovered.  Maybe that can be my first assignment in getting back to the creative way of life.  We shall see, I will pop back in here next month and give an update.  Hopefully, I will have something to report.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Butternut Squash Project

 This summer I took a Photoshop class from the local college.  I learned a ton of cool things and I hope I remember them. It was a short quarter and we went fast and my brain hasn't been in school for quite some time.  Plus, I have to say that I was also taking an HTML programming class that was really hard. 

My final project for my Photoshop class involved turning food into architecture.  So when I went to the store and looked at all the vegetables and fruit the butternut squash caught my eye.  Here is what it started out looking like.
I bought it and took it home and then began the process of using every technique I had learned to turn it into a guard shack at a park. Other food items were used also like eggs, cabbage and a Ritz cracker. Lots of fun!

Then school was done and the squash sat on my counter for a couple of weeks
until today when a recipe card came in the mail from the store I bought the squash from for
 " Spiced apple and butternut squash soup".

I had no idea that butternut squash was so much like pumpkin but it is. 
Anyway, the soup was delicious and easy too. 

If you want to try it yourself here is the recipe:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 large onions, diced
2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored & diced
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise and seeded removed, diced into 1 inch cubes
3 quarts chicken stock
Salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. 
Add the diced onions and apples, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the spices, cook for 1 minute, and then add the squash and chicken stock.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until the squash is tender, about 20-30 min.
Puree and serve

Add additional stock, if necessary, to desired thickness. 
Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
serves 6-8

I only had one squash so I just adjusted the amount into 1/4th. 
Refrigerate any leftovers. ( if you have any ha, ha!)

Hope you all had a fun summer

Friday, July 27, 2012