3.21.17

TEA TIME TUESDAY

After last weeks Sweet Tea Pie, here is another sweet treat. 

We have a Keurig at work and I sampled one of these and was instantly hooked. Then Safeway had them for half price and I am a happy employee. 

When I run out, I don't know what I'm going to do! I hate to pay full-price for anything.

3.16.17

In February, I posted some resolutions. It has been about six weeks, so here is an update of my progress.

1. 5,000 steps a day for one week, then bump up again until 10,000 is normal (Normal for me is 245)
Most days, level 8. 
Since starting work, this has been ridiculously difficult. Most days I get about 4,000+ and at the end of the day my feet are so swollen and painful, it is difficult to walk. I spend the rest of the evening in my recliner, hoping I don't have to get up to pee. It takes the better part of my first day off before I can walk around without too much pain and by the second day, I am usually able to run errands. I have great shoes and the week before last I was fitted for custom orthotics, so I am well on my way to solving this problem. 


2. Follow my 16 hour fast a day plan
This has been easy to follow, but I have slacked off the last week. I even did one 24 hour fast, but I was so energized, I did not even sleep at all that night after coming off the fast.
At first, I dropped some pounds, but I must be building muscle. My pants and jeans slide off without being unfastened and I have bought a second, smaller belt to hold them up. Still not a swimsuit model, but that ship has sailed.

3. Find live local theater and attend
I haven't even started looking. I will jump right on that after typing up this post.

4. Unpack those two rooms of boxes by March
I did the guest room before March 1, but as you know from yesterday's post, the sewing room is in sad shape. I am not sure if it can be done before March 31, but I am going to try. The first thing that has to happen, is the wire closet shelves have to come out. When I get to that, I will take pictures so you can see what I mean.


3.15.17

gggg

UGH! I forgot to tell you yesterday's pie picture was linked to its recipe for SWEET TEA PIE! Whoever heard of such a thing!


Rains continue for us. I have learned to drive the interstates at respectable speeds. 

Actually, what they call rain here is not what experienced Floridians think of when someone says, "I am tired of all the rain."  Still, even with the little drip-drips, we are often under flood watch.
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Seriously, the rain we get here would not cause a Floridian to scurry about looking for a raincoat (what IS that?). Instead, we would risk getting our hair and clothes a little dampened, and luxuriate in the cooling breeze of the air conditioning of our destination. I asked around and some Oregonians told me there can be heavy rains. Not that I WANT to experience that. The ground is so marshy, I almost lost the dog this morning. 

Also, it hails here. Not the size of baseballs like I saw one day in Georgia, or golf balls, frequent in Florida, but itty-bitty cute little things. 

Sunday was a busy day, so not much pre-post blog writing got done. This is my day off and I am relaxing before the beginning of tasks and errands. 

I would like to sew/quilt, but I still can't get into the sewing room, it is so disorganized. 

My resolution update will post tomorrow.

3.14.17

TEA TIME TUESDAY PI DAY EDITION

Click HERE to see this picture right on the
Taste of the South site and find the recipe
!
I am feeling a little nostalgic for a Georgia Spring. 

Ironic, because WE are having spring and THEY are having snow. 

Here is a little Tea Time and Southern Cooking and PI(E) celebration for 3.14

I haven't made this, but since it is from Taste of the South Magazine, I'm sure it has southern charm. I'm going to go explore their site and see if there is anything low in saturated fats, and low in white sugar...wish me luck.

3.13.17

MONDAY MANTRA

I love Jon Stewart

3.12.17

It's Sunday, day of rest for many people. While you are reading this, I am cleaning house and doing laundry because I don't have to go into work until a little after 11:00. 

I am also writing blog posts for the following week. When Sunday gets busy, you see fewer posts during the week following.

I'm still enjoying my work and more memorable customers. Some make several visits to perfect their creation. The man who needed a particular type of material for inside his puppets, the women who made bird costumes for a local charity event (They said they would come in wearing them and I will take photos, if they let me, and post them here with permission), the couple who make coats for dog show dogs to protect the coats they grow themselves, a roller dancer in search of coordinating material for himself and his partner, a 13-year old competitive skater looking for masculine styled swim fabric for practice shirts, a MULTITUDE of designers, some with their own shops, some working for films and TV shows, costumers for opera, ballet, and theater, mothers of the bride, brides and bridesmaids, and it goes on and on. Each is fascinating. I learn something new every day.

3.11.17

This poor sad example. The BOSS said PINK and I didn't know if I was permitted to take the fur vest off of Tiny Tina. 

She is right next to the table where the small hides and pieces of suede are displayed and wears a vest of fur to showcase their availability. 

I slipped a rose pink piece of polyester through her sleeves and pinned a deeper rose and metallic gold knit around her, making some flounces. In real life, the colors WORKED. In photographic light, not so much. It was fun, though.

After I took this shot, I pinned her vest so she had a waist and fixed up her sleeves a bit. Too bad the metallic gold gives the overall appearance of a rusty red. They were PERFECT together. Trust me, I'm not a politician.

3.10.17

Here's another one of my drapings--PINK is the theme!
I tied the rayon into a knot at the back of the neck and then fanned it out to make a rose.  Looks like summer, doesn't it?

3.9.17

I am still enjoying my job and I have picked up a few hours. I think I am just this side of full-time. My feet and back are still bothering me but I may get used to it soon.

I got to dress more mannequins. The skirt on this one is one I had in my mind since the first day of work. 

I was looking at the fabric and my trainer said, "If you want to drape a mannequin, go ahead!" It took me a few weeks to feel comfortable doing that and I still wasn't ready to do this skirt. 

I had mentioned my idea for the skirt to a co-worker and she looked at me funny and said, "You might want to try Pinterest and see what's in style." Understandably, I let that idea go back to the mental file cabinet.

But then the BOSS said she wanted PINK featured. I told my supervisor I was thinking about the pink theme and she handed me a scrap of pink eyelet and I was on my way! The challenge I impose on myself is to NOT cut the fabric. We are allowed to cut off a salable, useable amount, like 1.5 yards to 2 or so. So far, I have managed not to cut.


The BOSS wants a ball gown out of some funky pink and white striped fabric. I don't have any experience with a ballgown, but one of my co-workers is an expert and designs ball gowns professionally, specializing in the Disney Princesses. Pretty good for only 24 years of age, right? She was away at a Cos-Play event in the Emerald City but says she can help me out when she comes back. I just want to stand back and watch her drape that mannequin into a princess.

3.8.17

I was snowed on last week. Only a few flakes, but most of us in my area are tired of snow. 

I took a picture of these begonias outside my bank a few weeks back to remind me that spring IS on the way.

I will have a couple of planters on the deck and on the walkway to the garage to manage pretty soon. I am beginning to think about what to put in. Lavender and Rosemary are high on the list. Probably don't have to worry about watering whatever I put out there.


3.7.17

TEA TIME TUESDAY

How long to steep my tea? This chart from SELF MAGAZINE explains it all. My favorites take 5-7 minutes? I can barely wait for ONE!


3.6.17

MONDAY MANTRA

I will not take on the problems of others as my own. I do not have to find solutions for others.


2.27.17

MONDAY MANTRA

Another study supports my belief that positive self-talk produces positive results! James Gaines wrote about it HERE on UpWorthy.

Self-talk beat imagery and if-then thought.

I am a strong and powerful woman.

2.25.17

I have tried Blue Apron and now, HelloFresh. If you don't know, these are just two of the home delivery grocery services that feature portioned ingredients and recipe cards. You can try these delivery companies out for half the typical cost as an introductory offer. The BlueApron program I tried sent me three meals for two people, for $30 instead of the usual $60. 

In the case of HelloFresh, a friend who is a customer can offer you you six meals (for two) free. This is a tremendous deal. (Thanks, QuiltyFriend and QuiltyHusband)

HelloFresh Italian Wedding Soup
I have now had a week of each and in my opinion, HelloFresh does a better job. 

I know, not very scientific, only two companies, only one week each and the conditions were not at all the same. 

I did all the Blue Apron cooking, but couldn't stand the ingredients for the third meal, so I still have them in my refrigerator. Probably should get rid of them sometime soon. Also, I had to do the prep and cooking alone, after work. And, w-a-a-a-a-y too much frying. The kitchen was coated in grease. Twice.

HelloFresh came midway through last week and I was lucky enough to have NotSoFarAwaySon to cook these up for me. I came home from work to delicious aromas. Today was my day off, so I took a turn. Italian Wedding Soup! It was delicious!


On days when I am NOT making Hello Fresh (there are only 3 more recipes in my trial period), I have been cooking up some veggies and enjoying them. 

This is sautéed onions, red peppers, with spinach cooking down on top. JK, daughter of my closest FloridaFriend, showed me how to prepare spinach that way.




And then, we had mushrooms left over from Vegan Stroganoff, so decided to cook those up and then cook them down with a splash of red wine and dumped them on top. (One of my nieces--TennesseeJRay, taught me how to do that.)

 Yes, Dad, I cooked mushrooms. Not only that, I am learning to like them!

2.22.17

The last of the tulips. 























I wanted to save the bulbs for next year, but I have cut the leaves as well as the stems and did not research how to make them last another year until it was too late. 










Oh, well. Next year's bulbs will be left until the leaves dry up and can be pulled away.








2.21.17

TEA TIME TUESDAY!

How about some Aldo Cibic tea pots and cups?






















Another Aldo Cibic design that caught my eye.

2.20.17

MONDAY MANTRA

"Nevertheless, she persisted." ~Mitch McConnell

Thank you, Senator McConnell, for giving words to Elizabeth Warren's undaunted determination. I will use them to make my own struggles more focused on the goals.

2.19.17

More tulip pictures. The pinks bloomed faster and went by. Here they are full-blown.




2.18.17

Another gift in the box from QuiltyCousin was a book by Kenneth Libbrecht, called THE ART OF THE SNOWFLAKE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM

Now, I'm tired of real snow, and QuiltyCousin SURELY is, living over in the OriginalPortland.(Three blizzards and counting)



All photos in this post are from Libbrecht's book
THE ART OF THE SNOWFLAKE


But, both of us love looking at these beautiful crystal photos. These don't have to be shoveled! 

Libbrecht has some amazing photography inside. In his book, he writes that he collects some of his flakes on big black boards. 






Another interesting shape


Some he transfers to slides for his microscope using a paintbrush. 

Some he catches directly on the slide.

No two alike












Same flake as above, different lighting
Sometimes, he uses different color light and the snowflakes react like prisms. Whatever he does, he only has a few seconds to a few minutes before his subject disappears.



2.16.17


As sometimes happens when one moves out of one place and into another, possessions long forgotten, surface. I hadn't thought about Lazzaroni Amaretti cookies for a long time and then, there was the tin of the last ones we had. 


Enjoying these cookies with coffee and Amaretto was a special event to us early in our marriage. We even gave some of these tins as gifts to special people. But as children came along, our focus and finances shifted and we chose new luxuries which we could enjoy with the kids such as soccer and baseball teams. 

You can imagine how nostalgic I felt when I found this tin again in all my stuff-sorting. It sits on my kitchen counter, now. The minis and the tall one and the other two big ones are long-gone. 



But look what I found! Trader Joe's has cookies in a pretty tin! I bought these on Valentine's day. SOLELY for the tin. Pleasant surprise--the cookies taste pretty good, too!

2.15.17

Birthday wine, from QuiltyFriend and her husband. 

The Naked Winery also have a Pinot and a Merlot, that came in the box. 

They have been enjoyed and the bottles recycled already. 

What a thoughtful and delicious gift.

2.14.17

TEA TIME TUESDAY AGAIN!!

Another birthday gift. This book is from
QuiltyCousin. It a whole encyclopedia covering tea history, propagation, and varieties in China, Japan, Taiwan, and India. It has all you need to know to select the right tea as well as how to prepare it.

Also included are African teas, Nepalese, Viet Namese, and Sri Lankan teas, just to name a few more.

I am enjoying reading through this book with, guess what? A cup of tea!

2.13.17

MONDAY  MANTRA  AGAIN!!

Not really a mantra, but my dark sense of humo(u)r took over for today.

Stolen from a Canadian or British post, no doubt

2.12.17


I have pretty much been minding my pennies, but when I saw these at the grocery store, and the price was right, I bought them. I can't remember ever seeing growing tulips for so low a price and they have brought me such joy in the past week. 

I'm thinking they will bloom and be gone before I can get the bulbs in the ground, but they should come back next year. I will try to get pictures of them fully opened. Which do you like better? The tag on the red ones indicated that they would be PINK with the white variegation. Alternate fact, I guess. 

2.11.17



It was time to re-drape the mannequins, so I took a crack at it. 

My coworker, A, did the lovely orange and I thought maybe I'd try to give the illusion of pants and long sleeves on my gal.










The trick is to try not to have to actually cut anything off the bolt. 

I used two New York sample cuts for the slacks and a buckle I found in notions with ribbon from Bridal to make the belt.












We have enough of that trim to wrap around the entire city of Portland twice, so I though maybe if I featured it, we could move some of it. 


Not yet, as far as I can tell. It's very pretty, silk with sequins, a little conservative, a little playful. 


I haven't said much about my job. I work at the Mill End Store, which has been in business for 98 years, owned by the same family since the beginning. It is ENORMOUS.  

I have spent a little time in the Bridal and Theatre department, which is the first department on the right as you enter the store. Most of my time is in the next department after Bridal, called Fashion-Gourmet. 

The next department down the aisle is called Outerwear, then is the Annex, which is filled with flat-folds, batting, fake fur, and patterns.  

Turning to go back to the front of the store, you pass through an enormous department called Home Decorating. You would not be able to imagine what all they have there. 

Continuing on, Cottons--everything from quilting cottons to denim, canvas, ticking, and shirtings. After that, Yarn, which is a really tiny department and could use some cross-stitch and needlepoint materials, but maybe that isn't as popular here as on the east coast. There is a Bargain  department after that, and then Notions.

I have cut, folded, measured, rebolted, re-draped, and when it gets slow, wandered up and down the aisles of the silks and woolens, just touching the fabrics. It is fun and physically demanding for someone who prefers not to move around too much and has spent the last 8 years practicing that lifestyle.

I love it.


2.10.17

I jokingly told a friend I was considering learning plumbing after moving to Portland, since I found out how difficult it is to find plumbers here. 

I lived to regret those words after sleeping in the next room to a toilet that ran incessantly. I finally got up the courage to change out the innards. I even did the purchasing and wet work by myself. 

Never get too proud of yourself. I still remember the college class I had in which we learned the term HUBRIS.

My birthday was my day off, a coincidence I was pretty excited about. NotSoFarAwaySon was coming over and we were planning to do some cooking together. 

Instead, we spent the afternoon mopping up under the kitchen sink, applying the sink plunger, and mopping up under the kitchen sink. We also mopped up under the kitchen sink, and made two trips to the Ace Hardware for various remedies, after which, we mopped up under the kitchen sink.

On the first trip to Ace, I bought a sink snake. After applying it to no avail, I took off the entire apparatus, cleaned it out and determined that the clog was beyond the pea trap and out of reach of my snake.


video


Unless I have figured it out, this video will not play by the time this is published. Sorry, it is a thing of beauty, no sink back-up.

Back to Ace and Drano Gel was purchased. The directions said it might be necessary to repeat  the application as many as three times. Five was my magic number.

Clog gone, but not the leak. Back to Ace where they told me I needed gaskets, which I bought.

The sink still leaked.

Back to Ace where they told me I needed to rebuild the apparatus, but they did not have the parts. They gave me the numbers of four plumbers, two of whom never called me back. The other two wanted $170 to walk in the door, then $65 and hour to drive around looking to find the parts that Ace did not carry. If they found the parts, I have no idea how much they would have charged to install them. I can only guess, and it makes me feel faint.

Off to Lowe's, where someone told me to get a chain-lock plier and just, "Tighten her up and see if that doesn't work." Well, it did.

I would prefer not to have any further adventures in plumbing and I would like to say I haven't, but that just isn't true.

I have a drain just before my garage entry. My wonderful brother came over and pressure washed the bricks leading to it, but the drain is blocked somewhere under the garage. The area fills up and washes into the garage between the foundation and the door jamb. 

I foresee a problem. 

For the time being, I have decided to be pleased that my bricks are not slippery any longer and my little rug inside the garage door is just a little cleaner than it was a couple of days ago.

2.9.17

When I graduated from high school, women were not
allowed to open bank accounts without the signature
of a male from their family. We must not let oppression
undo the gains we have made toward human rights.
Maybe you heard of the Women's Marches being held across the nation, across the world, really. 


I was ready! I had a sign made! I had purpose! 

I had a job. 












NotSoFarAwaySon's photo of the Portland March from the Morrison Bridge
I heart my job
I got called in for my first day of work on the day of the march. 

I had been looking for employment CONTINUOUSLY since December, so when my new boss asked if I could come in on that Saturday, I said YES. 

My friends, HG and CB made sure my sign had a new owner.

One of my favorite signs that I didn't get to see in person:
Portlandia fans will agree...