Saturday, October 22, 2016


As I previously mentioned, my turmeric is growing nicely. It really likes the spot in the kitchen window. Haven't tried the leaves in cooking yet, I really need to remember next time I make my turmeric chicken and rice.

Here you can see the newest sprout:

Luckily it is far enough away from the other plants, so re-potting it should be fairly easy.

Friday, October 21, 2016


I have dipped my toes back into Fine Art America and will be offering my digital artwork on products there. I currently have a couple images available and will be adding more as I create them.

Photography Prints

Friday, finally.........

Been a long, tiring, painful week. Weather isn't helping the arthritis pains any and the lack of decent sleep this last weekend didn't help at all. Last few nights haven't been too bad sleep wise, pain meds right before bed help quite a bit.

Do need to figure out a pain management system that is as effective and doesn't rely on prescription meds. I've a little TENS unit that helps, need to use it more often. Have to see if using it an hour before bed time will help with various aches and pains thru the night.

My turmeric plants seems to be doing well, in fact I noticed that the pot with the 3 big plants has a new sprout appearing!!! I will see about getting that little one moved to a different pot this weekend. I brought in the one big pot from outside before the last freeze, tho the plant in it probably didn't make it thru the summer. It hasn't shriveled up and died, but it didn't thrive too well either. If I don't see any improvement in it within a week or so, will dig it up to give the new little one plenty of room.

Hoping I get a decent harvest off the three big ones. Will see about starting a couple more plants from those and then make more tincture. That has been helping some.

Next going to consider growing my own ginger as that also has anti-inflammatory qualities, not too mention fresh young ginger will be great for cooking with.

My deep freezer died a horrible death a few weeks back. Didn't know it until a couple weeks ago when I went out to the shed to put something away and realized the freezer wasn't making any noise. Best hubby can figure it a line somehow got nicked and the oil leaked, causing the motor to seize up and burn out. Found oil spots on the floor when we hauled it out. Mostly lost poultry carcasses that were destined for stock to be canned this fall, but did lose some trout, a few salmon fillets and one package of round steak.

Serious bummer, going to be a long time before we can replace it. They have gotten expensive, around $400-$500 for an equivalent sized one. I originally got mine for around $200 about 30 years ago. Really screws up being able to do big batch meal prep. Oh well, here's hoping someone has a decent sized upright for not too much money on the local sale groups soon.

Being back to the pool 3 days a week is nice, I just wish I didn't have to be up so dad-blasted early. But it is nice to move and stretch and not hurt. They keep the water at a nice temp and then I sit in the hot tub for a little bit after.

Need to order another bathing suit. My two are a few stretched elastic thread shy of serious wardrobe malfunctions. Was going to order two suits from Modlily, but a lady who works out before my class had a suit she'd gotten that didn't fit right, so am buying it from her. I will be ordering this one. I had another one picked out, but it is not in stock. So it is a good thing I picked up a suit locally.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Napoleon being uber cute

A couple videos of Napoleon pieced together using YouTubes editor. He's been doing this behavior a lot of late. Not sure why, but he enjoys it.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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Monday, August 29, 2016

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Pure Imagination Gene Wilder (1971)

RIP Mr Wilder, we will miss you :(

Finally got some more baking in this weekend

I had been gifted several rather large zucchini from several friends who have more than they needed (don't they always LOL!). So two weekends ago I peeled them, cut them into chunks and cored them. Then into the food processor for a quick whiz and then into quart bags for the freezer.

I pulled a couple out this weekend and decided to make a couple different zucchini-banana breads.

The first one was this recipe here. Since it was the first time I tried this, I pretty much followed the recipe, tho the eggs came from Winco and the honey probably wasn't organic. As much as I would love to buy all the good organically certified and grown foodstuffs, that ain't happening on our budget.

So I tossed everything into my Kitchenaid mixer and sprayed down a loaf pan with cooking spray and into the oven the batter went. Took about 45 minutes and out it came to cool down and then I sliced some off for dessert. Very yummy and has the hubby's seal of approval (tho I called it just banana bread, he hates zucchini).

As you can see it didn't rise much:

but it is yummy and moist and I will do it again, probably see about making it into mini-muffins.

Then I made Death by Chocolate zucchini-banana muffins. I started with this recipe and then changed it up. The original recipe didn't call for bananas and I still had a couple left. I also used whole eggs since I didn't want to mess with separating yolks and whites. I doubled the recipe and since I didn't have any of my regular gluten free AP flour, I used one cup white rice flour, one cup garbanzo bean flour and half cup tapioca flour (since it was a doubled recipe). I also cut the amount of sugar by half since the bananas gave some sweetness to it.

Sprayed a regular sized 8 count muffin tin with cooking spray and then my mini-muffin tins. Scooped the batter into them and set the timer for 40 minutes. All I could do to keep from diving in once they were out of the oven, but I restrained myself and let them cool. Was well worth the wait, they came out yummy:

I will wrap and freeze most of them when I get home tonight so I can have some stashed before hubby finds them and eats them all. Still have about 6 quarts of shredded zucchini in the freezer, need to restock my flour supplies and grab a few more bananas.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

That took a while!

So back in February I ordered turmeric rhizomes on Amazon as I could not find fresh anywhere in my area:

Okay, they aren't very pretty, but I got a pound of them so I could make tinctures, plant them and keep some in the freezer for cooking.

Making the tinctures wasn't hard, made some with vodka and some with apple cider vinegar:

The tinctures I tucked away in the cupboard and took them out once a week or so to shake them up to make sure all the turmeric goodness had a chance to infuse the liquids it was in.

Then I planted 5 rhizomes into a pot, set it in my kitchen window and started watering.

Watered a pot of dirt for 6 months with no sign of anything. But I had read that turmeric was slow growing and I started to think I should have mini-greenhoused it like I had done for my garden starts the year before:

Was beginning to think that I either had some rhizomes that had been treated to keep them from sprouting (even tho I got them from an organic supplier), had been frozen before being shipped (which they were not supposed to be as they were supposed to be fairly freshly harvested) or I was doing something seriously wrong, even tho everything I'd read for growing them in pots is pretty easy. But I kept watering the dirt and hoping.

I was starting to think I just needed to abandon the whole attempt, but decided that since it was taking me a long time to recover from my accident and I needed to be patient with that, I should also be do the same for the turmeric.

My patience paid off. Imagine my surprise last Friday when I peeked into the pot when I went to water it and saw this:

I am pretty sure it hadn't been there a couple days before, but it was a joyful sight. Been watching it every day and it is growing fast:

It has tripled in height since Friday and I can't wait to see it bigger. I am still hoping some of the other rhizomes will finally sprout. I don't want to disturb them at the moment, but if and when they do, they will be going into their own pots. If not, then this little baby will be getting LOTS of attention while it grows. What ever I finally harvest will most likely be planted again, but this time I will mini-greenhouse them to make sure they get a good start.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Slowly getting back to normal

Have started my summer work schedule this week. So Mondays thru Thursdays with my Fridays off. Have lots of annual leave built up since I've not been using it, so am good to go for my 3 day weekends the rest of summer. Still have TONS of sick leave (and dear Universe, please stop looking at those statements and saying "Challenge accepted!" It is too bloody painful GRRRRRRRRR!!!!) for those occasional colds and flus this winter.

Had my last physiotherapy session this morning. So going to miss the massages, but am NOT going to miss the torture sessions. But my balance is so much better (but my physiotherapist was evil when she had me walk heel to toe forwards AND backwards with my eyes shut. Almost killed myself :( ). Am also glad to see the last of that evil half ball she had me stand on and get my balance. Bad enough doing it just standing, THEN she had someone throw me a ball for me to toss back, all standing on that demon inspired torture device!

I am back to going to the pool this week. So that will take the place of the other physio. Only going twice a week, SOOOOO not going to get up early on Fridays to go to the pool. That is my sleeping in time LOL! But being back in the pool is good. Really need to rebuild my stamina, still tend to feel like a newborn kitten when it comes to doing stuff, still tire easily. The vertigo and dizziness are getting better too. Have some exercises I can do for them. Now if my tailbone would just stop aching I would be a very happy camper.

I've new glasses. My poor old ones took a battering in the accident and finally gave up the ghost a few weeks back. Managed to hold them together with some gorilla tape:

They were pretty much useless for anything other than driving short distances (have to have them for driving) and trying to work on the computer and anything else was painful. So finally got new ones:

So seriously cute and taking a lot of getting used to (one of my eyes changed prescriptions completely, went from near sighted to far sighted!) .

Finally got to drive the new car. SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mostly around town, can't wait to give it a try on the highway. Been driving the Mountaineer since that is mostly just to work and back.