My coworker and I pick on each other with that phrase: Run, Forest, Run!
My oh my, life is busy! My job has changed dramatically of late. I am very happy to always be learning new things and to continue to work for a great institution until retirement. I love clothes, so choosing outfits for work each day is a joy to me. On the other hand, it’s hard to adjust to change. Suffice it to say that “Ms. Ellie” and I are on the road a lot each week.
Meanwhile, life while off the clock is full of fun, beautiful things!
Today has been a day of just working outside and planning a few days of outings since I have some time off.
Let’s face it. I talk about Vladimir more than I do Lucy, but I love Lucy just as much as I love Vladimir. Lucy is quieter. She is shy. She likes to sleep UNDER the couch. Vladimir RULES the couch. Lucy does not eat as much. She’s a big 12 pounds. But Vladimir… Uh… He is about 16 or 17 pounds. He was 16 at last visit, but he feels heavier to me now. Think you’ll put him on a diet? He will claw the carpet up outside the closed bedroom doors until he gets a few more kibbles. I’m telling you, he is pretty much in charge.
Anyone who knows me knows that there are a few things I LOVE! Coffee. Popcorn. Slaw. Yes. Not necessarily in that order. I have been enjoying a bowl of air-popped popcorn every afternoon. I try not to put too much butter, but with real butter and salt, oh my goodness, what a yummy snack.
Here I go, running into the weekend. I have several new items to take to the shop this evening. I am preparing for tomorrow when the shop will be open all day. I have a few projects to work on this evening: an art book, some jewelry items. Jason and I have some rehearsing to do as well.
For those of you who have not heard any of my guitar-playing progress, I have put a link to my YouTube account in my left sidebar. I don’t really have a lot on there, but I do have a few things. My only original song there now is a song called Chemical Vessel, a song about prescription drugs. It is interesting how a song takes shape. The words “chemical vessel” came to mind first, and then the rest of the song just emerged.
I used to post on YouTube every week, my “weekly progress video.” Some of you may remember that. I did that for about a year. At this point, I have removed a lot of those old videos. I still have week number one and my one-year progress video posted. I guess Chemical Vessel was sort of a 2-1/2 year progress video. I hope to post a three-year progress video posted around February.
I just asked Siri how cold it is outside. She said, “Brrrrr! It’s 30 degrees outside!” It feels so cold! I know that many of you have colder temperatures where you are, but 30 indeed feels very cold to me! I like 50s to 70s, please. 😉 I warmed up today on my lunch break by making some gluten-free cornbread muffins. They went very well with some deviled eggs I made!
Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins
1 cup yellow cornmeal plain
1 cup GF all purpose flour
1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP baking powder
2 TBSP oil
1-1/4 cups milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat eggs, oil and milk. Then mix all ingredients together and pour into greased muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. About 8 large muffins. Yummy served warm with real butter!
This morning it is beautifully light around the blinds. Feels like promise and hope. Light is so wonderful, so necessary to do work, for those of us who work by sight and with our hands. I love the promise of a new day.
First of all, a marvelous website. A treasure of a find. This site has stirring photos and a wealth of information on gathering, harvesting, traditions, and more. I have only started to delve into this site: Gather Victoria. You might need a cup of tea before sitting down to browse this one. I will be placing a link to Gather Victoria on my page “Interesting Stuff from Around the Web.”
They grow so quickly. I see them and just want to squeeze them with joy and delight, but they sure do love their mama and daddy. They certainly know me as their grandma, or “mawmaw” as Grandson L likes to proclaim loudly, but the littlest would prefer I not scoop her up and keep her from her mama’s arms, and that is a sweet, sweet love between a mama and baby.
I love this picture, capturing the personality of Princess A as she watches a movie. She and her brother closest in age both love Frozen. Would not surprise me if that was what she was watching. I did not really even look at the movie. I looked at A. She balanced her wobbly self at the couch edge and wondered, is grandma going to scoop me up again? Yes!
You can see that A wants down, but she is not crying. She is familiar with me and feels safe, but her inclination is just go ahead and pass me to mama, please.
You can see Little Princes A wanting to move on to more familiar arms. So darling. That said, as they get older, they want to be with “mawmaw,” and I love that!
Meanwhile, daddy was holding Grandson G.
I am so thankful for my children! We have all come such a long way! I am very thankful to God, that He allowed me to know through the years that they would grow quickly; that He put in my heart a love for them to give them time and attention and to tell them about Him. We all still have a long road of healing. But we are getting there!
I bought a new juicer. A juicer is an appliance that I’ve enjoyed having around for years. The ones I had in the past were Jack Lalanne, but then one by one they bit the dust. They were fine, lasted a long time, and they did the job. Since the last one died a couple of years ago, however, I’ve not bought another one. This time I purchased the Breville compact juice fountain. The first couple of days I made my standard carrot-orange-ginger. It’s one of my favorites! Later I tried cucumber, celery, and carrots. This coming week I plan to pull out the recipe books and try some different things. A homemade V8 is wonderful! I will be sure and let you know how this Breville juicer holds up, but so far I love it. As with any juicer, you have to embrace the clean-up as part of the routine.