Memories and More

My friend, Sandra, passed several years ago. She was a wonderful person even when she got sick with cancer. She still did charity work, still gave of her time, and she always had a smile. She loved her sons and her husband, and she was one of those moms who kept mementos of her children as they grew.

When she passed, most of the mementos were taken by the boys, and her husband(boys’ stepdad) took some she’d kept of their time together. They still had a lot of leftover things including a lot of Christmas decorations. Her hubby, a good friend of mine as well, packed these things away when she passed, and he never opened the boxes again.

He recently asked me if I wanted any of the decorations and other things he’d packed away because he was planning to give the whole lot to charity. I asked him to bring over what he had, and I’d take care of it for him. It was sad to go through the things. Many things dated back to 1970 while others were from the year prior to her passing.

I chose what I wanted, and I’m giving the rest away for free. I know she’d like for me to do so because it’s a way for her to continue her life of giving.

I’ve also finally reset up my crafting area in the room vacated by my son. He moved into the room we were using for storage because it offers him more privacy. I like the new area as I have more natural light to work by. I’ve set up a desk, and it has my diamond painting I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. It’s halfway done, and I plan to do get it completely done this year. I’ll post pictures when I do my Update post for October. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

A Not So Manic Monday

I woke up early before work so I decided to write and schedule my post for today instead of waiting for after work.

Mondays at work can be really manic for most people, but since I go in at such an early hour, it’s not for me. Not until it’s almost time for me to go home, and I happily leave all that for my co-workers to enjoy.

Other than work, the only other thing I have to do today is work on the Halloween SAL I’m currently involved in. I have to wait until I get paid to order the rest of the thread I need to complete Fred as well as order Glow in the Dark thread for the first time ever to use on the Halloween SAL. I won’t be showing anyone how it looks until the SAL is almost over. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mimi is her sassy fluffy self. For a month or so, she was exclusively in my room and only left when she wanted to go outside. Now, she’s in the room I just finished sorting into our collective sitting room/storage room and my crafting space. There’s a bookcase in there, and she sleeps under it a lot. She does follow me around the house now, and she goes into my son’s room, but she only does this when I’m in there. If I’m not home, she’s under the bookcase. I guess she just wanted a change of scenery.

I’m still writing and sending things to my Beta readers. I have a good friend who got a big chunk of Golden Knave because I know she is still recovering from chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiation. I don’t want to overwhelm her sending chapters several times a week so I figured one big chunk she could work on when she was feeling up to it. Then, she’ll get another big chunk when she’s done with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could also just share my Google Drive or set up a Drop Box for us all. Suggestions, comments?? I want to make things easier for all my Beta readers but especially for her.

That’s it for now, see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Change is Good for you

Change, is most cases, is good for you, and in this present case, it’s going to be very good for me. Almost a year ago, I moved in with my youngest son and his roommate because of Covid-19. This is a little house built in the 1960s, or so we think. It’s owned by the roommate’s family, and we pay the utilities while taking care of the house and yard.

The house has two bedrooms in it – one in the front part of the house and one in the back part of the house. It has a small bathroom with only a shower, a kitchen, a small living room and a large room at the back of the house that has doors opening onto the porch.

Roommate used the living room for his bedroom, and he used the first bedroom as his “office” – it’s where his computer was and not much else. My son used the big room in the back for his room, and the second bedroom was being used as a storeroom.

Fast forward to nearly a year later, and the boys have changed rooms while I am still in the second bedroom which they cleared out for my use.

Roommate is now using the first bedroom as a bedroom though he’s left his computer in the room as well – he doesn’t have to go far to go to bed after staying up late playing video games.

My son has taken over the living room to use for his bedroom and his computer as well.

The big room in the back is partially storeroom and partially a living area. I have all my things in one area and set up so I can actually use it for my crafts. The rest has boxes belonging to the boys. A futon separates the two areas so it’s not chaos.

This is the whole point to this rather boring post. The change is good for me because I can get out my diamond painting and get it finished this year as I finally have a place to put it. I can work on other projects that need space as well. It’s all good.

The boys seem happy with their new arrangement as well especially my son since he now has a great deal more privacy than he did before.

Change is good definitely good for us!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

New Discoveries – Food

Since I’ve begun eating healthier, I’ve begun trying new foods. I started with veggies, and I tried a Gold Beet. This thing is huge with a long tail more like a turnip than a beet, but it was the size of a soft ball – cricket ball for those of you outside the United States. I found a recipe for it that called for roasting it so I decided for my first taste, I’d do that.

Roasted Gold Beet and Breaded and Baked Zucchini

I was also trying a new recipe using Zucchini, but it didn’t come out as well as I’d have liked. I may not have let it cook long enough. It’s on the right side of the plate.

On the left side of the plate is the Gold Beet, and I cut it very small – maybe too small because it cooked a heck of a lot quicker than the recipe called for so some of it is a bit over done. It’s not burnt, but it is well done. It tasted okay – better than regular red beets, but I’m still not sure of it. I’ll try another recipe and then, if I’m still not all that thrilled with the taste, I won’t eat it any more.

After Veggies, I tried a new Fungus: Oyster Mushrooms.

I forgot to take a picture of them before I cooked them so, I’m going to include one from the internet:

Wild Oyster Mushroom

The thing looks pretty interesting, and I got some to try. I love mushrooms especially those I can eat raw as a snack. I pulled a piece apart from the group, and I popped it into my mouth. It was fleshier than I am used to, a bit rubbery, but it’s not too bad. It was the after taste that got me. I am not sure which part of it created the bitter taste as I’d put the whole thing in my mouth to eat, but the bitterness was off putting. I decided to cook it and went looking for a recipe. I found one that was for pan frying. I can pan fry mushrooms no problem – seasoning them is a different story. My first attempt, I put too much garlic salt seasoning on them – uck!! The second attempt was way better though I stopped short of adding the butter the recipe called for.

Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms

They don’t look like much, but they were very tasty! They’ll make a lovely addition to my eggs!

These were my new discoveries with food. I am ordering a box from Misfits Market now as it’s cheaper and easier than running to the grocery store when it’s convenient for my roommate. There’s only one car between us, and it belongs to him….. I am saving up to get my own, but I may continue with this box service if it proves cost effective and better yet, provides me with a variety of healthy food to eat.

oh yes!! One last new thing I tried!! I tried rice milk in my coffee. I don’t use sugar unless I don’t have milk, and rice milk is actually decent tasting. My son tried it too, and he said it’s like regular milk only watered down. I think it tastes like watered down powdered milk, but it’s still good so, I might get it again. We’ll see,

That’s it for this week! I’ll see you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Another Project Complete!

I’ve been working on making little blankets for each of the houses in Hogwart’s as part of a build being done by my friend, Chantal, of Darkest Ravens Designs. She’s just finished Dumbledore’s Office, and it’s amazing. You can see all of her work on YouTube.

The blankets are all the same size, they just don’t look like it because of how I took the photo. They aren’t blocked either because they will be used in the common rooms, not the bedrooms. I believe she’ll be draping them over furniture and maybe, have one like just dropped or something. We’ll see when she gets the rooms done.

I just need to get them to Western Australia where Chantal lives now.

Just thought I’d write a quick post. I’ll be linking to the final video of Chantal’s current build tomorrow so you can see how it turned out, and the entire playlist is already active should you want to go back to watch from the beginning.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Personal Update 9 August, 2021

It’s been trying working with WordPress to correct issues that weren’t allowing me to write posts. It took a while, but it looks like things are back to normal again – just in time for me to update you on what’s going on in my world. I will be posting a Writing Update next week as I hope to have some nice things to share.

First, a Mimi pic!

Mimi and her housemate, Butterscotch

Yes, Mimi does have another furbaby to hang out with. Butterscotch is the proud owner of my son, Joe. He got her from the same “shelter” I got Mimi from, but she allowed him to bring her home month’s later. She’s about a year younger than Mimi and a great deal more vocal in general. Mimi only vocalizes when she wants something – usually to go outside.

Work

I have a part time job at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store here in town. The pay is worth the 25 hours I work, and I even have a set schedule thanks to the Creator. I am one of the few part timers with a set schedule and every weekend off. I am truly blessed as this allows me to continue seeing my gentleman friend on the weekends when he’s free, and I have plenty of time to do other things when he’s not.

I work only mornings as well 5a to 10a and go to bed around 730p. I’m usually worn out by then because I stay busy the entire day. I’m having to rearrange my personal schedule to accommodate these hours, and I’m slowly working out what all I can do in the time I have.

I’m enjoying the work though, five years ago when I was working there, only my feet were sore at the end of the day. Now, even with only five hours of work, both my feet and knees are sore. It didn’t help that weekend before last I got a bit too energetic and pulled the ligaments attaching my right knee to my right thigh muscles. Everything right above my kneecap protested vehemently when I put pressure on it. It no longer hurts, but it’s still sore like my feet and left knee. I just take it a bit easy when I get home.

Exercise

I’m on my feet most of the time I’m at work, but I make it a point to walk around the perimeter of the right half of the back yard in a rectangle with Mimi when I get home. My job has disturbed her routine too, and I’m trying to make sure she gets outside time because I know she doesn’t go outside with the boys unless she absolutely has to. This is much less stressful on her.

Body Changes

As I’ve changed my eating habits a bit to adopt a more light and healthy menu following mostly Mediterranean recipes, my body has begun changing for the better. I can see my cheekbones beginning to emerge, and my jowls are receding. I didn’t really have double chins, but I was on my way. I’m not now. I have lost about 1 1/2 inches on my waist since I measured on 31 July, 2021. I also weighed myself and was down to 181 pounds. My hips are being stubborn and staying around 47inches which is pretty wide for someone my height. I am confident I can get them down as well with all the walking and squatting and ladder climbing I’m doing now.

First attempt at making flatbread

Using a recipe with no yeast, I made flatbread for the first time ever. I can’t roll a circle to save my life, but it still turned out very good! My son, Joe, and his girlfriend really enjoyed them too. He wants me to make some more when we get more ingredients for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cross stitch Projects

MSAL

I’m actually not sure why the image on the right is so zeroed in when the original picture was a long rectangle, but it does give you a good idea what the section for July was. In the picture on the left, you can see what the entire project looks like so far. August is the third block on the left, and I figure Sept – Nov will be the rest of the blocks with Dec being the big space in the bottom middle. We shall see.

Anita from My (mis)adventures in yarn has her own section up as well, and I encourage you to check it out as she’s done some stellar work with variegated thread. I can’t wait to see how she did with the August block since it has a large almost completely round motif in it. We’ll both have to wait to see it!

Frederick the Literate

Since I’m done with the MSAL for the month, I can return to the cross stitch project I’ve been working on for several years now. I work on it and then, life happens, and I have to pack it away again. Each time, I worry I’m going to lose it. This time, it took me a while, but I did find it packed away with some other things. I do try to stay organized when packing but….

Frederick the Literate

This is a kit from Dimensions, and I actually found a puzzle with him as well which I will put together at a later date. There’s a lot of detail in this project so it takes time, but I’m going to do the best I can to get it finished this year.

Crocheting

Dead Among Us alien

I found the pattern for this on Ribblr , but I wasn’t crazy about it as it wasn’t written that well. I did the best I could and while I don’t really like how it turned out, my son, Joe, likes it. That’s what matters since I made it for him. There was a pattern for the Living Among Us alien, but the pattern was written even worse than this one, and I hated how it turned out when I made it so I tossed it. I’ll look around for another pattern and try again.

That’s really about all I have to share with you. I’m making changes in my life that will help me live a happy, healthy long life, and I’m more than happy to share them with you.

Feel free to comment or ask questions – I may have an answer for you!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Learning Experiences

We all have learning experiences from things we did wrong as well as things we did well. It’s hope we learn and grow as people, as humans. These experiences can be small or grand, seemingly inconsequential or life changing. Sometimes, they are all the above. It’s a matter of perspective.

The pandemic that is slowly being brought under control has reminded me of a great many learning experiences I’ve had in my five decades of life as I’m sure it has to many older people all over the world. It’s been a wake up call to many in the younger generations and sadly, a large majority, it hasn’t been more than an inconvenience.

In addition to reminding me of past learning experiences, it has also presented me with new ones. I have been trying out new hobbies and new interests as my supplies in my preferred hobbies and interests have either run low or run out altogether. I have been successful at some and a failure, so far, at others. Still, I have learned new things about these new things as well as about myself.

My growing older and my advancing health condition have also brought me new learning experiences. I have changed the way I cook my food as well as learned new recipes for many things I already like to eat. I learned how to make flatbread, and I found I really enjoyed it though the kneading part did make my wrists ache a little. I am determined to make more in the future.

Being content, and making do, with what I have has presented me with reminders as well as new learning experiences, and I think I have grown with them – all of them. I am more appreciative of my life experiences, of my friendships and with my family.

Many people don’t like the learning experiences that come from something bad happening – such as the pandemic, but these are the ones you’re supposed to notice. Not all of them come on such a grand scale thankfully, but they’re the ones you really need to pay attention to. A near accident, an accident, a job loss, even a death – they’re all meant to teach us something even if it’s how to cope with grief.

All learning experiences, good and bad, are how we grow and become better people, but only if we accept the lessons being taught, if we actually learn from them. If we don’t, they will come again, in another form, but they will come again. Personally, I tend to need repeats, and reminders, because I don’t always recognize what I’m supposed to learn. We all do, I think.

No matter what, the biggest lesson I have learned to date is I have to keep moving forward. No matter what happens, I have to keep moving forward, keep growing and learning as a person. I can’t let life get me down, I can’t give up. If I give up, I might as well shuffle off this mortal coil because I won’t be of use to anyone, not even myself.

Just something to think about, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment below.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Almost Didn’t Write Today

I was going to write an article about blockchain technology, I really was. The subject interests me, and Mondays are when I write about stuff I like that isn’t a theme. Then, I decided not to. Oh I am going to write that article, just not today.

Truth be told, I almost didn’t write this post at all. I don’t feel motivated, even right this second. I’m looking at the words I’ve written, and I’m thinking, “why am I bothering?” I know people are reading the things I post even if they don’t respond in the comments – a good friend of mine contacted me via messenger about one of my recent posts so, that’s not the issue.

There are times when I just don’t feel like doing anything, and there’s not a concrete reason for it. I just can’t seem to want to is all. I’m guessing it ties in with my depression though some have posited it could be a mental condition related to committing myself to doing something. I know there are things I need to do, but I find it hard to actually begin doing them. Once I get going though, I’m good to go.

So, why am I writing this post? It seems this is one of those times where I made myself do something and now, I’m okay with doing it.

I’ve also read, from many different sources, a writer should write something every day, doesn’t matter what it is, even a grocery list. This is my grocery list.

I seriously doubt I am alone in this issue I have about wanting to do something yet not wanting to at the same time, of having to make myself do something and once begun, getting into it and being happy I did it. If I am, write me off as being a weirdo and keep reading to see what I write next.

If you have issues like mine, or maybe something akin to it, feel free to comment. I read all the comments, and I reply to them – as long as they’re not sales pitches or something crude. I’ve had that happen to me which is why I approve all comments before they publish, or try to.

Still, I’m sorry to say my ennui remains even after this post so, I’m going to end this and go back to watching old episodes of Heroes. I never saw it when it was on television.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Personal Update – June 2021

I apologize for not posting anything last week – I went on a surprise mini getaway with my gentleman friend, and we didn’t have internet where we were. We were too busy enjoying ourselves for me to even think about posting to be honest. Still, I’m back, and I’m starting the week off with an update for this month. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I am nearly to 300 total followers – this is counting everyone from WordPress and social media – I just need 5 more people to hit the milestone! Once this happens, I’ll do a random drawing and send the winner a signed copy of Crimson Knight!

MSAL

This is the block for May. It’s a much simpler design than the first two. I’ve already completed June’s block, but I’ll show it to you next month. If you’re also doing this Mystery Sampler Stitch A Long hosted by Linen and Threads please, feel free to share your work! I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Health

I currently weigh close to 200 pounds(that’s 14 stone, 4 lb and 90.72 kg), and I’m only 5ft1. My Body Mass Index(BMI) is 37.8 and is classed as Obese for people in my height range. I should weigh between 98 and 132 with a BMI of between 18 and 24.9. At my age, obesity can become life threatening.

So, I’ve decided to make a major lifestyle change. Well, not really major as I already eat pretty healthy. I have cut out sugar except what comes naturally in my food, same with salt, and I drink carbonated drinks about once a month. I am cutting out loaf bread and changing over to flatbread. I am going to be eating mainly polyphenol rich foods and add more protein to my diet. I am changing the way I cook – what recipes I use mostly. I want to eat more Mediterranean style recipes. My ancestors come from there, and they all lived really long healthy lives.

I plan to live to be 100 years of age so I need to get started on eating properly and shedding a great deal of this weight so I can reach this goal.

In addition to being overweight, I am entering menopause, and this is bring it’s own issues with it. I am actively looking for a natural estrogen replacement to help with the symptoms of this phase of my life. The thing I hate most is the added depression. I already suffer from chronic depression and now, I’m having to deal with depression brought on by a hormone imbalance. Craziness.

Hogwarts Blanket Project

I’ve been making mini blankets for my friend Chantal to put into her 1;12 scale Hogwarts Common Rooms when she gets them built. I have to completely finished:

For those of you who are fans of the world of Harry Potter, can you tell me which houses these two belong in? I have completed the body of the third blanket, and I’ve started on the body of the fourth. Once it’s done, I’ll do the edging on both of them. They’ll be off to Western Australia as soon as possible after that.

Writing

I’m still working on getting Golden Knave’s second draft on the computer. I can’t sit for long periods of time or my back and neck begin to scream giving me a major headache so, I have to pace myself. It’s not easy.

Still, it’s coming along, and I’ll be able to send it out to Beta readers as soon as it’s all on the computer.

Book Ends Project

I don’t have any pictures of this yet. I am making two book ends in the Lord of the Rings theme as suggested by my son, Joe, I am doing the left book end right now, and it features a scene from The Prancing Pony Inn. I am doing my best to be true to the scene, but it 1/2 scale it’s hard. I am a beginner in this too so it’s not going to be like the pros. I am making it for my own use so while I am going to share pictures when I’m done, I’m not going to be doing any changes. The right bookend doesn’t quite have a scene chosen for it yet – I have some ideas but nothing definite yet.

And that’s it for this month. I can’t think of anything else I want to share with you at this time. Feel free to comment on anything you’ve read here but be mindful of others. I am not easily offended, but someone else might be.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Discord and Finished Blankets!

If you have Discord and/or, you want to chat with me in a more live like manner, hit me up at:

bgriff70#8670

I am on all the time because I play Shop Titans and Old School Runescape. Well, I haven’t played OSR in a bit, but I’ll be going back to it when I have a great deal more times. ST can run in the background and doesn’t need my active attention like OSR does.

Still, I’d love to talk and get to know you all better so let’s be friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

The blankets are approximately 5 inches wide by 8 inches tall, as shown by the picture above. I am using a pattern I bought from Buttercup Miniatures. The one above is the 1/12th Scale Cranesbill Lace Bedspread.

I used DMC floss #973 and #310 for the yellow/black Hufflepuff blanket, and I used DMC floss #336 and #680 for the blue/bronze Ravenclaw blanket. I used almost three full skeins for the bodies, and I used almost one full skein for the edging. I also used a .5mm steel hook. I ended up buying one used for braiding hair since I couldn’t find a regular crochet hook that small. I also used magnifying glasses to help save my eyesight.

I have begun working on the red/gold Gryffyndor blanket, and I’ll finish the set with the green/silver Slytherin blanket.

The two above will definitely be used in their appropriate common rooms that will be created by Chantal from Darkest Ravens Designs. I have featured her on YouTube Tuesdays twice now. I’ll be featuring the Common Room builds that have my blankets in them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you all so much for stopping in, I’m almost to 300 followers between Word Press and my social media. I just need 7 more to hit that milestone.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!