Blog Sharing: Place Cooking

It’s been a while since I shared this blog, but I just had to do it again when I saw the most current post:

Katsu Curry by norecipes on Fklickr

The curry looks so scrumptious, and I really like how it’s been presented! I’ll be looking for the recipe to try with my son, Joe, and his girlfriend, E. I am not sure my special gentleman friend likes curry so, I’ll be asking him before I try serving him some. I wouldn’t appreciate someone trying to serve me something I didn’t like simply because they didn’t ask. I can still surprise him if he does like it. 🙂

Do you like curry?? Let me know!

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

Personal Update: 12 Dec. 2021

Time sure is flying by. The year is coming to a close. Businesses are rushing to close out their financial records for the fiscal year with big sales and, for some, big profits. People are trying to get together with family and friends for the last holiday of the year and to ring in the new year as well. Stress walks hand in hand with happiness, anxiety with elation – it’s all part of the year’s end.

Personally, I’ve completed all the projects I wanted to get done this year and now, I am fully focused on Golden Knave. I know it won’t be published by the end of the year because of my increased hours at work as well as time spent with family, but I’m good with that. I am doing my utmost not to end this year stressed out and fatigued by it all. I want to start my new year right.

Golden Knave is having to be put back on the computer because I lost almost all of what I’d had, and I’ve learned my lesson about not having a back up. I know all about them, and I am usually very diligent about it. For some reason, the last few months, I’ve been pretty scatterbrained trying to do so much and remember so much while dealing with so much. Still, things are coming along better now, and I’ll be able to start sending things to my Beta readers again soon.

Health is steady. My blood count with my anemia is back on track. I am still not losing weight, but my measurements are slowly dropping. I have some muscle development in my upper arms and legs from everything I do at work so that’s nice to see. Sinus issues due to the erratic weather changes are an annoyance but nothing serious, thankfully. I got my health insurance cards from work so it’ll be easier to go see my GP – easier on my bank account.

Work is work. I am having to work longer hours to fill in for co-workers who are on vacation or helping out with inventory in another store. I’m not that thrilled about it because of my back condition. There was a very good reason why I applied for only part time work. I am going to be opening my own online bookstore in the coming year to try to get another income stream going. It’ll be a General Bookstore, and I’ll be selling new and used books as I can get them. I’ll let you know when things are going. I won’t be putting my name on the store for privacy reasons, and my son will be helping me with the store as he can.

Family is lovely. My son and his girlfriend just celebrated their 6 month anniversary together. He cooked her dinner and gave her a necklace which I thought was sweet of him. My gentleman friend and I have our third anniversary coming up in February. I am planning to move closer to him late next year if all goes well with work. I am not rushing to move in with him because I am leery of things falling apart once I do. I’ve been married three times, and they all ended in disaster. I am not wanting to go through that again right now. He’s very understanding of this and is willing to wait for me.

Mimi is doing just fine. She’s got sinus issues from the weather changes as well, but I’m keeping on top of it so she doesn’t get sick. Her having bronchitis earlier this year was rough on both of us, and it scared me I might lose her. Being a Maine Coon, she is prone to a heart condition that could kill her with no warning, and her being that bad sick had me scared sick her heart would give out. Luckily, she recovered, and we’re both happier.

Future plans are in the making. I actually have a list of things I want to make for the new year. In fact, I did this thing. A month ago, I went to Huntsville, Texas with my son, Joe, and I went there to meet with a lady I’d met via Facebook Marketplace. I bought:

I had to take the right side roof off to get it into my little car it’s so big. Once I start work on it, I’ll have better pictures to show. She only charged me $15 USD for it, and I have big plans for it. In fact, you won’t recognize it once I’m done with just the structural changes I’m going to make to it. Joe is going to help me with the structure part, and I’ll do all the inside work myself. What color do you think I should paint the outside? I’m thinking of doing it in white stone, but not sure. Any and all suggestions will be considered!

That’s all for this update. I hope it finds you and your families happy and healthy.

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

Stitching Saturday: Linen and Threads Mystery Stitch-A-Long is now complete

November’s Block

I had issues deciding which colors to use on which part, but I did that with all of them. LOL I almost didn’t finish this in November, I was down to the last day, but I did get it done!

As promised, as soon as the December’s design was finished I was going to show it to you so, here it is:

I’m not too crazy about the red heart dangle so I may remove it at some point and close in the bottom of the heart. I really agonized over the colors for this design because I didn’t want it to look like the blocks, and I’m not sure how well I actually did.

Still, here’s the overall completed project:

I like how it turned out so I am happy with it. I’ll be making this into a wall hanging in 2022 when I have time and funds to get the materials to finish it. I’ll be sharing it with you when I complete that part. For now, the MSAL is over.

I’m really looking forward to the next one! I hope it’s as fun and varied as this one was!

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

Stitching Saturday: MSAL Update and new project begun.

I didn’t post last week because I’ve been working on the Mystery Sampler Stitch-A-Long block for November when I had a chance. Between increased hours at work and having crochet orders to fill, I haven’t had much time to do any stitching.

Still, I finally finished the block, a very prettily designed one, and you’ll have to wait until next week to see it. I plan to post the final piece of the sampler as soon as it’s done in December rather than making you wait until the beginning of January.

I am hoping the next MSAL hosted by Linen and Threads will be interesting enough for me to work on in the coming new year. The other Stitch A Longs I’ve seen planned for the winter months and the coming new year haven’t been all that interesting to me so I won’t be doing them. I like things with variety in design not just color.

This was why this MSAL caught and has held my attention for this entire year. Based off Talavera pottery, each section has been different in design, and I was able to choose my own colors. Granted, I’ve used the same group of colors for each block, but that was to add some cohesion to the overall piece. The other non block elements are done in different colors, and the final section will also be done in different colors.

New Project

I’m doing a little kit I’ve had for a while and just never gotten around to making. This year, it’s getting done.

I don’t have a needle minder yet, but I will be getting one when I can. Suggestions on where to find interesting ones are greatly appreciated.

Next time, I’ll be discussing the project planned for 2022 which might just take me all year to do.

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

Free Pattern Friday: Baby Boy Blanket

I am still busy making octopi for a co-worker who has commissioned them. Of the 9 she asked me to make, I have one left. I’ve given her 5 so far, and I’ve got 4 left to give to her. When the last of the 4 are done, I’ll take a picture of them and post it so you can see how cute they all are. She chose the colors. Each one took less than one skein each to do. Most of the yarn used is cotton with 2 skeins being acrylic, and she bought all of them herself for me to use.

Currently, I am working on both blankets she’s also commissioned me to make : one for a 2 month old preemie girl and one for an 8 month old boy who is on the short side for his age though not a preemie.

Baby Boy Blanket

This blanket is going to be 32 inches by 36 when it’s complete. It’s being made using an F(3.25mm)hook and Lion Brand Mandala in the colorway called Nifflers which is a 3 weight yarn. The striping is natural to the yarn, and I’m wish the blue-green section could’ve been thinner. It’s looking like I may only need 2 cakes of this yarn with each cake being 590 yards, but we’ll see once it’s done.

The pattern is a very simple Corner to Corner aka C2C pattern, and you can find very good instructions from The Crochet Crowd.

I’m still working on the blanket for the little girl too, alternating between them as they use two different stitches and patterns.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and I’ll see you on the flipside. Don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Personal Update – September 2021

First off, let me apologize for not being consistent with my blog posts. I’ve become hyper focused on getting one project done, and I’d nearly gotten the main part completely done before I ran out of floss. Yes, it’s a cross stitch project. It’s one I’ve been working on and off on for several years now, and this year, I’m determined to get it done before the year is over.

Frederick the Literate

Frederick from now on called Fred, is a kit from Dimensions, and it’s done on dark navy blue. This makes it hard to see the holes where the needle goes as well as counting the squares. Yes, it’s counted cross stitch. It’s a full cover project also which means most of the background in covered up in stitches. Imagine my disappointment and irritation when, after nearly two weeks of constant work, I end up running out of floss on the very last portion of the project I have left to do before I began to work on the details. See for yourself

As you can see, I got a lot done. I just need to get the owl done and do all the detail stitching. I’ll do that after I’m done with the Halloween MSAL Anita and I are going to be starting. It’s the Halloween 2021 MSAL(A Storybook Halloween) hosted by Stitchonomy. I’ll be doing the frame later today to get me started.

MSAL

I’m still working on the MSAL by Linen and Things as well. I’m going to start work on the block for September later today too. My block for this month had some big spots full of color and while I don’t think mine came out as well as Anita’s did, I’m still happy with the result.

Work

Work is work. I’m in a routine now so things aren’t so overwhelming. I have clear cut duties that I can perform however I want as long as the end result is the same so that’s a plus. I work with a diverse group of guys – I work in Plumbing, and the women don’t seem to want to work in that department. I don’t mind it. I take all the training I can get, and I listen to the Licensed Plumbers to learn from them too. I don’t want full time, and I don’t want to work in other departments though I’ve been asked. I am content where I am.

Writing

Golden Knave is still being read by my Beta readers one chapter at a time. I don’t have time to copy and email huge chunks of it, or I haven’t. I may do more than one chapter at a time once the weekend comes, and I don’t have a huge project waiting for me. 🙂

I am considering going with XLibris for the publication of The Inbetween, but I haven’t decided yet. I will cost me money to do that, but they do offer me a bit more than Amazon does so I’ll have to consider it. I still don’t have the cover art for it since my niece flaked out on me.

Health and Well being

Found out I’m anemic now so I’m having to take vitamin supplements in shot form as well as up my intake of green leafy veggies and red meat. I don’t eat a lot of meat right now, and that’s part of the problem. I’m no longer having dizzy spells since I’ve begun rebuilding my red blood cells so I’m going to follow the doctor’s advice. I’m still slowly losing weight, and the doctor tells me more red meat won’t hurt my weight loss so there’s that.

I have finally gotten below 180 pounds!! Yay me! I just need to drop another 50, and I’ll be at my goal weight of 125!

Reading

I’ve mostly been listening to audio books on Audible of late. I can listen and stitch at the same time. I have mainly been listening to “scary” stories like Night of the Living Deed, Relic and Oracle. Of the three, I’m liking Oracle the best. I like Preston and Child a lot too, but this audiobook is fantastic. The narrator takes the wonderfully evocative words the writer uses and levels them up to a new art form with his voice and how he narrates the story. It’s absolutely marvelous!! I wish he’d do Stephen King’s books instead of the narrator Mr. King is using now.

When I can, I’ll get back to reading physical books. I prefer them to audio and ebooks.

Mimi

My furbaby is still her usual sassy chunky fluffy self. Since I’m working again, our daily routine has changed, and she was unhappy for a bit. Now, she’s used to the new routing we’ve worked out, and she’s stopped pouting and giving me dirty looks. Maine Coons have very expressive faces, I kid you not. She can get pretty vocal too.

That’s it for now, folks. I would love to hear what you all have going on! Projects, hobbies, books you’ve read, concerts you’ve been to, family stuff – whatever you’d like to share with me!

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

Words, Words, Words

It’s Writing Wednesday, and I thought I’d talk a bit about language. Language is made up of words that help us to communicate both verbally and by writing. It’s been around almost a long as Man has been. Early man is thought to have communicated with body movements and the occasional guttural sounds such as grunting.

Eventually, Man achieved oral language though it is unsure exactly when this happened. The overall agreement is that it was a long process of adaptation and evolution with early Man having very small vocabularies and limited ability to vocalize words.

Once oral language was achieved, Man began to spread out. Languages changed as regions and areas began to differ. people needing different words to relate to their surroundings. Philology is, according to the Oxford Dictionary, ..”the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages”

A Polyglot, according to Oxford dictionary, “a person who knows and is able to use several languages.” This means being fluent in at least 4 different languages.

Oral language soon developed into written languages as societies grew and became more complex. It is postulated Writing came about at the same time as Trade and Accounting did because a way was needed to record transactions. The royal family especially appeared to have a need to know exactly what they owned and how much.

The written language developed and changed as the need for it changed. It has become so interwoven in all societies and cultures that one has to be fluent in it as well as the oral language for one to be considered an “expert” in that language. Polyglots not only speak a language fluently, they are also able to read and write fluently in that language.

Words, and their uses, have a big impact on people. You can see it on the faces of people who get good news and those who get bad. You can brighten someone’s day with a kind word, or you can destroy a person with a harsh one. It doesn’t matter is those words are spoken or written, they all have an impact on both of the people in the conversation.

My first, and main inspiration, is J.R.R. Tolkien, and he was both a Philologist and a Polyglot. He also had the job of Rawlinson and Bosworth Professorship of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. He specialized in Old and Middle English, but he was also fluent in German and several other languages. Philology was his hobby as was writing, and he used one to enrich the other, creating no less than three languages for his books.

Words, words, words, – they are historical with some having roots in ancient times, and others are more modern, created to keep up with the changes in the world around us. Case in point, France’s Commission d’enrichissement de la langue francais(French Language Enrichment Commission) started by de Gaulle in 1966, has the sole task of coming up with new French words for things including words created in other languages – especially American English ones.

I, as a writer, strive to use words to the best of my abilities to achieve a desired effect/goal. My main goal for writing this blog is to establish a rapport with my fellow humans. I have achieved this, to a small degree, and I continue to work towards creating more while enriching and strengthening those I have already created. I am appreciative of all the feedback I get from everyone.

The next time you use a word, like “macho” consider how and when the word became a part of your language. Is it one that is indigenous to your language, or is it one brought in from another language? American English is full of Loanwords, words brought in from other languages, and most have been adopted into the language through constant and generalized usage. Macho originated in the Spanish language, but it’s been adopted into American English with the exact same meaning in both languages.

Just thought I’d give you something to think about. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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

YouTube Tuesday- Bonnita Doodles

I was watching Chantal on her channel doing a collaboration with another artist on YouTube, Bonnita Doodles. The pair had exchanged boxes of art supplies hand picked by the giver, and the receiver was to make something out of the supplies.

Chantal tickled me because she even used the box the supplies had been shipped in as part of her build!

Bonnita is an artist who draws and paints so Chantal sent her things she could draw and paint with. I found her fun to watch even though I am not interested in learning how to draw or paint.

For those of you who are, here is a link to the collaboration so you can see how talented she is:

I hope you enjoy watching the video and if you do, please comment and Like – at the very least. Creatives love getting feedback and constructive criticism is just as good as a compliment.

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

More Mimi Queen of Fluff

This is Mimi in the wild. Lol

Actually, it’s part of the backyard. There’s a runoff that creates a small creek running from the property behind us across the upper third of the back yard to the main runoff between the neighbor on the right(facing the house) and our place. Mimi has taken to drinking out of it right after a good rain before the water has gotten muddy.

Yes, I know it looks muddy, but it’s the angle of the picture and all the shade. The water is actually clear and has nothing like mosquito eggs/larvae in it yet, The water continues to flow for several days after it rains though not as fast, of course. Once the water from the other property is completely drained, the run off will run itself dry as well.

Just thought I’d give you guys a new pic of Mimi is all. Happy Mimi Monday! 😀

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

Genre: Romance

As I mentioned in my first article about the genres in fiction writing, Genre:Horror, the first proper novel was a Romance novel written by a man in 1740, Samuel Richardson, the subject of another article I wrote.

Pamela, the very first Romance novel ever written, was about a young servant girl who is the subject of her master’s affections. She doesn’t return his advances at the first but eventually, she does. The novel is a bit controversial now because of the behavior of the master being a bit scandalous, but in the era it was written in, his actions weren’t considered wrong at all. It was a male dominated world after all.

Mr. Richardson’s contemporary, Jane Austen, was greatly influenced by his work and was moved to write her own romance novels, Sense and Sensibility being the first of her small body of work. Both she, and Mr. Richardson, were quite disapproving of the “Cult of Sensibility” as it has been called. This idea of the senses, and the emotions elicited by them, being fully explored and expressed was widely accepted in many aspects of society, not just in writing. Romantic works written in this manner were referred to as Sentimental.

Richardson and Austen both poked fun at this cultural movement in their own novels, preferring a more realistic and sensible approach to romance.

Like the Horror Genre, Romance started out as being just about romance, the wooing and pursuit of a loved one with all that this entailed, and it grew to encompass a great many subgenres as novel writing developed.

Romance – the original and eldest of the genre. It’s hard to find a book that is pure romance now, focusing only on romance and little else.

Examples: Pamela and Sense and Sensibility

Historical – Georgette Heyer wrote the first of this subgenre in 1921 , and it pays strict attention to historical detail including dress and etiquette. Harlequin Books, the most famous series of romance books, began with this subgenre in 1949.

Examples: The Black Moth and The Outlander

Regency – this is possibly a sub sub genre of Historical though many think it’s a sub genre of Romance itself. All novels take place specifically between 1795 and 1837 with no deviation.

Examples: Slightly Dangerous and Arabella

Contemporary – this encompasses novels written after the 1970s. It’s a modern, realistically written genre dealing with modern issues of dating, love and romance.

Examples: The Notebook and Something Borrowed

Erotic(NOT Erotica) – this is a subgenre that has a more sexual element to it but it’s not erotica. It leaves the chaste, young adult venue and enters into full rated X adult only novels. Sex becomes part of the plot, of the character development and of the source of tension in the story so much so, romance is more physical than emotional.

Examples: His to Possess and Master of the Opera

Paranormal/Supernatural – this genre is all about ghosts, werewolves, demons and angels and the people who love them. This is a very popular sub genre at the moment.

Examples: Danse Macabre and Twilight

Suspense – Non Paranormal/Supernatural – this sub genre blends elements of the thriller and detective novel genres to add flavor to the romance. Think innocent murder suspect falling in love with police detective trying to clear her name….. that sort of thing.

Examples: Twisted Shadows and Don’t Tell

There are a great many more but not being a great fan of the genre, I didn’t do more than cursory research into the topic. If you are a lover of Romance and want to know more, there are plenty of places to look – you could fall down a virtual rabbit hole of sub genres and sub sub genres of Romance. I wish you well on your journey.

As for me, I’ll stick to my Horror and Fantasy. I hope you enjoyed this article which is by no means definitive or all encompassing. it was just a short piece to provide information you may not have otherwise known.

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