Working Wednesday, July 4, 2018

It’s July 4th in America, which means everybody here will be making noise because a couple of centuries ago we dumped tea in a harbor.  American history is odd.  

What did you make this week?

54 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, July 4, 2018

  1. It’s not a ‘creative’ make, but this week I made an effort to learn some Te Reo (Maori language) so the headings in my new course outlines are bilingual and I will introduce myself at the start of the semester in Reo. I’m feeling good about that.

    It does mirror your point though, perhaps all colonial history is odd. Perhaps it’s people who are odd. As they say where my partner’s family is from “there’s nowt so queer as folk”. (People are strange)

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    1. You are awesome. My husband and I were seriously impressed by the signs in both English and Te Reo when we were in New Zealand for part of our honeymoon.

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    2. Ka pai!

      I’ve got the usual smattering of kindergarten words but I really need to make another effort to learn (if only because I keep forgetting which words have macrons).

      Te Wananga o Aotearoa has some fantastic courses (with some really good cultural context and Marae stays).

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  2. I made some things over the last week. Up on insta-g. I’m trying to push through the desk dehoard. OMGoddess, it is not good.

    Watched a lot of YouTube from credible sources. It’s helping me to do more than plan, rather execute.

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  3. Yesterday I cleaned out the pantry. I don’t even want to tell you how many little baggies of crackers and raisins I found in there. When I unpack my sons’ lunches, if I find something uneaten and unopened that will keep, I try to sneak it into their lunch the next day. Apparently when I’m in a hurry, I like to just shove them in the bottom shelf of the pantry to figure out later.
    On a related note, I really wish I liked raisins more or my kids did. We all eat them, they keep well and don’t go out of season, but I don’t think a single one of us *loves* them. Maybe it’s time to make cinnamon rolls? Oatmeal raisin cookies?

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    1. If you have a Trader Joe’s, buy their raisins, the mixed bag. So, so good. They are bigger and don’t seem to get as dried out as the ones in the little boxes.

      But also, YES to cookies.

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    2. I feel you on the raisins. I usually have some on hand but they are never a first choice for adding to oatmeal or trail mix. They are for when I run out of dried cranberries or don’t feel like cutting up prunes.
      That said, I consider low sugar oatmeal raisin cookies or bars a quick breakfast food. In cookie form, with lots of cinnamon, raisins work really well.

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    3. I am not wild about regular raisins but I love golden raisins. More expensive but they have a lighter, sweeter flavor that is excellent on oatmeal, which we eat almost every day. I keep them in antique tabacco jar on the table so they are near at hand for the oatmeal and also put a sprinkle of cinnamon which I keep in a sugar castor on the table for the same reason. It also looks pretty.

      And sometimes I add slivered almonds. This sounds like a spendy breakfast but I buy organic thick-cut oatmeal in 25 pound sacks from Bob’s Red Mill so it works out to about a dollar for two people even with all the extras. And I only have to buy the oatmeal twice a year. I tell myself it is also my emergency food stash for when the big one hits.

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    4. I made an apple snack cake for 4th of July potluck; it uses about a cup of raisins (plus walnuts). So that’s where my assorted raisins went!

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    5. I put some in a fruity savory dish yesterday. Veges, lentils, brown rice, tomatoes, raisins, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and a bit of curry powder. It worked a treat.

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  4. I made plantain soap – it turned out a wonderful green. I juiced the plantain weed and used to replace water in the lye mixture.

    Otherwise, I’m just trying to stay cool.

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  5. Oh, and I made sourdough bread. Using wheat kernels ground with our electric mill.

    I’m ready for the zombie apocalypse as long as it has electricity!

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    1. Back in the old days I used to make sourdough bread from a starter kit, take a wad out and put it in a covered container for the next time. It creates it’s own yeast. I’m surprised we never died from salmonella poisoning.

      Yesterday though we had homemade blueberry sauce with whole pieces of blueberries on vanilla ice cream, so good on a hot day.

      Today the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) a frigate is being towed out to George’s Island (Fort Independence) one of Boston’s Harbor Islands to celebrate July 4th. A couple of years ago we took our grandchildren in to Boston for a tour of the ship the same as we did our own children when they were that age. Still couldn’t believe how small the living spaces were.

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  6. I spent all my time reading #secondcivilwarletters on Twitter instead of working.

    Well, before that I finished and submitted a manuscript and started the second garlic farm mystery (for publication in second half of 2020, so it’s a little hard to get too motivated).

    And I’m working on finding homes for kittens. Out of five, one is adopted and one is spoken for. They’re just now at ideal adoption age though, so I’m just starting the search. If you know anyone in New England (I’ll deliver!) looking for a kitten, you can find me (and kitten pix) on Instagram as GinJonesMysteries.

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    1. I think I’m glad you’re not in Michigan or I’d be adopting kittens much to my 16 year old cat’s dislike and dismay. 🙀😿

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    2. Hope they’re all neutered already!😊 I work for a cat rescue and the problem is huge and heartbreaking in my area. 😺😻😽

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      1. No worries! I’m a big believer of neutering pets. They’re still a tiny bit young still (aiming for a date in early August), but they will definitely be neutered before adoption (except the one who’s already adopted, but I trust her to get it done). Momcat is currently in heat (just realized it), but I can’t have her spayed until she stops nursing, and she hasn’t stopped yet. Sigh. I was hoping she’d discourage them by now, but don’t want to traumatize her by physically separating them.

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        1. My cat Minerva nursed her kittens (Magic the Cat, Queen of the Universe and Mystic the Magnificent) until they were FIVE MONTHS old and eating solid food. I finally started pulling them off of her, after which she immediately went into heat. When her son started looking at her like, “Oh, mama,” I called my vet and they said, “For the love of god, bring them in anyway.” And she was fine 🙂

          Just saying.

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  7. I’ve been digging out a new flower bed by hand. Urgh. But the end result will be lovely.
    Also made a page in my very neglected art journal.
    And blueberry crumb pie!

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  8. Does thinking about making wonderful tasty dishes count? No?

    I have had a sudden urge to start baking again. Will endeavour to make some blueberry wheat germ muffins today. Blueberries are out now.

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  9. I’m making banana strawberry crisp and a carrot salad with popped black mustard seed dressing for the not so traditional neighborhood barbecue. And a farro salad. And corn and a heirloom tomato salad because they say summer.

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  10. I am thinking of planting another rose so I went to Portland’s Penninsula Park rose garden (smaller, more manageable then the main rose garden on the west side) and took pictures with name tags so I could remember what I looked at. I posted “livin easy” which is the orangest rose I have ever seen. The climber in the back ground is “Sally Holmes”.

    I have pretty much decided I need a small, true red one, hopefully with a fragrance. Although I really like a brownish red one called “Hot Cocoa”. Now all I need to do is figure out what goes to make room for it.

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    1. I remember a hybrid tea rose from my mother’s garden years ago – Mr. Lincoln. It was a deep red and had a wonderful fragrance. If you can find it, I recommend it.

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      1. I second Mr. Lincoln as being a beautiful rose as is Ingrid Bergman. For an amazing rose, each one different, Double Delight is a knockout!

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  11. I was about to say I’d made nothing…. just nothing this past week, but the interesting Raisin Discussion above made me realize my culinary skills are not dead, just dormant. Because our annual visiting catbird (“Catty”) (we name wild animals, but don’t let ourselves get too flowery about it) got optimistic this year in the bulging harvest picnic that was our springtime mulberry tree, and decided to marry and raise offspring there.

    Alas for the offspring, the mulberry crop is long gone, and it’s sad to see the young fluttering meepy young ones trying hard to cajole the parents out of more mulberries, so I’ve been reconstituting raisins into limp floppy grapesins. Mr. & Mrs. C appear within seconds of my putting a pile outside the back door.

    Rachel Ray, eat your heart out.

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  12. Since the 4th is on a Wednesday and thus I can’t really do anything or go anywhere and have nobody to spend it with, I have decided to declare it Crafting Day and just make things.

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      1. Ya damn right. I’ve done two out of those three, I shall head for the ice cream now.

        I made a hat for a photo I have to get done tomorrow and then worked on my forever-taking flower project. I have about…four more rows to sew together and we done 🙂

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  13. I just finished reworking some knitted socks/slippers to increase the ankle size so they fit.

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  14. I made yogurt for the first time this weekend – easy-peasy in the Instant Pot. I won’t be going back to the store-bought kind.

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  15. I’m feeling rather good about myself. This is the first-week post 7 am -3 pm job. My goal is 5000 words a day, and because I have a couple of more paychecks coming, I’m allowing myself to work up to it, rather than beating myself up. I’m already over 3000 today and thinking I’m pretty much the shit. And that’s on top of napping because it’s hot. I’m still falling asleep at the keyboard, but as I can’t prevent it from happening I’m just giving myself a break instead of feeling defeated.

    I think it will be easier when my youngest heads off to college and isn’t here to talk me into watching TV until midnight.

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  16. After the neighborhood 4th of July parade (kids on trikes, kids on bikes, and parents pulling kids in wagons), I’ve not felt like doing much of anything today. But I can justify sitting and watching TV by being a bed for Teddy the cat and for working on a crocheted baby blanket for a great nephew-to-be. I’ve probably made 30 of these over the years. I chose this pattern originally because my mom pointed out that little baby fingers wouldn’t get caught in the yarn. It’s made on the diagonal, so I tend to keep my yarn in mind as I go – giving myself so much yarn for the increase side, so the rest can be the decrease side. So, I usually don’t run out of yarn.

    It will probably be another week or two before it is finished. Plenty of time to get it done before the baby shower.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0uStGg5c0/?hl=en&tagged=workingwednesdaypix

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    1. Love the blanket!! A couple of talented and generous friends gave me crocheted baby blankets, and, indeed: their little fingers do get caught. Your pattern looks like the solution!

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  17. I made vegan blueberry/cherry clafoutis – tastier the second day. Plus a week’s worth of kale/chickpea/quinoa salad and cold zucchini soup (it’s been in the high 90s since last week and easy meals are a must). Also made a couple of cards – my craft table’s in the basement where it’s cool.

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  18. I finished quilting and binding a baby quilt I pieced over the weekend. It is going to a coworker whose shower is on the 20th. I also baked bread over the weekend. Today I started moving all my stuff out of my craft rooms in preparation for carpet install in 2weeks.

    Quilt: https://instagram.com/p/Bk05JTPB4WF/

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  19. I put up a 9-foot oak picture ledge that I’d made over the course of many months (note that one may express “years” in terms of “months”). At Christmas our daughter gave me a new drill, and I finally got the ledge put together and painted. I was afraid to hang it myself, because heavy! Awkward! Dining room wall! But this morning I woke up and declared my independence from handymen who never call back. I watched YouTube videos, got the drill going, used a couple adjustable stools as sawhorses – and it’s up!

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  20. I made smoothie popsicles (any aging fruit–this week, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple juice–with Greek yogurt and kale in the blender, then freeze) for the toddler. The best part is pretending I’m letting him get away with something when he eats one for breakfast… 😋

    No pics of those, but here he is helping wind up some string he unwound: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkxgH33gTEb/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=17p800jk2oxm7
    And here’s the newborn being extremely dubious about this whole “bath time” thing: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkzPPc2Aw9E/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=hntkohgni455 )

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  21. I took my inaugural stab at creating a website! I’m still learning and tweaking and figuring things out, but I’m pretty pleased overall. Waiting for GoDaddy to let Weebly access my domain, but then I should be good to publish.

    I feel like I did a thing!

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