Sunday, August 31, 2008
For about three days now, we've been fortunate to have rainfall. Intermittent though it maybe, it is still rain, and something we feel very thankful for. So it's especially during these rare times of rain that I am reminded how wonderful it would be if we would collect all the excess water which runs through our property from the roof and all along our fence next to the adjoining property. There was even an article in today's paper about an organization HarvestH2O based out of Santa Fe, NM which has so much useful information on rainwater harvesting. Reading the article I became aware that this is fast becoming a powerful movement. Much like a lot of organizations which encourage people to consume less and become more self-sustaining, this is another tool anyone can use to learn how to help our environment. I think I am going to contact our local 'green guy', who happens to be a professor at the local University on environmental science. I'll ask him if there are any groups here locally which are already organized for this agenda. It would be great to push our municipal government to come up with ways to help people interested in acquiring the containers for collecting rainwater. I'll have to wait until after Labor Day to contact him. Just stuff I think about at night when I can't fall asleep......
Friday, August 29, 2008
Gloria from Life in General
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Oiyi's from Oiyi's Crafts
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I hope I've covered all the bases; don't want anyone to miss out on their award. I would pass it on to EVERYONE on my bloglist, but some of them have already received it from others as well. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The long awaited promise come to pass!
He is risen, my river of joy, my fountain of hope.
In his victory, history rewritten
The pain and sorrow, the means to an end.
To those who knew him, an answer to a prayer,
To those who would hear of him, a legacy of love.
He is risen, the keeper of my soul.
He is forever, even as all things cease to be.
I see his glory in all things renewed;
I sense his presence, when in the midst of chaos,
I sense his presence, when I cry, and ache, and yearn.
Because he is risen, nothing is impossible.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Which brings me back to the dress; I felt a little embroidery couldn't hurt and would certainly serve to embellish. Plus I wanted to surprise my M-I-L and make the dress as nice as possible.
This is a 'before the embroidery' picture; "Mona" is a wee bit smaller than the dress, so the dress may look off-balance here:
Now, with a simple peacock design in matching colors
An overall shot of the dress on my dressform "Mona". BTW, Mona is a gift from a dear, sweet friend who bought her at the flea market. Thank you, Norma!
Now all I need is to add a pretty vintage clasp which I've ordered online. It should help keep the jacket front in place should she want to close it. A little bit of ironing should take care of any wrinkles. I can hardly wait to present the dress to my M-I-L! I hope she likes it.
No baking today, but sewing is almost as nice!
Monday, August 18, 2008
1 cup (8 ounces) butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Dutch-process cocoa
1 1/2 cups (6 1/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All -Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt*
2 cups (12 ounce bag) chocolate chips
1 teaspoon baking powder
* Increase the salt to 1 teaspoon if you use unsalted butter.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan.
In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just till it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the butter and sugar a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.
Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating till smooth; then add the flour and chips, beating till well combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake the brownies for 28 to 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out dry (though it may have a few crumbs clinging to it). The brownies should feel set both on the edges, and in the center. Remove them from the oven, and after 5 minutes loosen the edges with a table knife; this helps prevent the brownies from sinking in the center as they cool. Cool completely before cutting and serving. Yield: 2 dozen brownies.
(Note: I added walnuts to my recipe; you can also use pecans)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I think I'll go have a tall, icy cold glass of milk to wash them down with. I'll admit, I'm not crazy about milk, but with certain desserts, nothing else will do! It's supposed to rain again tomorrow, so we'll have to see what other treat to bake up for then. I'm thinking some freshly baked loaves of bread would be nice. Then slather some butter on a couple of slices and drizzle with honey. Perfect to enjoy with some nice hot cream Earl Grey tea. We usually don't drink hot tea in the Summer, but if it's cloudy and overcast, we'll make believe it's cold outside!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Such a worried look on his face; but he persevered
And ta-da! He officially joins his Daddy in the haircut been there, done that club:
Una parte de ella se perdia para siempre,
Ese autoestima tan necesario en la vida,
Asi que, no mas ciega fe en la humanidad
Y no mas de esa espera sin sentido,
Por la alegria que habia estado segura seria de ella.
Despues de esperar por horas,
Reflejo en el pasado,
En los meses y los anos de esperanza
De buscar en esos ojos por un rastro
De aceptacion, de amor.
Era su cumpleanos, uno mas que pasaba
"Estoy segura que ella llegara" se dijo
A si misma
"Hoy cumplo mis quince, un tiempo tan especial,
Tan importante para mi,
Como de seguro lo es para ella;
Muy pronto sere mujer, el tiempo pasa tan
Pronto. Me vera en una nueva luz; siendo que ya no soy
Una nina que se puede arrojar
A un lado. Yo soy, despues de todo, una renovacion de su
Vida. Ella vera
Eso, y por fin se sentira orgullosa."
Mas nunca llego, y la joven lloro.
Yo soy esa nina, hoy una mujer de cuarenta,
Y el dolor de ese dia, aun mora en
La esperanza de mi juventud nunca deja de ser.
Esa joven nunca desaparecio, ella atormenta todos
Un dia, yo se, ella descansara en paz.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
A part of herself was lost forever,
That self esteem so needed in life,
Hence; no more blind faith in humanity
And no more senseless waiting,
For the joy she was sure would be hers.
After waiting for hours,
She reflected on the past,
On the months and the years of hopeful longing,
Of searching in those eyes for a trace of tenderness,
Of acceptance, of love.
It was her birthday, one more gone by
"I'm sure she'll come by" she said to herself,
"Today I am fifteen, such a special time, so important to me,
As I'm sure it is to her;
I will soon be a woman, time goes by so fast. She will see
Me in a new light; as I am no longer a child to be cast
Aside. I am, after all, a renewal of her life. She will see
That, and finally be proud."
She never came by, and the young girl wept.
I am that girl, now a woman of forty,
And the pain of that day, still dwells in my heart,
The hope of my youth never ceases to be.
That girl never vanished, she haunts all my thoughts
One day, I know, she will rest in peace.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This part took a while to complete, although it's not difficult to make your own piping:
It feels good to complete work that is on standby. Now perhaps I can get on with making my domestic wardrobe. And of course there will be pictures of that. Who knows, maybe even one of me modeling!?
Monday, August 4, 2008
This is how an airplane flies!
Little working hands keeping busy in Abuelita's sewing room. This is how it's done to scatter little odds and ends; the more mess, the better. But you need Grandma around to supervise.
And then, all too soon, it was time to say goodbye! Already, I am missing him terribly! Oh, such is life: greetings and goodbyes! We simply have to plan for another visit soon!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Which brings me to this post. I would love to know what types of clothes other women wear to feel comfortable but confident around the house tending to their duties. By confident, I mean that you wouldn't hesitate to answer the doorbell wondering if you looked presentable. I do like to sew for myself, and enjoy using cottons and linens in my fabric selections. I probably should narrow my search for Summer styles. Winters here are very mild and comfortable, so heavier fabrics would be fine. It's never freezing cold, and if so, only for a very short while. I know there is a 'look' for me somewhere. In fact, I'm already leaning to wearing vintage housecoat dresses with a beautiful apron on top. M-U-S-T B-E-G-I-N to cut out and sew my vintage patterns! For now, I am still in search mode.