Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Snapshots

It's late. It took me most of the day to complete the layout from today's assignment for the software class. Not that it was particularly hard, but I did have other obligations to fulfill. So work on the layout was done in little sporadic time frames. These classes do take time, so I have not been able to visit blogs as much as I usually do. I do try to though.



The general theme was 'a day in the life of' snapshot journal. I opted to use photos my Sweetie and I took of a day we went to the ranch where he enjoys hunting for whitetail deer and other wildlife. It was a lovely day, and what better way to preserve the memories than with a scrappy layout.

I have enjoyed working on this assignment tremendously. I can hardly wait for the next class!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Moi

It's interesting how the online class I'm taking was able to force nudge me into sharing a little bit of trivia about myself. I mean if I thought I was a beautiful to behold creature before this class, I would have put my face out in cyberspace a long time ago! Obviously, I've not been that self assured! And I'm not saying the class changed my view about myself. That's not what I meant. I still see myself much the same as I did before. But I do finally understand that this IS who I am.


A walking, breathing, living being with both evident and not so evident flaws....as well as evident and not so evident beauty. It's all there. Just the way my Creator made me, but with the mind blowing possibilities of change. He's wonderful and a genius that way. He made sure there was plenty of room for improvement.

Photographs are one dimensional. What you see is not all there is. You only see the outer packaging. You only get a glimse of the personality. You don't hear the laughter or the voice or the joy or the pain. What you see is the reflection of a moment in time.

Why is it suddenly feasible for me to share that moment? I suppose because it turns out that each step I take to learn something new, different and positive becomes an exercise in becoming liberated from my fears and self loathing. It's an ongoing process mind you. I still have much to learn. And it always starts with baby steps, not great big strides....at least that's the way it is for me.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Play Time

I finally purchased the Photoshop software I'd been wanting. So it's back to playtime for me. I'm also taking another one of Jessica Sprague's classes. Since it has a segment on writing, it should be helpful with my blog as well. At the very least I'll have something to write about.

This is just an example of a short segment where a template is used for inserting photos and different papers for background and texture. Templates are commonly used by digital scrapbook hobbyists. Turns out I'm really short on photos. I had to reuse my trusty garden photos for this little exercise.



I've been cooped up inside all Summer because of the heat. I think this cool front we're now enjoying will allow me to maybe get out and take some photos. Too bad my garden isn't looking very pretty right now. In any case, a Winter garden is always beautiful when dormant. I can look forward to that.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Ramblings

Writing poetry has always been easy for me. It doesn't mean that the poetry is good, but I can pretty much write it at will. Writing in general, on the other hand, is more difficult. In fact it presents a challenge when I'm plumb out of subjects to write about or my mind draws a blank. On the one hand, first you must decide if you're writing for yourself, and hence, for your posterity, as when you write your memoirs on a journal. Or do you write for the sake of writing, as only a true author can, out of that great need to join pen to paper. Or do you write for an audience, striving to keep them amused and enternained?

I believe this post is a combination of all three motives. I have this desire need to just see my thoughts on paper, or as the case may be, on screeen. Part of me also wants to leave something indelible for my descendants to read and perhaps gain a better understanding of who I was and what my character entailed. Of course always writing something witty and entertaining would be in itself very satisfying, but perhaps not practical.

So we'll leave it at that for this time. I'm hopeful I can think of something to write about again. I think if I can just flex my fingers on the keyboard long enough, something is bound to come of it. I might even reach my goal of at least 300 posts.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Early Dinner Plan

On the menu this evening:

Panko crusted chicken strips with optional mushroom gravy
roasted herb potato wedges
steamed green beans
fresh fruit cup (cantaloupe and banana) with a dollop of Cool Whip

Simple and fast. So we can head out the door on errands quickly. And no pictures  this time.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sadness

And the internet once again serves to join us as a global community, albeit in a small corner of the world. Steve from Same Life New Location posted about the loss of his best friend, and I, like so many others who have read of the exploits of his furry friend, felt great sadness. So on this breezy, sunny day, in this hot little corner of Texas, I too felt a sense of loss and mourning. I can't explain why, I suppose it's because deep in our souls we become linked when someone's writing and sharing touches our lives. I would like to extend my condolences to Steve for the passing of such a beloved pet.

Lesson

We got a new monitor yesterday. It was on sale, so we figured why not. We'd had our old monitor for quite some time...it was a 15 inch....so imagine how old it was. But what prompted me to write about it was the fact that it amazes me how dense I can be. I barely notice my surroundings!

When I loaded my new blog background and banner, I was disappointed that I could only see a sliver of the pretty graphics on each side of the center. On the website where I loaded the nice makeover, it showed it as wider and so very pretty.

Well, I used the computer all day yesterday, with the new monitor in place. Checked in on my blog a couple of times.

And it's not until now, that I notice that I can see the pretty pink wood planks with the stars, and the green and brown bows! The screen is wider, so that's why I can fully appreciate the new layout!

I suppose because I'm always thinking about things and projects, I tend to miss what's in front of me. How sad, wouldn't you say? But it is nice to see things in a new 'light'.....to suddenly have an epiphany of sorts and say "HA!"

And you know what else I just barely noticed? This new 'dashboard in draft' doesn't have a spellcheck feature. I almost never use spellcheck, because I forget to, but I looked for it right now, and I can't find it. Maybe it's there right under my nose, but I'm somehow missing it. It wouldn't be the first time I miss something. Yes, apparently today is 'beat myself over the head' day.

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Features

Edit: I did forget to add that I found the new features option by clicking on the "Blogger in Draft" option at the bottom of the dashboard page. You can also select it as your default dashboard thereafter. Now, this may not be new to anyone, I was just late finding out about this. But for anyone who might not have known, it's always nice to be able to share.

On my visit to Gloria's blog Viva La Vida I was pleasantly surprised to find that Blogger has added some new features for posting. Gloria shared her use of those features, so I decided to have a look-see. The only thing I am somewhat disappointed with is that there are no real new fonts. There is one, which I'm using on this post, but it's not that noticeable or different from the others. I do like the strikethrough option. Before you had to go and edit HTML to do that. I rather like it love having that already done for me. Thank you Blogger!

As to the background color feature, I think it's nice too. But it would be nice if pastel colors were available. The ones I see are rather harsh and bold.

Let's see, this one shows on the palette as though it might be a light color....nope, not a soft pastel either.

How about this one? Well....maybe. It is soft and light. I can work with it.

Now how about font color? Very nice! Although you might want to be able to see what you're writing by using a darker shade.

I also like that you can have your labels in a cloud format. I'll have to check that out. I think you have to go into the layout or settings for that.

Change is good. I like change.....sometimes. But more than that I like having options!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Breakfast Sausage ala Owens/Jimmy Dean

Sometime last year, I ran into this delectable recipe for breakfast sausage over at Lisa's blog Homesick Texan. I saved the recipe thinking I'd like to try it sometime. I finally got around to buying the ground pork meat and I mixed up a batch. Overnight, all the wonderful flavors mix up nicely. This is Lisa's recipe:

Breakfast sausage
Ingredients:
2 lbs of ground pork
1 tablespoon of sage
2 teaspoons of marjoram
2 teaspoons of thyme
2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Method:1. Mix all ingredients together.2. Form into patties and fry six minutes on each side.
Keeps in the refrigerator for a week.
Note: The spice measurements are not an exact science, and what I tend to do while mixing is pinch off a little bit and fry it up to see if I like the flavor. This is what I start with, but feel free to experiment.

Now, if you know anything about me, it's that I am big on tweaking recipes for my own use. I actually did follow her recipe precisely, and fried up a little bit for tasting. Great recipe, I'll grant you that. But the Mexican in me needs more spice! Since I started out with a little more than 2 lbs of pork, what I ended up doing is doubling most of the ingredients, and even tripling the 'spice' factor amounts. It's to taste, so to speak. I also added a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup for a little more sweetness. I liked it, but I still recommend anyone wanting to make sausage to use Lisa's recipe. My little adaptations would undoubtedly be too spicy for most people. But if you're game, try it! You'll find it's far less expensive to make. I found the pork sausage for around $1 a pound, and the rest of the ingredients I already had. Next time I'll try and post my very own recipe for Mexican chorizo. Can you say spicy?

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