Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
I knew that Rebecca appreciated old-fashioned things. I wanted to make her a delicate, lacy crocheted bedspread, but thread crochet drives me batty. Instead, I chose a beautiful pattern from Terry Kimbrough's book of baby afghans, and using a larger hook and thicker yarn that called for, I hoped I could make it bed-sized very easily.
And now for a few construction details and tips:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I would like to interest everyone in the idea of a new holiday, much like Christmas in that it is internationally recognized so everyone benefits from it, but formal observations are optional according to your personal beliefs.
Since the End of the World is happening so often (remember last year?), we may as well make it a holiday and let everyone off of work. That way, instead of quitting their jobs for the end of the world, folks could just have the day off. When the End of the World fails to come to pass, those who believed it can just go back to work the next day (or the next Tuesday, as we all like those 3-day-"weekends") and not lose their jobs over it. Post office workers will enjoy an extra break, and countries will benefit from the tourist dollars (as the End of the World usually requires some travel). Card companies, florists, etc. will benefit from the holiday, which will boost the economy. Joann's will have a new reason for a fantastic fabric sale and coupons.
I do ask that it not be set so close to Christmas-- those Mayans sure did choose an inconvenient time of year to end things!
See you Saturday.
I tried this "cheesecake" recipe recently, and was pleased with the results-- it really passed for cheesecake. To find a non-dairy cheesecake that has "normal" ingredients and came together in the food processor was nice!
We are not vegans, but having one in the family who can't have dairy or soy, it was hard to figure out how to make a favorite dessert that he could eat.
I did not put in as much lemon juice-- out of one large lemon I had about 1/3 cup, but it worked out fine, as I added 1/2 cup cocoa and didn't want the lemon overwhelming the flavor. I think adding melted chocolate would be even tastier than the cocoa.
Friday, November 30, 2012
It seems that all the world wants an "iPad" for Christmas-- version 1,2,3, and now 3-1/2. An inventor on our staff has come up with his own tablet that can do SO MUCH MORE-- let me introduce you to the iWonderful!
With its crystal-clear screen, the iWonderful is so easy to use!
It can make phone calls on using your local phone service-- no cellular phone bill! If, however, you want to connect using your existing cell phone service, and use your existing cell phone number, the iWonderful can do that, too!
The piano feature is oh so real sounding! Much more real sounding than any other tablet on the market!
You can actually pick up the pieces to move them, instead of swiping the screen with your finger (which is sooo archaic).
Any game you can think of is on the iWonderful!
Dealing with cookies is easy. You can reach right in and grab them. They taste real. I'll bet other tablets won't let you do that.
You can write on the tablet with any pencil or pen, no special expensive equipment needed!
The iWonderful takes GREAT photos and videos that are SO REAL!!!! You would think that you were looking through the screen at the actual person!!!!!
However, the playback feature is not always dependable. But there's an app for that! A small camera feature will take photos just like a regular camera does.
The iWonderful even tells the temperature. Want to know what the weather is right where you are? You can take the iWonderful outside and it will tell you!
(Oh-- and it's waterproof!)
There are SO MANY MORE features to the iWonderful!
Interactive projects using the hands?-- origami, finger painting, you name it, the iWonderful has it.
Educational uses? Limitless!
Social media? Your mother can talk to you through the iWonderful and you'd think she was in the same room!
I have not included photos of the microwave feature, the washer/dryer feature, and the ice-maker feature. Anything that you can think of that uses the push of a button, the iWonderful can do it!!!
The iWonderful is not yet available in stores.
iPad and its special terms are registered names, as you know.
The iWonderful is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Consult your doctor if symptoms last more than 2 weeks.
One last hurrah for Autumn! Today I noticed that the trees were bare-- the very few remaining leaves are hanging on through the wind storms quite bravely. Today a rose bloomed on a bush by the porch!
The prettiest dishes and the silver were brought out for the occasion, and we made place cards for the 15 guests.
To make a natural centerpiece, I took a walk around the neighborhood and found some curly seed pods-- I'm not sure what kind of tree they come from-- and several leaves, branches and berries from other trees. The tables were narrow, so we had no room for the centerpiece after all the dishes were on, so it became a mantel decoration instead.
Here's how I and one of my assistants made place cards this year. We had card stock and a heavy regular paper (in light pink) to work with, so we used pink for the ladies and white for the gents. I found wide, wired ribbon in an autumn theme at the dollar store to make a background for the names.
First we cut and folded our cards to a size suitable for place cards. Then we cut off the orange wired edges of the ribbon, and cut the ribbon into lengths about 1-2 inches longer than the wide part of the cards.
Then I wrote names in colored pencil on a small bit of card stock, and my assistant wrote over them in a darker colored pencil. This accomplished several things: using two colors gave depth to the writing (it may have even been 3-D if we had thought to put on those funny colored glasses!); my assistant learned how to do a bit of cursive writing; and it gave my assistant something very important to do without misspelling the names.
At the dinner table, we put in a small leaf behind each name, tucked into the ribbon part of the card, to make it even more festive.