Thursday, April 22, 2021

Happy Mail


MB send me a wonderful card. She said it was her riff from The Bible of Illuminated Letters

using architectural designs for illuminated borders and designs. So pretty.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

T Stands for Tie Dye Easter Eggs and Easter Egg Bread


For Easter, Italian tradition calls for a braided loaf of bread studded with eggs. Years ago, I found a recipe that makes individual nests so this is what I bake for Easter Sunday breakfast or lunch (if I don't get up early enough to bake the bread.)

The recipe calls for dyed eggs. The eggs are not hard boiled before hand but dyed uncooked. As the bread bakes, the eggs will cook and become "hard boiled."

This year I found a different way to dye the eggs. Instead of dipping the eggs in a solution of hot water, vinegar, and liquid food coloring, you Tie Dye Easter Eggs

You will need white eggs, liquid food coloring, paper towels, disposable nitrile (I have a severe allergy to latex) gloves, small elastics or bread ties, a small spray bottle of clean water, and a glass dish. If you are not baking the eggs in the bread, hard boil them.

Wrap the eggs in paper towels and secure with the elastic

Randomly drop the liquid food coloring on the paper towel. The lightly spritz the paper towel with water. The dye will run. The more water, the less vibrant the eggs will be colored. Then over the sink, gently squeeze and press the paper towel against the egg. This is why you will want to be wearing a pair of gloves.

Lay the eggs to dry in the glass dish and allow them to dry for several hours or overnight. I was impatient and needed the eggs because I was also baking the bread. I put the eggs on a cookie rack over the glass dish and put the eggs under the blower of the mini-split heater to dry them faster.

Tie dye eggs waiting to be baked into the bread

Easter morning breakfast.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Ipevo Mirror Camera


I had seen a nifty device on Facebook, a mirror 

that clipped over the camera on your laptop, called Mirror Me. The device I'm using is called Ipevo Mirror Cam. Both are inexpensive and are a good way to test the waters of teaching or showing your work online without the expense of investing in a document or overhead camera.

The mirror clips over the camera on your laptop and while using Skype or Zoom, you can share a hard copy of something you want to show/tell/lecture or you can show something on your tablet.

The IPEVO packaging is designed so the back of the board the mirror is attached to can be used as a white board and also prevents the keyboard keys from being pressed.

You can even do a live demonstration.

If you are showing or demonstrating things with writing (chemistry formulas, handwriting) you will need to download the free IPEVO Visualizer software The software reverses the image so those watching will see whatever you are showing correctly.

Himself chose the IPEVO because they offered a class pack of the mirrors at a very reasonable price. We thought the device would come in handy if we were teaching classes during the Summer, but wanted to go visit the Eldest. We'd be able to teach from anywhere without being tethered to the document camera or having to lug it with us.

The IPEVO is very easy to use. Clip it over your laptop camera.

Start the IPEVO software. Check your resolution (largest numbers) and make sure the full screen box is checked.

Start or join a Zoom or Skype

Click Share Screen to begin your demonstration/lecture/show and tell.

If you are finished with your demo, end screen share, and slide the mirror off the laptop camera. (There is only one camera and both Zoom/Skype and the IPEVO software can't control the laptop camera at the same time. Also be careful about sliding the mirror cam on your laptop screen so you don't scratch the laptop screen with the device.) 

Pretty clever and so much better than holding a hard copy up to the laptop camera.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?


Daffs popping up everywhere

Look at the feels like temperature. 102 oF.

What a difference a few days makes in New England. 32o F and snow! And a bonus 42!

A couple of Goldfinches take refuge in the storm

Spring has sprung
The grass is ris'
I wonder where the flowers is?

The poor daffodils!

The light with a beehive hair-do

Storm? It was only supposed to be a dusting of snow!

Avalanche from the solar panels.

A Nuthatch 

Looks like the forsythia survived 

and the daffodils

and the maple.

Blossoms in snow

Saturday afternoon, the snow melted off the steps and walk


Dedo keeping vigil

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library

 When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

The Hollow Hills
Mary Stewart

This is book 2 of the Arthurian Saga. If you haven't read this book, you can find it at your public library or favorite bookstore.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Delivered a birthday gift for grand-niece. Niece-in-Law sent a video of the little girl opening her gifts and thanking us trying to pronounce our names. So cute

2. Spring cleaning the studio

3. Received an email from my friend, Kaz, in OZ (Australia)

4. Skyped with Nan

5. Found new light fixtures for the bathroom

How was your week?