Thursday, April 30, 2020

Morning Glory Card


I wanted to send a Thinking of You card to my cousin so I turned to the Brother Canvas Workspace to find a project using the Scan n Cut 2.

This morning glory card caught my eye. The original project was a rubber stamp project. Apparently, the Scan and Cut can be used to cut material to make your own rubber stamps.

I don't do much rubber stamping and didn't have the materials on hand even if I wanted to give it a try. I cut all the pieces needed for the card using paper I had on hand, some scrapbook paper, and pastepaper I made for the flowers. The only pieces I had to add were the white star shapes of the flowers and the yellow center. The machine comes with some basic shapes so I found a thin armed star and resized it. The yellow centers were punched with a 1/4 in. hand punch.

The shapes were cut and adhered to the card with a glue stick.The flowers are stuck to the card using dimensional tape. The card even had a little, display stand cut from cardstock.

If you want to see the machine in action, you can watch the video below.




Tuesday, April 28, 2020

T Stands for Mary on the Prairie Makes Distilled Water

with a little bit of help from Himself as Mr. Wizard.


This past month grocery shopping has been a bit of a challenge. Some items on the shelves have been completely bare like bread or still are completely bare like toilet paper. 

At the beginning of this month, we were having a difficult time finding distilled water. Himself needs distilled water for his CPAP machine that helps him to breathe at night. He has Sleep Apnea so without the machine he stops breathing several times during the night.

Now bread I can bake (and I've whined this before) as long as I can find flour and yeast. So I asked Mr. Wizard how difficult would it be to make distilled water. Not difficult at all. You would just need a bucket with a smaller bucket filled with water and placed inside the larger bucket. Tent some plastic wrap over the bucket with the ends inside the bucket. Then you just let the whole thing sit in the sun.

Ok. So Himself cleaned out one of the new blue buckets formerly filled with water to flush the toilet in case of a power outage. I had a plastic, Tupperware canister no longer needed to hold a 5 lb. bag of flour as I got new canisters. So I filled the smaller canister with water and placed it inside the bucket.

The plastic wrap wasn't wide enough to fit over the bucket, but I had a clear, plastic trash bag and used the handle to prop it up. The idea is that the sun will cause a green house effect, the water in the bucket will evaporate, condense on the plastic and roll down the sides into the big bucket where it is distilled water.

Distilled water is water that has been heated and has had minerals removed through the process. Like when you boil a pot of water  with a lid on the pot. The droplets that form on the lid is distilled water.

So with 15 days of rain, the bucket was moved into the sun room where it can get sunlight if the sun every comes out.

My drink reference for the post is water. Water, water everywhere and so far a tablespoon of distilled water to drink. Though why anyone would want to drink distilled water with its flat taste is beyond me.

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 27, 2020

Happy Mail


M from Coloring Camp (aka Enders Island) sent me a postcard from her stash. This is the prison from Stephen King's novella and later movie, The Shawshank Redemption. Though the story takes place in Maine, the movie was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory (according to Wikipedia)


On the message/address side of the post card is this humorous tag. The architecture looks remarkably similar to my parochial elementary school. So, no, thanks, M. I did my time.


M also used a postcard stamp. I found Nemo!


Nan sent me a cute Easter card and decorated envelope. I love the little chickie.

Always nice to get mail that isn't junk or a bill. Thanks to both of you.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:


Run Silent Run Deep (1958) Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available on Amazon Prime.

Friday, April 24, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Himself had a coupon so we had Outback delivered. Mmmm, coconut shrimp

2. We had a 6 minute power outage. The power wall took over and we didn't even know there was an outage until we looked at the Tesla app

3. New blue shoes arrived. I don't know where I'll be wearing them or when, but when I do, I'll be ready.

4. Himself made mashed potatoes with the little potatoes left in the potato bag. I used his mashies as the top crust for making a Shepherd's pie with the leftover lamb. What a team!

5. The town highway department guys were working in the ditch in front of the house when we left for the post office and the pharmacy. When we got back their dump truck and the police were blocking the driveway. So we had to go get lunch at Five Guys. When we got back the dump trucked had moved up a little so we could squeak into our driveway.

How was your week?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

My New Pet

I didn't start out with the idea of getting a new pet. It all started a month ago with the first foray to the grocery store. No paper products. Well, I had enough to get through the week. No bread. No big deal. I'd just bake bread. So I baked bread for a couple of weeks and was running low on yeast. Another grocery run. Scored toilet paper and paper towels πŸ‘, but no yeast and no flour. I still had flour available, but how could I bake a leaven bread without yeast? How did bakers bake leaven bread before commercial yeast was available?


They fermented flour and water to make sourdough. And that's how I got a new pet. His name is Blundo. Named after the baker where my grandma sent me to buy her bread. Blundo needs to be fed periodically, and he makes a delicious loaf of bread, biscuits, waffles, and other goodies.

So, the yeast problem was solved, but now flour isn't always on the shelf. Anyone know how long it takes to plant and grow Hard Red Winter Wheat?

This post was written two weeks ago. Since then, I've used up Blundo to make biscuits and waffles which I froze. I couldn't seem to get the timing down for feeding and baking. Either I wasn't feeding Blundo enough or waited too long and missed the peak when it would have been perfect for bread. It just became too frustrating for me so Blundo is no more. Sourdough bread baking just isn't my fort. I'll stick to baking with commercial yeast when I can find it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

T Stands for Ravioli

For the dough: 4 cups of all purpose flour, 4 eggs, and 4 egg shells (both halves) of water I dump everything in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and with a dough hook knead the dough until it is smooth. (Basically 1 cup flour, 1 egg, 1 eggshell water per person)

Ma did things the old-fashioned way. She dumped four cups of flour on her bread board, made a well, added the eggs and water. She mixed and kneaded the dough by hand until she had a smooth dough


After the dough has been kneaded and is smooth, it's wrapped in plastic wrap and rested for 30 min. 

Ma let her dough rest in a large soup bowl with another large soup bowl on top like a lid.

Oh, before mixing the dough, I dumped the Ricotta cheese in a strainer with a bowl to drain. While the dough was resting I plopped the cheese in a clean, dry bowl and mixed in 1 egg, salt and pepper, and mozzarella cheese (maybe half a cup)


After the dough has rested, it is divided and rolled into 4 balls. One dough ball is placed on a lightly floured bread board. The other dough balls are placed in a covered Corning ware dish.(Ma's). Again, Ma used the covered soup bowls so the dough balls wouldn't dry out.


The dough ball is rolled out


until it is very, very thin. You need to be able to see through the dough. Here. I can easily see the wood grain of my board so I'm pretty sure the dough is thin enough.


With a teaspoon, I plop the ricotta cheese mixture in a row, leaving some space between.


Then I carefully fold the dough over the cheese.


When I was little, Ma had a juice glass that she used to cut the ravioli. The glass had pictures of girls in old-fashioned hoop skirts. I used to call the glass (there was only one) The Old Susannah glass. Sadly, the glass broke, and I always teased Ma that she broke my inheritance.

I used a glass that my dad gave the girlies, they each got one. A Mickey Mouse glass and it's the perfect size.


It's not so much a traditional ravioli, but more like a mezza luna, a half moon.


3 sides of the ravioli are carefully crimped with a fork. You need to make sure you don't make holes in the cheese or it will ooze through the dough. The fold side doesn't need crimping.

Ma didn't like people in the kitchen while she cooked. The kitchen was divided by a counter. One side, a very efficient U-shaped kitchen, and the other the eating area. I could watch her from the eating area. By the time I was 6 or 7 years old, my job was to crimp the ravioli. Ma didn't like doing that job. It also meant she could churn out the ravioli quicker if she didn't have to stop and crimp them.


The scraps of dough are set aside.


The ravioli are placed on a sheet pan that was lightly oiled. An experiment to see which worked better. It's easier to remove the ravioli if the sheet pan or board is lightly floured.


Oops! Someone forgot to add the mozzarella to the ricotta cheese. No wonder why the ricotta mixture seemed runny! I blamed the brand of ricotta cheese, as it wasn't the brand Ma used to use. And I'm glad I wasn't serving these to company. 


After the ravioli are cooked, the scraps will be gathered up and cooked. Waste not, want not. Ma called these Shooshelies. That's what it sounded like in the Italian dialect her family spoke. Shooshelies. Shoe strings. The Brother didn't like ricotta cheese so when Ma made ravioli she cooked the shooshelies for the Brother for his meal.


Fresh pasta cooks a lot faster than commercial boxed pasta. Maybe 5 to 6 minutes. You know when the pasta is cooked when it floats to the top of the boiling water.


Ravioli drained, plated, smothered in gravy (sauce) and sprinkled with Pecorino Romano freshly, grated cheese. Mangia!

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 20, 2020

Answered Prayers


6. April after some heavy rain and winds, one of the garden kites had blown away. The kite made to St. Jude, patron saint of hope and lost causes. I thought since the kite had blown away, St. Jude was no longer needed since my intention had been answered.


Walking back to the house, I found Jude on the ground. Maybe he's still needed. The kite is now hanging in my studio.



Saturday, April 18, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies


This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:



The Right Stuff (1983) Ed Harris, Scott Glenn

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for rent on YouTube

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. I couldn't fall asleep so hung out with the Young One until 2 AM

2. Texted my friend who is in Infection Control for Stanford University Hospital. She's working long hours, but she and her family are fine.

3. A wind and rain storm knocked the electricity out. The power wall kicked in and saved the day. I didn't have to flush the toilet using buckets of water.

4. The Nephew and his wife had a gender reveal video of a box of white and blue balloons with blue and white confetti. She also posted an ultrasound picture of the little dude. He arrives sometime in September

5. Attended a virtual birthday party for Himself's brother.

How was your week?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Easter Box

Another project from the Brother Canvas Workspace for the Brother Scan n Cut machine, because you can't make something for the Eldest without making something for the Young One in her favorite color, red.


This time an egg-shaped box to hold a little Easter prezzie. This project just called for patterned paper to make the egg front. I thought it looked boring so from the pattern that I used to make the Eldest card, I cut the bunny, bow, and carrots to dress up the front.

I like how you can borrow bits from the other projects to change things up and make it your own.


From the side, the egg shape covers the box that can hold a little something. The front measures approximate 5 inches tall by 4.5 inches at the widest point of the egg.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

T Stands for Easter Parade


On Saturday, the town fire department and first responders sponsored an Easter Parade. A fire truck with police would haul the Easter Bunny around town. You could follow the progress on a tracking software app (program) called Glympse so you would know when the EB was near you street so you could go outside to wave. After dying eggs for the Easter egg bread I make, I settled in with a cuppa to watch the progress so I could run outside and video the excitement when the Easter Bunny came by.

As I watched the progress on the map and a route someone posted on the Facebook town site, I was disappointed when I realized EB wouldn't be coming by my house. I thought they would be taking the same route they did when they drove Santa and Mrs. Claus around town, but they took a different route.

Fortunately, the town cable station recorded the excitement of the fire trucks leaving the main station in the center of town. Just a little fun for the kids and kids at heart.


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 13, 2020

Happy Mail


A nice surprise when I went to the mail box. A bit of happy mail from KathyinOzarks. A sweet Easter card with Timex, the chipmunk. 😺Thank you Kathy, it was very thoughtful of you.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Alphabet Sunday


Perfect for Easter Sunday. The letter T brought to you by Gunther. Enders Island

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:



Rain Man (1988) Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for rent on YouTube.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1.My Cousin finally received  his parents wedding pictures that I mailed. The post office had no updates on the whereabouts of the package, I thought it got lost in the mail. 😱

2.  After a trip to the Post Office to pick up mail, we did a curbside pick up at Five Guys

3. Verizon opened up some more channels for free. We've been watching this season's Doctor Who with Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor on BBC America.

4. Saw  the first bunny of the season nibbling grass. You can just see his fluffy, white tail above the shovel handle as he scampered away when I took the picture through the window.

5. Happy Mail was at the post office from KathyinOzarks. Thank you!

How was your week?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter Card

Because I'm pretty sure the Eldest doesn't read my blog, here's the Easter card I made. If she does read this, the Easter package should arrive by Friday. πŸ»πŸ˜˜πŸ’™


I made the card with the help of the Scan n Cut machine. The card is an egg shaped design. The hot pink paper is just the background I used for the photograph so the card would show up.



Inside. I changed up the design a little bit. Added the "jewel" to the first egg. The second egg was supposed to have cut out letters to glue to the off-white band. That was too fussy for me to glue so I just calligraphed "happy easter" in an informal style and added a butterfly sticker. I didn't bother cutting out the bits for the bunny face. Too fussy to glue. So I used some googly eyes and drew in the nose and mouth. I also colored in the toe beans. He looked under dressed to me so I added the pink bow. All the pieces parts were glued with a glue stick.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

T Stands for Virtual Lunch


The Moms Breakfast Club usually meets during school breaks since two of the moms work for their town school system. Now that school is on hiatus, it seems like a good time to get together. Virtually. Instead of breakfast, it was decided we would meet for lunch.

I set up the iPad in the dining room along with my ham sandwich with mustard, no cheese on homemade bread. The loaf was freshly baked and I got to have the heel, my favorite part of the bread. No  one else likes it. I also had some pretzels, but ate them before the chat because I thought the crunching might be too loud. I also had a cup of ice tea, and some oatmeal butterscotch cookies.

We had some difficulties getting connected. Facetime, Zoom, tried to get people to download Skype or remember their passwords, tried Zoom. It was quite funny and bit like:


We finally got things going on Zoom. We had a great time checking in with each other, catching up on things we were doing, husbands, kids, comparing shopping expeditions and which stores were stocked up. All in all an enjoyable lunch date. The best part? Not having to worry about not finding a parking spot at the breakfast place.

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.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

  This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:


The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Gary Cooper

If you haven't seen this movie, you might be able to find it for free on YouTube.


Friday, April 3, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Himself's Brother called to tell him that the Massachusetts State Department of Treasury Unclaimed Property Division had money listed for Himself. $18. Himself checked my name and came up with my mother's name. There's an outstanding $10 to her.

2. Enjoyed a Mary on the Prairie Day baking bread, making elderberry syrup, and pizza dough.

3. Work began on preparing the site for the new mailbox. Still waiting for the granite post, but the masonry supply is closed.

4. While my Spring classes at the museum have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, at least my lesson plans are done for the Summer classes.

5. Enjoyed a virtual lunch with the  Moms Breakfast Club members.

How was your week?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Gratitude and a Prayer

Monday, I mentioned I put out a garden kite to St. Jude as a personal intention. Today, or when it stops raining I'll put out another of my iconography garden kites to the Archangel Raphael, patron of doctors, nurses, and health care workers.



A year ago, the Eldest was laid off from her job as a lab technician. She went on unemployment, and had many interviews, but nothing panned out. About a month ago, she took a job in a call center for a cabinet company. Not what she wanted, but it paid enough to pay her bills. So Jude had answered part of my prayer. That the Eldest finds a job.

Now at the same time that she interviewed for the cabinet company, she also had interviewed with two hospitals. One gave her the brush, but the second said they were interested.

In the meantime, she had the job at the call center until the stay at home advisories and essential services were announced. After their shift they were sent home and told that the company was trying to figure out what they were going to do. That was on a Thursday. She thought she would have to apply for unemployment again. On Sunday she was called and informed she could work from home. 

A day or two later, the lab manager called and offered her the position, and the second part of my intention was answered. Not only a job, but one where she would be happy. There were still eyes to dot and tees to cross. Drug and TB test, background check, fingerprinting. She waited until the end of the week before she gave her notice. The drug and TB tests have been done. She has an appointment for getting fingerprinted. Because of all the chaos, she's not certain when she will begin.

So in her honor, the garden kite to the Archangel Raphael. Ora Pro Eis. Pray for them. The doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.