Sunday, August 31, 2014

Love


We have made it!  Thirty-one (31) days of August Break!  Writing each day has been therapeutic--an exercise for the brain, needless to say.....................................scheduled routine for the person who likes to 'do it on her own time'!  This has definitely been a "labor of love"!

Enjoy the  weekend!I "Love" knitting--anywhere, anytime!

**Free Pattern Alert!** Swing Dance by McCall's!  Cute snow ball blocks are easy..and all the fun with the setting happens in the sashing!

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#quilt #quilting #patchwork #quiltville #freepatternI "Love" Quilting--using my mind and hands for the benefit of others!

 I "Love" spinning!  Plying the colors through my fingers, knowing these fibers will yield a thread for someone else to "love"!
 
There is a long list of LOVES
 
friends
good food
animals
warm days
cool nights
travel to far off places
staying at home
reading a good book
watching a movie
and
on
and
on
So many THINGS in life to "Love" but most important
is
true LOVE for my FAMILY and GOD!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Soft

SOFT.................
is
 
 
nose of a donkey

touch of newborn

friendship

smooth lapping waves onshore

slow approaching night.
SOFT!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Something New--Recipe!


We are trying something new to us.................. baking with protein powder.  Brown headed daughter is on a protein kick--recipes loaded with protein--meats, etc. loaded with protein.............
Thank goodness for the internet--you can find anything there, just with a few strokes of the finger tips. 

Latest recipe from Spark Recipes

Rich Chocolate Protein Cupcake

Submitted by: PHILLYGIRL2012
 Introduction

This is a healthier version of a chocolaty cupcake made with protein powder for additional protein hit. 
Number of Servings: 12
Ingredients
    1 cup whole-grain oat flour
    (I ground oatmeal in a blender to make this)
    (use 1.5 cups if not using protein powder)
    3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1 cup if not using chocolate protein powder)
    1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 cup low-fat buttermilk
    (I used 1cup 2%milk + 1tbs lemon juice. Let stand 5 minutes)
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    4 large egg whites
    1.5 cups unpacked brown sugar (either light or dark. I used a mix of both.)
    1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt, sweetened
    (I used Greek 2% plain which adds to the fat count
    Photo: The sunset tonight was incredibly beautiful and refused to be photographed properly!  Instead, you get a picture of my birthday cupcakes and flowers.
    Guess you could say the cupcakes baked up nicely!  And for another new--peanut butter frosting--delish! 
    I used this product ,to add more protein, to the frosting mixture.  It works really well.  BH daughter likes to add this to plain yogurt--2 Tbsp. to 1 Tbsp. water, stir and you have it!  Brown headed girl enjoyed her birthday treat!

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Lines ///////\\\\\\\\\

    The notion of line or straight line was introduced by ancient mathematicians to represent straight objects with negligible width and depth. Lines are an idealization of such objects. Until the seventeenth century, lines were defined like this: "The line is the first species of quantity, which has only one dimension, namely length, without any width nor depth, and is nothing else than the flow or run of the point which […] will leave from its imaginary moving some vestige in length, exempt of any width. […] The straight line is that which is equally extended between its points....................................This according to Wikipedia..........................................did you get that!?


    And      

    there are lines drawn in the sand....................................................pick up lines................................
    sport lines,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,line games.....................................................geometry lines /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// cruise lines..................................line from a play...........................................................that 'blurred lines'......................................................
    airlines...............................................green line in the subway.................................................and we could go on and on...............................................

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Morning

    GOOD MORNING!
    Morning is such a wonderful time of the day--that is IF you are a morning person!
    So from me, who is a morning person, let's begin our day....................
     
     
    From our kitchen window, I see the sun breaking through the screen and shades as I prepare my coffee...........ahh, a good start to the day!

    And our day begins with our coffee and the computer--time to check the world events and make contacts with those in far off places

    As I sip my coffee and work on the PC, I can look out the back slider and across the deck to listen and watch the kiddos as they line up, waiting for that school bell to ring...........................
    and then
    All
    is
    Quiet again!

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Little..........................Pieces...........................Whole

    And now we begin
    with these
     
    little pieces

    to make this segment
    to continue

    with this whole 100"x104"
    See what happens when you begin with just one Little piece.................

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Memory!



    The human brain, one of the most complex living structures in the universe, is the seat of memory

    Memory.................... of the those little ones as they grew through the ages!
    Memory.....................of past lives and things that we have accomplished or not accomplished!
    Memory......................fun times with family and friends
    Memory.......................sad happenings
    Memory.......................phone numbers, birthdates, special occasions
    Memory.......................can be selective
    Memory.......................is stored on my computer
    Memory.......................can be improved
    Memory.......................sometimes is short termed
    Memory.......................can be long term
    Memory........................is the sum total of what we remember
    Memory......................is our experiences
    Memory.......................is our skills, habits, impressions

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Adornment!

    Let's think about adornment.............Adornment is the only magazine published in the United States dedicated to the discussion of ancient, antique, and period jewelry, costume jewelry and contemporary studio jewelry. It also reports on objects of precious materials and historic costume--oh, how I LOVE browsing through this magazine.  The photos are colorful and the ideas bountiful! 
    How do you Adorn yourself?
     
    Let's pick out a color palette and go from there................ 

    The stores carry quite a collection of ways to "adorn" yourself but I'm partial to being just

    looking at the way the world adorns itself!

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Shadow!

     
    This morning I took a walk.....................................
    with my shadow!

    Just me, myself and my shadow.................................took a walk!

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Treasures!

    There are treasures of many kinds--
     
     
    National Historic Treasure--places that have been renovated to their former glory

    Treasures that can not really be replaced

    Treasures such as the freedom of our country

    There are fragile treasures

    and there are treasures of time spent with friends and family on an evening of delight.
    where do your treasures lay? 

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Peaceful--August Break #20

    Nothing as Peaceful as early morning walk through an open space.  The birds are taking wing, the prairie dogs are 'barking' to remind you to stay away from their mounded homes-- 

    You pause to admire the wildflowers as bees buzz around

    The sun is up just enough for the sunflowers to raise their petals to the warmth

    Yes, nothing as peaceful as a day beginning as this!

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Black & White--Quilt Blocks--August Break #19

    We see in color because all our cameras photograph in color now.  But, I remember those days when it was only Black & White!  I have one photo of me as little girl, taken in Black & White, but the photographer colored in the picture!  I look so unnatural! 
     
    Recently, one of my expatchers friends was doing a Block of the Month quilt and it featured only black and white fabrics--how cool is that?!  Below are her blocks.  I haven't seen the completed quilt yet, but I can only imagine it is smashing!
     





    Well, I thought I'd better throw in some knitting here too--my handspun knit scarf--still working on it!


                                                                                   Thanks for taking this walk on the Black & White side!

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    JUMP! August Break #18

    When I decided to go on this journey, there was no hesitation about writing each and every August day.  There have been some topics that boggled my thought process.  These writing opportunities gave my creative juices a chance to flow--not always does a light bulb go off--but, that's good--I must dig deep into the recesses of my brain to pull out a fluid notion.

    silhouette of a women jumping  So now I can JUMP for JOY!  For when I begin to think about the word jump--the radio burst forth with the song "Jump"!  And then we were off--there is 21 & 22 Jump Street the movies; girl jumping ropewe are playing with our jump rope (did you ever do the double Dutch?  Not me!)

    horse rider  The very next hour, I saw a photo of a friend on her jumping horse--how odd, this popped up at this time! 

    football player jumping for the catch  And in the playground near our house, the boys were jumping for the football during practice. 
    If only I could get a good photo of Jumping! 
    There is a fun zone just for jumping!  There is a JUMP Dance Competition!  There is even a mobile service that is entitled JUMP (Just Upgrade My Phone)!

    If only the body wasn't so aging, I would be doing some jumping jacks!  Let's all think of jumping!  and maybe, it will burn off some calories.............................

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Bookshelf--August Break #17

    Bookshelves! What would we do without bookshelves?? I love my bookshelves...............why?
    Mainly, because, I love books--all sorts of books!  all sizes, all shapes--adventure, romance, action, history, fiction, comedies.  And I love series of books--give me a good author who has written 10-20 books and I'm there!

    Our bookshelves hold all manners of objects besides books...

    There is a shelf just for cookbooks--doesn't matter if we refer to them often, there are recipes hiding between the pages just waiting to be used

    And our bookshelves hold valuable items from family members long gone but not forgotten, especially when we hold these special memories in our hands.

    and there are those collections--whimsical and endearing!
    Every once in awhile we clear out some books from the shelves but we always hold a place for our delightful angels.