Friday, May 26, 2017

39.25 year old head for trade


For Trade: Head. Approximately 8 pounds, possibly fatter. Eyes don't see very well, but enough to get by. Mouth attached is anatomically small, but packs a punch when necessary. Carnivorous, but not cannibalistic. Sinus cavities are a bit wonky, and ears would have benefitted from tubes in their youth, but alas. The brain inside likes to repeat nightmares and scream in piercing agony for no known reason. It also fights sleep to an unruly and miserable extent. Kind of useless. In fact, I'll rescind my trade offer and give it to you for free. Just take it from me already.

No phone calls or solicitations, please.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Favorite Salad


Tis the season for my beautiful red, white, and blue salad!

Spring Mix
Romaine
Strawberries
Blueberries
Goat Cheese
Sunflower Seeds
Poppyseed Dressing

I make it every year during Spring and Summer.
My sis in law loves it too, so we make it whenever I visit.
Pair it with a chicken breast for a wonderful, balanced meal.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Oh my goodness. Hi.

I rarely or possibly never wait this long to blog...it has been two weeks! For the record, it has been incredibly hectic and unexpected, and I will explain as soon as I have time to sit down and share the details.

In preview: multiple burglaries in my apartment building, and lots of out-of-town family time.

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tamale Day



They turned out pretty great.
I shared with the neighbors.




I had extra masa dough left over,
so I made tortillas for the freezer.

It is definitely a labor of love, and not one I can conquer often.
I'll have to rest for a few days. Thankfully, I have leftovers.

I still need to wrap up my dollar store grocery run. I'll do that in May.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Goal Update (April)

So you don't have to click on another page, here's a screenshot of the list:


#3

I've continued to declutter my apartment. This piece of crap bookcase from Walmart decided to help by collapsing in one fell swoop. It's torn up and too heavy to hang as wall shelves, so in the dumpster it went. Take it from me, save $40 and your sanity and go buy furniture somewhere else.

As for actual decluttering, I'm making progress. It's not really that bad, but I tend to hang onto things, especially paper things like receipts, and they add up. I'll post more pics later.

 #4

I ran out of room on the Mac, so I finally took the time to deal with it. I zipped thousands of photos and deleted thousands of files, in fact, I have 66 GB of space again (which I will proceed to fill with episodes of Doctor Who, probably).

It is a dinosaur...almost 8 years old...but it has been a great system. Thanks for hanging in there, Bessie Mac.

#7

I've been watching a lot of watercolor tutorials online, and I'll eventually sit down and participate in a free course. I'll post pics here when I do.

#1

Sad fact: I don't understand the tin whistle. I move my fingers and blow into the thing, and all notes sound the same. I'm obviously doing something wrong. I'll talk to a variety of music professionals about this at a later date. YouTube hasn't been helpful thus far, but I'll continue to browse there as well. Although my oxygen is almost always in normal range, I don't breathe that easily. It takes more effort than it should, and at times it's painful. This goal isn't a priority for that reason, but I intend to pursue it at some point before the end of year.

Numbers 2 and 5 are in progress. Technically, #3 still is too. I completed #6 at the beginning of the year, as you may have read in a previous post. #8 will be attempted again soon. Even though a shop less than a mile from my apartment sells gumbo that tastes like my late MawMaw's gumbo, I'm determined to figure out the exact balance of flavors for myself. My gumbo is good, but it's not hers. Hers is the goal.

Enjoy the rest of your month, readers.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A visit to a farm, and a little Spring cleaning






I overworked my muscles badly yesterday, which resulted in very low function today. I was finally able to get out of bed and move around at 3:30pm. I'm able to do little more than prop up on the couch, drink fluids, and take my meds, but here's what I did yesterday:

Indy500 the rolling walker and I visited a farm in north Grand Bay to inquire about their community supported agriculture program. I picked up my first sunflower, which is now hanging out in the yard outside my bedroom window.

I moved my little desk to the foot of my bed. I am rarely strong enough to sit there for more than a few hours a week, but when I can I will be able to see my sunflower from the chair.

In the living room, I pushed the tables against the wall and set it up for drawing (which won't be today because I can barely even type), so it feels a lot less cluttered in here again *breathe* of course I will happily push them back into the middle of the room again when folks come over to play board games.

I'm going to have to stay home and rest my muscles for the rest of the week, but I will plan to venture back out to the farm in May for some fresh organic produce.

Support your local businesses!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Twitter Art Exhibit 2017


I don't know why in the world I keep forgetting to post about this.
I painted another postcard for Twitter Art Exhibit, hashtag #TAE17.
It was held in Stratford Upon Avon, England this year.
Since my card was going to the U.K., I painted a British candy collage.
The exhibit has already ended, but the postcard is for sale online!
It benefits a great organization called Molly Olly's Wishes.
Check it out.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ok, ok, I'm here.

I am really slacking on the blog lately. Sorry.

What I've been up to:


























I finally said goodbye to LJ once and for all.
I was there 16 years.























Pears are a lot like people
Different shapes and sizes
But inside, they're all made
of the same stuff.

(Pastel on Bristol)
















This is a "Nicole" rose from Bellingrath Gardens.
I attended their 85th anniversary fish fry...walker in tow, of course.
I'll share more pics soon.























Gettin' my Easter on.



















Accidentally ran across a little car show,
so we stopped to have a look.
I've always liked car shows.























I burned my dang hand again.
It's sore, but recovered well.



































You know you live in the country when
you get stuck behind this guy.


















I might be hooked on Pokémon TCGO.
A friend sent me some real cards, too!
I've won one online tournament and got 3rd place
in my 1st live tournament. It was exhausting, but fun.
The folks at the game shop are very accommodating.
It's not something I'll be able to do often due to illness
but I'll take whatever I can get. Gotta live a little.






















I've been cooking here and there.
(That comic cracks me up!)

But I've been dealing with a lot of Gastroparesis.
It is a miserable condition. Digestion shouldn't be so hard.
There is no photo accompanying this paragraph.
You're welcome.

I have plenty more photos of Bellingrath to share,
and I swear on my life I will eventually get to it.
My OneDrive app went kaput, which has been part of the problem.

See you soon.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Annnnnd breathe. But not outside, because pollen is evil.

I'm here to tell you that Hay Fever sucks, but I know most folks are already aware of that. I'm still having trouble with my ears, sinuses, and a nagging cough that I can't get rid of to save my life. Yes, I know. Welcome to Spring.

The weather is beautiful, though. I've been spending more time outside than usual, allergies be damned, because Spring and Autumn are the ideal time for my muscles, assuming no other triggers are upon me. It's challenging, because so many things trigger my HKPP episodes and muscle weakness, including histamines AND antihistamines, so there's no winning that one. But I can't spend every waking (or sleeping, for that matter) moment indoors. I guess I technically could, but I wouldn't want to. Nobody should have to live like that.

It's inevitable in the dead of summer. I always have to become a hermit, because my body simply cannot tolerate the sauna we deal with on the Gulf Coast. 100 degree heat index with 100% humidity is for athletes, not people with systemic disease. Tachycardia and dehydration come far too easily, as easily as walking to the mailbox or getting in the car. So it's difficult. But so is winter. Muscles are such temperamental things.

I'm rambling. At any rate, I'm doing my best to enjoy Spring in spite of my ailments. I have some photos to share soon of a couple of my rare outings. I'll try to get them uploaded tomorrow.

Happy Spring, Achoos and God Bless Yous to all.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

If you're wondering how things are going...


On top of HKPP, sleep deprivation, kidney stones, and the rest of the crap I usually deal with, I have a doozy of an upper respiratory infection at the moment. There is so much that I would like to do, but even getting out of bed to sit up in a chair seems like too much to ask this week. Thanks, Life.

I'll have a less cranky update when I am functional again, someday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

39 @ 9:29


Well, I'm in the home stretch to the big 4-0. Let's see if I can get there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Seven Years Ago


Hard to believe this was 7 years ago. Yet, it seems like a lifetime. Weird how that happens. Things were different back then, to an extent anyway. 2010 wasn't easy, to say the least.

I intend to catch up on a few things blogwise, but I've been curled up in bed with kidney stones this week. I'll be back soon.

Sláinte.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

New Decor for Midori the Gypsymobile

I see your nuclear family window decals
And I raise you musical dancing food

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vegetarian burritos and another dollar store run

Howdy. Let's discuss dollar store meals again. The original post is here.

First, a quick note that my body is currently reacting badly to beans and legumes. Systemic disease wins when it comes to food reactions, so I'm letting you know that I gave the black beans away and went back to the store. You'll see what I did below. But first, a few new foods and short reviews from the Dollar Tree grocery section:

Terrible with a capital T.
Tiny bits of pepper, soggy breading, questionable cheese.
F minus. Moving on.

I haven't tried the bagel bites yet, but everybody knows these tater tots.
They are rubbery in the microwave, but fine fried or baked in a real oven.

SOON. With dollar store ranch dressing (not pictured).

Some of my photos uploaded sideways
but I decided I didn't care. Ha. Sorry, though.
Both of these products are awesome, by the way.

Dollar store bacon!
I repeat: DOLLAR STORE BACON!
(I haven't tried it yet. Wish me luck.)

Since I am omitting beans from the burritos,
I decided to buy dollar store cheese as compensation.

The one item that I didn't buy at the dollar store was a pack of button mushrooms, but they were only a dollar on sale. Score!




I overfilled it big time, so I had to fold it up to eat it.
It was really, really good. Really!

I ate one burrito, and made six more.

To the Batcave! I mean the freezer. *cough*

Hey y'all, bonus leftovers!

I had plenty of rice left, so I flash froze it for later!
Rice freezes well, but it also survives in the fridge for 4 days, FYI.

The leftover mushrooms will be sauteed tonight
and served as a side with dinner (baked pork chops).

I also had 2/3 pack of taco seasoning left, but forgot to take a pic.

If you don't overstuff the shells, you can easily make 10.
If you include beans, you would make a dozen or more.
If you want vegan, omit the cheese.
If you are a cheese freak, the dollar stores have packets of Velveeta for a dollar that you can pour on top of the burritos and warm in the oven until bubbly.
But you didn't hear that from me.

I'm quite happy with the burritos. I've done them before, and I feel like they're proof that meat isn't always necessary.

I'll be back soon with a final review of the remaining dollar store products from both hauls. Thanks always for visiting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Homemade Electrolyte Drink (Sports Drink)

I was inspired by this video to try my hand at homemade sports drinks.


I already had most of the stuff to make it, so why not?


I didn't make it exactly like Chef John did, but it turned out flawlessly. It not only tastes like a sports drink, it tastes a little better IMO.

My recipe:

*32oz vessel of some sort. I have this, available at almost any Walmart.

*One small bottle of 100% fruit juice, any flavor. It's the tiny bottle that comes in a 6-pack on the juice aisle. You know what I'm talking about. Edit note: 10oz bottle

*Refill the juice bottle with water twice and pour it in...you want to dilute the juice to 1/3. That's a ratio of 2:1 water vs juice.

*1/8 teaspoon potassium salt - I have Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, so I need potassium. If you don't have HKPP and you don't have issues with sodium, you can use sodium. If you want a little of each, you can find Lite Salt at any grocer (Lite Salt is a combo of sodium and potassium salts, if you didn't know).

*1/2 teaspoon of "berry" green powder, available at Walmart and most health stores. It's called green powder, but the berry flavor looks magenta FYI.

*1/2 teaspoon Natural Calm magnesium powder, any flavor. It is the only Mag powder I can personally recommend. It's sold all over the world, including Amazon. Disclaimer: magnesium has a laxative effect in some people. For me, it's a godsend for my leg cramps. If you dig far enough into the product reviews, you'll find mine there entitled "the cure for charlie horses".

*I added a squeeze of lime juice, but I forgot to put the lime in the photo.

Note that I did not add a sweetener, since I used prepared juice.

Give it a good stir or shake to dissolve, and chill well before serving.

By all means, if it tastes off to you, adjust your ingredients. Buying sports drinks is easier, but this is so much healthier, especially for people like me. I plan to make these drinks regularly from now on. I have a feeling summer will be a little more tolerable this year as a result. I'll try to remember to give another review in the sweltering months of doom (that would be June-September down here).

If you have any suggestions or questions about making this, holla at me.