Monday, September 29, 2014

According to My Dreaded To Do List, today is January 2nd . . . or it would be if I picked up the backing and filling for my Penny Patch Quilt

The "word" I chose to represent me in 2014 was LEARN.  I think I have done my fair share of learning this year already.  I have become addicted to MOOCs which stands for Massive Open Online Courses.  There is just about any subject under the world available from universities and colleges around the world.  I don`t always complete the assignments or do the tests, but I love listening to the lectures.  

I have learned quite a few new knitting patterns and stitches this year in order to complete an Oddball Sampler Afgan.  I am just finishing the last square and then begins the process of stitching all the squares together and knitting the border.

Most recently I have learned some great multi media techniques after taking a class at Paper Passion Studio in London.

And I have learned how to make a quilt while following a pattern.  Up to now my quilts have been pretty much freehand.  I have finished the Penny Patch quilt top and now I just need to buy the backing and filling to begin putting it all together.

Here are my blog posts for January 2nd just in case you missed them the first time around: http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/01/proof-im-not-skilled-at-sewing.html and http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/01/edible-flowers-update.html.




I am having a very quiet day today which I very much need after Sunday which was totally crazy.  But my kids are moved into their new apartment.  They have a ton of unpacking to do which is why I am in hiding . . . LOL.  But it is nice to have my family all in the same town again.

Time to journal:  http://oneminutewriter.blogspot.ca/2014/01/todays-writing-prompt-5-year-plan.html  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

As my mother would probably agree, I'm not very ambitious.  At least not in the competitive or commercial sense.  I've never wanted to invent the next great thing that is going to save the world.  I never wanted to be a big shot of any kind.  

I've always wanted to be happy.  I have finally learned late in life (but not too late, I hope) that happy comes in moments, it is an attitude, it is a decision you make every morning . . . I am going to try and be happy today.  And what I know is that I am happy when I have my family around me.  They could be completely oblivious to my presence and I wouldn't care.  I am happy just to have them near. 

I am happy when I accomplish something and it doesn't matter if it is cleaning a room or writing a book.  Accomplishment makes me happy.

Spending time with my friends makes me happy.  Moments of quiet solitude make me happy.

It amazes me that for so much of my life I searched for happiness only to find out that I had it all the time.  I just didn't recognize it or enjoy it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

According to My Dreaded To Do List, today is January 1st, 2014 . . .

Sorry I haven't been around much lately.  I have been reorganizing my office and trying to finish off some big projects.  The office isn't quite done.  There are still quite a few projects to finish up . . . but I am on the right road.

This past week I have been grandson-sitting.  I now remember why raising children is a young person's job.  Wow.  I am tired now.  The boys were really great and I did enjoy spending some special time with them.


The grandsons just chillin' . . .


Here is the blog post I did for January 1st . . . http://inmyworld-pam.blogspot.ca/2014/01/crafty-new-year-to-one-and-all.html  

I enjoy using a blog called The One-Minute Writer which offers some great prompts for those of us who enjoy writing or journaling or even art journaling.  The January 1st prompt is . . . http://oneminutewriter.blogspot.ca/2014/01/todays-writing-prompt-float.html

I used to love parades but it has been quite a while since I have gone to one.  They just aren't the same as they were when I was a kid.  The marching bands and dancing troupes, baton twirlers and Shrine clowns made parades so exciting.  The thrill of snagging treats thrown from the floats is also gone.  Safety concerns, you know.  27 Sep 2014


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Three P Soup

4 servings

Preparation 10 minutes
Cooking 50 minutes
130 calories per serving

3 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
1 potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 pear, peeled and cut into chunks
1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
2-3/4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F.  Generously oil a baking sheet.

Prepare the vegetables and pear and lay them out on the baking sheet in a single layer and coat them thoroughly with the oil.  Roast in the middle of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and lightly browned.  During cooking, turn them a couple times using a spatula to coat them with the oil on the sheet.

Heat the broth in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir and in the roasted vegetables and pear.  Add salt and pepper then simmer 15 minutes.  Puree the soup in a blender or food processor adding more broth if the soup is too thick.  Add the oregano, adjust the seasoning then serve the soup into bowls.

This soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.

This recipe is from soscuisine.com

Changes:  I didn't have quite enough parsnips so I substituted a white carrot for one of the parsnips.  

DELICIOUS!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paper Piecing: Bubbles



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Paper Piecing: Boots


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Paper Piecing: Bookworm with B


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Asuka Japanese Restaurant, St. Thomas ON

Judging by some of the searches that have led people to my blog recently, you are all waiting to hear about the newest restaurant in town, Asuka Japanese Restaurant on Talbot Street in St. Thomas.

Until this moment if you searched sushi st. thomas all you got was an old review of the dearly departed Akita Sushi.

So I finally got a chance to check out Asuka today.  We went after the noon hour rush and the place was quiet with only a few tables of customers.  It is pretty clear that they have opened on a shoestring because the place feels sort of only half decorated.  Do you know what I mean?  And they have neon green bristol board open signs in the windows.

BUT . . . we were warmly greeted and quickly served.  We didn't even ask for a full menu so we don't know if they have one.  We were there for the all-you-can-eat menu so we could try as many dishes as possible.  And we did.  Some of the dishes tasted very similar to Akita but some were so much better.  I think the butterfly cheese were better and definitely thought the mango rolls were better.  We tried fish, chicken, vegetarian . . . a really good cross section of the menu and, of course, finished off with fried banana and ice cream.

Things I love about Asuka:  clean, the music is actually background music and not destroying my ears, our food arrived quickly and the table was kept cleared, and the food was delicious.

Things I did not love about Asuka:  it is not handicap accessible and bbq eel is only on the supper menu.

If you enjoy a nice dinner out you really should try this restaurant.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Paper Piecing: Bikini


This piecing is 2" x 3" and made using acid-free products.
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Paper Piecing: Birdbath


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Paper Piecing: Bird


This piecing is 2" x 3" and made using acid-free products.
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