My multiple blogs

January 5, 2014

I have noticed a lot of people have started following this blog.  It was my original blog and I don’t post here much.  In fact, what usually ends up on this blog page are some random things that I may reblog and forgot to change which blog I wanted it to be posted on.

You can follow my adventures in food, sewing or decluttering my house on the following blogs

MY FOOD BLOG  www.eatwhatyouhave.WordPress.com

My blog chronicling my feeble attempts at getting my house decluttered www.abagaday365.wordpress.com

And a new blog to chronicle my sewing endeavors as I have joined a group called The Monthly Stitch and for 2014 took a vow not to buy Ready To Wear (RTW) clothing (ie I have to make all my clothes myself).   www.sewyourheartout.wordpress.com

Hop on over to any of them and follow my adventures!

Thanks!

Cathy

I think I’ll call you Flower

December 9, 2013

Originally posted on 3 Dog Blog - the Huber Hounds:

While doing dishes last night my mind wandered and I recalled an incident with Fiona and a skunk which happened early in 2013.

I put Fiona and Gypsy out while I got breakfast ready then went to bring them in after I put their dishes down.  Gypsy came right in but Fiona, well Fiona was busy with an animal that came to visit.  First, out of the corner of my eye I saw a black nose.  Hmmm, one of the cats in the neighborhood must be visiting, strange that neither Fiona nor Gypsy made a big deal about this by barking I thought to myself.  Upon looking closer I thought I didn’t recall seeing a black and white cat around the neighborhood, certainly not one with white down its back.  WAIT A MINUTE!!!! WHITE DOWN ITS BACK—THAT IS NOT A CAT!!!!! There was no telltale odor from a skunk.   Image my panic…

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WHEW! Last of gifts completed!

November 16, 2013

cathynd95:

A completed Afghan by my sister.

Originally posted on AUNT CINDY'S CROCHET:

Just finished the last of the Christmas gifts not 10 minutes ago.  That is not to say the “made by” labels have been sewn on but at least the crocheting is completed.  Sort of leaves an empty feeling, not knowing what to move on to next although there are those dog sweaters…..if I start those I should be able to get them done in to mail out with the human gifts.

Then there is always the novelty booties for the little ones, an owl hat, diaper cover and leggings for one of the babies coming at the end of the month, the Disney princesses for my niece’s daughters new bedroom, the animal finger puppets with arc to give as a gift, the afghans for my other sister and her daughter as well as one for my other nephew’s girlfriend.  Like I said in an earlier post, so many patterns to…

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Introducing the pooches

November 14, 2013

cathynd95:

Love dogs? Check out my sister’s new blog about her three furry four footed kiddos

Originally posted on 3 Dog Blog - the Huber Hounds:

There are 3 of us, Phoenix – the only male dog the Hubers have owned.  Phoenix is a rescue dog.  We believe he is 1/2 redbone coonhound and 1/2 yellow lab.

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He is also the oldest, currently about 12 yrs old.

Then there is Fiona.  Fiona was adopted from the local SPCA.  We believe she is part chocolate lab and definitely a lapdog.

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Fiona is about 10 yrs. old.

Last but not least there is Gypsy.  Gypsy is 1/2 German shepherd (on her dad’s side) and 1/2 golden retriever (on her mom’s side).  Gypsy was purchased/adopted from a friend whose golden became pregnant from his son’s dog.  We had to put a dog down (her name was Mandy) due to her age and decreasing ability to control her bodily functions—when she started being unable to walk without assistance we felt it was humane to have her euthanized rather than continue…

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Christmas 2013 (continues)

November 11, 2013

Originally posted on AUNT CINDY'S CROCHET:

Hmmmm, this morning found a pattern for a small Christmas stocking that would be cute to put on gifts as nametags but I’m not certain I can get them made for each individual (if someone is getting more than one gift I would only make one stocking for that person….not that anyone is getting multiple gifts, since I started making gifts in earnest a bit late in the year it looks like one gift per individual).  Guess the only way I know if I can pull this off is to see how long it takes to make one and go on from there.  Good thing is, once I have made an item making more from the same pattern seems to go faster the more I make.

Another project I found was on Pinterest this morning from another person’s pin…http://dabblesandbabbles.com/diy-polymer-clay-crochet-hook-handles/…a way to adapt the handles of crochet hooks to…

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{ PANTONE } Spring 2014 Colour Palette

September 26, 2013

cathynd95:

Must keep this in mind for holiday sewing…

Originally posted on black label:

Pantone have released their Spring colour palette for 2014 and it would appear next year they reckon { DAZZLING BLUE } will be THE colour, just as Emerald is this years colour. Pantone_2014

{ source : Pantone }

I personally am not a blue fan, especially Facebook blue, but I am loving some of the other shades –  Cayenne, Paloma and Hemlock being my favourites.  When it comes down to the nitty gritty, the chosen colour of the year doesn’t really mean anything to me because I prefer to surround myself with colours that make me feel good, not just because they are chosen by the { WHOEVEVERS } as the colour of the year.  Saying that, I do like to see how the chosen colour/s filter down into wearable fashion as well as interior fashion just for interests sake.

What do you think of the 2014 palette? Feel inspired by…

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Conserving Electricity/Energy and the Electric Company Paradox

August 7, 2013

Originally posted on What's For Dinner?:

Do you live in a state that deregulated their electricity services?

I live in Texas, and the electricity industry was deregulated here for many years.

At first I was hesitant to change electric companies.  I bought into the talk from the original regulated company here in Houston about lack of reliability, etc. from the “new companies”.  Thank goodness I realized that was just that – a bunch of talk, from a company that wanted me to stay with them and keep paying really high prices. So, yes, I have changed electric companies many times over the years.  I do my homework.  I have learned a lot about what questions to ask to understand other charges are added on to the bill.  I must say I am now a very educated electricity consumer.   But, alas, that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the paradox of conserving energy (in this case…

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

August 6, 2013

cathynd95:

YUM! and I have peppers in my fridge!

Originally posted on Where Flours Bloom:

stuffed peppers

These great tasting stuffed peppers are slow cooked to perfection in the crock pot. Small peppers work best, so you don’t over-stuff, because too much will make them dry. These are so easy!

One package Spanish rice mix
1 pound lean ground beef, salt to taste
1/2 cup of diced celery
one small onion that has been chopped
one beaten egg
Four small /medium green bell peppers have lengthwise cored and seeded
One can of whole peeled tomatoes
one can condensed tomato soup undiluted
and one cup of water

1. Set aside seasoning packet from rice combine rice mix beef celery onions and eggs in a large bowl and mix well.

2. Pour tomatoes with juice into the crock pot slow cooker arrange Filled bell pepper  halves  on top of tomatoes.

3. Combine tomato soup water and extra. rice mix seasoning packet in a medium bowl pour over the bell peppers cover…

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The Baby Boomer’s Inadequate Gift to Us: Guest Post by Shawn Smucker

July 28, 2013

Originally posted on D.L. Mayfield:

You can read my intro/interview with Shawn from Tuesday here

 

 

 

The Baby Boomers’ Inadequate Gift to Us–guest post by Shawn Smucker

 

 

 

“We expected something,

Something better than before.

We expected something more.”

 

The National

 

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We watched the sun set, all of us sitting there by the fire pit but it was warm so we didn’t light the fire. Deer wandered through the waist-high grass at the edge of the woods, and as darkness seeped up from the shadows and spread towards the sky, the lightning bugs began to blink.

 

My daughter, five years old and full of optimism, ran inside for a jar, then dashed back and forth through the night. She saw a light and ran towards it, but by the time she arrived, it was dark. Another light, another mad dash. Another…

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Homemade Maraschino Cherries the Good n Slow Way

May 24, 2013

Homemade Maraschino Cherries the Good n Slow Way.


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