The Post – LGBTQ Ally Week

January 23, 2011

Just starting to get back on track here for the new week. Last week we ate out a lot rather than deal with any new crock pot experiments. So I’ll be back on track soon with new posts.

I received this on my Facebook page, about an “Ally Week” event going on at Chapel Hill – University of North Carolina. While I can’t be present for it and don’t have a button to wear, I can still “put it out there” for all to be aware of and consider.

So click here to read about UNC’s event.

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The Post – Meatloaf, The Aftermath….

January 19, 2011
Submerged the meatloaf in water to kill the smell, lit sandalwood incense, opened windows and turned on the furnace fans….the house has progressed to “wet dog”…
Never cook something overnight in a crock pot using a recipe never tried before….you wake up to that feeling of “if it smells like this all the way upstairs through a closed door…do I dare go down there?”

The Post – The Dear Departed Meatloaf……

January 19, 2011

Let us have a moment of silence for the dear departed meatloaf…..one should never do a meatloaf in a crockpot without “other things” and liquid – it’s juices do NOT constitute liquid…..windows open in the house on a cold mid-January morn……eating out tonight. By then I might be able to pry the meatloaf out of the pot….. for whatever talents I have in oil painting, writing, studying sea creatures and finding odd facts to share here….that talent does NOT translate to cooking skills….the kitchen is a no-man’s land this morning…..

The Post – Human Body in the Vacuum of Space

January 17, 2011

One of the things you might notice as you read my blog is that from time to time I’ll have odd facts, stories or strange nuggets of information. That’s that “mosaic broken bits” part of me that has a wide range of interests and loves trivia. So, here’s one for today:

I always thought that if you got exposed to the vacuum of space, even a tiny pinprick in your suit, that you were immediately dead due to your body exploding or boiling out. From NASA, it’s not quite like that :  click here

The Post – Seagull seascape progress #2

January 17, 2011

Update on the seagull seascape painting. Added a bit more to all of the seagulls, more highlights and shading to the pilings, and ropes around pilings and connecting them.

Now the painting needs to dry so I can then put a slightly greenish brown wash over the rope – give it that weathered, sea-algae coated look. Right now the rope is too white. The two gulls on the left are getting closer but need to dry before I can put in some defining highlights and shadows on the feathers, eyes and mouths.

The hovering gull is ’emerging from the canvas’ – feathers starting to be defined, beak and eyes starting to go in, darks and lights in the feathers getting stronger. Stay tuned for next progress shot.

The Gift – FOOD!!!!

January 16, 2011

I am not a kitchen-gourmet….my husband’s forte. But I did a pork loin roast for the first time ever in my life today, in the crock pot, which I never used before, using a recipe from the internet no one I know has ever tried. After 8 hours, it fell apart and was great. The apples I put in with it, became the best applesauce. So tonight, my blog is to give a gift and pass on a delicious, not labor-intensive GREAT meal that even I could be proud of!!

Here’s the recipe: click here

Enjoy!!!! 🙂

The Post – A Meditative Gift

January 15, 2011

Here’s a You Tube video done by someone called “puntocaramelo” to accompany Celine Dion singing Ave Maria.  It’s a meditative delight, both visually and audibly.  Click here and enjoy.

The Post – How to Have Your Heart in Your Throat

January 15, 2011

A gift for all this afternoon:  A poem by Jimmy Stewart about his dog named Beau, from a Johnny Carson Show clip.

It is such a heart-warming performance.  Click here and enjoy.

The Post – Seagull Seascape in progress

January 15, 2011

Here’s a current “painting-in-progress” .  All seagulls need finishing, then some ropes around the pilings and one rope connecting the pilings. I’ll update the pics as I go along.

Canvas size is 12″ x 24″  and the medium is my favorite:  oils.

Yes, the seagulls have no faces yet! Maybe I should leave them that way as some kind of philosophical statement? 🙂

I so love seascapes, sea birds, wooden pilings, stormy seas….

Stay tuned for pictures of progress.

The Post – MBARI and a Squid Performance

January 14, 2011

I LOVE the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute!  They do so many interesting things, from animal research to ROVs and AUVs (remotely operated vehicle; autonomous underwater vehicle – both topics for another day)  But a gift tonight, esp on a Friday night of a busy week, is a video from them of a number of clips of squids in the depths doing what they do best – fluidly moving through their environment.   Enjoy the video!