Nov 202015
 

The Watering Hole - Eastern Kansas

This picture was taken somewhere in Eastern Kansas while we were driving through to Missouri. I wish I knew exactly where we were, but I wasn’t paying attention to our exact location.

I’m not sure what it is about this picture that keeps me coming back to it. Every time I learn new tips and tricks in editing, I re-edit this picture, trying to make it better. This pass, I deepened the greens and tried to bring out more variation in the landscape. I was hoping to add more depth to the picture. I also darkened the sky. It was so bright it overshadowed the rest of the scene.

I don’t think I’ll ever be completely happy with it and that’s not a bad thing. 

Nov 192015
 

So, I’ve been working on the same blanket for years, haven’t picked it back up yet this year, but Mister Underfoot won’t let me finish it. I made a post about it last year that you can find here: The Blanket I’ll Never Finish.

After I made that post, I decided that since he loved the blanket I was working on so much, I’d just make him one of his own. Since it was smaller, it was easier to work on, but he still had to try it out before it was finished.

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It’s a simple blanket, just single, double and triple crochet throughout. On the row before switching colors, I did a variety of variations. Some were 3 sc, 3 dc, 3 tc, 3 dc, 3 sc, 3 dc and so on. Some were 1 of each repeating and some were just seemingly random. I wanted to add a little something to see even though it was a blanket for a kitty.

And here’s what he wound up with…

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The variegated rows actually look pretty interesting. I love working with variegated yarn because you never know exactly how it’s going to look until it’s finished. Some people see ducks, others rabbits. I see a pattern of blobs, but I’ve never had something I’ve made with variegated turn out looking quite so uniform before.

After the blanket was finished, I spread it out on the couch. Mister Underfoot jumped up on the couch, wrapped his arms around the edge of it and pulled it up to his face.

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I left him alone with it and came back a few hours later to this.

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I don’t think he likes it. 

Nov 182015
 

I’ve collected a few writing tips from The Writer’s Circle on Facebook and thought I’d share. Just a random collection of tips and lists that may or may not be helpful.

I’m enjoying the posts from The Writer’s Circle. They post tips, funnies, informative videos and other helpful things that make your procrastination more productive.

They also have a website at http://writerscircle.com/ 

Sorry for the huge pictures. Some of them are impossible to read smaller.

8 Laws of Foreshadowing

Banish Writer's Block

Character Motivation

What Really Makes a Good Story?

Comma Rules

100 Jobs for Fantasy Characters

 

 

Nov 172015
 

Asked and answered. This is what I’m eating for dinner. Yummy Salsa Chili Dog!

After looking at statistics of my posts on both the website and social media, it appears that posts about what I’m currently eating or drinking have been the most popular. So, when I was asked what I was eating for dinner tonight, I decided to take a pic and post it.

Salsa Chili Dog

Nov 172015
 

I’ve read The Talisman several times. It’s near the top of my long list of favorite books, so when I finally noticed that Black House is actually a sequel to The Talisman, I had to pick it up. I just started reading it, but I’m excited to see what happens.

You know, I should probably actually write down that list of favorite books sometime so I know what the top twenty or so actually are. At some point, someone is going to notice that I have fifty books claiming to be in my top ten favorites.

The acclaimed #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling horror novel from the undisputed King of Horror, Stephen King’s Black House is now reprinted for a modern-day audience.

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her Territories “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories, and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades ago by a madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “the Fishman,” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help the inexperienced force find him. But are these new killings merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack’s inexplicable waking dreams—if that is what they are—of robins’ eggs and red feathers? It’s almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As this cryptic message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted tract of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

Summary from Amazon.com

Nov 162015
 

Sorry for the terrible picture. It looked better in the camera, honest! I’ll take pictures again the next time I make them, but as always, anyone that tries them out and wants to send pictures, please do.

I love making these little muffins and freezing them for later. They heat quickly and make for a fast, satisfying breakfast.

Serve with fresh fruit for a well-rounded breakfast.

Tater Tot Breakfast Muffins
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 36 tater tots
  2. 7 large eggs
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. Favorite Fillings, Diced
  5. Suggestions: ham, sausage, bacon, turkey bacon, green peppers, red peppers, onion, fresh mushrooms, spinach, kale
  6. shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Generously grease or spray all the cups of the muffin pan with shortening, butter, spray olive oil or cooking spray. I seem to have less problems with sticking when I use shortening.
  3. Place 3 thawed tater tots in each cup of a muffin pan. If you forget to take the tater tots out to thaw, you can pop them in the microwave for a minute or two to thaw. After placing in muffin pan cups, use a small cup to squish the tater tots flat.
  4. Bake tater tots for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove tater tots from oven and fill each cup loosely with your favorite fillings. Don't cram or pack them in, the eggs need holes to fill.
  6. Whisk together eggs and cup milk. Fill each cup with egg mixture. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top (optional).
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked through.
  8. To remove muffins, run a fork around the edge of each one to loosen it from the sides. Place fork back in the side, push in on the muffin gently and twist. The muffin should pop right out.
Notes
  1. To freeze cool completely and wrap each muffin in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag. This keeps the muffins from sticking together and helps prevent frost buildup.
  2. To heat from frozen, microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. 1 1/2 minutes works for me at full power in a 1250W microwave.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
I found this recipe on the net somewhere and adapted it to my style over time, but I’m not sure of the original source. There are many different sites with very similar recipes. So, I didn’t give any one site credit as the “adapted from” because I don’t know which one to credit. Thanks to all of them though. I enjoy having a yummy, fast breakfast choice.

tatertotmuffins

Nov 132015
 

I’m going to try one more post for the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post. Pingbacks still aren’t working correctly for me, but I’m going to give it one more shot anyway.

While we were in New Orleans, we visited Saint Louis Cemetery Number One and I found this ornate fence around one of the tombs. It was actually a little difficult to get a picture of. The sun was bright and bounced off the silver of the fence. I think it lost some detail with all the light play. The design is interesting and I think it would have been prettier as an iron fence. The glaring silver drove the ornate feel over the top. 

Ornate Silver Fence - Saint Louis Cemetery Number One - New Orleans, LouisianaOrnate Silver Fence – Saint Louis Cemetery Number One – New Orleans, Louisiana

Ornate Fence Closeup - Saint Louis Cemetery Number One - New Orleans, LouisianaOrnate Fence Closeup – Saint Louis Cemetery Number One – New Orleans, Louisiana

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