Friday, April 30, 2021

Hodge Podge No. 11: ROW80, RiP, Decorah Eagles, Pandemic Calendar, Pearls Before Swine


appy blogging to all of you doing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I think this is Hodge Podge No. 11.

I collated the previous 10 hodge podge posts, and I'm pretty sure I haven't posted any others since.

Round 2 of A Round of Words in 80 Days started on 6 April! My main goal this round is to do CampNaNo -- and to keep writing (or editing) afterwards)! I may also try submitting Druid's Moon somewhere once again...

The Decorah eagles webcams are back on the Raptor Resource page!

RIP Jack Whyte
RIP Lawrence Ferlinghetti
and RIP Beverly Cleary

I first found out through the Editors' Association of Earth group.

Here is something I shared last spring on a group page a friend started on the pandemic:

I'm not very good about keeping a coherent narrative together, but I felt very blessed by something that happened this weekend. This us how I shared it on author Beverly Cleary's wall: Thinking of the importance of art and telling stories, especially as one of my concerns during lockdown (while working from home with a 5 and a half-year-old and a 17-month-old) was not having enough reading time for myself and, suddenly (I can't remember what led me to bring them up), my daughter and I are reading the Ramona books! I read some of it out loud and she skips ahead and reads more in bed. And I get to reread them for the umpteenth time, which is exactly the comfort reading I needed at this time.

Amanda Palmer recently posted a calendar called Did This Year Actually Happen?

I was inspired to create my own! Some of them are good things!

And a comic that describes my life, if I could live on less sleep!:

And now, some of my recent baking fun:

Baking many things at once!

Ingredients for hummus!

Oatmeal cookies with cranberry chocolate!

The finished hummus!

Mint chocolate chip cookies going in the oven...

Various salads...

My assistant!

My favourite beans!

Mini muffins!



Yum yum: Barbunya!

The mint chocolate chip cookies in the oven...

...and ready to eat!

Baking hot cross buns for the first time!

There they are, on a table set by my assistant!

More cookies!

Still more! I baked three batches!

My latest knitting project! My favourite blanket pattern.

What is one good thing that you remember from last year?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Treats for Bloggers and Hodge Podge No. 11

I have treats!

For all you bloggers doing the Blogging From A to Z Challenge, I have some virtual goodies to share!

I also have some lovely photos, as part of my latest Hodge Podge post:

Cakes and cookies and brownies, oh my!
I used a friend's brownie recipe, but my sister's brownie recipe is also a good one!

...and now, to decorate!

A Valentine's Day shoe!

Mm, roasted almonds

Hodge Podge post No. 11!
Photos from Paris, November 2019

Love and thank you to critical care workers

An article about our village shop!

Two sweaters knit by my mother...

...and pompoms too!

Finally, here's one of Turner's painting of Thun:

What are some of your favourite paintings?

Thursday, February 4, 2021

IWSG Day, Words I've Invented, and Yet More Snow!

Welcome to the blog!

It’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.   

February 3 question - Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

I am so happy to have made friends through the blogosphere! I celebrated many of them throughout the A to Z Blogging Challenge in 2017, one fellow blogger per day! It's awesome to see how many of us have kepy up our blogs for so many years.

I haven't quite met my ROW80 goals. I've been submitting short pieces here and there, hoping for a bite! Overall, though, I've been reading and knitting and baking. And we keep getting snow!

A Linus blanket, upon request, and Clementine Cake by Nigella Lawson!

Snow in the evening, no filter!

The river behind the house is rising... is the cake!

Starting a knitting project I've had for many years! I bought this kit ages ago, possibly in Kingston or Fredericton

Taking a break to bake Roman Honey Cake!

Finished one of the fingerless cuffs!

Two other things I've just thought of:

The Whisky Trench Riders are on Spotify!

Also, I thought it would be fun to show a list of words we've invented in our family:
Fussle: Loving on a pet, especially by ruffling fur with your fingers
Nekechuk: Satisfying stationery, including sticky notes
Çık: The magic that causes stuffed animals and dolss to become sentient
Foss: General contentment
Fish wrinkles: I invented this when I was a teen to be a replacement swear word. I still sometimes use it!
SipSip: Frodo the cat, the inspiration for Kedi
Shmuzz: Sam the cat, seen at the bottom of my knitting blog

Have you and your family invented any words?