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I've been in a lot of Neuro pain lately, so Ive been just lurking.

The night before last I had awful muscle spasms and neuro pain. I didn't sleep at all. It was a beastly night.I called my doc and he changed my meds by adding something new. It's called Horizant, and wow, it REALLY knocked down the neuro pain. I woke up this morning, feeling slightly stoned but none the worse.I slept 8 hours! I still feel a little out of it, and it may take a while to adjust to, but I really hope this is the magic med!

Now I have to clean while I still don't hurt! Amazing. I mean, it's raining and we're having a nor'easter storm. I should be in bed, flattened. But I'm not!

BIrthday Shout Out!

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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] gairid

Some music to celebrate your day!

another bread recipe

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I had a request for my Farmhouse White Bread recipe, so here 'tis!

Farmhouse White Bread
10 C unbleached flour
1tbs salt (more or less)
1/2 C sugar (more or less)
3/4 C melted butter or margarine
2 1/2 C milk (100 degreesF)
1/2 C water 100 degreesF
scant tsp sugar
3 packages yeast (I use Hodgson Mill, Fast Rise)
4 bread pans greased.

Proof the yeast by placing 1/2 c hand hot water into a 4cup measure and combining with the scant teasp sugar and yeast. Mix well and set aside in a warm place. Sift the flour. Heat the milk, melt the butter. Place 3 heaping cups of sifted flour into the mixing bowl with the salt and sugar. Grease the pans. When the yeast has proofed, assemble everything.
In the mixingbowl, combine the 3 (heaping) cups of flour (salt and sugar) with milk and butter. Whisk. Add Proofed yeast. Whisk some more. Stir in the rest of the flour a cup at a time. When it gets too stiff to stir, turn onto a floured surface and begin to knead. Knead in as much flour as needed (yeah, it's a pun) until the dough is smooth and elastic, and feels like a baby's butt.(seriously. That's how I tell it has enough flour)
Divide into four loaves and place in pans to rise. (I don't let it rise a second time. I'm a heretic. Bite me.)
When bread has risen, place into a 350 degree preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. I bake my bread for 28 minutes. It works for me. When lovely and golden brown, turn bread from pans onto cooling rack. You can either rub a little butter onto the tops and cool, cover with a clean towel and cool, or just let it cool uncovered for a crusty loaf. Your choice.

Crafty Time!

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Make a bat-winged heart!

Amazing video

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All I have is a link - This is a vid of a pod of Killer Whales taken by a drone. It's from the Vancouver Aquarium. Click Here and enjoy!

Lil' Spaz Kitten

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Health Benefits of Yarncrafting

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This is something we knew all along - that knitting and crochet is good for you.

This was in my email this morning. I don't usually read stuff from Lion Brand Yarn. I'm not that big a fan of it, but it's better than Red Heart. Anyway, I did click through and read the article.

Yes! Knitting has helped me many times. It has helped me deal with grief and loss when my dogs died. I knit a tea-cozy when our beagle, Katie, passed. It was kind of cute when puppy Pepper got hold of the tea cozy and carried it around like a child with a security blanket. I dealt with a friend's cancer by keeping her in chemo hats during the 18 months she fought the disease. How many chemo hats? I lost count. I just know that while she was without hair, I had a hat on my knitting needles.

Knitting helped me deal with homesickness when I first moved to New York. I kept our boys in sweaters and mittens those first couple of years. Not only for our sons, but I knit for my nieces as well. (my sister in law said that I was 'showing off', but she never did anything to help me adjust to a new city)(yes, I know I'm bitching)

I'm glad there was research done on this. Knitting is good for you!


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Ok, I have to breakout the Halloween icons. Gotta figure out a way to spruce up Assbook, too. Luv Halloween! Wish I could go to New Orleans again for it. Wow, is that fun. If you ever have a chance to go to NoLa do go!

I have been having more trouble with the Restless Leg syndrome stuff. No, I'm not flailing my arms and legs. I just get colossal leg cramps and pain!omg in my thighs. Also, my fingertips feel like I slammed a piano lid on them. All part of neuro discomfort (as they so nicely put it).

I'm nearly finished the purple shoulderette shawl. I'm in the process of binding it off. I have a hunch it's going to wind up a scarf accent on my black winter coat, or I'll send it to someone small and skinny to use as a shawl. I want to splurge on some good wool yarn and make myself another Faroese Shawl, like the one in the photo below. It took about 800 yds of bulky yarn. It's in Acrylic, it's not all that warm and the damned thing pills.

faroese shawl

Next project? I may make a shrug for Lyn's daughter, Caitlyn. She's tiny little bit of a child, so the thing wouldn't take long to knit. I'll make her brother some cute mittens, maybe with a 'Captain America' shield on them. Or maybe both kids would like mittens for xmas. I'll ask Lyn what she thinks. Next time I'm there, I have to remember to take pictures!

Oct. 17th, 2014

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I saw this on Tumblr and it reminded me of baritonejeff


The Friday Five

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1. What was your favorite book during childhood?
The Happy Moomins by Tova Jansen

2. What is your favorite book now?
The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard

3. What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Room with a View

4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them?

5. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you?
No! My friends had really good taste in books!

Song Meme- Day 30

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Day 30 — Your favorite song at this time last year

Elton John - Original Sin

Music Meme- Day 29

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A song that you wish you could play-
The Gig Fugue, played by my Godfather, Virgil Fox

Our trip to Pennsylania

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We had a good day, in spite of being stuck on traffic for 45 minutes. As soon as we got off the interstate, the drive down 'truck route' 100, was all countryside, stone houses, old barns and nostalgia. I enjoyed it, even though it was raining.

We got to Lyn's house around 2:30. (It took 4.5 hours to get there, including lunch and sitting in traffic.)

Lyn lives in an old house, mid 19th century. The kitchen, upstairs bathroom and extra bedroom are all editions. Her children are as energetic and lovable as puppies. They decided that Hubster was their friend. They talked to him and played along side of him while Lynn and I caught up. He's always been great with kids and is such a Daddy sort.

We talked about Lyn's Mom, Deb. It was good for us to talk and remember. We laughed and had a few tears come to our eyes, but it was 99% happy remembrances. We talked about Lyn's late Dad, Ted, who died from cancer in 1989. He was Hubster's best friend, and was well loved. We talked about her recent inheritance from her paternal grandfather - some beautiful family china, and a diningroom table and chairs.

She's a happy young mother, and enjoys being at hoime with her kid. He mother used to gripe to me that Lyn was just 'playing house', but Lyn is so happy in her marriage and family, and the choice is hers.

Lyn is taking care of her younger sister, and helps to keep her step-father organized. He's 80, and she makes sure he gets his meds, etc.

Before we left, Lyn gave me a program from her mother's funeral service and a newspaper with her obit. We then loaded up the TV cabinet we bought from her and went home.

I was sorry to miss seeing her sisters. We'll go for a weekend and include everyone next time. =)

Meme Day 28

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A song that you can play on an instrument

I used to be able to play Rondo A La Turka

Road Trip!

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Off to pick up a cabinet in Pennsylvania, from the daughter of my late friend Deb. I haven't seen her since she and her family were in the area for Lego Land on 4/11 this year. It will be good to see her.
Needless to say, the meme is postponed for a day.

A silly from Facebook

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The Morning After

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After all the exercise yesterday, MAN! Am I sore! I was really hurting last night. I had to do that old remedy of Advil the a soak in a tub. I wish I could find RADOX around here. Best sore muscle soak ever.

Music Meme Day 27

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Songs that reminds you of your parents

The song that reminds me of my Dad is The Navy Hymn
My Dad served in the US Navy on a sea going tug called
'The Mahopac'. He loved his time in the Navy, especially night watch when he could observe the stars and the sea.

For my mother, her favorite opera aria, 'O, Evening Star', from Tannhauser, by Richard Wagner

Much accomplished today

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Oh, yes. Got a LOT done today.

First, I made bread, as I usually do on a Saturday morning. It's been chilly and lighting the oven warmed up the place.

After lunch, I went grocery shopping again. I did that yesterday, but I forgot a few things. This is the first time since last year that I was able to shop two days in a row! Yay! I guess I am FINALLY over that surgery.

I made a stop at CVS and picked up some moisturizer. My skin gets dry in fall and winter. While I was there, the woman in the 'beauty' department complimented me on my teeth! =) =) (That was well worth all that pain and effort!)

I got home from the supermarket around five. I had a cup of tea to revive myself, then I made dinner. It was nothing gourmet - just an old recipe for Spanish Rice (I have no idea why they call it Spanish!) It's ground beef, canned tomatoes, diced up onion, celery and green pepper cooked together with rice. When the rice is tender, it's done. Anyway, I made a LOT of it, so we can have it as a rerun dinner. =)

Of course, now I hurt like crazy, but it's to be expected.

Oct. 11th, 2014

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National Coming Out Day


The 30-day Music Meme

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Day 26 — A song that makes you laugh

The first time and every time I hear it, The Lumberjack Song cracks me up.

The Friday Five- Toys

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1. What was your favorite toy when you were younger? When did you get it, do you still have it, etc?
My favorite toys were a collection of model horses. Some were plastic, some where china, some were metal. Since I couldn't have a live horse or pony, I loved these little horses and played with them every day.

2. Do you still sleep with stuffed animals? If you do, what kind?
He's hardly an animal, but I sleep with my husband.

3. Have you ever collected beanie babies, barbies, matchbox cars, etc?
I had some matchbox cars, and of course, my little horses!

4. Have you ever collected toys from the kids menus of fast food restaurants?
No, they didn't have them when I was a kid.

5. Did you ever get rid of your childhood toys? Were you sad when you got rid of them? How old where you when you got rid of them?I think they were gradually put away in boxes. I had the horse collection in my closet in the bedroom, but eventually, with trans-Atlantic moves, then other moves when I was grown up, the horses were lost, I know my mother threw a lot of my things out while I was in England for 5 years.

I still have three of my dolls, an antique doll, a Madame Alexander doll and a jointed walking doll. they are in beautiful condition because I never played with them!

the Music Meme, Day 26

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Name a song or piece of music that reminds you of high school.

My high school was Charles Ellis School for Girls - aka, St. Trinian's. We always said our school song shouldn't be 'Ellis, To Thee', but The St Trinian's Battle Song.

Malala won!

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Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize!

30 Day Music Meme

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Day 25 A song or piece of music that you consider your anthem

Cass Elliot sang it a long time ago, but it's always been my anthem

I have only two things to say...

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1. Well, that must have cost a lot.
2. Besides Elton and a few others - Who the hell are all those people? (I am so- 1. old 2. out of the loop)

There is a key to who's who. names to faces

Music Meme 24

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A song or piece of music that reminds you of your best friend.

My best friend died last May. =( We were friends since the mid '70's. I consider my husband my best friend, but Deb was my best bud, although as we got older we rarely agreed on anything. (She took on very conservative views, and I stayed the way I always have been: rabble-rouser, liberal and a little left of center.) Anyway, The one way she didn't change was her choice of music. She loved musicals, specially The Sound of Music. That is also Hubster's favorite movie. So, for my two best friends, a bit of 'My Favorite Things' from The Sound of Music.

PS, about ten years ago, after a concert at NY's Public Library, Julie Andrews came up to the stage as we were packing up, and talked with us a while. I was so impressed with her. What a charming person!

Music Meme Day 23

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A song or piece of music that reminds you of your favorite book.

My favorite book is "The Light Years", the first book in the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard. The series starts in the late 1930's when the main character, Clary, is a youngish teenager. Here's a song that reminds me of the Cazalet girls when they were growing up, so eager to get out into the world and fall in love.

My Day

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Chilly morning. I actually slept late for a change.

We went to the Dept of Motor Vehicles, aka The DMV. Ah, yes, the dreaded Dee Em Vee. You can spend an entire day here and leave no better off than when you landed there.

The lesson learned years ago was, never go to a DMV near the city. No. Wrong. It's crowded, the workers live in a harassed state and they'll bellow at you for looking at them funny. The rule is, go north, it's better.

So we drove about 40 minutes or so to Peekskill. The is a slightly run down, slightly tattered town on the Hudson River. But! There are some cool buildings. There's a restaurantClickie! (it's a gallery in the photo) that has a turret with a minaret roof. Its painted gold. Very cool.

The DMV people were very nice. I was sent right to a window and was interviewed.

Now, this trip was to get a NY State ID. I did have a driver's license, but because of the meds I'm on, I am not permitted to drive. So instead of renewing the license, I got an id.

Anyway, the entire process took a half an hour. If I had gone to the DMV in lower Westchester, I'd still be standing there, getting yelled at.

So, next on the day's happenings, the concert on Oct 18 was cancelled. NOT HAPPY about this at all. There was a lot of stupid on part of the chamber music bunch on this. First, they decided to toss a BIGBUCKS gala without checking on what has happening with the other cultural activities of the area. They ignored the the fact that the Met Opera Broadcast being done at the same time as the gala. So, there were only 9 tickets sold as of this past weekend! Poor forethought. So they canceled it. We lose $$ because we weren't needed. The charity lost money from the cancellation of the concert. =P =P all round. So, Hubster and I will take the day off and check out the local foliage.

The leaves aren't quite turned here, we'll give that another week or so. It should look pretty good when we have our leaf-peeping trip.

So that's my day.


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