8-20-19

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The past couple days I have been busy gathering, photographing, and weighing lots of things to put on Ebay. I am clearing some of the things out of a bead cabinet I bought years ago. The cabinet is fantastic, and had some supplies in it when I bought it, and I will probably never use some of it… so… Ebay seemed logical. In other news… we are also signing papers on our house in Coudersport!

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8-18-19

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Today would have been my mother’s birthday… not something I realized until just now. Strange. It’s been a rough several months since she passed, and an even rougher several years leading up to her passing. It’s been quite the journey, and I’ve learned a lot.

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8-17-19

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another photo from when Jim and I went to the Alexandria National Cemetery at night. I believe this was the original “comfort station” and could hold 24 chairs and a large table. There is another building behind it, of newer brick, that is said (according to one site) to contain the kitchen, the bathroom and tool area.

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8-16-19

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I’ve been pretty immobile since hurting my ankle about 3 weeks ago. It’s been harder than I thought, and more painful than I thought. The upshot, I am not sleeping well, and I have my sleep/ awake schedule pretty messed up… and therefor, I am also not getting much of anything done. It’s frustrating, to say the least.

Tonight, Jim and I went out or dinner, and then went driving around the area, finding a cool entrance to a cemetery… so of course, we had to stop. Hence, my photo for today from the Alexandria National Cemetery.

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8-14-19

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This is an older photo, that I edited today. … Still sorting through beads and findings.

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8-13-19

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—-cooking (dinner tonight is Dirty Rice with a summer veggie sauté, and skirt steak on top).

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.. and sorting through some of my jewelry making stuff to list on Ebay…

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8-10-19

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migraine day #4.... cold. I think my immune system is rebelling . In other ‘news’…. here are some hostas blooming in the courtyard.

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8-8-19 --Bonus

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I've never tried to make pho... and to be honest, only have had it once. But I tried! This one is a pork version. I looked at several different recipes online, and combined what seemed to be the consensus into one recipe...
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I cooked the pork loin with onions and a few spices in the Instapot (40 minutes on pressure cook). And, I cooked the traditional noodles separately, at the last minute after soaking them for an hour.
The base is: Miso broth(I used 2 cartons of organic Miso broth from the store), a few veggies I had (squash, scallions and peppers). I added Chinese 5 spice, lemongrass, cilantro, ginger, salt, Fish sauce, cinnamon, and Thai chili paste.
Once the pork was done, I added it to my broth which had been simmering for a couple hours. 
To serve: I added my freshly cooked noodles to the bottom of each bowl, and ladled generous portions of the the broth/ meat/ blend on top.
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UPDATE: To me, it needed more Thai Chili sauce.. so I added a generous dollop to my bowl.

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8-8-19

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The weather here is pretty amazing….I took all of these photos yesterday late afternoon.

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8-7-19

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Right now it’s 93 degrees and 56% humidity. I feel like a wilted flower. That said, the Black eyed Susans in the courtyard seem to love it…. And so I will stay inside, rest, and maybe work on some stuff I’ve been meaning to do. (or maybe I’ll work on jewelry).

8-6-19

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I am a mess today…. a combination of news/ world events hitting hard… and a migraine… and lack of good sleep. >>sigh<<

In continuing what I was talking about yesterday; when I am stressed, I either cook… or clean (or both). Here is another yummy meal I put together with our Instapot. It is boneless, skinless chicken pieces with lots of herbs, fresh tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, red/orange/green peppers…, all over Farfalle pasta with Asiago & Parmesan cheese on top. And a side of ciabatta bread with butter.

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8-5-19

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I find that when I am stressed, I either clean the house, garden, or cook. Most times, it’s a combination of all three… until I can wear myself down enough to calm a bit. These past few days have been no exception.

So. I cleaned the apartment, fiddled with the plants on the balcony… and made this fabulous dinner. Comprised of fresh/ local beats, tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, summer squash and zucchini, an apple, a dash of white wine… lots of spices…. and a skirt steak…. it came out fabulous.

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8-4-19

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Photo taken this am of my fabulous pup having some naps and dreams… and my submission for my daily “createDaily” project.

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I have to admit though… that I am so incredibly overwrought. I just.... can't...watch any more news today. That, coupled with the rantings of some really "uninformed or willfully stubborn?" folks on my FB feed who still believe we don't have gun/ hate/ racism issues here in the US. I am just so incredibly angry/sad/depressed/ frustrated/ fed up/ gutted/ incredulous/exasperated/ infuriated/ demoralized/discouraged/ disheartened …with both my country and my fellow man right now. Where do we go from here?.....

I fight, I write… I vote… I still feel powerless.

So. A dear friend suggested I need to back away for a bit, and concentrate on doing more art. She’s probably right.

Someone asked me once, how do I come up with so many ideas for y jewelry? I’ve been making jewelry since 1997, and I have to admit, I haven’t had a “block” yet . Perhaps I am just really, really lucky…. but I find inspiration is practically everywhere I look. Oftentimes, I am inspired by nature.

The other night I was getting groceries… and was inspired by the flowers in the shop. I took a photo (see below). Those colors inspired me to think of gemstones in a similar color palette… (which also led to some suggestions of stones from a friend)… which led to the necklace I a currently working on …

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