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Another Week

Here it is again Friday, another week gone. Really glad it’s over as it has been a brutal week. I cannot believe I was able to care for my mum after her stroke-while it was not easy, she made it as easy as possible and she was confined to a wheelchair, paralysed on her right side, very difficult to understand as the stroke affected her speech. This woman was a bright, independent woman who loved life and loved people. the middle third of the left hemisphere of her brain was gone, destroyed by the stroke. The hardest aspect of that was the role-reversal. Your parents are supposed to be indestructible, invincible. To have her rely on me as I once did on her as a child was the hardest aspect. I got no help with her either. As much as I tried to get it, couldn’t. But we made it work. My father , OTOH, Asperger’s Syndrome and dementia…I’m going out of my mind, he is killing me in the process-I cannot for love nor money get help so I’m trying to file complaints against his physician and the social worker. What the hell kind of society are we living in????? I’m never going to make it this summer if I can’t find a doctor to put me back on Valium. I’m so happy they take a vow not to harm us but by denying me a medication that has saved my life, that’s exactly what they are doing-harming me. This is about ME, not them or their profits. I never abused it ,I never became addicted to it but was ripped off it cold turkey for no reason other than idiot doctor wanted me on SSRI’s and I wasn’t going there. I saw no reason to play pill bingo. Valium worked for me. He forgot he told me he wanted to get out of medicine and retire to Key West with his wife and open a tourist bar. Not on my dime he wasn’t. I would have had his license for that-his wife actually cut me off-a woman with NO medical training or understanding of what she was doing…she was  a “secretary”. Not even sure that’s what she was but surely that has to be illegal and unethical for a secretary to deny a prescription refill.

Anyway, I got some new thread in the post earlier in the week. Never would have bought all this had I still been on my Viking. I never had luck with metallics until I got my Bernina which I go pick my 830 LE up Sunday at my dealers. Had some work done to fix tension. Can’t wait. I still use my Bernina 530 but have grown very close to my 830LE  and am more comfortable with that. I have an idea for a steampunk art quit I’m hoping I can work on. Using dupioni silk for this, just have to figure out what I want to do.

I saw this on Goodreads and thought I’d do it.

1) Favorite radio station?

When I had Sirius XM, I loved Ozzys’ Boneyard and 1st Wave. Since I cancelled that, I no longer listen to the radio. 

2) What’s a song you could (and do) listen to over and over again if given a chance?

Lita Ford’s Close My Eyes Forever. So many good memories attached to that and was so very hypnotic to play when I was playing guitar. 

3) Who is a relatively new musical talent (this decade)that you like?

This decade? I haven’t really listened to a lot of new music that moved me since the metal scene was killed off in the early 90’s. Not sure how new they are but I find myself playing Ride’s From Time To Time a lot. I listen to some trance stuff that helps me over the rough patches. Not sure how new Ride is, as a band.

I guess if I don’t publish this, I’ll end up sitting here until its time to get dinner rolling. Have to get busy. Happy Friday everyone!

Metallics

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I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as I do. It makes me so mad that to get decent, healthy food requires 50 hours per week of research to find out what the hell we’re actually consuming.

 

The Pilaff

1- 1/2 cups Basmati or other long grain white rice

3 TBSP unsalted butter

2 oz. Vermicelli, broken into 1 inch pieces (there is a German noodle that’s already broken up but I can’t think of the name off hand)

1 onion grated (box grater, I guess the essence but not pieces is what they want)

1 clove garlic, minced

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1- 1/4 tsp.salt

3 TBSP minced fresh parsley

 

Put rice in a medium bowl and cover with HOT tap water by 2 or 3 inches. Let it stand for 15 minutes.

Using your hands, gently swish the grains to release the excess starch. Carefully pour off the water, leaving rice in the bowl. Add cold tap water to rice and pour off. Repeat adding and pouring off cold water 4 or 5 times, until water runs almost clear. Drain in a fine mesh strainer (I use cheesecloth, I don’t have a strainter that fine)

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally until browned, about 3 minutes (WATCH THIS STEP…it’s like toasting pine nuts…it happens VERY FAST)

Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is soft but not browned-about 4 minutes.

Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the edges of the rice begin to turn translucent, about 3 minutes.  Add broth and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until all liquid is absorbed, around 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, stir in parsley and serve.   Serves 4 to 6

 

Now you can serve your family a healthy version without needing a degree in chemistry to understand what all is in the packaged junk.

 

The eggless Egg Salad can be found HERE on Christina Pirello’s site. This is SO good and I’m happy I can eat this as much as I want without worrying about cholesterol. I guarantee you, if you make this with nobody around, nobody will be able to tell it’s not egg salad. Absolutely ndelicious…looks and taste wise.   Let me know how it goes!

 

Typing this up just made me realise that there’s all kinds of crap in places we never think to look. For instance, I found triglycerides in garlic powder. I forget which brand but watch your labels. I used to put garlic powder on my salads with total abandon thinking it was healthy and I was doing my body good. NEVER thought to look to see what was lurking in it. Triglycerides were the LAST thing I’d expect to find. Now I just mince up a clove of real garlic & toss it in my salad.

 

I also used to buy Carolina Brand Yellow Rice. Until I  noticed it also contained trans fats. If there’s partially hydrogenated anything in something like rice or garlic powder I think we, the consumer, have a right to know. So I wrote to Carolina Brand company asking why there are trans fats in rice. They replied that they’d get back to me. About 2 weeks later I got an email from a “Scientist” at that company asking exactly which product, UPS code and all. I said you don’t need to know the UPC code..I’m telling you your YELLOW RICE has trans fats in it. WHY? They never responded even after I fired off 3 or 4 more asking why so I vowed I was going to spread the word as wide as I could. Why does a ‘scientist’ need to reply? It’s  a question any employee at that company should be able to answer..weather it’s in rice or flour or whatever. If its to prevent caking, I’d rather use  a skewer and break a caked product up myself (think SPIKE seasoning). As someone who has always eaten pretty healthy (not a big meat fan and never was), I was shocked to learn I had high cholesterol about a decade ago…went to a dietician to try & get to the bottom of it and she wanted me to pretty much eat nothing but nuts. I said I’m a sushi fan, I will not give up sushi and if I altered my diet anymore than do, I’ll be eating dried twigs and dead leaves. What the food industry is doing to those not alert is CRIMINAL.

I used to LOVE Cento Pepperoncini. I grew up with them in salads. I don’t like the artificial colouring in them and had stopped buying them for the past 5 years or so. I now use Jeff’s Naturals Pepperoncini available on Amazon. There’s maybe 5 ingredients in them, all can be pronounced by us everyday people and the yellow colouring if not a toxic FDC dye, but it comes from the healthy Turmeric seasoning. And the taste? For the first time in my 47 years I think I’ve actually tasted these and it’s put of this world good…VERY different from the chemical laden crap Cento sells.

Weekend Again

Where does the time go? Everything flies by so damn quickly it’s scary.

Been keeping busy, have a few things to send a friend of mine in Canada. She’s done so much for me over the years and I have been wanting to do something for her to show my appreciation but never was sure quite what to do. Well, now I do.

This Stupendous Stitching class I took over on Craftsy started a monster. I’m addicted to the technique and can’t get enough of it. The da-glow piece I had done I intended to make something out of it. Got the idea to make an eyeglass case for her with it. It looks nice in regular light but really funky in black light. Being that I use Philips Hue for light (I cannot tolerate bright white light at night-it sets my anxiety into fits) I have access to black light easily-I realise most do not. Either way she’ll like it.

Also had my eye on this tea bag caddy over on Craftsy for a few months and decided to make it as I discovered a box of stuff I was supposed to send her last year. Bobbins for her Husqvarna machine since I ditched mine and have no use for them. They also had a couching kit that I thought was completely ridiculous. Two plastic arms that you stick under the handle ports on the back of the machine. Hers broke so I said I’d send mine. This was about a year ago and I just found it under a pile of crap on the dining room table.

I promised her my Husqvarna circular attachment and can’t find it so I’m pretty sure I already sent that to her. My heart is in the right place but I’m probably one of the worlds worst procrastinators.

I did the fringe on the eyeglass case using the #7 Bernina foot (tailor tack foot for other machines). Thought it was a good idea and it looks really nice under blacklight but the adhesive on the back of the stitching doesn’t seem to be holding it. I’m going to have to think of a new game plan for that as I had other ideas that require fringe.

-7C today, too cold to do much but clean things up and sew. My 830 is all serviced and ready to come home. I did all of this on my Bernina 530 which is just as much fun and just as joyous as the 830. Which reminds me, I need to boot into Windows as there’s a firmware update for my 530 machine. HOPING my 830 is back in working order. There’s never a problem with the machine but it usually comes back with some minor issue…wires not connected. Not sure if it’s just a rush to get it back together and the guy wants to go home or if it’s really THAT complex a machine and wires in the way….we’ll see. I’ll be testing it out thoroughly as I am NOT taking it home this time unless it’s perfect. It’s a heavy machine and a pain in the ass to move, not to mention my dealer is about an hour away. At least I found out on my own how to resolve ANY bobbin issue I was having, namely 60 wt. Bottom Line thread was shredding. Now I know why…I wasn’t oiling it in the right spot. Blew my mind that something as simple as a drop of oil made all the difference.

Now for the pictures then I think it’s time for a cup of Ginger tea. I’m cold!

Tea Caddy:

Tea Caddy

and the Stupendous Stitching Eyeglass/Sunglasses case. The one in black light looks odd-I pulled the shades to snap it. It looks much more vibrant at night

Eyeglass case

 

 

Evolution

Making up for lost time I guess. I’ve been wanting to make a zip pouch to keep all the accessories that came with my Evolution serger so they don’t get lost. Today I finally got round to it. Made a right mess of it…well, it looks fine but I had intended for the side seams to go vertically not horizontally. This is how bad the stress level in this house is. I cannot understand how  two social workers form elder services have come to see my dad, but refuse to do an evaluation. They both said they can CLEARLY see by his eyes and inability to form sentences that he’s out there-but apparently they don’t want to get involved..and told me an evaluation cannot be forced. Did I mention I was forced into a psychiatrists chair for many years as an adolescent simply because I chose to go into acting as a profession? So apparently you can force shrinks on someone who wants to be an actor but not on someone who is clearly suffering from dementia and Asperger’s Syndrome. WTF kind of country do we live in? All I want is an evaluation and medication. His pacing is beyond maddening. he paces round and round so much he’s literally work an oval in the downstairs floors going from kitchen to hall to living room to dining room. 80 years old. It’s ok for me to not eat from all the stress..I’m 48 years old and my weight has dropped to 130 pounds form  150, I think I may look into suing the commonwealth of Massholechusetts for gross negligence and abuse. Negligence on not treating my father and abuse for what this is doing to me. Almost 2 years I have been crying for help for this, and it’s done nothing but fall on deaf ears. It’s time to report them and I hoe they lose their jobs. But this will backfire on me like it always does and nothing will be done so why even try to get this ball rolling? The deck was stacked against me from birth…

Anyway, this was mainly done on my Bernina. Cover stitch was just for decoration. Since I used a separating zip meant for a jacket, there was no way a serger would cut through that and I had to hand walk the zip part through my machine or it would have busted a needle. I’m still happy with the results even if it’s not exactly how it wanted it to turn out. Would have preferred the side seams go vertical. With the way this went, there’s not a cold chance in hell I’m touching my Jinny Beyer quilt anytime soon…if I mess that up, I’ll end up having a total meltdown.

Evolution

Craftsy

I signed up for a few classes in December when Craftsy had their 50% off sale. One was Carol Ann Waugh’s Stupendous Stitching. SO I did that one last week and finished it Monday. All I need is the frame and the glue to mount it. Really happy with how it came out and with all the anxiety in this house, it was the perfect ‘mindless’ project. I can’t wait to do another.

There is a lot of stress in this house at this point, so much so my weight has dropped to 130 pounds. Gotta love the anxiety diet.

Anyway, this is the Stupendous Stitching I did form Carol Ann Waugh’s class over on Craftsy. HIGHLY recommended. That link will take you to the intro in a  new window. I have ideas and more to do but my machine has to go in for service this weekend and I’m used to the 9mm stitches so it would be kind of hard for me to try this on my 530 since it only has a 5.5mm stitch bite.  I could couch the cords down on it.

So much crap to clean up around here, need to get it sorted so that’s what I’m off to do.

BTW- this is not 100% complete. It need to be mounted on a  stretcher bar frame which I’ve yet to do. Hopefully this wekeend.

 

Convergence2

Crayon Box

This is crayon box so far. Since it’s a grey, rainy day I think it’s time to get back to it. I had a good rhythm going. The holidays screw everything up lol. I was really enjoying this…very relaxing

Lots of Colour

I signed up to Carol Ann Waugh’s class for Stupendous Stitching over on Craftsy around Christmas when there was a sale. It looked like fun and having pretty much just completed Libby Lehman’s Piñatita quilt only about a month earlier I thought it looked like fun. Decided to join and ordered my kit.

Because having 2 Jinny Beyer quilts as WIPs alone isn’t enough (SERIOUSLY!!!!), I have one in need to actual quilting and I’m getting a serious itch to start making some clothes again. I take on this class LOL!

I got my fabrics from EQuilter in the post today. Can’t even remembered when I ordered them but you’re supposed to stitch out ALL the stitches in your machine before you start the class. There’s approx. 1,162 stitches built in to my machine, this is going to take me months (I get bored kinda quickly-it’s the repetition) and I can’t start until I get my interfacing. Yes, interfacing, not stabiliser. I ordered a bolt last week-JoAnn will send it when they’re good and ready  guess. I hate that company and store. I was hoping I could at least have gotten the cover of this done…just a simple “BERNINA” but this is good-it’ll give me time to cook this idea how I want to do it. Carol said she did 2, one with every stitch in order and a second one that’s more practical doing them by stitch weight. That sounds good…I think that’s how I’ll do mine. I don’t think I can do two of the same. At least not back to back. On the other hand, it is a great mindless project for just watching a movie (except my tv is behind my machine).

Never mind the other junk in the photo. The strips on the upper left are for the Jinny Beyer quilt, the buttons for the flannel PJ top that I may end up getting different ones for each button hole-‘coz I’m a nutter.

I guess I could always start the flannel PJ top I cut out this morning. It’s a good night for flannel! But I’m just too tired to focus. Maybe I should dim the lights and put in Gaslight.

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