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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Patch!


Today is Halloween!  A while ago, Jen and I visited a pumpkin patch.  It was so much fun! They had very good prices.  We brought home pumpkins (of course!) gourds, maize, apple cider, and cider donuts.  This year I decided to do something a little different and instead of a face, I carved leaves into my pumpkin.  It was a little difficult to carve and took longer than the traditional grin.

Hay!  We were the only ones on the hayride.

Unfortunately, no corn maze, but plenty of stalks.

My finished pumpkin.

The glorious seeds.


Tonight is a sad night for me.  Being a quarter of a century old has it's advantages, but I still miss the costumes and candy.  Maybe my generous sister will share some of hers?


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Poem in the Works



It speaks to me,
but momma he speaks to me with his fingertips,
the ache in his voice, the moan on his lips
He's playing for me
He's playing for me

Strumming and singing
Shouting and crying
Praising and trying
He's trying for me
He's trying for me

*The above photo is not my own.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Spotlight on a Blessing

Pictures of Riley


Friday evening, my sister, Joe, and I stopped in at PetSmart.  We were only looking around...when Joe suddenly called me over to the cat hut.  As soon as I set eyes on the little one, I knew I had to have her.  She is adorable and precious.  Her name is Riley.  The Humane Society approximates her age to be around two months old, but we think she is younger.  She is already fixed.  Unfortunately, she has been licking her stitches, so we had to create a makeshift cone for her little head (pictures soon!)

She is getting along great with our Clorox, Wuss, and Zeke.  Ezekiel loves her very much. We were concerned with his behavior, he's been the baby of the family for two years, but he is very gentle.  They are both asleep on the cat tower right now with Riley on the highest rung.

This blog will be filled with pictures of Riley.  Even though she is our cat, she seems to know she is my baby.

  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Barbie Girl, Living in a Barbie World


Jen is a young Barbie collector who lives here in Upstate New York.  She owns many Barbies.  Right now her count is at 61 and she continues to add to her collection whenever possible, even if she is technically running out of room.  Her favorite places to find them are yard sales and thrift stores.  She never plans on retiring or selling her collection. When asked, she reveals her first Mattel brand dolls, two Kelly dolls she received for her fourth birthday. Interesting fact, Kelly dolls are no longer sold in stores, she was replaced with Chelsea. Jen maintains a whole world for her 61 Barbies, called Bashall Land, named after her favorite Barbie family.

1.  What interests you about Barbies?  They are fun to play with and I just like them.

2.  Which is your favorite?  Brenda the bendy Barbie.

3.  How do you choose names?  I pick a name that looks like the Barbie.

4.  Do the names change?  Once in a while.



5.  Which is your oldest Barbie?  A Ken doll I named Dick.  He is from the year 1984.

6.  Do you have any in their original boxes?  Only one, the 2010 Holiday Barbie.

7.  Do you agree with the Toy Story movie's opinion, toys should be played with, not just displayed?  The older ones that are antique should just be displayed, the others should be played with and enjoyed.

8.  Is there one Barbie you wished you could own?  Stacie, Barbie's little sister.


*Photographs courtesy of Exartizo Images.


  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Buttermilk Pie!


This recipe was easy to make and tastes oh so good.  One of my close friends recommended this recipe to me when I told her of the left over buttermilk in my fridge.

3 eggs
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbs flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/8 tsp cinnamon

9 in pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Beat the eggs.  Add butter, sugar, and flour.  Beat it all together.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into the pie shell.

Place aluminum foil around the edge of the crust, so it does not burn.

Now my pie took a little over an hour to cook all the way through, but your oven may take less time.  Be sure to test it.  The center of the pie needs to be firm.

Let it cool and enjoy!

  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Man in My Dream by Sak



And the man in my dream
He held my hand
He talked to me
I bared my soul
He set me free

I felt safe, protected in his arms
All around didn't matter when he held me close
He gave me strength to carry on


Click here or on the above picture to hear me singing this song on my Youtube Channel. The above photo is not mine, it is from a collection I purchased.

  

Monday, October 22, 2012

List of Gratefulness



1.  Joe made me breakfast.  We hardly ever have the day off together, but we both had the morning to ourselves for once.  He made an egg and cheese omelet.  It was delicious.

2.  My sister and I carved pumpkins this past weekend.  Pictures will be coming soon.  My camera and editing software have been on the fritz lately.

3.  Eating roasted pumpkin seeds!

4.  Finishing Season One of Downton Abbey.  It's a wonderful program.  The British sure do know how to entertain.

5.  Saturday morning I baked a pie!  The recipe came from one of my closest friends.  I will be blogging it this week also.

6.  Ezekiel has been nice to me all week.

7.  Today I had a raspberry chocolate bar, it was so good!

8.  I am thankful for hot water for a nice long shower after a long day at work.

9.  Spending quality time with two of my friends on the phone.

10.  This week I am particularly grateful for a job.  Many people are suffering financial hardship.  A young gentleman today expressed to me how he and his wife both work two jobs and hardly get to see their daughter, but he was thankful to be debt free.

*I do feel obligated to tell you the above photograph is not my own.  It's from an image collection I bought the rights to use.  It makes me uncomfortable to use them.  What do you, my viewer, think?  You have my word, I will always tell you if a photo is not my own.

  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Yesterday I decided to make this lovely Lemon Zucchini Bread with Lemon Glaze.  It's a recipe I found on Pinterest (link).

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 canola oil
2/3 sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tbs lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
lemon zest
1 cup grated zucchini

Somewhere online I read one cup of zucchini was about two zucchinis.  Yeah, depends on the size of the zucchini (duh).  I ended up with over 3 cups of zucchini from just one!  Eek!


Mix the first three dry ingredients in a large bowl.  I never use the amount of salt a recipe says to use.  Most times, I cut the amount in half, thus my 1/4 tsp instead of the recipe's 1/2 tsp.

Beat the eggs in a slightly smaller bowl, then add the oil, sugar, buttermilk, juice and zest, blending after each addition.

Fold in the zucchini.

Add the liquid to the dry mixture, don't overmix!

Depending on the size of your pan the bread can take anywhere from 35-50 minutes. Check on it every so often.


The glaze was a little tricky for me, because I don't have powdered sugar...but Google can help with almost any problem!

Turns out you can make your own powdered sugar!  Just grind regular sugar in a blender. So simple.  Many recommended for every one cup of sugar add 1 tsp of corn starch to prevent clumping.

Add enough lemon juice to make the glaze the texture/taste you like best.  Spread it on top of the bread once it has fully cooled.


While I'm writing this, I'm listening to Taylor Swift's "Trouble".  It's very addictive.  Just thought you might like to know.


We had scrambled eggs, bacon, and the bread for dinner.  Delicious!


  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Counting My Blessings


My blogging schedule is all out of wack.  A good way to get back on track would be to count my blessings and name them one by one.  This idea comes from Mandie (visit her blog here).

1.  My new blue headphones.

2.  Neodymium magnets, they are so strong!

3.  Music:  "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen always gets me in a good mood.  Yes, it's a pop song, I can enjoy all genres of music.



4.  Going grocery shopping with my dad and sister.  We bought so much food!

5.  Spending an evening watching Community with Joe, sipping tea and eating an apple spread with peanut butter.

6.  Receiving a letter from one of my close friends and her new husband.

7.  Our new loose leaf tea pot, it's amazing!

8.  I'm in the beginning stages of opening an Etsy shop.  It's exciting!

9.  Ezekiel (our youngest kitten), getting cozy next to me on the couch.  He's hot and cold.  I like to say we have a love/hate relationship.

10.  Our fireplace working!

This week will be filled with blog posts.  I am determined to return to normally scheduled programming.

  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Work in Progress

Part Eight

Being away from Robert was beginning to be unbearable.  I decided to pay an after Visitor’s Hour visit.  I used a payphone near a bus stop to call my aunt and uncle.  They fully obliged my staying out late.

Luckily, the receptionists were older ladies who liked me.  The elderly were least suspicious of a quiet girl with a beneficial heart.  They gave me directions to his room.  He was seated in his wheelchair by a window.

I sat down and took his hand.  He was so still…no movement or twitch.

The evening nurse came in and announced it was time for me to leave.

The sun was setting and I wandered about the hospital.  No doctors ever visited this wing of the hospital, at least whenever I was here.  There was no medical equipment to speak of on the whole floor.  Rehabilitation was supposed to happen here.  Most every victim of stroke was age 40 or above.  Alice had been here the longest, outside of Robert.

I ventured into the various other wings of the hospital.  It was late, but busy.  It was a prosperous institution.  

I began to wonder how much keeping Robert in this state financially benefited the hospital.

My skin began to feel as though ants were crawling all over my body.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Accountability #1

Spiritual Resolution:

Choosing joy.

"...Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." - Psalms 30:5b

I'm loving the Newsboys latest song, "Your Love Never Fails".  It mentions the above verse.  As of yet, there is no link to an official music video.  I hope this changes, because it is an awesome song

Mental Resolution:

Not one page read...yet.  Getting there!  I started re-reading my notes from the conference last December AND started writing letters to potential clients though.

Emotional Resolution:

One letter written!  Success!

Physical Resolution:

Unfortunately, I did get sick and stopped working out temporarily.  I am feeling much better today, so now it's back to the plan!

  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Beautiful Pale White Moon" by Sak


Beautiful pale white moon
Shine again like that night
Radiate the mood
You gracefully played with the clouds
Darting through the lace
Stark against the deep black eternity
Contrasted with it's emptiness
You were full
The air was cold...
A petrified mute
Looking up to your alabaster ivory visage
Closing my eyes
My innocence overwhelming
My reputation still pure
My regrets bland in comparison...
Hear the fire crack
Prismatic colors violate the ebony all around
Rapt on it's ranting
Until the urge to gaze up
Immutable your beauty
Endowed with sheer awe
Maybe you only reflect, radiate,
but still...
Albino elegance


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Monday, October 8, 2012

Count Your Blessings



A lovely lady I am following here on Blogger named Mandie (visit her blog here) has a great idea.  Every Monday we list things which have blessed us.

Next week I will write down the blessings as they happen, so I won't forget, but for now I will list what I can recall.

1.  Seeing a giant mushroom when I visited my parents the other day.  I wish I had measured it, because it was so huge!  There were quite a few of them around, but this one was the only giant one intact.  The squirrels and chipmunks must be enjoying the bounty.




2.  A good friend of mine visiting our apartment and making crafts (which I blogged here).

3.  Getting my ears pierced!  See pictures here.

4.  Having three healthy kitties who show love and affection on a daily basis.

5.  My mom giving me her old Good Housekeeping magazines.  I love magazines.

6.  My dad stringing my acoustic guitar for me.  I'm going to play everyday now.

7.  My little sister giving me hugs, she gives the best hugs.

8.  Joe making me tea (I've been sick these last few days).

9.  A customer complimenting my ring.

10.  Discovering Downton Abbey!  Just one episode had me hooked.  I can't wait to view more.

It's weird because of a lot of my life is documented on my blog now.  Hopefully, this is a good thing and my future children will not be embarrassed by their mother's behavior.

  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Proverbs 6:5



"He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame." - Proverbs 6:5

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Notice Anything Different?







Surprise!  It only hurt for a second.  When I was about eight years old, my mom asked if I'd like my ears pierced and I answered her, "No."  It wasn't something I ever wanted...until a few weeks ago.  I thought, "I'd like to have my ears pierced."  Just for me.  It's not to impress anyone.  It's a way for me to feel pretty or cool or to "express" myself.  I will only have to wait eight weeks to change them.  All in all, I think it was a good decision.  If I ever change my mind, they'll close up.  Right?

  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fiction Friday: A Work in Progress

Part Seven

She invited me into her large, immaculate house.  I glanced down at my ratty sneakers. She told me to “Come inside, we must pay the maid to do something.”  She was welcoming and offered me ice water, which I gladly took, my throat was suddenly a dry desert.

She was very beautiful, the product of every night cream in the world no doubt, but no visible signs of plastic surgery.  Who knows, maybe it was genes?  Robert was nearly 24 and looked closer to 20.

“You’re one of Robert’s caretakers?”  She cautiously questioned.  She seemed genuinely interested.

“I’m a volunteer.”

“Would you like to see his room?”

We walked up the staircase.  There must have been over thirty stairs which wound their way to a long hall.  Robert’s room was the last room on the left.  We stopped at his door, where she took a slow deep breath and quickly opened it.

It was a typical ‘90s boy’s room, a big black boom box with dual cassette, posters everything from pit bulls to musical artists, to soccer stars and tennis, too.  The largest poster was dedicated to his favorite rapper.  She must have caught my awkward stare.

“He thoroughly enjoyed him, blasting his music, practicing his moves in front of that mirror.” She teared up, “I would never allow him to see him in concert.”

While we walked back down she offered some information.

“Arnold doesn’t approve of the room.  He deems it harmful to my progression…”  She trailed off and tiptoed the rest of the stairs to the landing, pulling aside the thin curtains. Lowly, she whispered, “Secretly, I believe he’s jealous of my memories.  The more I venture back into this part of my life, the more “business trips” he takes…”

Again, she trailed off.  She seemed dopey.

“He’ll be home for dinner soon,” my cue to leave.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Craft Palooza

Today, a friend and I (shoepolishwonderful, visit her blog!) made three different crafts.

First, we made magnets!  They are so cute!  They were easy to make once we found the glass pendants (we found them at Joann's in the floral section).

We used regular white school glue to adhere the paper to the glass.  Make sure you seal the paper edges around the glass.  The paper I have is made in India.  It feels cool and has lots of different designs.



Next, I made a decoupage jar for a piggy bank.  It's not quite finished yet.  Again, I used regular white school glue, only I mixed it with equals parts water and brushed it over the jar and scraps of paper.



A cool story about the fortunes:

Joe and I ate Chinese food on a Sunday night and received this fortune,

"You will become more and more wealthy."

A few night's later, we returned for dinner...and received the exact same fortune!  While I do not believe in luck, it is a cool coincidence.

The third and final craft we made together was a recipe we found on Pinterest.  The link on Pinterest did not work, it took us to an advertisement, but we did find a link from Google (LINK).  It's an idea for an ornament with your family's fingerprints, but I thought it would be a great way to memorialize our kitty's paw prints.  It was actually quite easy to print all three of their little paws, which surprised me.  They were quite patient.



Recipe:

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
Add cold water and mix til the consistency of Playdoh.

Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours.  Let it cool overnight.

We had a lot of extra dough, so we decided to make a lot more ornaments!

Stay tuned for more pictures when actually paint them.  One of them is a surprise for a certain someone's Christmas present.  Shhhh... ;)

Links Below:

http://www.joann.com/

http://pinterest.com/

http://kidtimes.wordpress.com/tag/family-fingerprints-ornament/

  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why My Blog is Named SwitchThoseFeet


The concert was amazing!  The proof is still on my wrist and hand.  While I was rocking it out, belting out all my favorite tunes, Joe took some lovely photos.  See below.

I thought I would take a moment to dedicate my 100th blog post to my favorite band, Switchfoot, this blog's namesake.

My first experience of Switchfoot was back in 2003.  The youth group I attended on a regular basis had a guest speaker.  He chose to share with us two songs from The Beautiful Letdown album, "Meant to Live" and "On Fire".  As soon as I heard the guitar beginning "Meant to Live", I knew I would love this band.  The lyrics hit my heart and mind. Switchfoot changed my life.  I love every album they've released, each one has its own vibe.

My first live experience of Switchfoot was in NYC.  My dad and I took the Metro into Grand Central Station and walked to Times Square.  The concert was at the Nokia Live Theatre. It was a small venue, but Switchfoot rocked it out!  It was spectacular.  Another experience was at Manhattan Center, when Relient K toured with Switchfoot.  My whole family saw Switchfoot perform at the New York State Fair in 2009.  No matter the location, Switchfoot finds a different way to bless their audience.  Every show is an experience.  Yes, I use the word experience.  They can minister to a broken heart and energize an apathetic soul.












Click this link to see My Top 10 Switchfoot songs of all time.

If you ever have the opportunity to see Switchfoot live, I guarantee it will be worth your time.

Links Below:



  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Song Bird" by Sak



Song bird
Singing sweetly
Swells the heart to hear
Forget your worries
Leave behind your fears
Sing away your sorrow, your grief
Louder as emotions rise
He does not care what any may think of his display
Goes on ignorant of the world and its ways
Never forgetting his true purpose for existing


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Monday, October 1, 2012

October Resolutions



Wow, it is already October.  Halloween is at the end of the month.  I'm still deciding what my costume will be...I want it to be original and something I make myself from scratch.

The first of the month I post my resolutions for the month.  Thanks She Learns As She Goes, for inspiring us with this great idea.  Please visit her blog, she is a delight to follow.

Spiritual Resolution for October:

This months Fruit of the Spirit is Joy.  I'd like to focus on this fruit of the spirit by being intentional about making time each day to bask in the joy of the Lord.  Listening to praise and worship music always makes me feel joyous.  I would also like to find a verse or two about joy to memorize for the month.  I haven't found them yet, but when I do, I'll post them here, maybe on Scripture Sundays.

Mental Resolution for October:

One blog/tweet per week for the business.  This time I have a plan!  I will also start to read the MBTI Manual.  It is 420 pages, so I will not be finishing it in one month, but I would like to attempt as many chapters as I can muster.

Emotional Resolution for October:

Snail mail some letters to my close friends and find out the addresses of my acquaintances in order to get to know them better.  I would also like to ask some girls I work with if they would like to come with me to the gym.  Friendships are important to emotional health.  While I get along with most everyone, I do not have a lot of friends.  I would like this to change.

Physical Resolutions for October:

Everyday:

25 push ups
25 sit ups
25 jumping jacks

Starting today!

Make a fish dish once per week.

This month I will begin weekly progress reports.

What are your goals/resolutions this month?  What are you most looking forward to in October?

  
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