There Are Angels

There Are Angels
Colored Pencil Drawing

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A iLittle Something Different

I'm taking a break from quilting since I'm bordering on burnout there. I'm looking into vegan/ vegetarian cooking. I'm not much if a meat eater anyway, so the shift might be easy. The other members if my family are meat & potatoes people, so I'll be making the change alone. I found a couple of recipe apps that resize servings for one person instead of 4 to 8 , servings that I'd have to freeze or throw out before I could use them all. I made a trip to the local natural foods store to get some of the stuff I couldn't find at the regular grocery store. Did I mention that natural, organic foods are more expensive than regular food? I don't think it's fair to charge more for that word " organic" or " natural" since it's just food anyway. We usually raise a small veggie garden & can the produce from it, that's natural & it doesn't cost any more. I don't understand it, it's not fair to the consumer who's trying to eat better. IMO.
I also have software on order called Master Cook, that's a recipe program that's really good & allows for resizing of recipes, it has nutritional analysis, shopping lists & such. I have an older version that won't load onto my current compute, not compatible I guess. I can use the new version anyway, it's more updated & will work on my laptop.
So I'll send the summer gardening & cooking separate meals for myself.& my family. Maybe I'll lose some weight , I need to do that. Maybe I'll begin to feel better, some of the aches & pains will disappear. That would be nice. At least I'll put my nutrition degree to work, I earned that PhD the hard way,mi might as well use it.
Stay tuned for progress or lack there of through the summer.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moore OK Tragedy

Unless one has personally been in a tornado or in a school when a disaster happened at that school, you can't understand what the people in Moore Ok are going through. I have been there, in 1995, in a big high school when it got hit by a small tornado. I worked in the special needs room at that school, my kids were students then & my husband also worked there at the time. The chaos at the time & the urgency is unimaginable , then there's all that follows, the media, parents, the rebuild, the fear factor for storms following, even weeks later, weighs on everyone involved.
After that I became a storm spotter, I was already an EMT at the time, it I wanted to know the signs of severe weather long before it got to me. I also volunteered with the local red cross at the time. Long story, short, you can't fully understand what victims are going though. I understand, fully. Everyone there is doing ALL they can. Let the search teams work, they know what they're doing. If y want to help, if you're in the area, volunteer at a shelter, in any capacity. If you're out of the area & want to help, support your local disaster response services, Red Cross, Salvation Army & the like.
There are many, many groups who make things & send them to these organizations. If nothing else, give an extra quilt, handmade toy, pillowcase, whatever to your local fire or police departments to have on hand when disaster, of any kind, strikes .
Enough said.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Beloved Pet Died

Friday night my elder cat, Missy, passed away from kidney failure. She was 18 years old, 83 in human years. We had her for 17 of those 18 years. She was a very sweet cat, and will be missed greatly. Our other 5 cats feel the loss too, they are hanging close to me & looking for Missy. I made a small memorial quilt with the two photos I had if her. It hangs in my studio by the door. It will take me several weeks to get past the loss but I will move on but never forget her.