Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LEAVING TOMORROW


I have managed to get everything ready to leave tomorrow but I have to say that after getting my flu shot, I am not feeling very well.

Other than that, if I leave tomorrow, I will be on the road for a couple days on my way to Minnesota to visit family...

Stay tuned...

Did I tell you that I had a houseful for Thanksgiving?

Life goes on...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

TINY BOOKS


It was 57 degrees here today...and yet by the end of the week they will be looking at snow again!!!

So, I spent the day reworking some mini books. I was hoping that I could use an awl and punch a hole in the spine, but it was too easily torn. If I want to go that route, I think I will have to add a grommet to stop any tearing. The one inch books are too small, though, so for that I will have to go to a one and a half or two inch book.

I am still trying to come up with a plan to make these little books (Think Etsy!). A foolproof plan for the base of the books. I could then decorate them individually. It's a fine line between too thick and not thick enough.

So here's the first one. It's fastened with a velcro dot...



Remember the actually pages can slip out and a refill inserted.

This is the second...




This little book can be removed from the chain. I attached it with a lobster claw.

I'm experimenting with scrapbook paper. In order to keep the folds from tearing, I am attaching a clear piece of packing tape. It does give the book a richer flavor...and there is not tearing.

I actually have the inserts (The blank pages) down pretty well. It's the binder that I am experiencing with. I think I will sell them with one refill.

Next, to find tiny pencils. So far all I have found are golf pencils which are too big and a miniature colored pencil set which does cost quite a bit.

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment...one of the reasons I came out here. Then laundry, packing, loading the SnowWhite for an early morning take off on Wednesday.

That's if for today...
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Friday, November 10, 2017

A TRADITION REVIVED - LUTEFISK AND POTATO SAUSAGE

Who would have thought that 50 degrees was cold? Well, it is here. I guess because the sky is full of dark clouds and the wind is up. Yesterday it was so bright and sunny that 50 degrees was warm. Today I am cold. What a difference a day can make!!!

So, did you decide to take care of yourself and make an appointment for a mammogram? I hope so.

When I leave here next Wednesday, I will be traveling to the Twin Cities in Minnesota to visit family. It hit me this morning that I will be in Minnesota in late November and I broke into my happy dance as the commercial says.

Why, you ask? Because it's November in Minnesota and that means that I will be able to purchase some lutefisk and potato sausage!!!  Lutefisk and potato sausage?

Well, let me tell you the back story...when I was growing up...in a Swedish family with American Swedish traditions...we always had pea soup, potato sausage, boiled potatoes, lutefisk, rice pudding and lingonberries for Christmas Eve supper. Nope, no Swedish meatballs!!!

Now, I said American Swedish traditions because most Scandinavians wouldn't be caught dead eating lutefisk. But we American Swedish folks hold on to that tradition for dear life!!!

So what is lutefisk? It's a white fish that has been air dried and then reconstituted first in cold water, then in a cold water and lye solution...yes, I did say lye!  It is white, translucent, kind of slimy and smells to high heaven!

But I love it...of course, it is drenched in melted butter...but I do love it. Thus, my happy dance. I now in the proud owner of a really good, large, cooler. So just before I leave for NYC, I will pick up some lutefisk and potato sausage, pack it into the cooler with a ton of ice and bring it home.

Wonder how the other folks in my apartment complex will react to the smell when I cook the lutefisk?

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