Thursday, April 9, 2015

I is for Ice Cream

With all of our birthdays within a month and a half of each other, I start missing the little things I can't have any more. The desire gets so bad even my standard mantras don't work.

I am Lactose Intolerant.

Before everyone goes "Pshah!" I know there are a lot worse coditions to have. The pills don't work on the migraines that dairy induces. And yes, there are a variety of dairy-free substitutes.

It's not the same.

All the ice cream I've had for about three years is soft serve. The Breyer's lactose free ice cream is very soft, and only comes in vanilla and chocolate.

Yes, I'm whining.

I want multiflavored ice creams that I must use a large spoon or an ice cream scoop.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

H is for History

"G is for Growth" talked about my newest hobby of trying to grow herbs. However, it feeds directly into my larger overall hobby.

The SCA - Society for Creative Anachronism.

Focused on pre-17th century Europe, participants study and recreate aspects they find enjoyable. Anything they did then, we do now. This stretches from different types of combat to a variety of skill sets. Several different types: armorsmithing to weaving.

Then we gather and we share knowledge and skills which culminate in Court, at which a Baron, King, or Queen presides with his/her consort. Recognition of skills and the sharing of them is done all in good fun.

Currently, there are eighteen kingdoms around the world. Why not find a group near you?


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

G is for Growth

A few months ago, I finally got around to planting the seeds that my mom gave me for Christmas. A few weeks later they sprouted, but I haven't posted a lot about them since.

Today I finally got three of them moved to the terracotta pot. They are well watered and sitting in the window.
However, I have learned a lot about the little plants.

1. They will bend toward the sun. 

I have to turn them at least once a day, so that they will grow up rather than sideways.

2. They drink a lot of water. 

I know, I know, some of the water evaporates. However, that doesn't change how much I have to water them.

3. They fall over for no reason. 

Before I transplanted them, they were beginning to fall over. I wasn't sure if they were so long and tall that they were weak. I didn't know if it was because they were getting root bound and couldn't get the nutrients they needed. I didn't know if it was because they decided they didn't like me. They just were laying down and playing dead.

4. They take longer than the package says. 

Probably because they are indoor plants instead of outdoor plants.

5. I enjoy growing them, and watching them grow. 

So this is a new hobby for me. I'm not sure how long I'll be continuing to do so, just because I'm not sure how green my thumb is. But I will keep trying.

Hopefully, I'll update you on these in a few weeks.

What are your hobbies? 

Monday, April 6, 2015

F is for Fire

Recently I returned to a game that I enjoy playing. I've never gotten all 510 solutions, even though there are web pages that walk you through it. I like discovering things on my own.

Little Alchemy starts you off with four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. By combining these you end up creating just about everything around you, and a few things that aren't.

For example: earth+water = mud, but earth+fire = lava.

It's a silly little game that requires logic, but it does show how things change given time and room to do so. Eventually you can create life, plants, animals, humans, even give humans different jobs, just by combining the elements you start with with the ones that you make.


It's a game that doesn't have a timer, and is easy to pull out of, so it makes a great "waiting game."

What unusual time waster games do you play?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

E is for Easter

The Easter Bunny hops around our home
Each year. He brings us eggs all colored bright,
But hides them well. So then through grass we comb
For them. We search in early morning light.

We look so high and low, beneath each rock,
Behind each tree. But eggs of color, none
Are found. The patterns, colors, hide and mock.
And still we look. The search is such good fun.

Until the first such egg is found, then more
Do show themselves to eager eyes of kids.
The hunt just missed becoming quite a chore.
They race on dewy grass, the youngest skids.

Their goal? To reach the egg of painted gold,
Because the biggest treasure does it hold.

Friday, April 3, 2015

D is for Decoration

Easter is around the corner. A friend and I put some Easter wreaths together from dollar store materials and cardboard we had laying around the house.

Materials
- Plastic Easter eggs, about a dozen.
- Green plastic Easter grass (or a color of your choice)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (we used several sticks)
- Green Construction Paper
- Scissors
- Cardboard

(If desired an exacto knife to help you cut the cardboard better.)

Directions 

1. Start by cutting out a wreath blank. For my door the perfect size is an outside diameter or twelve inches, while the inside diameter was 8.

2. Cut out green construction paper to match the wreath and glue it down.

Note: It's ok if the construction paper doesn't match exactly. However, for the best results, make sure that no cardboard is showing.

Alternative: Paint the cardboard green.

3. Use the hot glue gun to glue clumps of the plastic grass to the green cardboard wreath.

Usually you want to fold the grass back on itself and glue it down again. The more of the grass that is stuck to the wreath backing is better.

However, there will be some strings that insist on not hanging sticking to the wreath. So ...

4. Cut off the excess grass.

Hold the wreath face down so that you can see where chunks of grass need to be further glued on. Or strings of grass need to be cut off.

It also helps to hold the wreath vertically and rotate it slowly, cutting both along the edges and inside the circle.

5. Glue on the Easter eggs.

It helped to make sure that the egg was glued shut so that it wouldn't pop open on the wreath.

Use the hot glue along the seam of the egg, and then a cross along the long-wise.

Press it to the wreath and hold down for several seconds to let the glue set.

6. Hide the eggs in the grass by adding more grass, if desired.

My friend, Rue, chose not to add extra grass. However, I hid mine by adding more grass.

This is the final out come. I hung it on the door, and it will stay up until the sixth.

However, I'm not sure what to replace it with.

Any suggestions?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

C is for Creative

Creativity is something that I continually try to cultivate.

One of the ways that I try to do this is through the wreaths that hang on the back of the door.

I am contemplating expanding on this to give Robert something that is aimed at him for the back of his door.

Embroidery is another of the areas that I work on. Granted, sometimes I don't do as much with this as I would like, but I do work on it. 

I always have more projects for this in my head then I can put into practice.

One of the big things on my list is to get my SCA heraldry passed so that I can make gonfalon banners to hang around the house and at events. However, these are a very long term project, not something that is going to be done any time soon.

I also like to make stuff out of old pieces of things that we have laying around. 

This is another area where my ambition outstrips my ability, and is constrained by my fear. For example, I have one project in the works that needs larger holes, sanding, and then painting before I'm ready to show it off. 

Everyone needs to keep doing something creative. It's good for the brain and the imagination. 

What do you do for creativity in the real world?