Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pinterest and silver...

Finally got on Pinterest and have absolutely no idea of what I'm doing.  At the same time I'm working on a new daylily website for my business where I also have absolutely no idea of what I'm doing.  I dumped Intuit because I didn't find out until I had devoted scads of time that it would cost another $19.99 per month for any kind of a shipping calculator.  Now, that's just wrong!


I haven't been doing my morning pages, but I did get my two favorite fountain pens washed and filled.  It's a start. 


And all the time I spent downsizing?  Now I'm on a silver tray buying spree.  Do I need these trays?  Uh, duh - that would be no.  Sigh...

A new bread tray and I'm not even supposed to be eating bread.  What's up with that?


But, but - it was such a good deal!!


The detail is lovely.  Maybe I can put plastic wrap on the bottom and use it for cauliflower or broccoli (except crusty three cheese semolina bread would look waaaaaaaay better!)



Saturday, February 11, 2012

Morning pages...

a great way to start the day.

I have been very lax at keeping up with my "morning pages."  I was introduced to morning pages by Julia Cameron in her book The Artists Way.

From Julia:
Morning pages are three pages of writing (long hand) anything that comes to your head. Julia Cameron suggests that you make Morning Pages a practice that you keep every day while you are working through The Artist's Way, and hopefully, beyond.

When I first read about Morning Pages, my first thoughts were...Everyday? 3 pages? Only by hand? She's GOT to be kidding! What will I write about?


The point to Morning Pages isn't to write incredible, novel-quality prose. The writing you do in your Morning Pages may not even be suitable for a letter to a friend! It's the little bits and pieces that run around in your head out of control. The words may not even piece together into full sentences. What you write doesn't have to make sense to any person on the face of the planet -- or even to yourself a few days later.


I compare Morning Pages to my morning shower. While I'm not visually dirty in the morning, I feel refreshed and ready for my day after taking a shower. Your shower takes care of your body. Morning Pages is a shower for your heart, mind, and soul. There's no visible "dirt," but there might be something under the surface that needs attention. Or maybe a dream or two looking for a place to land. Or maybe a list of things you want to get done during the day. Or just random thoughts that plague you like a song you can't get out of your head.


When you start doing Morning Pages, you'll be surprised at the things you find lurking within. And, just as you feel refreshed when you step out of the shower, your mind, heart, and soul will feel refreshed after writing Morning Pages. You will walk a little lighter. Your mind will be more focused on the task(s) at hand. Your thinking will be more clear. Your heart will be open -- so you may find yourself more patient or less irritated with the day's events. 
read the rest.  Julia offers some great tips and techniques.
Need more ideas and reasons for journaling?  Roger Hiemstra helps in Uses and Benefits of Journal Writing

Besides, who doesn't love a cute notebook?  














This is the journal I am currently using.  It was a hard cover 8 1/2 x 11 notebook from a bookstore.  I did the cover by using wallpaper from some old wallpaper sample books.

Front Cover




Back Cover

Spine.  I covered right over the plastic rings

And, yes - I use a fountain pen.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Outside my window...

there are many things to see.

A few months ago I moved one of the desks in my office to our bedroom. I took over my hubbies ugly little computer desk.   After shoving it around for awhile, I discovered I could put it at an angle by the window in my office. Hubby hung a bird-feeder in the tree and the rest, as they say, is history.

Birds aren't the only thing I see out my window.  I see sunsets, cars coming down our private road, and our neighbor walking his dog in the morning.

Last week I saw our first robins - quite early, too.  Spring is on the way.

Click to embiggen

The bird-feeder
 

Sunset last week


Hard to tell, but these are indeed robins

Repositioning my desk was a good move...


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How to save thousands of dollars every year...

it's really quite easy.

NB:  Included on this list is things that we actually do.  There are many more ideas.  Spend some time frequenting some good sites like Frugal Hacks.   And Frugal Dad (an excellent site) has a list of the top frugal sites for 2011.

  • Have a zero-based budget every month. Every dollar is "spent" and every dollar has a name.
  • Dump the cable TV.
  •  Plan your shopping trips based on the sale ads. Most grocery stores have them online.
  • Buy items in bulk. Split perishables with a friend. We favor Costco in our home and save thousands each year with just what we purchase at Costco.
  • Drive less by planning your errands carefully.  
  • Buy a permanent washable furnace filter and wash it monthly. My filter is at least 15 years old now.
  • Don't buy clothes that must to be dry cleaned. Most clothes marked "dry clean only" are actually washable.
  • Stay out of Starbucks.
  • Take your lunch to work.
  • Buy your bread at a day old bakery.
  • Frequent your public library instead of buying books.
  • Buy used cars.
  • Use Craigslist or shop thrift stores for other used items like furniture.
  • Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater.
  • Only use air conditioning when you absolutely have to. Try a box fan in the window instead (we don't even have air conditioning.)
  • Don't make "recreational" shopping a regular part of your life.
  • Put dimmer switches on your lights.
  • Cut your paper towel rolls in half and use one side at a time. Better yet use rags for most clean ups.
  • Hang your clothes out to dry in the summer. In the winter, only dry partially in the dryer and hang to finish drying. Your clothes will last longer, too.
  • Wash and reuse your zip-lock bags
  • Attend movies at bargain times and don't go near the concession stand. Do you really need to eat in order to watch a movie?
  • DON'T USE CREDIT CARDS!!! Sorry for shouting. This is a biggie!
  • Start a home-based business.


Dave Ramsey links:

Seven Baby Steps
Dave's Budgeting Forms
How to Budget an Irregular Income

From:  Getting Finances Done:    How to create a zero-based budget


More:

Workers Spend $3,000 a Year on Coffee, Lunch


What do you do to save money?


Monday, February 6, 2012

New site...

no - not quite yet, but soon.

It's actually sort of funny that my hits are so high here when I never post.  That's all going to change soon.  I'm probably going to move on to my own domain name, possibly on WordPress (be still my beating heart.)

What direction am I going to take?  I have no idea.  I do know this: a constant stream of DIY, decorating, tablescapes, and recipes (much as I like these things) can never be the sole purpose of my life or my blog. 
I admire the ladies who can maintain a focus on one area.  I can't do that. 

I am also in serious need of a new name.  The dePitera must be dropped (for personal reasons), which is why I'm probably going to give WordPress a try.

In the meantime, I'll be doing some posts here while I work this all out.  Any suggestions would be welcome.

In other news:

Last September we adopted a rescue doggie.  Since our precious Elle and Sophie died two years ago, we have been "dogless" and sort of enjoying it.  That is, until last September when Frankie wormed his cute little self into our lives.

Say hello to Frankie:












Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Let's talk about grilled corn on the cob...

because who doesn't like corn on the cob? 

A few weeks ago I ran into a recipe that called for soaking the corn in salt water before grilling.  Hmmmmmmm.  Maybe you guys have heard of that, but somehow that piece of info escaped my beady little eyes.  I did my usual careful research and combining all my new knowledge, this is what I came up with:

I stripped the outer husks of the corn down to the paler ones.  Keep in mind this was only two ears of corn.   I left most the silk on as many sites promised it would pull right out after grilling (it did.)  I crammed it into a pot filled with cold water and a whole bunch (about 1/4 cup or more)  of salt for several hours.   It fit snugly in the pot which kept it underwater so I didn't have to turn it.  If the corn doesn't stay under water, fill a jar with water and plunk on top of the corn keeping it submerged and saving you the time of turning. 

I grilled my marinated pork chops first and popped them in the oven to keep warm and threw the corn on the grill.  With only a few turns and after about 10 minutes we pulled off the husks, brushed on melted butter and some Kosher salt and enjoyed the sweetest and juiciest corn we've ever eaten.  

I've since grilled corn this way several more times with the same wonderful results.

FAQ

1. Does the corn taste salty?  No.  Sweet, sweet, sweet.
2. Do you rinse after the salt soak?  Not necessary.
3. Direct heat or indirect heat?   Either.  I've used both and the only difference is the cooking time.



Next to try?


 Bacon wrapped around grilled corn?  What could go wrong? 


The future of this blog: 

Where am I going with this blog?  Probably nowhere.  I plan on starting a new blog with a new name.  I have personal reasons to remove myself from the name dePitera (even though it's mine) and I plan on going in a new directions.  When that happens I will have a permanent link posted here to my new blog.  I don't plan on deleting this blog as I still get over several hundred hits per day (really??) with people looking for specific info. 

I have a political blog that consumes the majority of my time.  I believe that this country and our citizens are in danger of being consumed by "well-meaning" people who are essentially Marxist. I'm a conservative who believes the killing of children in the womb is an abomination.  I believe that we, not the government, should be in charge of our own health care, and the federal government is not only out of control but acting in a way that is completely unconstitutional.  It's really hard to concentrate on tea cups and draperies when we are in mortal danger of losing all of our liberties.  On the other hand, recognizing the beauty in our world is more important now then it has ever been. 

It's a conundrum....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Daylily Sale Saturday, August 13


9am - 1pm

Can't make it on Saturday?
Give us call and we'll arrange another day and time
208-773-0645

4930 E. Horsehaven
Post Falls, Idaho


One mile north of I-90 on Hwy 41
Go east on Horsehaven (look for Pro Builder Lumber sign) to end of pavement
Straight ahead on gravel road
Second house w/ circular drive

What's on Sale?

Frans Hal

Houdini

Catherine Woodbury

Rocket City

Sunshine Splendor

Gentle Shepherd

Stella

Prairie Belle

Bonanza

Seurat

Little Missy

Red Rum

Red wine (available in bulk only)
Click on pictures to enlarge...
Bonanza planted en masse

Some of the daylily beds in full bloom

More fields in bloom
See you Saturday...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hyacinths part three

Jan. 28


Feb 19


Today


My purple hyacinth turned out to be pink





The scent fills the whole room...



The Nester has some interesting posts on thrifting:
Lately I've been witnessing a subtle change in many of the decor blogs from acquiring more to doing more with less.

Interesting, don't you think?