#SoCS – Cozy Comforts

Tense hands,
Rookie’s mistake,
Stitches need relaxed grip
Yarn makes for gorgeous scarf
Cashmere perfect
P
leasure

Badger’s Hexastitch

I think I missed Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday prompt deadline for the synonyms for loose and tight. I used relaxed and tense to describe various tension levels of how I hold the hook. I learned about a new type of poem called the Badger’s Hexastitch! What a interesting name! It is a fun variation of the Crapsey Cinquain invented by out own Badger. It simply expands the cinquain to another line and 2 more syllables.
Badger’s Hexastitch is:

  • a poem in 6 lines.
  • syllabic, 2-4-6-6-4-2.
  • unrhymed, optional rising and falling end-words.

(Reference: https://poetscollective.org/poetryforms/?s=hexastitch)

Testing my Nerves

Oh boy! 44 total students have now RSVP’d for this crochet class! Need to cap it NOW and split up the group and split into multiple days to effectively manage a virtual crowd.

Linda G Hill – Nerve

Plexus Nerve

Last year, a friend reached out to me to share Plexus products and share some testimonials. Impressed with her demo I decided to check it out and do more research. Interested in improving my health during the pandemic, I started to use the Triplex combo which has helped me curb a lot of sicknesses that I get from allergies, colds, and the flu.

There is another Plexus product called Nerve:

Plexus Worldwide

FEATURED INGREDIENTS

Acetyl L-Carnitine Found in most cells of our bodies
Quercetin A powerful flavonoid found in many plants and foods
Horse Chestnut Extract An extract derived from Aesculus hippocastanum tree bark

Nerve’s Ingredient Glossary

References

Soczynska JK, Kennedy SH, Chow CS, et al. Acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid … Expert Opinion Investing Drugs. 2008 Jun;17(6):827-43.

Stough C, Scholey A, Lloyd J, et al. The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress. Hum Psychopharmacology. 2011 Oct;26(7):470-6.

Coloring Pages: Floral Poem & Quote

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

– John Keats, Endymion

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea

This past week I’m attempting to meditate and center myself as I’m adjusting to the chaos. One of the university administrators asked me if I would be interested in teaching a virtual workshop as a way of engaging alumni during the pandemic. Students are feeling the cabin fever and are itching to learn new hobbies.

I decided to team up with one of my friends and co-teach a crochet class during Friday evenings in the month of March. My experience being president of a knitting club back in high school is coming in handy! In the first couple of hours within posting the event, 18 people signed up!

The deadline to register is the end of next week, but I may already have my hands full with 18 students! I’m planning out the logistics as my friend is figuring out the scarf pattern we’re working on. We picked school colors for the yarn to feature school spirit.

Snow Quotes

We were blind-sighted by a snowstorm that recently hit our area. Texas generally has such a warm climate year round. So the past few days have probably been the coldest for us in a decade. Like some of you, we have lost power, heat, and running water. I’m going to be okay, and I believe it’ll be a lot better by the weekend. In the meantime, I thought to share some snow quotes that got me thinking! 😉

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
Image by David Mark from Pixabay

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”

― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about

Haruku Murakami
Image by Simon from Pixabay

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Good evening, everyone! Today has been a cozy day of self-care. This Valentines I want to say that I appreciate you, and thank you for your support. It’s below freezing here, and the city issued a city-wide text telling us to stay inside due to the accidents on the roads.

Movies, facials, game of checkers & Uno, spaghetti, chocolate, creating my calendar for the year, a chat with mom about lunar new year, and a LONG one-on-one heart-to-heart chat with my boyfriend about relationship stuff. This Valentines was very low key and very relaxing!

I had an interesting selection of romantic movies Amazon Prime recommended to me these past few weeks. Some were cliche. Some had such beautiful scenery. It’s been fun to watch. How these algorithms recommend films based on my interests baffles me! I’ve included some other movies I’ve watched with friends and loved ones.

  1. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  2. Not Cinderella’s Type
  3. Letter to Juliet
  4. The Ultimate Gift
  5. Beauty Squared
  6. Amelie
  7. A Walk to Remember
  8. Pride and Prejudice
  9. The Fountain
  10. Your Name
  11. Crazy Rich Asians
  12. Magic in the Moonlight

India’s Farmer’s Protests

Women, including widows and relatives of farmers who were believed to have killed themselves over debt attend a protest against farm bills, at Tikri border near Delhi. (File/Reuters)

Today I came across an article from The Aspen Institute’s: 5 Best Ideas for the Day. “Why India’s Farmer Protests Matter” by Nikhil Mandalaparthy. I was intrigued this man’s poem interviewed by Punjabi’s news channel

The city may be yours; the government may be yours.
Write down lies as truth—the newspapers are yours.
But this era of sorrows will not last much longer.
The blood of the oppressed will not flow much longer.
Ripping apart the heart of this darkness, light will come.
If you are Pharaoh, then Moses will surely come.

(Muslim man who joined the protests)

Sheher bhi tumhara hai, sarkar bhi tumhara hai
Tum jhoot ko sach likh do, akhbar bhi tumhara hai
Ghamon ka daur aur nahi chalne wala,
Khoon-e-mazloom aur nahi behne wala
In andheron ka jigar cheer kar noor aayega
Tu agar Firaun hai, toh Musa bhi zaroor aayega

(Urdu translation)

One-Liner Wednesday – Umbrella of Imagination

Linda G Hill’s 1 Liner Wednesday

Recognizing National Umbrella Day today with a quote from a Belgian painter and writer!

“When a storm of harassment disturbs our thinking and brings us down to our knees, the umbrella of our imagination can shield us against destructive aggression. It is offering shelter and is teaching us how to conquer ourselves, train our resilience, and grit our teeth. We better learn to adopt the virtue of endurance, as life consists of both ‘passion’ and ‘patience.’ (“The umbrella”)”

Erik Pevernagie

Good Karma Diet and Fun Fruits & Veggies

Good morning! Yesterday, I receive a message about my dish that made me contemplate some things…namely being a vegetarian or vegan. It’s been on and off my mind. I’ve explored a plant-based diet for sometime, but sometimes I don’t know where to begin. Though I love my veggies, I’ve grown up with meat eaters my entire life. We have had family traditions of barbecues by the lake and other hearty rich meals.

This exploration began when I read some in-depth literature in one of my classes of how pork was processed. It shocked me and left distinct visuals in my head that I couldn’t shake off. During Halloween last year, I wrote about a post about a delicacy dish, balut, I formally ate quite often as a young girl. I no longer eat it due to me overthinking about it all.

Last night, my curiosity led to Robin Robertson’s blog, Global Recipes from my Vegan Kitchen.

Good Karma eating is as simple as can be: comprise your meals of plants instead of animals, and most of the time choose unprocessed plant foods, meaning that they got from the garden or orchard or field to your kitchen with minimal corporate interference.

This way of eating gives you good karma in two ways. The first is self-explanatory: by eating foods of high nutrient density and avoiding the animal products and processed foods your body can have trouble dealing with, you’ll reap the rewards of improved health. The second is a bit more mystical: you do good and you get good back….

–Victoria Moran
To read more of the excerpt, here’s the link to Robin’s page: The Good Karma Diet

I don’t know where this exploration will take me. Veggie patties, Jack fruit meat, Tofurky. One place I know I will go is to the garden!

Funny Fruits and Veggies

In one of my gardening groups, one of the gardeners shared a funny photo of some carrots that looked like a pair of legs. I was so excited to come across the page on “Just Something: The Magazine for Visual Addicts”. They posted an article called, “20 Funny Fruits And Vegetables Looking Exactly Like Something Else“.

Image Sources:

  • Butterfly Tomato: Reddit
  • Caught in a Bad Romance: Khanh Ha
  • Coconut- Seychelles’ Coco de Mers: lazurny-sochi
  • Cutest Potato: Szeretlekmagyarorszag
  • Finger Carrot: Reddit
  • Radish Foot: m.inven
  • Geese Gourds: goodtoknow.co.uk
  • Heart-Shaped Potatoes: espacio360.pe
  • Hi-5 Carrot: dailymail.co.uk
  • Hummingbird: Reddit/ Tumaggus
  • Lemonphant: Imgur
  • Love You Daddy: upcoming
  • Perfect Peas: imgur
  • Pinocchio Eggplant: Cloud Front
  • Run, Radish, Run!: Imgur
  • Scared Pear: SureshKanthan
  • Snake: lovecarrots
  • Strawberry Flower: Wikimedia
  • Strawberry Thumbs Up: proxy11
  • Hot Yellow Lemon Pepper: imgur

Braised Cabbage and Mushroom Piroshki

Good morning! For today’s Tasty Tuesday, we will explore a piece of Tatyana’s cookbook, Beyond Borscht!

My boyfriend has an endless fascination with Russia and Ukraine and bought this book with a gift card he received for Christmas. I must have learned much about Poland from him.

And… I LOVE to cook! He picked two recipes and asked me to pick one to try out this weekend. I settled on the Piroshki instead of the Pilaf (which I will one day try)! This is my first Russian dish I made from home!

Most of the ingredients were easy to find in the store, but I had a difficult time looking for the sauerkraut! I’ve never eaten it before. I spent perhaps half an hour looking for it being misdirected by all the workers I asked along the way. I guess they don’t eat it either.

I was about to give up, but I remembered that Tatyana said that her grandmother said sauerkraut was her secret ingredient! I couldn’t give up. Of course, it was on the top shelf not at eye level. I looked at the can of Bavarian style sauerkraut in awe.

I was hungry and decided to improvise the recipe. I didn’t feel all too confident in making the bread to deep fry in the time my stomach was growling, so I bought some bakery-made bolillo rolls.

I got to work and asked my boyfriend to help! Now that he’s Covid-free, he couldn’t wait to try out this recipe! We chopped all the ingredients up and sautéed them in a frying pan for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Everyone was curious and asked a lot of questions!

Oh! It was delicious!!! 😍I added a bit of white wine vinegar in there. We saved a ton of money too. The Ukranian restaurant takes pride in being one of the few in town, so the owner naturally charges a bit more than what I’m willing to pay for. Only for special occasions. 😋

Valentine Card Creations Within my Mess

Valentine card fun
Glittery shapes and ribbons
Charming passerby

Good evening from my part of the world! I’m working to get caught up on reading so many of your wonderful blog posts. My schedule is such a work in progress! It’s still fun to write a haiku. Right now, I’m juggling a project and I was excited when I saw this YouTube video below. I absolutely loved how Madhu designed her cards!

One of the guys in the Rotary Club shared with us a project he needed help with. His group decided to make some Valentine cards for some folks in the nursing home. I thought it would be fun to participate! I eyeballed my supply of red construction paper and set a goal to make SIXTY of them by the 12th. Yes, I think the fast-forward feature on her video temporarily deceived me. 😉

I often tell people one of my favorite gifts a friend gave me was an Xacto paper cutter. It helped speed up the process of cutting paper! I even had to set some proportional relationship equations to figure out the right dimensions since Madhu gave some different ones for me to work with.

Yipee! I’m so happy I get to use some of my origami paper and supplies! It’s been a while since I last touched them. Today’s featured merchandise is my kimono patterned origami paper that a friend got me as a birthday gift!

I have been interested in origami ever since my mom made me my first paper boat as a kid to play with in the rain puddles. I remembered that being one of the reasons why I really enjoyed a rainy day. Because afterward, I get to be a pirate sailing all of the puddles in the neighborhood and adventuring with the bugs that came out.

Image by Vicky Vitullo from Pixabay

Later when I was in the sixth grade, my history teacher shared with us a historical children’s book to read together called, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”.

Diagnosed from leukemia from the radiation bombing from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako decided to fold 1000 peace cranes in the hopes of being granted a wish: she just wanted to be able to be on the running team despite her illness. It’s debated whether or not she reached her goal, but her actions inspired all of her friends and family to continue on.

Afterward, Sue DiDicco founded The Peace Crane Project to honor Sadako. Students would fold the cranes, write a message of peace on its wings, and exchange it with another classmate.

After the boat, I enjoyed teaching the class how to make a paper crane. It’s still one of my favorites. I make them whenever I can, and make cranes out of candy wrappers and the paper that come with my Subway sandwiches.

Anyway, I’ll call it a night and share a quote by the grand master of origami: Akira Youshizawa!

My origami creations, in accordance with the laws of nature, require the use of geometry, science, and physics. They also encompass religion, philosophy, and biochemistry. Overall, I want you to discover the joy of creation by your own hand the possibility of creation from paper is infinite.

Akira Yoshizawa