Monday, January 9, 2017

Google Love

Google has this option in photos where they animate your pictures for you.  Here are some pics of Nate Dog from Christmas that I just love.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pink Elephant


Not sure where to start this.  A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a stuffed elephant pattern.  I put it away, to make, later.  Then at a Christmas party, where we participated in a white elephant gift exchange, one of the kids at the party had a "white elephant" made from this same pattern.  It was so cute, I decided that I would try to make one. 


This was my first try.  I  think the trunk should be a little thicker, but I like it very much.



I haven't quite finished it -- I need to sew up the back still and the eyes are a little crooked.  I plan to make more.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Biography #1 - The Last Lion

The full title is: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965.  This is Volume 3.


It took me all year to read; I actually listened to most of it.  I have the hardest time reading non-fiction so I figured this would be the best way (Audible.com).  I actually enjoyed it but it was about 60 hours long.

I'd like to give a book report but I'm not great at that.  Churchill is a fascinating character and this obviously delves deeply into the history.  This would be a great book to listen to when taking a very long road trip.

oh and btw, I highly recommend audible -- the narrator was excellent.  I plan to read/listen to volumes 1 and 2 as well.  Not sure when. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

One Second Every Day - 2016

The LIST for 2017

Here is the list for this year.  I finished so few of my "goals" last year that a ton of this year's are going to be "finish ..." or "complete..."  

1. Take a trip with Nevada
2. Visit Yosemite
3. Finish the Couch to 5K program
4. Visit the East Coast
5. Make a souffle
6. Continue with the 12 biographies (11 to go) ...
7. Finish Grinch quilt
8. Finish making Dalek costume
9. Complete Round Robin blog
10. Trip to Wales?
11. Blog more than last year (not too hard since I only posted 67 times in 2016)
12. Go on 6 dates with my husband.
13. Make 6 new breads (maybe even use the bread maker I got from Nevada)(can include scones, biscuits, etc.)
14. Make curtains for the little boys' room
15. Make a 5-year plan
16. Take a road trip
17. Attend a local art and wine festival
18. Plant thyme, basil, and mint
19. Make/plant a garden with tomatoes, peppers, squash and some other things
20. Go to lunch with someone I haven't seen for a while
21. Make a family photo calendar
22. Cook something with grandson(s)
23. Try a new ethnic food
24. Try one new recipe a month
25. Take 6 new hikes
26. Make doughnuts
27. Make mozzarella cheese
28. One Second Every Day Project
29. Record Story Corps interviews with the boys
30. Have a 35,000 step day
31. Walk 1200 fitbit miles
32. Fondue (have at home or out) -- not just chocolate
33. Do barrel tasting at Raymond
34. Make 6 different ice creams/sorbets/yogurt
35. Watch original Star Wars trilogy
36. Make 6 quilts
37. Make elephant stuffed animal - DONE
38. Clean garage
39. Have a blind wine tasting party
40. Try 3 new restaurants
41. Go to a major league baseball game -- A's, O's, Giants, Nats?
42. Go to a museum
43. Visit Nevada (the state)
44. Go to a minor league baseball game
45. Take a walk on a beach
46. Make pillow cases for me
47. Make the perfect French Fries
48. Try a new hair color ...
49. Finish watching new Who
50. Get another Night Before Christmas
51. Have a 100,000 step week
52. Make a list for 2017

and as always, get healthier, i.e., exercise more, eat better (and less).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Waffle Iron - #48

So it's time to go through the list and see where I stand .. not looking so good ... however, I completed #48.  Well, I had a little help from my OD and his wife.  I got this beauty for Christmas. 


 I tested it out on Boxing Day ..




and they turned out super yummy!






Friday, December 2, 2016

Cocktail Wednesday - Bubbles

This week we decided to have some bubbles with guava juice -- kind of a mimosa, but not.




Simple, yet tasty.  I actually had mine with pomegranate liqueur.  It was good, but a little tart.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving morning, we participated in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot; we being my husband, my daughter, her husband, and me.  The colors this year were the worst so far ...


Here's a picture of us pre-race ..



This is evidence that I am really bad at selfies ..  maybe I need a selfie stick.

 

Our ribbons ...


I finished in 57 minutes; an 18:21 minute mile.  I need to work on my time.

and a post race picture...

 


Cocktail Wednesday - Eggnog

Every year my husband makes a most excellent eggnog (recipe from here).  He made it for our pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday night cocktail. 

  

My OS and DIL and YD and SIL (my oldest son, his wife, younger daughter, and her husband) were all there.  It was delicious and lots of fun ...

 

I never liked eggnog before, but that was the store-bought kind.  This is so very much better.  I highly recommend you try it -- even without the rum.