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Random iPhone Photos or Death Plot by Cats?

Somewhere near the corner of 1,600 hundred photos and needing to upgrade my iPhone I realized I had a problem–lack of iPhone space. This required the shifting through of said photos, with the intention of deleting all of those blurry scenes of kids who never sit still and the what-was-I-thinking selfies. Too bad I wasn’t prepared for what I found, a bunch of seemingly random photos that I don’t remember taking.

There can be only one explanation. Frustrated with my ineptitude to understand the basics and my sad lack of telepathy skills, the cats have resorted to trying to communicate through my iPhone. After all, I do stare at the phone more than I stare at them, which has got to be frustrating for superior beings such as themselves.

So, I share these with you for you to make your own conclusions, but I think I have figured out what they have been trying to tell me.

snow

That white cats have secret snow stealth powers.

 

cat in kitchen

That their butts are not big. More food is required.

 

cat selfie

That the food thing was not a request.

 

manicure

That I should be using those nails to scratch delicately behind the ears. Anywhere else is not advisable.

 

living room and cat

That sometimes life is art. Sometimes life is also food.

 

speedometer

That if they had opposable thumbs, they would drive themselves to restaurants. Seafood ones.

 

photo copy 6

That it takes a lot of work to get the sofa pillows just right. I should stop fluffing them.

 

bird in window

That these might be good to eat.

 

cat on stairs

That they know where I sleep…

 

legs

…Oh yes they do.

 

black cat portrait

That they are much better at taking selfies than I am.

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The Clutter of Unfinished Projects

file00074170513Unfinished projects, whatever they may be, can be double trouble when it comes to clutter. First, there is the actual physical clutter of the supplies needed, the stamps and scrapbook paper, the yarn and needles, the candle molds, the paints, how-to books, whatever the projects require.

Next, there is the mental clutter. Do you feel good when you look at your unfinished projects, excited by your progress, or do you feel a sort of dread because they still haven’t been completed. For me, looking at unfinished projects starts negative thoughts because I feel like I have failed. The unfinished project supplies mock me.

In my experience, there is the initial excitement of starting a project that may carry through for days or even weeks, and then something happens. Life comes along, the project gets put aside and there isn’t the time or motivation to get back to it. The usual response is “Of course, I can’t just throw it away, right? After all, I have already invested money and time into the project.”

So there the project (or more likely projects) sit, waiting. Sometimes we move them around the house a bit, from a desk to under the desk, to a closet or a tub, but like they never go away.

Letting go of unfinished projects is hard, but I challenge you today to try to release at least one unfinished project around your home. Maybe pick the oldest project. I’m going to do the same. Free yourself of clutter space in your home and in your head.

Meanwhile, out the door for me today are two large bags of clutter (garbage) and a car full of stuff ready for donation.

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Why My Chicken is Dr. House

House-M.D.-Gregory-House-1479Warning, grossness ahead.

We were all ready for a nice dinner of homemade biscuits, salad and roasted chicken. When my husband started carving the chicken, he discovered that its insides were lime green. I’ve since learned that the most likely cause is Deep Pectoral Myopathy, the same thing that gives Dr. House his limp. In other words, the muscle of the chicken likely died while the chicken itself was still alive, and then both muscle and chicken started to rot.

In the interest of not making everyone throw up, I decided not to post any photos.

Since the kids were grumbling the other day about not being visited by a naughty leprechaun who unrolls all of the toilet paper or turns their milk green, I took full advantage of the serendipity of green chicken. Then I promptly excused myself and turned the bathroom toilet bowl salad green.

Update (3/20/13) Lesley H had the same thing happen to her. Her brother-in-law, who is a butcher, had another explanation for the green chicken meat.

“He said that what can happen is when the chicken is kept at a temperature that only partially freezes it, the deepest part of the chicken will sometimes not reach a temperature cold enough to prevent bacteria from growing.  This is more common on larger chickens- and in fact, the one I had was nearly 6 pounds if I recall correctly.  He said the outside may seem frozen, but if it hasn’t been allowed enough time to freeze through all the way and then is moved to higher temperature conditions (such as for transport) the deeper parts can begin to rot out.  I do recall that the chickens at the grocery store usually are only partially frozen, so the explanation made sense in my situation.  Who knows though.  Since what happened to me, I am careful not to choose those really large chickens anymore, and haven’t run across it again.

“ETA, I wanted to add that my chicken had NO foul odor whatsoever- it seemed perfectly fine from the outside.  It was only when I cut into it after it was fully roasted that I discovered the disgusting green meat.”

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When It Comes to Laundry

When It Comes to Laundry

I’m trying to teach my oldest child how to use the washing machine and dryer. Any tips?

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March 15, 2013 · 4:41 pm

I Blame The Muppets

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Spring cleaning…a necessary part of modern society, or a crafty well-organized government alien conspiracy to get us to buy things that smell like lemon?

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My Gremlin Rolls…Your Bunny Rolls

My Gremlin Rolls...

Bunny rolls

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March 4, 2013 · 2:53 pm

Every Who Down in Whoville…

Dr. Seuss Day

Dr. Seuss Day

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March 1, 2013 · 8:33 am

Seeing the Beauty

Seeing the Beauty

Taking care of our stuff often leaves little opportunity for spotting our beautiful moments.

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February 28, 2013 · 1:12 pm

Gather the Positive

Gather the Positive

Throughout today, gather only positive words of the future and cast off the negative ones of the past, which do nothing but threaten to drown you.

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February 25, 2013 · 9:31 am

Bread Machine Recipes: Dinner Rolls

file000153779528These are by far the absolutely best bread machine rolls that I have tried. I make them often, at least once or twice a week, and they go quickly in my home. In fact, I’ve had to make extra batches of these rolls and send them home with guests. My eldest child is now an expert at forming them.

Sometimes I make 12 dinner rolls. Other times I form the dough into only eight rolls and use them for sandwiches or burgers.

The rolls are so easy to make, because you use a bread maker to form the dough and put it through the first rise. The recipe has the added goodness of powdered milk, which gives it a smooth texture as well as the bonus of calcium.

And now, on to the recipe!

Bread Machine Rolls

Add the following ingredients to your bread machine in the order that is recommended by the machine’s manufacturer.

1 cup of whole wheat flour

2 cups of bread flour (or eliminate the whole wheat and just go with 3 cups of bread flour)

3 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup powdered (dry) milk

1 cup of warm water (microwave the water for 50 seconds or run the tap until it is warm)

2 tablespoon of softened butter

2-1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast (or one packet)

Select the dough cycle on your machine and press start. Check the machine after five minutes to ensure that you have a nice rounded ball of dough. Add water or flour one tablespoon at a time if needed. Make sure not to over do any additions, or your rolls will suffer.

When the dough cycle is done, gently punch down the dough by kneading. Form the rolls. I vary the size. You can make 12 small dinner rolls or eight or nine sandwich or burger rolls.

Lightly spray cookie sheets and then place the rolls on the sheets. Allow the rolls to rise for about 40 minutes. One great way to do this is to place the sheets in a cold oven with a pan full of very hot water. The water will keep the rolls warm and moist as they rise.

When the rolls are done rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush a light coating of egg white and water on the tops of the rolls to give them some shine, if you like, although this step isn’t necessary. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.

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