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giftmaking recipes

I've been asked how to make the sugar scrub and soak I made for Christmas gifts this year. Included are those recipes for those interested. Peppermint Soak Mix together 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup Epsom salt, 2 teaspoons peppermint extract, 2 drops red food coloring with a whisk. Pour onto a piece of freezer paper and let dry for ½ an hour. When ready to use, pour two tablespoons into a warm bath. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Put ½ cup of coconut oil into a bowl and soften in the microwave for 15 seconds. Mix in 1½ cups of granulated sugar, 2-3 teaspoons peppermint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 drops of red food coloring (if desired). I mixed it with the wisk to be sure the food coloring is evenly distributed. Use as common sense would dictate. :)

Happy Winter-thing you celebrate!

The holidays are upon us and, like the busy beaver I am (while working two jobs for a grand total of 50 hours a week), I've started Christmas things early, especially since fruitcake takes about two months grand total to prepare. Three weeks ago, I began the fruitcake starter. Brandy, sugar, a mixture of fruit and a glass bowl. Stir twice a week for three weeks. Then drain the fruit, put the liquid back in the bowl and add fruit 10 days at a time with sugar. This takes 30 days to candy the fruit. Then you make the bread. I've started the candying process. I've been doing friendship bread starters for a few weeks and have made a kickass banana bread recipe from it. I've also made the traditional version and a cranberry almond. All of them are super good. I began my own bread starter and have been freezing everything as I go along so I can make loaves for a friend's bake sale. I've also made some kickass zucchini nut muffins and I have plans to make cranberry

Author Interview: Kelly Crigger

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Discovering who you are is not just for teenagers. Midlife men must also rediscover the world around them while struggling with their own impending mortality and legacy, especially those who change careers and lifestyles.   Middle-aged men like me are under siege, beset on all sides by personal ambition, internal expectations, familial pressure, disillusionment, uncertainty, and legacy. It’s a constant battle to balance the needs of the self and the needs of others and a struggle to discover which ones really take priority. Some win this battle and some tragically lose.   Curmudgeonism is a state of mind, unwavering, unapologetic, and uninterested in what people think. We are the proverbial old dog that can’t be taught new tricks because we know the old tricks are tried and true. We have firm beliefs that can’t be shaken. Free trade is good. True leaders are rare. Happiness is a luxury. Golf is a waste of time and we don’t have enough years left to be unproductive. We don’t apologi

Own up or shut up

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I posted about this on Twitter earlier, but I thought it needed an actual, honest-to-gods blog post. My tweets are as follows: There are some mornings I want to just shake some sense into my child. I love him dearly but GODS does he FRUSTRATE ME. It's hard being a teenager. I remember. So I try to cut him some slack. But there comes a point where there is no more slack. I hate that. Now it's time for me to go into supermom mode and ride his ass and make him get cranky and pissy with me. This is the part of teens I hate. My job as a parent is to make sure my child succeeds. I will do that. Because I'm his mom and I have his back. Even if he doesn't see it. I remember my parents nagging & hated it. They were just trying to get me to do what I was supposed to. Sometimes we need a foot up our ass. Doesn't change the fact I hate doing that. But, when it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Okay. Done venting. Back to teacher emails.  I emailed each of his te

Show me your Teeth

I am not normally forthright about the condition of my teeth. My mouth has been a train wreck since I was seventeen. I came down with mono and was so sick I could barely stay awake long enough to eat. The only thing other than water I ate or drank was milkshakes my mom put protein powder into. I lost 35 pounds. When I finally woke up and could stay awake longer than it took to drink a small milkshake or pee, my mouth was a mess. The gum tissue was pulling away from my teeth on the bottom. The dentist called it trench mouth . I went on a round of antibiotics and was told to brush my teeth in an upward motion until the gum tissue tightened around my teeth again. It never did. I saw many dentists. One asked me if I was a meth addict. Another pulled back in revulsion when he looked in my mouth. Another hygenist sneered at me and snottily told me "you need to brush your teeth more". I asked how many more times than four I needed to brush in a day. She told me to brush after a

Long absences

It's amazing how much one person's death can affect your daily life. Even when that person wasn't someone you saw often. My dad passed on June 8th from a one year and ten day battle with esophageal cancer. It has taken me over two months to get myself back to a place where I feel relatively human. I'm getting back into creative endeavors again. I have ideas for a couple of books. I've been keeping notes. I've accepted a position with the D20 Girls as the assistant state manager for Ohio. I'm not entirely sure how that happened, to be honest. I was trying to quit and ended up accepting the position. I've stepped back from conventions lately because many expect me to work at least 20 hours to keep my badge. Considering I will not be taking time off work to do these events, I can't make the required time commitment. I would still like to work in the gaming departments, but that may be something I cannot do on a part time schedule. I have been work

Book Review: Scarlet Stilettos

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Scarlet Stilettos by Ash Penn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Laine Lawson and Tony Barton are best mates, their friendship forged from a one night stand. Laine has declared herself celibate. Tony has met a man who meets all of his needs. But Will isn't all he seems, especially when he discovers Laine isn't all she seems, either. When Laine takes an abrupt holiday and Will moves in with Tony, all hell breaks loose for the pair of them. Tony learns more about Will than he really wanted to know. Laine makes a mess of her family and has a heart to heart with Adam, her ex who literally tossed her out into the street like garbage. All this while hiding her feelings for her best friend. Tony gets in over his head in Laine's absence. Can she come back and save the day? This book needs trigger warnings for domestic violence. I wasn't expecting it and at points I had to put the book down. Minus: My personal feeling is there is nothing sexy about the word saliva. Every time I read it

How to be an editor

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/07/22/bernard_devoto_author_and_historian_s_1945_letter_of_advice_for_young_editors.html http://www.articulatemarketing.com/tips-for-editors http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/editing-magazine-articles-tips-from-a-senior-editor/ I'm saving these articles for future reference. Looks like I'm doing the right thing, for the most part. An idea generator, style and voice... the only thing I may be lacking is sentence structure. No problem. I can learn that.

Buddhism

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• What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. • Is Buddhism a Religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom' and the Buddhist path can be summed up as: (1) to lead a moral life, (2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and (3) to develop wisdom and understanding. • How Can Buddhism Help Me? Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness. • Why is Buddhism Becoming Popular? Buddhism is becoming popular in western countries for a number of reasons, The first good reason is Bud

The Story Basket

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I started a blog several years ago to archive stories about my life. These are those stories carried over to this blog for archival purposes. Maybe I'll tell more stories as I go along. Thirteen Chapter December 22, 2010  §   Leave a comment In 2005 (and this date, like all others, is subjective due to my memory being a steel sieve), I had everything plotted and planned out to end my life.  My mate would be at work, my sister had come to get my son and take him down to their house and my grandmother, whom I was living with, was visiting family out of state.  I didn’t have to work so no one would be calling to check in on me.  I’d taken enough tylenol to choke a horse and drew a hot bath and as I lay there with my eyes closed floating and ignoring everything around me, some nagging little voice inside of my head nagged at me. That bath ended up being just a bath that lasted well until the water was no longer warm and my mate came home from work.  My sister brought my son

Old Massage Posts

I have some old massage posts I'm moving over for archive purposes. :) Being “too helpful” during massage April 21, 2014 in  Uncategorized  | Tags:  massage ,  massage don'ts ,  massage problems ,  neck massage , too helpful ,  what not to do during massage  |  Leave a comment  ( Edit ) There are a few things that make my job more difficult during a massage. Many times clients will hold their arms up where they think I want the limb positioned. Sometimes they will pick up each finger in secession as I massage each one. They anticipate where I will work next. When I adjust their head or move their hair, they pick their heads up from the table. Some clients will hold their heads rigid while I work their neck and don’t allow their heads to move with the natural flow of the massage. Instead of allowing their head to roll to the side, they will tense against the work I am doing. When I undrape their leg, they move it closer to the edge of the table. Many of these motion