Monday, August 29, 2022

Episode 93: Study Monster








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Warm Thanks -

The Knitmores for their warning that roombas are about to rebel…

Covid:

Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card šŸ˜·! thanks, Betty HS!

Get your kids their shots!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Free Covid tests- 4 per household: new round

https://www.covidtests.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nope

In Progress:  


Lanesplitter Skirt- I’ve turned the first corner and I’m on the straight-away


Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward!

19 x 19 blocks

September 4 will be 250 blocks day!
October 25 will be 300 blocks day!

Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery--not yet

Bright Cherries Brick—revamping

Midsummer Socks--half a sock 

Wrapped in Tiny Chains crocheted cardigan- back is done. Use measurements, not gauge. Working on a front panel.

My Favorite Resources:

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Emotional Management Strategies: PLEASED: Physical health, List resources, eat balanced, avoid drugs, sleep reasonably, exercise, daily self-care.




Help Ukraine from President Obama
More ways to help from Lovecraft
                                                                                            
Fluffy Books:


Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

She Hulk on Disney+--yep. Episode 2 is about ethical negotiations 

Something I Really Like:

ASL from a hearing teacher for vocabulary: Learn How to Sign on YouTube 

Put a Lid on It:

Chaffles week: in general: 1 beaten egg to 1/4 grated cheese. Add-ins: almond flour, heavy cream



.
Blather:

ASL:  not so great, but I'm anxious!
Pupdate--  Queenie and Captain and Blanks—Captain cuddles


Beloved Hubs is doing great! But now his other eye...

Calendar:

Stitches So Cal: Nov 11-13, 2022
Grand Canyon: June 5-9, 2023
Sunnybank: August 17-21, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: 
Netflix "Inside The Mind of a Cat"



Sunday, August 21, 2022

Episode 92: Merrily We Roll Along





Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.



Warm Thanks -

The Yarniacs—viral pattern thread on Ravelry

Ddcknits—this one’s for you!

Covid:

Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card šŸ˜·! thanks, Betty HS!

Get your kids their shots!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Free Covid tests- 4 per household: new round

https://www.covidtests.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nope

In Progress:  

Lanesplitter Skirt- I’ve turned the first corner and I’m on the straight-away! And ATTACKED!



Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward!

19 x 19 blocks

September 4 will be 250 blocks day!
October 25 will be 300 blocks day!

Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery--not yet

Bright Cherries Brick—revamping

Midsummer Socks--half a sock before the yarn attacked!


Wrapped in Tiny Chains crocheted cardigan- back is done. Use measurements, not gauge. Working on a front panel.

My Favorite Resources:

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Emotional Management Strategies: Keep learning




Help Ukraine from President Obama
More ways to help from Lovecraft
                                                                                            
Fluffy Books:


Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Enola Holmes movie on Netflix: a feminist thumbs down

Pride & Prejudice 2005 Knightley & Sutherland. Meh. Collins and Lady Catherine

Infinity Wars: the single worst movie I have ever seen.

She Hulk on Disney+— you bet.

Something I Really Like: and…

Put a Lid on It:
Ordering at Starbucks! And elsewhere 
Bleu cheese dressing
Appetizers 
Sashimi
Salads
Using apps to order ahead
Having regular places who know you.
.
Blather:

ASL:  classes begin August 22nd.
Pupdate--  Queenie and Captain and Blanks—merrily we roll along.
Beloved Hubs is doing great!

Calendar:

Stitches So Cal: Nov 11-13, 2022
Grand Canyon: June 5-9, 2023
Sunnybank: August 17-21, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: in consultation.


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Monday, August 15, 2022

Episode 91: Sweet Normality












Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.



Warm Thanks -

To DCALANEKNITS  and Singlemompower for their comments.

ALANE: great idea on steaming acrylic. Thanks!

SMP: thanks for posting FOs to the group! And your kitty!

Elise T—late-breaking! Thanks for the very generous ko-fi!

To you everyone who sent warm wishes for my husband’s recovery.

Covid:

Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card šŸ˜·! thanks, Betty HS!

Get your kids their shots!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Free Covid tests- 4 per household: new round

https://www.covidtests.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nope

In Progress:  



Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward!

19 x 19 blocks

September 4 will be 250 blocks day!
October 25 will be 300 blocks day!

Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery--not yet

Bright Cherries Brick—revamping

Midsummer Socks

Wrapped in Tiny Chains crocheted cardigan- back is done. Use measurements, not gauge


My Favorite Resources:

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Emotional Management Strategies: using what motivates you




Help Ukraine from President Obama
More ways to help from Lovecraft
                                                                                            
Fluffy Books:


Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Something I Really Like: 

Camping food at home
iPhone memory stick

Put a Lid on It:



I have mastered my Instant Pot’s air fryer lid at last!

Air fryer jalapeƱo poppers by Key Lime, my mods:

4 slices bacon
4 oz (half brick) cream cheese, softened, cubed
1/3 cup grated cheddar (I used TJ’s cheddar with minced chive and onions)
Dash salt
Dash black pepper
5 jalapeƱos 

1. Air fry bacon, 400F, 10 minutes (turning at 5 mins)
2. Mix other ingredients except jalapeƱos in medium bowl.
3. While bacon cools, wash and slice jalapeƱos and scoop out seeds. I use gloves for this task.
4. Crumble cooked bacon into mix of cheeses, etc.
5. Mix stuff up thoroughly.
6. Clean bacon grease from air fryer. I save mine for cooking.
7. Stuff jalapeƱos with mix.
8. Cook as many as fit into air fryer at 350F. I cooked them in 2 batches, 8 minutes each. Cheese should be melts, jalapeƱos softened.

Uncooked:                                                Cooked:



Blather:

ASL:  classes begin August 22nd.
Pupdate--  Queenie and Captain and Blanks: 


Beloved Hubs is doing great!

Calendar:

Stitches So Cal: Nov 11-13, 2022
Grand Canyon: June 5-9, 2023
Sunnybank: August 17-21, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: 

Everything is mine.



Saturday, August 13, 2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Episode 90: Home Fires


Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.



Warm Thanks -

Thank you, Lisa, for your generous donation! Queenie sends love to all of her many admirers!

To you everyone who sent warm wishes for my husband’s recovery.

Covid:

Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card šŸ˜·! thanks, Betty HS!

Get your kids their shots!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Free Covid tests- 4 per household: new round

https://www.covidtests.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Sunnybank Love Scarf



In Progress:  

Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward!

19 x 19 blocks

September 4 will be 250 blocks day!
October 25 will be 300 blocks day!

Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery--not yet

Bright Cherries Brick—revamping

Midsummer Socks

Wrapped in Tiny Chains crocheted cardigan

My Favorite Resources:

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Emotional Management Strategies: Llama Logic: Review your history when you previously solved a problem. Do MORE of THAT.
Using strategies daily.




Help Ukraine from President Obama
More ways to help from Lovecraft
                                                                                            
Fluffy Books:


Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Something I Really Like: 


Put a Lid on It:

Cooking for one…with a vacuum sealer

Misc steaks
Pulled pork
JalapeƱo poppers
Bone broth
IP roasted chicken
French garlic chicken
Blue cheese dressing 

Miscellaneous steaks:
Sirloin round steaks from TJs
1 cup barbecue sauce or chopped tomato
1 cup Diet Coke 
3 diced red/yellow peppers
1 chopped onion

SautƩ onion 3 minutes in IP.
SautƩ chopped steaks for about 5 mins, stirring a bit to brown all over.
Add coke and sauce/tomato
Manual for 60 minutes.
Let depressurization on it’s own while you water the pony.
Add chopped peppers, broccoli, whatever veg you like.
Set Manual to zero and turn on IP again.
When it reaches pressure and ends, vent steam asap.

Serve by itself or over baby spring greens as a salad.

Blather:

ASL:  classes begin August 22nd.
Pupdate--  Queenie and Captain and Blanks: training and playing
Yosemite Trip: cancelled
Beloved Hubs blows a retina, avoids surgery.

Calendar:

Stitches So Cal: Nov 11-13, 2022
Grand Canyon: June 5-9, 2023
Sunnybank: August 17-21, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: 

Cats are steady pals too!





















































 











Thursday, August 4, 2022

Episode 89: A Very Strange Place Indeed







Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.



Warm Thanks -

Karen S.-wow! Thanks for the generous ko-fi!

Covid:

Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card šŸ˜·! thanks, Betty HS!

Get your kids their shots!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

Free Covid tests- 4 per household: new round

https://www.covidtests.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nothing. 

In Progress:  

Don't Know Yet--a year in blocks-- onward!

19 x 19 blocks

September 4 will be 250 blocks day!
October 25 will be 300 blocks day!

Pennsylvania Dutch embroidery--not yet

Bright Cherries Brick—revamping

Midsummer Socks

Sunnybank Love Scarf: blocking! On to the duplicate stitching!


Fantasies:


My Favorite Resources:

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Emotional Management Strategies: change is small, incremental, and gradual.




Help Ukraine from President Obama
More ways to help from Lovecraft
                                                                                            
Fluffy Books:

The Emperor’s Aeronaut by Adina and Scott—finished
Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Something I Really Like: 

Adobe scan for my phone

Put a Lid on It:

Pork bone broth for doggies

Blather:

ASL:  classes begin August 22nd.
Pupdate--  Queenie and Captain: the sisterhood





Yosemite Trip: looking for someone to throw hay—one thing at a time

Beloved Hubs blows a retina



Calendar:

Yosemite: Sept. 16-22
Stitches So Cal: Nov 11-13, 2022
Grand Canyon: June 5-9, 2023
Sunnybank: August 17-21, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: 
I’m back! And I’m glad I missed this new neighbor.


 (It’s a Mojave Dwarf Tarantula)