December 2013

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    Oh, Rama.  My GD just left, she is 9 and without her I would not have gotten that "bowl" made.  It sprang on us 3 times and I said, "Oh, I don't know, XXXX,  maybe we could give it to your mother like this, a flat hot plate!  My old fingers don't know if I can do this.  I'm so sorry.  I wanted to show you a fun craft to make."  and she said, "That's why you have me, Nana, I have little hands, I'll try pulling up the sides."  She did, and it was a little lopsided and I tried to "fix" it, and it sort of fell apart.  One more time we tried and stopped short of having it as tall as it should be, doesn't show off the colors, because it's not pulled high enough, but I praised her to high Heaven and gave her the Mod Podge to slop a good thick coat on.  Don't know what we were doing wrong except maybe not having the strips wide enough to allow for pulling it up a bit.  Anyway, it sits on wax paper with the inside mod podged and I told her I would carefully do the outside with one or two coats and box and wrap it for her to have here Christmas morning to give to her mother.  I ask you, is there any sweeter grandchild anywhere?  I don't think so.

    we hurridly made a batch of trees, bells, boys, and stars with sprinkles and her Dad came in just in time to eat the leftover dough, Rama!  Plated up most of the cookies, warm and all, and  off they went.

    The tutorial I went by was:  Coiled Magazine Paper Bowls,  and here is a pic of the bowl we made this afternoon.  Will post a pic when it is all done and shiny.

    Have to add a P.S.  much too difficult for a 6 year old.

     
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    Hey TT I think it looks great and the Mom will love it (if she's any kind of a Mom she'll at least say so!)  Yeah, sometimes crafts don't turn out right.  I find that 6 yo are more used to things not working than we are. 

    I remember my DD saying to me, "Don't worry Mom you're just a learner."  Of course we old folks feel that if we can't do it at our age we don't have a chance...but we can learn, we can do better.  Just use the jargon "It was a test piece."   "That was only the pilot.  It will be all right on the night."

     
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    I was going by the original bowl I saw which was more the shape of a flower pot.  That's what I was aiming for, much taller sides, but this is much more than I could have done alone!  A whole Family Circle was folded, taped, and coiled in the bowl you see.  We had some beautiful colors, but unfortunately, because of it's squatness, you don't see them.

    She did warn me when she went out, "Be careful, Nana when you turn it over tomorrow to mod podge the outside!"

     
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    TT - I think the bowl is beautiful and what a wonderful "Nana" you are.  I never had a close relation ship with my GPs, but I love hearing how you are building such warm, loving memories for your GKs.

    Kar - So sad you are not feeling better.  Hope you are well soon.

     
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    Good morning,

    Thanks, Princess.  My mother was a wonderful Nana.  You never know what funny little things the kids are going to remember.  Yesterday when my son came in to pick up his dau, he went to the fridge and took out a can of gingerale and a bottle of cranberry juice, got a glass and mixed the two.  "This is what your great grandmother used to drink, XXXX."  And then he told her how when he was a little boy his Nana lived upstairs in our house, and he and his brothers would go upstairs and she would mix them up a drink like hers.  I didn't even remember my mother drinking that until he said so.  Of course when he finished his story, she asked if he had any left in his glass, and promptly swallowed it down - and just as fast, made a face!  I guess what she is going to remember here is me fixing her the pasta with butter and salt and an apple juice carton drink, while I sat and ate a salad.

    Waiting for the sun to melt the driveway which has melted/frozen to a sheet of ice again.  Making out lists - what final things to get (not just look for!) to finish out the baskets, and what I can buy at the grocery store today (others left til the first of the week). Trying to map out my route so I can swing in a big circle.  Had my GD jot down a few things on the list yesterday when I thought of them, while I was rolling out the cookie dough.

    Kargiver, how are you doing?  Christmas is coming, so you've got to start feeling better.

    You know, I'm rethinking the size of the coiled page strips we made, and wondering if perhaps we made it too big.  Maybe a smaller coiled circle would have been easier to pull up the sides.  If I have time, will try to put together a much smaller one with pink pages and wrap it up for XXXX.

    Got to get moving so I'm ready to go out as soon as I see that driveway has melted.  Think it is still below freezing here, so probably have a couple of hours.

     
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    TT I went on Pinterest and searched for "magazine bowls."  There were many that looked like yours, and some did not look as good.  People used other techniques, such as glue guns, to put them together, mod-podging afterwards.  Do what works!

     
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    Hats, did you see any the size of a flower pot (or deep cereal bowl)?  Thats what the original one I saw in person looked like and was sooo colorful.  Obviously the person who made that did not give me all the little tips she could have.  I was saying that to XXXX yesterday, that sometimes when you admire something someone has made (or baked) and you ask for the "recipe", they leave some little thing/tip out that makes theirs outstanding.  She thought that was very interesting - then I felt bad for disillusioning a little kid!  I had googled and found different methods, the tutorial I mentioned was the only one using these taped strips that were coiled.  My gawd some of the others cut individual 1" strips, turned a bowl over and glued the strips on one by one onto foil that was around the bowl, let that dry and then mod podged - thought that was very time consuming when I had this process down pat that could be put together in an afternoon - - - or so I thought.  Anyway, as you say, whatever works for you.

    Rama, should mention while we are still on the subject, this tutorial was by www.frugalupstate.com and it looked as tho she had a lot of other paper projects, including the rolled bead necklace - didn't check that out, but sounds as tho that might be fun for girl scouts, etc.

     
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    Good morning everyone. Kar, glad you are feeling a little better, hoping you continue to get better quickly so you can enjoy Christmas.

    tt, that bowl is great and very creative. I'm sure mom will LOVE it. You are such a wonderful nana. Glad she was able to make some cookies as well.

     

     
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    Good morning,

    tt, please don't feel discouraged. For a first attempt, your bowl looks beautiful. As I mentioned before, I have done several many years ago, and it took some practice to get them the way I wanted them to be. You just have to have a feel for how to pull up those strips. I don't think, I could do one now after so many years. When you get it right, it is easy. Maybe you bit more than you could swallow with this one. Try a smaller one. Anyhow, I think it was a wonderful bonding experience for the two of you. I don't think of it as kid's stuff to do and, Rama, definitely not for your age children.

    Can't believe we are leaving tomorrow. So much to do before that. But I know, as soon as we get there, we will have a lovely time.

    Our clothes are ready to pack. Taking care of my plants this morning and wishing them well. I have several set-ups for the larger plants. The rest will just have to do on their own after a really good soak. I found the globes, and will use those for the most vulnerable plants.

    Kargiver, how are you doing this morning?

    The dryer bell just rang. Chat later.

     
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    Another ridiculously egocentric post from the sick girl...cut and pasted from a Siri dictated email I just sent:

    "I'm doing better now today after having had another excruciating morning. I'm going to have to sleep sitting up so the pressure does not build up in my ear at ALL. I just made an appointment with an ENT specialist for Monday.  It's so bad every morning that I have to take a bucket to the bathroom so I can vomit in that and pee on the toilet so I don't vomit in the toilet and pee all over the floor.  Lovely, huh."  

    Thanks, everyone...so sorry to continue to be a self centered downer. :-(

     
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    Just came back in and read your post, Kargiver.  So sorry you are in this state.  But, thank gawd you have the appt. Monday.  I'm just sorry he couldn't fit you in tomorrow.  I'll bet if you had really said all you are going through (as in your post to us), he would have either seen you tomorrow or met you at the ER.  How in the world did you ever get this infection that got to this state?  Not a question I really expect you to be able to answer, but at least know that we all are thinking of you and wanting this infection to be gone.

     
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    Tt thanks for the picture and information on the paper bowls. It looks so neat all put together. I will pass the picture along to my mother in law. As I said, she is very crafty and always looking for ideas of projects to do with her grandchildren and my nieces and nephews are school aged and would like this project (or at least would like the mod podge part. 

    I ended up going to wrentham outlets last night after the kids were in bed and found slippers and fleece blankets for everyone at the Disney store. Not as nice as llbean but cheaper and the kids will like the characters on the slippers. Also got DH some things too so it was productive. 

    Lots to do tonight. Cleaning, a little cooking and wrappIng. 

    Kar, keep the updates coming. 

     
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    You're right, the kids will love the Disney characters.  Good thinking.

    If your MIL goes on the internet, she will find loads of ideas for crafts for the kids.  As Hats has often said, Pinterest is a gold mine for ideas and pictures.  I've never joined, but still am able to go on and look around.

     
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    All my plants are done and have to mind their own business until I get back. I used those water Globes for several of them. Just mopped my kitchen floor, so time for me to take a break, while it is drying.
    Read you post, Kargiver. What an ordeal you are going through. So glad to hear you made an appointment, but with the condition you are in, Monday is too far away. How about going back to either Urgent Care or ER today? Did you tell the ENT it is an emergency? TG is over 20 days ago, and you have been suffering since. You probably can't read our posts very well, but we are so concerned about you.
    tt, it is not an infection, or they could have prescribed an antibiotic to clear it. It is fluid, that has made a home in her inner ear. It has to dry out or be drained out by making a hole in the eardrum. But with the time, that has passed, it could very well be infected by now. Bacteria love a warm moist place.
    Have to do a bit more ironing, then fold shirts and I am ready to pack. We are not leaving until tmw. evening, so I will pack tomorrow.
    Did order a couple of gift cards this morning to a nice restaurant in San Antonio for people I just couldn't think of anything else. I don't like giving GCs, but unless I come up w/ something else, that will be it. If I do find something else, nothing lost. We can use them ourselves.
    Now just praying for good weather tmw. so we don't get stranded somewhere.

     
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    Kar how unfortunate that you couldn't get an appointment sooner. I'd pester them with a call back stating you aren't sure you can make it the weekend.

    Rama you can never go wrong with Disney character stuff, I miss those days, DS was fond of Lighting McQueen.

    I need to wrap gifts for our friend Christmas exchange tomorrow night and make peanu blossom cookies for my son to give to certain people at school, not sure I will get to this, but I'm going to try.

    tt, how do you make the bowl shiny? Can't wait to see it, looks like something I made in girl scouts once.

    Pingo, great that you have the house and the plants ready. Too bad you don't have someone that could come in and water them for you next week.

    ETA: Oh I have a basketball game to go to, so that's why I'm not sure I'll get that stuff done I mentioned. Have a good night everyone.

     

     
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    Winter, the Mod Podge does double duty - glues it all together and leaves a beautiful shine and protection.

     
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    Winter, my SIL or a neighbor would come and do it for me, if I asked them. But it wasn't successful in the past. they are too generous with the water, and the roots rot. So I don't want to ask them. I lost a beautiful 6 foot Hibiscus once, when SIL was the plant care taker. It is better to have the plants dry out a bit. I have home made set-ups for the larger plants. Buckets with drip irrigation. I bought a kind of a thick rope used for upholstering, circle it around the soil of the plant, then stick the other end in a bucket of water. It works well. They have lasted 3 weeks during the summer, when it is hot, this way. It is the smaller plants, I am worried about. The Cyclamen, I used for the shower is still gorgeous, but needs frequent watering from the bottom up. Hey, if it goes, it goes, and I can buy another one. I don't think my Poinsettias will last. But when we get back, Christmas is over anyway, and I have a good excuse to fill the house with the Spring bulbs.

     
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    tt, I just googled your "Coiled Magazine Paper Bowl". Some beauties there. They charge $20 at Etsy for them? Please tell your GD to keep practicing, and she can put herself through college, if she start making them now. LOL

     
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    Good morning. Horrible time getting on this morning, partly due to internet connection  here at work. Sounds like a clever system you have for watering the plants Pingo. What time if your flight tongiht, you must be getting so nervous. The weather looks like it should be nice for your flight.
    tt, how are you this morning? Kar, hope you are doing ok, is someone home with you or are you alone with Gracie?

     
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    Hi all,

    Kar, I concur that you should seek treatment earlier rather than later.  Prayers for quick healing will be offered for you!

    Pingo, good flights and a wonderful time awaiting the birth of two special babies!

    Winter, Novem, Rama, enjoy your young ones while you can.  Tomorrow they will be all grown up!

    Princess, guard your health!  Eat more potato chips!  Do less!

    Tulips and MM, we miss you.

    TT, may you receive from others as much love as you give to that big family - you seem to be rich in that way!

    We leave early tomorrow and I'm not sure whether I will be able to get on while I am gone, so best wishes for Christmas to you all.  If I forgot anyone, I am sorry.

     

     
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    Good morning,
    Had problems too getting in on the Forums this morning, Winter. Yes, I am a bit nervous. We are not leaving until 6pm, and the weather here in Boston is such, it will not cause any problems. But we have layover in St. Louis, and they are awaiting another storm. Supposedly not until late tonight into Saturday. But one never know with these predictions. Just hate to spend the night in St. Louis airport (we in particular avoided Dallas, which always causes problems). Besides, according to the news casters, tonight will be one of the busiest days for traveling. We thought, we would beat the crowd by going today and not just before Christmas. Looks like everyone had the same idea. Traveling by plane during the Winter time just sucks.
    I am ready to pack, but my new assignment is to take pictures of our "treasures", before we leave. DH usually does that, but he has been running around like a chicken w/o a head lately. So now it is my turn. We have good neighbors. They will pick up our mail and watch the house. SIL does have a key if needed, and our snow blower guy will take care of our drive way.
    Hope this will post. And in case I don't get back in, I want to wish you all a wonderful and Merry Christmas with your family and friends. I will try to post from Texas. Blessings, Pingo


     
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    Pingo, I'll be thinking good thoughts so you don't get stuck in St. Louis. What are you taking pictures of? In case you can read this now and not later, I wil wish you and yours a wonderful Christimas and Happy New Year.

     
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    Good morning - almost afternoon!

    Ran out, and then had to make a stop back home for some nourishment.  I seem to be hooked on grilled cheese sandwiches of late.  The baskets are done, and then some!  I'll have some pretty good leftovers for myself and I didn't even pick up all I wanted!  What a difference a day makes.  Stopped in the Paper Store to pick up some money gift cards and was hoping for a little pair of slippers I had seen in there for Lilly - of course they are gone in her size.  That's OK, it was just an afterthought.  Not worth running to another Paper Store.  As soon as I have a cup of tea, will go out again, I think, to be sure I have enough supplies in for baking this week-end.

    Hats, have a wonderful trip and a joyful Christmas.  Did you make that pretzel house or is it from your favorite place, Pinterest?  It's beautiful.  My paper dish is looking pretty good.  Gave the outside a coat last night and now each day over the week-end I will give inside/outside whichever, another thin coat.  The more the better.  The paper has already absorbed what it's going to and the rest is extra bonus for shine and protection.

    Pingo hope you have a safe, uneventful flight to Texas and I know your holiday will be a happy one.  Don't worry about your plants, they'll survive.

    It's a gorgeous day today, such a gift for those of us still running around.  Not as much traffic on the roads or parking lots as I had imagined.  When my baskets are full and bowed, I'll post a pic, as well as one of "the bowl" when that's done as much as it's going to be.  Winter, are you working Monday?  If not, have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

    Time for that tea and to get back in the car before I bog down sitting here at this computer, my nemisis on days I want to get anything done!

     
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/magazine/apply-a-little-pressure.html

     

    NYT article about pressure cookers...

     
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    Regarding your link, NYT articles (once you have exhausted the 10 freebies) are only available to paying customers.

    Ps: You could take the time to copy and paste the article...if you were so inclined, and thought the article would be appreciated.

     

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