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Crazy Huggins with Knightsbridge

This week I did the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic (#TTKICPrompt090219) which was to use Crazy Huggins as the string.

I started to think about how I would fill Huggins. I considered just some lines and then maybe making it Striping. Then I considered Shattuck and maybe some Tipple. Then I thought maybe I’d use some Nipa or Stricles because I like both of those tangles and haven’t used them much.

I have never tangled Crazy Huggins before so I watched the video from Zentangle Project Pack #1. Molly did an excellent job explaining how to tangle Crazy Huggins. I really enjoyed it and had no trouble tangling it. :) I even drew the orbs in varying sizes like she did in the video but tried to get a little different outcome. Of course she was using white on black and I used black on white, so it looks majorly different. ;)

I ended up using Knightsbridge in all the horizontal Huggins. I had one wonky Huggins and it kind of messed up the flow but it is what it is. After filling in the horizontal pieces I wasn’t sure what to do with the others but felt that the drama of all those black squares needed something light and ended up just doing some shading on the vertical Huggins.

I grabbed my camera and attempted to get a decent shot of the tile before I did too much blackening of those squares. Because of the angles, I couldn’t see in the viewfinder while taking the shot, so this is the best of about eight that I took. This is the best I have as a before shading shot, as I think the blackened squares of Knightsbridge is like shading.

I use dots to help me get the checkerboard right (and still I managed to mess up in one place ;) ).

Here is the scan of the tile after filling the Knightsbridge squares. OH! I didn’t have an 005 micron pen, so I went back over all the Crazy Huggins lines to make them thicker/bolder so that the filler lines would have a variation in size. I guess I could have used a thicker nibbed pen for Crazy Huggins but I didn’t . ;)

Here’s the picture taken in natural light.

It kind of looks like mushrooms. :D I should probably also mention that I decided to add an aura around the outer lines. Then I decided to thicken that line considerably.

For shading I opted to use my standard pencil under all the “c” shapes. Here is the scan of the finished tile.

Here is the picture in natural light.

I may try it again and use other filler tangles but not today. :D

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Yet Another Bread!

The bread I’m sharing today is a single serving (but there’s also the recipe for a whole loaf too). This is the bread I shared for the beef and cheddar sandwich last week.

It’s so quick to throw together. Just put the dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Add the egg whites and water.

Combine well.

Now, I have this small gravy pot that is a perfect size. I spray it with olive oil spray and add the swiss bread batter.

I bake this in my toaster oven for about 10 minutes

This is a great bun. :) I really like it with a lot of filling.

So if you are wanting to try this bread, head on over to Trim Healthy Mama’s summer e-zine.

I hope you like this too,

Michele ºÜº

Great Marriage Advice Link

I’m going to keep it short today because I have another link to share with you (that I found through The Generous Wife).  The link today is about how to “Grow Back Together” with your spouse.

The author makes a really great analogy to preparing for a marathon. Check out the article; it’s a really good read.

Odds are that you married your spouse because you were happy and in love. You can probably get those feelings back with just a little bit of work.  Seriously, you need to go check it out.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Summer Birthday Weekend Continued

On birthday celebrations here, the birthday person gets to pick what we do for the evening. Since we were celebrating  Brian’s birthday he got to pick what we did. He chose board games . . . well, card games . . . well . . . Carcassonne and Citadels. These games are suited for large groups as well. I played along with the kids. (It was hot and my hair was in a hair band . . . not very flattering. ;) )

That one is Citadels. Tiffany got Sean the definitive anniversary edition, which means it has several different character sets you can play with. Brian is really good at this kind of strategy game. I think he won both games we played. ;) We don’t play it often enough for me to get used to it and figure it out, so I’m always fumbling through the game with barely any points. :D But it is fun together time.

Sunday morning Grandpa got the morning Liam cuddles. :)

Don’t know what Michael is looking at so seriously, but maybe it is just his morning face . . . he and Liam have a very similar look here. :D

We had breakfast and played another game of Citadel. We only played one game of Carcassonne. It’s kind of like playing dominoes, only with land and tiles instead of numbers.

We had a Dory toy that he found end was playing with. He was having a good time. :)

Sunday afternoon we went to my parents’ home with my little sister and her family to celebrate some more.

He was so excited! He kept saying “OH” and “WOW”. :) It’s so fun to see little ones and their expressions. He is  bundle of energy!!!

After the opening of gifts, he loved playing with them! He went and kissed my dad’s knee and hugged my mom, thanking them for his gift–PJ Masks something or other. ;)

The bigger kids were playing some pac man like game that Sean had on the Switch and Tiffany let Liam try for a bit.

Nana helped him get his Toy Story Duplos out of the box.

It was a good weekend! Very glad to have spent it with family!

I hope you have a great weekend. It’s Labor Day weekend and I have no idea what we are going to do. :D (Don’t forget to check out our Youtube video tomorrow.)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Primary Colors, the real ones

Tiffany and I watch some youtube channels together; mostly she picks them. One of the art ones we watch is Echo Gillette. Now, I’m going to say this right up front, you have to be careful with her content because she will occasionally swear. Disclaimer done for now.

Recently we watched this video where she talked about the primary colors and how what we are all taught is not true. She also shared, scientifically, that it isn’t a really a color wheel because colors are seen because of different wavelengths.

I feel she did a great job explaining all of it that I just had to share. You see, I always liked to teach my children the truth as I understood it but then would tell them what other people think. In this case I would share this information and then tell them how it has been taught for a very long time.

Here is the link to the video. Be forewarned that she does use the “f” word twice and freaking 2-3 times. The first time the f-bomb is used is somewhere close to 5:45 (like maybe 5:50 or 5:51) and then again right around 9:00 minutes into the video. Normally I wouldn’t share videos with foul language but this had some really great content and is also a good teaching point that we don’t have to agree with everything someone does to learn something worthwhile.

You could always watch the video and teach it to your children yourself or let them watch it with you and then pause and skip the parts you don’t want them to hear. :)

I hope you find this information helpful,

Michele ºÜº

Wonky Orb: Knightsbridge, Cadent, Florz, and Striping

This week I decided to do the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic #TTKICPrompt082619 which was to round out the square created by the corner dots and then draw a ‘z’ to section it off.

Of the couple dozen tangles given to select from, I chose Knightsbridge, Cadent, Florz, and Striping (top to bottom on the tile). Unfortunately I made a few lines that were opportunities for creativity. ;) And I was so focused on covering up those bits that I jumped right in with some shading and forgot to take a pre-shaded picture. :( Oh well.

So here is the scanned finished piece.

My light that I use for my tangling was not charged and I was doing a lot of this with limited light. :( Also my microns were nearly all dried up . . . I guess I’m going to need to get another set.

Here is a picture I took of the tile in natural light. It’s been overcast most of the day, so that there is any sun at all is a plus.

Which is your favorite tangle?

Thanks for stopping by,

Michele ºÜº

Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches

Tiffany and I decided we wanted some “Beef and Cheddar” (think Arby’s) sandwiches. I decided the easiest way to do this at home was to pick up some of those really cheap beef lunch meat packages. Yeah, I don’t know much about the ingredients because I will admit that I was in a hurry and didn’t read it. I’ll have to check it before my next purchase. ;)

Anyway, it is really simple; pile the meat on a skillet over medium heat. :D It will be fuller if you roll some of the slices over but I didn’t do that. In hindsight, I wish I would have because it might have helped make it seem like more meat in the meat to bread ratio.

The next bit is the cheddar. I finely shredded just a bit of cheddar cheese to melt on top (after flipping the meat pile over) but last time I made them I just used the Laughing Cow cheese on it (the 35 calorie ones).

If you don’t want any crisping or caramelization of your meat then put that cheese on as soon as you get the meat in the pan and put a lid on it. I like some caramelizing of my meat, so I didn’t shred my cheese until after my meat was in the skillet and then covered to facilitate the cheese melting more rapidly. :D

I made a single serving of THM Swiss bread to eat mine on.

(I did think mine was a bit dry and added a light laughing cow cheese.)

Tiffany used a piece of simple keto white bread (which is like Another Kind of Bread) and just made hers an open faced sandwich.

Yeah, it was good. :)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Physical Touch/Contact

I have noticed that when Michael comes up behind me when I am making dinner and lightly rubs or scratches my back or gives me a quick kiss on the neck that it completely lifts my attitude up a notch. It makes me feel loved and cherished. :) All it takes is once a day or so.

I try to reciprocate because I know how much I like it. But I do try to do something he likes, like scratch his back or rub his foot as I pass by (or go out of my way to rub his foot ;) )

I am seriously surprised how much something so little can make such a huge impact on how I feel.

Sometimes things get busy, it gets uncomfortably hot, or some other such thing and we have gone a couple of days without those extra moments. I don’t think we really realize what kind of impact it makes, especially if tensions have risen or their have been harsh words spoken. But just a few seconds of touch, in a loving manner, when it isn’t expected or when it is clear that there is not some underlying motive, really knits us back together.

I hope this encourages you to take a few seconds and give that extra touch that doesn’t really seem all that important. If after a while of doing so doesn’t illicit some reciprocation, it would be worth kindly mentioning that you’d like the same small attention.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Summer Birthday Celebration Weekend Fun

I got my grandson the Duplos, that Lauren put on his birthday list, when I ran errands a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, they were $7 more than what the price was on his list from the Walmart website. Ugh! But I got them anyway. When I talked to Lauren, I mentioned it and she said that it was a different price on site than in store, which made no sense to me. On the way home (Tiff was driving) I looked and it was even $2 less than that. So I ordered it from the site, had it delivered to the store, determined to return it the next week.

I have to tell you, my experience was NOT good. ;) Tiffany went on to begin gathering the items on our grocery list while I checked in and awaited the package the next week on errand day. I waited about 15 minutes or more and still hadn’t seen anyone.

Finally, I’d had it and asked the next employee walking by how long it should take and she started to look into it when another associate came over and said that they’ve been trying to get them on the phone, that something was wrong with it that day. Well, of course it was, because it was me! :D I’m the challenge wherever I go. :)

Within about a minute a heavyset guy came up to the area, went inside the door nearby and brought out my package. Well, unfortunately my tale does not stop there! I got home and a couple days later opened the box. Inside I found a box with a big crush on one side, completely crimped. I took pictures because I couldn’t believe that I’d returned a perfectly good box and got this one in return. Ugh!

 

 

 

 

Since I didn’t want another trip into town, I just went with it anyway. I never kept boxes so I don’t  think they will either, opting to put them in a bin for storage.

I then went online and found where to send feedback to the company. Of course I couldn’t tell the whole story because they limit you to a certain number of characters. :p Well, Monday morning I got a call from my store’s manager. 8) He wanted to make it right but couldn’t because I’d already given the gift.

He did tell me though that if the situation ever arises again where the price is cheaper on their site (from them, not a third party) that they will comp ad it at the register but of course, they’ll have to get a manager to approve it. So that is nice to know because it happens more often than you’d think.

While I was on the phone I decided to voice my frustration with the lack of cart return thingy on the end parking aisle and was told that although they’ve ordered two new ones to replace the two that got taken out by a storm a few months ago, they won’t be receiving them until the remodel next April. So! Our Walmart will be getting remodeled next spring. Huh. Interesting. :)

Well, on to the cute part of the weekend. :) Liam was here!!!

He was opening presents from Michael, Tiffany, Sean, and I. Such a cutie! And has a bundle of energy!!!!!

To say he liked his gifts is an understatement. Although I’m sure some of them will be appreciated a bit more at a later time–sorry glow in the dark insect stickers. :) He used to love stickers and I thought this was a cute twist on it.

PJMasks and Toy Story are his big favorites right now. He got two or 3 PJ Masks toys and they are already well loved. I didn’t get pictures of him playing with them but he did, right out of the box. :)


We got a small wading pool for him because it was crazy hot and our air conditioners struggle a bit in the near 100º heat. He loves the outside and water, so this was a huge hit.

We were going to do a water balloon toss but struggled with getting them filled and with patience. As soon as a balloon was filled, it got thrown. Funny thing was that they wouldn’t burst when they hit people but did when hitting the ground. :D

It wasn’t too bad when you got wet. I think we’ll get some water guns for next summer. ;) And maybe a bigger pool.

It was a fun weekend. I’ll share more next Friday. :)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

 

Cute Ideas for Littles

Kids Play Tricks on Instagram had some really good ideas last week for things even babies can do.

One thing she shared last week was to wrap some colorful (or not) rubber bands around a loaf pan and then let the child play with it. Other than just something for the child to grab and learn some fine motor skills, it also makes sounds.

She has oodles of other ideas for little ones of all ages. I thought they were quite interesting. Oh, and they don’t take a lot of prep. ;) So I’ll keep this short and let you spend some time on Kids Play Tricks looking around.

I hope this helps you engage your little one.

Michele ºÜº