1/25/09

Blowin' in the wind


I had 600 gallons of propane delivered one day last week. A couple days later I smell gas. Yep, the tank was leaking. It was a big brew-ha-ha with the gas company coming out; told me to call 911 (waited about an hour for the repairman, then did call the sheriff) Nothing happened, except I lost who knows how much propane at $1.79 a gallon. Oh, did I mention this was all happening around 1 a.m. I guess these yellow crystals must be the propane??????

1/24/09

Got the time. . . .


I haven't been wearing a watch because of carrying a cell phone. Lately I've been missing the convenience of glancing at your wrist for the time. And, often, I forget my cell phone or don't know where it is. So, while in Big Lots on Thursday I got these two fashion watches. They were having a sale - buy one, get one half off. I got both of these for $7.50, total. I priced some watch batteries in Wal-Mart the other day and they were expensive.
I find a lot of little things I like in Big Lots. I've been thinking of putting some crafty things on a new site called Artfire. But, how can you compete with these big discount stores?

Gourd Grandmother: January-Talks With Relations


I created my first Gourd Grandmother to help me remember the January Clan Mother teachings. This Grandmother's color is orange. Orange carries the Medicine of kinship with all life because it is the color of the Eternal Flame of Love that the Great Mystery placed in the hearts of every part of Creation. Through learning the truths found in every life form within the Planetary Family, we are given the opportunity to see the similarities between us.

1/23/09

Lunch of Chicken Crescent Rolls


Although chicken is not one of my favorite meals, this is good. Probably because of the cream cheese and crescent rolls. I also like to bake mine in an iron skillet. Here's the recipie I use for chicken/crescent rolls:


4 cups diced cooked chicken (I use two of the small canned white meat chicken from Aldis, only $1 per can)
6 oz cream cheese
2 T butter, softened
4 tbs milk
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 tbs minced onion
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 Tbsp melted butter

Preparation:

Mix the softened cream cheese, milk and softened butter together and beat until smooth. Add the cooked diced chicken, finely chopped celery, minced onion, salt and pepper. Mix well, then set aside. Separate each can of the crescent dough into 4 rectangles. (Do not separate it into 8 triangles as directed on the can for dinner rolls. Press the extra perforations together to seal.) Spoon about one half cup of the cream cheese/chicken mixture on to the center of each piece of dough. Fold in half over the chicken. Pinch the edges of the dough together to weal. Place the filled pockets on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter. Bake in a preheated oven at 35o degreee for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 8 chicken pockets.

1/17/09

Gourds and Grandmothers


Okay. Beading, not going so well. But, I have another project started. I'm hoping I can take these gourd pieces and turn them into representations of the 13 Original Clan Mothers. We held our first discussion honoring Talks with Relations, Clan Mother of the First Moon Cycle. She is the Keeper of learning the truth.
From the Jamie Sams book: Talks with Relations is the Clan Mother of the first moon cycle and is the Keeper of learning the truth which is understood through finding kinship with all life. Kinship speaks of having right relationships with the Creative Force, with the Self, with our Orendas or Spiritual Essences, with our bodies, with family, friends, worthy opponents, and with All Our Relations in every part of the natural world. Orange carries the Medicine of kinship with all life because it is the color of the Eternal Flame of Love that the Great Mystery placed in the hearts of every part of Creation.

1/16/09

Not working. . . .


I've been trying to make a free-form peyote bracelet. . . . shown here are three attempts. There is also another bracelet on the bottom that I made earlier. The beading on that bracelet came out okay but it is a little too large. And, as you can see the other bracelets are coming out about the same length. My first attempt is the multicolor that I decided was just too busy. Then, the second attempt, I stopped because I was afraid it was too long. The top attempt was beginning to take shape. I had measured it at the start -8". As I went along, I measured again, and as you can see, it's about as long as the others. It's just not working. Think I'll go back to knitting for awhile.