A Treatise on selective hoarding
Alice said, "She made a Tea Cozy. She doesn't drink tea." So, I explained it was going to be a gift for my mom for Christmas. But, it got me thinking about where my plans for all those patterns and all that yarn and fabric were headed. I haven't a rock-solid answer for that. Not yet, anyway. I have a general direction: Hoard first, Crochet and Sew Later. In the meantime, if I die, I will surely win. Doug just looks at me with that odd, sideways look, and says, "You're not going anywhere." But he hasn't been up in the attic lately, either. If he does go up there by chance, I'll be winning sooner rather than later.
So, here's to the first post of my blog which I never, ever thought I'd do. Cheers! Now I have a place to smart off, muse, contemplate, complain, organize my thoughts, and so forth. If I can keep it all here, then maybe I won't be wandering around muttering out loud to myself.
I'll post some pictures of my creations and will be shameful about telling you where you can purchase said creations. After all, if I make all this stuff but can't make a living at it, then I couldn't hoard more fabric and yarn and patterns, so what would be the point. Oh, yes.... "But she was a heck of a blogger" carved into the rock upon my grave--NOT! "Stayed sharp right until the end--when she lost her mind trying to perfect that sock pattern."
Later..... we will chat about being a Gemini with not just two but 7 personalities, and living with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder but right now I have a few more things to take upstairs to the attic.....
Zen and the Art of Selective Hoarding----10/05/2013
subtitle: Step-by-Step How-To Lessons on keeping your significant other from NOT having you committed.
Admit it. Once you admit it you're half way there to not stressing about it. And, really, what IS the difference between selective hoarding and collecting? Selective hoarding is simply a Collection of Particular Items. Selective Hoarders, such as myself, don't collect every scrap of paper or cotton ball or rubber band that pops into our field of vision (although we may consider it for a moment). We collect only the things that interest us. But we do tend to be rather obsessed about those things, and the joy of collecting them is undeniable. It's a rush. Hummmmmmmm. Hummmmmmm.
Now, I don't condone the type of hoarding that causes bankruptcy or fires. If you're going to hoard, do it within a very strict budget and be organized, neat, and safe about it. We aren't the type to die amidst our stuff only to be located many months later pressed and preserved between stacks of cardboard boxes full of Corelle Ware dishes and trashy romance novels.
Here is what I claim to hoard: Yarn, fabric, patterns, music, plants, information, and books. I have a very nice collection of magazines that I've hated to part with such as Mother Earth News, Sunset, Kentucky Gardener, New Yorker, Archaeology, National & International Wildlife, Biblical Archaeology, Earth, Herb Companion, and Science. But, I am actively in the process of weeding out most of those. Unless there is an article or recipe that I just have to keep....I'm trying, OK? give a girl a break.
Selective Hoarding Rule For Magazines: Make a copy of the article you wish to keep and put the issue up for sale on eBay. That way, until it sells, you can still keep it, but feel good about the process of possibly getting it moved out of the house. When it sells, consider hoarding the money you make on it. Yes, replace a bad hoarding habit with a good hoarding habit. Hint: Don't try to sell a 1984 issue of National Wildlife for $17 as you are shooting yourself in the foot before you even get out of the gate.
With the advent and proliferation of the internet and co-conspiring gadgets associated with it, the lust for information is nearly uncontrollable for an information hoarder, or "junkie," if it sounds better. "I need to look up when the show Grimm starts this fall," because we are concerned it may not have been renewed. Seven hours later I'm watching a You-Tube video about Power Yoga thinking, " I need to get back into that."
So, why have I kept all my class notes from Algebra 120? Information Hoarding for the day I'll need to look up how to solve for "X". Why do I still have the Chart of Elements I made in 7th Grade? Information Hoarding for the day I'll once again become interested in the atomic numbers of gasses and metals. Why do I still have that entire set of Britannica Encyclopedias for the Young Adult? Information Hoarding for the day I'll need a simpler explanation for the basics of Electricity.
Selective Hoarding Rule for Information Junkies: Chuck the hard copies. You can look it all up on the internet. Unless the world collapses and we have no electricity or communication systems. At that point you really won't careabout solving for "x", the atomic number of argon, or how electricity works--because there isn't any. One exception: Don't get rid of that hard copy of The Victory Garden, because you will want to know how to grow food.
That's all for today. I have to spray for spiders. I do not collect spiders. But, I do have a funny story about that which I will share under another topic....
I've picked another bushel of beans--getting ready to either snap them or ignore them, not sure which just yet. So, I'm sitting on my little gardening stool under my lobster-print Gilligan hat, with rolled up shorts trying to do a little sun bathing--you know, multi-tasking, with one leg stretched out, propped up on the raised bed --when along comes a spider the size of a house cat. Anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, knows how deathly afraid I am of spiders.
I saw this guy last week when I picked some beans for supper but I didn't get the quadrant of the bed where I saw him as I really wanted to avoid him. I figured if I gave him a week, he'd likely move on to another county. No such luck.
Have you ever sat on one of those little, tipsy garden seats? I'm here to tell you, they will buck you off if you lose your concentration...
Anyway, to make a short story really long, this cat-spider leaps out of the bed, runs between my legs, and back up into the bed. I scream and fall over backwards off this silly little stool. Can't get up fast enough because the spider is just as hysterical as I am, jumping and scurrying around--we can't get away from each other! Well, 4 dogs come running from 4 different directions to see what "mom" was screaming about. A lot of good they did, because with all 4 of them shoving each other and licking my face, I couldn't get up off the ground and I just knew that spider was going to regroup and "get" me or at least run up the leg of my shorts. Finally, I heave my fat ass up off the ground and I think, "I'm having a heart attack. 'Lizbeth, I'm comin' for ya darlin'!"
Are the green beans worth it? Ask me again next January.
Jan 10,, 2014: They were worth it. :)
Books add wonderful, intelligent, character and ambiance to a home, don't they? I mean, you can be as dumb as a door knob, but if you have a stack of books on your coffee table your perceived I.Q. is elevated by a few points. And, we all know that perception is reality. Can one go too far with their book collection? I suppose some would argue, yes, but they, clearly, have much too clean a home and they likely have wax tarts simmering in every room wafting the aroma of roses or oranges. I prefer the smell of a library when I walk into my home.
Grandmother Johnson was an avid reader and book collector. I think I get my hoarding chromosome from her. Which is fine, she was a super lady, smart, and pretty. We used to talk about books--how they just feel good in our hands. Library books and eBooks are fine for fictional novels, but if we own a book we can mark in it, learn from it, refer back to it when we want. Grandmother J liked poetry, though, and I really didn't get that gene from her. Oh, I like a couple of Robert Frost poems, maybe an Alfred Lord Tennyson line or two, but that's about it. My philosophy on books and reading is this: If I'm going to spend my time reading, I want to learn something from it. Ergo, fictional books and books on poetry are best housed in a library or purchased via eReader. Gemini alert: you will find The Poetry of Robert Frost , The Complete Book of Keats Poems, a couple of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton books stuffed here and there among How To Survive In The Woods, Hopi Katcinas, Gardening With Perennials, Native American Religions, and The Emergence of Man, in my stash. All my crochet and sewing books have their own shelves, in their own rooms, of course.
One time I thought I'd be clever and organize all my books on a spreadsheet, and then organize them on the shelves by subject manner, sub organizing alphabetically. Hoarders do these kind of things, you know? Yes, we do, and I really don't know why because it takes soooo much time away from hoarding! And then I moved again and they all went into boxes...willy nilly.....unorganized....sigh....I've never quite recovered.
Aunt Joan and Aunt Jane came to visit in 2010 to attend my graduation from Murray State University. I don't remember a whole lot about our conversations, but I do remember Aunt Joan asking me, "What are you doing with all these books!?" "They are my friends! What do you mean? I love them. They have been my security blanket since I was a kid!" Doug is thinking to himself, "Heaviest security blankets I've ever moved!"
In my defense, I have been trying to cull out a few books that I've toted around since I was 10 or 12. I belong to www.paperbackswap.com which is a really cool way to collect more books. I don't think that was really the original premise of that website, but it works for me! :) I have had a few leave my shelves and move on to other book lovers in far away states. Maybe 6 or 7....in three years. Don't ask me how many have been sent to me. I plead a faulty memory.
It is now 9:44 a.m., and it is time for me to finish my "appointed rounds"--or chores, as most refer to them--you see, the perception of a higher I.Q. at work. I give myself until noon each day to complete my computer work and housekeeping before I move outdoors or, on rainy days, into my crochet and sewing room. Weeeheee: looks like rain!
Pozolé a la Dianna--colorful and filling!--10/17/2013
Tonight's supper is Pozolé, a Mexican celebratory soup.
about 2T olive oil
1-2 lbs boneless pork, cut into 1" cubes
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1 can Rotel Mexican Style with cilantro and lime juice
3- 6" sprigs of Mexican basil
3- 6" sprigs of Mexican oregano
2t smoked paprika
2- 15 oz cans hominy--yellow or white or both
salt and pepper to taste
2 ripe avocados, peeled and cut into 1" chunks
5 fresh red radishes, sliced
1 fresh cucumber, sliced
1T fresh minced oregano or 2t dried oregano
1t cilanto,epazote pesto
1 small bag of frozen Mexican style vegetables (corn, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli)--I like Kroger's brand
fresh corn tortillas--I make mine with Maseca's Tortilla Mix (de Maíz)
Heat oil in large stew pot on medium low, add pork cubes and stir-fry until chunks are at least 1/2 cooked through--about 10 minutes. Add onion, garlic, and salt and stir-fry for about 5 more minutes. Add 6 cups of water, Rotel tomatoes, sprigs of basil and oregano, and paprika. Simmer, covered, on low for about 3 hours. Add half-drained hominy and check broth to see if salty enough and adjust if necessary, add pepper. Simmer on medium low for another 30 minutes while you are preparing the fresh ingredients. Microwave the frozen vegetables only in a serving bowl until warm, but don't overcook them, then set aside with fresh veggies. (Don't warm the avocados, radishes or cucumbers.) Remove the basil and oregano stems, leaving the leaves in the soup.
To serve: In a soup bowl, spoon in some of the frozen vegetables (that have been warmed thoroughly). Add hot Pozolé. Garnish with avocado, radishes, cucumber, pesto, and minced oregano. Serve with warm, fresh tortillas either shredded into the Pozolé or they can be dipped into the Pozolé and eaten that way as you would eat bread dipped into a soup.
Auntie Mom's Influence--10/03/2013
who are we?
We are avid seamstresses and crafters since the ORIGINAL 1970's, and we're still going strong. We're also yarn, fabric, and pattern hoarders. ("Speak for yourself," protests Alice.) We, ok, I haven't parted with my stash in over 40 years until now. Maybe we'll have something that you just can't live without! Enjoy browsing!
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