Kudos to my BFF for reaching her 101 in 1001 goal of canning 500 jars a full year early!
She really is awesome.
Here post about reaching the goal is here; please go give her an attaboy.
Speaking of which, Rea is celebrating her upcoming blogiversary by giving away a gift pack of jams and jellies.
You name is entered into the drawing every time you comment on Sept posts on her blog.
If you love some homemade goodness, be sure to go back and comment on all of the September posts. And if you mention that you came from here, my name gets entered as well. Yay!
Today was my last adventure with Lydia before she moseys south to join her sibs in Georgia and we had to do it up BIG style.
Big Crash Test Dummy style, that is.
Searching for giant objects to collect for my 101 (4 down, 6 to go - 394 days to finish) I saw a post about a giant crash test dummy in Maryland.
In Glen Burnie.
At the main MVA.
Like, less than 20 minutes away. How is that even possible?
I was sure i had every cool/strange/odd thing of a gigantic nature in the metro area.
Turns out "Lamont" was installed in 2012 to remind drivers to wear their seatbelts,
which is the same year i stopped traveling for work.
And i, like all rational individuals,
avoid the main MVA like the plague.
No wonder i missed it.
wee little Lyds - he's 5 times normal sized
But by jiminy, i was determined that Lydia was not going to miss it before she traded steamed crabs for peaches.
So we parked in the sketchiest, vaguely abandoned parking lot we could find by MVA and walked over to meet him.
Here we are in front of two large signs about the history of the seatbelt.
A comprehensive history of seatbelts.
On well-written, actually interesting plaques.
You kinda have to see it to believe it.
Good luck, friend and remember to always buckle up and avoid the peltzman effect.
I have enjoyed a meditation group on Monday nights, but we are on a summer break.
sigh... i miss it
Meditating on my own has gotten easier, but it is still way better at the group.
So a pensive haiku instead:
No really, it is a giant clown. How giant? you ask.
Can you spot me in this picture?
Okay yes, the clown in question is Ronald McDonald and he is not as scary as other clowns (at least not this mid-late 20th century version of him; some of the live ones i've seen have been highly questionable).
But this Ronald is BIG -
big enough to hold me in his hand.
Located of I-71 in central-ish Ohio (exit 131, to be exact) this mega-Ron is welcoming everyone to share in a Happy Meal at the adjacent pavilion, which is probably the prettiest, most well-maintained McDonald's Birthday area i have ever seen.
Rea and i stopped specifically to collect this giant object for my 101 list when i was there for my birthday/Mother's Day in May.
She wanted a picture of me by the anthropomorphic food for another size reference:
though on closer examination,
does it look like
the hamburger is ironically trying to eat me?
A pleasant little stop in our day and another thing crossed from the list, but i do have to admit that when you are sitting under Ronald, looking straight up,
Well actually, shakin' and stampin', but that is a not a fun post title at all.
I am involved in a Facebook hop with other SU! demos this month.
We all did a project involving a shaker box and have the posts linked so that you can click right through to see them all.
Here's a wee bit of mine:
Now clickity-click right here to see the whole thing on the NikCo FB page.
One morning while visiting my mom i found all of the ingredients for making blueberry pancakes waiting for my on the kitchen counter.
My brother makes the BEST pancakes ever, but mine are certainly fine for home consumption so i got to it.
Then it happened - i had an IDEA. Oh, how many misadventures here in the Nikiverse start with me suddenly having an idea?
It really annoys me that blueberry pancakes only have blueberries every here and there because they are added after the batter is poured.
You get bites with a lot of berry and bites with no berry.
It tweaks at my love for food homogeny.
What if i added some of them during mixing so that they would break apart, scattering blueberry bitletts throughout the batter?
Then i could still place extra berries where needed as they cooked.
Double the berry goodnes! BRILLIANT!
It is so obvious, so easy.
Why has no one done it like this before?
sigh... this is why.
Too much berry caused the top cakes to cook unevenly and be, well, you can see for yourself.
I added more batter and placed the berries as is common and got the delicious bottom cakes.
Editing pictures for the Etsy updates in April (current pieces still on sale, 40% off with code MAKINGROOM) I was just going through old photo files and cleaning things up a bit when i found a hilarious picture of one of my charges.
You need to know that Olive is very sweet and affectionate, but in her old house her favorite perch was on top of the high shelves in the studio so sometimes a girl would look up from her project and be startled by eyes looking down from the ceiling thusly:
Last week was the one year anniversary of the final time i saw my daddy.
We spoke over the next ten weeks before he passed, of course, but there is something different about actually seeing someone while you talk to them. Expressions and body language enhance the meaning behind the words while location and appearance makes the memory of the discussion crisper. At least it does for me.
I miss my dad.
But losing him has made me reevaluate all of my relationships and rethink how i experience life and turn those experiences into memories.
Much of the last year was spent in a blur, sleeping even when i was awake.
But it feels like it might be time to try to open those eyes back up.
Just in case any of you lovely readers aren't following my store - NikCo - on FB, i wanted to let you know that i am having a crazy 40% off sale right now to quick-sell older inventory and make space for the new sparkleys being created in the studio.
Take a virtual stroll over there and use the code MAKINGROOM to receive 40% off of all orders over $10.