Book Frenzy

I am way behind in my Goodreads reading quota for the year. So, to make up for it, I’ve been reading at least two books a day since yesterday to catch up. Any faster and I wouldn’t derive enjoyment from the books. Any slower and I’d get bored with the material, open something else and basically do for books what I do for knitting and crocheting.

 

Thus far, I’m doing pretty well. I’ve read Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World…finally. I started her book in January. I must say, it was an interesting read. I learned a lot about a few things, mainly those elusive Soft Skills I wasn’t taught, just in reading her book. It was heartening to see that, at my age (thirty-six years), it isn’t unique to struggle in this area. Reading through her life story encouraged me to redouble my efforts at all the things I’m currently working on to better acclimate to the changing strata I’m finding myself in as I navigate these new business and volunteer opportunities before me.

 

Then, for a bit of light reading, I picked up Twilight from the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium. Don’t hate or judge. I mainly got it because I wanted something that was cotton candy reading after the meatier offering I’d just finished. So, I’m going to finish all five original books, which shouldn’t take long. If I recall my ancient reading correctly, I didn’t mind the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner so much but it has been a while.

 

Once I finish those, I’m going to read Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy by Robert M. Hazen. I also have a host of other books waiting in the wings to be read. Most of them, I’ve read before and I’m just going over them again because I’m playing reading catch up with myself and they’re an easier read. Once I get back to where I should be in my reading list, I have quite a few good ones lined up. L’engle, Atwood, etc., that I just have sitting here, collecting dust for want of a good reading.

 

Onto the WIPs Clearout Extravaganza. I am presently on round eight of the doily for my neighbor. Sustained injuries have not only kept me from this blog for an extended period but have also kept me from doing any meaningful crafting owing to the pain. Nevertheless, I’m going to keep trying. My left arm’s elbow and my right shoulder hurt something fierce right now but, long term, I can’t let that get in the way of all I want to do. I am loathe to make a deadline but I am shooting for finishing this Pineapple Doily by tonight. To be honest, it has been long enough lounging on my desk. The other intended doilies may have to take a back seat depending on factors influencing my getting them to their intended recipients.

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Once the doily is completed, I am going to make a genuine effort at stitching together the In Love With Color throw. At the very least, I can get the sewing aspect out of the way, even if I have trouble lifting the actual throw for long periods or stitching the edging.

 

Getting clear of these will enable me to focus on the volunteer work I’ve picked up with regard to knitting and crocheting. I’m also doing other things but this will be eating up the bulk of my volunteer time. I’m going to do my level best to aim for making as much as my yarn supply will allow. I’m hoping to deplete my worsted/Aran yarn supply completely actually without having to buy new yarn. Though, if I run out of a particular color, I may have to buy one more skein of it but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

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The plant babies are growing fantastically. Everything is so verdant, the mood in my room is definitely a cheery one. The Mega Cherry Tomato and Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper are competing for which can out fruit the other. As far as I can tell, it is a statistical dead heat. I’m looking forward to the first true harvests from both though, I have been sneaking peppers.

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I am, somewhat, in shock at what I’m about to type. After years of avoiding makeup of any kind at all cost, I purchased three tubes (Do they call them “tubes”?) of lipstick. I also purchased some nail polish, base coat, top coat, and remover. I loathe the stuff but it is a necessary function to get by on in business settings. So, I found the least offensive colors to me that were still acceptable to the masses. I hope this works. It seems such a tedious waste of my time.

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I guess the next step would be styling my hair. *cringe*

 

Regardless of my feelings on the matter, I have already mixed the hair stuff from available oils and such that I had around the house. It is only a matter that I use it. When I’m earning expensive tastes money, I’ll consider the Carol’s Daughter/Shea Moisture options. For now, it has to be homemade hair cream and Suave shampoo.

 

I’ve somewhat paid attention to the Natural Hair vloggers and bloggers in passing but, given my utilitarian manner, I normally didn’t go for the styles I saw and opted, instead, for a drawn back puff or two puffs. Quite frankly, it is far easier to deal with and enables me to put on my hat in Winter without worrying about possibly messing up my hairstyle. Crap, I guess the Cornrow obsession is going to start again. At least I have a book, It’s All Good Hair by Michelle N-K Collison, to sustain me, as well as countless YouTube videos.

 

I think that’s about it. See ya next month or whenever I can get to writing here! Yay!

Random Rambling 22 March 2017

I mentioned something about roadblocks in the last post, so, of course, something had to happen to hinder my momentum. My left arm is now hurting for no discernable reason. To the best of my knowledge, I haven’t injured it but it is stiff and aching at the elbow region, radiating outward. So, this puts a dampener on my knitting.

 

Not being daunted from my challenge, I have other WIPs that need clearing out that don’t require the heavy use of both hands/arms. Yay.

 

For the present, until my arm heals, I am working on the In Love With Color Throw I started and nearly completed late last year. At this point, I am weaving in the ends, which is an assignment sprung from the loins of Hell if ever there were one. After that, all that’ll be left to do is to put on the border and weave in those ends.

 

Right now, I have fourteen Octagon motifs sitting on my desk, waiting to be processed. I’ve been bingeing on Buffy the Vampire Slayer while doing this which has helped tremendously with the monotony of weaving in these ends. Got to love Buffy.

 

It has been a lot of fun taking this trip down memory lane in watching these episodes. I was in my tenth grade year of High School when Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on television. As a side note: Oh, I am so glad to be an adult. Even with the responsibilities adulthood entails. I wouldn’t go back to my school days unless you paid me a lot of money to do so.

 

Freeeeeeeeeeeeedooooooooooooom! Yes. Anyway…

 

Not much else is happening here. My plants continue to grow. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, know that I harvested those early peppers even though they were greenish. Even greenish, they were most delicious. I cannot wait to taste them once they change colors.

 

The tomato, despite only having come up a little over a month ago, has flowers coming in. I’m looking forward to the tomatoes but not the pollen festival between the two plants giving off a considerable sneeze factory in my room. Ah well, one cannot win them all. I get good peppers and tomatoes, so I won’t complain.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my WIPs and Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes. Take care. Have a fantastic day!

Odds and Ends

I am fifty-eight days into this particular garden’s growth. Not bad, eh? I’m expecting the peppers to arrive at any moment now. I vigorously shake the plant daily and check for signs of fruiting development. So far, no luck but I live in hope.

 

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Further along in my daily journey is my progress with my WIPs. Yesterday, I did something I thought I’d never do. I finally put the fringe on the Sidewalk Shawl I made back in October. Yeah. I even used Knit Picks Diadem yarn to do it. Double yeah. I was cringing the entire time I made it but, I must say, it looks lovely. I am afraid to wear it now. Regardless of my feelings on this project, I can now officially mark it off as completed with no trace of guilt about its status. 

 

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Now, onto some Knitting. I’ve dusted off the gift I was making for the Maternal Parental at the start of the year. Mommy Socks Junior are slowly making progress using the Two at a time method of knitting. I’m not going to put up any deadline for this because, it seems, that’s just asking for a roadblock to come blundering into my progress. So, instead, I will focus on the pleasantries of knitting and enjoy myself in the process rather than try racing against time.

 

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Aside from this, I’ve been baking and cooking. I’ve been baking bread and I’ve also been experimenting with one of Maangchi’s recipes (YouTube) for Dak-kalguksu.  I regret to inform you that the soup was so delicious that I was unable to get a good picture of it prior to it being decimated by our ravenous hunger. However, I did manage to get a picture of the bread. Not that it was any less flavorful, just that it came out of a near 400F oven and needed to cool off first before anyone could eat it.

 

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Though, if you’d like to see a picture of the unrolled noodle dough, have at it.

 

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Take care and enjoy your day. Red rose

Caught Between Two Spheres

Those two spheres being the Plague of Justinian and the Andromeda Strain. I am currently writing to you from the quarantine of my room, sometimes known as the Room of Doom, but usually known as Agoraphobia Central.

 

This is the first time in more than three weeks that I’ve had the coherence and energy to write. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so exhausted or ill before. Thank Science, the tide is turning on this abominable illness.

 

Let’s see. Not too much has been happening here. I haven’t had the energy or stamina to concentrate on anything more than an occasional blurb. So, I’ll be quite overjoyed to get back into learning, studying, writing, and teaching the Maternal Parental what little I know.

 

I did replace one pepper that wasn’t growing properly with a Mega Cherry Tomato pod I had. At the present, I have a topped pepper plant growing beautifully, a newly sprouted seedling pepper plant with a few true leaves and the Mega Cherry Tomato pod waiting to sprout. This will be quite an interesting growth observation.

 

I’m still pretty weak and feeble. So I’m going to take it easy and knit for a bit.

 

Good night and thank you for reading.

This Is The Beginning…

This is the first of what I hope will be many Daily Blog “Topic” posts. Today’s (and every Monday’s) topic is Gardening related. I am, by no means an expert on Gardening, Horticulture, Botany, Plant science, etc. I’ve only studied it, years ago, in High School. This was followed by a brief encounter with the Horticulture program at a local community college before my illnesses started rending me asunder. Anything I have learned since then has been on my own, in my own time, and at my own risk.

 

Recently, as of 9 January 2017, I have installed a new seedpod kit in my Aerogarden. This is a unique seedpod kit in that I am growing my own seeds for a change using a Grow Your Own Seed Pod Kit. They are three pods filled with four Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers seeds each. I got the seeds from Park Seeds on 10 March 2016 and they’re still viable. I am on a learning curve all over again with the Aerogarden and with these new plant’s idiosyncrasies. Regardless, I am happy to be growing these peppers. I’m really looking forward to the coming harvest.

 

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When last I grew peppers, they were Jalapeños and I only grew one plant in the previous Aerogarden via the Salsa Garden kit. I grew it passably well but mistakes were made. At the time, I didn’t know about the docking one is supposed to do when the plants, or in this case plant, gets to a certain height. My pruning skills also weren’t up to my present standards. On top of that, an insect flew in an laid eggs on my precious baby. After that, I had to get rid of it. The infestation was too far along by the time I saw it for what it was.

 

Currently, I’m checking out a few resources to aid me in growing these peppers well. One resource is the Cornell Vegetable Growing Guide specifying Peppers. Another is a gardening forum and website with a plethora of resources called Gardenstew. Between these two sites, all the information a search engine can provide and my driven abilities, I am hopeful in attaining the goal of successfully maintaining these peppers for at least a year, if not longer.

 

I came across three interesting videos on the subject of growing peppers. One is a video on Potted Peppers (Video Link) by BadAssFarmer. Another is a video on pruning peppers called EZ Pepper Pruning For Great Results and Huge Yields (Video Link) by Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable. The third is a video on pruning the roots of an Aerogarden grown plant called Ep9: How to Trim the Roots of a Hot Pepper | Hot Peppers in an Aerogarden | Update (Video Link) by Pepper Perry.

 

I think that’s about all I have in me for a themed post. This is hard work but very fulfilling getting the information together. See you all tomorrow where, hopefully, I can do better with this writing format.

Blog Topic To Do List

I’ve done it. In addition to random, stream of consciousness postings, I’ll be doing a series of themed posts from now on. In order to help me organize this, I’ve made a Daily Blog Topic To Do List for me to follow as a guideline.

 

The Listing is as follows:

 

  1. Sunday – Fiberarts (Knit, Crochet, Pattern design) related
  2. Monday – Gardening related
  3. Tuesday – Writing related
  4. Wednesday – Autodidacticism related
  5. Thursday – Coding related
  6. Friday – Linguistics related
  7. Saturday – Secularism related (Expanded day)

 

Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up with both this learning and this writing schedule. The topics are pretty self-explanatory. I’m just going to expand upon each one on the day of the week for each topic. Though Saturdays are, admittedly, a bit of a wildcard. I don’t want to give away too much before I’ve posted.

 

First post will be tomorrow, I suppose. See you then.

2017 Weekly Schedule

Provided I’m not doing other things, of course.

 

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I even remembered to put eating in without being reminded to. *grin*

 

Yesterday was mostly uneventful. My Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers are finally starting to come up from the grow pods. I am super excited over that. Once they’re fully grown and fruiting, I’ll take the peppers and put them in soups, salads, and Kimchi for the most part. When I’m not snacking on them, of course.

 

I also baked three Chicken Pot Pies. If the slice I had is anything to go by, they are most delicious. Two are for the Maternal Parental and I and one would be for my uncle.

 

The only thing I forgot to do yesterday was water my plants. I shall rectify that today.

 

I am considering testing a themed blogging format for this blog. Over a set period of time, say a day, a theme would be in effect and I would blog about it. Of course, my normal random posts would probably still be here too. I just think it is the time I start taking this blog more seriously than as an agony aunt. Random sporadic posting has its place on the journey to becoming an effective writer. However, I do need to work on the other aspects.

 

That’s enough for now. I have to study. Later.