Friday, July 31, 2009
A new meme to participate in! Jamie is initiating a new idea today. She'll post a video of a musical performance and the lyrics on Friday and by Monday, wants us to post whatever it inspires us to do/write! To play, click here!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Three Word Thursday is back! Yippee! Here's an update of Alice and Brian's story. First, the words:
Sevidical - (Adjective) Speaking in a harsh or cruel manner.
Morsicant – (Adjective) Producing the sensation of repeated biting
Veteratorian – subtle
Next, the rules. Go to see Quilly and follow her directions!
Finally, the story:
A month had passed since Brian’s arrest, but nothing had come from the D.A.’s office. Every few days one of the investigators would call Alice and have her bring Brian back for more questions. None of them made any sense and the constant harassment prevented him from being able to focus on work or anything else. Alice’s experience as a defense attorney told her that the longer the DA’s office had to bring charges, the worse it would be for Brian so she decided to nose around on her own and headed over to the hospital.
Alice’s former roommate Liz worked in the pathology lab. As she poked her head in the door, Alice sang out, “hey Liz, can I buy you lunch?” Liz flashed a bright smile and answered, “What a veteratorian way to squeeze my secrets out, Alice! But sure, I’ll let you buy me lunch.”
The two women drew admiring glances as they chatted in the dining room of the hospital. Alice was willowy with reddish brown hair and sparkling green eyes. Liz was Brazilian with creamy latte skin and shining black hair, except where she had a bright pink streak in it. She called the streak her "rebellion." Her entire personality vibrated through the way she used her hands while she talked. One of Alice’s favorite things about her friend was Liz’s determination to use every English word she ever read or heard. It made for some fun conversations as Alice, normally the word weirdo in her social group, tried to keep up.
After catching up on everything else in their lives, Liz leaned forward and asked, “So, what’s up with Brian? Is he dating? Do I have a chance?”
Alice swallowed suddenly. She answered, “Liz, Brian is being investigated for murdering Marina. You and I both know he couldn’t possibly have done such a thing, but as you can imagine, it makes him pretty poor company right now.”
Liz drew back in shock. “What kind of a fool District Attorney would think that of Brian? They must not have ever known true love if they think Brian could ever hurt Marina! They certainly must have never seen him with her!”
Alice replied, “Yes, I agree with you but they’re saying it has something to do with arsenic and something to do with deaths here at the hospital.”
Liz let out a torrent of Portuguese swearing directed at the hospital administrators. Alice recognized the sevidical tone and word choices but the tirade was more than her time living with Liz had made her able to understand. “What? Speak English! I can’t follow you that quickly!” she appealed to Liz.
Midstream Liz switched to English. “Those idiots! The deaths connected with arsenic have all been accounted for. The arsenic was not a cause, but a by product of some herbal concoctions those poor people had been encouraged by family members to try. Apparently the administrators haven’t notified the D.A.’s office. But I don’t understand the connection with Brian!”
Alice responded, “They told us they found arsenic in Marina’s body and they think Brian put it there. Brian admitted that Marina would have tried anything at the end. But he kept hoping for a miracle, so he would not have given her anything that would hasten it.”
“Well I’m going to do something about this today!” declared Liz. “I’m going to the administrator this afternoon and stand there while he makes the phone call. How would he like it if his beloved had died and he was accused of murdering her? Poor Brian! He must feel like the DA’s office is trying to make him feel morsicant – like those little fish with big teeth in the Amazon are surrounding him!”
Alice grinned. “They’re called piranhas, Liz, and you’re right. He can’t focus and can’t really move forward because they keep hassling him.”
At this Liz threw her napkin down on the tray, stood up, said, “thanks for lunch” and charged off towards the administrator’s office. Alice chuckled, “I almost feel a little bit sorry for him, but I’m glad this part is in the hands of the Brazilian beauty!” She took out her phone to call Brian to tell him things were moving in his direction for a change. As she flipped the phone open a pair of hands came from behind her to cover her eyes, and a very familiar sensuous voice asked, “Guess who?”
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We are traveling this week. Yesterday we stopped to see my Grandmother. She lives in MA and is amazing. I won't tell you how old she is, but let's just say she won't see 90 again. She looks fabulous and is as sharp as ever.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Yesterday I went to a memorial service for a friend's mother, AMP. She had just turned 92 when she died, and up to the week she got sick, was continuing to create beautiful things for her church Vacation Bible School. You can be sure that at 92 she no longer had kids or grandkids who were participants, thus driving her involvement. No, she simply had a talent to offer and did so.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
BLUEBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE
PUREE:1 1/2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 9 crackers)
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. sugar 1 container (8 oz.) sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 lg. eggs, at room temp.
2 tbsp. flour
BLUEBERRY PUREE: Combine berries, sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat and cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Puree in blender with lemon juice. Cool completely.
CRUST: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap outside of 9-inch springform pan with double layer of 18" heavy-duty foil. Spray inside of pan with cooking spray. Pulse graham cracker pieces and sugar in food processor until evenly and finely ground, about 15 2-second pulses. Transfer to a bowl and add melted butter; mix well. Press evenly into prepared pan and bake 10 minutes. Cool.
FILLING: Beat cream cheese in mixer bowl until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually add sugar and beat until completely smooth. Scrape sides. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Scrape sides. At low speed, beat in eggs one at a time, then flour just until blended. Pour batter over crust. Carefully drizzle blueberry puree over batter. Swirl knife through batter to marbleize.
To bake, you'll create a bath for your cheesecake to cook in. Place the springform pan, wrapped in double layer of heavy duty foil, in larger baking pan. Place on oven rack. Pour boiling water into larger pan 1 inch up side of springform pan. Bake 1 1/4 hours or until just set. (Be sure to check so you don't overcook) Turn oven off; let stand in oven 1 hour. Remove pan from water bath. Remove foil; cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Makes 12 servings.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Today has been experiment day around here. I got up early and started some dough for Chinese Pork Buns. Made the filler yesterday so flavors could meld overnight. Once the dough was started (it needed to rise), I went back to my latest project -- painting the guest room.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
My son had an orthodontist appointment yesterday and my iPod Touch was out of juice so I had to read the magazines. Eschewing Highlights magazine for something less mature, I picked up People. It was the May 18, 2009 issue. I flipped through and came upon a VERY interesting article.
Born at 23 weeks; 1 lb. 8 oz.
Born at 25 weeks; 1 lb. 13 oz.
Born at 24½ weeks; 1 lb. 13 oz.
Born at 26 weeks; 2 lbs. 2 oz.
Born at 25 weeks; 1 lb. 14 oz.
Born at 24 weeks; 1 lb. 4 oz.