Friday, November 3, 2017

This Week

Is it Friday? You bet your last brownie it is. And speaking of brownies, I recently made the best ones ever. Ever. I ran across a recipe that had ingredients in it that I like and had on hand, so I decided to give it a try. And they turned out awesome. We practically inhaled them. Super moist. Super delicious. And totally vegan. This makes me very happy because my younger daughter is a vegan. I’m trying some recipes with her in mind, so when she comes over, I can prepare things she can eat. The recipe is on Facebook and I tried linking to it, but for those of you that don’t have an account, you won’t be able to see it. I’ve decided to make a separate post for it another time. Stay tuned...



Did you hear it yesterday? That enormous sigh of relief that shook the planet? That came from our house. Because you know what? Yesterday we finished painting the last room in the house. OHMYFLIPPINGGOSH...what a thrill. I can’t tell you how happy we are. And tired. But mostly happy. It was the most challenging room with its 12-foot ceiling and a whole bunch of other difficulties, but - holy crap on a cracker - it’s done. We do have to paint the baseboards and quarter rounds but that’s a piece of cake. I’ll take one morning this weekend and finish that up. And next week we’ll finally place all the furniture where it belongs and start opening up boxes that have been piled up in the basement since February. It’s been an interesting, exhausting and sometimes frustrating journey. But we’re both still standing. I’ll post before and after shots of our home at some point in the future.



Next up, art.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to sit down and draw but it’s extremely enjoyable, therefore I make an effort. Here are a few simple sketches:





I like learning things that are totally useless but extremely interesting. Well, they can be useful if you enjoy trivia games. Having said that, here are 5 useless but interesting facts for you:

- LEGO has a temperature-controlled underground vault in Denmark with nearly every set they've ever made.

- Some cats are allergic to humans.

- Space has a distinct smell: a bouquet of diesel fumes, gunpowder, and barbecue. The aroma is mostly produced by dying stars.

- Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii.

- It's illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food. Supermarkets must either compost or donate unsold or nearly expired goods to charity.

- Barcelona is home to hundreds of playgrounds for seniors. The spaces are meant to promote fitness and combat loneliness in elderly citizens.


And with that, I end this post and wish you all a wonderful weekend!

40 comments:

  1. Some cats are allergic to humans? Now, if that's not Poetic Justice, I don't know what is!

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  2. Love your interesting facts and your artwork is amazing. Congrats on finishing your painting and brownies are one of my favourite desserts.

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    1. Thanks, Christine! After things get into a normal routine around here, I might join one of the art groups you're part of. I think it would be fun. And it would encourage me to stay focused on art.

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  3. I love the facts too. I have so many of them that come to mind...I usually start off with "did you know that..." lol...CONGRATS on finishing the painting! I am NOT a fan of painting walls...it makes me very very angry... :-D I love your drawings! I'm glad you are still finding time to draw every week. It is very pleasurable and relaxing. Even if my paintings don't make it on the blog, I still do something at least once a week!

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    1. HAHA...your 'angry' comment made me think of Elmer Fudd :) The way you feel about painting walls is the way I feel about removing wallpaper. And surprisingly enough, ironing! I. Cannot. Stand. It. Whenever I have to do it, I feel hostile. Not sure what the issue with that is. I make sure I buy clothing that doesn't need ironing. And not surprisingly, I haven't ironed in years!

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    2. That's why I live in pj's! :) But Elmer should have been quoted as saying "vewy vewy angwee"
      :)

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    3. Hehe...he is a silly one. After answering your comment, I actually went on YouTube to look for a drawing tutorial of him. And found one! I'll have to sketch him one of these days :)

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  4. I really enjoyed those facts, thanks.

    That recipe sounds great ... and well done on finishing your painting ... now you can have a relaxing weekend, I'm just pouring you a glass of chilled white wine!!!
    Cheers.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Chilled white wine...my favourite! Thank you, Jan :)

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  5. Chocolate in any form is the perfect food. Now I need to Google playgrounds for seniors!

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    1. We should have playgrounds like there here. We have an aging population that would benefit from that!

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  6. that was great learning all those facts I didn't know. Love your cartoons - you really draw cute characters. And yeah for you - painting is done - ...Brownies - yum. Mike just made two loaves of pumpkin bread and i'm finding it hard to control myself.

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    1. Pumpkin bread is very hard to resist, Sandy! And when it's warm from the oven...mm.mmm

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  7. We should all follow France’s lead. Why are we throwing food away?

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    1. I have the same question, Birdie. There is a lot of senseless waste.

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  8. -LEGO has a temperature-controlled underground vault in Denmark with nearly every set they've ever made.

    I actually didn't know this but sounds like something they would do. That's a lot of legos though.


    - Some cats are allergic to humans.

    and some act like it. Makes sense, if we can be allergic so can other animals especially mammals. Our DNA is way too similar to be that different.


    - Space has a distinct smell: a bouquet of diesel fumes, gunpowder, and barbecue. The aroma is mostly produced by dying stars.

    I kind of wonder how they could tell? You can't really breath in space, but I suppose smell can move in a vacuum.



    - Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii.

    the ones who died had dine in to eat.

    - It's illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food. Supermarkets must either compost or donate unsold or nearly expired goods to charity.

    I remember reading this in the news. My old supermarket did this but not under the penalty of law. Though they did have exceptions to their donations, there would be things they refused to donate as people could get sick like poultry and certain drinks. Though a lot of "waste" did have a bin to be used as compost.

    - Barcelona is home to hundreds of playgrounds for seniors. The spaces are meant to promote fitness and combat loneliness in elderly citizens.

    I hope I have a jungle gym at 80

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    1. Adam for the space smell they could bring a bit inside in a jar and then release and smell it away from the dangers of the vacuum of space.

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    2. Congratulations on almost finishing the decorating. I look forward to seeing the photos.

      Glad to read that France are doing their bit for the environment, we should all do the same.

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    3. Adam, I am not surprised by the one about LEGO. Its seems like something that would be important for them. Still, like you say, that' s a lot of Legos!

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  9. Brownies? VEGAN brownies? I'll be back for that. Your drawings are extra cute this week.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. When I was visiting China there were attractive parks (not exactly playgrounds) where the elderly congregated to play Mah Jong and do Tai Chi and stuff. Really nice spots with proper picturesque scenery. They know how to respect their elderly citizens.

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    1. They do, Natalie. I really admire that about them.

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  11. I liked all the trivia facts you shared. How interesting with the senior playgrounds in Barcelona. Excellent idea for socialization and keeping in shape!

    Yea that the painting is finished!!! Job well done!! Pat yourselves on the back and enjoy the weekend!

    betty

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    1. I love the idea of playgrounds specifically for the adults. What a fun way to get out, get fresh air and meet others.

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  12. Ummmm, post the recipe for the brownies or it never happened. :p

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  13. Congratulations on being done painting! I can't wait to see some photos. The brownies sound good, I made some with beets a few years ago and they were surprisingly good. Interesting facts, I think the US should have the same law about markets not wasting foods. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I've run across recipes for brownies with beets in them. I'm so curious about that. I'll have to try making some!

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  14. Oops sorry I'm on my iPad, my comment should have been down here!

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    1. No need to say sorry. No matter where you comment, it's fine!

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  15. You don’t all celebrate bonfire night surely?

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  16. Love the drawings, LOL on the cats allergic to humans and agree about the waste...Glad you're done!

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  17. I am so happy that you are almost done with your painting and everything that was due Martha!

    either i am excited to see the photos of your home sweet hoe in future!

    adorable sketches ,LOVED the happy old man's smile ,what delightful sketch to look at!!!

    great sharing of interesting stuff .last one is really great

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    1. Thanks, baili! We are very happy to be done with the painting. I'm looking forward to putting everything where it belongs.

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  18. Hey, Martha! Congratulations on reaching the end of the painting! I am impressed! I've been to Pompeii and seen its restaurants and "fast food" places ~ One of the highlights of my life!

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    1. That is amazing! I so envy you that trip. That's quite an experience.

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