Odds and a Few Ends #2

It’s another Odds & Ends entry.  This time links to articles I found of interest…..

Hey did I mention I bought myself a cordless mouse?   Oh man, it is brilliant.  It is so nice not to fight with a cord and the scroll button is quiet – no more feeling like Rod can hear me every time I’m scrolling down a web page!

Today I bought 3 butternut pumpkins to cook up for pumpkin pie. These are my favourite as they really do have the right flavour without being too ‘stringy’.  I also bought a pack of six aluminium pie tins so I can give pies to a few friends of mine who’ve been hinting they’d really like some pumpkin pie again. And as one doesn’t go without the other, I bought enough cans of Reddi Whip (the closest I have to Cool Whip) to go with the pies. No good giving a pumpkin pie as a gift if it doesn’t have the whipped cream to go with it. Heavens, no. So tonight I’ll get a couple of the pumpkins cooked and make up my baking mix for it and then do the actual baking tomorrow. The pies will then go into the freezer until Thursday (or till I see my friends). I also found that freezing the pies makes the spices become stronger.  Oh, and frozen pumpkin pie?  OMG it’s so wonderful on a hot day. Better than ice cream even. 🙂

My recipes are still on the sidebar to your left.  Hmm, I guess that means I haven’t added a heck of a lot of recipes in the last year. Ah well. Just the best.  🙂

 

Article by US News & World Report: Acceptance of Chronic Illness Helps People Move On

Hmm, there may be something to that, along with other things, in the last several months I’ve come to the realisation that I can be happy now. I can be happy regardless of any circumstance. Sure not all things in my life are pleasant, but why wait to be happy?  I’m not sure which came first though – acceptance or the decision not to be unhappy. 🙂  Either way, it works for me.

 

Some of the Strangest Google Earth Sightings

I found this fascinating. Hope you enjoy it too.

 

17 cool magnet tricks

This just feeds my inner geek.  My fav? Reading how to make ‘LED Throwies’.  Sounds like fun and wish I could make a bunch for my daughter’s wedding – she’s getting married at / in a planetarium next year.

 

Food.com

Looking for a recipe?  Don’t feel like Googling?  This site searches almost all of the biggest cooking/recipe type sites all at once for you and even helps when looking for specific types of recipes or diet needs.

 

 

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18Jan22  Oh ick.  I am NOT showing you what the porch light looked like.  Cleaning the porch and porch light were not my job and wasn't something I even thought about over the last 3yrs.  Until it started looking like this.  The blackness is from the dust and dirt across the road (where there's a large horse paddock). When the wind comes from that direction, even with the windows closed I get a film of dust and dirt over everything.  And obviously cobwebs are not immune from it.  So I took a couple cleaning brushes with extensions on them and tackled this area as well as the porch light.  Rod used to bring the globe around the light into the house and wash it. I can't do that. I'm not safe on ladders.  So I'll just get it to be less scary looking and call it good.  Before I tackled this job, the area was sprayed with my favourite spider killer.  Were spiders hurt? Geez, I hope so. And I hope they stay away for a long time.  #dirt #cobwebs #porchcleaning #eww #spiders #latergram

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