Direction of Blog for Time Being

Here is what I have so far!

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday: Feature something cool I found on Pinterest

Thursday

Friday: I am thinking Foodie Friday. A recipe, something I want to try that I saw on Pinterest or foodgawker

Saturday: Farm updates on the 2nd 3rd and 4th Satudays. Other wise a review of the fiber fest i went too. Or Craft Day break down

I do have the Blogging Without Obligation badge on this blog. So we are not really obligated to fill those other days. So if we stick to three days. Then maybe we can make it happen instead of trying to kill ourselves to do all 7 days of the week. HMMMMMM a mental break through!

Blogging without Obligation and I don’t have to blog all 7 days out of the week. Novel idea NO?

Hosting a Roc Day Event!

I am hosting my first Rod Day Event! I hope it turns out well. It will be fun none the less. It happens to fall on our first Saturday Craft Day. It is a time to get together with all your friends and have a good time.

Here is a little History about Rod Day!

Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women’s work. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this day, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem “Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day” which appears in his Hesperides.
Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff day as part of their new year celebrations.

To Blog or Not to Blog

Dear Readers,

If we still have any! I am thinking about getting back to blogging again. I do have interesting things to write about. I mean I work with Autistic kids, I go to the local fiber farms on weekends, I have been going to and teaching at Fiber Events.

Hassan and I went to Boerne for the Kid N Ewe and Llama’s Too! I taught tatting.

I am going out to the Little Red Barn today as a matter of fact.
Cindy and the Little Red Barn have become my safe zone, The quiet place I can go Saturday to recharge my batteries, to get ready to deal with the work and school week ahead.

I have gone back to school, I have entered the University of Texas (:P) at Dallas (bonus it’s in Dallas and not Austin) In the Speech Language Pathology Program, and I am working on getting fast tracked so that when I graduate I will have my Bachelors and my Masters. (fingers crossed)

This morning, I have been up, I have Julie and Julia playing in the background to keep me company, while I wait for time to go to LRB and I started warping my loom. I am waiting for my warp helper to wake up so that I can finish warping and start a wool and baby loop mohair scarf.

Last weekend I went to Apple Leef Farm for the first time in a year! We had a blast! I went with my friends, Annie, Seth and Denise. Fun was had by all. We got to see Leef’s accidental V-JJ aka River chair. But she can longer see it as a River only a V-JJ. (pics to come next month and you be the judge, I totally forgot to take my camera with me)

A reader Laurie Balbo who likes our theme, has stopped by, and she is a freelance writer for The Green Prophet and our little blog was mentioned in one of her articles.

Laurie also writes her own little blog about fiber arts as well.

She is the inspiration for this post today. As she left a comment, with the wish that we would resume our blog soon.

So here we are!

Hanane

Enjoying Reading Again

When I found out I was accepted for a job in my local ISD I decided to treat myself and bought a nookcolor by Barnes and Noble. I love this thing! I have read and read on it! It is very easy to use and fun too. I have my knitting patterns stored on it as well, it is one of the best purchases I have made in a long time.

Books I have read on my nook:
Spinning Forward
Casting About
Knit in Comfort
Joanne Fluke’s Baking Murder series #1,3&4 (looking forward to borrowing more from overdrive library)
Madam Bovary
The House of Mirth

Reading is fun! To keep up with what I am reading you can find both Katie and I on Good Reads

Happy Knitting and Reading
Hanane

Tonight I made Chicken Gumbo

Ok! Since I consider everyone who reads my blog like family! I will share my recipe for Chicken Gumbo with you!

I love this Gumbo my Dad loved this Gumbo and this is just the second time since he passed that I have made this Gumbo recipe. Because it just hurt too much.

Papa’s Chicken and Okra Gumbo

1/2 c veg oil
1/2 stick butter
1c of all purpose flour
4-8 celery stalks chopped
2 bell peppers chopped
1 med onion chopped
4(14oz) cans low sodium chicken broth
1/4c Worcestershire sauce
1tbl tobasco (or more)
5 bay leaves
1/4c fresh parsley
1tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp red pepper

6leg quarters separated leg from thigh (leave the skin on)
a sprinkle of Gumbo File on the top of the pot
1 package frozen sliced okra thawed

Combine oil butter and flour in a heavy bottom pan cook over med heat approx 20 min stirring constantly until roux is the color of chocolate
Add onion celery bell pepper and garlic cook for 10min stir occasionally Add the remaining spice ingredients. stir to combine then lay in the chicken bring to a simmer cook until chicken almost done add in okra

Serve over rice

A Few Thoughts

One, I love Moleskine notebooks. I have a few of the lined small ones and HINT to all,,,,I want one of the black blank page journals. They are good quality with a nice quality paper and I really want to pick up sketching again.

Two, Why when you bring your camera to campus does it RAIN? I had a plan for a photo session today. Didn’t happen do to rain. There are some terrific stumps that I want to photograph.

Three, Just two words Don Juan.

Four, Anyone want to sign my petition for more hours in a Day? We can submit it via the many different faiths and see if HE/SHE will respond.

Life is busy as always just didn’t want our readers to think we had completely given up on blogging.

LIFE RAMADAN EID LIFE

Well, Here I am finally at the keyboard after too long of a time away from this blog. But can we all say: “LIFE” Yes that four letter word that gets us all distracted from things we like to do.
School has started back up for me, plus I am working and still trying to homeschool the kidlets.
Busy busy busy. Just call me SUPER WOMAN!!!

The past 29 days we have been in the whirl wind of Ramadan, tomorrow is the last day. Can we now say: “Thank God!” (not being sarcastic…..much). It is just a busy time of year. With all the dinners and the not eating and the late prayers. Next year I am taking Ramadan OFF!!! NO! I don’t mean I am skipping it I mean I am doing nothing else for the entire month!!!!!

I swear, you break your fast you get a burst of energy, you go to the evening prayers and the next time you look at the clock it is 12:30am and you think GESH I should probably go to bed because I gotta get up before dawn tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and you do it all over again. For 30 days because “WE” never have a 29 day Ramadan EVER!!!!!

Somehow I don’t think that is right I mean at least once in the 20 years I have been Muslim, Ramadan should have landed on a 29 day month right? I mean seriously what are the odds that for 20 years with it moving 11 days earlier each year that it would never land on one of those SHORTER months? HMMMMMM????? I smell a rotten fish in the basket. I guess they think better save than sorry. But maybe with the NEW”high tech”, (astronomy LOL) let nasa decide, we will actually start having a 29 day month. MAYBE!!!!

Well like I said we have ONE MORE DAY….count it ONE!!!! Until Eid on Wednesday. I took the kids shopping for new clothes today, that is always such a beating!!!! The boy was more dramatic than the middle girl this year over what he wanted to wear. Who knew! Then after that ordeal I had to go to work and be on my feet for 5 hours. I am sore and tired. But I am awake because…..well I really don’t know why I am still awake.

Oh yes I do,,,I was going to write an Ethics paper that is due tomorrow and instead I am here typing a blog post instead.

I guess when I wake up before dawn tomorrow and before I go to class at 9am I will write the paper because honestly I am beat!!!! And because it is fast approaching the witching hour of 12:30am when I say, “I guess I should really be in bed to do this all over again tomorrow, God willing”

Good night my dear friends!!!!!

Tatting With Friends

Today as every Tuesday for what about a month now I have gone to the Richardson Senior Center to meet with a very friendly bunch of ladies.

We laughed until we cried today over a silly joke.

We shared our knowledge and love of the craft.

At the end of the day all I had to show for my hours there was a pile of thread.

But I had a blast!!!!!!!

It was a fun time for all I believe. I really enjoy my time with these women. I enjoy my time at the Senior Center. Everyone who works there is nice too.

I thank Mary Jo for starting this group. I really love my knitting groups, but there is something about this group that is so unique and perhaps it is the age difference in the group that makes it unique. Perhaps it is just the thread and the knots.

But I think it is the company!!!!