Delicious Berries, Posting Takes Sooo Much Time (2 Hrs.), Recipes for Saver (Cornbread, Potato Soup)

Random Thoughts

I have been rather crushed about how long it takes me to get these blog posts done.  And frustrated.  It takes me an average of 1 1/2 to 2 hours, sometimes less, sometimes more.  That doesn’t count the time picture-taking/cropping or looking stuff up.  So when I posted on ‘All About You Monday’ at Re-Inventing Fabulous ( I asked the writers that post  there where I was in the ball park of posting time.  Evidently I’m not all that far out of the park.  *Sigh*  So I’m going to have to figure out how I’m going to deal with that.  I confess I didn’t really take into account what this would do to my day.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy this, I do.  And I was surprised to find out that I actually enjoy knowing I have a small group of lurkers who come here on a regular basis, from other countries, yet!  (Thanks! to all of you out there.)  But I definitely need to plan better, and figure out how to better incorporate this into my life and time frame.  Staying up late every night isn’t going to work over the long haul.  So I guess it’s time to sit down and  come up with a plan.


My serviceberries on my wee tree were ripening all at once, so I went out and picked them.  I didn’t have any yogurt, but I did have vanilla ice cream.  So I put about 1/2 cup of ice cream and some milk in a bowl, mixed it and topped with berries.


“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.”  — Robert Louis Stevenson

Life At Our House

Look what my son brought  back for me from his Band Trip.  Isn’t it sweet?  I forgot to put something in for perspective, but she would fit on a 50 cent piece.


Saver of Bugs, is this yours?  I found it while looking for my running shorts.  It is a much brighter green than the picture shows.


Okay, Saver of Bugs, here are a couple of recipes.  Also, when you go shopping you should consider looking for a small mixer so you don’t have to mash potatoes by hand.  Also a brush to brush butter on chicken or corn or water on bread…

Corn Bread

  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup veg. oil
  • Oven at 425 degrees.

Mix all dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl beat egg and oil together and then add milk.  Add to dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.  If you mix too much the cornbread will be flat.  Bake in a greased 8 x 8 pan for 20 to 25 minutes.  Top should be golden brown and a toothpick should come out clean.

Potato Soup

  •  6 cups of potatoes with or without skin
  • 1 clove garlic (or – 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 onion (or – 1 tsp. onion powder)
  • 1 or 2 tsp. freshly ground pepper (or – 1/2 tsp canned ground pepper)
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 3 cups milk

Cut the potatoes into 1 inch-ish chunks and put into cold water.  (If you like having potato chunks in your soup, cut the potatoes into small cubes.  Hold back 1 to 3 cups of them when mixing soup and add when heating soup back up.)  Rinse potatoes and then add just enough water to cover and bring to a boil.  Once the water begins to boil, boil for 10 minutes and then check for doneness.  When you set the timer for 10 minutes, begin sautéing the onions.  Cook to preferred doneness.  When the onions are partially done throw in the garlic.  Garlic will brown quicker than the onions.  When the potatoes are done, remove from heat and pour all but about a quarter to a half-inch of water off.  Mash/mix potatoes and butter to desired consistency.  Put back on the stove on medium heat.  Add all remaining ingredients, mix and heat through.


Don’t forget you can broil chicken and fish.  Don’t forget your fruit and veggies.  Buy some of them canned and you’ll have a back up for when you don’t have fresh stuff.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

I don’t particularly like Raccoons.  They are nasty, destructive little thieves.  They come to our house to steal the bird seed.  I have a large broom downstairs with their name on it.  I run and jump and whack them out of the tree with it.  If they try to get in my face, they get a face full of bristles with an occasional whack with a handle.  I’ve used the broom to golf baby raccoons off the bank behind our house.  We also shoot them with a BB gun set low so it won’t pierce their skin.  Some of them learn the sound of the gun being cocked and bail as soon as they hear it.  One raccoon even learned the sound of the front door opening (we sneak out the front and go to the side of the house to shoot them) and bailed as soon as he heard it.  It gets annoying.  Especially the ones that come after we have gone to bed and decide to start fighting.  Ever hear raccoons fight?  It sounds like you have wolves out there trying to kill each other.  And the small ones scream like a human being hurt.  *Sigh*

This is our 5 pm dinner time thief.  In the last picture she hears my son and is looking for him.  She immediately turned, started down the tree and then jumped from 10 feet up.  My cheapo camera didn’t recharge fast enough for me to catch the jump (grrrrr).

Out in the Yard

When it quits raining I’ll get back outside in the yard again.  Our header is the yellow violas I planted weeks ago.


So I managed to get out of bed on my own.  🙂  A little sore, here and there.  I will have to do some work on my shins and knees.

 I got out again today and took Spider Bait with me.  He’s thinking about running with me.  Mom went into sMother mode and gave him the lecture about never letting anyone drag you into a car even if they have a gun (Mom,  you told me this before).  And the lecture about never getting within grabbing distance of a car that pulls up near you and stay the hell away from van doors (Mom, you told me this before).  And never leave the route you gave everyone before you left (MOMMMMM….).  Well, you get the idea.  Couldn’t help myself.

Did only 1.1 miles today and got back in 20 minutes.  Heart rate post walk was 150 for me (better), Spider Bait was 144.  Heart rate at 10 minutes post walk was 84 me (Yes!), Spider Bait was 96.  Twenty minutes post walk was still 84 for me and 76 for Spider Bait.  Tomorrow will be a day off.  I get fewer injuries on a 2 day on 1 day off schedule when starting out.

I found one of my old running outfits. (Saver of Bugs, what did you do with the shorts to my other outfit?)


Turquoise is a common stone of blue, green, or blue/green coloration and can be found in the United States, Egypt, Mexico, China, Iran, Peru, Poland, Russia, France, Tibet, Egypt, Afghanistan, Arabia, and Myanmar.  It’s astrological associations are Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces.  Chakra is the throat.

A protective stone, Turquoise has been used in amulets since time immemorial.  It assists in creative expression and the ability to see beauty in everything.  Emotionally it helps with balance and assists in meditation.  It promotes spiritual clarity and psychic abilities.  Traditional thought holds that it unites earth and sky.

Health wise, Turquoise is a multipurpose healer.  It is good for detoxification and strengthens the meridians of the body.  Wear or position it anywhere.  It is especially good for the throat, third eye, and solar plexus.

The little silver medallion says, “See the miracle that is in a single flower and find clarity.”

Mug of the Day

Another by Marjolein Bastin.  It has a teapot to match it.

8 responses to “Delicious Berries, Posting Takes Sooo Much Time (2 Hrs.), Recipes for Saver (Cornbread, Potato Soup)

  1. Those berries look like they were yummy. And the turtle is soooo awesome looking. What’s it made out of? The bandanna doesn’t look like mine and I think i have my only one with me. Also your shorts are probably in my drawer.
    Thank you for the recipes. Now I just need to get stuff and start cooking. Should be tasty.
    My day hasn’t been exciting. Just practicing with rats again and working. Although unfortunately a rodent (not one of the ones i’m working with) got loose and disappeared. It doesn’t look like it will be found, which sucks.
    I’m glad you’re getting back into walking and that Spider Bait went with you. That should be fun. I’m getting so much more exercise just from living on the third floor it’s amazing. Keep it going!
    Also keep up the crystals! They’re fun to read again.
    Send my love to everyone at home. Love you all! Vale

    • So how did I get a bandana that everyone says is not theirs? I found the shorts way down in my pile, you must have given them back when you left for school. And you are never to borrow anymore of my sports bras for any length of time ever again, Miss D cup. I have to go buy another one, now.

      Don’t you have traps to recatch them with???? Me thinks a purchase should be made.

      Hopefully, I can keep walking. My knee is not happy today, so I may have to take another day off. *sigh*

  2. Dunno about the bandanna. Unless it was bought for band camp and I forgot which is possible. Also I’ve said sorry about the sports bra before. Don’t know about the traps, it looks like it got out into the main part of the floor so who knows where it went. And keep walking!

  3. Just catching up from our weekend, so I’ve got a bunch of non-connected things to say.

    Never had a Krispy Kreme, we don’t have them here.

    How are serviceberries different from blueberries because they look exactly the same in a bowl.

    Yipee for your being out and about!!!

    (I zoomed safely past the rodent pictures.)

    It takes me more than two hours for a blog post. Always. If they are on the long end, it’s more. But consider the fact that I have a variety of learning disabilities and that slows me down.
    Did I forget anything? Probably. 😛

    • Serviceberries are trees not shrubs. My serviceberry is the Allegheny Serviceberry “Amelanchier laevis”. Other common names are Juneberry and Shadberry. The berries are red-purple not blue and the taste is quite different. I’d say the flavor leans more toward red-raspberry than blueberry, but the berry itself is very like a blueberry. They are very yummy but you have to fight the birds for them. Waxwings are particularly fond of them and if you want waxwings in your yard this one way to get them.

      Native Americans used the serviceberry as food, as tea, as medicine, and in ceremonies. They made baskets with the stems.

      Depending on variety, they grow 10 to 25 feet tall and about 12 feet wide. Berries ripen anywhere from June to August, depending on climate and variety. You can keep them pruned down to a manageable size. They grow from zones 4 -9. You live in zone 8b.

      As for posting time, you can consider this ‘bad’ news or ‘good’ news. But challenged though we are, according to the feed back I got from writers at ReFab our ‘long’ posting times are in the ball park. So ‘good’ news to know I’m not totally pathetic in out put but ‘bad’ news in that now I have to figure out how to do this on top of all the crap I’m trying to get done now that my health is holding up. Particularly the exercise. You have no idea how “manic excited” I am to realize I’ve gone a year with only ‘normal’ illnesses and haven’t spent half the year trying to recover. Bronchitis just freaking wipes me out. I want to get my lungs and immune system in rip-roaring good shape for fall. I would love to have my life/health back the way it used to be. And summer is a good time, because I rarely, rarely get sick during the summer. So I need to come up with a plan. Picture me with big wide eyes and my hair all standing on end.

      • Great info on the berries, I want some now! 😛

        Yipee for all that healthy health. Well done, now hang on to it.

        I am picturing you this way now, excellent suggestion.

  4. (Why did I feel the need to put NOW in every freaking sentence?)

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