Friday, March 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes (Vol 251)


In the wise words of Calvin, “The days just fly by”. You know what is your weekly assignment. When you are finished here, soaking up the sunshine of my blather, you need to click on the picture above to be whisked, at the speed of my ever increasing Spring fever, over to Conversion Diary.

Warning: Ingestion of blather may cause strange symptoms.

I may have suffered a beer brewing failure. Today would be 21 days since brewing and the IPA isn’t right, at all. It is still cloudy. There are still yeast colonies floating on the top. Really, it looks like it has just stopped fermentation at some point. And the flavor isn’t what it should be. I have been doing some reading, trying to find an answer. I am going to leave it for a bit longer and then I may just chock it up as a failure and start again.

I will not give up!

But I do want to know what happened so that I can endeavor to not repeat the same mistake.

Jon and Arin, any thoughts on this?

It would be nice to think, after our little winter blast on Wednesday, that we have seen the last of Winter…..

But I know better.

Here in the Frozen Northeast Ohio we have seen some of our biggest snowfalls in the months of March and April. If I were a betting woman I would think that some where along the line we will have one more big blast.

That is a bet that I would like to lose thankyouverymuch.

You will be glad to know that I have finally written our holiday letter. And I might actually send out the Christmas cards that have been sitting on my desk for……three months.

I am going to be honest here. I just didn’t have the heart to send them out at Christmas. I just didn’t have it in me to write the usual jolly letter full of news. Christmas this year was subdued for obvious reasons and so I just didn’t have it in me.

But it is now written. Really it had to be written at some time because there are plenty of people who do not know that we have moved and the post office isn’t going to forward any mail to use after a certain time so I guess I had better get them sent out.

For Anonymous, who last week asked about when I was going to express my thoughts on Harry Potter. I did just that about a year ago. Here is the link

I Am A Follower of Christ and Yes I Read Harry Potter

I hope that helps. I am still working on my study of what Lent is and what it means for me. That will take longer, much longer perhaps, but I will keep everyone posted. I don’t want to just rely on internet sources so I think I am going to be reading some actual books about it as well.

Remember earlier in the week when I was playing with my gonzo macro and I mentioned that I wanted to find a stink bug and freeze him so that I could take a picture of him?

Yeah, he is currently in a small container at the back of my freezer. I took, perhaps, a bit too much pleasure in putting him in his icy tomb.

Picture will be coming soon I am sure. I can tell that all of you will be waiting with absolutely baited breath to see a close up picture of my nemesis.

The only good Stink Bug is a frozen solid dead one.

I am going to be taking a Spring Blogging Break for about the next two weeks. I need to recharge my blog batteries a bit as can be seen by my sincere and utter lack of blogging for the last few months. I am surprised that there are even any people who show up here.

It isn’t that I have lost my love for this little blog, far from it actually. It is just that my heart has been sad for the last few months since the death of my dad and I just need to recharge a bit and think about how and what I want to accomplish with this little piece of internet real estate that I inhabit. I am not going away so don’t panic.

Not that I think you WOULD panic, all three of you who read on a regular basis.

And has become my Friday ritual, because I am such a lazy bum. Here are some of my insanely boring Instagram pictures from the past week. Try not to fall asleep.

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  1. Hi Debbie - you have 4 regular blog readers now ! :) Laura Peticca is now a faithful follower ! LOVE your sense of humor !

  2. Enjoy your break - and yes, you would be missed. Your view of the world is always interesting and thought provoking!

  3. Thanks Deb! I will go read the HP post! Can't believe I missed it!!! Anonymous


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