You did it. Thank you

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It seems that I can’t stop writing this blog just yet. My readership doubled from last Friday/Saturday so I guess I’ll stick around for a while longer.

This is October. There is only one October. The playoffs and World Series of Baseball. I am rooting for the San Francisco Giants and today they won their first playoff game against the Cardinals 3-0.

It was a TV sports day for me. I started to watch the UCLA/Oregon football game, but it was too depressing when the score was 21-3. It wound up 42-30, but as I went to UCLA and so did my husband and two of our children, I am a big UCLA fan.

I wonder just how many 76 year old women watch a college football game in the morning and the NLCS playoffs in the afternoon.

Then tonight I found a rather shocking video on Amazon. It is their first ‘series’ exclusively on Amazon for Amazon prime members. ‘Transparent’. It is the story of a Jewish family. The father, who is 70 has decided to come out of the closet and begin living as a woman.

The three adult children are all dealing with this in their own ways. Each ‘child’ has their own demons. It is a good story but it is practically pornographic and the language and actions are definitely Adult Only. Just about every deviant/kinky action is broached. And filmed in living color.

I hadn’t heard about this, but read about it in Entertainment magazine and got curious. You can ‘binge’ watch, as all nine episodes are available.

If you decide to watch this, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Good Bye for Now

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Good Bye for Now. This will be my last blog. I stopped for a while, and then started again. I have decided it is just too much effort for so few readers. 

Each day this site tells me how many readers I have. Unless all my readers tell a couple of friends to read my blog and all of a sudden my readership doubles, this is it.

Sorry. It’s been fun to write this, but other than the fact that I enjoy writing down my thoughts, I really don’t think very many people will miss my talents.

For you loyal readers who do enjoy my writing, I have over 1000 posts and you can go back to square one and read them from the beginning, if you like.

Gone Girl-The Movie

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All I can say is Go See It. I went to the first showing today and the theater was 3/4 full, which for Hawaii is like saying full.

It is over two hours long, but I never once looked at my watch. I would not be surprised if Ben Affleck is up for an Academy Award for his role as the husband of the missing woman.

I read the book, and it is very true to the book. It was at the top of the best seller list for a year. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, if you are one of the twelve people in the United States who hasn’t read the book.

So go see it. It is a ‘murder mystery’ like you have never seen before.

Famous Orange Bread

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Back in the day there was a restaurant/coffee shop called Stewart’s Pharmacy. It was also a drug store. They made the most fantastic orange bread. You could order it as toast with butter or as French toast. And they sold the loaves, so you could take one home.

They closed, Mrs. Stewart died and that was that. Yesterday I got a yearning for that bread. I looked it up on Google and much to my delight was the entire story as I remembered it plus the recipe. It is not ‘easy’. There are many steps including peeling several oranges and boiling the cut up peels with sugar. It is worth it. Plus your house will smell wonderful.

Stewart’s Orange Bread

1 cup orange peel, pith removed, cut into very thin strips about one inch long

1 cup sugar

4 cups flour

6 level teaspoons double acting baking powder

1/8 teas salt

1 tablespoon butter

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 loaf pans with butter

Put orange peel in saucepan, cover with water and boil till peel is tender. Add one cup sugar and boil to make a medium-weight syrup. Set aside to cool.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream butter, eggs and remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Add milk and dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed in electric mixer for four minutes. Add cooled orange syrup  and finish beating by hand for another minutes. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

This recipe is easy to halve, if you only want to make one loaf. But other than peeling a few more oranges, it doesn’t really take any longer to make two loaves, and you can either gift or put the other one in the fridge ‘for later’.

By the way you can make a nice orange salad with sliced up peeled oranges. And the easiest way to peel an orange and just get the orange part, is to use a vegetable peeler, like you would use for peeling carrots or a potato.

As I hate to waste anything, I then peeled all the remaining pith from the seven oranges. I put the oranges in a zip lock bag in fridge for salad and snacking.

I tossed the pith in a zip lock bag with a large amount of ground cloves. Then transferred this to a fine mesh bag and hung it in my closet. You could use an old nylon stocking.

When I was a little girl, one of the first gifts I made for my mother was an orange with a pretty satin ribbon tied around it with a bow on top. The sides of the orange were studded with whole cloves. She had it hanging in her closet for years.

Duct Tape

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I remember when duct tape only came in gray. It was used for wrapping around leaky pipes and broken tools. Not any more.

Now there are hundreds of colors and patterns and it is now a fashion item. My granddaughter makes beautiful wallets and notebooks. Her latest is an insulated wrap to go around a can of soda, or a glass. As she knows I love anything leopard, she made me this perfect glass wrap.Photo on 9-17-14 at 7.58 AM

If you want to ‘copy’ it, she used small bubble/bubble wrap and covered it with strips of duct tape. Then a little velcro square to attach it to itself as it wraps around a soda can. Very practical and what a good idea. Size is 10.5 inches x 4 inches and it looks like a simple project. Here is a photo of the ‘inside’ of the wrap.Photo on 9-17-14 at 8.11 AM

All craft stores have a duct tape section now, and even Walmart carries a nice selection in the paint department.

eCards (now from Hawaii)

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Whenever I check out greeting cards at Hallmark or the drugstore, they cost around $4 each (plus a 50 cent stamp to mail it). If you go to a swanky store like Papyrus for a really beautiful card, the cost jumps to at least $6 a card.

I always keep a box of assorted Costco cards on hand. These are very nice embellished cards and you get about thirty for less than $20. That is a real bargain. And the cards are beautiful with matching envelopes. It is still fun to get something happy in the mail. Usually these days it is either a bill or a solicitation.

These cards are great to have on hand for kids birthdays, wedding, sympathy and baby cards. I don’t think any of these would be good to send in an email.

But for the easiest way to send cards, there are the card sites that will send eCards to your recipients. Instantly and no postage needed. You do have to pay an annual subscription fee, but at $16.99 a year, you could send 100 cards or more. 17 cents a card. If you sent 1000, that would be less than 2 cents a card.

Latest find is a site featuring animated Hawaiian greeting cards. LeiMation.com. These ‘paintings’ of ancient Hawaiian style hula and scenery are charming and fun to send to friends on the mainland.

This site also has eVites. So if you are having a Hawaiian themed party, these would be perfect. So if you are a subscriber and want to send the same item to 25 people at once, that is OK.

I had a reason to contact the above site by email, and their customer service is excellent. Immediate reply.

I also enjoy the Jacquie Lawson website, which is based in England.  These animated ‘cards’ are beautiful and set to music. Lots of room to personalize. Even Hallmark eCards sometimes have cute designs.

For totally free antique style cards, you can check out Victoria Trading Company.

As you can see, I send a lot of cards throughout the year. If you want to check out personalized Christmas cards using your own photo, check out Vistaprint for a terrific selection at very reasonable prices.

Flip, Tip, Snap-The New Sugar

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Wouldn’t you just know it. I give up sugar almost entirely in January and here we are with a brand new sugar product.

The new C and H pourable sugar in  Superfine sugar and Pourable golden brown sugar.

Now why didn’t someone think of that about fifty years ago? So handy, like a nice handy tabletop item. Think salt shaker.

In Sunday’s newspaper is a $1 off coupon for this and I will definitely have to get both flavors. Even tho’ I gave up sugar, I sometimes have a little on my oatmeal.

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