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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mid(not)week magazines, or: Because yesterday I was in a paint frenzy.. today - Betty Garble

Hello everybody

I know it's Thursday today (but I believed it was Tuesday yesterday) :) And, I have been with my head in the clouds, so to say. To be honest: I was with my eyes on a color pallet. So, even when working in the office, no one asks you what day in the week it is. When I finally got to sit down in the evening, I saw that someone has snatched my Wednesday?!

I stand corrected.
And I have for you an article 
about the magnificent star of the silver screen, 
the gorgeous pin-up gal
the one and only: Betty

Betty's most famous photo shoot was in 1943 in which her back is turned toward the camera and she is peeking over her shoulder - because at the time she was actually six months pregnant. However, it was due to her long legs, (which her studio famously had insured for $1,000,000) curves and Pin-up beauty that her posters were hung up continuously by soldiers. Betty Grable is an influential icon behind the Pin-up style to this day, and one of the biggest poster girls for the Pin-up movement in the 1940’s thus, making her a person of great importance to the history.
What Betty also did, maybe with no intention, is: she has proven that women of all shapes and sizes can (and ARE) absolutely smashing!
Have a great day.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Have you heard: I'm painting my house! :)

Hello everybody.

It is time for the neighbors to move their sofas outside, since by gazing from inside of their homes they might miss-out a detail or two. :) Being nosy was always a favorite sport in my neighborhood, and I'm quite used to that, I have grown up in here. Their nature is something that I no longer find odd, and the fact that the folks WILL truly pull out their sofas so that they can spend almost all day sitting in front of their houses and staring at mine (sometimes giving a shout-out to the painters) is a thing I live with. 
Starting yesterday, the whole street is mostly outdoors. The shy ones are making excuses to walk up-and-down the street as they fave "forgotten" something at the corner shop. Again, and again. those with less shame simply stand/ sit outside and watch. Something huge is going on. Some change is happening. Because, I'm having my house(es) painted.

You have seen my house(es), right?
Here they are, as they are now:

Green house anad Grey house, I know, right?!
No accent color, no light-vs-dark shades
even the white decorations are covered in molter!
(such a shame, because they are Little Cupids, you see) 

It will not take long after this job of mine has started, before some of the neighbors spring for a new exterior paint job - as they all have already been standing out in front of their homes with eyes set on my home. Why? The answer is simple. A  paint job is going to transform the appearance of my (green and grey) home. It's like getting a new home almost overnight (errrr, over a few nights). And when one house starts looking better, it has the force to make people want to change things.

THE question: Which Color to Choose?!

The wide variety of colors to choose from, and the combinations that are available when it comes to trim, doors, and other extras, make this choice mostly a personal one. The rule of thumb is try and not be the "sore for the eye" of the area, to blend in with the overall style (if there is one) or to follow the original style of the house (if you're reconstructing it - like me).
I have peeled-off some paint, revealing the past colors. Behind the green and some sorry layers of cheap brown(ish) looking hues there was the original paint. Bright as the sun. So, I'll go from there, and try to build-on the look.

With so many choices around,
here's what was available 
in the first part of the XX century.

A hint: some colors that look fantastic on a tiny brochure, but they can strike you a lot differently when they're covering an area of a couple square meters. I used an age-old technique for that (and to show the painters WHAT to paint and where to do it): I draw my house(es) and colored the drawing.. seeing it all in scale makes an eased decision. It's easier to make mistakes on a piece of paper, then to regret not doing so - when your house turns... nothing what you dreamed off and somewhat odd. :)
(the paint shop just called - my special foundation paint-mass has arrived!)
Are you interested at all in house renovation? :)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Love Story: Husband Hunter


This last week of September has brought me some cold mornings and crispy evenings. As much as I love Autumn's joys, the notion of yet another heating season (for those of us who do not have central heating systems) brings some frowns. Last night was the first "fire-up" day of the season - a task that I will have each day up until.. May?!
But, what matters is: we are "covered" when it comes to a quantity of wood. :)

You see a woodsman in this story,
I tel you there's surely some action here
(and it's well wort reading!)  :)

A giant bear - I told you there was action :)

The thing is: this has not changed much, this situation we have just read. There are still the times when people chose comfort over joy, and make the decision to spend a "comfortable" life stripped of all feelings, emotions and even some elemental respect for the other side - because the idea of being provided with all material goods has overruled.
I suppose we all make our choices.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Snack smart:Wholesome oat bran muffins

Hello everybody

Happy Friday, everyone!
Just because it's the end of the work week, it does not make it the end of a healthy-eating and a well-being week (actually, that never ends!) :) Surely, I fall into the category of people who often tend to celebrate the Friday afternoon with something sweet - but, having a bit too much of the "something sweet" does not fit into "a small celebration of the coming weekend" :)
One should never deny themselves all the things (food, for instance) that make them happy - but we all must beware of our actual needs, our special heath regiment and try to make the best possible balance of the two.

This is another muffin recipe.
There are SO MANY cheerful yet healthy recipes for snacks
and we can all satisfy

This is the most simple, yet most variable version I think there is. You can:
- opt any of the ingredients for their substitute,
- go vegan with adding extra oil instead of eggs,
- get you bran into a chopper and make a flour (to avoid the chewy taste),
- use one cup bran and one cup of any flour of your liking (regular, rice.. even pea!)
- use molasses instead of honey.. or try different types of honey
There's too many TV shows that show both sides of baking: one side tells a tale of "throw in anything". the other tells about the precision for perfect results. To me, baking, as you can see in this example, is quite forgiving. That's why I like it.
That is why I'd love it if you'd give it a go and let me know about it.

Do you like muffins?
(remind me to buy a new muffin "tin" made out of silicone; I have tested one of those and it does not melt in the oven - an irrational fear of mine)  :)