Games

I have not talked about any video games in a while.  That is because I am not really playing any.  Warlorads of Draenor the next expansion for World of Warcraft will not release until November 11, 2014.   While that does not sound like that far away in game time it is forever.  We have not raided since early July.  That is a long time for our group to not be together. I am sure when the next expansion drops most of our group will come back, however; not sure if it will be enough.  We will see.

I have heard about a new IOS game Revolution 60, this game was designed by women.  The entire company is women.  You can get the first chapter for free to try it out here.   Good game play and  storyline.  It is a little more that this cheap girl wants to pay for an IOS game but, the first chapter was fun.

The hubs and I are playing a little Star Wars the Old Republic again.  They dropped 5 new levels, new gameplay is always appreciated.

I have been playing a lot of IOS games like Candy Crush, Pet Rescue, Bubble Witch Saga 2.    The hubs plays all kinds of steam games(too many to list Smile). 

One game I have been loving is The Wolf Among Us.  This is by Telltale games and is very similar to The Walking Dead, they are story type games with some game play and lots of violence.  I am on the last chapter of the Wolf so today I will probably finish it Sad smile.

Hopefully November will arrive soon so I can play more WoW.  I miss my fix.

What games are you playing?

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1st Time canning with pressure

While growing up my mom had a pressure cooker that she made pinto beans in.  After reading all the info on how great these appliances are I figured my mom had no idea how to use hers.  She would cook those beans all day.  Little water and the pinto beans.  The little weight on top would be making it’s steam sounds for hours on Sundays.  Due to that history, amazing how things from our childhood refuse to let go, I did not want a pressure canner/cooker. 

Yesterday I was contemplating my tomatoes and the need to start canning some.  Google search here I come!    While tomatoes can be waterbath canned, pressure canning is quicker, especially at my altitude.  Off to the store the hubs and I go to peruse the canning equipment.  I bought the Presto 23 Quart Pressure Canner.  It is probably bigger than I might need but, have you seen my garden and all those tomatoes? I found a better deal online, then it would have arrived on Tuesday and I would have wanted to try it out.  That never ends well.

pressure canner

Used it yesterday and

tomatoesWaala!  Three pints of tomato sauce.

Not a huge amount I know, for my first attempt not bad either.  I need to find me some quart jars and plan on canning more next week. 

I am hoping my tomato plants last for a while longer.  There is a horrible virus going around and destroying tomato plants.  I believe 2 of my plants have it and of course one is the cherry tomato plant, tragic just tragic.

Do  you can with a pressure canner?  Any tips?

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Birthday Gift

For my birthday the hubs actually did give me a present, regardless of what I alluded to here.  He tried hard to get me  my present ON my birthday.  The world conspired against him. I did however finally get my present yesterday.

PRETAT\

can you guess what it is?

hibiscus tattoo 2

Yes!  A beautiful tattoo. I have been talking about getting another one for probably years.  It is my biggest one to date. 

The hubs tried to go with a tattoo artist that our nephew knows.  She was flaky.  Did not return emails or calls for over 2 months.  Finally called on my birthday and still would not give a date for the tattoo.  The next weekend we drove to GJ to see her and she was booked until October and would not give a date for October.  She informed me I would have to come in the end of September to get an October date.  I don’t know about your schedule but, mine opens the next month i.e. my October would open August 1st.  We decided to find someone else to do my tat.

The artist I found is close to my house and did an AMAZING job.  I love my tat.  My leg is sore and wearing shoes for the next week or so will be a problem.  I have to figure out how to not let my boss know I am wearing flip flops to work.

My present may have been a little delayed, but it was all the better for the care and love that went into choosing it.  Thank you Hubs for the best present you could have given me.

Do you have tattoos?  Do you have a regular tattoo artist?

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House Work

The hubs had the week off and tackled another home project.  Poor guy needs time off where he does not have to do work on the house.

When we first got the new countertops the hubs asked if I was excited to get them, I said no because we never finish a project.  Here the new countertops were installed, I was thinking it was about a year ago, nope, December 2012.  Time flies huh? 

The hubs ripped out all the old tile above the countertops, retextured, painted and then …….

countertops

TADA!  Beautiful new backsplash, paint and no more ugly tile.  The backsplash really ties the kitchen together.

I am always amazed at what my hubs can accomplish by himself.  No one has helped him with any of the projects that he has done in the house.  The next kitchen project will be to paint the cabinets and attach new hardware, that will be a joint project.

Thank you sweetheart for making all these wonderful improvements to our home.  You are AMAZING!

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WTF is with all the weeds?

This week alone I have probably spent over 2 hours weeding the strawberry bed.

STRAWBERRIES

As you can see I am not sure I made any kind of dent in the weeds.  Most are some form of puncturevine a.k.a. goathead.  I am currently searching for other ways to eliminate these horrible weeds.  Anyone tried puncturevine weevils?  If so do they work?  I also read that high heat i.e. propane torch will kill the seeds.  Where do I find one of those?  If the hubs does that will he also kill all my strawberries?  Would that be an acceptable loss this year?  Maybe.

I have hated weeding anything for my entire life.  As a child I would do my best to not weed  as an adult I have no one to give that task to.  Sad panda Sad smile.

I do get to listen to my audiobooks and/or podcasts while weeding so that makes it slightly more enjoyable. 

We also have a pet pigeon.

PIGEON

He lives between my house and my neighbor to the left.  The neighbor said one day the pigeon flew into his front window, looked dazed and then never left.  He guards my house in the front during the day and visits both houses at will.  Pet guard pigeon.  Amazing.  I should feed him, wait I believe he eats some of those strawberries.

Do you have any options for the goatheads?  Should I name the pigeon?

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Tomato Overgrowth

tomato overgrowth

One of my tomato plants perished in the early spring frost, the rest look like this.  They must laugh at the tiny tomato cage I gave them.  They expanded well beyond that.  Each. One.

I am not sure if it is the bees, or the compost tea I used early on, or maybe a combination of both.  I am unable to walk between the rows without stepping on plant.  Now if those darn tomatoes would start to turn red, orange, or blackish I would be happy.  The blackish one must be a heirloom tomato.  I thought that was the one to die, I must have purchased two.  That plant appeared to be struggling last week, lots of tomatoes, suddenly the top leaves and stems started dying.  It has grown out and not up it’s cage looks lonely .

For now I am going to enjoy the couple of tomatoes a day that I get as pretty soon I will not know what to do with them all.

chief

This is Chief yesterday afternoon.  We had been in the pool and then when he got out he needed some chill time.  He dug a small hole, laid down, fell asleep and enjoyed the sun.  The life of a dog!

How is your summer going?  Tomatoes growing like gangbusters?

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Book Review: Must Read!

Today I am going to talk about the book Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe

Liz has written a wonderful book detailing all the lies that have been told to us about food for generations.  She is knowledgeable, funny and uses movie quotes at the exact time they should be used. 

I recommend reading this book not just for the funny aspect but, that we all need this information to make informed decisions about our food. 

The passage that struck me follows

“ Processed food, conventional wisdom, and calorie restriction wage war on health and hormonal balance.  Crap food simply doesn’t stimulate satiety, and it overstimulates fat storage and appetite while leaving us strapped for nutrition and hankering for more, more, more.  The result: We eat more that we need while becoming less healthy.” page 189

That statement makes you think huh?

‘If your food has a label read it.”

“The only food is the food that has always been food.”  page 176

These seem like commonsense things but, do we do them?  I have started reading more labels, takes much longer at the grocery store than it used to, however; I am eating better and feeling better.

Eat the Yolks is not full of recipes and pretty pictures, instead it is designed to make you think about your food choices helps you make better ones which will let you live healthier and feel better.

Go read this book and tell me what you think.

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