Friday, January 30, 2015

Art Abandonment

Don't knnow if you know this about me, but  I have been abandoning art for a while now.  Basically, you make something and put a tag on it that tells the observer that this is a gift, to take it, and enjoy it.

The note requests the finder to send an email to say they found it and where.  Sometimes people take the pieces and give them to someone else.  I have had several people reply over the last few years.

It all goes to an anonymous email that is monitoed by the Art Abandonment crew.  And they repost it to a facebook page for the rest of everyone to enjoy.

Mostly what I do is small pieces from leftover scraps, a tote bag, a tea bag holder or a snglasses case.

Wednesday night I abandoned a sunglasses case at Santa Fe restaurant and Thursday monring again at McDonalds. 

I enjoy it.  And you can read things from people and tell they have been very touched.  they will say things like, I was having a bad day, and I found this.  Or one that really touched us, My best friend died today and I was having a hard time dealing with it.  I found your art piece and relized that gifts come in the most unexpected packages.  I will always remember my friend when I see this.

Go to the facebook page and go to the files section to find the verbiage for the note to leave with something.  Some people set up a gmail account and diirect replies to that.  It makes you feel wonderful as you place your treasured art piece in a special place then walk away smiling.


I always feel like a conspirator!  Try it!

http://michaeldemeng.typepad.com/art_abandonment/    (this one explains it)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment      (this is the facebook site)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

UnReferenced Is Complete!

Last night I remembered I had not sewn the binding for UnReferenced.  So I pulled it out and finished it up! 

So I have now counted it among the finishes for January.  It is Number 4 for 2015!

I have to tell you, no one else was around to help me.  I have asked Frank to put up some holders on the deck so I won't have to do this alone.  (read this in a whiny voice aloooooone!)


I put my camera on the deck, set it on one of the end tables facing out into the yard.  I had to prop it up on the lens cover.  And set the timer for 10 seconds.

You would have laughed to see me hop off the deck, hold up the quilt, try to remember where I had pointed the stupid camera, and stand there wondering when the photo would  snap.

The added bonus was the setting sun in the background behind the house shining through the back of the quilt.  Interesting pattern........I need to design a quilt like that!




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

52 Photos - Week 37 - Wildlife

LOL.  This is so funny.  We LIVE the wild life!  Dogs everywhere.  Crazy dogs.  One that eats paper, fabric, books, towels, silk scarves destined for sale at Habitat for Humanity.  I think that qualifies as wildlife!

Here is a look at the REAL wildlife outside my window.  We live in the city and really don't have much wildlife, so the birdies have to qualify!



 This beauty visits my feeder regularly.  I thought it was a woodpecker,  but my more knowledgeable SonInLaw says it is a sapsucker.

Whatever it it, it is so beautiful.  I consider myself gifted when he visits my feeders.

 This is a juvenile cardinal male.  He is not quite finished molting his baby feathers.  I watched the parents raise these young'uns over the summer.


 This is a female baby from the nest.  I guess, nest mates.

Every year we have 4 or 5 breeding pairs make their homes in our yard.





This guy may be the most interesting.  Locust.  We have them sing in the trees at dusk every day.  Their song is what you hear when you think of the South.

This is actually just the shell, they shed several times a year as they grow into bigger and bigger clothes!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Enchilada Pasta and Some Kitting for Retreat

I m heading out to retreat soon and I am beginning to pull together some kits to take with me and sew on.  Some of them are UFOs (like the MA 370 and Devil's Lense) and some are new (like some baby quilts or Carrie's friends).  All should be fun. 

For some reason I cannot find my 2014 quilt folder in my computer so the photos will have to wait until it magically appears once again
..........So that means the paper planes are before 2014!


I made the best enchilada Pasta last night.  In a pressure cooker no less.  If you have a pressure cooker stuck under your cabinet, pull it out.  This took more time to assemble than it does to cook!

You know, I didn't take any photos!  Me, no photos!  LOL.

IF you want a nice dinner for a family or like Frank and me, for a few days, try this out.  You can make it hot to your taste or mild if you prefer.

Ingredients
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1 c diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (19 ounce can) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can 10 oz rotel tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • 1 ¼ c water
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix (I used only ½ of the package)
  • 2 large chicken breasts uncooked and diced
  • 3 c dried rotini or bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • olives tomatoes and sour cream to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a pressure cooker, add oil and saute onion until tender about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for one minute.

  1. Add enchilada sauce, tomatoes, water, taco seasoning mix to pressure cooker, stir. Add diced chicken breasts and pasta.

  1. Cover and lock lid. Select high pressure and cook for 4 minutes once pressure is up. When timer beeps turn off pressure cooker and use a quick release.

  1. Select saute and cook until pasta is done, about 1 minute

  1. Turn off pressure cooker and pour pasta into 8 x 8 baking dish. Sprinkle cheese on top and broil until cheese is melted and starting to brown.


  1. Serve with green onions, olives, diced tomatoes and sour cream.
 





Monday, January 26, 2015

The Test Was Interesting

I arrived and was sent to the cashier check in.  She  checked all my info, made the appropriate changes. 

And we discussed what the insurance told me.  She said they would not send my chart back to the sonographer until I paid my portion.  So I was right, Cigna!  Cigna told me that I would not pay anything at all up front.

the interesting thing was that while Cigna could not tell me what I would be asked to pay, the Imaging Center told me that my portion would be $8.32.

Neither me nor the cashier could believe it.  She said, usually the patient doesn't pay LESS.

Well, that still remains to be seen, they will be billing me what is leftover no matter what the upfront cost was.  The cashier did say that the cost of the test would be determined at some future point.  So I am thinking the $8.32 was the cost of the visit rather than the test.
Rotolo's Pizzeria
Still not sure how it will all work out, but I did have a nice lunch with Frank at Rotolos where I had good pizza..........just sayin'

This Is a Test

This is the first test of the insurance in 2015.  I have an ultrasound every year before I see my general surgeon, Kenny.  I babysat him years ago......

My brother had thyroid cancer a couple years ago and they found similar things in mine.  However, they are not cancer. And it is working perfectly well, we just make sure no changes have occurred.

thyroid-diagram.jpg - istockphotoI generally go to the Imaging Center and pay anywhere from $90 to $400 for the same test in the same place once a year.  So  with the new rules in the same insurance, I talked to the insurance company this morning.  And they can't tell me how much I will have to pay.  They said they have a contracted price, but the center has to do the service, not charge me anything, bill the insurance, THEN collect the difference from me.  Which no  one knows what it will be.

This does not sound easy.

Then I go to my surgeon's page on my insurance, they say my portion now is $71.  It was a $50 co-pay before. Geez.  I have that appointment next week.

So before I complain (too much!) I will see what they are going to charge me today.  I cannot imagine them not asking me for money and just seeing how much the insurance will pay.  I am pretty sure, even though the insurance compay ASSURED me just this moning that I would not have to pay anything!

The changes in the insurance we have had for 26 years now are so indescribable.  I say that because they really can't describe what they will do.   Frank's company is self insured but they have Cigna administrating it.  They made changes according to the changes in the Obamacare laws.  I am here to say, it is not a good thing for us.

In addition to that, this is considered a "Cadillac" plan and we are being taxed 40% of the value of the insurance.  Talk about a redistribution of wealth.  Get your education, get a good job, move up in the company and make a decent living.......then share it with those who didn't work as hard.

And yes, it got more expensive for the premiums as well.

We shall see.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bad Pizza and Good Stash

Did you ever think you would hear those words together?  We had it today however, yes we did.

We ordered an East Coast Pizza at Bistro Italia which has pepperoni, italian sausage and mushrooms on two kinds off cheese.  Sounds good, right?  I asked for no onions or to cook the onions well since I am allergic to raw onions. I think the cook was ticked off by that request because the pizza came out piled high with chicken and the onions were nearly raw!  Chicken?

Give me Rotolo's or Isabella's Pizza any day!  I will not go anywhere again!  And it is a shame since he is my friend's son. 

Ann and I finally had a chance to  have dinner and she gave me some Birthday presents!  I am still celebrating!  The most fascinating thing was a bean plant in a coke can type container that has Happy Birthday imprinted on its leaves.  I watered it and hope to see a sprout in a day or so.  I am really interested in this one!

I used a fair amount of fabric on the Randomness quilt and the binding of the UnReferenced Quilt.

Used this week -5.5 Used this month -16.75 Used this year -16.75
Bought this week 0 Bought this month 28 Bought this year 28
Plus or minus -5.5 Plus or minus 11.25 Plus or minus 11.25