I Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Christmas is over! Thank God! It’s so commercialized! I have  a Bah Humbug! feeling about it. I’d much rather just have a nice family meal and forget about gift giving! But then, it’s NICE to receive a gift if you really need something and can’t afford it, but why do I, with my limited funds have to buy a gift for someone who’s LOADED? Someone who can buy themselves whatever they want? I on the other hand NEED things, and not frivolous things but things like supplements, eye drops, soap, dry mouth wash etc? I need a good haircut too. So my cousin gave me $50.00 in a card and I’m getting that haircut and those personal care items! And I won’t feel guilty for getting them because my husband didn’t get a gift like that from his friends or relatives. I’m not sharing my money.. I feel greedy, but hell he goes out and buys FISH for his aquarium every time I turn around!

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Gwladys Jones Welsh Cookies

4 Cups Flour

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp Salt

1 and 1/2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Currants

2 Eggs beaten

1 tsp Vanilla

1/4 cup plus 2 TB Milk if needed

1 Cup Shortening

Sift dry ingredients- Except sugar,

Cut in shortening like making pie dough.
ADD:
Sugar and currents and mix.
THEN ADD:
Milk and eggs and vanilla, and form into a ball.
Roll dough 1/4″ thick.
Cook on moderate griddle until brown on both sides.
Coat with sugar before cooling on rack.
NOTE: This is a real Welsh Recipe from Great Grandpa Jones side of the family. Or maybe a family friend. I of course altered the recipe. I cream the sugar, eggs, and Crisco and then add the 1/4 cup milk and vanilla with an electric mixer. I add only 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda, this is the only ingredient change I made besides using raisins. Then I add to the flour mixture, and mix well . Then I toss the raisins or currants with a TB flour and add that last. If it’s too dry I add more milk. I like a wet dough because it sits in fridge overnight and will dry out a little.  Then I roll out between two 1/4″ think slats of wood on a pastry cloth, and cook on a griddle at 300-325 degrees approximately.

Hot, Steamy Sex…

Did THAT get your attention? Lets talk about SEX in a novel… It certainly adds interest and may make a young and horny reader want to initiate sex with their significant other right? Well I read 2 novels a week, and most of them have at least one sex scene. Most novels have quirky people in them because writers have to make their characters interesting don’t they? Or we will be bored out of our gourd and stop reading! Right? I know from experience Irish characters will have red hair and some version of green or maybe even blue eyes. German ones might be blonde haired and blue eyed but not always, as is the Nordic ones. But many times younger writers who still have some sort of sex drive will add a few steamy sex scenes. At my age (59) and with the typical assorted health problems (Pelvic Organ Prolapse) I just don’t feel sexy or want sex like I used to. Can you older women relate? Maybe your husband has health problems also, and he lost his desire, who knows…  All I know is the woman in these books have a much wilder sex life than I ever had even when I was young and horny myself.. (chuckle), but sometimes I skim over the sex scenes. Yes I’ve been there and done that probably or possibly, but I don’t go there and do that anymore.. Ugh! Yes of course it would be nice to have a sex drive ad have conventional sex again but in my case (POP) there are obstacles to that urge, if I had an urge..  ha ha. Anyway I just wanted to say that I will continue to read these books, even with their steamy sex scenes because the romantic  and relationship obstacles are interesting to read. I enjoy a good plot, but some writers keep writing the same plot and change the setting and the characters are all basically the same! BORING! Yes give me your quirky ones, I feel I am quirky also and I relate. WE all like to feel we are unique and a unique character is relateable is it not?

NOTE: Spellcheck assures me relateable is not a word and gives me no suitable word choice to correct it! Can’t they update the app? I get “Relate-able”!

 

I’m an Artist

I’m an artist… maybe you can tell from my profile picture? That pink Rugosa Rose? Well I admit to having dried up in the creativity department I have artwork I started a year ago I need to finish and give to the person already! I should be ashamed of myself! I even bought 10 huge sheets of hot pressed watercolor paper that I cut into 4 large sheets each! So, I have 40 pieces of paper waiting to be drawn and painted on! I need to FOCUS on my artwork in January!

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I’m Not a Big Griever…

I’m not a big griever and I feel bad about that! My two sisters still grieve for our mother who passed on 3 years ago Dec. 6th of 2014.  My one sister claims she breaks down bawling from time to time when she misses mom. My other said she’s still grieving.. and I image she cries too, she always was the most sensitive sister.  I don’t get depressed, I don’t really cry about it. I did feel very saddened at the time of her death and was a little depressed for a few months and yes I cried a little and had to get used to her being gone when I go to visit. I always talk about mom with dad. I think it’s important to keep her memory alive.  I just accept what happened and live in the present moment! I admit on occasion I feel sad and miss mom, but not to the extent two of my sisters do. Is there something wrong with me? The same thing happened when my grandparents died and my aunts and uncles died. I just didn’t feel overwhelming sadness like I suppose I should. I’ve always had the ability to live in the present moment and what happened in the past just stays there most of the time. I know how really bad we will all feel when dad passes on someday. We have gotten much closer to him after mom died.