ACURIT Technical Pens Suck!

I am a FRAKTUR folk artist and I recently opened up some new ACURIT brand technical pens made in China for my decorative folk art.  As I painted over my pen work to create a colorful border and fill in the Fraktur lettering the black ik RAN into my acrylic ink pigments! I am so damn disgusted I am throwing the new pens right in the garbage! I opened up two “new” MICRON pens made in Japan (The ones I usually use) and I painted over some ink on a test piece and it didn’t run Thank God!  I had bought the never used MICRON pens 1.5 years ago and they were fine! I painted over the yellow border 3 times to cover up the black discolored inks. I still need to work on the lettering! See how they run…?  (Lady Madonna..children at your feet…  (I just had to sing that lyric.. lol! That sentence makes me think  of the song.. lol)Emma

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A Young Sinead.. what do you know?

I called them Beauty and the Beast.. a contrast in appearances but don’t let that fool you, they are both talented! Although I never heard of the man before. I don’t get into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day even though I have a few drop of Irish blood in my veins! I grew up an Irish Rover’s groupie! Hey! I was a preteen of the late 60’s and a teen in the early 70’s!

Dear Sinead,

Here’s best wishes to you in 2018. I hope you find a path back to your true self!

L

Groundhog Day! Ugh!

Happy Groundhog Day! The University of Manchester Museum explores the origin of this annual winter tradition, which has its roots in European folklore

via Groundhog Day — Discover

AS SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA.. I find that Groundhog Day is NOT very good for the old Groundhog! My cousin probably blew away over a dozen groundhogs on his property because they eat his garden vegetables. I think life sucks for the poor caged overweight varmint too!

On Being Politically Correct…

My daughter often corrects me on Facebook when I post something that isn’t politically correct, usually associated with some news app. You see she’s a teacher and so is her husband and if they are NOT PC they can get in trouble with their jobs and my daughter always was that way anyway. I on the other hand tend to blurt out whatever thought is running through my head.  Sometimes I feel like SHE is my mommy.. and I’m a little freaking child..  UGH! Now being publicly corrected by my daughter sucks big wang  if you know what I mean in my own unpolitctally correct manner!

I don’t need to be corrected dammit! Let me express myself! I am a flawed human being! So what! So is everyone else!

The Pot Calling…

My dear daughter complains about me being online when I visit, and not playing with my grandchildren during their awake periods. Funny when she was a kid she often played alone when I was busy.  Well it’s funny when I see her sitting on the sectional with her iphone in hand, her eyes glued to the screen as her own kids watch TV beside her.  So it’s just the Pot calling the kettle black. Then her daughter, my granddaughter is always glued to some screen during the day if she can get away with it. Are we all obsessed with this bombardment of information and music and movies?

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!

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.