Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Watching Paint Dry: The Weekly Hodgeodge

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"Slow and steady wins the race"...tell us about a time this was true in your own life.  My opinion is; anyone who says "slow and steady wins the race" has never seen NASCAAR.  Last week's Five Minute Friday was on the subject of slowness.  Slow and steady is why I'm postponing running any 5ks until April when, hopefully, I'll have built up some decent speed.  Last year's running season was fun and I actually medaled a few times.  However, I had the misfortune of being ridiculed and shamed by race volunteers for being last and taking (in their opinion) too long to finish. No more and no thank you.

"As slow as molasses"...Do you like molasses? How about maple syrup? Caramel? Butterscotch? What's your favorite of the slow moving treats mentioned here, and what's your favorite food made with that sweet treat? 

I like caramel and butterscotch,  I have a recipe for homemade German chocolate cake with caramel coconut icing that is delicious.  Werther's Originals and the inexpensive candy disks are my favorite butterscotch treats.  I've not had real maple syrup, so I don't know what it tastes like.  I made a cookie recipe with molasses once and I wasn't impressed.  Not sure if it was my cooking or the recipe.
Your favorite slow song? 

Your favorite thing to make in a slow cooker or crock pot?

Vegetable soup.  My only prep is to open some cans and cut up an onion.  All the ingredients go in the Crock Pot on high overnight.  The next morning voila!  Soup for days.

"You may delay, but time will not." ~Benjamin Franklin.  Are you more a hurrier or a delayer when it comes to unpleasant tasks that need doing? What are you currently either delaying or hurrying to get through this week or month?

I usually try to get unpleasant tasks done.  It's the pleasant tasks I tend to delay.  For some reason, I have to give myself permission to enjoy something.  Yeah, weird I know, but it's me.  What did you expect?

Tell us three things you encounter regularly or even just occasionally that you find to be annoyingly slow.
Wal-Mart lines. Why the Sam Hill do they build so many check out counters, then never use them all until two days before Christmas?  That doesn't even make horse sense.
Weight loss.  Ugh!  That is all.
Change.  Why is it so easy for society to completely screw things up at lightning speed, but it takes decades to correct anything?

March is National Craft Month. Are you crafty? Tell us about something crafty you'll try in the next thirty one days. Or something crafty you'd like to try or wish you had the skill to make happen. 

Yes, I'm quite crafty. 

Here's where I insert a shameless plug for my art blog Auntie's Workshop


Although I've been painting for years, I've always wanted to take a Bob Ross painting class to learn his technique.  They periodically offer classes at our local Hobby Lobby.  I have some reservations about taking the course.  First off, the price.  It's one class, but it costs $50...well $65 since I'll have to rent the supplies.  Yes, it's stupid.  If I had all the Bob Ross stuff, I wouldn't be taking the class

This weekend, some ladies from Anniston Runners Club are going to a painting party at Paintology 101 on the Square in JackVegas.  I don't know how to describe it other than the goal is to have fun creating a painting in a couple of hours with acrylic paint.  I've had a bad experience with places like this before, but I'll give it a try since it's not that expensive.  I'll let y'all know how it goes.

I've also got a crochet project I hope to finish in the next few days.

Insert your own random thought here. 

Well, I've been sleeping well the past couple of nights.  Praise the Lord.  I hope this marks the end of the insomnia.  I did try Melatonin, but it didn't work at all.  My internet research on the subject revealed that certain vitamin deficiencies can cause insomnia, so I went back to taking a daily vitamin/mineral.  Whatever works. 

This months walking/running mileage was lower than last month.  I got in 51 miles--a very good number considering how much many workouts I missed fighting extreme exhaustion from not sleeping. 

March is a new month with new miles and new adventures.


  1. When you come visit, you'll have real maple syrup!! :) And, I could eat molasses cookies all day long, though have never attempted to make them myself...

    1. The cookie recipe I made was for gingerbread cookies that contained molasses. They had a bitterness to them. I may like the cookies you're talking about.