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Mama Kat Thursday: Typewriter Memories!

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I graduated high school in 1975. I took typing class I & II over 2 semesters when I was in 11th grade.  At that time, being able to type and type well was a critical employment skill. For women, a majority of jobs between World War 2 and advent of Personal Computers replacing typewriters ---typing was a required job skill. You were required not only to type fast, but accurately.  Even in the 60's and 70's when computers were beginning to be installed in business offices, they were monstrous contraptions with huge keyboards, so typing remained a high demand skill.  (check this Pinterest picture of the lady with a beehive hair-do at a trendy desk computer!)  The typing technique we were taught was called, "Touch Typing," and you had to keep your eyes on the paper document you were typing while your fingers flew over the keys, each finger knowing which letters to strike. Your typing skill level was evaluated by a timed speed test where you typed fo

Garden Pic Wednesday: Winter Jasmine!

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It's rainy, cold and windy outside today. Yesterday was bright, sunny, still cool, but pleasant enough to work outside some trimming off dead branches of Mexican Heather and pulling up frost-bitten Vincas, which I'm quite sure have left behind abundant progeny. I haven't had to buy Vinca in years because they self-seed so well. We hired a gentlemen who has a yard service, who lives around the block from us--- to do the over-all up the accumulated winter pine straw and leaves, mow, trim and hedge the bottoms of my Pampas Grass, so I can move right into caring for my flower beds. Reworking the veggie bed with raised beds still awaits. My yard looks all neat & spruced up! Today's Garden Pic is Winter Jasmine, a shrub loaded with cheery yellow flowers that brighten up the otherwise drab winter landscape!  It began  blooming early in January.

Mama Kat Thursday: Binge Watching

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The Mama Kat prompt I chose today asks the question, "What are you binge watching?" Interesting question since I rarely watch TV, but I didn't binge watch television---instead I did some binge watching of fan made Star Wars movies on You Tube on my computer. I spent several hours watching them, one after another. Mostly I just watched ones that caught my interest and seemed well-made. There are official contests for fan made Star Wars films and some of the fan film fare in You Tube are noted as having won awards.  Pure escapism. I needed to decompress. It's surprising how many fan films there are and how well made. For your interest, if you're a Star Wars fan, I've included a 3 part series I thought pretty good, called, "A Light in the Darkness." It's set in a galaxy far, far away on a mining colony planet. It's a story of rebellion and ordinary people laying down their lives to fight for freedom. The segments are short, about 13 min

Garden Pic Wednesday: Snake Iris!

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This is a very small, unique looking Iris with light yellow-green center petals and black-purple outer "flag"petals. It's a miniature form of Iris. I planted a grouping of it spring of 2019 in a container. I have out front. This spring it bloomed. Three blooms so far and perhaps more to come. The center of the container it grassy it's narrow leaves. The blooms don't last long--only a day or two, but I expect an better and better show as they multiply from year to year!

Good Eating Tuesday: Cholesterol Myths Busted!

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I'm sharing this video today that busts open all the myths about Cholesterol. I found it enlightening and it confirmed several things I already suspected were true. You'll be surprised what actually matters.

Mama Kat Thursday: Favorite Soup!

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The Mama Kat writing suggestion I chose today was, "share a favorite soup recipe." Creamy Sausage Potato & Sauerkraut Soup is by far one of my favorites! I think I might even make it next weekend after the cold-snap that's coming this week! Ingredients: 4 Tablespoons butter  1 medium onion, diced 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 2 1/2 cups milk 1  Polish Kielbasa, halved, then sliced 1 1/2 cup  cooked  diced potatoes 1 (15oz) can sauerkraut 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 2 Tablespoons fresh, snipped finely) 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Black Pepper Optional : 1 to 2 teaspoons Caraway Seed Directions: Prep for recipe by dicing potatoes into cubes and partically cooking in boiling water for a few minutes, then draining, so potatoes can finish cooking in soup. Then in large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat then add onions & saute about 5 minutes until onions are tender.  Add flour to butter & onions, stirring

Garden Pic wednesday: Portuguese Squill Blooming

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I haven't posted for awhile mostly because I've been in the throes of moving files from my old desktop to my new one. It very much like moving into all your stuff into a new house, then unpacking it and arranging it. I t's been a slow process, but today, since things in the garden are beginning to spring to life, I could share a picture of my new Portuguese Squill. It's got a fastening head and will continue opening new rows of flowers until the whole center is one huge cluster of blue/purple flower! I've seen honeybees visiting already!