Archive for December, 2009
We celebrated Solstice this year and partly due to dwindling coffers, gave thanks instead of material gifts.
Oh all right we gave the kids gifts and we passed on some goodies that were on hand to receptive homes.
The best thing is that while everyone else continued on for another week of frantic shopping, cooking and traveling – we are all done. You cannot imagine this kind of free time! No one expects anything from us – nothing. Had I known about this perk I would have switched religions years ago. Last night, Christmas Eve, we had planned to go out for sushi and some people watching (This was actually Plan B – Plan A a road trip, got cancelled because of the snowstorm.) Since we were just doing it for fun it was completely okay to cancel when an icy wind blew in!!!
To be inspired – Inspire someone every day
You may have seen this already – but it is worth watching to the end. The guy is present and inspired.
Got this from my online Sketchbook Project groups – enjoy!
How You Can Cultivate Creativity
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Try to be inspired by something every day.
Try to inspire at least one person every day.
Write down each day what surprised you and how you surprised others.
When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it.
Wake up in the morning with a specific goal to look forward to.
If you do anything well, it becomes enjoyable.
To keep enjoying something, you need to increase its complexity.
Yield: 6 – 8oz. jars
1 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
1 package regular powdered fruit pectin
4 ½ cups crushed raspberries
4 tbs lemon juice
6 ¾ cups sugar
Prepare canning jars and lids.
In a large glass bowl mix cocoa powder and pectin, blend well.
In large stainless steel saucepan place raspberries and lemon juice.
Whisk in cocoa powder and pectin mixture until dissolved.
Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
Add sugar all at once and return to a full boil, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and remove any foam.
Ladle sauce into hot jars, leaving about ¼ inch from top.
Wipe rims. Place on lids.
Place jars in boiling water and process for 10 minutes. Cool and store.