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Eve's Diary on Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a wonderful website that has over 48,000 books you can download for free. While doing research for my novel, I discovered a story that Mark Twain wrote called Eve's Diary. Yes, is it Eve from the legendary couple, Adam and Eve. I read it, I loved it and now I share it with you.

Eve's Diary

Here is where you can read about how in 1906, the book was banned from the Charlton Library in Massachusetts due to the "graphic drawings". Sad because they were lovely, but luckily, the book is back on the shelves there.

Enjoy and Cheers!

Just Purge It! (I am yelling at myself here)

Luckily the blizzard ending up being a dud. Instead of two feet we got 4-8 inches and I am fine with that. New England got slammed, but that is a pretty darn resilient part of the country so I am sure they will be a-okay.

Being stuck in the house can make you a little nuts. I mean, we have gotten outside, but these last few days have been a mix of outside, get back in. Snowballs were made and snow was eaten. Toddlers find beauty and food in everything.
The boy also has a runny nose again. Does it ever stop??? I swear this must be a permanent thing until spring.

I have also decided it was time to buck up and do a real deep cleaning purge. The reason I say buck up is I need to get rid of things I really no longer use or even look at. That being said, I got brave and began to add DVD's to the pile. Why brave you ask? Well, the joke here is that we have not had a DVD player for quite some time and for some reason, we felt the need to save movies we had bought in collective sets. It ma…

Hello Sunny Sunday

Had snow yesterday and getting more snow tomorrow afternoon. Apparently it is a H-U-G-E storm.
Meh, it's winter.
No one likes being house bound thanks to Mother Nature, but what can you do except to make sure you have gas in your car, food to cook and a generator in case of a power outage. Loss of the internet will always bite the big one if it happens, but we have books and games so all should be well.

I got my son outside earlier to make snowballs and listen to the snow crunch under his feet. I do think he has a cold coming on again which makes me cringe. Poor kid's nose has been running so much this winter it is crazy.

My garden(s) in their present hibernation state.
I have been looking at seed catalogs, trying to decide what I would like to add to my vegetable list. But I am still unsure. I do know I want kale and leeks again, they grow so well in my garden. Other than that, I am still tossing around all sorts of ideas on what to grow.

Since I can be easily distracted, I ca…

An Opinion and Apples

Education is extremely contentious in this fine Nation of ours. Myself, I would have loved "estimated" answers and essays for my SAT's. Alas, that was long ago.

The Common Core has its supporters and critics, but what of the actual students? Do they have a say? I mean, how much testing do we really need to do? All this studying for tests takes away any time to actually learn a little something. This letter to the editor from a 13 year old out of Parsippany is pretty impressive.  I don't care if her she wrote it herself or received help from classmates, a teacher or her parents. The points she makes are valid and worth considering. I have a feeling that homeschooling, unschooling and alternative education plans are going to soar thanks to the blind belief that only testing gives you measure on how smart these kids are and what they are retaining. No practical applications, no experiments, just write the answer down or tap the keyboard and pick a, b, c or d. Hell, anyo…

Interesting Things to Share

Tudor Monastery Farm - Very interesting series. There is also Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm.

Rose Water and Orange Blossoms food blog. Oh my goodness I want that Talami!

Nutella Puffs for desert. Yum!

TinkerLab is a great site for anyone looking for different, fun projects to do with their kids of all ages.

10 Traits for Better Living by Claire Wolfe

Printable Mini Envelopes and Tiny Cards from Lia Griffith let's you add a special touch to any gift.

Have a terrific weekend!


Curried Lentil Soup with Shrimp

Let me be clear, there were no leftovers and it gave 4 servings.

I did not have parsnips or fennel and I used frozen shrimp that I pan cooked instead of baking in the oven. My house smelled amazing and this soup was absolutely divine. Next time I would double the recipe and make sure I had the fennel and parsnips because I can just imagine the touch of sweetness it would add. My hubby who is coming down with a cold loved it because it had ginger, garlic and curry. Look out germs!

The recipe comes from Oui, Chef, pretty amazing stuff on that site, and will be a staple in our home for sure

Curried Lentil Soup with Shrimp


**UPDATE on Pinterest Issue - In case you care, apparently Pinterest suspended my account for, ready, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT!! This is a comedy. An Historical Lady had photos pulled, and rightly so, because someone took her photos and used them as theirs in an EBay store. People are odd. Anyway, I was notified that two of my pins were hers and that they …

Pinterest and Me

I am not a prolific pinner. I made some boards, I like what I have and I love the humor sections. What I don't like is going to my homepage and seeing a box pop that tells me I am in safe mode because of suspicious activity and my account may have been hacked. All I have to do is reset my password and I am good to go. I follow the steps and BAM! At the top of my page it says my account has been suspended until January 17.

Oh really?

Now, I get that we are all spoiled rotten people who are used to accessing free sites like Pinterest, Facebook, etc. at will. And because they are free, they will do what they want with our information and our accounts. I am willing to play the game a little bit, but not for too long. Lack of good customer service is a beef of mine and right now Pinterst is failing in the customer service department.

I sent them an email through their site, detailing my issue and asking for help with the account and the reason it was suspended. Here is where they get p…

See What Happens When You No Longer Go to an Office?

You start to over think things like a lunatic. Well I do.

I have been out of the office workforce for close to 7 years. Massage was done in hospital/hospice/private client settings and then I got pregnant and that was that.
The best and worst part of all of this is I can't even list my SAHM gig on my resume. I have said it before, raising a child is just like being an Executive Assistant. They want stuff when they want it. There are no excuses for why you were unable to get them what they required, just get it. They do not always want to do things they were excited about doing and sometimes will bail leaving you to have to explain why said bail occurred. Lunch can be a nightmare as well as dinner, especially if you did not get them what they ordered.
I believe I should be able to list all of this on my LinkedIn profile so if I do need to go back to 9-5 one day, I can show just how well prepared I am. I may not use Office much anymore, but thanks to being a writer, I am more than a…

A Clean Refrigerator

I am not quite sure what possessed me, but this morning I decided to reorganize and purge my two spice drawers and clean my refrigerator. I must be channeling my dead mother because she found immense pleasure and relaxation in cleaning. Seriously, you could eat off of that woman's floors. Mine? I would prefer you don't.

I a not someone who wants to willingly dismantle an appliance to make it all sparkling new. What compelled me was the amount of dirt, stray herbs, blueberries and dog hair (???) that had made it's way into the refrigerator. Behold the foulness.

My shelves were gross and yes, those are paper towels in my trash. It is my one weakness and while I had a lot of rags, thanks to mice poop, I need to make new ones from some old shirts. Good times.

The best part? When I was all done, even cleaning the shelves i the doors, I could not for the life of me figure out how to get the bottom shelves back in and wrestled with them for a good 15-20 minutes. I am not a mechan…

Soup and Other Things

It is definitely winter in New Jersey. Our son has a cold, but it seems it might just be a twenty four hour thing which I would love. Currently though he keeps pulling books out of the bookcase which is stressing my husband, so it seems we need to continue to impart respect for books. He loves reading, but like most three year old kids, everything around them is meant to be played with and explored. Just adds more gray hairs.

I am making a favorite soup this evening, black bean and chorizo, using Trader Joe's soy chorizo since we do not eat meat. I also cut up some habanero lime tortillas we ad bought at Trader Joe's and turned them into tortilla chips. Yummy!

I went and got a haircut the other day and also indulged in an eyebrow waxing. My, oh my it has been years since I have had that done. I have pretty much gotten lazy using tweezers so I decided it would be a nice treat to have them taken care of by a professional. Tracy did a great job and I will probably do it again. So…

Koala Mittens Needed

Seems the brush fires in Australia are raging once again which is doing damage not just to land but to the wildlife, especially the slow moving adorable marsupial,  the Koala Bear.

You can read about it on The Guardian as well as on the IFAW site along with a pattern to sew mittens and where to send them. Can't sew? You can donate funds to help because treatment can be expensive and extensive.

Thanks to Rhonda at Down To Earth for posting about this.


White Bean and Garlic Stew

Thanks to the snow and chill, I wanted something warming for dinner this evening. White bean and garlic stew from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen fit the bill.  I used fire roasted tomatoes and chose not to use a whole head of garlic. Not because I do not like garlic, but because it is the only head I have and didn't want to use it all up. I also used jasmine rice from Trader Joe's. I washed it, then threw it in the rice cooker with a heavy dose of turmeric and a dash of garlic powder. Of course if your don't want rice, a nice homemade cheese biscuit would accompany this very well.
This recipe will be staying in my rotation because it is darn tasty and you have a nice amount of leftovers which is a plus for the hubby.
And now I leave you with a cat meme.

Cheers! MissFifi

Hello and Merry New Year!

My I have been absent here haven't I? All for good reason though. Visits, celebrating, eating, reading, writing and more writing. On that note, let me share the two books I am currently reading.

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee which is clearly geared towards screen writers, but has been incredibly helpful to me. I have begun to think differently when it comes to my novel in progress. (Slow progress, but progress none the less.) And with that, I have turned the damned thing on its head once again and have gutted it inside out and realized where the characters really want to go. For everyone who says writing courses are not necessary, I beg to differ. I am sure if I had pursued this in college I would be much better equipped on how to actually get my act together and not constantly flounder. Yes this is a learning process as it happens, but now I just want the damned thing to write itself. Perhaps it will once I better understand…