Thursday, January 31, 2013

Snow Day

My least favorite season is winter. However, I love nothing more than a nice snow day. Here is how my perfect snow day goes.

  • Drink a nice cup of blueberry tea
  • Watch the snow fall from my studio window
  • Make a little art - I made this little fox today using watercolor pencil
  • Listen to a book 2 of the Outlander series Dragonfly in Amber
What do you do on your snow days?

As promised to my Facebook friends here is the apple muffin recipe. Warning you may find it hard not to eat the whole pan. I sure did!

These muffins don't rise very high. They are dense, moist and very cake like. They would make a great dessert with a la mode. This recipe yields 12 scrumptious muffins.

2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped small
1/2 c copped black walnuts  or chopped pecans (optional)

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes then periodically check may take up to 40 minutes to bake.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Zen Writer

One of my new favorite free apps is zenwriter. I have it loaded on my computer and use it as a private diary.
Here are the reasons I really like it:

Pretty background to write on

Sounds like a typewrite when I am typing

and it plays soothing music that is not distracting

All in all, I actually find that I have an easier time writing my thoughts and feelings when I am using the program then without. Yet nothing is perfect so in order to be fair here are a few of the draw backs.

I have not figured out how to easily move my documents into word documents. I have to use the ctrl-c and ctrl-v to copy and paste. I have to mess with the formatting. However, it does save everything automatically and I can make a new document for each page. Since I am using this like a diary, it is working out pretty well. 

Perhaps you are already using zenwriter and have something you would like to share with me. I am not the greatest at using all these apps to their fullest potential, so I truly welcome your comments. I am always up for learning new things or perhaps you just want to say hi, feel free to do that too!

Monday, January 28, 2013

challenges - 2013

Following all the way through is my biggest challenge. I always start out like gang busters but get to a certain point and want to do something else instead. I seem to change my focus a little too quickly. Part of this is the ADD world I live in and frequent interruptions with time suckers like Facebook, Pinterest and gaming, part is a lack of organization and part is being held accountable. Here is what I am doing to attempt to solve two of the three problems I have with follow through.

January and now all of February, my book group is taking on Orlando by Virginia Woolf. We are reading a chapter a week. This is just perfect for me. Each week we post our thoughts or questions about that chapter on Friday. This little deadline helps me to get my reading in and I actually do it. Anyone is welcome to join and we post all our discussions through Moments of Reading; A Virginia Woolf Reading Group.

Another challenge that I set for myself for 2013 is reading 26 books in the next twelve months. So far keeping track is easy with Goodreads. If you are a reader and have not used this app, I highly recommend it. It is kind of like Facebook for readers but tailored to keep track of what you are reading. It is a great place to find a recommendation for your next book, keep track of what you would like to read in the future and network with other readers. Those are just a few of the neat things that app provides.

What are your challenges and what do you do to see them through? I would love to hear from you.