Monday, May 30, 2011

The Coolest Toilet Seat in the World

I bought this on in November 2008. Until I saw it, I didn't even know how badly I needed it. Is that not just the most amazing toilet seat ever!

"OMG," I'll be telling my guests, "Do you know what I paid for that thing? Don't SIT on it!!!"

That same artist had done a couple of frogs and a lizard, and a lot of other really nice animals. Unfortunately in the time since 2008, he must have stopped carving, because he no longer has his Etsy store.

And since I know you're wondering, I paid sixty smackers for it, and it was worth every smack.

Of course, you can't see it while you're using it, but it should inspire people to put the lid of the toilet seat down when they're done using it!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fairy Shrine

I saw my first fairy shrine at a Pagan gathering.

I had to have one too! Here is my first attempt:

It got bigger as time went on

and more elaborate.

I put all kinds of pretty things there

and the cat liked it!

I hung things all around

and fancied up the wall.

I think it's really nice now.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

This is a recipe for chocolate cake you quickly mix in a mug and even more quickly bake in the microwave in about 5 minutes total. I got it off the internet, and I tried it too! I thought it was great! but I thought it would be even greater if I added walnuts! I did, it was even greater, so I thought I would document it for my blog.

You're supposed to mix up the ingredients in a mug and then pop it in the microwave. I actually mixed it in a dish because after I sprayed the non-stick spray on the cup, I was afraid that stirring might mess it up. But it was simple, quick, and it worked!

Here is the recipe as I got it off the internet:

select a large coffee mug
spray with vegetable spray

4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar --- stir 3 items together in mug
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg ---- add to dry ingredients and mix well
3 tablespoons milk ----add these 2 items and mix well
3 tablespoons oil and a small splash of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons chocolate chips --- add and mix well again

Put mug in microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high).
(I found, this is just enough time to clean up the mess before you eat!)

The cake will rise to the top, don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little and eat right from the mug or put on plate

Can be topped with chocolate syrup, ice cream, or whipped cream.

Cooking is not a high priority for me, though I had most of the dry ingredients left over from my last foray into cooking. I won't say when exactly that was, but it was after I bought my house (8 years ago). So for example, it is OK if the cocoa expired in Dec. 2008, and it is OK if the oil, which I keep in the fridge so it doesn't get rancid, has partly turned into white fluff.

Instead of milk (I've become lactose intolerant in my dotage) I used Almond Milk (I like it better--and fewer calories--than soy milk). And also, I added a shotglass full of walnut pieces.

Here is a picture of my kitchen before I tidied it up to cook:

that was actually the most time-consuming part of this recipe.

Here are the ingredients:

I chose this mug to cook it in: it's really large, but I didn't know how big it would expand. Plus it'll be somewhat larger with the added walnuts.

Ingredients mixed up in the bowl:

licking the spoon after pouring the mix into the mug

make sure you don't scrape the bowl too well, or you have nothing to lick.

After being in the microwave for three minutes:

and popped on to a plate:


Well, I know these last few haven't been the funniest blogs, but sometimes ideas are hard to come by.

Here's a hopefully amusing enough addendum:

Whilst googling myself on the internet, I came upon this gem--why they put it online I'll never know, but yes, this is me--over 20 years ago!!! Hard to believe. Did they even HAVE internet then? I don't think so.

click here

Here's a pic of me circa 1990--in those very pants-- (I had to crop some old fling out of the picture). Twenty years ago! Older than many of my readers!

And here's a picture of three my ferrets, just for good measure:

If you liked the cake recipe and want to try another, here is one, though I can't vouch for it because I haven't tried it yet myself. Let me know if you do!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In Honor Of Mother's Day

To all my non-breeder friends
in honor of mother's day and father's day,

Thank you for all you do as a non-breeder:
Without your uneccessary progeny,

the world is that much
relieved of their pollutants, trash,
sewage and agricultural needs.
You have helped reduce the strain
on natural resources,
such as oil and gas;

you have helped to preserve the
Earth from environmental degredation,
desertification, and global warming.
You have made room
for others and helped to slow
the pace of species extinction,

mutation of new infectious diseases,
air, water, soil, and noise pollution.


We don't all have to breed
to be nurturing.
Your pets love
and depend on you.

You don't have to be a father
to be a man, a mentor, a role-model,
and a nurturer.

Celebrate the day! Scowl at a mother with a screaming, misbehaving child!

The Garden in Spring

This is my garden in the spring before it gets overgrown.

First thing I do as soon as it gets warm is set up the pond.

The Daffodils come right after the crocus.

Next come the lilacs.

Here's the back yard.

My beautiful chains- the Golden Chain Tree and the

Wisteria vine.

The peonies come out at the end of May.

I love this color!

The front yard- Iris, Columbine, and others

I'm not the only one who loves it here!