X is for Xyloglyphy

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First, there are so many jacked up words beginning with X, no wonder kids only know “X is for X-ray”!! Words that have to do with wood, yellow or gross illnesses.

My word Xyloglyphy refers to wood carvings. I like em, I think they’re fun…I also found out I had an incorrect definition for the word I wanted to use so I was scrambling. Forgive me.

What I like about wood carvings is there are so many things you can do with this art form. Pieces can be functional or pretty. Created by hand with a small pocket knife, a lathe or even a chainsaw.
The subjects can be earthly related woodland spirits or animals or your favorite sports team’s mascot.
They can be painted, left bare or stained to bring out the grain of the wood. This is a type of art form where a piece of the artist is inside it.

Do I think doing wood carving is fun? I’ve never tried it. Sure, I’ve shaved down sticks and played vampire slayer in my backyard. Around my area of the woodcarving and whittling something done by our grandfathers who sit in front of hardware stores and burn time watching the town.

Female hobbies pertain more to the kitchen—traditionally anyway. I’m sure there are tons of super skilled women carvers and I don’t feel that I can’t because I’m a woman.

My Christmas tree holds a tiny handcarved shovel made by the grandfather I never met. I don’t know who else in my family tinkers with wood.

Is this a dying art?
Should we revitalize it by teaching our youth?

How do we bring back something like this?

The hand embroidery that I do is an outdated craft, but I hope to pass it on to the youngsters in my family.

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Day 331: Coral Cactus

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While wandering the many aisles of Lowe’s looking for wire shelving, I found some freaky cacti. For some reason this coral cactus threw me for a loop. I was so shocked by its shape that I questioned it rhetorically out loud.

The helpful Lowe’s employee wanted to engage in my wonderment. He didn’t seem genuinely impressed by this wild plant. Come on, people, when did this plant make the evolutionary jump to being wibbly shaped?

Maybe one day the cactus council got together and heard the young rebellious cacti in their plea. The young and restless wanted to become weird, memorable and badass.
True story.

Day 324: Brrr Eggs

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Why you shoukd not allow your rraw eggs to freeze. Kit peeled the shells off of the eggies and I waited for them to thaw so I could make some brownies.

I didn’t wait for them to entirely thaw but mixed them into the brownies well enough. There were small bits of chewy bits in my brownies.

So much fail. Have you ever frozen eggs? Was it an utter fail?
My only idea of a solution is to boil them and then mash them into an egg salad. However, since the shells are cracked it may just dribble out as soon as they thaw.
Help!

Day 313: Supper with Family

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Drove up to visit my brother in Illinois. There is always a good feed put on by my sister in law (SiL).

She made broiled Italian breaded chicken, corn, broccoli and cheese casserole, and portabella mushrooms baked with olive oil, herbs and balsamic vinegar.

It was a good feed.
After we ate, we went to visit the SiL’s neices. They were lumpy and cute. I would post pictures but they aren’t mine.

I kept one of the twin girls entertained by making faces, jigging her on my knee and licking her cheek.
Okay…So I only licked her cheek once. Promise
Katryn (baby) had that creepy deep stare that babies develop as they grow. She freaked me out with her stare but no one else thought my memories were being stolen by the miniature human.
Haha, babies are so weird.

Day 212: Mooses

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Everytime I see a moose I think of my kooky family.

There are tons of wedding photos from my brother’s wedding of people holding their hands up in the air.
Hands palm up with digits pointed skyward (imagine holding a tumbler glass).

Hands in this fashion represent the moose antlers. Don’t forget to shout “Mooses” similar to the way other people might shout “salud” or “cheers.”

Now you know where my mind immediately when I see any kind of moose.

Day 146: Red Pepper

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Recently went to the grocery store with Kit and found these individually wrapped red bell peppers.

This should not bug me as much as it does. It just seems completely silly. Peppers, unless they are quite old, don’t get ugly from sitting in produce boxes.

Kit speculated perhaps it was to make shoppers feel more safe about salmonella contaminates. Just makes me think they bagged it with some bacteria and set it to growing.

Have you seen other individually wrapped up produce?
We picked up this product long enough to snap a photo and kept on moving.