Mar 302018

Oz, napping on Slick
I like to see cats napping with their paw over their eyes or nose. I like the idea of those fuzzy paws being used to improve napping. I like it even better here, with Oz snuggled beside Slick, nestled in his arm, on a pillow, with a blanket, on a sofa. Maximum nap!

Also for your happy-cat knowledge, if Oz is asleep you can get close to him and gently sweet talk him. He will start purring without even waking up.

Mar 282018

It is just snow, yes. This morning was overcast, I was (am) tired from insomnia, running late, and I was not looking forward to the annoying work day ahead of me, but then I looked out the window and saw this perfect, fluffy snow starting to fall and was reminded of how magical I find it.
And, while I was taking this, I was able to catch a fat snowflake on my tongue. It was quietly enchanting and honestly helped me to improve my probably-sour mood today.

Mar 262018

Half dozen home made pizzas this winter!
This one was made from the leftover dough of pizza #5. I didn’t let it warm up, just smooshed it out onto the pan cold. Parbaked for 5 min and went for it.
Freshly made pizza.
The dough was too thick and it isn’t an ingredient combination that makes for a good thick crust pizza. The mushrooms were about to go and I only had a handful of mozzarella left. This was essentially a use it or lose it pizza. I used it, and it was tasty enough. I have to work on the dough, the taste is pretty good, but the texture and moisture need work. This is largely moot, since the pizza-making frenzy will die down soon enough.

Mar 202018

Pizza dough, parbake.
Did a few things different on this one. I let it rise longer, parbaked it longer and the texture and doneness was better, but it was also a bit dry and I didn’t put as many spices in it, which made it dull.

Pizza done.
Pizza number five (a few days later) didn’t get a photo because I was very hungry and couldn’t make myself NOT eat the whole pizza before grabbing a camera. I have about seven cameras, but hunger won out. It looked the same as this one.
I adjusted a few more things and it was fine – not that I’d really notice with how fast I wolfed that thing down. Funny though, I split half the dough for Slick to use later, but he didn’t get to it that night. When I checked on it before bed, the dough had grown and burst out of the plastic wrap, forming a sci-fi looking bulge as if the dough was going to keep growing and take over the fridge. It didn’t, but it was a fun sight.

Mar 182018

It rained, then it snowed.
Throwing a blanket.
It was beautiful and made me even happier to be inside my mostly-warm house, with blankets and spoiled cats.
Although, so many blankets!
Throwing a blanket.
Must move blankets to make space for me.

That snow looked dramatic, but a slippery drive to work in the morning aside, it was gone by lunchtime.

Mar 112018

Cherry pie, baking.

It even looks like pie!

Cherry pie, baked.

I think next time I’ll drop the temp a bit and bake it longer. Used a premade crust that had zero flavor to it, so that is a big change, too. Although, the usefulness of these improvements is debatable because I make pie so rarely. I love pie, but eating an entire one before it expired is not likely.

Mar 092018

Friday and The Captain, snuggled on the sofa.
Friday and The Captain, snuggled on the sofa. This is right next to my spot and usually only The Captain will visit for pets and naps when I’m there. Friday does not like to visit me on the sofa, but she seems to be quite comfortable napping there without a human. I wonder if she decided to curl up there alone, then The Captain wanted some warm snuggles and came over and sat on her. He tends to do that.

Mar 062018

small painting from Sketchbox supplies
Got the March Sketchbox Premium over the weekend and made this painting. The box included a small canvas panel, which is uncommon, but it was nice that I had something to paint on immediately. Something besides the box, which I often do. I have very artistic trash. The bronze color is a Liquitex acrylic metallic ink. It was unusual in that it was thicker and more viscous than regular acrylic ink, and also more fluid than other metallic inks I have. Used the Princeton velvet touch brush (the handles on these are like a micro-flocked or short nap velvet feel, posh) to spread the ink on the canvas and the viscosity left swoops in the coverage. After it dried, hours later, the swoops were still there and looked like falling, twisting leaves, so that is what I went with. The box also contained a Faber-Castell Polychromos (my fav cp brand, I have the 120 set and love it) color pencil in “Orange Glaze” color, which I used to add body to the leaves. Next was a Kuretake #7 brush pen. Got one of these in the first art supply box I ever received, over a year ago, and I like it still. Did leaf outlines and details in black with this pen. Finally, the Copic opaque white watercolor ink, which has a fine, long brush tip on the end of that silly cap on the bottle. I used it for leaf highlights, but it was pretty opaque so I knocked it back with water and a stray tissue.
That’s it. Art from an art supply box, made entirely on the sofa.

Mar 042018

Third this winter, this year, anyway.
Homemade pizza
Not great.
Dough undercooked – lower temperature and longer parbake. Maybe longer, warmer rise time, too.
Dough taste – used an ale instead of cheap-ass beer. Prefer taste with cheap-ass beer.
Leftover chicken as topping – fine
Cheese – blend of provolone, asiago, and mozzarella on base; topped with more mozzarella. Fine.
Allover – lower temperature and longer bake time.
Sauce – go back to original sauce recipe, the more marinara style was okay, not good

Mar 032018

Cats investigate the new toy.
Games like The Sims added a new vernacular to anyone wishing to shorthand an emotion or specific feeling. Human behavioral references for nerds.
Anyway, this is The Captain giving the full battery of cat investigation tests to a new item at The Arches. Oz watches on – in confusion I imagine.

Mar 022018

Enjoying a pleasant evening on the sofa, I told Oz I was going to take his picture.
Oz and Slick
Oz, being a cat who neither speaks my language, nor cares what I tell him, yawned for the photo. Perfect.

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