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Monday, September 29, 2014

Times to View the October 8, 2014 Lunar Eclipse

Here are the times:
 
Eclipse event                    EDT          CDT         MDT        PDT
Penumbra first visible      4:45am    3:45am    2:45am    1:45am
Partial eclipse begins       5:15am    4:15am    3:15am    2:15am
Total eclipse begins         6:25am    5:25am    4:25am    3:35am
Mid-eclipse                      6:55am    5:55am    4:55am    3:55am
Total eclipse ends            7:24am    6:24am    5:24am    4:24am
Partial eclipse ends          7:34am    6:34am    5:34am
Penumbra last visible?     7:05am    6:05am
 
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Eclipse eventEDTCDTMDTPDTPenumbra first visible4:45 a.m.3:45 a.m.2:45 a.m.1:45 a.m.Partial eclipse begins5:15 a.m.4:15 a.m.3:15 a.m.2:15 a.m.Total eclipse begins6:25 a.m.5:25 a.m.4:25 a.m.3:35 a.m.Mid-eclipse6:55 a.m.5:55 a.m.4:55 a.m.3:55 a.m.Total eclipse ends7:24 a.m.6:24 a.m.5:24 a.m.4:24 a.m.Partial eclipse ends—7:34 a.m.6:34 a.m.5:34 a.m.Penumbra last visible?——7:05 a.m.6:05 a.m. - See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/total-lunar-eclipse-09262014/#sthash.4pQQRuhI.dpuf
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Herb's Daughters Paper Dolls

Created for a presentation to our local Herbal Society.



 
 
 

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta, Gourds, and Farmstands

So many tidbits today.  The flowers are still going strong, and we are averaging 80 degree + temperatures.  Our local gourd festival was a success because of the weather, but I like to be a little colder.  We bought gourds, and apples from a local farm stand.  Also, homemade honey, and from the gourd festival biscotti and homemade oatmeal, rice crispie,  and cinnamon cookies with chocolate chips.

Tonight, I have an easy recipe.  Tomato Basil noodles from the farm stand, stirred with melted butter, and sprinkled with grated mild cheddar and parmesan cheeses.  Prepare pasta as directed, stir in butter till all the pasta is coated, and sprinkle with cheese.  We served it with sliced, organic avocado.  This would be a very festive, light meal, for the Christmas season.


This year, I will winter my begonias, which are lovely and very deep red.  My mother had a pot of them that she planted and replanted for years.  I remember the same plant surviving from before I went to kindergarten through high school.



As far as watering flowers, here's a tip.  If you have a dehumidifier, take the water from it and use it to water plants.

More later, and Happy Fall and Green Living!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Have you Seen These Stolen Dolls?

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Have you Seen These Stolen Dolls?: Sold on the Internet. Please email owner at starvegut@aol.com .  This is a photo of the first 8 dolls with descriptions. Please help, if...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

As the Leaves Fall, Watch those Little Blue Beads

Belladonna of Herb's Daughters Paper Dolls, by Ellen Tsagaris
By now we've all heard about the little blue beads in toothpaste that leech to teeth and invade the water supply.  Buy carefully, and read the label.

The leaves are beginning to turn, and the holly is in its glory.  My birds, little sparrows, have flown the nest, and the next lies on my driveway.  I swept it to the side; I was going to put it in the bin for yard waste, but couldn't do it.  My fairy gardens have a new bridge and fairy, and a few monsters and pumpkins are finding their way into the garden display.

I was gifted two flamingoes dressed as the Scarecrow and The Tinman, and they preside over the ghosties and ghoulies of our Halloween Garden.

The nights grow longer and colder, and pumpkn spice is everywhere. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Q and A with Donna Kaonis, the Editor of Antique D...

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Q and A with Donna Kaonis, the Editor of Antique D...: This smallest size KPM has a great hairdo. As a regular feature of this blog, we will feature a different collector and/or writer ...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quick Frittata

You know the time of week; close to mid week, and just before pay day. Everyone is tired and worn out, and out have to make dinner. Fastfood is not an option, restaurants aren't either, and no one's been to the grocery store. What to do? I try to have a couple dozen eggs on hand, and some basic vegetables and salad materials. I thought I had potatoes, because they are useful, but I didn't even have my handly little canned potatoes, which work great in emergencies. I just knew I had to fix a fritatta for dinner, with green salad, and leftover chinese food as side dishes. So, I got to work. I was out of Pam, so I melted butter in my large frying pan that also makes a good wok. After the butter melted and coate the bottom of the pan, I turned off the burner and set it aside. Actually, I used I can't Believe It's not Butter! Unfortunately, Fabio was not there to read the recipe cards or take notes, so I had to wing it :) In a large bowl, any kind, I broke six eggs and added two 2 inch cubes of feta cheese, crumbled, about one cube of coby, chopped up, three green onions, chopped up, about 1 TBSP. Italian seasoning, or you could use fresch herbs, or oregano, pepper. I added about ten green olives, but any olives would do. Next, about half cup frozen baby lima beans, almost any vegetables would do, except okra. For texture, I cut up an all beef Kosher hot dog into little bits, but you can leave out the meat. I would have added thingly sliced potatoes if I'd had them. Noodles would work, too. I had a sweet potato, but didn't want to risk it. So, I added about 1 c of bread crumbs, Italian flavor, and one can of cream of celery soup for texture. I poured it into the fryer, and cooked it on low, till the eggs and everything began to gel. Then, having preheated the oven to 350 degrees before I stirred up all the ingredients, I put the pan in for 20 mins. Meanwhile, I fixed the salad, which was already cut up, but we washed and drained it again. We had Kraft ranch dressing, and my husband added the rest of the colby. We heated leftover white rice, mongolean beef, beef with broccoli, lo mein, and egg drop soup, enough for everyone two have 2-3 TBSP as a side dish. The whole thing took about 45 min prep time, becauwe I was cleaning up the kitchen, dishwasher, and fridge as I went. The verdict was that it was a good dinner. So, I recommend it!

Living Room Clean Up Tips, Fall and More

Here are some tips from my sister blog site, about.com, re cleaning a living room. It is from a post 15 min. clean ups, and I recommend it highly. It is 9:40 p.m. and all the kids are in bed. You are going to relax and unwind for a little while. As you look around at the living area you're about to relax in, you see a couch, bookshelf, coffee table, and floor in desperate need of help. With just a quick fifteen minutes, you can transform any living area and still have five minutes before the sitcom reruns start. Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 15 Minutes Here's How: 1.Grab your supplies. This is the most important step. Having all of your supplies together before you begin means no distractions in the middle of cleaning up. Everything is handy when you need it. •Basic Cleaning Supply List • Best Dusting Tools •Tools for Dusting •Homemade Furniture Polish 2.Put all items that do not belong in the living room in a container. Do not try to pick up each item and place it where it belongs. Even if you don't get distracted you will waste time running to all ends of the house multiple times. 3.Tackle the couch. Brush off the cushions. Retrieve any missing items from the depths of the couch. Brush off the dirt from the interior of the couch onto the floor. Replace and fluff the pillows. 4.Dust down the coffee table and arrange its contents properly. The goal here is to quickly brush off the table and neatly stack its contents. We're not shining the furniture meticulously, or alphabetizing coffee table books. •Tips For Preventing Dust •Where to Dust •How Often to Dust 5.Neatly arrange the magazines and books. Don't try to weed out magazines and books that you've been thinking about storing or tossing. Just arrange them neatly and move on. 6.Vacuum or sweep up the floor. Don't move furniture to do so. Don't try to vacuum the pillows and couch. Leave these more in depth items for when you have more time. Do, however, remember to get the dirt we brushed out of the interior of the couch. •How To Sweep •Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner •Before You Buy an Upright Vacuum Cleaner 7.Put away your dust rag and vacuum or broom. Take a few moments to enjoy, and take some time for yourself Tips: 1.If you have a few minutes leftover after vacuuming, grab the container and take the missing items to their homes. It will probably only take a few minutes, but save you time tomorrow morning. 2.If the living room is relatively clutter free, use your extra time to vacuum the couch interior after finishing the floor. 3.Unless you're extremely motivated, let yourself relax after doing this quick fifteen minutes. While getting a lot of things done tonight might help you be ahead tomorrow, constantly working and not taking time for yourself will do more damage in the long run. What You Need: •A basket, bag, or box to put non-living room items. •A dust rag. •A vacuum cleaner or broom. Related Articles •Organize your living room in 10 minutes or less. •How to Organize Your Living Room in 30 Minutes or Less Our Expert Recommends • 15 Minute Cleanup Index • 15 Minute Bathroom Cleanup • 15 Minute Bedroom Cleanup • 15 Minute Kid's Room Cleanup • 15 Minute Kitchen C

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Civilization and its Discontents

As I write at 5am something in the morning, I note there is something civilized about a cup of Sumatra coffee and half a slice of orange Jello cake, served on a bunnikin plate, after a major allergy attack that hit at 4am something in the morning. Ah, fall! Crisp and cool, but also damp, the humidity left in the cold air creates a pollen soup from the leftovers of the spring allergy season. Or, so it feels. The corn will be harvested soon, and the squirrels are very busy at my house There was a young buck a few doors down, and my begonias are in their crimson glory. The pumpkin vine keeps at it, so maybe there will be Jack O' Lanterns this Halloween. Look for me on my newest blog, Antique Doll Collector Magazine, also on blogspot, and on a second Twitter page by the same name. The mums look lovely this year, and the gourds will be plentiful.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Vintage AKA Antique Dolls About to Happen!

Antique Doll Collector Magazine: Vintage AKA Antique Dolls About to Happen!: Soon, antique dolls of all types will be closer than you think! Collectible and vintage dolls from the 1930s and 1940s are approaching the ...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

: September 11, 2013

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: September 11, 2013: Once again, we are forced to remember a grim holiday no one wanted, and yet, how can we forget? As I played bridge prisoner today and navig...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Theriault's, Antique Doll Collector, and Thinking ...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Theriault's, Antique Doll Collector, and Thinking ...: Soon, I hope to create another Facebook page dealing with my book on metal dolls, "With Love from Tin Lizzie . . " and my other bo...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Using Photography to focus on The Evironment

One way to showcase the environment is to use photography. Macro photography allows you to magnify a microminiature world to miraculous proportions. You can always take a camera on nature hikes or walks through the woods. In every season there are sites to catch the eye of the photographer. The upcoming fall is no exception. Here is a site with good photos of nature and related object: milanipc.com. Cindy Steele's calendar "Beauty in the Backyard" is another wonderful example of what the camera lens can do. She takes macro photos of drops of sap, and catches the refelctions of flowers and other objects, even herself. They look like miniature paperweights. With cell hpone cameras add digital cameras, this is somehting everyohne can try.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Original Tips Continued

Here are some more of the original tips that inspired this blog. I hope they give you ideas for fall activities with your families.
20. Join the Scouts, boy or girl. Encourage children to get badges in various areas, including those involving nature and conservation. 21. Teach about archaeology trough magazines like Archaeology, Civilization, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. Encourage kids to collect a library of these materials, and help them to organize it. They will be constantly reading and gain a respect for earth. 22. Teach children to respect animals and wildlife. If they have a favorite stuffed animal, like an elephant, have them study elephants and thei9r evolution, their role in literature and culture, where they live. The more familiar we are with something like this, and the more we come to love it, the less likely we are to abuse it or ignore it. Do the same with human culture. Encourage children to learn bout people from around the world by having them read folk tales, literature, listening to music, participating in ethnic crafts, collecting ethnic artifacts. Folk Dolls and foreign dolls are a good way to introduce all children to different cultures. Those with their own collections should learn about them and then go on the road, offering to display and lecture on them.

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Scenes from a Doll Show

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Scenes from a Doll Show: Last month, I was able to attend a doll show I hadn't been two in over two years. I used to go regularly, since the late 70s. I found i...