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Cookies, Turkey Stock, Origami, and Other Paper Projects

I had some bananas that were going bad so I made Banana Nut cookies. It was a new recipe I grabbed off the internet and I was disappointed. They turned out bland and floury. I could probably have done better if I just used my banana nut bread recipe.

I also started my turkey stock. Two turkey carcuses totally fill my largest pot. There were left over roast carrots, celery, and onions in the bags of turkey too. So that is good. I can save my fresh veggies for actual soup. I put in a couple of bay leaves, some sage, thyme, marjoram, and fresh cracked peppercorns. I poured in a few glugs of cider vinegar to pull the calcium out of the bones, per our past discussion of the subject. I'll leave it simmering all night by then everything should have dissolved a bit and I can strain the broth into my new giant glass bowls. I like my stock extra thick. It's more like rendering than cooking.

I'm trying to make an Origami Fox for Forrest's Album. It is a difficult project. my piece of paper is covered with creases and nothing looks fox-like yet. It got to a point where I couldn't figure out what she was asking me to do so i put it aside to come back to later.

On the upside, some of the craft supplies I ordered from Amazon.com arrived. I'm not sure if they were a good idea. They are very pretty but they sort of overwhelm the less flashy pages. I have ordered more plain papers in different colors. I hope they help.

I also pulled out the Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books book that my sister Maria gave me for Xmas a few years ago. It has some good ideas about using things you have on hand instead of buying expensive supplies. It is encouraging. It is full of cheerful encouragement not to be intimidated by "art" or "writing". I have that "perfectionist" problem. I get so set on everything being perfect that I'm not happy with merely OK. I want to get some helpful ideas, but I get so disheartened when my efforts do not turn out as well as the samples. As Voltaire said "The perfect is the enemy of the good".

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The fox looks adorable! The book looks interesting, also.

It is full of cheerful encouragement not to be intimidated by "art" or "writing". I have that "perfectionist" problem. I get so set on everything being perfect that I'm not happy with merely OK.

Oh, AMEN, sister. I've been having writer's block in a bad way because I can't let go and just write. I've cut out much more than I've written.
I gave up on the complicated fox. It was way over my skill level.

I went with this one Which is simple and cute and I can make a lot of them to use throughout the album. It is also easy to make left and right versions and to scale up or down.