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Month: March 2016 (page 1 of 3)

captureyour365 Asymmetrical

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captureyour365 Asymmetrical

I like asymmetrical balance because it is done with the eye. The group is still balanced but it gives more  variety, visual interest, and liveliness.  A center point is still used but you need the same mass or size on each side. Here on top of kitchen cabinets the chicken has a lot of mass so I used a vase with tulips and a tea-cup to counter balance between the grinder. 

This photo however is not the greatest. I suppose you can’t have everything. 

captureyour365 Depth of Field

captureyour365 Depth of Field

 

 

Not really excited about this picture. I was trying to depth of field but it came out too dark. This area is a mess and ready for spring cleaning. I need to remove the wood storage and kindle stuff to make room for the chair and a relaxing area to still when I can find the time.

 

 


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Captureyour365 Suspended

Captureyour365 Suspended

 

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This came from a historical hotel that made a change in decor.  This is just part of it. We do not believe the glass top was original.  The chandelier  was wired for electricity so we suspect it was made after1890 when the hotel would had been able to change from gas and about the same time this house was built. d

captureyour365 Healthy

captureyour365  Healthy

 

Avocado

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They are not the greatest looking avocado and a little small but still they have been delicious. I like avocado. So much so I am sceming room to figure out how to grow some around here. It would involve bringing them inside for the winter. That is what the away room is for,  right?

There are many possible health benefits  associated with eating avocado.  Avocados contain natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. This plant sterol can help control cholesterol.  Avocados contain of high levels of folate. This can help with moods or reduction of depression. The avocado is a creamy but is actually high in fiber. Fiber has any health benefits including preventing constipation. 

Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids.

I like them sliced on salad and sliced with a little salt. They are also great in  guacamole.

Ah, I am missing the avocados growing I remembered so well in my youth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captureyour365 Shutter Speed

Captureyour365  Shutter Speed

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As I arrived home I found most of the fence completed. Happy was Bruce running around and I am sure my grandchildren will love more freedom to wander. As is got darker I decided to do a picture. I used the shutter speed of 25. It is clearly not a good setting for the picture. 
 On the horizon you can see smoke raising. The farmers are burning again.

Surpreme Bisquits

 

 

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I decided to make biscuits tonight. This is a good recipes that make a round a dozen depending on the size you make. You can have the choice to use all butter or with shortening and better milk or just milk.  I suggest using whole milk.

 

Supreme Biscuits

3  cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup butter or 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups butter milk or 1 cup milk

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk all at once. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing dough for 4 – 6 strokes or just until dough holds together. Pat or lightly roll dough until 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough with a floured 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter.

Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450 F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from sheet and serve immediately.

captureyour365 VAST

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It is cold today. Time to bring some items inside of the green house for a freeze tonight. Just hoping the trees make it. It is still rather windy so that just might help some.  I got started getting 1/10 of an acre ready for tilling  today. Yesterday I did most of another 1/10 acre. I am hoping to have 1/2 acre garden this year. The photois my butterfly herb garden.with a vast amount of southern wood taking over.

Statue Painting and Care

Concrete Turtle

Concrete Turtle

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If you take the step to paint you staturay you will have a longer lasting product

  • It is best to wait about 3 weeks before you paint the item. Concrete take a while to dry to a hard finish.
  • Wash the concrete with water only to take off any dust or other items.
  • It is best to use an exteiror latex paint deluted about 20%- 50%. It is good practire to do two layers of a base paint in while or black.
  • For detailing the exterior concrete paints work the best.
  • Adding an exterior latex  concrete sealer will help to protect the paint.
  • Let the items dry for 24 hours.
  • Place item on gravel or some other surface instead of on the ground. This will help prevent the concrete from soaking up water. Water is what causes the damage in concrete.

The concrete above was painted with a very thined out acrylic craft paint for a color-washed out look. After drying for a few days I will put a concrete sealer on top.

captureyour365 Shamrock

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Shamrock

 

 

 

 

A shamrock is a young sprig of clover, used as a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity.[1] The name shamrock comes from Irish seamróg [ˈʃamˠɾˠoːɡ], which is the diminutive of the Irish word for clover (seamair) and means simply “little clover” or “young clover”.[2]

 

 

 

 

 

Oh The Shamrock

Through Erin’s Isle,

To sport awhile,

As Love and Valor wander’d,

With Wit, the sprite,

Whose quiver bright

,A thousand arrows squander’d.

Where’er they pass,

A triple grassShoots up,

with dew-drops streaming,

As softly greenAs emeralds seen

Through purest crystal gleaming.

Oh the Shamrock,

the green immortal Shamrock!

Chosen leafOf Bard and Chief,

Old Erin’s native Shamrock!

 

I really have not thought about the shamrock much. I have always noticed it during St. Patrick’s day but did not know the symbolish that came with it except it was a four leaf clover. This is my photo today. If shamrock are here I don’t see them so I used some concrete stones I made.

 

  1. Treeck, Carl Van; Croft, Aloysius (1936). Symbols in the Church. Bruce Publishing Co. St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock in explaining to the pagan Irish the idea of the Holy Trinity.
  2. . Nelson, E. Charles (1991). Shamrock: Botany and History of an Irish Myth: a Biography of the Shamrock in History, Literature, Music and Art. Boethius Press. ISBN 0-86314-199-4.

Spring Cleaning : Here We Come

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I used to begin spring cleaning with gusto. I went from room to room working as quickly as possible to clean the entire home as fast I could. Now I go at a much slower and peaceful rate. Working projects are best one step at a time. The easiest way I found to do is by  cleaning  one room at a time. I am surprized I have only written on time on house cleaning with a list. This new list is better.

Sometimes the  jobs are just too much for one time so do it in small bites. Try putting on a timer for 15 minutes, add some music and go.  You will be surprised  by what you can do in such a short time.

If you have items that can be washed in a dishwasher this can save time. I especially like to do this with items in the kitchen that get a grimy film on them from the cooking.  Just be careful what you wash. One time I put a glass  item that I did not know had a plastic film that fell apart. 

I suggest having a box to put items you have no use or want anymore. Carry it from room to room. 

 

 

Front Porch, Side Porch, Other side Porch and Back Porch

 

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I agree that I have quite a few doors. The other side door and back porch have the least amount of area but they still have some places that need attention. We also store wood on the side porch and have two trash cans to hold sticks and paper to help start the fire. I like them to be taken away and only have a sitting area and plants.

  • Sweep off steps and porches
  • Mop or power spray porch
  • Shake and clean welcome mats
  • Clean you door and door trims
  • Dust and wipe down the porch railings
  • Clean any outside decor.
  • Wash the outside window on the porches 

 

Entrance 

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If you have an entrance, if you are lucky. Many of us just use a wall by the door but these areas still need attention. They are one of the most used and abused areas of the home. 

 

  • Straighten the coat closest,  if you have one, and sort all items.  If you have winter items this is the time to put them into storage for the summer.  If you do not like or want items anymore put into the box and get rid of them.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboard.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including pictures and all artwork.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.
  • Dust and polish furniture and decor.
  • Dust dust any lamps, including ceiling fans.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.

 

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Living Room and/or Family Room

  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings.
  • Wash windows and screens
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust electronics and vacuum the dust from the back.
  • Vacuum couches and chairs.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Wash throws and blankets and If possible, wash pillows.
  • Sort any magazine, books or other objects. Keep what you like and  put what you do not need in the box. 
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

 

Dining Room

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Dinning rooms were important the past but in most modern homes except the larger ones they are not present. Still homes have an eating area. You can just do this area by itself instead of a whole room. 

 

 

 

  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings.
  • Wipe down walls it you can. Paints like flat and eggshell cannot be washed.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps and light fixtures.
  • Sort all dinnerware, table linens, and knick knacks. Remember that box. Put items you do not need in the box.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

 

Kitchen


If you cook you most likely clean your kitchen every day but at least twice a year it is a good item to really clean the area. 

 

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  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including painting and decor.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Wipe down walls. Hopefully, you have a Semi-gloss. Avod scrubbing eggshell type paints.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps. ceiling fans and light fixtures. I take the light fixtures down and clean inside.
  • Empty your cupboards and drawers. Wipe clean. Sort all kitchen ware. Keep what use and then put the others in that box. Restock cupboards and drawers.
  • Empty your pantry and food cupboards. Wipe clean. Sort your food and put the food back that you will keep.  Look at the best by date and decide if you want to keep or toss. Toss almost empty containers.
  • Empty your refrigerator and freezer. Wipe clean. Sort food and restock shelves. Throw away expired food . Food that have been open have should be used in a short time period. 
  • Clear your counters. Wipe clean. Sort what you keep on your counter tops. Decide if the items needs to be on the counter, put into another spot or given away.  Keep what you like to use, and get rid of the rest.
  • Thoroughly wash your kitchen sink. Clean the cabinet under your sink. This is a good time to get new drawer paper or plastic.
  • Clean your stove top, oven, and, if applicable, microwave or toaster oven.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard

 

Bathroom

 

DSC_0299I clean my bathroom well at least once a week but we all still need to check toiletries and other items twice of year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including pictures and wall hangings.
  • Wash windows, mirrors and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish knick knacks and light fixtures. I take down all to clean inside.
  • Sort and clean out any cabinets. Keep the toiletries and medications that you will use and throw away all of the others.
  • Thoroughly clean the bathroom sink, bathtub and/or shower.
  • Wash the shower curtain and bath mat.
  • Thoroughly clean the toilet. Remember to get behind the toilet.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

 

Bedrooms, Office and Others

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  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish furniture and other decor.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Strip bed of all linens.
  • Flip the mattress if you have a flipable one. Vacuum the mattress. 
  • Wash and dry all linens, including the mattress pad, dust ruffle, pillows, blankets, quilts, duvets, comforters, and sheets. If you cannot wash items at least put into the dryer to remove as many dust mites and other items or let it have a sunbath by hanging outside for a while.
    Empty your closets and drawers one at a time. Discard any clothing or items you do not need or want.  Keep what you  use and put the other items in the box.
  • Wipe down shelves and restock.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

Laundry Room

First Flowers of spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings. and then wipe down the walls.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe out the inside and outside of the washer and dryer.
  • Clean off the lint trap and wash it.
  • Clean out the dryer vent.
  • Sort all laundry detergents and other items. Keep what you use dispose of what you don’t.
  • Sort all cleaning products and cleaning items. Keep what you use and dispose of whet you don’t
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.
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