Friday, July 23, 2010

Three months without beef and the enchantment fades...

   As the title suggests, I've been three months without beef. This morning I sat down to a plate full of that and only that according to the suggested method of reintroducing foods from your intolerance list as prescribed by the ALCAT information packet: Plain, organic and by itself first thing in the morning.

  I started on my "orange" list (moderate intolerance) this morning having chosen beef because I had missed it so terribly in the last three months. It was near torture to watch as others ate hamburgers, corned beef, steak, spaghetti and meatballs and all the prevalent beef dishes that seem as much a part of our culture as baseball or Walmart. Needless to say, I was fairly excited about the prospects of being able to eat it again. I made a special trip last night just to get the special beef that fell within the 'plain, organic, no additives whatsoever' directives of the ALCAT.

  Let me tell you - after three months with pork, turkey, vegan fare or fish -  ground beef, no matter how organic, plain or otherwise special is just weird.

  The meat I used to delight in even plain and browned in patty form was now oddly textured to me. I twas almost grainy compared to what I'd been eating. It felt sticky on my teeth, chewy - even though it was ground - and was something that not just benefited from salt, but that needed it.

  The memory of juicy burgers and flavorful, tender meat contrasted greatly with what I was now eating. Where before I could feel the iron in the juices practically revitalizing me instantly after say, a long visit from 'Aunt Irma', I now just felt weighed down.

  Even eating the 5% felt like I was noshing on a long ago flavored lard ball. Honestly, that's as tamely as I can put it. I found myself musing about becoming mostly vegetarian even if my intolerance was gone as I chewed through another piece, teeth adhering every time they came together and grains of meat being lodged in my cheek around the gum line.

  To say the least, even if I'm not intolerant to it any more (which I'll find out in the next 2-24 hours) I don't think I love beef anymore. You can definitely strike my name from the beef lovers list. In fact, I'd venture to say that I don't even like beef anymore.

  Though, to be fair, maybe if all goes well I'll try a steak in another couple of weeks. Though just thinking about it is drying up my mouth and pushing my throat near to a gag reflex.

  For now, I'll go back to forcing myself to chew; pictures of delectable delights made from bovine flesh fading into the painted and photo ads of over cooked, over processed ads of the fifties.


  I should have tested cauliflower first.
 

(From http://www.loti.com/articles/meat.jpg)





Catherine www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

Leia Mais…
Thursday, July 22, 2010

15 dollar find

 I was perusing the Valu Village (local thrift shop) sheet section for something fun to do a first run on one of my dress patterns with (Still haven't decided.... but you can find that post here) when I happened to wander toward the furniture section which wasn't very far from the bedding. I had toyed briefly with the idea of a down stairs sewing table to use during the heat that our attic is often plagued with during the summer and thought on the off-chance that maybe there was something serviceable there.

  Well, it just so happens that there was. It was a circa 1960's (fairly sure?) sewing desk! Thinking to myself, "How cool is that! I wonder if I wish for something else if it will appear also..." I wished for chocolate but nothing happened.

A terrible picture of the desk.


  Upon further inspection, this wasn't just a sewing desk.... it was the whole apparatus. The machine inside, the stitch cams included, bobbins, needles, everything!


  The whole thing, accessories and all, for only 15$! And just when I'd given up on the thrift stores around me having anything either relevant or affordable to me.....






Catherine www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

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Monday, July 19, 2010

What to sew, what to sew.....

I face a dilemma. Amidst pattern sales and other finds I have procured several patterns and sewn 2.5 of them. That's not the problem, though. The problem is... what do I sew next?! 

Over on my facebook page will be the actual poll, but here are the lovely pictures that go with it.

Here are my choices:

Vintage Advance Pattern 5828



 This one I would consider also sewing a skirt with at the same time. I don't have one picked out just yet though.


Vintage Simplicity Pattern 4830




Retro Repro Butterick Pattern B5152


Retro Repro Butterick Pattern B4919



Retro Repro Butterick Pattern 5032


Retro Repro Simplicity Pattern 3673


 Retro Repro Butterick Pattern 6582




Vintage Mail Order Pattern 4605





Drop in a vote!

Catherine www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

July in Colorado

I went to Colorado over the 4th....

This is what a Colorado Home Depot looks like..... hehe

Then, of course, the rains came. I left the pacific northwest and I guess the rain left with me....




Then we went to the bead store. That's mom matching an (awesome) earring she made to some czech crystals.




 There was also some car-working. That's my uncle and if you look reaaaaaally close, I'm under the truck.



Hope your 4th was fun!
Catherine www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Comfrey

Not having done much research on the physiology of the plant beforehand, I planted comfrey entirely for its practical uses. Much to my surprise, it blooms in a way that is at once weird and awesome and beautiful.







Catherine
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Friday, April 30, 2010

Vegan Whole Wheat Biscuits

 I was craving something baked this morning.




So I made these for breakfast. Since having the ALCAT test done and finding out that I'm intolerant of a lot of major ingredients I used to use I've basically become vegan. Except for pork. And turkey. And some fishes. Ok, so basically no wheat, honey, eggs, chicken, beef and some other fishes..... Ok, so it's more complicated than that.

Anyhow, I used this recipe with no major modifications except, as you can see, I'm a drop biscuit maker. I just don't have enough time to spend rolling things out first thing in the morning - though I guess I could give it a try like that after work.




Catherine
www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

Leia Mais…
Thursday, April 29, 2010

Favorite Things; Part I

  My mom bought this for me last time she was visiting. We found it at the local DI. 
Isn't it the cutest? 
It goes well with my other little plates and sugar bowls and the like.
Plus it goes well with the house, which still has most of its original trim from 1947.



Catherine www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Quiltie


I've been off and on working on this. It'll be a mighty quilt someday....


It's made out of old cotton shirts. I really like how the colors are going together.


Catherine
www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Uhm... Well that's not 'as advertised'

These were billed as 'Leprechaun Gold" and while they have the characteristic green and gold variegated leaves of the variety they don't have little purple flowers....

I'm not upset - I like them all the same. I think they're cute! It's just not what I was expecting after weeks of close watch, waiting, anticipating a burst of purple color along the walkway next to our house.


After all that teasing me with gradually purple-ing buds! Purpling? That's not a word.


 They look like little fairy skirts to me. They're awfully cute. Maybe I'll be a columbine for halloween....

Catherine
www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

Leia Mais…
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring.




Catherine
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Return of the Prodigal Blogger

Mom was in town Friday through Tuesday and we were busy goofing around. We finished a quilt!! I love the pattern and the batiks were awesome in it! I would've been more help but I got sick. Again.



 In other news, we've been having a rash of spring storms out here. That means happy plants! Notably, this poor, odd tree that I have out front by our gate. Last year some of the leaves were misshapen and curled and it didn't bloom worth anything. The sad thing still looks weird and scraggly, but it's very much happier this year.

 Did anyone do anything fun this past week/weekend?

Catherine
www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Daylight Savings.

I don't really understand how daylight savings is still relevant - nor do I understand why President Bush needed to move it. I'm just too tired to focus my brain on it.

We had another busy weekend, it was north for a game of Heroscape (only so-so) and then our house for more D&D.

I do have these lovelies waiting for me to plant them, though! Courtesy of my awesome boyfriend who buys me actual plants instead of cut flowers more often than not when bringing me gifts of the herbaceous nature. "That's the kind you can plant, right? I meant to get you the kind you can plant..."


In other news, tonight is the boyfriend's birthday dinner with his Dad. Friday my mom arrives from Colorado for a visit!

Does anyone have exciting plans for this week?


Catherine
www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

Leia Mais…
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Storms

This week I've heard tell of terrible storms that are supposed to be sweeping their way across our state and the one north of us. It's all very death and destruction from what I hear, but I also get my news from a rather hyperbolic source.




What we're actually supposed to get is some snow if you're over 700-1500' and a chance of hail. We're also getting our fair share of windiness, but it's a far cry from the entertainingly exaggerated source I have.


Truthfully, none of this is new though people seem surprised every year. Last year round about this time we had some fantastic windy hail storms that turned the sky green with the leaves and branches that it ripped off of trees. I thought for sure tornadoes were coming! They weren't though, not at least where I am. The peas and other fledgling veggies I had going at the time were all fine. The driveway did threaten to flood, but we stemmed the runoff both at the street and at the garage door and ended up with a massive puddle that cleared a half hour after the rains stopped.




So here we are again, at hail and wind time. I think it's all so invigorating! I guess there are a lot of people depressed or scared by it all, though. You have to admit, in any case, that it makes for some lovely pictures after the fact!


Catherine
www.cataphractbath.blogspot.com

Leia Mais…