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Jewelry Making

Lately, I’ve gotten the jewelry bug, now that there is no where to go because of Corona Virus. Typically, that means I am downloading photos and instructions for things I will never do.

However, purchase of a new shirt (thrift store, of course) was the catalyst to make a necklace to go with some great earrings I love to wear but had no necklace to wear them with.

Here is the result. I’m pretty happy with it. I purchased half the beads and had the other half in stock in my jewelry making brief case along with parts from broken necklaces.



















Mug Rugs

This is my second ever quilting project. I purchased the kit locally at least 18 months ago, maybe more. After making many masks, it was fun to make these. I doubt I’ll ever use them. Ted says, “Now you need to have a Tea Party” but instead there are 7 rugs/mats and I have seven ugly closet doors in our bedroom (the entire wall) that I plan to decorate with these.

Patterns are available here. The illustrations are great and being able to access video online for the pattern was helpful.

Who knows, maybe I’ll even enter them in the fair this year along with my first project. I was just too busy last year but this year, not much going on. As it is, there will be no carnival or rodeo. Bummer! Depending on the affect of Covid on our area, the entire fair could be canceled.

Anyway, so here are some photos of the finished mug rugs, or mug mats, if you prefer.




Crab Cakes!

Melissa Dunlap
May 11 at 9:44 PM

The Crab Cake Story. A dear couple, family, Ray & Lindy Jones of Rohnert Park, CA, harvest crab every year in Oregon and send Marilyn pint jars in a care package once or twice a year. My baby brother, Bruce, took me to his favorite restaurant downtown Seattle in 2010, bought me lunch and this book. He has pestered me (ever since) to make them. I finally did it! Only took me 10 years and 3.5 hours! Maybe it will be faster next time. Ted LOVED them. The author, Tom Douglas, and my brother look a lot alike!

Recipe as I made them. Allow plenty of time the first time because they need to be refrigerated for an hour before frying. Link below to print; click on “Print Recipe“.

Etta’s Classic Dungeness Crab Cakes (modified)

Makes 8 large (or 16 small – large egg size)

Half a recipe (8 small cakes) fit in a 9″ cast iron skillet as pictured.

Ingredients: 1 large egg yolk (I used the whole egg)

2 tsp lemon juice (I used bottled)

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1.5 tsp Tabasco

2 Tbl + 1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp fresh or dried thyme

1/2 tsp celery seeds

1/4 tsp black pepper (I omitted)

5 Tbl olive oil


3/4 cup chopped parsley (divided in 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped red pepper

1/4 cup chopped green pepper (I prefer yellow pepper)


1 pound crab meat, about 4 cups (I used 4 jam jars of canned crab) drained and “picked clean of shell” (if there is any)

5 cups bread crumbs (I think 3 was enough. I only had 4 cups to start and had lots left over.)

5 Tbl butter

4 lemon wedges (optional – I didn’t have any)

Cocktail sauce (optional – they were delicious without any sauce)


1.  Mix 1/4 cup parsley with bread crumbs, set aside.

2. Mix the first 10 ingredients in a blender or use an immersion blender.

3. Combine liquid and spices with the crab meat, onions, peppers, remaining parsley, and 1 cup of bread crumb mixture. Don’t over mix or they may be gummy.

4. Gently form cakes and lay in bread crumbs, toss crumbs over and around, remove to shallow container and refrigerate for an hour before frying.

5. Melt butter in skillet and cook cakes about 4 minutes on each side. I use the lowest setting on my gas stove. I added a lid to aid in heating through after I turned them over.


Print Recipe

No Sew T-shirt mask

This is REALLY EASY and comfortable, too.

1. Cut the hem off a T shirt. Discard.
2. Cut 2 – one inch strips for ties.
3. Cut strip the size mask you want. See shot below. You will have two.
4. Trim the sides to remove seams and straighten them.
5. Take one mask and place ties at 1/3 rds as shown in shot below. Tie top.
6. Fold sides in, overlapping.
7. Pick up and place top edge under loop over nose, pulling knot to top of head.
8. Cinch sides and pull bottom of ties behind head and secure.

Fast and Simple Mask with ties – no pleats to sew over.

Watch Video

Print Pattern Sheet: Simple Mask

I used flannel for the inside and you could use designer art prints for the front like she did in the video, or whatever you have. This mask is very comfortable.

Cut two, or 3 if you want a pocket, 8″ by 10″ (adult) or 7″x9″ (small child).

1. Serge all sides, wrong sides together, or, for pocket fold two in half and lay against wrong side of third piece and serge all sides.

2. Fold down top edge, wrong side over right side, 2xs and stitch.

3. Fold sides in to form casings and stitch.

4. Use 45″ or longer shoestrings from dollar store and running from top to bottom and then bottom to top on other side, thread the tie. I have a tool for that but a small chop stick also worked. Just tape the ends and pull it through. Both ends will now be above top edge.

5. Put loop over back of head so mask is in front. Pull up on ties, gathering sides and tie on top of head. Make knots on ends to keep mask from slipping below where it is comfortable when not wearing.

musical interlude

Mozart Piano Concerto No 3 in D major is a lovely piece, but to watch a 5-year-old smoke it out on a grand piano is an amazing treat.

While 20 adult musicians read and play their parts off sheet music, the diminutive Russian holds it all in his head.

More amazing is the power this little guy puts into the keyboard. His tone, articulation, rhythm, timing and feel are as good as any adult I can imagine playing this piece.

And DO STAY for the encore. He is clearly enjoying this short piece.

Observe the audience reaction. Were this in the USofA a handful of simpleton boys in man bodies would be dog whistling for minutes after this lovely, sensitive musical performance. In the rest of the world that is considered to be rude, jeering, expressing strong disapproval of the person or act. Stylistically and culturally I suppose I am more European than Ozarks.

… he’s probably neither gifted nor talented at video games and cell phones …

Montana spring wheelbarrow

Mid-April has given us a number of beautiful warm days that we celebrated with yard puttering.

The wheelbarrow left behind from a clean-up project stands as a testament to the variegates Montana can send our way.

Four inches of snow on the heels of a Tee-shirt weather week.

Open Letter to Dr. Fauci

I want to save this to refer to when the vaccine is mandated.

Open Letter to Fauci by Bill Sardi

Excuse me, Dr. Fauci

Shall I get my measles immunity papers also? You mean I can’t go to work or even get a job without having papers showing I have antibodies against each and every pathogenic disease or others can sue me if they believe I infected them?

And why do I need proof I developed antibodies against COVID-19 coronavirus when the seasonal flu is more harmful, that is according to what the Centers for Disease Control says. Some 36,000 deaths from influenza every flu season and supposedly only 12,000 deaths from coronavirus this year.

How about my influenza papers, and chicken pox papers, and polio papers, and tuberculosis papers given that migrants in the U.S. spread TB bacterium all over America?

And I’m sure you are talking about proof of having sufficient antibodies from natural exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus, but even antibodies won’t ensure you won’t get the disease again. I don’t have to inform you about that as you are the preeminent infectious disease specialist in the US being in charge of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, so I hope I’m not educating you about that.

And what about the 240 other vaccines that are under development? Will we need papers for all of those too? Don’t you think having to inoculate children and adults for over 100 different pathogenic bacteria and viruses would be absurd? Maybe even insane?

Dr. Fauci, you certainly learned, or should have learned, that the trace mineral zinc is required to make memory T-cells in your thymus gland. And with sufficient zinc, exposure to ANY pathogenic bacteria or virus, whether we are exposed to them via vaccination or naturally from circulation in the community, will produce memory antibodies that provide life-long immunity. In other words, vaccines don’t work very well without zinc and we may not even need vaccines if zinc is going to facilitate antibody production from any and all pathogens, do we?

Dr. Fauci, you need a zinc suppository, stat! Your ideas are as old as Dr. Edward Jenner and his cow pox technology of yesteryear. Today zinc replaces all those vaccines. They didn’t tell you this in your virology course in college?

Dr. Fauci, you first. Show us your papers that you have antibodies against each and every common infectious disease. Then maybe we can talk. Until then, go back home and stay in your room.

Virus Scares – now and every election going back to 2002

I think I will at least post the link to this article by Bill Sardi at that has other links too numerous to count, pointing to the manipulation of this pandemic, if there really is one, to the detriment of first blacks (dark skinned), second the elderly, and other nefarious outcomes if you are interested in reading it. It also explains and offers the treatments that are being denied us, world-wide by the way, that could impede the virus and/or cure people of it.

Hoarder’s Sale VS Stocking Up Sale


Apparently, Grocery Stores will no longer have “stocking up” sales. These will hereafter be referred to as “hoarder sales.” I have yet to score a single roll of toilet paper since the virus crisis began. It’s a good thing I was taught long ago to stock up on certain items.

Perhaps, when people refer to hoarders, they are not including the normal shopper who buys an extra roll or case of toilet paper, until AFTER the shortages are evident. I hope my supply lasts until the shortages and the crisis are over. If not, I’ve got rags and a washing machine until the electricity is gone.

Remember New Orleans? I won’t say this is the ultimate reference but here is the FEMA recommendations for prepping. May be some good advice:

And hubby has some thoughts on toilet paper, too.