Hi, blogfriends! I have a few announcements to make, about Things I Can’t Help.
1. I can’t help reading Gina’s Public Diary.
On her main page, you will read that Gina’s Public Diary is “mostly happy, occasionally boring, but always life.” I really enjoyed her recent photo essay of Memphis, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband Cliff and their two chihuahas Tuffy and Mandy.
When Gina first left a comment on my blog, I went to check hers out. It frightened me. It’s decorated with cute Christian posters and Biblical sayings, the kind that probably hang on E.g.’s brothers’ fridges, the brothers and their wives who told her never to speak to their children, or pretend that her partner of nearly ten years (me) doesn’t exist. That kinda stuff hurts, and I do tend to avoid it whenever possible.
So with my own prejudice, borne of a too-limited experience of the diversity of humanity, I said to myself, “Self, when Gina realizes you’re not straight, she’ll never speak to you again.” But I was wrong. Thank God.
So I’ve been checking out Gina’s blog, with its refreshing simplicity of family photos, potluck recipes, Wordless Wednesdays, Thankful Thursdays, and Friday Date Recaps (she and Cliff have been married just half a year longer than E.g. and I have been together, and they still date! Brilliant! ) .
Welcome to my blogroll, Gina! You’re just in time for muffins and coffee.
Guest mug for Gina. (Phil 4:13. )
2. I Can’t Help Modifying Recipes
I started out with a recipe for molasses bran muffins yesterday, and then realized that we’ve got oat bran instead of wheat bran and that E.g. had taken the tin of raisins to work with her. I finally made so many changes to the original recipe I decided it was now my own! And the muffins came out fine. Here, then, is my recipe:
Turtle’s Cure-All Oat Bran Muffins
Heat the oven to 400 degrees (that’s 200 Celsius).
Grease 12 regular muffin tins.
1/4 cup oil (60 ml)
1/2 cup brown sugar (125 ml)
1/4 cup maple syrup (60 ml)
1 cup milk (250 ml).
1 1/2 (one and-a-half) cups oat bran (375 ml) to the liquid and let it lounge while you…
2 small apples to make just over a cupful of pieces (don’t bother peeling the apples) .
1 cup flour (250 ml)
1/2 Tbsp baking powder (7.5 ml)
1/2 tsp baking soda (2.5 ml)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (2.5 ml)
pinches of nutmeg and allspice if you have them.
Mix dry ingredients quickly into wet ingredients. Bake 20 minutes.
3. I Can’t Help Trying to Write Well
… so I may have to write a little less.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I am really-really-really starting to want a backyard with attached house. Well! E.g. and I have been looking at the numbers, and if we are to fulfill this dream, we may need to work at it.
This means things like, oh, cooking. Chopping the occasional vegetable instead of flashing the plastic at a restaurant. Baking muffins instead of buying them by the each. Planning ahead a bit.
It means things like keeping the apartment tidy. Ensuring that home feels like a place where we might wanna hang out.
It means things like jumping at the chance to work an extra shift at the pet store.
These things all eat up my precious blogging time. And, Virgo that I am, I’m very fussy about my writing. Is it spelled right? Does it flow properly? What’s that word on the tip of my tongue? I write, I read, I reread, again and again until finally I’m satisfied. And I always like to have a photo, either one stolen from E.g.’s Flickr site, or a new one of my own.
So I’m thinking… I’m thinking I can’t help wanting to post every day! I love my solid blue calendar!!!
But I could restrict the use of words a bit. I’m going to try, then, to have three days that are mainly picture: Wordless Wednesdays and weekends. That should make things a little less stressful, and free up enough time to continue reading my blogfriends’ entries.
‘Cause I can’t help being thankful for all of you.