Early Halloween practice

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The artist sets to work with her little brother as model, caught by the throat, one handed life drawing. Miss Incredible, who can extort the required behaviour without apparent force.
“Ugh you have dog breath,” he squirms.
“Grrrrr sit still you little mongrel or I’ll eat yah fer breakfast. A dogs’ breakfast!”
“Meow.”
His older brother watches, cautious in his Vampire suit, “can’t eat Vampires anyways.”
“Shut up Mister, your turn’s next so take those teeth out…..I said now!
“!”

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“Nonna” always welcomes visitors.


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Je m’appelle Funny Bear – Full French Version

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Just call me snap happy.

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I have made a Bakewell Tart and a couple of loaves of fresh bread but I am completely incapable of filling in the rest of the menu for the night as my brain has been numbed by twenty minutes of the sing songy exchange:-
“Come to the dark side.”
“The health inspectors are here!”

I don’t know from whence it has come, but I sincerely I hope that it doesn’t stay too long as the Boris Karloff maniacal laugh that accompanies it, is far too realistic for peace of mind. Frankly I do not consider this an improvement on Axel F sung at 50 decibels in chorus, even though once upon a time I did find the theme song to Beverly Hills Cops quite jolly. I remind myself that it is just a phase, a phase during which we are quite likely to starve to death as the noise level interferes with what little brain activity I have left. For those unfamiliar with the updated version of this song, which depicts as ever so slightly “demented frog” with a foreign accent who continually punctuates bars with the ditty “bing, bing, bing,” in a thoroughly electronic tone of voice. So I’m just saying, a word to the wise, do not allow your children access to U-tube, no matter how virally popular something might be at school when that video is linked to the “Gummy Bear” contagion with the same electronic voices, you may soon find yourself as a parent with a serious brain infection. I do not know exactly how many languages this has been translated into thus far, but I do know that this is not the ideal way to learn French or Japanese. You have been warned. The only up side to the current nightmare is that my son has decided that robot dancing is the way ahead. He exerts enough energy to make a small dent in his energy reserves after his 30 minute limit. That said, now I come to think of it, I think I have the perfect recipe for dinner………frogs legs.

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Quick Fix

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I somehow thought I would have more time, but I don’t. If you, like me, need a quick solution to the ever hungry masses, try re-introducing dessert to the menu, both a filler and a bribe for the very average meal. My difficulty, or one of them, is how to add this whilst we have two diabetics in residence. There are lots of diabetic and other healthy alternatives but if I make two versions of the same thing I can guarantee that no-one will take the diabetic option. [I know, I’ve already tried that] As I’m still keen to encourage my “little chef” with something mouth watering, we’ve compromised. Bite sized desserts. These little parcels taste a bit like pain au chocolat, but don’t take my word for it, give it a go yourself.

You will need:-
1 packet of puff pastry thawed to room temperature
Some Nutella
Parchment paper on a cookie tray

Unfold the pastry and cut into nine even squares
Put a dollop [teaspoonfulish] in the centre of each one
dampen the edge of the square – brush with water
pull up the corners to form parcels and squeeze tight
bake in a pre-heated over at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes

Leave to cool for at least 5 minutes on the parchment paper [if you transfer them they will glue themselves to whatever you put them on / in

It you place them closer together you could probably cook them in a toaster oven outside in the garden to avoid heating up your house.

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1st Birthday

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Puppies one year birthday.

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Equalization of skills

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I have no time to tackle anything right now, or rather to post about it.

Suffice to say that I am busy reorganizing my kitchen cupboards to take account of a couple of changes.

One change is that we have my “Mother in Law” living with us, a person of diminished stature.

The other change is that the boys’ stature appears to have grown exponentially the last few weeks. Not only have they grown in height but they have more than mastered self help by clambouring up onto the counters to retrieve something out of reach. I wish to avoid another new exchange. All exchanges are conducted at 50 decibels because Nonna frequently forgets her hearing aid. The new exchange is where Nonna yells at my son to get down and he yells back that he is actually helping.

“Get down from dere you little monkey!”
“I be help you big monkey!”

p.s. Please note, as my son pointed out, “Nonna” does not really look like a curly frog. What can I say, I was in a hurry!

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Back up

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Yesterday I had a bit of a flip out when I found I’d lost 11,000 words from my file.

But no longer…….new external hard drive!

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Monday again

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A bit of a book recommendation for any budding artists that you might happen to have skulling around your home:-

Here’s where we are now.

It has a whole section on facial expressions which I highly recommend for obvious reasons.

If you have any advice or experience of “elder care,” “Nonna” and “I” would be most grateful for your input.


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Figure it out?

Slurping Life

Get the code:-
Cut and paste
from this little
boxy thing below

Now this made me very happy after I’d stubbed my bare feet on heaps of abandoned bricks. But I couldn’t work out just why they were underneath the table in front of his seat.

Then I shifted gears:- Brake, clutch, accelerator.

“Nonna” and I are gaining “ground.”


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The Family that reads together

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Nonna always enjoys a good giggle.


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The Cookie wars

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A little voice calls me, “Mom! He is fight wiv himself!”

I think perhaps resistance is futile.

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