Change of Wind Direction (or, Elderberry Jam, Puppy Pics, & Randomness)

Posted: 24/09/2014 in Uncategorized
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Man.

It seems like just last week I wrote a post.

Because it was.

That helped immensely.  Writing has always been my go to when it comes to issues I might have in life.  I’ll take a second to write something down, sketch a little, anything to take that moment & make it a learning experience.

Because I love learning experiences.  They make me feel like I’m still just a baby, learning everything for the first time, which can be exciting, but also annoying because it hasn’t been perfected right off the bat.  I’m usually pretty good at being well-balanced when it comes to learning new things & abilities, but it’s really easy to catch me off-guard if I don’t know something in particular.  Like what the Latin name for a grasshopper’s back leg is.

Or the Latin name of what a Big Mac really is(I doubt it has a legitimate Latin name).

I am a self-proclaimed jack of all trades, and definitely not a master of all.  I’m happy with that, mainly because if I was good at just one thing, I’d get grouped into a particular area & that just doesn’t fit me.  I’d want to encompass everything & be level, not just be good at one thing.  I’m forever curious & want to know new things.  It’s not a bad place to live.

I learn along the way & the guidelines are simple:  don’t make life too complicated.  Those rules that life throws at you?  Ask routinely if they are necessary.  Question everything, because so many won’t.  I still don’t ask as many questions as I should, and maybe that should change.  Probably not though, because I like having at least two friends.  When it comes down to it though, there isn’t any absolute, and so in all seriousness you should ask the strange questions.  You don’t get anywhere but into some sort of line by following everyone else.

I managed to work a lot & have a bit of fun this week though.

I even spent nearly two hours straight jumping around in the ocean by myself.  If that isn’t a bit of a soul cleanser, I don’t know what is.

Julie & I did the podcast thing again, and I apologize for NOTHING.

After that, I went to the community garden, weeded a bunch, & grabbed what I thought was a giant bag of elderberries.  That ended up being about a cup of them once I pulled them from the stem & rinsed them.

I hope they're Elderberries at least.  Or at least have hallucinogenic properties.

I hope they’re Elderberries at least. Or at least have hallucinogenic properties.

From there, I threw them in a saucepan & covered them with water.

I turned the heat to about medium to give a slow simmer & added a diced sand pear(really good for baking, but awesome for pancakes or sauces you want to naturally sweeten).  I’d imagine an apple would do the same if you were in a bind.  Let that go for about a half of an hour, adding little bits of water if need be.

Like a cauldron of goodness, this is.

Like a cauldron of goodness, this is.

Once the whole concoction is purplish, throw it in a blender & then put it back in the pan.  Add two tablespoons of maple syrup & simmer for a few minutes.  Then, just put that into a jar & chill it.  It should set up as it cools down.  I’ve read that there are some natural pectins in the berries themselves that aid in the setting.

Who needs to wait until they're old to blend everything?  Not this guy.

Who needs to wait until they’re old to blend everything? Not this guy.

Have you got any sourdough bread?  I like to always have some on hand.  Community Loaves is my go to here in Jacksonville.  Put that jam on a couple of pieces of that & enjoy.

"Without bread, I am nothing." -Jam

“Without bread, I am nothing.” -Jam

That’s it.  Just wanted to write & experiment with berries that I found, no laws against that yet that I know of.

Here are some pictures of dogs.

I just told him a joke.  He's not really smiling, this is his grimacing face.

I just told him a joke. He’s not really smiling, this is his grimacing face.

I must be boring.  They sleep A LOT.

I must be boring. They sleep A LOT.

When there's vegan pizza involved, someone is always near, guarding the floor like a miniature marsupial with magnificent manners.

When there’s vegan pizza involved, someone is always near, guarding the floor like a miniature marsupial with magnificent manners.

Was sent some pure awesomeness yesterday:  “Work hard, make friends, do good deeds, be somebody!”

I couldn’t agree more.

Have a great week.

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