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Here’s one to make when you’re in a rush. Rip a straight edge on one side of a blue paper and one side of a green paper, paste on your cardstock (ripped sides together) and trim around the edges to make them flush with the card. Add any flower-like papers you happen to have on hand. Nice and springy, huh?

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Some of you may remember my whining and complaining about a piece of sheet music I ordered. If you don't, read "Sheet Music" and "Sheet Music.... 4 weeks later" and "Sheet Music... the sequel's sequel".

Finally, after 2 1/2 months, I got this message through email:


The following items have been shipped to you by Amazon.com:
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Qty Item
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Amazon.com items (Sold by Amazon.com, LLC):
1 Jane Austen's World

Shipped via USPS (estimated arrival date: 24-March-2008).

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Yippee! My music! All I can say is... I better like the book....

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Card Making

One of my favorite pastimes is card making… so I decided to take a bunch of pictures of cards I’ve made and show you guys. For those of you who are not female and therefore are not inclined towards crafts… I apologize, but bear with me. Here is a very recent one. (Ok, I actually made it in January, but it’s the only one I have pictures of!)

The pink squares were made out of tissue paper. I used a glue stick to adhere them to the card… something I will not do again. It stuck quite well, but I must have gone through about a dozen pieces before I managed to get glue on three without ripping them! I better choice would have been using a clear-drying liquid glue. It looked nice in the end, though. In case you were wondering, the black swirly thing in the background was stamped, my hand is not that good with a pen. =) I used some similarly designed stamps for the envelope and inside of the card.

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Pasta =D

Dad and I made pasta the other day. Always a great Daddy-Daughter event in our house. I think Dad appreciates having somebody to pass on his Italian “intuition” to, even if his pupil doesn’t usually catch on right away, if at all. Below you can see nearly all steps involved:

1. Make dough and knead it, a lot
2. Roll it through a handy-dandy pasta making machine at the widest setting a few times, then through at each setting once until it’s your personal favorite thickness
3. Roll it through the cutting part of the machine using your hand to catch it as it cuts, then hang on a spaghetti drying rack being careful that the strands are not overlapping each other (If they are, you’ll never get them apart afterwards)

You can cook it after it’s been cut, but we like to let it dry on the rack first, dry noodles are easier to dump in the water without “stickage” than soft ones. Watch out–they cook fast. Add some homemade sauce, meatballs, and a pile of Romano cheese…. Buon consumo! (“Good Eating” in Italian)

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Quite a mouthful, eh? The title of this post is the name of a sickness–as you would gather if you know anything about Latin, and, if you are very well studied in Latin, you’d gather from the last word that the condition affects the eye. Symptoms are much like pink eye; puffy, bloodshot, irritated, teary, and blurred vision, but it isn’t pink eye, and it isn’t contagious!

All this seems quite random, now doesn’t it? I do have a reason for writing about it, though, and here it is: Right after last Christmas I woke up one Sunday morning with what I thought was pink eye. With a short quarantine and an herbal remedy I cooked up, my eye cleared up by the next evening. From what I know of pink eye, that should have been the end of the infection, with the exception of the possibility that it spread to the other eye. However, the irritating sickness came back several times, always in the same eye.

Finally, last Wednesday morning when I got up in the morning involuntarily sobbing out of that same eye and very bad irritation under the lid, Mom packed me up into the car and whipped me off to the eye doctor. Dr. Fox looked at both my eyes, put some drops in the bad eye, looked at both my eyes again, flipped through some books and announced that he guessed it was the viral version of pink eye, but he couldn’t figure out why it had not spread to the other eye and why it had not resolved over the past two months… So he handed me a prescription for steroid/anti-biotic eye drops and sent me home for two days. The drops helped a lot, all irritation and redness was gone by the next morning.

On Friday Dr. Fox looked at my eyes again and informed us that upon further research, he had discovered that I have a “very rare condition” called Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratopathy. Nobody knows what causes it so nobody knows how to fix it, and the only thing to do about it is treat the symptoms (with the eye drops) until I “grow out of it in 3 or 4 years.” Things are looking up, however. Dr Fox assures me that I am very special, he has only seen 1 other person with this condition in the 25 years he’s been an eye doctor.

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