SoCS – The Degrees of Love

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Our Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt is degree/degrees; courtesy of Linda, at a Life in Progress.  Here is my contribution for this week:

The Degrees of Love

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Thanks for stopping for SoCS!  I can’t wait to see you all again!

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#TAB Fernweh Friday – Living in Paradise

Silver Threading:

Many thanks to Deanna, of http://talkaboutbeauty.co/ for the honor of being a guest blogger on her fabulous travel blog! Please check her out – you will be glad that you did! <3

Originally posted on TALK ABOUT BEAUTY:

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By Colleen Chesebro of  http://silverthreading.com/

Living among the different peoples of the world gives you a different outlook on life.  You learn to appreciate being an American and the freedoms we take for granted.

I have the privilege of living in one of the most beautiful beach locations found along the Gulf Coast of the United States; Pensacola, Florida.  Pristine white sand beaches are caressed by turquoise waves lapping at the shores.  Saw grass grows in abundance on the dunes and sways in the salty sea breezes not far from the water’s edge.  Hotels and condominiums are present.   However, they do not detract from the natural beauty of the beach.

There are many accommodations to choose from in all price ranges.  Hotels, condominiums, beach cottages, and motels are all found along Highway 98 at Pensacola Beach so you can experience beach living at its finest.   http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/  is a great…

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Sushi Making 101

I had a wonderful morning learning how to make Sushi with my next door neighbor Tsuvako, (Su) who is from Okinawa.  She was a patient and kind teacher.  Our other friend Connie, who is from China also came.  Connie made Chinese Pot Stickers for our feast.  We had a great time learning to make sushi.

It all starts with sushi rice, and sushi rice vinegar.  Su has a rice cooker so it makes the chore quite easy.  Once the rice is cooked you season it with the rice vinegar.  Season it to your taste.  If you like more, add more.

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Su kept the rice covered while we were working so that it did not dry out.

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The bamboo mat that is used for rolling the sushi is covered in saran wrap (plastic wrap), cover it twice so that it is encased in the wrap.

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Take your nori (dried seaweed) and place it shiny side down on the covered sushi mat.

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Place the rice on top of the nori.  We used a bowl of water to dip our fingers in so that the sticky rice did not stick to us so badly.  Leave an edge to your nori that does not have rice on it.

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Su likes to make shorter rolls so in this picture she cut the nori in half.  For beginners it is easier to work with the larger sheet of nori.  It really is in the preference.

Once you have the rice on the nori, flip it upside down so that the nori side is up.  This is just a preference too, you can leave it the rice side up too if you want.

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Su cut up English cucumber into narrow strips.  She de-seeded the cucumber first.  She also cut up an avocado to use, which makes this recipe a California roll.

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Place the cucumber close to the ends of the nori on each side.  Use small pieces to fill in the middle.

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We also used a sushi fish (I believe it was Imation crab) that came in tubes that we bought at our local Vietnamese store.  It was easy to shred and pull apart.  We split the tube of fish and placed it in the center of the nori on top of the cucumber and avocado.

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Then it came time to roll the sushi roll.  The bamboo saran wrap covered sushi mat is pulled up to wrap the sushi.  Try not to press too hard on the roll itself, just make the roll as tight as you can.

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Once you are done with the roll, check to make sure that your roll sealed itself on the bottom.  You do not want the green nori to show as a seam.  You want the rice to meet at the seam.  It is fine if you have to roll the sushi again until it is nice and tight.  Tap in the open ends on each side of the sushi roll so that the contents are tight and won’t spill out.

Place the sushi roll on another cutting board.  Take a sharp knife.  Wipe the knife in rice vinegar.  This helps the knife not to stick to the roll when you are cutting it.  You might have to wipe the knife off several times before you are done cutting the sushi roll.

Start in the middle first.  Cut the roll in half.  Then cut that half again.  Same with the other half.  Always start from the middle and work your way out when cutting.  Place the rolls on a plate.

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Here are the finished sushi rolls we made this morning!  Thanks to Su and Connie we had an excellent feast. Below is the video that Su had me watch before we started our sushi making:

Thanks for visiting this Friday.  I look forward to seeing you again soon!  MMMM this sushi is yummy!

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Silver Threading’s Quarterly Blog Boogie

Almost a month ago, Hugh, of Hugh’s Views and News, featured Silver Threading in his “Blog Hop.”  I had never heard the term before, and I was not familiar with it at all.  However, once I read his fabulous post I quickly understood where he was going.  Hugh was taking us on a virtual blog sightseeing tour of the most extraordinary!  His mission was to highlight fellow bloggers that he enjoyed reading to the rest of the WordPress Community. I want to thank Hugh for his kindness, friendship, and humor.  Hugh, you make blogging fun!

Because of Hugh’s wonderful Blog Hop idea, I would like to do a quarterly “Blog Boogie” on Silver Threading where I showcase some bloggers and their blogs that have caught my eye. What a great idea to get to know each other!

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So grab your platform shoes, jump into some bell-bottom jeans, and get ready to party!  We’re off to visit some great blogs!

First let’s boogie on over to From the Sticks to the Bricks and Back Again.

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Lynne says:

“I’m a writer who doesn’t write.  My life is a case study in procrastination. I am a work-in-progress. I’m the favorite aunt, a Citizen Teacher, a kick-ass baker, and a political junkie who earns a living in commercial real estate.  My musings run the gamut from social commentary, the Red Sox, Boston, New England, #CRE, the state of education in our country and anything else that flies across my radar.”

I find Lynne’s humor and enthusiasm for life to be contagious.  We met during our Blogging 101 and Writing 101 classes here on WordPress.  Check out her blog. She makes me laugh with her writing and I know you will  love it too!

Next let’s boogie on over to Writing Dorne – Putting Life into Words.

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Wait, hang on a minute while I fix my platform shoes… all this boogie fever has me tripping!

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Dorne was one of my very first followers!  I am so glad that she found me way back in May.  I enjoy reading about her life in England.  Dorne is from the outskirts of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.

When you visit her blog it makes you feel like you are meeting with a good friend you have known for a long time.  Dorne  is a freelance writer and writes non-fiction articles for magazines.  She writes for “Dogs Monthly,” and has written for “The Dalesman” magazine, along with many other periodicals in the U.K.

I hope you enjoyed my Blog Boogie for this quarter which ends October 31st.  I know you will enjoy meeting Lynne and Dorne.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to our next visit if these platform shoes don’t kill me first,

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Thank YOU!

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I find it is time to thank the many new and old friends that follow my journey through Silver Threading.  You all inspire me and propel me forward in my writing.  Thank you for reading and commenting.  Your words of encouragement are felt by me and everyone else that reads my blog.  Thank you!

I wanted to share a few things I have recently learned.  There is a power in Social Media that affects your stats greatly.  Here are the recent stats for my blog which is not yet 6 months old:

Followers

577 Blog

674Twitter

37Facebook

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This does not include the people who follow me on Pinterest, Blog Lovin’, or Google+.  In fact, my Twitter followers now outnumber my blog followers!  There are people out there that want to read what you write.   Search Twitter for people to follow.  I follow writers, poets, publishers, friends, bloggers, and anyone else who interests me.

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I want to share a couple of tricks that I use when writing my blog.  I do not use WordPress to write my posts.  I am a Microsoft user and Word 2007 has always been my tool for writing and editing.  (Ahem… I go back to Word Star so I have used this program for years).  However, their blogging template just does not work for me.  It is terrible.

I did some research and found Microsoft’s Window’s Live Writer 2012.  You have to set it up so that it will post to your blog but, it is such breeze to work with.  There are instructions for WordPress and how you link your blog so, do not be afraid to try to it.

In the Windows Live Writer you can add photos into your post, enter in your tags and categories and then send a draft to your blog.  Then I go into WordPress and edit it and preview it.  I make changes as necessary and I am published!  There are some other handy-dandy things you can do too, like hyperlinks.

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The other thing I wanted to share was how to do a PING-BACK.  What you are actually doing is linking your post to someone else’s post as in my Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

First write your post.  Go to the post of the challenge you want to link to.  Copy the http:// address of their post by highlighting and then right clicking your mouse to copy.  Then paste  that http:// address into your own post.  You have now linked your two posts together as soon as you publish your post.

If you go and look at my Writer’s Quote Wednesday post from yesterday, you will see the ping backs listed in with the comments section.  I approve those links as WordPress sends me a message alerting me to the fact that someone is linking to my post.

Some people like to do a comment where they paste the http:// address of their post into the comment they are leaving me on my post to make sure that I received the comment.  That is fine to do also.

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If you want to be fancy do a hyperlink.  That is when you type a name (like I did with Windows Live Writer 2012 in the  paragraph above) select that name and highlight it, then click on the hyperlink icon and add the http:// address to it.  What happens then is that if you click the highlighted name it will take you directly to that page you linked it to on the internet.  Brilliant!

Silver Threading:  http://silverthreading.com/  here is the http:// address of my blog.

Silver Threading  here is the hyperlink of my blog address.  I embedded the http:// address in the words so clicking takes you directly to the site.  Windows Live Writer makes this easy to do!

I hope I was able to help some of the new bloggers learning their way around WordPress.  I know I sure had help in the beginning too.  This is the way we roll on WordPress – we help others and pay it forward!

Thanks again for following my journey and stopping by to check in,

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday 10/22/14–Dr. Seuss

This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.

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There are no rules to follow.  Either make up your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate!  I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  On the weekly prompt I will include a list of contributors from the previous week so that other writers can gain inspiration from all your hard work.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post. 

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,”so we can find the posts in the reader.

Let’s have fun!

Here are last week’s fabulous contributors.  Please check out the excellent quotes they came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog)

http://luciledegodoy.com/2014/10/22/quote-of-the-week/

http://neotajarba.wordpress.com/

http://hughsviewsandnews.com/2014/10/16/writers-quote-wednesday/

http://ramblingonblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/a-besotted-lover-hemingway-quote/

http://ksfause.com/2014/10/15/inspiring-writerly-quote-write-something-else/

http://katcarpita.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/writers-quote-wednesday/

http://imanikingblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/writers-quote-wednesday/

http://fromthestickstothebricksandbackagain.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/writers-quote-wednesday-emily-dickinson/

Here is my favorite quote for this week:

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(Image credit: Pinterest 10/22/14)

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I always enjoy seeing you!

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One Word Photo Challenge–Chocolate

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells is Chocolate!

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To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Chocolate”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Have fun!
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Chocolate colored rocks – Glacier National Park 2009

Thanks for visiting.  Have a great day and I will see you again,

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Sugar and Spice in Montana

 

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This is a picture of Spice and Sugar when we lived in Montana.  They are Pomeranians and I wanted to show them with their full coats.  We keep them trimmed living here in Florida for the obvious reasons… too hot for all that fur!  Last week some folks were wondering what breed they were.

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Pomeranians have two coats.  They are well suited to the cold winters of Germany.  They are actually miniature Spitz bred down in size to become their own breed.  You can learn more about them at  AKC-Get to Know the Pomeranian.  They are little dogs with HUGE personalities! <3 <3

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I am glad to be part of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge.  Sugar and Spice love all the attention too! <3

Thanks for visiting today.  I look forward to seeing you again later,

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The Agreement

The Agreement

With the approach of Halloween just around the corner, I could not resist having some fun with Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge for this week using the words: Promise and Gift.  I used to work for attorneys, so I feel qualified to give a dig to the profession. <3

I created this Haiku using Picmonkey and really like the results.  It is fun to experiment and try new things.  Bring Haiku into it and I am really excited!

Thanking for popping over to see what I am up to.  I will see you all again,

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The Next Chapter Begins

Our first assignment in Blogging 201 asks that we detail our blog’s goals to help us refine where we are going with our blogs. I started Silver Threading in April of 2014.  In my humble beginnings, I knew I wanted to write, but I had not found my “true voice” yet.

I have been narrowing down what my focus should be in Silver Threading. I wanted my journey through my retirement years to always be the focus through my writings. The most pleasant surprise is that I have found an audience to read my poetry and short stories that even enjoys my photography. I never imagined that would be possible.

I did not want my blog to be about getting older – instead I wanted it to be about another chapter in my life and how I could finally do the creative things I only dreamed of doing when I was younger. Silver Threading is that journey. It does not have a set plan – it unfolds as I live it and write it.

Eventually through trial and error, I guess I finally decided to blog to self-publish my poetry and writing. Along the way, I also wanted to preserve stories from my family and my husband’s family for our children and grandchildren.

At the back of my mind I always thought that if I had a following to begin with I would do much better when it came time to publish my writings professionally. My blogging was never really about the followers to begin with. However, now I realize that there is something to the numbers after all.

I have set some goals to achieve within the next six months (10/20/14 – 4/19/15):

1. Get some of my poetry and/or short stories published.

2. Include articles from three guest writers on my blog.

3. Increase my Writer’s Quote Wednesday followers by 50%.

4. Create a monthly writer’s award to highlight other blogs and share them within our community.

Of course, I still have the normal goals of posting at least one post per day, and to find time to read and respond to my followers own blogs, which is quite important to me.

I also want to continue to encourage young writers on WordPress. Awards are a way of transferring some of our own confidence we have gained to others. Our young writers are important to the survival of writing in a technology driven society.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate you all!

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