March 31, 2004

fixin' photos

Just went through all the archives from November of 2003 through present and I THINK all the photos are where they belong and filenames/filepaths entered correctly... at one point, some of the filepaths was entered as "photos/blog" instead of "blog/photos" and another bunch were entered as "photos" by itself... we finally got the paths straightened out!

I'll get October's straightened out another time... if there are any photos in that archive (or any other archive) that you'd like to see that has a red-X box, please let me know and I'll fix it quicker than if no one pesters me about it.


I've been drawing and I'm kind of amazed at how quickly it is coming back to me. That goes to show that I really did learn something in college and I didn't lose it completely, just need to practice and get more confident...

Oh yeah, the yellow splotch you see in one of the drawings was Reuven's doing! He loves to draw and color, even colors himself and the wall sometimes. Almost like Evan, only Evan used to write his name whenever he did his wall art!

Look at the extended entry if you'd like to see some of them...

New (canine) family member maybe?

Other than that, we MAY have a new family member: a dog followed Evan home from my neighbor's house and so far we're not sure if he belongs to someone or not. He's a yellow lab and may be part something else, not sure what, Gary thought pit bull by the way his head looks, but I think he looks like a retriever... he's REALLY mellow, knows his commands (sit/stay/down/paw, and he's goofy about giving paw)... not sure how good he is about fetching sticks yet as Cephus, my other neighbor's dog showed up just as I was about to throw a stick for him and then they got busy sizing each other up... nothing dramatic about that, just "who are you and do you belong here?" and a little bit of hackle raising... the new dog proceeded to mark our fence and Cephus looked on acceptingly... we haven't come up with a name yet, we're waiting to see if there are any signs that he may belong to someone.. he didn't look particularly hungry and was just "dog-dirty" as opposed to uncared for dirty... we don't know if he was dumped or if he strayed far from home or what...

I can tell that he must have been raised around cats: he didn't have any reaction to the ones he met, but Dumbledore fluffed up pretty good... Nikki was like "dog? Oh." Nikki is hostile to our other cats, but strange dog, no problem as long as dog doesn't try chasing her...we had 1 or 2 other dogs when Nikki was a kitten, so she wasn't upset.

Time will tell whether or not we have a new pooch... I wouldn't mind except we're on a tight budget these days... dog food, shots, that sort of thing... we'd do our own shots except for rabies and just take him to one of the clinics that does it cheap...

Drawings: March 30,2004

All rights reserved. Copyright 2004 by J. Ostrow & Weaving Rainbow.

Posted by Jessica at 11:51 PM

March 29, 2004

Variation on Scotcher Shortbread bars

We ran out of eggs today, and also out of the bars I like to send the boys to school with...SO this evening I made scotcher shortbread bars based on the recipe in "The NYT Natural Foods Cookbook"...

Here's what I did:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix the following ingredients with your hands or a wooden spoon until everything is well blended:

4 cups oats (can be regular or quick cooking)
3/4 c sugar (brown, white, natural, whatever's on hand, I bet Splenda would work nicely!)
1/3 cup flour (unbleached white or blend of whole wheat & unbleached white)
2 sticks butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt (optional)

Once the above ingredients are well mixed, add in up to 1 cup of one or more of the following;

raisins or other dried fruit (apricot, etc. should be cut into smallish pieces)
chopped walnuts
chocolate chips
carob chips
whatever other things you think might go well...

Grease a 9 by 13" pan (I used a pyrex glass pan, which allows me to see how well it's browning)

Press mixture evenly into pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top

Wait a few minutes (at least 10) before cutting into squares
I usually have about 16 or 20 squares, depending on how I'm cutting this up...

Posted by Jessica at 11:16 PM

New server

Well, we've moved the websites ( and to a new server and the blogs as well... hopefully in the next few days, this page will be back to where it was, including the archives and photos.

On the project front, I haven't worked on Family Hands or Rogue, but have 2 new squares to do for Hunt Valley cashmere... one is in 8 ply yarn and the other in 12 ply... I don't know if I'll hold Rogue until we get regular cool weather again and resume the warm weather projects I had going last year or start on it anyway OR just concentrate on rug hooking projects and stuff like that...

Here is a photo of one of the punch needle sets I received over the last few days:

I tried it and it seems to work nicely, but I think I may prefer my Craftsman tool because it's smaller and lighter and more like drawing/painting! Time will tell...

Posted by Jessica at 12:32 PM