( 4:01 AM ) Jessica
I've been taking a tapestry weaving course online given by Rebecca Mezoff. Check it out!
I'm also selling looms on my website, Weaving Rainbow. Click on Hokett Looms & Tools to see them. I've been weaving on a tiny 6 dent and original 8 dent and may get one of the intermediate looms eventually.
Although Rebecca's course is not closed captioned, I'm finding it to be an excellent way to practice listening with my cochlear implant because it's a subject that I'm familiar, I'm able to pick out enough words to be able to follow along; watching her warp & weave is a bonus, and I would enjoy that even if I couldn't hear a thing!
It really is exciting to be able to understand so many words... I do better with her course than I do in the audiologist's booth! 20% in the booth (with a challenging map, possibly better with my older September map)...as a wild guess, 50-60% with Rebecca's course & I understand enough words to fill in the others with context.
When I was younger, I tried resisting auditory training practice. It's biting me in the butt now (see booth scores), but I practice every so often. I should practice more! That said, I somehow did pretty well on the telephone when I was younger. In the last 10 or 15 years, my ability to understand on the phone deteriorated. I can't really understand on a cell phone, but I suspect it's because it's different from an older phone.
I am hoping to get my other ear done, even though the doctor isn't sure I would get a lot out of it. It'd be better than my hearing aid, for sure! I'd like to give it a chance, and I'd like to get it done before the newcoming administration makes changes to various health programs... I keep my political thoughts to myself most of the time. I don't like to argue politics, it's not something I'm good at, though I've learned a lot through this election cycle than before... I think I finally understand the electoral college, but can't decide whether or not we should keep it. I'm on the fence.
Anyway, I got on here to say how important it is to listen to different things: environmental, music, speech, etc. Since I started writing, I heard the train, and the rain. Earlier, my son was playing guitar in his room, and some of the sounds he was playing sounded like a low growl. I looked at our dog, Buttercup, and she didn't look disturbed at all...she's a very easy going, friendly girl... I touched her throat & then realized, "OH!! it's the guitar making that sound!" Maybe I'll try to get a video of him making that sound, and will TRY to get a photo of Buttercup. She's hard to photograph...
I've found that doing focused listening when watching videos helps. I don't always need the captions anymore...and listening to something I'm familiar with with words that I expect to hear...in the case of what Rebecca teaches, I hear words like warp, weft, loom, beater (nothing violent, here! it's a fork or fork shaped tool that helps pack the weaving) and other words often used when discussing tapestry weaving.
( 1:20 PM ) Jessica
I may start doing Friday Fill-ins:
I did this one almost 8 years ago:
Those of you with multiple blogs or private blogs...if you could add your link to the Fill-Ins, that would be GREAT!
Questions courtesy of MindFul Mimi
who had some thought- provoking ones this week; thank you, Mimi!
I'd love to feature your
questions, if you'd like to leave some for future use please feel free!
1. For me _____
is the opposite of creativity.
was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because _____
4. In nature I like looking at _____
should win the US elections.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was _____
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____
, tomorrow my plans include _____
and Sunday, I want to _____
( 2:53 AM ) Jessica
These yarns are $3.50/skein, plus shipping, colors aren't super accurate.. cat friendly home...a couple of skeins may not be full skeins, but have at least 3/4 of a skein. These are great for many crafts, knitting, weaving, etc...some will felt.:
Briggs & Little Heritage
Worsted wt, 100% wool, 215 yards, 4 ounces
(Top Left (top to bottom)
1 Medium Grey
1 Dark Grey
1 Sheep's Grey (looks beiger in photo than in real life)
1 Dark Maroon
Right (top to bottom)
5 yellow (brighter in real life than photo,all 5 are the same dye lot)
2 fern green (same dye lot)
1 dark green
Not shown (found after photo session): hunter's orange (looks like a short skein)
Briggs & Little Tuffy, 80% wool, 20% nylon, 215 yards, 4 oz
1 smoke (left)
1 green mix (right)
Also, check the Weaving Rainbow website for more yarns & patterns...
I'm Patchworkgirl on Ravelry!
( 12:28 AM ) Jessica
I thought this might be interesting to try... I don't know if I'll do it or not...
( 8:03 AM ) Jessica
One good, but scary change... as of later this month, my youngest son will be attending public school for the first time in his life after homeschooling/unschooling all his life... high school...both of us made the choice.
This is almost worst than my oldest 3 starting kindergarten... it's a good change... (say over and over in my head...)
Clothes shopping as soon as we get down to Denton!
( 7:26 AM ) Jessica
First, I will start by saying that I don't love my crock pot... it's big and clunky and a pain in the patootie to clean... it's not that hard if it is soaked, but... ehh... it's useful, makes good food, saves oven space, and it does not heat up the house in the summertime.
The writing of this recipe is a work in progress. I plan to take some pictures next time I make a meatloaf. Maybe later this week!
What I like to do is to put the meatloaf onto a bed of potatoes (sweet or/and white) or other chunky veggies that take a little time to cook... turnips, rutabaga, winter squashes, etc... post a comment down below with some other ideas. The reason behind putting the meatloaf on top of the vegetables is to keep the meatloaf from getting super soggy and falling apart while giving the vegetables juices to cook in. My recipe is NOT a low fat recipe: I recommend using ground beef or ground chuck, nothing leaner than 80% beef and 20% fat because we NEED those juices to drip down and flavor and cook those vegetables!
You could try using a leaner meat and using some broth, maybe 1 or 2 cups?If you use broth, leave a note in the comments below letting me know how much you used and KUDOS to you if you use a nutritious home-made, long-cooked bone broth!
This is not an *exact amount* recipe. I'm inspired by The Frugal Gourmet who liked to estimate amounts. I remember him saying in a Cali-girl tone: "didn't she have a grandmotherrrrrr??" when someone was obsessed with needing the exact amounts. I may list amounts, but they are all "to taste"/As You Wish!
It can be made gluten free if you use almond or rice flour or gluten free bread crumbs.
The super-condensed version is: layer some long cooking vegetables along the bottom and sides, put in your meatloaf, put a little sauce on top. If you're using lean meat, put some broth on the bottom... cover and cook on high or low for a few hours until vegetables and meat are done. Serve and enjoy.
Long cooking vegetables such as potatoes (sweet & white), rutabaga, carrots (sliced thickly), turnips, parsnips, winter squash, etc. .. you'll need enough to line the bottom and about 2" along the sides of your crock pot. I used an equivalent of 6 medium to large potatoes in a 7 quart crock pot.
Slice these babies 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
1 chopped onion
2 or 3 cloves garlic chopped
Your favorite meatloaf recipe OR for a 7 quart crock pot, I use:
3 lbs ground meat. I usually use 2 pounds of ground beef and 1 pound of sausage.
3 eggs (1 egg per pound of meat).
Enough bread crumbs/croutons/almond flour to hold the meat together yet, so that the meat is still moist, maybe a cup?
1 small can of tomato paste or equivalent amount of ketchup or 1 or 2 tablespoons of soy sauce or steak sauce or bbq sauce
Seasonings such as salt & pepper, onion, garlic, creole seasoning, Cajun seasoning, etc.
1: spray the bottom of the crock pot with cooking oil spray or coat with oil of your choice; olive oil is nice.
2: line the long cooking vegetables along the bottom and sides of the crock pot. Make sure the bottom is covered. If you have some thin slices, you can use more than one slice on the bottom...
3: mix the meat(s), eggs, chopped onions and garlic, seasonings, salt/pepper, ketchup, bbq sauce, steak sauce, soy sauce . You don't need to use all these sauces, pick 2... or use all if you like! Be sure to set aside enough of one of the thicker sauces for the top... mix well.. I use my hands... and transfer loving thoughts into the mixture.
Note: you can do this step before you do step 2 so the meat mixture is ready to be plopped into the crock pot.
4. Form your loaf so that it will fit on top of the vegetables without touching the sides of the crock pot.
5. Slather sauce on top of the loaf.
6. Cover and set to low or high... mine usually cooks in 3 or 4 hours, check and see if the vegetables are soft enough. I wouldn't go much more than 6 hours.
7. Serve & enjoy. In my house, 3 pounds of meat in a meatloaf will feed about 8 or 9 people... I live with hungry bears... slim ones! Except me: I'm the fluffy one!
Now where did I put that spell checker.....?? Ah. Found it. It insists that crockpot needs to be 2 words... Google goes both ways!
( 10:49 PM ) Jessica
I figured that a 9 month update would be a good idea!
Although things have mostly leveled out, I'm still noticing interesting changes in my hearing... it used to be that I could only follow one to one conversations or ones I'm a part of... I can now understand a fair bit of what other people are talking about if I'm not in the conversation.. for instance, if my sons are talking to each other in the same room or they're talking to their dad... if I'm in a quiet room, I can understand people a few feet away. I still have to lipread, but being able to hear voice patterns is... wonderful!
I wear a somewhat older Phonak hearing aid and it's helping in ways that I can't quite understand. Even though it doesn't SEEM to me like it's helping a lot, if I'm just wearing my CI, things sound different & I miss more... that ear picks up a few things (some somewhat critical, even) that I don't know if my CI ear can pick up... like the weather alerts on my phone... flute, violin and other high pitched sounds... and some very low ones as well... the CI is mainly for speech, but there are environmental sounds that are important.
The other day I heard a bird squawking... a black bird... and I think I'm starting to recognize some others. Need to go for walks with Gary or/and the boys so they can help me learn those sounds since I don't think we ever covered them in speech therapy when I was younger...
This reminds me of when I was in college and for DAYS maybe weeks, I thought I was hearing someone's motorcycle starting up outside each morning... one day I realized it was taking an awful long time, whatever it was... so I looked out the window... and then I realized it was my boyfriend's cat purring! That was sweet! I can now hear most of our cats when they meow and purr... I guess those sounds fall within the speech banana!
Earlier this evening, when I was in the kitchen, I wasn't sure what all I was hearing..and then I heard the very LOUD sound of our cat Cheddar hollering... I didn't see him... he was pretty close, though! I called Reuven to ask what I might have heard & he picked Cheddar up & showed up to me.
He's a character...
We've been having a megaton of rain lately.. some areas are getting hit badly by floods & high winds... hopefully it'll calm down some soon.
We were in Austin for Memorial day weekend to meet one of Gary's classmates who flew in from Israel to see her family...there was flooding there... on Monday when we went for lunch, we had to keep backing out of streets that were flooding to get around the area where Shoal Creek & Guadalope is to get back to our hotel... that was... interesting!
Tomorrow, my son Evan is graduating from High School & they moved the ceremony into the gym because of the rain/weather forecast... we're expecting more tomorrow. It was supposed to be held in the football field...
( 11:18 PM ) Jessica
We have a new dog... she was in the animal shelter, she had been there for about 2 months, came with a littler of puppies... Buttercup (we just named her today) was hanging around Sonic, a drive through restaurant, and Evan (he works there) and a co-worker took her to the animal shelter because they were afraid she was going to get hurt in traffic. They found her puppies and brought her & the pups to the shelter where they stayed... they named her Ingrid there, but we didn't want to keep that name... we went through a couple & then Gary turned around and asked "didn't we have a dog named Daisy?" and I said "yep... oh I know, we can call her Buttercup!" She's a yellow dog, so that works. She doesn't look dainty, but what the hey! She looks like a shepherd, maybe wolf, maybe pitt, who knows what else... no pix yet except for the shelter pics and they don't capture her prettiness...
I hope she gets along with our other dogs.. we're keeping them separate for now to let her settle in... she looks confused...and was growling at them... she hasn't met Indy yet (the giant puppy on my lap)... I'm not sure if she was ever a pet, but she's friendly with people. She had puppies a few months ago (i think they all found homes or are at a no-kill rescue)... is spayed now...she's ignoring the cats & I hope she'll be okay with them. Liberty (our oldest cat) is in my room now to play it safe...
I was able to hear her growl... before I got my cochlear implant, I would have only been able to see it.
This month will be 9 months on the 20th and April 30th was 9 months since the surgery. I've been wearing a hearing aid (a Phonak Naida) which I've had for about 2 months now & it's interesting. It gives me a sense of fuller hearing & there are some things I can hear with the HA that I can't hear with the CI (and vice versa). I no longer really like "one eared" music, I prefer having the CI and HA both at the same time. Both sides seem to send each other messages.
In the beginning of April, Gary, Reuven & I went to Oklahoma so I could attend a tapestry weaving workshop with Archie Brennan & Susan Martin Maffei. It was great! I'll post more about it on my tapestry weaving/art blog.
Tomorrow is the last day of speech therapy/listening therapy at UNT. It's been pretty good & I've made some progress. I sometimes feel like maybe I'm not working hard enough, and need to come up with a regular routine... I call the cochlear telephone practice line several times a week and occasionally play with my Angel Sounds app... and listen to songs & books. I don't know if listening to books is very helpful or not because I can follow the patterns of the words, but I can't understand them without looking.
( 4:00 AM ) Jessica
I've seen this article before and tried to find it again... someone on one of the CI discussion groups posted it: Cochlear Implant resuts
Basically, it explains the different results people with different hearing histories are likely to experience after activation. I got the beeps that adults post lingually deafened would get... and just the beeps, ma'am...(and crinkling paper & music)...
( 2:22 PM ) Jessica
We took Jellybean in for his final visit to the vet... she was careful with him and gave him a sedative before giving him his final shot. It calmed him down and eased his breathing (which was labored). He fought the sedative and then calmed down. A few minutes later she give him the final shot & it was over. We buried him perpendicular to Boomerang.
I wrote the details about his illness on the January 24th blog entry.
This weekend, we offered him some special things to eat... some cream, tuna oil, tuna, pureed tuna...
He will be missed.. he was a very special boy-cat and although there are many many special cats, dogs, ferrets, fish, people, horses, goats, sheep, etcetera, etcetera, none will replace our Bean and none will replace any of them either. They're all unique and special...
Seeya on The Rainbow Bridge... Oliver is there, Roo is there... Daphne, Daisy, Opus, Kat, Goldie, Boomerang, Ruthie, Sonic, Emma, Lily Potter (yeah I know, you two didn't really get along, eventually learned to tolerate one another?), Kikki, my first cat, Bandana, Loveslug, and a whole bunch of others...
Crookshanks is still in the room with us... he's hanging out in the bathroom, not sure if he's happy, not sure what to do... if we let him back out, who knows when we'll see him again. Maybe he can get used to being an indoor cat, that would help the sores outside his ears from his ear mites to heal & treat the mites.
I'm going to just lay low for the day, maybe take some laundry to be done later... I'll update on hearing related stuff later this week. Suffice it to say that things are mostly leveling out with an occasional wow moment.
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