Tuesday, February 23, 2010


As I promised, I have put the celebrating behind me, and got on with the work at hand.
I have orders to work on, and lots to do.
This is what I have to put up with all day.
No matter where I go, she is there. In front of me, on the loom, on the computer desk, on the counter.

From Crazy as a Loom

I admit that I can frequently be heard saying, "will you move your fat butt?"
But she is unperturbed by my outbursts. And she is one persistent girl.

These are a couple of rugs I finished yesterday.

From Crazy as a Loom

Guess they could still be considered my 'spring line'.

From Crazy as a Loom

I also wove another 4x6 to replace the rug my mojo screwed up, and I finished the ombred white rug.
From Crazy as a Loom

Then I came home to a roast beef dinner.
Which sounds terrific, except that I don't eat beef, or pork, or chicken, or turkey...............how did that happen?
It was that book, Skinny Bitch, that I read last April. I gave up meat for 30 days, along with my daughter, and when the 30 days was up, I couldn't get meat to my mouth. Just the thought of it is horrific to me. Poultry soon followed.
I didn't plan this.
I LOVED hamburgers, chicken wings, pork roasts. And more.
And now, even the smell of it cooking is disturbing.
So instead of the roast beast, I cooked kale.
I can HEAR you. KALE???? WTH?????? kale?
yup I cooked kale.
I bought a bag so big, that my husband asked me if I had bought a horse when he wasn't looking.
I put half the bag of kale in a big pot, with about 1" of water in the bottom. You are wondering why I am telling you all how to STEAM a vegetable.
Well, here is the tip~!! Before you put the top on the pot, you squirt some BRAGG all over the top of the kale.
I can HEAR you. BRAGG??? WTH????
Blame my friend, Alice.
But Bragg makes kale absolutely delicious. I was actually craving it.
And cooked this way, it doesn't need salt, pepper, or butter.
From Crazy as a Loom

Bragg is a liquid protein concentrate made from soybeans. If you want to know more, you can find it here.
I am excited to find that I love kale made this way. It is a great source of lots of good stuff.
It is also pretty cheap, and has hardly any calories at all.

I have finally given up on making meat a part of my diet. I really don't miss it, and everybody else will just have to get used to it.
Funny how that happens. It doesn't really affect anyone else. But it somehow makes other people uncomfortable.
I don't need any special 'replacement' food. I just don't eat the meat. In fact, there are tons of things to eat that aren't meat. It just stretches my brain a bit, but otherwise it feels pretty normal.
I am amazed at the twists and turns you encounter in your life, that you could never have imagined.
After all these years, suddenly I am almost a vegetarian.
A techno weaving, pristine hearted vegetarian.
But what's in a name?


Sharon said...

I haven't thought of Braggs in years. It was a staple in my mother's larder - I'm sure I've mentioned that I grew up on an organic farm. I spent years as a veg but now just read labels and avoid hormones and antibiotics in meat. It's not easy but it can be done. I gave up commercial salad dressings to avoid high-fructose corn syrup and mine is better anyway. I didn't realize Braggs still existed!

LA said...

OK....now I know how come you are PRISTINE!!!! It really has worked for you! Something to think about for the rest of us. BTW, Sydney looks like a very happy kitty. She's helping the best way she knows how!

Michael said...

I have one question. Does she take her Peanut butter with her everywhere she goes?

Awesome rugs! Where can I buy one??

Kale? Really? (Crap, that was three questions wasn't it? Argh! No, Four! Damn!)

Anonymous said...

I've wanted to leave meats behind in my meals for a couple of years now. Sometimes just the smell of beef makes me a bit nauseous. Hubby, however would not go without meat on his plate each evening. We have however tried to eat more chicken and less red meats. Did you find that you lost weight when you left meats behind?

The Blue Ridge Gal

Hilary said...

I often consider a meatless diet.. but keep coming back to it. Maybe one day.

Love that kitty pic. We utter the same demands at our respective felines. :)

KarenInTheWoods said...

Now.. if you were that comfy, would YOU move??? LOL Great rugs!

(Blog) http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/

JC said...

Nothing like a bit of kitty fur to make your rugs extra special ^,,^

ethelmaepotter! said...

I've never even heard of Bragg, and I guess I've never tried Kale - it gets used only as garnish around the turkey at Thanksgiving at my house - but, dadgumit, I just might have to go out and get some now!

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