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Kestrel Cat

Give yourself or someone you love the gift of Knowledge.
Come learn one of humanity's most Ancient Arts.
Working with fiber.
I am currently available to teach fiber arts during the week and have morning, afternoon and evening slots open on my calendar.
I am familiar with all styles of spinning and weaving equipment and can help you to get the most out of what you have.
I also teach basic sewing, beading, basketry, bookbinding, crochet, dyeing, felting, fiber processing, jewelry making, knitting, needlework, paper-making, pattern creation and clothing design.
Let me help you make your dream projects a reality.
Over 30 years experience and a BA in Cross-cultural Anthropology and Textiles.
Reasonable hourly rates for both private and group lessons.
Discounts for groups of 6 or more.
I teach both adults and children as well as all levels of skill.
I also offer basic repairs and equipment tuning.
I do public fiber arts demonstrations and lectures.
And yes, I do make house calls.
Serving the Portland Metro and beyond.
Interested? Curious if I am available?
Email: amymariepittman@yahoo.com
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Kestrel Cat
25 July 2017 @ 01:52 pm

Some articles on BMI.

If you are curvy, plus sized, taller than average, have a larger than average skeleton or more muscle mass than most folks you have likely run into the BMI.

Here is some solid information on why this number is not a useful measure of health or obesity.

Kestrel Cat
29 October 2016 @ 06:40 pm
I have always enjoyed Adam's work. This is an awesome build.
Here he is wearing it.
Kestrel Cat
22 September 2016 @ 11:42 am
At 7:27am this morning Fall officially began.
So of course it's supposed to be 85 next week.
That's PNW weather for you! LOL

I started early I did my usual household chores and then attacked changing/cleaning all the linens and covers an all the beds and furniture. Then I tidied the pantry and did a bit of baking.

Here is today's featured recipe:


These are a house favorite. The making of them is a bit fiddly but the flavor is well worth the effort. High in protein and low in sugar they are perfect for breakfast, with coffee or for snack. They freeze well and are very satisfying. Any combination of nuts and dried fruit will work, so experiment with what you have in your pantry.


1 cup nuts

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup shredded sweetened coconut

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground ginger

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup applesauce

2 cups nut butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup dried cherries

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Cookie Sheets

Food Processor

Measuring Cups & Spoons


Large bowl

Wooden spoon or Spatula

Metal Forks & Spoons

Cooling Racks

Cookie Tin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Toast the nuts until nicely browned on a cookie sheet (approximately 10 minutes)

While the nuts are cooking assemble the Software.

Let the nuts cool and then grind in a food processor until they are flour and pour into a large bowl.

Measure the rest of the dry ingredients into the food processor and pulse until well blended.

Add blend to bowl with nut flour and whisk to combine.

Now combine the wet ingredients in the food processor and mix into smooth batter.

Pour the nut butter batter over the dry ingredients in the bowl and fold to combine.

The dough will be very stiff.

Finally add the chocolate chips and dried fruit to the dough.

Now place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill thoroughly.

If desired the dough can chill overnight and then be baked.

Spoon dough onto sheets and roll in to 1 to 1 ½ inch balls and space about 2 inches apart.

Bake about 10 to 12 minutes until just set.

Remove cookies from oven and lightly flatten the cookies with a fork.

Place back into the oven and bake 5 to 8 minutes or until nicely browned.

Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the sheets before transferring onto wire racks.

Store in a tin with a tight lid.


Kestrel Cat


So articles like this piss me off because they really do not address the issues of food insecurity at all. Instead they set an impossible or nearly so goal and show how the poster has no freaking clue about shopping on a budget, food prep or stretching one's resources. Could I eat healthy for a week on $28? Yes, but I would not have purchased thinly sliced chicken breast, avocado or shrimp instead of salmon. I wouldn't even considered almond butter. Oh and organic eggs? What BS. Organic is not in the cards on SNAP.

Long story short this is really a fluff piece pretending to care about the health of folks on SNAP aimed at making the reader feel informed without doing so.

What a waste of damn pixels.

If you need help or want to understand food insecurity contact 211.org or your local Food Bank. They are on the front lines of food scarcity and they will tell exactly what's going on.


Current Location: The Rug
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Fresh Aire 2
Kestrel Cat
24 August 2016 @ 03:58 pm

Twas lovely n chilly over night so I got some much needed deep sleep. LM let me lie in past 8am. Gasp! It was a Miracle I tell ya!

Me without enough rest is no bueno. Worse than no coffee.

So had a later that usual start but got my active chores done no worries. Then I did my books and treated myself to a baking session with LM. Made Coconut Blondies, Vegan Impossible Pumpkin Pie and batch of Mocha Cold Brew.

This is one of the upsides to twice a month batch cooking most of our meals. If I want to do something special I got the time. Baking for me is very relaxing. Edible chemistry + recess. The only hard part is waiting for stuff to cool. LOL

Then I applied myself to the outgrown clothes LM and I pulled from his wardrobe last week. Divided the worn out and only good for upcycling pieces from the stuff I am going to sell and or donate. There's a lot to do but I made a good start.

Tonight I am working in the back yard transplanting the last of the overcrowded herbs and setting up my first Fall crops. The heat really slowed my bigger gardening projects down but I hoping for an Oasis come late Fall.

Off to sample the yummies-

Current Mood: contentcontent
Kestrel Cat

Woke up a little later today and as it was again much cooler I was able do some extended skip diving and run some time sensitive errands after my active chores.

The front garden is chugging along despite the heat and intense exposure. So glad we chose Mediterranean and sun-loving herbs and veggies to go with the flowers that were already planted. Lately I am trimming and harvesting weekly and from the looks of things the perennials will be well established by first frost. At this rate I will have plenty of tea and cooking herbs put up for Winter. Some of my tins are already full. Which feels awesome. LM has been of great help hauling water and spraying plants. I have gotten to share a lot of practical science as well as my lovely of gardening with him. Win-win.

Skip diving was pretty good today. Found LM a lovely child-sized rocker in reasonable shape plus a couple bits n bobs for indoor play for when the rains come. Puzzles are always popular here. The rocker is solid wood and though the finish shows some age and use; it was easy to clean up with a bit of wood wax and a screwdriver. Himself is delighted as he's wanted one for a quite a while and I had be unable to find a sturdy one for any price. So finding it free was a bonus. I'll likely make a chair pad for it later this month if I can get LM out of it long enough to take measurements.

He's named it his Reading Rocker.

The Geek is strong with that one.

Also scored a 4 cup french press glass carafe. It's in new just out of the box shape. No press screen, but I knew I had extras in storage. So now I have a backup in case of breakage. Considering how old my other press is that could happen at anytime. And me without coffee is not a good thing.

I got my full step goal in after almost 20 days. 11866 steps or 5.48 miles. Felt good to do it but I am gonna feel it in the morning. Likely get another 1/2 mile or so in doing my nighttime chores before the counter rolls over at midnight.

Well off to play with some yarn-

Current Location: At the Keyboard
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Rain Songs because I would love to NOT water in the morning.
Kestrel Cat
21 August 2016 @ 09:41 pm

Woke to MUCH cooler temperatures today, thank the Gods! I am still recovering from the intense heat and light but I think I will survive after a few more days RnR. This PDX weather really wears me out!

I now seem to be stuck a semi nocturnal schedule. LOL It's working but I am sleeping most of the day which is interesting. Only really a problem if I have to make an appointment or wait for something to open.

Got up awhile afore dawn to water, sweep and do my active chores. Felt like I was racing the sun. But with LM's help I got everything done in good time. The dust bunnies are slayed for another week and everything is caught up. I have even got the wash and the dishes sorted before 9am. Nice!

Since it was still in the 60's LM and I ventured out to the shops after breakfast mostly to stretch our legs. The heat has shot my daily step goals all to Hades this month. Wish I could get step credit for sweating in place. Don't think there's a setting for that. Skip dove a couple new pots for the garden. In perfectly good shape, too! Picked up some dairy and onions so I could fill a cooking request. Also watched folks rush around complaining about back to school, the heat and other things we have absolutely no control over. Humans!

I was happy to see the Halloween and Fallish decorations are starting to make an appearance around town. I am so ready for the Holiday and I think everyone else is too. Our neighborhood really goes all out. Which is happy making and super fun for us. Best of all our local Halloween pop-up store will be opening it's doors in less than a fortnight. I love that place. They carry my size and they have the neatest household decor and accessories.

I was ready for my sleep cycle when I got in. Fortunately so was LM so we rested til his dinner. I must have worn him out because he went right back to bed after his meal. A good thing.

Now I am sitting having a lovely iced coffee and listening to Nox Arcana with DSB. If you are looking for nice newer Goth music, something for your haunted house installation or next week's D&D game check them out. Very listenable and it's obvious that these folks are both geeks and very talented. A rare treat.

Now to do a few Mama-do's and check the gardens.
Stay cool y'all

Current Location: the Library
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Nox Arcana