10 June, 2020

ETCH A SKETCHED MY BRAIN

Here's the scoop. It has been an odd, nothing quite working, work week. Then the video that was meant to go live today, which required a voice over because the audio wasn't on, turned out to have a BIG CHUNK missing ... so I passed on that turd and shot another video. Which also turned into Turdsville City.

So I Etch A Sketched my brain (aka shook my head and started fresh), and shot something that excited me - the crunchy, spicy snack that I LOVE (and was about to eat in real life).

As for the lost footage from the first video, you know, I'm okay with it. At first I went from The Happy Whisk to The Grumpy Spatula, but that didn't last. It's video. I got about a billion of them inside me just bursting to get out (just like in Alien).

But the cool thing is, even though it's not gone smooth this week with footage lost, the field mice invasion take-over of my filming/studio/kitchen area (yuk), and a headache that's been on and off since last Friday, I still wanted to keep doing the work - even when I didn't want to.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, it feels good. Even on a bad week. I still want to be here doing this. I love making food and sharing videos. I once believed that sharing my videos was spammy (more on that in another post), but now, I understand this is what I want to do. Even on the bad weeks.

I want to do the work.

I am doing the work.

That feels good.

In other news ....  on Monday, I finally built the last front porch raised bed. Up next, to paint them super duper yellow or to treat the wood so it won't go gray? I'm leaning toward super duper yellow. But I'm also groovin' on the natural look.

And that my Boogerbutts, is all that's fit to print. Thank you for reading and/or watching and I will see you again, next Wednesday.

Whisk, out.



2 more around the left side - to paint or not to paint?





60 comments:

  1. I have heard that ghost peppers are the hottest. I think you should paint them, make them really pretty!

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    1. Hi Ginny. I think they once were the hottest but got beat out by the Reaper Chili (which I love, love, love). But I'm not sure what the hottest is as of today. I know they keep trying to outdo each other with who creates the hottest chili. Thank you, I think paint is the winner.

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    1. Hi Christine. I think so. I think paint is the way to go. Then I can fill them, seed them and that will be fun. Thanks!

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  3. Paint them and possible put some daisy on them.

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  4. And what a fun video it is! Love your delivery -- you're always interesting to listen to! And going from The Happy Whisk to The Grumpy Spatula -- LOL!

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    1. Hey Debra. When I get cranky, that's what Tim calls me, The Grumpy Spatula. He cracks me up! Thank you for watching and the kind words.

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  5. I'm sorry you've had a bad week. At least the good thing about a bad week is that the next week will feel extra good by comparison! Your video is great and you are talking some spice there with ghost pepper! I agree with the other commenters - paint those lovely boxes!

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    1. Hi Bonnie. There's been minor bumps and I could do without the mice in my old shooting area (caught one tonight), and I could do without the spring ants but really, it turned into a darn good week with next week's work, almost done. I'm THIS close to finishing edits on another video.

      Paint it is. It will be so bright and fun. Thank you, Bonnie!

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  6. Are you getting ready for Halloween already....?

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    1. Wait? Am I the only one who is ready for Halloween? lol. Those plastic ones were under the front porch so I brought them out when we got the dirt and the little real pumpkins, are from a local farmer and still good. Makes my heart happy. We always have a bit of Halloween going on, year-round here. Best. Holiday. EVER!!!!!

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  7. The raised beds are looking good. I've been thinking of something similar, but with an added framework so I can attach shadecloth on really hot days to protect seedlings and half grown things, so they don't get sunburned.

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    1. Ohhhh, that's a really good idea. I would love to see those. I like the idea of protecting the seedlings. Very smart.

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  8. Sorry if things didn't go as you planned, but I love the idea of being a grumpy spatula - that would be me, washing the dishes! Great video, too. Thanks for your comments on my blog. Go ahead and download an pics you want. If you can't down load, send me a message via the comment form on the right side and I'll mail it to you. Have a fun week, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi Valerie. Thank you. That's okay about the video. Something better happened. That's what's so good. Even though it sometimes can be a rough week, I STILL want to do the work and that's what makes this turd turn into a gem. Thank you about the picture. I'll let you know if it doesn't work. Much Thanks, Hugs & Bugs, Me. PS: Dishes. I don't like them either.

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  9. I think the fact that even when things go downhill you still want to work says loudly and clearly that you have found exactly what is right for you. Which is wonderful. And rare.

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    1. Hey Sue. Thanks. Sometimes, we gotta work even when we don't want to but after that, boy, it feels good.

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  10. "Turdsville City" :-)
    Sorry about the mice - and headache!
    Love your writing style a lot!
    And I could imagine yellow would look happy.
    Hmmm, LOVE hot, too!

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    1. Thank you, Iris. Turdsville City. A real place. :-)
      The yellow does look happy. I have a smaller box in that shade. So fun.
      Thank you for the kind words about my writing style. That makes me smile.

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  11. I personally like natural wood but everyone has their own preference.

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    1. Hi Ann. The natural is so nice but sadly, the sun will not let it stay that colour. Over time the wood will become gray, unless I treat it somehow or .. leave it inside.

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  12. We don't want a Grumpy Spatula.
    I think natural would be nice as well. Then again, I like natural on most things.

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    1. Tim named me that. He's funny.

      The natural is very pretty but sadly, the sun, she will not allow the natural wood to stay so pretty and will turn it gray, if I don't add some sort of treatment.

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  13. I find your food videos very entertaining and uplifting.. You have a unique style and you make them fun to watch. Sometimes I put on a food video and it is so serious, long, and boring I can't stand to watch it. Not yours! Anyway, I've been working on a project (a cookbook) and it's not working out the way I want it to with some of the photos and layout and I'm gonna take your advice to just "aka shake my head and start fresh"-and see where this week takes me. The snack is a little too hot for me!! Hope you have a better week and looking forward to your next video!

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    1. Hi Judee! Thank you for the kind words.

      Very cool that you've been working on a cookery book. That's exciting. Doing the Etch A Sketch shake helps a lot, I find.

      But here are two photographers that might be able to help you with story and composition. I am learning a lot of good stuff from them both. I'll leave the addresses below. I LOVE these two because they make me see shooting stills, differently. Plus, when you're ready to upgrade some gear, they talk about that too, which has been helpful for me here in my own little studio.

      The Bite Shot @ https://www.youtube.com/TheBiteShot

      We Eat Together @ https://www.youtube.com/YellowStreetPhotos

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    2. Thanks so much.. will check them out..

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    3. They are both wonderful teachers. I just watched on of The Bite Shot's where she talks about giving more space between the back drop and the food, so next photo shoot, I'm trying that.

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  14. Your posts always make be smile!

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    1. Thank you, Marie! That's so nice of you write.

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  15. I don't think I would paint your raised beds-but if it makes you happy-do it-just not on the inside.
    some weeks we just have to push through-which is an achievment hugs

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    1. Hey Kathy. I would never paint the inside. Noooo. But if I leave the outside untreated it turns that gray over time. I'm less of a fan of that gray. It's not horrible gray, I have one small box that the sun turned already. But for the front porch when we come home, I'd either treat the wood or paint it. Thanks!

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  16. I wish I like to cook and could cook. I wish I could build boxes and paint them. I wish I could eat hot peppers but it takes my breath away. And most of all I wish I could draw stick figures like you do. One Last Wish that I just thought of I wish I had your energy

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    1. Hi Sandra! No cooking at all? I just was at your blog and read about the eye socket. Sounds like you have a lot going on and I hope he goes to the two appointments. As for my energy, it was passed down to my by my Hungarian grandma. She was the same way, and I really believe I got it from her. Thanks for stopping by. Healing wishes from my family to yours.

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  17. I am not sure I would completely paint them, but I might paint something decorative on the raw wood. They look great!

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    1. Hi Anne. I can't leave the wood raw and outside because Mama Earth will turn that pretty raw wood, gray. But I can always add flowers to the treated outter shell. That's a fun idea. Thanks.

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  18. I think a bright and sunshiny yellow would be just lovely.

    God bless.

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    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks bunches. Yellow is such a happy fun brightness. Thank you.

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  19. Ivy, I love your energy. You can tell that you love doing this and I vote paint them bright yellow! My favourite colour. I also really want to try these pretzels.

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    1. Hi Tilly! Great fun to see you here. Thank you much. Yellow is such a fun and bright treat. Pretzels are very, very good. Wishing you a yummy weekend!

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  20. Always amaxing me all you make Ivy and your energy !! Send you hugs and love !

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  21. I'm no cook but I think I could manage that snack!

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  22. You have the best attitude and that takes us the furthest in life! Your energy is contagious and we need more of that lately. ;()
    The raised garden boxes are going to be so much fun for you!

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    1. Thanks, Suz. Hope your day is going good today. It's Monday as I comment and today, I finished painting the front yard raised beds. How goes it there? was cold here over the weekend.

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  23. To paint or not to paint? I really like the natural look but I also love a lovely bright colour! Your videos are awesome. Do you hang your camera overhead?

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    1. To paint or not to paint! It's Monday as I write this to you and today, I got to finish painting all the front yard boxes. I'm all ready to fill them and make more beds. Yes, it's overhead for this one. Very, very nice to have that. How goes your photos? I miss your old photo blog. That was fun to look at.

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  24. The planters look great, Ivy! I'm voting for yellow simply because I love me some happy looking planters! Booooo on the lost footage, but the snack video turned out great and looks super tasty.

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    1. Thank you, Theresa! It's Monday as I type this and today I painted the last of the front yard boxes. Woohoo. How went your weekend?

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    2. My weekend was a long one. Socially distanced outdoor beach wedding for my nephew followed by a boat ride with my bestie. Sunday was a recovery day as my old body just can't take that much fun and rebound right away anymore lol.

      Glad you got your yard boxes all painted. Don't you just love checking off those small victories off of your to-do list?

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    3. Glad you were able to spend recovery time on Sunday. That's always nice to just have those days, I find. Yes, so great to have them done. Now to fill them and see what I can plant.

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  25. I like your raised beds, I'm for a natural look.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. I love your name. Amalia is such a pretty name.

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  26. The Grumpy Spatula would make for great food blog posts on the days that everything goes wrong. lol

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  27. Hope everything is better.
    parsnip

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    1. Thanks bunches and boogie boogie to you and the crew!

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  28. If anybody can get me up and moving and inspired - i gotta say, it's you and your posts! Love your humor.

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    1. Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for the kind worda and for reading my blog. Happy Weekend.

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