Oh Fudge %$#&*#!!!

Hello out there! You made it to December 27, 2022. This morning I tried unsuccessfully to save a batch of fudge that I had made last night. Fudge has always given me trouble, even when it was “fool” proof. Once or twice in my life, I have bought the Carnation fudge kit and those times that I made it, it never set. Again, I do blame the attention issues that I have. Last night, I tried so hard to follow the directions but then Hubby lit a fire in the back and I went outside…Ugh! Also, my lack of attention had me pour the entire contents of the evaporated milk in instead of the 2/3 cup that the recipe needed. Will I try to make it again? Yeah, I am pretty sure that I will. Personally, I hate wasting food so I am going to repurpose that fudgey goo into something, just not sure about what, but maybe I can use them on shortbread cookies or like a pseudo ganache if I add cream. Oh sorry about that, this is my winter brain, Arthur Itis has come for his yearly holiday visit and he can be extremely distracting but I can tune it out, mostly. Anyhow, we had a nice Christmas week and I hope you that is reading this did as well.

This is the fixed batch…at least it is not as soft but still not set enough…
Always look up!

Christmas morning, Hubby and I took a drive around the valley as I knew that there would probably be a hot air balloon or balloons out in the sky. We headed toward Coachella and we could see it just near the morning sun. As we made the left out of our drive way, Hubby pointed out the flock of geese flying in the sky in front of us. I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple quick shots.

Nature putting on a great show that morning.

We drove East toward Indio and Hubby and I scanned the skies. Hubby called out “Balloon that way.” as he pointed south toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. There in the sky was one lone hot air balloon.

I spot a balloon in the background!

Before we headed on our balloon tracking adventure, we had to get fuel. Hubby stopped at this gas station in Indio that had extremely cheap gas, well extreme for our area. I got a little excited when he parked as I saw a huge rain puddle and grabbed my camera and headed right for it.

I love reflections!

My sons gave me a very cool photography book a few years ago It talked about viewing things differently and most of the photos were of scenes that most would never notice or maybe take for granted. Anyhow, I know why the kids got it, because many of my photos are of random stuff. Anyhow, I guess the photo above made me think of it as many of the photos used water and glass as mediums in their photos.

The gas at this station is almost 50 cents lower than most stations in our area right now.

After the pit stop we continued on the pursuit of the hot air balloon. We headed south on 111 and the balloon was now on the drivers side.

Oooooh! Oooooh! There it is!!!

The ride though, it was so nice and relaxing. We talked about past Christmas memories and such. Finally, we found the balloon and were driving right under it!

A murder of crows was off in the distance. Wish I would have snapped a pic.

I have mentioned it several times about my fear of heights. However, part of me wants to fly one time, high in the air, like a bird, in a hot air balloon. Maybe the more I chase them, the more they will become less scary to me. If I make it to my eightieth birthday, then I surely would like to celebrate it by taking a ride. Check back in 30ish years…

My sunglasses.

The rest of the ride I snapped a few more photos when something caught my attention. I could tell that my issues I was having about getting excited to take photos is passing. Yeah, even though I kind mentioned it, I was having a block of sorts and would have to force myself to pick up the camera. I looked back at blog posts during winter and this seems to be the cycle, more photography in the early winter through early summer and them it becomes a chore because of my health issues. Maybe this is the reason I started painting.

On the drive, I imagined all the things that I could paint or photograph. Just a great morning. We headed home feeling refreshed and rested.

This was painted yesterday and inspired by our Christmas day ride.

Last week I made a conscience effort to create paintings based on the photos that I have snapped but not really copying them. I wanted to see what my own brain and hands could do. What I did was study a few photos and them formed a picture in my head. I won’t show the two photos that I joined for this painting but it was inspired from two separate self-portraits I did in 2017 – 2018.

This is based on my, notice the thick legs…ha ha!!

Here is another painting that I did of another self-portrait I shot in 2017.

I call this Hat Trick.

There is an actual photo of the bunny and me. For this painting, I removed the background and added a top hat. Also, I didn’t add as much of my lumps and bumps. I kind of dig it. Now to work on a few more things.

Well, dear reader, I hope you had a great week and I am hoping for a better week for you and blessings for a fabulous, healthy and prosperous 2022. Be cool, be kind and love hard! Hugs to you and you and YOU!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Good Morning to you and Happy DEc. 27th, Love the adventure and love the photos especially the random ones looking at things differently. Sorry about the fudge, its why I rarely attempt things in the kitchen these days. All the best as 2022 approaches.

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    1. Hi Christine!

      I hear ya on that, the distractions. Its getting harder to stay focused sometimes.

      Thank you for the compliment on the photos. Best wishes and blessings for a beautiful 2022.



  2. I empathize about having problems with attention and focusing on one thing at a time, Michelle. I love the photo of the palm trees and fake palm tree cell tower reflected in the rain puddle.

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    1. I am sure many of our friends have issues as well. There are just so many “shiny objects” floating around to steal my attention.

      I hadn’t noticed that it was one of those fake palm trees. 🙂 Good catch!

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  3. The Lunatic says:

    Not going to lie, the fudge still looks pretty tasty! I love your photography, capturing reflections was a great idea.

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    1. We used it as a topping for ice cream and it was a gooey success. 🙂


  4. rkrontheroad says:

    The reflection and balloon photos are great! I am a disaster at baking, hope the fudge tasted good.

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    1. The fudge was used with vanilla ice cream. Hubby said it was 😊

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