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Is anybody here? + news + ZOO animals - PHOTOS.

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 2, 2012, 5:14 PM


Hi!

Ok, ok, ok, I am almost scared - what happaned? It seems that this site is totally empty for last week! :O_o:
I wonder what caused this: Sandy? Or do Americans have some Halloween holiday so they are not online? Or... is there some secret and slow Zombie attack? :noes:

Of course dA decided to use this time to announce free shipping :XD: usually they do it before Christmas and I usually get pretty nice money from it. This time I got just few dolars, so I hope dA will repeat the action - just before X-mas as they did the last year. Because this site really seems to be empty now! :noes: as a response to a free shipping, I released Free calendar for 2013 - I think I have never had so few faves, views and downloads on it. What a pity, what a bad time :(

I know about Sandy, it was covered by Czech media a lot :(
Poor people, I hope everything will be fixed as soon as possible. I did not know it affected so many people :(

You also know I asked you to vote for Allerlei's photo - thank you for doing that, she is now on the first place with great number of "likes"! :aww: I wanted to take my part in the contest too, because the 12 chosen photos were to be printed in a calender, which would be then sold and earned money would be used for contruction of brand new wolf habitat. But the ZOO made a mistake and forgot to add my photos into the collection of participiants - it is not a big deal, they apologized and seemed to be very sorry about that so it is fine. I told them to have no hard feeling about it, mistakes happen ;) I wanted to use this photo (fav.me/d4gaa9p). I had to say my first idea was that they did not want to include my photo because it is everywhere on the web, so I was about to hate all those art-thieves even more :XD:

What makes me a bit happy? I am probably out of annoying 77,5 - 79,5 Kg cycle and I started losing weight again. I really needed to see that "76,something" to be aware of some progress. It is a nice kick and I am now totally good girl, as I am trying to reach "75,something" as soon as possible ;) hurray!

Also, me and my sis decided to use and eat more seasonal stuff. It is autumn now, so it means... PUMPKIN TIME! You from USA probably do not get my surprise, but I would not say that many Czechw know and use this vegetable often. We also do not celebrate Halloween (11/2 we have "All souls day" which is much more silent and spiritual than American Halloween. We just go to cemeteries and lit candles on graves of our beloved...), so pumpkin is not that popular. But it is amazing vegetable - full of vitamines and many many healthy things, you can use it to prepare almost everything (desert, soup, main food, side dish...). It is also very filling, but it gives you almost no calories! Simply a miracle food.


I would like to share a recipe for fantastic, easy and pretty delicious soup :-)
You need:

One pumpkin (without skin and without seeds) - some 600g
1,5 big onion
2 carrots
bouillon cube
1 liter of hot water
1 table spoon of olive oil
rosemary
1 tea spoon of ginger
Salt
Pepper

Put olive oil into the pot, cut an onion into bigger pieces and as soon as the oil is hot, put the onion into the pot too. Stir. Soon add also carrots and pumpkin, both also cut into pieces. Stir and let it fry (it is not the best word, because there is only one spoon of oil) for few minutes. Do not forget to stir it ;) In the meantime, use a jug kelltle to get approximately one litre of boiling water. Then put it on the vegetable into a pot - the water level should be some 1-2 cm above the vegetable. Add salt and pepper and also a bouillon cube. Let it boil only for some 15-20 minutes. After you test a piece of pumpkin and it is not tough anymore, just add a tea spoon of ginger and few pieces of fresh resemary. Put the pot away from the flame and let it cool down a bit. Then use a blender to mix it properly - the soup will be creamy. It is incredibly tasty, filling soup, which is very healthy and gives you no calories. It is also so easy to make, it takes you only 30 minutes from the start to the end of mixing, when you can immediately start eating. And you will look like a king, because the soup looks and tastes very luxourious ;) As I say - a miracle ;)






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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am still here and still enjoying your photographs. HOwever, the last two weeks have been extremely busy for me. Yes, I do celebrate Halloween as a religious holiday called Samhain. (I can't remember if you know of the spirituality I take part in). Anyway, I put together a Pagan ritual to honor those who have passed and honor the Dark Goddess and God which involved a lot of writing and collecting of items for the altars.

I am not on the East coast...in fact, we are in Arizona. So, the only impact that we have felt so far about Sandy is that we are greatly saddened by the loss of life and property.
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980256 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I didn't loose power but the internet was gone most of that week. That at 60 pages of school papers due next week...
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Shikamaru12678 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
.....Misha Collins and his scavanger hunt :I
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inuyasha666hiei Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am here just also been playing on my other name XD
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Toboelover Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, Woxy! I tried the soup (I used broth instead of water and a bouillon cube, though). That is delicious! The pumpkin absorbs all the other flavors and it is simply delightful. :) Thanks for sharing it.
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woxys Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
my pleasure, I am glad you like it :D I just had it for my dinner, it is so filling without giving you calories :aww:
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wolfnut2985 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't been on because the internet went out for 2 days.
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corkscrewfork Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Yeah, Sandy's causing a lot of problems for people in that area :( I'd imagine there will be a repeat of the free shipping weekend, once things have settled down and people have had time to rebuild their lives a bit.
But, on a lighter note, that soup recipe sounds amazing and delicious :D I think the word you'd want to use instead of "fry" would be "sauté" as it uses a very little bit of oil to cook the food :) any idea what someone could use if they don't like/have rosemary?
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woxys Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
sauté - oh thanks, that is the word! :giggle:

I think it might work with basil or with Thymus vulgaris :D garlick migh work as well :D
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meowkittycat478 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
A lot of people lost power form Hurricane Sandy so that could have been it. Thankfully I only lost power for like 10 secs. And also, Halloween is usually celebrated in america by dressing up and going door to door while people give out candy, its very fun. ^^
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