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First of all, it has been raining nonstop in West Palm Beach, so yesterday I chose not to leave the house (well, it's an apartment but I call it a house because I live here). The studio is also an apartment, so I can't call them both by the same name. BUT I DIGRESS.

I was home anyway and It has been too long since I have baked bread. I have had a jar of sourdough starter ripening for what seems like a week with not much action. Day before yesterday when I came into the kitchen, it had overflowed the jar and was all over the counter. Yeccch - what a mess. It was ready to use.

If you've baked sourdough you know it is a process. Add flour and water, leave for 4 hours and then into the fridge for overnight.

Next day, add more flour, knead, and leave for more hours, stretching and folding the dough every hour. Shape, let rise again, and finally - BAKE!

This loaf came out looking very pretty, so it was worth all the time. The other loaf is not as pretty so I sliced that one first. The sourdough flavor is wonderful - the best I've made. And there is a nice open crumb. This went into the freezer. I will take it out next week when my daughter Jessica arrives for a visit.

Now I am done procrastinating and will get back to work. The studio is calling.

xoxo R

During the past umpteen months I've been working on developing some online classes. After having spent a lot of time on one class, I put it aside to finish later and started again with another fun and popular one.

I'm still at it -- working alone and trying to film yourself is not easy; I had some help from my partner Phil-cum-reluctant videographer who did a great job, considering the learning curve. I am on my own now, so - uh - no guarantees. But I have the video I made telling about the class so you can sign up to get notified when I'm ready to release it.

I've also spent a lot of time on the phone volunteering to contact South Florida voters to make sure they have their mail-in ballots and check whether they need any help. Almost everybody I spoke to is afraid to mail their ballot and have already put them in the drop boxes at the Supervisor of Elections in their county (which I did) or will drop them at the early voting sites, which open Oct. 19. Only one said she planned to vote in person.

No two teachers are doing these classes the same way; Some are doing everything on Zoom, others on an online platform, and still others a combination of both (which is what I am thinking about). I'm leaning toward the hybrid so I can SEE you and we can talk to each other but you can also watch the videos (LOL) a few times online if you need to. We'll see.

In the comments below, I would love to hear about your experiences with e-classes and what worked for you (and what didn't).

Here's the video I made as an intro - (just ignore the "I'm going to post it to my blog" comments I made just in case I post it elsewhere).

Leave me a YES! along with your comment if you want me to notify you when the class is ready to launch so I can send you a registration form.

Back to work!!



Yes, I am really still here.

I have spent the last umpteen weeks trying to figure out how to run a Zoom meeting, including trying to figure out how to put up a background that isn't my kitchen. At this rate, you may have to look at my kitchen. It could be worse.

Today I took the morning off and wandered around a store that was not a supermarket. A bit of zen and a complete change of pace from sitting at the computer, the sewing machine, or the camera. Ahhhh...what a treat!

I have finally given up on working at my (roughly) 2x4 kitchen island and have decided to go back to the studio. I came home to work in the first place because I don't have central air in my studio and the air conditioner is so loud that when I play back the video, all you can hear is the roar of the a/c unit. And if I turn it off - I am in a sauna. But when (my partner) Phil gets back next week, I will let him help me schlep my stuff back and try a workaround.

Just as well. When I am home I am distracted by doing laundry, baking bread, and talking to my plants. How cute is this celery? I don't even like celery but I use it when I make soup, so I want to see if I can grow it on my windowsill. So far, so good. LOL.

My big design wall is in the studio, so I have been using my little portable one. These are some of the blocks I've been playing around with at my temporary studio as I make samples for NPPP. .

I have decided to move back to my studio and just have the a/c running 24/7 so I don't have to swelter and try to be engaging at the same time. LOL

Fast forward a couple of days -- I couldn't wait, so dragged everything back to my studio in another part of the complex (all that exercise; all those steps that my Fitbit loved). Today I was actually able to get down to work. Hooray!



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