Jennifer Lyon

Monday, October 11th, 2021
Weekend Roundup

The weekend was fun but a little lonely with Wizard gone. I stayed home and worked on a cake. I’m also fighting off a minor illness (not viral, a stupid infection) that I’ll have to go see the doctor for today if it doesn’t clear up overnight.

So the cake–the short version is that I made a rock then put a dragon on it. Well it’s supposed to be dragon :-)

The rock is stacked and carved cake covered in a combination of fondant and modeling chocolate. The fact that the cake didn’t collapse mildly surprised me as I didn’t have the proper dowel rods or thick straws normally used to support this kind of cake. Cake is a lot heavier that you might imagine. Anyhow, I used flimsy straws as support, but hey, it worked! Although I wouldn’t try transporting this cake anywhere–the could end in a major mess, LOL. The dragon I made from rice krispie treats covered in more of the fondant/modeling chocolate combination.  The wings are edible rice paper and floral wire. There was a lot of hand-panting too.

There’s a lot of room for improvement :-) Like the fact that he doesn’t have a mouth, LOL. I’m not a fan of the wings, and the body needs work. However I learned a lot and had fun. But whew, that cake was two days of work. I don’t know how the professionals do it! My next cake is relatively simple one for my daughter-in-law’s birthday so that will be nice.

I haven’t talked about writing because it’s tiresome to hear my struggles and  I’m thinking hard about what I really want to do. So I’ll let that hang there.

So that sums up my weekend, how as yours?

P.S. Maggie says Hi <insert manic tail wagging>.

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    October 11th, 2021 at 6:03 am · Link

    That, my dear, is an awesome first attempt at a dragon and your mountain looks like real rock. Cool. You’re learning as you go, so every attempt teaches you something. You rock. As for writing, I totally get it. :hugs:

    Hi Maggie!!

    I’m still making progress on my edit notes for Untitled Fantasy. I got some weeding done. I changed the flower garden under the cedar trees to a more zen kind of thing with mulch and a birdbath that we’re using as a feeding station for now. Nothing I planted in there thrived anyway, so maybe this is for the best. I also made oatmeal butterscotch cookies that Hubs is raving about. Life’s good.

  2. Silver James
    October 11th, 2021 at 7:26 am · Link

    OMG! DRAGON! ON A ROCK! How freaking awesome is that cake?!?! It’s so awesome I’d figure out a way to preserve it on my shelf rather than eating it. I’m so glad you’re finding this outlet for your creativity. 🥰 *pets Maggie*

    I didn’t do a whole lot this weekend. I did get some revisions done. I hit a stretch that demanded a big rewrite and that took some time. I managed a little baseball (not much because I’m not totally invested in any of the teams but for the ones I’d prefer to lose…LOL) and only OU played. Heck of a game. I didn’t even listen to my current “read” much. Weird. Not like I napped either. Oh, well.

    LG and Uncle Fix-It worked on the truck. Definitely not the engine. They replaced some stuff and it’s running so much better but probably still needs sparkplugs. Waiting to get it in for that. Once that’s done, it should be good to go. 🤞

    Hope the infection has cleared up so you don’t have to doctor today. LG had to report for jury duty. That’ll be a fun day for him. Not! :roll: I’m off to Wallyworld once it’s light outside.

    Have a great week, all!

  3. Viki S.
    October 11th, 2021 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Hi Maggie!

    I love this sad dragon. You captured him quite well. When I was a kid I read that dragons originally were on earth to protect female humans. Man got jealous and turned them into evil creatures that needed to be hunted. Naturally the dragons fought back and the war began. How sad. But once again, I love your dragon.

    Sorry you were a bit lonely with Wizard gone. I bet he missed you too. Funny how when we’re young and working it doesn’t bother us at all when the spouse is away but once retirement occurs and we’re always around one another we find ourselves missing each other.

    Harrison’s party yesterday was fun but sad too. I can’t imagine being a little kid and NEVER having other children around, especially for a birthday party. He doesn’t know any different, but still :(.

    Before he was even born, eldest bought Harrison a Star Wars Landspeeder electric toy car to ride. They gave it to him for his birthday. Man can that kid drive. He figured out how to make it go Super fast. He has a ball.

    I hope you are having a great afternoon!

  4. Jenn
    October 11th, 2021 at 5:43 pm · Link

    B.E., thanks :-) The rock was fun to paint. The dragon I should have done white base and hand painted, but as you said I’m learning.

    That sounds like a good weekend–editing, weeding, creating zen space with the birdbath and oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Your cookies must be amazing. Now go sit in your zen space, write and eat cookies (if hubs left you any, lol)!

    Happy Monday!

  5. Jenn
    October 11th, 2021 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Silver, thanks but nope, not preserving this one. I need much more experience with modeling chocolate and understanding what a dragon is supposed to look like, LOL. But practice and all that!

    Some weekends are like that. But yay on getting that chunk of rewriting done. I know what you mean about baseball (or any sport) when you’re not invested. Still you caught some games.

    Good news on your truck! LG and Uncle Fix it are awesome. Once the spark plugs are done, hopefully you’ll be all set for awhile. This kind of thing is just draining. And seriously, how infuriating is it that they told you it was the engine when it wasn’t?

    I was on hold with my doctor nearly an hour and a half and couldn’t get through to get an appointment. I went to Urgent Care and was in and out in less than an hour. It’s crazy lately. Anyway, I have antibiotics and should be fine.

    I hope jury duty went east for LG. Obviously he’s not going to get picked for a jury. Hope you survive Wallyworld–oh did Jake go???

  6. Jenn
    October 11th, 2021 at 5:59 pm · Link

    Viki, you should have seen him before I added eyelids–he looked cartoonish surprised :-) There’s a lot of interesting lore about dragons, but I like the one you read.

    Yeah I miss him when he’s gone back-to-back days, plus just a lot going on. Plus I chose to stay close to him just because I wasn’t feeling in top shape.

    I’m glad Harrison had a great birthday party! And it’s adorable that he likes Yoda. His parents are sharing their passions with him, and he’d clearly a well loved little boy. But I agree on being around other kids. It’s okay for a while, but they need socialization. The good news is he’s such a bright happy child, he’ll adjust quickly when he’s able to socialize with kids. And he’ll love it!

    The Star Wars Landspeeder is so cute! Harrison clearly took to driving it!

    Happy Monday!

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