Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I didn't knit them myself (some anonymous knitter in Vermont did; or at least the tag said it was a Vermont knitter; I'm so cynical these days that I suspect an underpaid and overworked Chinese child made them) but I'm going to start a pair this winter. I've made socks before, with pretty hilarious results.
Someone, I think it was Jen in Nyack, NY, got me thinking about my grandmother's cinnamon buns. Actually I was sort of obsessed for a few days. So I found this recipe and made it. BUT, I halved the recipe (6 cups of flower for 12 buns?! I don't think so) and then eliminated the milk and only used 1/2 cup butter total, instead of the recommended 1 1/2 cups. Turned out pretty good but not as good as my grandmother's. I'm sure she did use the full 1 1/2 cups of butter. She had that look about her.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I think I'll plant a lot more of this great plant. Evergreen and the deer simply won't eat it. Must taste really bad. Maybe poisonous?
Cotton Lavender is an evergreen perennial herb with aromatic strangely shaped silver leaves with that remind one of ocean coral. In midsummer it bears small yellow flowers like round buttons.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Otter in the pond! The beaver family is gone but this guy has been very active in the last few days.
He dives under, catches a fish, and then sits on the ice eating it. He's not nearly as shy as the beavers were. He's a mammal, of the weasel group, while the beavers were rodents. I wonder if he's living in their abandoned lodge? And I wonder if he is alone or has a wife--with buns in the oven possibly. At the rate he was pulling out fish today, there will be a lot of frustrated fisher people come spring. The pond is stocked with brown trout in April (May?) but most people seem to catch sunfish and a few other types I've forgotten. It's great living next door to a pond.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I do love the snow and ice and cold, but I also miss being able to dig in my garden. In the DC area we don't always get rock-hard-solid ground in the winter. But this year is different. Tomorrow I'm going to dig in my compost piles just to get my digging fix in.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
For example, this interesting op-ed piece in the Washington Post about women writers. It has me thinking but I've got no conclusions. And I feel like I should have some conclusions.
Monday, January 4, 2010
'The extent to which he [Tiger Woods] can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world." ' Watch here, if you can bear to.