Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
Work In Progress

No Fighting, You Two*

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Daily Life,Knitting — folkcat at 1:36 pm on Friday, March 21, 2008

Baking News:

Wednesday, Gryphon and I assessed the bread supply, and determined the next loaf would be needed for Friday’s (today’s) sandwiches.

Thursday is a big errand day, and of course, there’s knitting at Panera on Thursday night. When would I have time to run the bread machine?

The answer was: Wednesday night!

I got to try the 15-hour timer on the bread machine. I loaded the ingredients on Wednesday night about 10:30 p.m. By the time Gryphon and I got home from errands on Thursday afternoon, the bread was ready to remove from the machine.

Hooray for technology!

The recipe this time was, once again, the Honey Oatmeal Bread from Recipezaar.com. The one change I made – I reduced the yeast called for down to 2 teaspoons. This resulted in a perfect, fluffy loaf, yet one that didn’t rise so much it baked to the dome lid. The new yeast quantity will be a permanent change in the recipe for me.

Anticipated baking: Gryphon and I plan to use the DOUGH cycle on the machine this weekend to make pizza dough! I’ve also made promises to a friend to bake her a loaf of the Honey Oatmeal Bread (without sunflowers) for her birthday, and to another friend to bring a loaf of bread for a shared lunch at her home.

Wilton, We Have a Problem

Folks, you’ll be glad to know that my Adult Surprise Jacket looks different enough today to justify a photograph.

As a reminder, here’s what it looked like on Monday:

ASJ - 3-17-08

And here’s today’s photo:

ASJ - 3-21-08

What’s that you say? The brown is missing?

Yeah, you’d be right about that. After knitting the variegated brown section for, oh, 6 inches or more, I found a problem that required massive frogging.

The Hole In The Browns

I suddenly noticed that hole about 5 inches down from where I was working. It’s along one of the lines of increases in this section of the jacket. I studied it carefully, and determined that what happened was I worked an increase properly, but then dropped it before knitting the next row. As a result, the excess yarn from the dropped stitch simply sat there, making a big hole.

This isn’t something that you can just grab a crochet hook and run back up to the needle. There isn’t enough slack in subsequent rows to make that work. So frog I did.

And as long as I had to go that far back, I decided to fix something I had let slide, but didn’t like.

Loosey-Goosey in the Purple

This is the purple yarn I had worked at the point where the decrease section transitioned to an increase section. If you look carefully up the center of the photo, that’s where the decrease/increase line is. Towards the top, you’ll see my stitches got a little loosey-goosey. I think the problem was the yarn used here – it’s a softer acrylic than some of the other yarns in the jacket so far, and didn’t hold as good a stitch definition in the increases as I’d have liked.

I didn’t like the look, but it wasn’t a deal killer. That part would be in the underarm area of the jacket when it was finished, not very visible, and the holes weren’t large enough to really be a problem.

If I was ripping all the brown back, though, I figured I might as well rip out this purple. So I did.

That was Wednesday night. Last night, I started re-doing all I’d undone. I changed out the purple yarn that hadn’t held the increases well for a slightly stiffer one. Then I got as far as working one row of the brown variegated before knitting time was done.

I know a lot of people would be upset at having to rip that much. I’m not. I want this to be a wearable jacket, something that will be on my body a lot. I don’t want to be looking at it thinking, “gee, I wish that hadn’t come out so sloppy” or “darn, that hole drives me nuts!”

Far better to expend a little extra effort, and have a garment I’d be much happier with. The return on investment here is incalculable.

Final Notes:

To those who celebrate it – have a Happy Easter on Sunday! To my Jewish friends – a very Joyous Purim to you! To everyone else – may you find the joy and blessings in the season, appropriate to your respective beliefs.

To Mother Nature: Now that spring is here, you might want to supervise your boys in the transition phase.

Snow has had a good run, and shouldn’t be allowed to continue hogging the world beyond his due.

Snow Miser

It’s Heat’s turn, and he deserves his fair share.

Heat Miser

Just don’t let him go overboard in his zeal, please? KTHXBAI!

*Mrs. Claus to the two Misers in the 1974 Rankin-Bass production of The Year Without a Santa Claus.

And It Is Good

Filed under: Blog Admin,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting — folkcat at 2:31 pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The latest loaf of bread, that is! The recipe that I linked to on Friday – Honey Oatmeal Bread – 2 lb. – turned out be be not only huge, but absolutely delicious, with a light, fluffy texture. This one’s a keeper!

Honey Oatmeal Loaf

It’s a big, big loaf. The recipe says it’s making a 2-lb. loaf. Mine rose enough – in spite of using 1/4 teaspoon less yeast than called for – that it touched the glass dome of the bread machine lid.

Honey Oatmeal Bread - Cut Open

Cut it open, and it’s got a nice, light texture. I added 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds to the recipe when the bread machine beeped for mix-ins. From the distribution I can see, it’s just the right amount. The sunflower seeds added a nice flavor note, as well as a little extra crunch.

Honey Oatmeal Bread - Close-up

This stuff is amazing just eating a plain piece out of hand. Or toasted, with butter. Makes an incredible sandwich, too!

I’ll be making this bread again, often enough, I’m sure, to justify buying the large jars of honey.

Next baking will probably be Friday. Tomorrow’s Panera day, so I’ll be out of the house. Hmm…maybe I’ll test the delayed baking feature, and put the ingredients in tomorrow night for Friday morning!

Knitting

Not much to report here. I’ve been working steadily on the Adult Surprise Jacket. It just doesn’t look much different at the moment. I’m still knitting with the brown variegated yarn, and I’m still working increases. Whcih is probably a reason why it doesn’t look much different for now – the rows are getting longer, and taking more time to complete.

Blog Stuff

As promised, I’ve updated the 105 Things About Folkcat page. Now called 105 Things About Folkcat (Now More Things!), it includes corrections to family history as offered by my mother, and some updated information about Things that had gone stale or were obsolete. Enjoy!

Knitting, the Moors, and Watching Company Alone

Filed under: Books,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting — folkcat at 1:31 pm on Monday, March 17, 2008

A weekend of knitting and watching interesting television. I’d saved several of the Masterpiece productions of Jane Austen novels, as well as the two-part Jane Eyre, since they were broadcast back in the fall. This weekend, I went through Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park in fairly short order, all while working on my Adult Surprise Jacket. (ETA – Persuasion! I also saw Persuasion. Thank you, Elspeth, for reminding me!)

Adult Surprise Jacket - 03/17/08

Yes, that’s a brown-based variegated yarn that’s been added in. This is a stash-busting project, and while I’m a huge fan of purples and other bright colors, I don’t have enough of them in my stash to do the whole jacket in those hues.

I added the brown at the point where you start increasing at the underarms. So it will be placed closer in to the body. I think it works, it helps to offset the bright colors and makes them pop even better.

I have one skein (I think it’s a 3 1/2-oz. Red Heart) of the brown, and I’m going to knit it until it’s gone. Then it’ll be back to the brights.

I’d never read Jane Eyre, nor any of Jane Austen’s works. I loved the A&E broadcast of Pride and Prejudice as much as anyone, however, and had seen Emma Thompson’s version of Sense and Sensibility, and I think it was Gwyneth Paltrow who did Emma?

I was impressed with all the programs I watched this weekend. Jane Eyre is an epic, classic tale. I can see why it endures. It has a tragic hero and heroine, a happy ending. But not without Rochester getting his karmic payback for his sins, even as he lives happily-ever-after with Jane.

Northanger Abbey is now my favorite Jane Austen, I think. I found the tale of a young girl who was enamored of romance novels to be very relevant, even modern for its age. Mansfield Park was all right, but I was continually distracted by the presence of Billie Piper as the heroine, Fanny Price. I kept expecting the Tardis to turn up in the garden! Billie was memorable as Rose in Doctor Who, but somehow just doesn’t seem like a Jane Austen heroine to me. Although, maybe that was part of the point – she wasn’t meant to be a typical heroine, because she was the poor relation who depended on the kindness of her uncle and personally had no expectations of love or fortune.

Perhaps the most notable result of my mini marathon of the Janes – Eyre and Austen – was that I now want to go and read the actual books. Especially Northanger Abbey.

The other interesting show I watched was the Great Performances presentation of the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Company. This was a show I’d never seen, but I’m a huge Sondheim fan. It seemed both strange, and somehow oddly appropriate, that I watched this almost abstract musical about relationships and commitment while sitting alone, knitting. (Gryphon was at his computer playing EverQuest II.)

Luceteering

My lucet arrived on Saturday. Handmade of purpleheart wood by Lynn the Weaver, up in the Pacific Northwest, this is a beautiful fibercraft tool. While my makeshift wire lucet was good to get me started, I find my speed is way up with the proper equipment. Plus, there’s that supreme satisfaction that comes from working with a well-crafted tool.

Purpleheart Lucet

If you want your own, just visit Lynn’s website at http://www.lucets.com/. In addition to the lucets, Lynn makes a number of other fiberart tools, including kumihimo stands, looms, and more.

Baking

The first batch of bread in the machine on Friday came out great. I used a basic sourdough recipe – the same I’d been using for hand baking the bread, actually. I did oops and add a bit too much flour, but it came out all right. There was just a tiny bit in the corners that didn’t bake in completely.

Gryphon’s eating more sandwiches, what with good bread to make them on, so I’m baking again today.

Honey Oatmeal Sunflower Bread

The recipe this time is Honey Oatmeal Bread – 2 lb. Loaf. I found it at Recipezaar.com, which has become one of my favorite online sources for recipes of all sorts. This particular recipe was well reviewed by other users who had baked it.

I made two changes when I put this together. The recipe calls for 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast. I had the Fleischmann’s packets, which each contain 2 1/4 teaspoon. I decided to just go with the quantity of yeast in one packet, especially after reading one reviewer’s comment that their loaf rose so high it overflowed the pan.

Then, to add a little texture to the bread, when the machine beeped to add mix-in ingredients I used a little over 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds. Not sure if that was really enough for this big a loaf, but it’s a start. If it seems a bit light on sunflower when it’s done, we can always add more next time.

Hot Dang!

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen — folkcat at 2:07 pm on Friday, March 14, 2008

I guess I’ll be baking bread today! The USPS and Amazon outdid themselves – the bread machine wasn’t expected until Monday, and it was at the Post Office today!

Gotta love it!

Rattie Luceteers

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 12:57 pm on Friday, March 14, 2008

Homemade Sourdough

Tuna on Homemade Sourdough

Tuna Salad on my own homemade sourdough bread. We’ve got the taste and texture down now. Next up is the shape – I’ll be baking in loaf pans next time. Unless the bread machine surprises us and arrives early!

Surprise Jacket

ASJ: March 14, 2008

It grows. I’m about 18 rows away from where I stop decreasing, and start increasing.

This is a fun project so far, and I’m loving the way the colors work together!

Rattie Luceteers

The Rattie Siblings have taken an interest in that new fiber craft of mine. Especially in my homemade lucet.

At least, I’m going to pretend that they’re more interested in participating in Mom’s hobbies than that they like the smell of the latex-based adhesive in the grip tape I used in the lucet.

Lola and Leo with the Lucet
Lola and Leo Check It Out

Leo Steals the Lucet First
Leo Tries to Take it Home (I took it back immediately)

Yuri Has a Go
Yuri Has a Sniff and a Nibble

Lola Makes a Run For It
Before Lola Makes Her Own Escape Attempt

Thwarted at the Lucet, Lola Steals the Yarn
Thwarted in Stealing the Lucet, Lola Tries for the Ball of Yarn Instead

The current project on the lucet is a cord made from Sockotta sock yarn. It’s coming out very nicely. I’d say it’s about shoelace weight, which leads to the interesting concept of matching your shoelaces to your socks!

Family Matters

Filed under: Blog Admin,Blogfriends,Brother,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Mom — folkcat at 4:58 pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

First things first. I made some progress on the Adult Surprise Jacket yesterday, though not all of it knitting. The tower of blue/green variegated yarn, once upon a time, was my Clapotis. I never wear it, even though I love the Red Heart yarn that it was knit from. (I just wasn’t as delighted with the finished Clapotis as everyone else seems to be. And no, I don’t think it’s the yarn – I actually didn’t like the look of what, to me, was a fairly boring piece of fabric with lots of drop stitch runs. *yawn*)

ASJ: March 12, 2008

I had incorporated the small bit of yarn leftover from knitting the Clapotis in the ASJ, and really liked how the color worked with the purples. I wanted more. Being a stash-buster project, I determined I wasn’t going to buy it, however. So I decided the Clapotis counted as stash, and spent a chunk of time yesterday frogging it.

Those nice cakes, btw, are center pull balls wound by hand, not on a yarn winder. I was pretty pleased at how nicely they came out!

Baking

We’re making another attempt at bread today. Same recipe as last time, but this time I’m letting the starter proof longer, using olive oil instead of shortening, kneading longer, and letting it rise more. Fingers crossed!

Fan Collector Geek

That’s the name of my brother’s new blog! We grew up with collecting parents, and he, like me, came honestly by his habit of gathering all sorts of interesting stuff. He started this blog last week as a place to showcase his collections, and to reflect on the nature of collecting and collectors. Check it out, and if you like what you see, drop him a comment!

Your Mother Should Know

For a long time, (this blog will be three years old on April 23rd), I’ve been writing here without my family much looking at what I have to say. My brother was always too busy to peek, and my mother simply didn’t have a computer.

All that’s changed! This past Christmas, my brother actually went through my blog to get gift ideas, and came up with an amazing one. He also, for my mom’s birthday in November, gave her a MacBook computer.

Mom has been taking lessons at the Apple store near her, and she’s been exploring the web. She even takes pictures with the camera built into the laptop, and e-mails them to family! It’s been great to be more in touch with the family in Syracuse this way, we just don’t seem to be the type that phones much.

Until this past weekend, though, I never got a clue that she might be looking at the blog yet. Then, she e-mailed me Sunday night, saying she’d been looking around here, and she had a few things to nitpick about in regards to my “105 Things About Folkcat” over on the sidebar! Mostly some details about family history that I, having “learned” them as a child, hadn’t quite gotten right.

I doubt I’ll change how I post here just because my mom may be looking over my shoulder. I’ve always hoped the family would do so, actually, and could thus understand more about what life is like for Gryphon and I here in New Hampshire. Mom, if you’re reading this, welcome, and do stick around, please!

105 Things Redux (Soon)

I was prompted by Mom’s e-mail to read through my 105 Things again, and realized it’s actually quite outdated! There are facts that have changed (I comment at one point that “spinning never clicked for me”, for instance). Lists of favorites that could be updated, desires I express that have been fulfilled. And of course, now, corrections to family history to post, courtesy of my mom!

I’ll be working on a new and improved version of “105 Things” to post Real Soon Now. And in that vein, I will point out that I was recently tagged by Crafty Christina for the Seven Random Things meme. Normally, I don’t do memes, and technically, I won’t be doing this one. But I think I can claim a pass anyway, because the 105 Things will be, well, 105 random things about myself. I hope that works for you, Christina!

Friday Quick Takes

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 8:36 pm on Friday, March 7, 2008

Gryphon Socks on Gryphon Feet:

SG:P4 - Done and Modeled!

Adult Surprise Jacket Begun:

Adult Surprise Jacket Begun

Leonardo Dreams of “Outside”:

Leo at the Window

While Yuri and Lola Snuggle in the Sweater:

Yuri and Lola in the Sweater

A Loaf of Bread Rises in the Oven:

Bread Loaf Rising

Have a great weekend!

The New Post

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Crafting Miscellany,Knitting — folkcat at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, March 5, 2008

New Socks

Mere minutes ago, I finished weaving in the ends on Gryphon’s second sock (Socks for Gryphon: Pair 4(SG:P4)).

SG:P4 - Done!

Pictures of them being modelled by actual Gryphon feet next time!

New Projects

Now that Gryphon’s socks are done, I’ll be starting on my Adult Surprise Jacket. I’m going to make this from acrylic worsted weight yarns I have in stash – and believe me, there’s plenty of that. It will be a scrappy jacket of many colors, which suits me just fine!

New Pets

Sourdough Starter
My First Yeast Colony

Mere minutes before writing this post, I stirred up this batch of sourdough starter.

I’ve been wanting to cook more real foods. But with Gryphon working second shift, and not home for dinner 5 days a week, there’s little incentive. I almost never get to prepare a dinner and set it on the table for everyone both of us to enjoy together.

We usually manage a special meal of some sort on the weekends. But I want to flex my cooking muscles more than that. It finally hit me – bread! We use bread regularly, it’s not that difficult to make, and it doesn’t need to be consumed the moment it comes out of the oven. (Though I’m sure that, until the novelty wears off, much of it will go that quickly.)

My favorite is a good sourdough bread. I know I could have thrown caution to the wind and hoped for a good yeast species floating around in our air – here in downtown Wilton, right on several main roads, in an old apartment complex where I doubt anyone has made real bread in decades. I decided that sounded a bit chancey, though, and went for the Fleischmann’s Sourdough Starter that I found in the recipes in MasterCook. (Once I can figure out why my FTP software isn’t loading, I’ll be able to provide a link to a TXT version of the recipe.)

Basically, it’s a big pot of glue – warm water and flour – with a packet of yeast mixed in. Put on the lid and leave it alone for a bit, and theoretically, I’ll have a sourdough starter I can keep perpetually alive to make bread from.

Fingers crossed!

New Crafts

This is a lucet:

Homemade Lucet
Homemade Lucet

It’s a homemade one, at least. A proper one would be nicely hand carved from wood, with aesthetically pleasing curves, a nice grain, and a soft sheen. This one is made of 18-gauge steel wire with a plastic coating, a piece cut from an empty supermarket gift card, and a bunch of blue self-adhesive grip tape. (The tape is usually used to wrap fingers and/or hands to protect them from injury in sports or manufacturing jobs.)

MacGyver would be proud, don’t you think?

A lucet is an ancient tool, used to make a flexible, non-stretchy cord. As you can see in this detail, the cord made with the basic technique is square. There are other techniques I’ve seen on the web that produce flat cords, and one very advanced luceteer (not sure if that’s a real word, but it should be!) that I found in England has discovered ways to make buttonholes and lacy trims on her lucet.

Lucet Cord in Progress
Close Look at the Cord

I have known vaguely about lucets for many years, but had no clue how they were used. (The Wikipedia article linked above has several links to online tutorials.) When I needed a cord of some sort, and couldn’t just use a length of yarn, my practice has been to make a crochet chain. But that’s asymmetrical, and not very attractive. Using a lucet, I’ll be able to make symmetrical cords that are non-stretchy and nice to look at, and I can make them to go with any project.

Then I saw Dave at Cabin Cove posting about his lucets, and the cords he makes with them. I was hooked! He has a pair of beautiful, wood, hand carved lucets. Luckily, he also provided a link to the merchant who made them – Lynn the Weaver. Lynn is a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) merchant and woodworker in the Pacific Northwest.

Let me tell you, I searched the web for the best lucets I could find, and seriously – I never found any as nice as what Lynn shows on his website! I’m going to call him with my order for a lucet made of Purple Heart wood later today. Meanwhile, I’ll continue practicing with my little homemade one.

That’s what’s new with me. Crafty endeavors of one form or another, mostly, and I’m enjoying every bit of it. What’s new with you?

Free At Last

Filed under: Books,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 5:40 pm on Monday, March 3, 2008

The pictures from my phone camera, that is. The UPS guy was at the door today with my new USB stick, and it reads the micro-SD card perfectly.

So here are a couple of the pictures I promised. Maybe not the greatest photos. The shutter speed on the camera phone is like molasses, and rats are not.

There’s also an issue that anytime you hold up a camera, the Ratties have to come check it out, immediately. After all, you might be offering them something edible.

Yuri and Lola
Yuri

Yuri is walking down from my shoulder here, trying to figure out what’s in my right hand. You can see Lola in the background. She’s doing what she often does – standing on the corner of the chair, staring off into the distance to see what’s out there. As in, is it worth jumping down to go get it? I think lots of rats do this, from what I’ve seen – Star and Sable often did.

Yuri Explores, Leo Burrows
Yuri Explores, Leo Burrows

How many pictures have I posted of a Rattie sticking their head out from this same blanket? I think most of the furry four-leggers have been shown in this pose. In this case, it’s Leonardo taking a brief break from his burrowing under the blanket to see what’s up. Yuri, meanwhile, wants to get to the little table I use in front of my chair to see what might be left in that bowl from my lunch.

In The Home Stretch

I took a break from knitting most of the weekend. I actually had cramps in my left hand after Thursday night’s knitting, and the hand and wrist felt a little weak on Saturday. Must have overdone it a bit!

SG:P4 - The Home Stretch

I dug out my Thera-Gloves and got back to work yesterday, though. Turned the heel on Gryphon’s sock number two, and now I’m in the home stretch, just knitting the leg until it matches the first sock.

And a Winner!

The pea soup that I was experimenting with on Friday came out pretty darn good! The only element that was missing was some ham for a slightly smoky flavor note (and a little extra protein). So Gryphon and I picked some up on Saturday. On Sunday, I diced it up, and cooked it with another half of an onion chopped up. I stirred these around in the skillet until there was some carmelization starting, then dropped it into the crock pot and added back what was left of the soup.

Four hours or so on low, and the soup was done. And it tasted even better than it had the first day, without the ham.

I’m going to work on finalizing the recipe and posting it. In fact, I’m going to be working on new formats for all the recipes I’ve posted in the past, and get them up under that “Link3” item on the top menu bar of the blog. Which will suddenly, at that point, read “Recipes”.

Amazon Buys

One thing that’s going to help with the recipes – once upon a time, I used to use MasterCook Deluxe v4.0 to keep recipes in. But that must have been several computers ago, and I guess it never got installed on newer systems over time. In fact, I found the CD and tried installing it on my current computer, and the software is so old it won’t even install. So I looked around, and found that the current version (MasterCook Deluxe v9.0) was only $19 on Amazon.

Of course, you know you can’t order just $19 worth of anything on Amazon anymore. So a copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac wound up in my cart, too.

I now have three of her books altogether – The Opinionated Knitter, purchased in Syracuse at Christmas from gift money; Knitting Without Tears, purchased along with my Harmony DPNs from KnitPicks to meet minimum order for free shipping; and now, Knitter’s Almanac. I’ve wanted to add EZ’s titles to my library for years, but couldn’t ever decide which one to start with. Finding The Opinionated Knitter at the yarn shop I visited in Syracuse rather decided that for me, and now it’s just a matter of filling in the gaps.

So does this mean there’s an EZ project in my future? Yup, it does. I’m looking at making an Adult Surprise Jacket as my next attempt at personal outerwear. And I’m planning to work from stash for it, making a coat of many colors and burning off lots of existing surplus.

In fact, this will probably be the very next project after Gryphon’s current socks and a nesting bag I’m knitting for the Ratties. So stay tuned, it won’t be long!

Stray Bits

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Daily Life,Knitting — folkcat at 5:57 pm on Friday, February 29, 2008

Just odds and ends today. I’m feeling a little brain fried, so I can’t build coherent stories to tell. So here are some stray bits that are floating around in my head.

  1. Funniest thing I’ve seen or heard in the past week, for some reason:
    On Oscar night, I opened a bottle of Diet Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea. Inside the cap, as you may know, Snapple puts a series of “Real Facts”. This time, it was “Real Fact #15: All porcupines float in water.”

    That just absolutely cracked me up. I immediately thought of an airline steward (host? I don’t know what they call them anymore), standing at the front of the plane, and advising us that, “In the event of an emergency, your porcupine may be used as a flotation device.”

  2. Still no pictures coming off the phone camera. The micro-SD card they’re stored on is fine, the problem is the adapter that lets it fit into a standard SD card slot. We’ve studied the options, and have ordered a basic, USB stick-type reader that will take the micro-SD card directly. Once it arrives (and proves it works), cute pictures, I promise!
  3. I’m experimenting in the kitchen today. I’ve been thinking about soups again – specifically, the spring pea and asparagus soup that Panera used to sell a couple of years ago. I decided to see what I could do with ingredients already in the house (plus an onion I had Gryphon pick up at the market today) to make a fresh pea soup. It won’t have asparagus, but it’s got some carrot and onion, a couple pounds of frozen peas, a bit of garlic, and some parsley, dill, and chives for seasoning. I just turned the crockpot on a few minutes ago, it’s just a matter of time now. Then I’ll know if I have a delight, a disaster, or something in between.
  4. Gryphon’s second sock has about 6 1/2 inches of foot now. No picture, sorry, but I’m sure you’re clever enough to imagine what that looks like! I am going to take it easy on the knitting today, though. While I was working on the sock at Panera last night, my left hand and wrist started cramping up on me a bit. Clearly a message to put down the sock and back slowly away!
  5. We’re waiting for our second storm of the week now. I know a lot of people are expressing their frustration with the amount of actual winter weather we’ve had this year. Me, I don’t know – maybe it’s the fact that the first 32 years of my life I lived in Syracuse, NY. This snow we’ve had in NH is nothing!

    Besides, I figure that by the calendar, technically it’s still winter. As far as I’m concerned, Mother Nature has free rein to keep doing this until March 20th, the first day of spring. By then, however, she’d darned well better have this out of her system!

Data Dump Ended.

Initiate New Program:

10 Print “Y’all have a great weekend now, okay?”

Y’all have a great weekend now, okay?

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