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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?


Comment by Carol

February 29, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

“Your porcupine may be used as an emergency flotaiton device.” Hmmmmm, it’d have to be a pretty darn dire emergency….

As for hte kvetching about snow, even though I have lived in Canada all mylife, I am still tired of it by this point. it’s not event eh snow so much as the cold! I am tired of wearing umpity billion layers and having my fashion choice be “regular gloves or uber furry warm gloves?” Sigh. Whine whine…maybe I’ll get some cheese…

Comment by Arondelle

March 1, 2008 @ 11:31 am


I’m still having unprovoked, random crack-up episodes over floating porcupines. Thanks so much, dear.

(They’re Flight Attendants now, BTW)

Comment by Angela Lee

August 1, 2009 @ 6:47 am


Socks are another thing I want to knit so I guess I better learn how first. But that isn’t a problem with the internet.

Maybe your industrious nature will inspire me.

Angela Lee

Comment by Angela Lee

August 9, 2009 @ 8:20 am

I definitely want to try some socks soon. But have to make myself finish the other projects first. Want to get them accomplished first. Almost done with my lacy sweater. I don’t know if you would like to see it or not when I am done I can give you my photobucket link if you do. Let me know. But only if you want to. 🙂

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