Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
January 20 seems like a bit late to be commencing on a resolution, but I’ve got cause. I’ve been sick with the-cold-from-hell. From New Year’s Day until last weekend I could do nothing but whine, sleep, and read—only now I can barely remember what I read! Now I’m in recovery, but not well yet. The Sunday beef soup was my first cooking effort of the year; I think it helped.
I know I’m not the only one to be laid low by this. My England-based son had it so bad that he perforated an eardrum. He reports that about everyone one in England and across Europe (he travels lots) is recovering or still suffering.
Linda, who lives in Massachusetts had it late in December. To think I thought—oh! right—when she said she’d been sick over two weeks. She was probably being conservative! Linda is an artist, an artisan, a craftswoman, lots of wonderful things. One, she quilts and then share her work on her blog. The squares become a visual journal. Here’s how she felt when she began to get well. She says it for me exactly! And she said I could post it here.
See it on her blog at
http://lindadrawingtime.blogspot.com/2011/01/after-plague-journal-quilt.html , and then check out some of her other creations--all wonderful!
Now, for me, I’m on to brighter days and frequently blogging.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Last summer, was so proud of turning a parking lot front yard of a leased house into if not a bower at least a colorful, flowery place. No longer.
One day last week, I dragged my super-cold infected body to the front porch. Oh! Pain! And not from the cold. Into my clothes and out the door. I had to save my poor ornamental sweet potatoes. Harvest those tubers and root them for next year’s even better bower.
What a crop! I can’t root that many, and they look just like the potatoes at the market. Hmmm. Never heard that merely because they are called ‘ornamental’ they can’t be eaten too.
I’ve lived to tell the tasty tale. I concocted a fine kettle of soup using my city lot crop of sweet potato and rosemary, mixed with some beef, broth and noodles and served, appropriately enough in our winter snowman soup cups.
Local cooking, city style!
PS Help! How do I move pictures around in my text?