Archive | October, 2008


30 Oct

We made some chocolate cookies today.

Here are a couple to be baked tomorrow.  This owl looks much more impressive in person.

And here is the only turkey that we have ‘caught’ so far this fall.


30 Oct

Several young things like to go about in the snow barefoot.  At least for photos.

The one in boots lives here.  The others are visiting from colder climes.

A Bit of Snow

30 Oct

Two weeks ago, on a Friday night, we had our first killing frost.  The next morning the woods up back were dropping their leaves in bright showers.  The alfalfa and meadow fields were white with frost. The sun was shining.  The sky was clear.  The moon was still up.

Yesterday morning, by contrast, we woke to dark gray skies, and snow on the ground.  As I walked across the cornfield it looked like there was a row of birches where there should be oaks, maples, hickorys.  The trees had cast off their old clothes, good-bye, and the snow had wrapped them in a mantle of white.  Like birches.

A Few Words About Banner

25 Oct

The last time we saw Banner was Labor Day weekend.  She left with her second batch of kittens born this year in late summer.  I woke up to the sound of pouring rain this morning and thought of her.  I hope she is still with them, alive and chipper.

She came to us Labor Day 2006 as a starving little baby picked up by a friend of Jay’s from a sidewalk with a sibling and kept for a over a week in a cat carrier fed nothing but green grapes.  Her sibling died from starvation.  We were able to keep Banner alive.

She lived in the house until very late that year.  Then she moved into the bunny pen for awhile in the box Jay built specially for her.

I miss her daily.

In Bloom Still

22 Oct

Even after the hard 20 degree nights and some wet snow.

Another Teenager in the House

19 Oct

The girl turned 13 today.  She chose lasagna, brownie pudding and sweet rolls for her meal.  The sweet rolls will have to wait for a day or so.  I am tired from a long weekend rehearsing and singing in a wedding and at church, going to a party to celebrate a friends’ PhD and helping with a big meal at church for visitors from Uganda.

I had some help in the kitchen after the church meal making supper:

The supper was a success:

So was dessert:

And the clean up crew had extra help:

Silly Songs for Suppers

18 Oct

1) To the tune of Handels’ Hallelujah Chorus:  “Tapioca!  Tapioca, Hallelujah, Ta–pee-oo-ca!”

Continue as desired.

2) To the tune of Bernstein and Sondheim’s  “Maria” from West Side Story:

The most wonderful smell I have ever smelled:
Lasagna, Lasagna, Lasagna, Lasagna…
All the beautiful tastes of the world in a single food…
Lasagna, Lasagna, Lasagna, Lasagna…
I just met a dish named lasagna,
And suddenly that food
Will always change the mood
For me.
I just ate a dish named Lasagna,
And suddenly I’ve seen
How wonderful some cheese
Can be!
Eat it hot and there’s trumpets braying,
Eat it cool and its dressed noodles playing.

I”ll  never stop eating Lasagna!

The most wonderful smell I have ever smelled.

3) From Annie Get Your Gun’s “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better“:  Hawthorne’s Song:

Anything you can eat, I can eat faster.
I can eat any thing faster than you.
No you can’t.
Yes I can.
No you can’t.
Yes I can.
No you can’t.
Yes I can, yes I can.

Yes, he can.

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