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Archive for May, 2007

Agribusiness, Isolationism, and Vegetables

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

I’m reading three books at once right now: Unhinged by Sarah Graves, which is just a pleasant mystery for reading on the porch after the doings of the day, the newest edition of Guerilla Marketing for work, and What to Eat by Marion Nestle. What to Eat is an enormous tome. I don’t think she’s […]

Wednesday May 30, 2007

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I might have mentioned that I have vacation next week. I believe that I was dithering about what to do with said vacation — visit one or other of my daughters, hike the 187-mile trail here in the neighborhood, clean the garage… I learned a day or two ago that #2 son, who had been […]


Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Ozarque sent me a copy of Mother Earth News with a recipe in it for shampoo. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I whipped up a batch, and it is a very good shampoo. It leaves the hair soft and clean. Here’s the recipe: 10 ounces water 1-2 ounces liquid soap (I get […]

Tuesday May 29, 2007

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

  Here are the results of my PSD. The tank is B3383 in a cotton sateen. It called for purchased bias binding at the neck and arms, and I had already done the neck when it struck me that it would look much better with self-fabric binding. I cut bias binding for the arms, but was too […]

Monday May 28, 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007

  I came back to share my walk with you. This is not the park I usually walk in, but the larger park a few miles further from my house. The Empress was telling us recently about when they lived in Connecticut, they decided to take their daughter to the park one day and asked […]

Monday May 28, 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Yesterday began with church, with delivery of Pampered Chef items, so I got to feel like the Good Fairy or Santa Claus or something, flitting about with my parcels for everyone. Then we had lunch with my parents and caught up with all the family news — always nice. In the afternoon, we came home […]

Sunday May 27, 2007

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

I worked with JJ yesterday. I hadn’t seen her in quite a while, and was looking forward to it, since she is very funny and different from anyone else I know. However, she had just learned that she owes $8000 to the IRS, and that really will knock the antic humor right out of a […]

Saturday May 26, 2007

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

  I should clarify that my quarrel with the guys in my house is not about what they eat. Sure, I would like my sons to choose healthy food all the time. I would also like them to go to church, sing in the choir, and clean their rooms regularly without being reminded. Let us return […]

Friday May 25, 2007

Friday, May 25th, 2007

  Yesterday I spent the day preparing for the upcoming workshops, with various plumber and insurance adjuster interruptions. Today and tomorrow I will be at the store. I will be nurturing a fantasy involving coming home to find that the blowers have been removed, the carpets cleaned, and the furniture put back into the bedrooms (which […]

Thursday May 24, 2007

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

If you ever find yourself in some predicament involving plumbing or other home repair issues, you may find it cheering to read the novels of Sarah Graves. Her heroine not only has worse plumbing problems than I or anyone else I’ve ever known, but also finds dead bodies while she spackles. So you feel better […]

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