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Archive for September, 2007


Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Yesterday began with a trip to the Farmer’s Market. Well, of course it actually began with a couple of hours working at the computer, but I had yesterday off, and I am not going to let the fact that I had to spend some of it working change that. In fact, the day ended up being quite […]

A Fancy Pan

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Fridays are a really long workday for me. I spend three or four hours at the computer, and then go to the store for eight hours. So it was a relief to me when I got home yesterday to find that the kids had ordered pizza. Not that sausage pizza is what I ought to eat […]


Friday, September 28th, 2007

We have roses. It was too hot and dry there for a while. We also have lots of baby peppers. And herbs (that’s lemon verbena in the picture). Otherwise, the garden is finished. This is my fault. I should have planted some fall vegetables, but I didn’t. That’s all. Yesterday was a wonderful autumn day, with […]


Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Gilead is a very beautiful book. We have book club today, and La Bella asked us all to consider the question, “Why is this book important?” I’m having some trouble with that question. For one thing, I find books important in general. Gilead is lovely, with tasty language and interesting things to think about and […]

A Full Day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Yesterday was a full day. I qualified, in Central Office talk, which is sort of like “flying up” for Campfire girls. This means that I now have a website. I am forbidden to link to it, but you can message me and I’ll send it to you. I’d like critiques. I was initially a bit startled to […]


Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Crafting at last! Here are pieces 2 and 3 of SWAP Part III. I finished up the skirt of burgundy cord, and got the machine sewing done on the green linen top. “Linen” of course being a euphemism for “wrinkled.” The reason I got some sewing done was that the internet went down at my […]

A Kitchen Show

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Since, on Saturday, I took bad pictures before the show and during the show, all that was left for yesterday’s open house was to take bad pictures after the show. So here they are. These are Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies. This was #2 son’s favorite. “If I ate as many as I want,” he said, […]

Rhythmic Repetition

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

I’m going to have to improve my picture-taking, that’s all. I decided to take a picture before people arrived and before there was any food on the table, so that I could make a point of getting a good picture. of the dishes, at least, and of the centerpiece. At The Empress’s party, which was quite […]

Ancestral Emails

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Over the years, I’ve done some genealogical research, and managed to find out quite a lot about the family history. The internet has really revolutionized the study of family history, not because all the documents are now posted online (as some expected would happen) but because it is now so much easier to get in […]

Fantasy Housekeeping

Friday, September 21st, 2007

I made good progress on the publishing project yesterday, and then got to scrubbing. I am reading a book called Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life, by Margaret Kim Peterson, which is about spirituality and housekeeping. I haven’t gotten very far into it, just far enough to read about how we undervalue housekeeping and […]

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