March 31, 2015

Miner's Lettuce

Sir Bradley the Botanist was thrilled to show me a whole field of miner's lettuce in the woods.  He suggested we pick some for our dinner salad.

I fixed a lovely cabbage and carrot salad instead, feeling it was a fair compromise.

March 30, 2015

It Is Growing

May I first kindly refer you to the entry from March 4...

The wood is now split, but the mountain is growing.  I do believe the entire neighborhood is enjoying a good object lesson of the effect of surface area to volume ratio. =)

March 18, 2015

Wild Yeast

OK, I was inspired.  Despite previous failures, I tried once more to capture some wild yeast using water, flour, and time.  It worked like a charm!

Foamy bubbles, sourdough bread, sourdough pancakes, sourdough waffles...I have plenty to add to my Top Three.  =)

March 17, 2015

Bread, Books, People, and Travel

There is nothing like a new book, the kind you read until your eyes start crossing and you can't stay awake any longer, and then as soon as you wake up in the morning you stay in bed until you are done.

This young woman travels the world and has traded more than 1,000 loaves of her wild yeast sourdough bread in exchange for things that inspire her, which does does not include money.  The opening starts:
"Tell me a story that moves me.
Show me something I have never seen before.
Teach me something I do not know.
Bring whatever you do that you are proud of.

Share with me.
And I will share my bread with you."

And so her travels take her to all parts of the world...the Sinai Desert, Berlin, Stockholm, Bavaria, Warsaw, New York, Kabul, Antwerp, California, San Francisco...And in doing this, she inspires the rest of us to create, appreciate good food, welcome adventure, engage in new relationships, and share.

March 16, 2015

Bathing Beauty?

It was a small victory, finding a Miraclesuit at Costco!  Not only was it a stunning blue, but it was a real bargain -  60% less than other advertised prices!  I left for home with smug smile on my face.  I envisioned adding a pair of black swim shorts, and I would be set for the season. Ta da!
Done!  No more store shopping, internet hunting, or catalog hunting for that elusive swimsuit,(meaning something passable in public).

The scene at home, however, quickly fell apart. That suit was made of rubber bands, the thick kind that snap hard if you're not careful.  There might have been some steel reinforcements in there as well,  though I'm not sure.  I squished and pulled and twisted that Blue Loveliness like nobody's business.  Truth be told, once I was strapped in I couldn't actually stand up straight, nor could I breathe.  But sometimes we women have to sacrifice beauty for comfort.  Perhaps I could just lay by a pool without moving.  I was willing.

But the mirror told the whole story. There was no miracle in that Miraclesuit.  No fat disappeared and no inches were lost.  You know what happened?  EVERYTHING ON MY BODY WAS JUST SHIFTED, WITH EVERY MOVEABLE PART SQUISHED UP AND AROUND AND DOWN AND OUT. The outer regions were a site to behold.

Do French women have these difficulties?

March 6, 2015

Heart Strings

I met Sir Bradley at school for lunch, and this is the scene I found.  He wouldn't put it down.

I didn't dare pick it up.

March 4, 2015

The Driveway Is Full

A byproduct of a sunny weekend is another load of wood sitting in the driveway.  Yes, Sir Bradley the Woodsman has been busy.

I've been promised that in just 2 more weekends this pile will be split, hauled, and stacked out back.

March 2, 2015

Spring Sunshine!

When you live in the Northwest, you learn to adapt to the gray, cloudy skies and cold rain.  And when the sun comes out?  We celebrate, spending every minute possible outdoors, soaking it all all in.

Color!!  Blue skies!!

It's been the warmest February on record.  Officially, there are nearly 20 more days until spring, but we're good to go. Look at those cherry trees!