As My Ability to Type

has been severely restricted by a temporary palsy brought on through prolonged use of hedge clippers, I am sticking to food porn for the day. It’s a before and after.

BEFORE: An Octopus


AFTER: A delicious seafood salad.

Why am I now feeling cruel?


I posted this just after my 40th birthday, but thirteen years later, it is possibly even more true than it was then.
Thanks to Jen, who sent it to me at the time.

The Perks of Being Over 40 50

– Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

– In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

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Summer Sunday Mornings

Our heat wave is finally over, and we are having a beautiful summer morning with clear blue skies and temps in the low 70s.

Logging Road

I took advantage of the weather to go visit my favorite logging road in a forest nearby and to lie down on my belly in the gravel.

Which allowed me to get a nice photograph of this speckled wood butterfly (pararge aegeria).

pararge aegeria (Click for larger).

Squares and a Guessing Game

It’s early in the day here, but I am already out of things to say, being speechless from another morning of reading the news and finding out that somebody shot people somewhere. Don’t even get me started.

Maribeth wanted to see some more of my squares, so here goes. I’ve not made any progress on the afghan in the past week, primarily due to lack of time:



I took the picture below with my iPhone and thought it looked kind of cool. The first person to guess correctly what it is gets a $5 amazon gift certificate.


A First Harvest

The heat wave has helped to finally redden the first tomatoes. They’re quite late this year, mainly due to the soggy and cool weather in spring and early summer.

Instead of cucumbers, this year I’ve planted six bean plants in a window-box container next to the tomatoes on the south side of the house, and they’ve grown all the way up the roof. This morning, I picked the largest of them:


I keep hearing that raw green beans contain some sort of toxic something or another. While googling to find out whether this is true or not, I found this interesting article about 8 poisonous foods that are commonly eaten.

I’ll be cooking the green beans and then sauteing them in butter with onion, bits of bacon and some fresh savory.