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November 20th, 2013


10:56 pm - The beginning of a journey...
"Away eastward the sun was rising red out of the mists that lay thick on the world. Touched with gold and red the autumn trees seemed to be sailing rootless in a shadowy sea. A little below him to the left the road ran down steeply into a hollow and disappeared."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, chapter 3, "Three is Company"

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May 20th, 2010


10:13 pm - Books, books, books
Almost two years since I last posted something on my livejournal?  Really?

Am sitting in our newly rearranged living room, listening to a Gordon Bok album and deciding what to read next.  Recently I have been re-reading novels by Caroline Stevermer (A College of Magics and A Scholar of Magics) and Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint and Privilege of the Sword), followed by The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Now, to re-read Georgette Heyer's The Talisman Ring (the 18th century! intrigue! disguises! smugglers!), or to read the brand new Carla Kelly regency that arrived in the mail today...hmmm....

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June 22nd, 2008


10:19 pm - Clothes-spotting
We spent this evening at the harbor celebrating a friend's birthday.  In the two hours we were there, we saw:
4 salwar kamiz
1 kurta
2 saris

That's apart from the kameez and dupatta that Angua was wearing with her jeans :)

All very pretty!
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May 1st, 2008


04:21 pm - And Winter's Gone Away
...well, maybe not entirely.

Pictures of this year's morris dancing for May Day can be found here:
Dancing at dawn in Takoma Park, Maryland

Enjoy!
Current Music: Sandwood down to Kyle (Dave Goulder)

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April 12th, 2008


03:17 pm - More Cooking
Some of you may have detected that I've been on an Indian food cooking binge lately :)  This week's cookbook from the library is "Flavors of India: vegetarian Indian cuisine" by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff. So, yesterday we had as our Friday night special dinner:
 
Chana dal (split chickpeas), cooked as a stew, similar to this recipe
CSA-greens-from-the-freezer bhaji (sauteed with spices, garlic and onion)
Coconut and cilatro chutney with jalapeño pepper
Chapatis (wheat flatbreads)
 
Overall, we were pleased with it -- we liked the way the different dishes tasted together.  Our chapati-making technique definitely needs help, and the blender didn't want to cooperate with the chutney.  I think it may be time for a bigger mortar and pestle to replace the blender for solid foods.
Next time I want to try this Avocado chapati recipe -- mmmmm!  

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Sign of spring:  This morning at the farmer's market there was *local asparagus*!!

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April 10th, 2008


03:51 pm - Chantey sing!
 Last night Angua and Toadsinger and I finally made it out the door to the chantey sing at the Wharf Rat in Fell's Point for the first time in months.  I brought along the concertina and managed to remember all the words to Wave over Wave, which we learned at the Orkney Folk Festival.  There were two or three other concertinas there and a couple of guitars, plus many strong singers.  It was lots of fun -- good choruses and old friends --  and I'm very glad we finally overcame inertia and returned!  My resolution for next month -- work on some new songs!
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February 7th, 2008


02:31 pm - Eating Well on a Budget

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?  -- Isaiah 58:6-7

Last year we had this reading during our Ash Wednesday service.  This and the accompanying sermon inspired me to take on a project dealing with food during the season of Lent.  

I decided that I wanted to share some of the many ideas about food -- local, healthy, tasty etc. -- that I had read and thought about over the last few years.  The end result was a small brochure with suggestions for eating good food on a budget -- ideas for those for whom eating local/organic/healthy food might not seem economically feasible: Eating Well on a Budget (this is a Word document).

I've started a separate journal to share websites and further thoughts related to the flyer, which can all be found at Eat Good Food.


Take a look, and happy eating!
 


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December 31st, 2007


01:35 pm - Recent tasty foods

After a trip to Punjab Groceries and Halal Meat on Saturday evening, I wandered about the internet and came up with this meal: Gram Flour Dosa with Bombay Curried Potatoes.  The cast iron skillet worked well for cooking the dosas.  I didn't have any carrots or chilis, but otherwise I made both dishes as written.  The tomatoes in the potato dish were some of the stewed tomatoes we put up this summer!

Last night, in search of something to eat, we came up with Mozzerella Cheese and Cranberry Bean Quesadillas, made with corn tortillas and the last of our landlord's hot salsa.  We had cooked the cranberry beans to make a soup for Thanksgiving, and had put some aside in the freezer.  Once thawed, they were similar in consistency to refried pinto beans.  Not exactly an authentic recipe, but surprisingly tasty.

Happy New Year and happy eating!


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November 18th, 2007


09:21 pm - An Episcopal hymn for Thanksgiving/Autumn
...is under here:


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November 9th, 2007


04:20 pm - Signs of Autumn:
The leaves are changing color.


There are walnuts drying in the oven.


The house is full of acorn and delicata squash.


My too-warm hand-knit wool socks feel just right with my hiking sandals.


The space heater has emerged from the cellar.


I'm in the mood to work with yarn again.


It's time to make bean soups.




(Somehow this is beginning to look like a poem!)
Current Music: "Mean Old Scene," Pete Coe

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September 24th, 2007


03:38 pm - What's for Dinner?

It has been a busy summer for food at our house...  For the second year we have a share of vegetables from a local farm (several different vegetables each week, June-November), through a Community Supported Agriculture program.  We've learned a LOT since last year about what to do with the flow of vegetables into our house!

Some of the foods we've been cooking lately:

beet risotto (with grated beets and the beet greens -- tasty and a beautiful dark pink)

squash bars for a snack (rather like pumpkin bread --very moist, not too sweet -- made with baked & mashed butternut squash)

homemade paneer (Indian soft cheese) with tomato & jalapeño in pita bread (Mmmmmm....)

leftovers deluxe (mashed squash, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, tomato, curry powder etc. -- surprisingly successful!)

bulgar wheat, butterbeans, onion and mushrooms (my standby!)

basil and walnut pesto 

canned (jarred) salsa and spaghetti sauce -- second and third attempts at canning with a boiling-water canner

Mom's rosemary shortbread cookies 

more of Angua's homemade bread (when she can be pried away from her textbooks!)

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Three cookbooks I've been using extensively this summer:
Madhur Jaffrey's world vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey (1999) -- international with an emphasis on Indian.
Vegetarian cooking for everyone by Deborah Madison (1997) -- good ideas for dealing with specific vegetables.
Simply in season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert (2005) -- divided into the four seasons -- recipes based around seasonal foods.

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My mother referred to this as my "food journal"...and looking over the last few entries, I see what she means!


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August 21st, 2007


12:47 pm - Bannock Recipe

For interested parties:

The bannock recipe (courtesy of a postcard I looked at in Stromness, Orkney) is:
1 cup beremeal (which isn't grown in the US -- it is a relative of barley.  So, you can substitute barley flour instead)
1 cup white flour
1 level tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder/bicarbonate of soda
2/3 - 3/4 cup of buttermilk

Mix together the dry ingredients and then add enough buttermilk to make a soft (but not gooey) dough -- think baking powder biscuits.  Pat the dough out into a large flat circle and then bake in on a hot griddle or cast iron skillet for about 5 minutes on each side (until lightly browned but not too crunchy -- trial and error comes into play here!).  Cut apart and eat with butter (or, as Barony Mills says, "Consume with copious amounts of ale (plus plenty of Orkney butter and cheese.)").

Traditionally, I think it is especially a food for winter, when there isn't much fresh food, but it is also very handy in the summer, since you don't have to turn on the oven to bake it!

And since I know you are all VERY curious about beremeal, here is more information, from Barony Mills and Golspie Mill:
http://www.birsay.org.uk/baronymill.htm
http://www.golspiemill.co.uk/products/products-list.html

Enjoy!


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August 20th, 2007


01:47 pm - Sunday afternoon cooking

Yesterday we had lovely cool weather -- it was raining as church let out, and when I came home there were nice breezes blowing in the window.  This inspired another Sunday afternoon cooking spree: babaganoush, spaghetti sauce with the seitan I made on Saturday night, a bannock for an after-church snack (with butter and a cup of tea), barley crackers, polenta (made with a hasty pudding recipe) with shallots and parmesan cheese...  To accompany our cooking endeavors, we had a series of the old Thistle and Shamrock radio shows my uncle taped, including one of my favorites from July 1983.
It was a lovely day, the fridge (and freezer) are full of things to eat, and we have made good progress through this week's farm-share vegetables!


Current Mood: content
Current Music: Other Side (on Radio Britfolk)
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July 21st, 2007


04:47 pm - While wandering around the Web...
...I found myself (as I often do) looking at Green Man Review, which has reviews of folk music, fantasy, folklore, nonfiction of various sorts, films, and many other delights.

On this occasion, I encountered a short piece by Emma Bull: The Summer Queen's Address to the People:
A Meditation on the Season

A favorite snippet:
"That, too, is Summer's lesson. Abundance demands that we give to others, or bounty turns to rot. Summer urges us to give away zucchini, basil, songs, labor, rides to the beach, whatever we have a surplus of that has value to someone else. It teaches us that lesson in the hope that we will remember it come Winter, when there is so much need of it. "

Enjoy!
Current Music: One Misty Moisty Morning

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June 28th, 2007


04:33 pm - Serendipitous Dining
This past weekend I was in Washington DC for the American Library Association annual conference.   Just apart from the very re-energizing workshops, great ideas, and free books, I also had many marvelous culinary experiences.  I had with me some guides to vegetarian food in DC, and set out for lunch each day with a particular destination in mind.  I never made it to any of the places I had selected, as on the way to each one I found another.  On Saturday, when I was running out of time for lunch and thinking "what I really need is a carryout place," there appeared before me Julia's Empanadas.  Delicious (especially the lentil and cabbage one), inexpensive, portable -- perfect!  On Sunday I had a giant burrito, which held me all day until dinner (great pizza with a good friend from library school).  On Monday, on the way through Chinatown to a Thai restaurant, I looked up and saw Burma restaurant on the second floor.  I sat next to other librarians and enjoyed an AMAZING lunch -- Tofu Salad, which sounds kind of boring, but which was a warm salad of chewy tofu, shredded carrots and cabbage, cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts, hot sauce or pepper, and lemon.  A great combination of tastes.

Today, back home, I went out to have a sandwich or something for lunch (tonight will be a cooking night, really!) and ended up in a little cafe I walk past every day (but had never visited), eating "spinach shiitake noodles" with a tasty broth over them.

Now, to learn how to cook all these things!
Current Music: Liverpool Hornpipe on Radio Britfolk
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May 1st, 2007


07:45 pm - To welcome in the May-o
Some May Day treats:
My morris dancing pictures from this morning

A video of May Morning in Oxford I came across on YouTube -- morris dancing, singing from Magdalen Tower -- fun stuff.

Enjoy!
Current Music: Hal an Tow

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November 22nd, 2006


05:36 pm - Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is a poem that seemed appropriate to the day:


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September 13th, 2006


05:01 pm - John Bellairs quote
Today I was re-reading one of my favorite John Bellairs children's gothic horror books, The Dark Secret of Weatherend, and was reminded of a wonderful quote from the end of the story:

'"Well, everybody should know!" said Emerson, folding his arms and looking superior. "If children spent more time learning obscure facts and less time watching television, the world would be a better place."'
(Emerson Ells talking to Miss Ells and Anthony Monday)

In fact, reading John Bellairs books is a great way to learn obscure facts...in them you can encounter such things as the words to "The Hills of Isle au Haut" and St. Patrick's Breastplate, terms for architectural features, names of ancient Egyptian gods, words in Latin, and (in the Dark Secret of Weatherend) the all-important words to "My name is Yon Yonson".

Stop by your local library's children's section sometime and give one a try!
Current Mood: nerdy
Current Music: Weave and Worry (Jez Lowe)
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August 26th, 2006


03:18 pm
Quote from my reference teacher in library school:
"Reference librarians should be able to write off life as a tax deduction, because everything we do is work-related."
Today I was able to assist two patrons based on things I happened to know about -- folk music, and an exhibition of historical tools for medical teaching/diagnosis (diagrams, 3-D models, etc) that we saw in Edinburgh.
If you work in reference long enough, sooner or later someone will ask you about nearly anything!
Current Music: Middleton Hiring Fair

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July 24th, 2006


05:17 pm
On Saturday, we were walking through Artscape, the annual art festival in Baltimore. We stopped to talk to the folks at the
Washington Revels booth. While we were standing there, it started to rain. And then it started to pour. Suddenly, there were lots and lots of us crowded into the little tent, and they put up the front flap to keep out the rain. This being the Revels tent, someone said "Let's sing a song!" They then managed to get this group of people, many of whom hadn't intended to visit the Revels booth at all, singing the MANY verses of The Rattlin' Bog (which is like "The green grass grew all around": "the branch was on the limb and the limb was on the tree and the tree was in the wood..."). While we were singing, the rain let up and they took down the front flap of the tent, to reveal a really lovely rainbow in the sky. It was just a wonderful spontaneous moment of joy, and I'm very grateful for it.

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July 18th, 2006


09:31 pm - Overheard at church last Sunday...
...on the way up to the communion rail, from a young girl walking with her parents:
"We came just in time to eat!"

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July 6th, 2006


04:58 pm
Going through one of my old notebooks, I found this little poem which is quoted in a book by Solveig Hisdal, a knitting designer from Norway:



God help little Sara,
she can not spin, she can not comb,
she can not knit her own socks,
but still she wants to marry.



God bære meg for den little Sara,
ho kann kje spinna, ho kann kje kara,
ho kann kje spøda sin eien sokk,
men ho vil gifto seg like godt.




-- From Herad, Vest Agder
(A Norwegian stev or folk poem/song)




This made me laugh when I first saw it…but all the same, I’ve learned two out of three of these skills!

The book where I found the poem is called Poetry in Stitches: clothes you can knit (2000), and it is just beautiful. She has photos of the knitted projects, as well as of the pieces in museums etc. which inspired the designs. The color combinations are very intriguing – not ones I would have thought of myself, but they work very well.

(2008-4-12 p.s.: Hey, I've learned how to comb wool now -- all three covered!)
Current Mood: silly
Current Music: Nimbo Nowlan

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December 8th, 2005


03:51 pm
I was looking at Knitty, an online knitting magazine, and in an article on creative ways of wrapping presents, I found a little paragraph which sums up almost every handmade object I've ever made:
"It's a race to the finish line. The birthday party is in half an hour. That's 30 minutes. Deep breath. Time is such a silly existential notion.

Repeat this thought over and over. You've almost finished the sweater you've been laboring over for months -- in fact, you are 98 per cent finished. You just need time to join the arm seams. And sew in a few loose bits. And do a quick block."


Guilty as charged...The christmas stocking that I finished for my mother at about 3 a.m. on Christmas Day, the civil war reenacting dresses I've hemmed in the back seat of the car on the way to an event ("only two more rosettes to sew on the ball gown!"), the presents for Willow that STILL don't have the ends sewn in...

...But NEXT time, it will be different!
Current Music: Shepherds, arise!

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August 22nd, 2005


02:22 pm
Well, I have finally commenced my project to unearth our house from its layer of Objects. Yesterday Toadsinger and I attacked the craft room, and we managed to locate the sewing table and about 1/2 of the floor. We removed: 2 big bags of trash, a bag of paper recycling, a big box full of smaller boxes to recycle, 2 bags of objects to donate, and many small objects which belonged in other parts of the house.
I found that what really made this project work was the presence of someone who did not live in our house, and therefore could be more objective ("yes, it's a nice plastic rain poncho, but you say you've owned it for six years and have never worn it? OUT!").
I also read a City Paper article recently about the Baltimore Free Store, which accepts donations of just about anything (except furniture, they say). This was a great help to me, as I have been able to put all sorts of things in the donate box (like the poncho) that I might have hesitated over in the past. Since one of my favorite reasons for holding onto things is "someone might be able to use it!", this made me feel much better.

There is still much more to do (and then there's the rest of the house!), but I feel better that I have actually started.

What would a post from me be without book recommendations?

Glovinsky, Cindy. Making peace with the things in your life: why your papers, books, clothes, and other possessions keep overwhelming you and what to do about it. (2002) This one is good for helping to examine the way you interact with Things -- and also for reminding you that Things (she likes to capitalize it) don't just sneak into your house -- you bring them there! Two topics that I find particularly useful in the book are a discussion of why piles build up where they do, and her technique for cleaning a room, which I have adopted. I don't have the book in front of me, but the general idea is this: have one box (or bag) for trash, one for donations, one for "things that don't belong in this room," and a couple others that I'm forgetting. When you have an item in your hand, if you can't put it away in that room, it should go into one of the boxes. This prevents you from going into another room to put it away and getting distracted. I tend to have many more bags (recycle, papers to be filed, etc.), but I like the idea. Of course the part where I break down is that eventually that box of "things that don't belong in this room" is supposed to get unpacked!!

Aslett, Don. Clutter's last stand: it's time to de-junk your life!(1984) It's not my favorite, but it's worth one read through, just as a pep talk ("Are you using that? Are you REALLY using it? I didn't think so -- get rid of it!")
Current Music: The Hard Times of Old England (Bob and Ron Copper)

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July 11th, 2005


10:25 pm
In case anyone else might benefit from knowing this poem exists:

Much Madness is divinest Sense--
To a discerning Eye--
Much Sense--the starkest Madness--
'Tis the Majority

In this, as All, prevail--
Assent--and you are sane--
Demur--you're straightway dangerous--
And handled with a Chain--

(Emily Dickinson, poem 435)

In my senior year high school English class, we had to pick a poem, analyse it unto death and then do a group presentation on it. Our presentation on this poem involved Emily Dickinson (played by me with my hair pinned up) being tortured by the thought police from 1984 (which the class had just finished reading). We were a strange bunch of students, but I think we did manage to really figure out the meaning.

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June 28th, 2005


06:16 pm
On Saturday a lady called the library to request a copy of Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy. I said "That's a great book," and the next thing I knew it was 20 minutes later! Under the Greenwood Tree was "required reading" for our West Gallery group back in Boston, and I found myself answering all sorts of questions: what is a west gallery, what were the instruments used, where can this music be heard today, etc. It was great fun, since not many people have heard of this kind of music -- and of course one of my favorite things to do is share obscure knowledge with people.
On that note:
Places to go for more information on West Gallery music:
A good introduction is here.
West Gallery Music Association
Gallery Music and Psalmody -- Includes sheet music and music files.
West Gallery Resources -- Includes section of references to the music in literature.
In print (goodness!): The New Oxford Book of Carols, edited by Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott (1994) has an essay at the back on West Gallery music (and Shape Note singing).

Today a lady asked me to help her identify a book that HAD been on the new books display, but was no longer there. This was not as difficult as it might sound, because the reason why the book was not there was that I had picked it up to check out! The book was The bones of the earth by Howard Mansfield (2004). I'm enjoying it very much so far, as I did his earlier book The same ax, twice -- although I have a hard time summarizing what they are about. Perhaps I'll just say that if you like drifting around in history as much as I do, you might enjoy them.
Current Music: "Maid lamenting" (Waterson/Carthy)

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June 17th, 2005


09:42 pm - Books
As prompted by rringram, I'm going to actually fill one of these in, since it involves my favorite subject!

Total number of books owned:
Okay, I counted. The Official Book Census counted 1129 books between Willow and I*. 181 of those were children's picture books!

*Willow is M.'s new alias.

Last book bought:
Hmm..I'm not really sure. I actually only buy a few a year--a positive effect of spending 40+ hours a week at the library! I'm going to guess either Tassajara Cooking by Edward Espe Brown or volume three of a manga called Tokyo Babylon.

Last book read:
Ross, Kate. A Broken Vessel. Second in a series of mysteries set in early 19th-century England. The main characters are "the debonair and elegant Regency dandy" Julian Kestrel and his valet (a reformed pickpocket) Dipper. I'm really enjoying this series so far. Kestrel reminds me slightly of Lord Peter Wimsey, in that he really cares about the cases -- they aren't just an amusement.

Five books that mean a lot to you:
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. I read this in the sixth grade. My classroom had a beat-up, coverless little Scholastic copy which was crammed in the back of the bookshelf. I applied about half a roll of scotch tape to the first few pages to hold them together, and then I read the book, and then..um..well, I kept it. I still have that copy, and it is the one book that I would absolutely grab in a fire. It had a glossary at the back which I pored over and used to introduce Scots dialect words at random into my daily life.

Tolkien, J.R.R. Lord of the Rings. I first read this (I think) in 1991, and every time I read it I find something new in it. This time around I'm noticing all the images from nature -- the descriptions are so vivid, you know that he's writing from a great deal of experience with the out-of-doors. Something I never noticed before: "Eastward the Barrow-downs rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into a guess: it was no more than a guess of blue and a remote white glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of memory and old tales, of the high and distant mountains." (From "Fog on the Barrow-Downs" in Fellowship of the Ring)

Longacre, Doris Janzen. Living More with Less. "A pattern for living with less and a wealth of practical suggestions from the worldwide experiences of Mennonites." What I like about this book is that it is a less elitist look at living a simple life. It's not about saving money from your high-salary job and retiring early, or similar ideas of that sort. It's about living simply in order to save your time and money and the world's resources to help others around the world. It is copyright 1980, but even after 25 years many of the issues and basic ideas are still very true.

Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising This is the second in a series of five children's books. They are set in contemporary (1970s) England, but with certain characters who have magic powers. They include all sorts of legend and mythology and traditional customs. The Dark is Rising is set around Christmas time and includes the hunting of the wren, Good King Wenceslas (one of my favorite carols), and Herne the Hunter among many other things. It definitely fed into my love of nifty British holiday traditions.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie etc. What can I say? It used to be my greatest desire to go and live on the prairie..or in a log cabin..or in a dugout (preferably without too many nearby cows!). I have now visited all the home sites, except the place in New York state where Almanzo grew up.

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September 21st, 2004


08:01 am - Spiritual Companions
Last night my church's Spiritual Companions knitting/quilting/any kind of crafts group met..The portion of the group that was there decided that rather than try to make a full album quilt, we are going to have the album squares as a centerpiece, and other, perhaps less complex (although not necessarily) squares around them, and maybe a patchwork border. We also have a new goal of sending the quilt along on the church's South Africa trip next summer..something to work towards.
What made it a really lovely evening was that I felt that we were all listening to each other and sharing ideas. After we talked about our plans for the quilt, we talked about our knitting projects. We then began to talk about our past and present mending experiences (saving the un-run legs of pantyhose and then sewing them together to make a new one, using a darning egg/light bulb to help darn socks, watching our mothers and grandmothers mending). I now finally know what to do about a frayed shirt cuff -- take it off and reverse it so that the frayed side is attached to the sleeve! None of the clothing care books I looked at in the library told me that! At one point someone said, "It's good to know that there are other people who are so frugal!" It was just a real joy to be able to share what we know with each other.
A very silly side note -- while I was knitting, I tugged on one point of the circular needle, and the whole needle popped right off!! I'll have to glue it back on today so that I can keep knitting, now that I've finally washed more wool!
Current Mood: content
Current Music: Green Fields (How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours)

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September 3rd, 2004


09:09 pm - Teeth and Biscuits
Countdown to dental surgery..Tomorrow morning all the wisdom teeth come out. We have laid in supplies of pudding, yoghurt, ice cream, smooth cream soups, etc.

Last night I made baking powder biscuits to bring to the shape note singing. They make up very quickly (especially the drop biscuit variety), and they taste good hot with plenty of butter.

This is the recipe I use, from my mother's 1965 Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook:
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August 19th, 2004


02:55 pm - Dancing, vegetables, and Sacred Harp
I have finally begun dipping my toe back into the world of dancing, and had a marvelous time at the English country dance on Monday evening. The band was piano, fiddle, and cello, which is a great combination of instruments for a dance.

Today I stopped by the Towson farmers' market, and now have corn, okra (fried okra, coming up!) green beans, tomatoes, raspberries (which look lovely) and an aloe vero plant for the next time someone burns a finger while cooking! Maeve (our cat) has already tasted the aloe vera...

This evening is our new weekly shape note sing. Last week was great fun, although a challenge for me as I've never sung bass for an entire evening (being by nature an alto)! We went through all the parts on many of the songs, which was a very good learning tool. My mission for this week: get all the way through no. 53 (Jerusalem).

Alas! I'm going to miss the Maiden Creek all-day sing again this year, as I will be spending 4 September having all four wisdom teeth pulled. Annoying, but the rest of the teeth will be much, much happier.

I have no idea who might actually be reading this, but welcome to my little corner of the web! *waves*
Current Music: Hame, Hame, Hame

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