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My little online group has been having fun this week looking at webcam shots all over the world – quick look – here’s a great sunrise – here it’s snowing – here it’s not – etc. Since it’s snowing in many of the places we actually are, it’s nice to see that it’s snowy in many other places, and see what else is out there in small towns and big parks across the world.
There was even this other cat cam which was pretty cool, although I’ve yet to see any of the promised cats.
On my own webcam, yours truly made a rare appearance as I snuck up and gave boopsie a little pedicure. Like all good pedicures, it was quick and painless and makes you feel better than you started out.
Here are some other web cams in the Albany NY area, including one in Averill Park.
I did have my design notebook out last night but didn’t have it in me to fiddle around with some of the ideas in my head yet. So I settled myself down to re-read part of Twyla Tharp’s great book “The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use It for Life“.
This book is now available in paperback folks – go get your own copy.
ooops! My bad. Apologies folks and thanks Deb for making me go back and check. Looks like it’s supposed to hit paperback the end of December 2005. (Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 27, 2005))Sorry to get your hopes up, but it will be worth the wait!
Home sick at the moment, no doubt with some offering given to me on Black Friday at the mall. Let’s just say that it involved a little sumptin-sumptin called hard chills on Monday night. Jolly. I’m off to the health care provider in awhile to see what’s happening. In the meanwhile, the cats are refusing to help make me soup or coffee and basically are just short of entitled about the extra warm-bed time. Grateful is not in feline vocabulary, really.
Because of this I missed the record high temperature experienced in this neck of the woods – 66F at Albany NY’s airport. I think between that and the internal temperature thing going on I had no need to reset the programmable thermostat off the low-low daytime away temp. I guess if I didn’t notice, it’s not a bad thing.
Finally, there must be a few of the “free-range” guinea hens still in existence. My neighbor has this notion about keeping free-range birds. He started with chickens: 20 or so Rhode Island Reds which lasted a summer. Now there’s a smaller flock of guinea hens. So far one has gone to a dog, and two apparently to cars. It seems guinea hens know less about traffic than chickens. Anyway, free-range around here is somewhere between suicidal and abuse. There are foxes, coyotes, free-ranging dogs and of course motorized vehicles that are willing to weed out the weak at every turn.
But this morning, I heard the call of the females and then the call of the lone male. Perhaps they’ll figure this out before it’s too late. Or not.
Even Ziggy gets a bit of the fruitcake action. Tis the season! (Thanks Mom!)
Fruitcake lovers of the world – rest easy.
The fruitcakes are in the oven! This year, I went with a little bit different idea and decided not to add all the normal fruitcake mix sort of fruit. Instead, this year’s cakes will include:
- 60 oz raisins
- 60 oz golden raisins
- 30 oz currents
- 12 oz citron and lemon peel
- 9 oz chopped apricots
- 16 oz dried red cherries*
- 4 tb dried orange peel*
* these items were soaked well in brandy and the brandy that remained after the soaking was added to the batter. As luck would have it, it was just a little over the cup called for. Sure smelled good!
So now there’s nothing to do but wait for the timer and hope it will be as good tasting. I haven’t been disappointed yet. Better have a little dinner while I’m waiting.
Meanwhile, to add to the festive holiday feeling, there’s about 3 inches of beautiful snow outside. It really came down for awhile this morning and everything looks nice and clean and wintery.
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