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Just a note – blogger isn’t playing well with many folks, myself included, so expect intermittant posts. Check here for posts if you think I’m snoozing. Might have to send in the troops to straighten those folks out in the meantime.
Batten down the hatches! Nature is sweeping things clean today so everything will be nice and tidy for winter. Right?
My constant companion – my camera – had to go for a vacation in New Jersey, so I can’t show you right now the new fabric I got for the new quilt that’s percolating. I’ll get out my older camera in awhile and see how that goes.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing some house stuff, with mixed results. Oh well.
Nature’s doing a good job though. If I hadn’t mowed Friday I wouldn’t have had to do anything about the leaves anyway.
And in my downstairs report, the worms are doing pretty darn good. They seem to be munching everything I’ve given them and Fortune will be glad to know – they just gobble up coffee grounds. All good!
What the Wind Left Us
In spring the tent worms
Gnawed the leaves to nubs
And left the brown woods
Fringed in green.The summerâ€™s record highs
Between crushing rains bent us
All down and swept away the rest.
So when fall came round, there wasnâ€™t
Much hope of familiar peak.
No need to pack a day-trip lunch
Yesterdayâ€™s rain was blinding,
Driven by a mean push of wind.
What the wind left us:
The hills bound up with twigs
Wearing an old wool shirt
Found hung behind a door.
The Berkshires show me Fall.
Not perhaps like Louisâ€™ glory
But more the glow
Of a slim gold ring
On a well-worn hand.
I’ve begun some serious development work on this, WordPress version of my blog.Â If you want to see the “original” and give your two cents, you can click the quiltr.com – original site link in the blogroll at left or go here.Â I’m sort of done with the styling of the two sidebars.Â Now it’s on to the title area and the ordering of the main content area.
Jolly.Â That whole CSS thing is coming back to haunt me.Â Mainly what I spent last night doing is doing trial and error hunting to determine what style codes are attached to what (hence some of the funkier font uses still in place).Â Commenting!Â Or – CLEAR commenting code writers!
Seems like only yesterday, but true — five years for iPod!
My original 5 gig iPod is still going strong, too. As is my 10 gig…
Perhaps the delightful Suzette would like to comment on the appearance of a new edition of The Joy of Cooking as reported in the NYT mag as well today?Â We have had discussions in the past about the value of old vs new versions of cookbooks.Â One of my favs, for example, is the c1974 paperback Fannie Farmer Cookbook that my grandmother gave everyone for christmas one year.Â Mine is in tatters and in fact I picked up an identical copy on ebay, just as insurance.
Suzette is a big fan of JoC (despite their weird legal eagleness) but eschews newer versions for an older, gentler one that had useable recipes. On her advice, I purchased a nice 1964 edition on ebay that looks lightly used, couple of spots, worn dust jacket. It has two marking ribbons.Â These currently mark “remoulade” and a two page spread of pot roast, brisket and sauerbrauten. How will she feel about a new one if it has, as the NYT implies, sushi tips?Â This should be good for a few weeks of topics, eh?
Just to stir things up (ooops) I notice that the page facing the foreword of my copy bears the following:
“That which thy fathers have bequeathed to thee,
earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it.”
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