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  • The homemade sour cherry jam is tasty on ice cream.

  • I made bread using a bottle of Southern Tier Imperial Compass ale (contains rose hips), white and wheat flour, yeast, urad dal flour, powdered coconut, and ground almonds.  It is dense but flavorful.

  • I've been mostly sticking to my resolution about buying at least as much produce from farmer's markets as I'd get from a CSA box.  Which means I am constantly behind schedule on food-prep, but I am eating very, very well.


  • The Thai basil and other herbs look good,as do the peppers.  There are tons of potatoes out there that I should be digging up.  Onions and shallots are okay.  Carrots are hanging on.  Harvested my first (yellow currant) tomatoes yesterday.

  • Rattlesnake pole beans are in full swing; 5 bags of yellow wax beans are blanched and frozen.


  • This weekend is the last leg of the conversion-journey.  Repent, customers!  So many things we begged to fix...I swear, we did what we could.  We're still trying to fix things - those of us who haven't walked away in disgust or self-preservation.

  • There are rumors of a re-org soon.  For once, I think we're actually due.  It seems unlikely that a re-org will fix our troubles, but I'm hoping it will at least drop me down to 4 bosses.


  • I might get a kayak sometime soon.  A sit-on-top, preferably the very cheapest of the good ones.  Possibly a Pescador 12.  I'll just troll the sale stuff at the local sports stores; I'm not in a hurry.  There's always Rutabaga, but I'm not looking to go that high-end right now, or anywhere in the near future.

  • Lake Mills art fest was this weekend; I got a small crystalline glaze bowl from Mary Merrill.  Soft green and splotchy, like a beautiful algae bloom, with deep teal crystals bleeding into a black center.  Sadly, the glazes are not food-safe; I prefer practical pottery.

  • The aspects of life that I don't talk about here are a mixed bag:  some good, some deeply frustrating.  Writing is stalled out, for reasons that have nothing to do with writing.  Mom is still doing well.

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