Archive | May 2007

May 28, 2007

A person sent me an invitation for his friend’s list, but I can’t see any blog material. Maybe it is reserved for his friends? This reminds me of a drycleaner’s that wanted me to pay in advance. I got my cleaning done elsewhere.

May 28, 2007 – a few minutes later

Scene seen from our front door

May 28, 2007 pm

We are going to celebrate thirty years of marriage this year. It has been all roses!

Now before you call me Pollyanna, remember that roses have thorns. They need water and they make good use of manure. They also bear fruit – we have two fine sons with lovely wives and a grandson.

I saved an incalculable sum of money today – incalculable because I usually do these things myself and so don’t know how much it would be to have them done for me. I cut my hair and washed it with some special earthy stuff called rhassoul. I gave myself a pedicure and a bit of reflexology while rubbing in some shea butter. I washed my car, vacuumed it and cleaned the windows. Then something came over me and I washed husband’s car! While I was doing that I examined my motives. I fear it was not pure love, but not wanting to waste the water with car shampoo in it. Then I vacuumed inside his car and did the windows – to make up for my lesser than noble feelings? Since the vacuum was out, I used it around the house – then scolded husband for not taking off his garden shoes before coming in. Probably will end up neutral in the scales of justice. Hmm, unless it tilts toward bad, since it is what is in the heart that counts the most.

Now I feel a bit tired, as if I had done a day’s work. But homemakers don’t “work”!

May 26, 2007

Here is one, Dana.

May 25, 2007

This is what the roadside bed looked like this morning. I got a little bit of work done there – it looks better where I worked, but there is still a lot to be done. I hope you can tell that those little red dots are poppies. So this will be a before and after set – after will come later.

May 24, 2007

I am way below average!

From this week’s Yoga Journal newsletter:
“The average woman uses 12 personal care products each day, exposing herself to a total of 168 chemicals, according to “Skin Deep,” an analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).”

I can only think of four:

  • soap
  • toothpaste
  • face cream
  • sometimes body oil

How about you?

One Simple Phrase

Whew! I got my tomatoes planted!

Sometimes behind one simple sentence there is an unsuspected mountain of work.

The first time we realized that was near the beginning of our renovation work on the house; We said “we poured the slab”. Ah, ha, that did not convey the months of busting up cement, splitting rock, carting out debris, adding gravel, planning for water, heating, and electricity, setting up to get things level, driving wheelbarrows full of soupy concrete…

For the tomatoes, I had to clear out some old stuff, admit that some seeds were probably not going to come up and that I didn’t really need all those volunteer poppies in there, transplant some seedlings outside, eat chard for supper, get up the courage to pull back the plastic covering the manure (last time things scurried when I did that) and work said manure into the soil in the greenhouse. All seems to be well, their stakes are in place, and I watered with nettle brew. I hope that will drive away ants as there were quite a few in there.

“The Truth is, the world has to change.” (The Revelation of Arès 28/7) A simple phrase, but it will not be accomplished in the twinkling of an eye. It isn’t easy, but we must get to work, rooting out what we know is wrong and creating what we know is good. It is up to us to change this world, starting within ourselves.

I Am Not Alone

My sister gave me this book:

It was a good read with quite a few laughs.

Here is one page that particularly appealed to me, considering my recent post “Unbalanced”.

What I wonder is how they got the needles the right size?

It goes to show you that I am not the only one perturbed by having problems being able to knit/crochet on trips.

This is posted by permissionof the author; her blog is to be found at:


Here is something that costs more time than money and is sooo good – homemade ravioli.

Start with some greens. These are the leaf part of Swiss chard but you could also use spinach. Wash them and then wilt them down. The volume will greatly reduce.

For the pasta part, you will need flour and eggs. I started with one egg, thinking, “I don’t want to stand here making ravioli all day”, even though I know you need an egg per person. After I started rolling it out I realized I really needed the two eggs (a hungry man coming home from work and a hungry woman coming in from the garden), so I mixed up another batch. Work in as much flour as you can and still have a dough that will roll out. It will be easier to roll out if you let it sit a bit while you do the stuffing.

You will need some leftover meat. This was veal with carrots. The general rule of thumb is two parts greens to one part leftover meat.

Add the greens, an egg, salt and pepper, and whiz it up in the blender.

I wanted to use a little gadget that I have to make these. It is round and folds to squeeze in half. If you don’t have one of these, but want this shape, you can cut out the rounds with a small cookie cutter or glass, fold, and crimp with a fork.

Always think SMALL as you are doing this. Roll out the dough as thin as you can. Cut the rounds. Use a scant ½ teaspoonful of stuffing. (These will swell when cooked. This is the voice of experience. The first time we made ravioli, three of them filled a plate and made a meal.) Brush lightly around the edge with water, using a pastry brush, so that it will stick together. Fold and seal. Use plenty of flour on the work surface.

A more traditional way of forming the ravioli is to make strips about 1 ½ inches wide, place the dots of stuffing (remember small), brush with water around edges and in between the blobs, fold, seal and cut apart with a ravioli cutter. This is like a small pizza wheel with zig-zags.

Boil up a large amount of water. Add salt. Gently throw in the raviolis. Stir gently so they don’t stick together. When they float they are done al dente. I drained them and put them back in the pot, then drizzled with olive oil so they wouldn’t stick. I did a very simple sauce by opening a carton of tomato purée and adding two basil-garlic cubes. Grate some cheese and serve.

From when I came in the house with the greens to when I put the first ravioli in my mouth took 1 ¾ hours. Allow more time if you do this with children. After this, you will realize that the ones that come in cans shouldn’t be called by the same name.