Archive | November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving (now with photos)

I am grateful for the spark of divine within that permits us to develop our spiritual nature. It is what makes us something more than a thinking animal. It is what can enable us to change the world, to recreate Eden. We can spread Good by practicing love, forgiveness, peacemaking, freeing ourselves from all prejudice and judgment, developing our spiritual intelligence.

I am grateful that the Creator once again spoke to a man to remind us that is the way to happiness. (The Revelation of Arès)

Meanwhile on the kitchen front, it is a puzzle with some pieces missing. The French do turkeys for Christmas so there are no respectable sized ones available at the moment. I got two whites and a leg and will bake them on top of dressing. We’ll see…..


The leg turned out to be another white piece! it came out of the oven...

…as it came out of the oven… plate...

…my plate…

My sister gave me the perfect tip for gravy–dried mushrooms.  I didn’t know what to do without drippings or giblets.

Cosseting and Gusseting

Today’s self dialogue from under a comfy duvet :

(medium voice) Okay, you lazy bum, up and at ’em.

(high voice) But I am a poor old woman, a bit under the weather.

(low voice) You are pretty low if you are under the weather.


It’s pouring rain, after 8 o’clock and still basically dark outside.

A medicinal tea is in order. Cough, cough.

tisane herbs

 Thyme, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, pine buds and mint


This is called an apogème.  The whole is greater than the sum of the parts because there is a synergy between the plants.  Together they accomplish more than alone.  The same is true for penitents.*  One person is not enough to change the world.  We must be a certain number in order to tip the scales towards Good.


Meanwhile I am up to the gusset (no, not the gullet) with the second sock.

half second sock



*Penitents are those who work to change themselves so as to be and do Good.

Feuilles sur la Place du 9 avril 1944 à Callac

Feuilles sur la Place du 9 avril 1944 à Callac 24x32cm

Feuilles sur la Place du 9 avril 1944 à Callac

Club Tea Table

Club Tea Table 24x32cm

Club Tea Table

The View from Here

  In Breton November is called miz du, the black month. With one’s thoughts turning towards death since this is the time of year that the French remember the dead and put chrysanthemums on graves, it can be somber.  Maybe I will go and see if the chrysanthemums are on sale now that the 1st […]