Friday, January 29, 2010

White on White on White

I have an iPhone.
It's my only camera.
JUST in case ANY ONE notices that my pictures can be grainy when inside, or blurry at times, this is why.
I am working on resolving the camera issue. I promise but it will take some time.
Anyway, this was something I saw while on my snow shoe loop. The white snow, the white end goals, and steam rising up from the ice rink where Puck Stopper spends his life. I stopped and observed. It was a really neat moment in the approaching dusk.

Maybe my iPhone didn't do the moment justice.
Maybe my pictures insult your eyesight.
Maybe no one actually cares.
All I know is I love what I am doing and it makes me happy.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thank you Howard Zinn!

Our nation lost an amazing teacher yesterday when Howard Zinn suffered a fatal heart attack. I drew this picture on July 17th, 2001 when I was fortunate enough to have Howard Zinn as a professor for the day during a graduate school practicum in Boston.

My whole morning has been hijacked by my need to reflect, opening my old journal - rereading, rediscovering, and finding a renewed sense of encouragement to be the change I want to see in this world.

In case you don't know who Zinn is, or only know about him through People's History of the United States, click here to go to an article where there are three different videos of him speaking.

I think I am pleased to make one discovery today - that Zinn just wrote an article called "Obama at One" in the February 1, 2010 edition of The Nation. In it Zinn says,
"I' ve been searching hard for a highlight. The only thing that comes close is some of Obama's rhetoric; I don't see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies....

I think people are dazzled by Obama's rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president--which means, in our time, a dangerous president--unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction."

So thank you Mr. Zinn.

I think I will start pushing.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Really not pleased with Hannaford.

There is still no MooMilk at Hannafords.

Daughter was VERY disappointed on Saturday.

Can't you tell?

The really annoying part is that ALL OVER the milk cooler are signs boasting how they buy locally! See... this was today's!

How about all those local artisan cheese makers?
How about all those year round salad green farmers?
Watch out Hannaford because this crazy lady with an iPhone has her eyes on you!

Friday, January 22, 2010

My evening drain board.

Every school night (except for Friday or Sunday)

my drain board looks something like this:

Welcoming MooMilk - Maine's Own Organic Milk!
Maine's own organic milk company, a dynamic adventure in the dairy industry is coming to Maine store shelves this weekend. So move back to CT Organic Cow, cionara Horizon , go back to the Organic Valley's of Vermont; here comes Maine's Own Organic Milk!!!

I think this venture calls for our families return to the organic milk market. A few years ago, I made the switch to hormone free Oakhurst in order to save money. Now Oakhurst is helping bring Maine organic milk to my local Hannaford.

MooMilk Story

"Press Release: MOOMilk arrives in Maine dairy cases this weekend Maine's Own Organic Milk -- MOOMilk -- will be available in grocery store dairy cases this weekend throughout Maine, and in selected stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Produced by 10 Maine family organic dairy farms in Washington, Aroostook, Penobscot and Kennebec Counties, the milk will be trucked by Schoppee Milk Transport of Holden to Smiling Hill Dairy in Westbrook for processing, then distributed by Oakhurst Dairy of Portland and Crown O' Maine Organic Co-op of Gardiner. That makes it the only organic milk available in Maine that is produced, trucked, processed and distributed exclusively by Maine family businesses."

I am pretty excited to know that it is distributed from an area less than an hour from my house.

"The milk will be trucked by Schoppee Milk Transport to Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook, where it will be processed on an organic production line now being installed. It will be packaged in half-gallon paper cartons under the MOOMilkCo’s own label, which will include the use of Farm Bureau’s “Maine Produces” logo. The milk will be homogenized and pasteurized, not ultra-pasteurized, and sold in retail grocery stores in Maine and New Hampshire. It will be available in whole, two percent, one percent and skim. Cream, half&half, butter, yogurt, ice cream and other products may become part of the mix in the coming years. In the meantime, these byproducts will be organically certified and sold into the wholesale market."

Smiling Hill has some nice cheese! :D

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where's my pen?

Seriously... I just had it!

Has anyone seen it?

Since when are pens fans of Hogwarts?

Maybe it's just trying to save Dumbledore!


I noticed this while washing dishes this morning!

And it's not even where they put my IV in! It's where one of the vampires attacked me!

It snowed for a couple of days...

Yesterday afternoon I gave up on the snow ever stopping and went out with Shane to break the trails, again.












Or else just keep them in front of me...

as incentive.

OK let's not go there.

In other news, we did the back loop in about 40 minutes and was back in time to meet the school bus. The most exciting part was that as I walked her back to the house and she saw her dear Daddy snow shoeing off into the front field, dear Daughter exclaimed,

"Mom! Let's go get MY snowshoes!"

so we did.










I was wowed. She took off in front of me, breaking track, completely unhindered by her cold ankles from lack of snow pants.
She was gleeful!
She was tough!
She was creative and full of fun!
She wants to do it every afternoon now.
As I drove her to school this morning, I asked her if she wanted me to bring pants and snowshoes to the bus stop today.
Daughter said, "No thanks Mom. I am going to sled first today. Then, after we eat, I want to see how it is to snowshoe at night. Snowshoe in the dark. Yea!"

You might wonder where she got that idea?
Yea well... there's an incredible new luge in our front yard.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Playmobil People get busy!

These people sure get around!

that's one heck of a feast!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I spent a lot of time in these chairs...

it seems to have been my most comfortable place.
I ventured out today and left the chairs at home.
They've seen a lot of action this past weekend.

G rated of course!

He's my puzzle piece!

Oh but then there's this guy....






He made last night just oh so much fun!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My bedside table

I had a little minor surgery on Friday and I spent a lot of time in bed this weekend.
My bedside table made me smile.

Tulips from H2...
drugs for the pain...
the hottest photo of SP ever taken (our wedding night)
MiMa's bell (to call SP)
the aventurine heart from Erin for H2's birth,
KKs lamps,
a candle from Mush
a dragonfly
and my rock from grad school.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

I like to cook








Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My next Noro project...

will be a hat for me! :D

I think I will use the same pattern I used for Daughter's hat!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Noro project for H2

I made this hat, by special request, for my daughter on her 6th birthday. She is so proud of it she wears it inside, not outside, and refuses to sled in it!

Did I mention how much I am in love with Noro?!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Peas for a Liliputian Army

My project for growing peas inside is working, however it appears to be something not quite sustainable to a human family! :)

Here is one of the Pea Plants growing on my window sill.

Here is another shot of the bounty it is providing! :D

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Squirrel Saga continues

I can't believe the squirrel saga continues.
3 have been exterminated.
We thought they were gone and we could close up the hole, but no... he/she/it/they came back. And so did my nightmares.
We tried glue traps.
We placed them all around the hole.
They worked.
Until the little bugger chewed his way out.
(I was likely listening in my sleep and had a nightmare).
Then there were the rat traps, but I don't think they like our bait.
I'm not sure is SP put up poison on his last trip up there.
I am not sure what he did but it involved a lot of banging.
I bet he squeezed shut the old dryer vent that the squirrels kept getting into in the middle of the night so that we woke up to screamingscratchingscootchingsquirrels in the wall by out heads.
(Did I mention the nightmares?)
Anyway, thanks to good old cousin Lukey we have a new weapon on our side.
I meant weapon when I said it.
Air powered bliss.

Sigh... this better work.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I am a Turophile.

New Years Eve Supper - Fondue for 15 with cheese as a starter course.

I know it's hard to believe, but my cholesterol is ideal in every way. Ah to be a fromagophile (aka turophile) with wonderful genetics. Don't hate me. :D

And what did I do with the left over Noro?

Something sustainable of course!!!!

and something that has made several men declare, "That's adorable!"

Noro... my new love

Someone please stop me... this stuff is far from local.

It's not too expensive.

It's just so much fun.

It's a surprise every time.

I love Noro.

I can't stop knitting thanks to Noro.

Thanks Noro!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome 2010

2010 is here and fortunately life on earth is still as grounded as it was when that movie came out. My apologies for a month long departure from blogging, but the holidays and feasting and wrapping and buying and cooking and canning and a few general health problems have kept me away.
I resolve to get back to the blogging world. Much thanks for patience during my absence. Once I get all my digital music files organized tonight, I will be able to get back to writing and sharing the mountain of finds I have for you (and I just might begin with an awesome Etsy seller!)

Happy New Year all!