Archive for November, 2006

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So what you see there is a close up of a snow fla…

November 30, 2006

So what you see there is a close up of a snow flake and ice crystals. If you were to somehow cut and paste that photo all over a map of my hometown, you’d have a pretty clear representation of what the hell is coming.

It rained HARD last night. Lightening, thunder, lots of rain. Somewhere in the wee hours of the morning, it turned to ice. I woke this morning to see icicles hanging off of everything. Everything. And it’s just getting started. B spent 20 minutes scraping the ice off the truck only to have his door freeze open, yes, OPEN while getting ready for work.

It’s supposed to continue to rain and freeze all day, ending in a few inches of solid, clear, slick ice. But when that’s done, it’s going to start snowing. And snowing. And snowing. We might have 14 inches of snow on top of all that ice (I’ve also heard that 14 inches is a “conservative estimate.”)

It reminds me of January 1995 when 19 inches of snow fell here overnight. I was a freshmen in college and classes were cancelled for the first time since 1973. The city didn’t really know what to do with all that snow downtown, so they piled it up in the middle of the street. You could drive down Broadway and not be able to see the cars going in the opposite direction because the snow was piled up between the lanes. It stayed there until the end of March. There were sledding hills in the mall parking lot – just snow piled up because there was nowhere for it to go.

Then in January of 1998, we got hit by an ice storm. It was so bizarre, nothing looked icy at all. AT ALL. But take one step out your front door and you fell on your ass because of the ice. Everything shut down then.

I’m so grateful that we have a warm house, a new roof, a house full of healthy warm foods, untold numbers of wool hats and scarves and mittens to keep us warm (and once again I’m grateful for my ability to knit.) Today will be tv, knitting, soup in the crock pot, home made cinnamon rolls, and fuzzy house slippers. Tomorrow will be snowmen and snow angels and sledding and hot chocolate. The only thing I don’t have is some bourbon for hot toddies. Eh, well, there are much worse things.

Bring it on, Mother Nature. I’m ready to be snowed in for awhile.

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Christmas came early …

November 27, 2006
Oh yes, yes it did. 
Gotta love early presents.
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Turkey

November 24, 2006

10 pounds, 6 and a half ounces. Some folks bought a turkey not too much bigger than that for their feast yesterday. Me? I helped a baby that size come into the world yesterday. We’ve all started calling that baby Tom or Turkey. He’s a big boy!

Gobble Gobble! Posted by Picasa

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Send your good energy this way!

November 22, 2006
I’ll be leaving in a few hours to go and help usher a new person into this world.  It is not the way my client had planned or hoped for, in fact, it’s very close to the opposite of what she had worked so hard to do, but she will see her son soon and she is holding on to that.
 
Keep us all in your thoughts today, eh?
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How cool is this?

November 21, 2006

They play checkers together all the time. It’s sooooo cool! Posted by Picasa

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I’ve never posted a recipe here before, but it occ…

November 21, 2006

I’ve never posted a recipe here before, but it occurs to me that the holidays are coming and cookies and sweets and other things are going to be everywhere. If you’re looking for something to add to the dessert table, try these cookies. We all need to cut the empty calories, the hydrogenated oils, the sugar, the junk, and start eating healthier -this is a great way to start! I make them to take to births – they have a lot of protein, some honey for energy, all natural ingredients. Works great for laboring mothers, doulas, they have also been known to bribe a nurse or two. They are so good and good for you that I have even treated Duck and Stealth to a “Cookie Breakfast” with these before.

Labor Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (nothing but smushed peanuts – read your lables)
1/2 cup honey
1 free range egg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
1/2 cup dry milk solids
1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant oatmeal, the old fashioned rolled oats)
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C)
In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and butter until smooth. Mix in the honey, egg, and vanilla. Combine the whole wheat flour, dry milk powder, rolled oats, and baking soda ; stir into peanut butter mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 – 10 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire rack.
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California Sunshine

November 20, 2006

Today has been a rough day. Actually, the last week or so has been rough for me. I’ve been having some health issues, have been waiting (and still am waiting) for a client to labor and birth her child, my kids are getting antsy and B and I have been too damned tired to do anything in the bedroom but sleep. None of it is horrible, just exhausting and frustrating and, well, it has kept me in a bit of a funk for awhile. I was wondering what was going to snap me out of it. I had no idea that it would be something as wonderful as it actually was …

Today I got a large envelope from a Jewish center in California. This perplexed me seeing as how I am not Jewish nor are any my direct ties to California. I would have thought that perhaps it was some sort of philanthropic group looking for donations, but it was hand addressed to me and it looked like there was a drawing inside. Anxiously I opened it up and burst into tears of love and joy and gratitude. If I had a working scanner, I’d scan it so you could see, but alas I do not.

Inside the envelope was a wonderful drawing of two people and flowers and a rainbow with my name and the name of one of the most amazing souls I’ve ever met in my whole life, Rafi. This little 5 year old from California and I became fast friends at Velma’s wedding in October. She went to visit him and his family a few weeks ago and I asked that she say hello for me. And, in return, I got one of Rafi’s gorgeous drawings. I couldn’t be happier.