Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tomato/To-mah-to

However you pronounce it, we've got plenty!

I confess that I am hoping this is the end of the crop.

I am amazed at how many tomatoes we're still getting even when September temperatures have been so cool.






We're thinking of calling Mulder and Scully to check out this one. These are undoubtedly alien markings, some sort of communication between Martians and their human conspirators, showing the path to the mother ship. Do I watch too much TV?




Now the question on all of these tomatoes is...what do I do with them? Any recommendations or requests?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday Favorite


Years ago, when I was in middle school, I, like many others, found Victoria magazine and fell in love. I was more than a little disappointed some years later when the magazine was discontinued. I was equally elated a few months ago to find that Victoria has made a come-back!

I can get lost in its pages, full of wildly romantic photos, not to mention wildly expensive products. It's not a catalog, though, it's a mini-holiday to beauty and elegance.


It feeds my love of

Candlelight


Silver


Roses


Sunlight filtered through lush green leaves



Teacups and lace


Quaint English villages


Misty moors


The blue-green Lake District

Adirondack mornings

Tartan anything

And much more.

Completely impractical, I know. I can in no way justify the purchase of such frivolity except that a little dose of beauty every once in a while is good for the soul. And that is why I chose it as my Friday Favorite.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall TV Line-up

As fall gets into full swing here, TVLand wakes from its summer of reruns and makes another go at capturing and keeping viewers. I find that as I get older, I have less and less patience for TV or even movies - maybe the internet is ruining my ability to sustain a story line in my head for more than 3.5 seconds - so if a show is going to grab my attention it has to offer something I'm really going to like - something that keeps me coming back for more.

At the moment, those shows are:


Psych - John and I discovered this show this summer and it is hilarious!






Chuck - who wouldn't love a computer geek turned international spy?


Castle - Rick Castle is a mystery writer who shadows a police detective. He has corny humor and literary elan, a perfect combination.

Covert Affairs - this isn't a "can't miss" for me but quite enjoyable when I do catch it.


19 Kids and Counting - Johanna and I love to watch this show and marvel at this family and think, "What if *we* had 19 kids." (I try to shield her from the harsh reality of what *our* house would be like with that many kids!)
So, what are you watching?

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Week in Review


As mentioned in my last post, John recently broke his foot. With typical determination, he coached a soccer game two days later. It's hard to see in this picture but he's wearing a large black boot on his left leg. I took along a chair for him and set it up on the sideline with strict orders for him to sit as much as possible. He didn't sit down once for the entire hour. *sigh* I do what I can. Thankfully, the boot did its job and his foot didn't suffer too much extra pain or swelling.

Two days later, he took off for Philadelphia and Chicago for a week of denominational and presbytery meetings.

Leaving me a single mom.

Common wisdom says that when the mom is away, dad will let the house go to pot, kids eat pizza and cold cereal for every meal and mom comes home to a disaster. Well, we didn't do a complete reverse, but the kids and I were certainly...um...laid back.

I did accomplish a few useful things, including canning six half-pints of basil jelly and six half-pints of tomato butter.

The basil jelly is something really new to me. We have all of this basil in the garden and John keeps pestering me to do something with it, so I started looking on-line to see what could be done besides pesto (this was after I had already made three batches of pesto). My first reaction was "Ick!" but when I heard the recommendations for how to use it, it started to sound pretty yummy.

I had never canned before but I borrowed a canning set from a friend and followed directions. The jars certainly came out looking lovely, although I haven't tried any of the jelly yet so I'll have to report back when I know how it tastes!

The tomato butter is an old-fashioned favorite of my grandfather's. I made it for him - I just hope I can find a way to get it to him soon! In order for tomato butter (tomato, sugar, cinnamon, cloves) to be appetizing, you must switch from thinking of tomato in savory terms and remember that it is a fruit, like apples or pears. It is odd, I grant you that, but quite yummy.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

So true

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are…Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect Tomorrow.One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.
- Mary Jean Iron

Days like this when we remember major catastrophes - 9/11 - and even minor things - John's broken foot, my crowned tooth, the kids' fevers - remind me of the truth of this statement and the value of every ordinary day.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12