Here and There

Monday, August 24, 2009

Favorite Cheese!

The other night I sampled--meaning I ate a lot of--a goat's milk gouda from TJ's that was SO good. I ate it by itself, on buttered french bread and in fresh tomato soup. And in french onion soup.

Today, I got some Popcorn Bisque soup from Berkeley Bowl--really tastes like drinking the freshest sweetest corn on the cob...enriched with cream--and I really wanted more of this kind of cheese. But they only had the fancy kind. But I bought it anyway. It's called Midnight Moon! The TJ one is way cheaper and tastes really almost the same. But I'm going to savor--meaning enjoy most of my smallish wedge in one sitting--my spendy Midnight Moon Goat's Milk Gouda!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Free is sweeter

These berries are from a vacant lot by our house. They were the sweetest berries I've eaten all summer. Infinitely sweeter than the berries we paid to pick in Pescadero!

Update on the unnamed chick. The youngest Reed came to see the peeps and called her Mercury. After the planet. I had to go with it because it's cute and clever and it made Peter think "I don't want to eat that one!" Also reminds me of the Kathleen Edwards song Mercury...which I love. (I wish I could just post songs like pictures. That's against the law (I think.) and I wouldn't know how to do it.)

Of songs, the season is turning again. It's true. Discovered "Easy Hearts" by Whiskeytown is a perfect transitional melody and sounds great in the car on these dusty afternoons.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The baby chicks!

Today we got 4 chicks, with the high hopes of our backyard turning out all the ingredients for the home grown omelet: tomatoes, zucchini and EGGS! Peter is almost finished with the coop, and these little ladies were just born on Wednesday, so the coop will be ready and waiting by the time they're old enough to move outside.

Lily peeks at her new peeps.

Excited to hold one.

But it somehow ended up down here.

Now, meet the girls. Peter doesn't think I should name them, or call them the girls. Because he wants to EAT them when their egg-laying days are done. But I already love them and we will go toe-to-toe on this one!

First up, meet Rhoda. She's a Rhode Island Red and definitely the friskiest of the bunch.

Here's Sunny. She's an Auracana. She'll lay pretty pale blue eggs!

This one is Astro. She's the biggest right now, and she's a black Austrolorp.

And here's #4, she's another Auracana without a name. She has all sorts of colors and kind of looks like a squirrel or an owl. Any suggestions?

Here they are, just hanging out. I don't think I've ever held a chick before, and I thought it was weird. But it's so fun! They just stay in your hands and go to sleep!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I made a few of these plastic bag holders based on Martha's pattern. She suggested using a dishtowel, but I used fabric from my little stash. I love how they turned out and love that they're so fast to make. I hung them in the garage, one for the clear plastic bags and one for the regular ones. It's already made it easier for me to reuse the bags I have. In the same day I also made a nursing cover from this pattern, but made it bigger. That was not such a fun project. Too slow and too much thinking. I prefer the sewing projects that are fast and simple and you can make a bunch of them and feel pleased with yourself. But if you were a more advanced sewer, it probably wouldn't be such a big deal at all.

Sunday, August 09, 2009


Six years of marriage. Some of that time was spent eating chips.

Saturday, August 01, 2009