I am migrating my old posts over to this blog and totally spamming your feed with really old posts. (Hopefully you noticed what is going on and don’t think my breakup from 2006 is current events.) I’m sorry. I don’t know how to make it stop. Feel free to mark all as read. I hope to be done by the end of the holidays. (Only 418 more posts to go…)
Category Archives: other bits of life
Lovely day today. I picked up a new apron and wooden spoon from a local arts fair and then made Vegan Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies as a thank you for a friend for watching the cats.
“Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project has encouraged people to save a turkey at Thanksgiving through sponsorships that help us rescue animals and provide care for them at our sanctuaries, as well as educate and advocate for turkeys, and other farm animals, everywhere. Now is your chance to join us in saving even more lives this year.”
You know those plant I got in mid April? Apparently they’re supposed to have fruit by now…
I misread an email from a friend and wound up doing something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but haven’t yet bothered to make time for. I thought she was offering tomatoes, but in fact she was offering starters. Behold:
The red is cayenne. (The nursery people suggested it for deterring squirrels.)
Rick came home with me for Thanksgiving and thus was given the initiation rite task of assembling the relish plate. He knocked it out of the park. Most people fumble a bit thinking to themselves, ok, where’s the relish and why would I put out relish at Thanksgiving and why on a plate. But not Rick, he responded immediately with, “OK! How do I do that?” See the thing is that in our family (and apparently others in the area of Ohio where my parents grew up, but not at all in any family of any non-relative that I’ve ever met) a relish plate is synonymous with a vegetable platter. Specifically carrots, celery and olives.
Mom made poultry seasoning and flour dredged seitan again this year, my favorite! And my brother and his wife added the portabello mushrooms back in to tradition. I am super thankful to have such an awesome and supportive family that also happens to be full of such good cooks!
So I mentioned back at the beginning of Vegan MoFo that I wanted to make time for the things that mattered the most to me. This is a constant struggle for me. For one thing, lots of stuff matters to me! And I always want to find a way to make it all fit. Even if it means some extra driving and running from place to place or a little less sleep. But I’ve been finding that I have less and less tolerance for feeling rushed and am a lot less interested in staying up late to get things done. Last week I had to tell Rick I couldn’t see him that night because I had to work on the board training manual, and oh, could he please come walk my dog the next evening because I wouldn’t be able to stop home between work and the board meeting. That was a big tipping point for me. I love weaving, but it is one of my many hobbies. It’s something I do for fun to relax. Going to guild meetings is a time to unwind, catch up with friends, see their projects, hear their stories and not worry about anything. I needed to protect that, so I decided to resign my presidency. I felt terrible, but the board was very kind about it and ultimately it’s a huge relief. Hopefully it will also leave me with more time for actual weaving. 🙂