Friday, January 30, 2015

Dog Economics




...No doubt what Charley would say.

(from Rantpets.com)

Little Rock, Arkansas: Then and Now



What happened to the two girls featured in this photo -- the white one (Hazel) and the black one (Elizabeth). One of them feels especially targeted today. Surprising...and puzzling, too.

A new book out by David Margolick:   Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock.





Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lebkuchen on Sale....Mmmmm

I don't want to tell you about this.

Lebkuchen, the absolute best cookies in the world, are a German treat most commonly seen at Christmastime. You could describe them (sort of) as gingerbread -- or a ginger-y cookie, at least. But really, they're a honey-light ginger cookie on gebakken (an edible disc that keeps them from sticking to the baking sheet), covered with a light sugar or dark chocolate glaze.

The Brick is a passionate imbiber of lebkuchen, and has been known to go into a swoon over a chocolate-covered cookie, especially when accompanied by hot, strong coffee.
      Ok, me, too.

Normally, these are expensive -- at least $5-10 a package, plus shipping. Right now on Amazon, though, you can get nearly four pounds of lebkuchen for $26.00. Yes, eight different kinds for twenty-six bucks!




Go here for more. (Click on the 'Schmidt' part of the item, and you've got plenty to choose from. The 'Pure' set, however, seems to give you the most lebkuchen bang for your buck.)

Save some for me.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What's On Mars?

 The 'Curiosity' rover has been photographing all sorts of odd things on Mars lately, including 'rats' and 'lizards.' Take a look here.   Or, if you prefer, in video form:



Though the internal clock has no idea what time it is, I am very glad to be home. Starting to put things away, and figure out paperwork. It's lovely to hang out with the Brick and the doggies. (The chickens, unfortunately, still don't care. Figures.)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Santa Ana Winds -- And Heading Home

I've been working in Ontario, California...and boy, has it been windy around here.

The Santa Ana winds have blown in, with a rush. Lawn furniture and trash cans (and larger items too) thrown around with abandon. (One of my student's chihuahuas had a seizure at all this, and couldn't even walk straight for a few days.) Traffic brought to a standstill on the highway. People struggling to walk against the wind. And that's not an easy matter, if you're lugging a suitcase that acts like a portable windsail. Thank God for wheels on suitcases!
     I head home this afternoon, on the heels of the upcoming storm on the East Coast. Some of my teacher colleagues have already had their flights cancelled, even though it wasn't snowing then. Hopefully Colorado airports are made of stronger stuff.
     Meanwhile:

Greek pizza. Oh boy...although I'd put this on a pizza crust, rather than crescent roll dough.  (from Who Needs A Cape)


Bakso -- Indonesian meatball soup.  Plus a link to bibimbap -- hey with that name, you've got to try this Korean specialty! (From Penniless Parenting)

Eleven sandwich-inspired casseroles -- Reubens, Philly Cheesesteaks and more. (From Betty Crocker)

Carol Bryer Fallert's got an incredible show opening. A thirty-year perspective on her work, including her first art quilt, just started at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. This '30 quilts for 30 years' runs through April...if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by!

Why rushing leads to sloppy work...do it slow, do it right. (From Money Beagle)


    And thank you, fellow 'Roadies' at Road to California. I had a great time -- hope you did, too!


Is Statue?

...sorry. Just really tired.

The Santa Ana winds have made life here in California a slightly unnerving experience. I keep thinking tornadoes, thanks to growing up with so many...but really, it's been easy for me. My students have had to cope with flying lawn furniture, and dealing with highways that screech to a standstill when the winds are really whipping.

     I just have to trudge through the block-long parking lot, and I'm in a comfortable room. One of the vendor areas is a large tent, enclosing some of the small shade trees from the parking lot. Makes it feel like an elegant indoor mall inside.
    It does feel odd, though, being in the land where palm trees sway. Where's the snow?



Road to California has been a wonderful time. And I've met (and re-met) a bunch of intereresting people who are just as curious about quilting as I am.

Four solid days of teaching will start to gut you out, though. I staggered back through the parking lot, dragging a suitcase that felt like it was full of lead, instead of quilts. Stopped to rest several times. Had a burger, then laid down for "a minute" for a nap...woke up around 11 p.m.

Flying home tomorrow, to Colorado cold, the Brick and the doggies. I'll send Monday Stuff then.

Hope your weekend's been a good one.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

California, Here I Am!

Left for Road to California this morning...it was snowing like crazy in Castle Rock.

We spent a half-hour being de-iced, then had a bumpy farewell to remember Colorado by. Ironically, it was just as bumpy, coming into Ontario. (Lots of fog.)

The show starts tomorrow. I took a nap, got the handouts ready for class...and went to a teachers' reception. Lots of names and faces I've heard and admired before.

On to class tomorrow: Easy Embellishments for Memory Quilts. Crazies will be a small part of it...but more about my work for the Quilter's Newsletter Channel. Like this:





Stop by and say hi. I'll have had more sleep. (Only got a few hours last night.) I miss the Brick, too -- he stayed home to mind the office and the dogs.
     And chickens.