Archive for April, 2009

Entry for April 29, 2009

April 29, 2009

To imagine the kind of excitement that happens around here:

When we bought out new big screen TV, W took big piece of cardboard, measured it out to a couple of iterations (36″, 40″, 42″) and just put it in the spot that we wanted it. We determined that if we got a bigger screen, we’d need new furniture to put it on – because the screen would totally overwhelm the stand. Our 2-year-old demonstrated this by putting a huge rectangular block on top of a small square block and repeating proudly “TV table! TV table!”

I’m starting to have some of my white hairs fall out with the rest of my hair. W finds this very interesting – and claims this is because he doesn’t have any. He actually gets indignant about it – but I know he’s got them. When I point one out, he insists it’s a blond hair gone awry in the middle of his very brunette head. He’s in kind of serious denial. He doesn’t ever want to go grey, I think. He would be a total pain in the ass about getting reading glasses or a hearing aid when he gets older – I can just see it now. (This is rather like his parents, but that’s hard to say to the man himself. All I’m saying is they’re getting harder and harder of hearing, which allows them to live in more and more denial about their lack of hearing.)

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Entry for April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009

I don’t know what’s wrong with me – but that the minute I sit down to do anything – like type this blog, for instance, I have to go to the bathroom. I have just gotten some water, or made dinner, or gone for a walk, and then, boom. Gotta go. There’s something wrong with that, I think.

Entry for April 12, 2009

April 12, 2009

It is freezing here. Literally. It’s Easter, and the temp is 32deg F. And windy. I find this is the sort of weather that discourages gardening. And composting.

I’ve been working on this compost pile, in an incredibly lazy way, for the last year. The compost frame came with the house – and it’s a kind of nice, home-made thing with one side that’s removable that I just only started using last summer. I’ve been trying to add vegetable table scraps, and a couple of times I’ve added ashes and soil, and tried to avoid anything with growing roots, but that’s about it. I haven’t added hardly anything over the winter, mostly because it’s cold and I was afraid everything I added would just freeze, but I’m a little guilty about it, if that helps at all. So when the snow all melted, I was really interested to see what would happen.

Well, what do you know? A fair amount of stuff disappeared over the last 5-6 months. Maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of the whole pile. A whole cantelope (I had sort of forgotten about it and when I opened it up, it was all soft and yucky and I was really sorry I wasted the food) was gone – except for some of that brainy-looking outer rind. It’s wild.

I’m afraid I won’t be completing the circle – this compost will not end up on food that I will then eat, but that’s because of the crazy amount of deer around here. They eat everything – including a bunch of flowers that are supposed to be ‘deer proof.’ So, nothing truly edible will be grown in my garden until I can figure out a way to keep deer out, and hopefully, do it in the laziest way possible. My father suggested ash-water (1 part ashes in 10 parts water) but it seems like a hassle, and weirdly smelly. Besides, I don’t know if I believe it.

However, the compost will at some point end up on the perenial gardens I’ve got around the house. (They too came with the house. I apparently lack the ability to start anything on my own, but will continue things if it doesn’t require very much from me.) Of course, this will be when I get around to turning the damn thing – so don’t hold your breath on that one.

I am terribly excited about the bulbs in the garden – crocus are out and lovely, snowdrops, my glory-of-the-snow in the lawn which are stunning, and the exciting wait for the tulips, daffodils, and crown imperials. I’ve also got some roses, some dahlias which I hope come back, some peonies, lilies, and gladioli. Am wondering what else to purchase – because, I find, my tastes are very expensive. Maybe iris.

I am going to move some of the gardens around – they’re scattered around the house now. There will be some consolidation of plantings, and the return of some areas to lawn. (See my own personal laziness for this move – plus, I think it will look better.)

Spicy Pulled Pork, Crockpot style

April 12, 2009

Since I’m never able to find this recipe when I want it – I reproduce it for my own ease.

Spicy Pulled Pork. (apologies to those who can’t eat pork.)

28 oz can of diced tomatoes
~3 lb pork shoulder (poundage includes bone and skin, but skin is removed for recipe)
2 tbls adobo sauce
2 chipotles
2 med onions
~3 bay leaves
1.5-2 tsp dried oregano

Dumped everything into a large crock pot (5 qts or larger) in the order listed. Put on high for ~6 hrs or until pull-apart tender. Transfer meat to large bowl, shred with forks. Return meat to pot; toss with sauce. To serve, discard bay leaves, serve with flour tortillas and grated cheese or sour cream. (I am going to try it with chips and salad as a sort of taco salad thing tonight.)

From Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, December 2004, p. 60.