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friuduric 2:24pm, 22 July 2007
Hi, I'm Imperatrix. From July 2007 to August 2008, my family (me, my Consort, and our two girls Impera and Trixie) will be living in New Hampshire while the Consort spends his sabbatical year writing a book. This diary will record our adventures.

I blog at peaceableimperatrix.blogspot.com.

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friuduric 11 years ago
13 September 2007

CollardGreens was right! I took long strips of fabric, taken from a thrifted tablecloth and curtains, and crocheted them into a rug.

Crocheted rug

This was my first try, and it is big enough to set in the bathroom under the sink (to keep our toesies warm on the cold cold floor).

I'm thinking about maybe making a larger one for the living room.

(Zephyr isn't too happy about being a model right here, as you can tell.)
karinga 11 years ago
He looks shy :)
friuduric 11 years ago
14 September

no picture

Allergies? Sinus infection? I don't know, but I felt terrible.
friuduric 11 years ago
15 September 2007

Another rainy day. But tomorrow is supposed to be nice. So, we made a deal. The three others played extended WoW today, and there will be no gaming tomorrow. We'll take advantage of the dry weather to hike up a mountain.

Now, when they have extended WoW playing, I usually find myself baking something. Last winter, it was cinnamon rolls. Today, I made bagels.

friuduric 11 years ago
Inga: Mostly, she was nervous: "Why does she want me to stand on this rug? Did I do something wrong? Did she find out about me chewing the used tissues from the trashcan?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
"extended WoW" ok I'll bite - what is that ?

Oooo - bagels w poppy seeds. OK now I'll really bite!

CollardGreens: Oops!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
CollardGreens: Sorry, that's World of Warcraft, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The Consort and the girls love the game, and there are strict rules about how much they (the girls, that is) can play on any given day. Sometimes, though, a group quest takes longer than the 1 hour they are allowed, and that's when we make a deal about having some extended Worldcraft playing time. (Before you think I'm saintly for allowing this in my household, let me just say that I purposely refused to start a character, because I knew I'd get just as addicted as they all did.)

ItinerArts: Ain't that the truth! I've been amazed at how much personality animals have. Heck, Trixie used to have a betta fish that had incredible "fishonality"!
karinga Posted 11 years ago. Edited by karinga (member) 11 years ago
Lol! :)
Mmm, home baking, I gotta go and make some waffles at least!!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Cinamon rolls! Yummy!!!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Those rolls look good, and your pets are very entertaining!
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
16 September 2007

Today we hiked Black Mountain. This was a steeper climb than the previous ones we've done. It was hard to capture the steepness, so you might just have to trust me.


The whole set is here.
friuduric 11 years ago
17 September 2007

At 5:05 pm, the electricity went out in our little enclave. Since we have an electric stove, I couldn't make supper (aw, shucks!). We went into town and had Thai food (mmm, pad thai!), and finished off with an ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry's.

friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
18 September 2007

I wasted too much time today trying to figure out how to capture the idea of Memory for the monthly theme.

Is it considered gauche to use that pic as a daily pic? I don't know, but I have nothing else today.

My memory
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Not gauche, but only if you can walk across the room with your hands at your sides and the books balanced on your head.

Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh you're cool.

I love the pup's sheepish look.. I know that too dang well with out 3 dogs.. hehe

I would so be into WoW but I'm on dial-up at home... nothing else available, too far in the country. I suppose that is a good thing. Makes for slow flickr updating tho.

Pad Thai and then Ben & Jerry? Heck YES, that's my idea of a perfect night... YUM

Regarding Memory from your monthly topic post.... amen. double edged sword.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
* makes note to remember she used it twice...

No rules like that for sure...I remember specifically.

CollardGreens: Oops!
friuduric 11 years ago
ItinerArts: No way! You don't know how many times that pile of books slid off my head (even as I was holding it) as I tried to take that pic. Can I just pay the fine, instead?

jallen: One of the housing options the Consort looked at out here was a furnished house on some acreage, beside an apple orchard, up this dirt lane. Sounds beautiful huh? Except it was far enough out that it only had dial-up. So it was taken off the list.

Ted: Well, if *you* remember that, then I must be safe, huh? ;-)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Not gauche at all - you establish your academic credentials. Lots of clouds in your hiking picture. Looks like the change of season is happening. How long before pictures of colourful foliage?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Transferring the discussion about Copy editing and punctuation here , in case it gets deleted from the Monthly thread, here is some important news for you ex-colonists:

From John Cleese on behalf of Her Majesty

To the citizens of the United States of America:

In light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (excepting Kansas, which she does not fancy). Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you have noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium," and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour', 'favour' and 'neighbour.'

Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise." You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra'; you may elect to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you find you simply can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up "vocabulary"). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.

2. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize."

3. You will relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

4. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be called "Come-Uppance Day."

5. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables.

Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling "gasoline") - roughly $6/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with mayonnaise or ketchup but with vinegar.

9. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

10. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." American brands will be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

11. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

12. You will cease playing American "football." There is only one kind of proper football; you call it "soccer." Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation.
friuduric 11 years ago
Rob, this is hilarious! Although I have a couple of points:

2. Microsoft has *never* been a good representation of U.S. English style/grammar!

6. Roundabouts suck! They have them up here in New England, and they are much less safe than the ubiquitous Midwestern four-way stops. At least people *yield* when they're supposed to at a four-way stop.

7. Amen!

8. I beg to differ. The only way to eat fried potatoes is as the Belgian frite. Eaten in a cornet (paper cone), bought on the street, and dipped in mayonnaise!

10. Once again, I say, Amen!

Thanks for sharing this, Rob.
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
19 September 2007

The girls checked out a local fencing club this evening. They got a good workout, and are happy to be fencing again.

ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
The paper cone is fine, but I prefer them with a spicy curry sauce-- easy to get in Amsterdam.

I've had minimal experience with fencing-- a bit more with kendo-- either way, a good workout.

Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
That's one thing I've always wanted to try- fencing! Looks like fun! It's really hard to find in the States it seems.

building horse fences- not so much fun.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yow and double yow ! Rob - that is very funny but just a couple of questions...if UK uses metric...then why British Standard sizes on tools ANNNND just what is a Stone (weight) anyway (I thought they only rolled)...ANNND why do cars there still display speed in mph...Annnnd what is it with the rotary dialled phones and the blurp blurp sound they make when ringing....annnd WHY is it harder to get into UK with a blue passport than Syria ?? I have so many questions...(just pulling your chain I hope you realiZe)

OK now that I have that out of my system...fencing - would like to try that myself *looks up fencing school in pages jaune

CollardGreens: Oops!
friuduric 11 years ago
ItinerArts: Well, OK. Any kind of sauce is great with real fries. (But vinegar? I need to try that, because I'm just imagining soggy fries [Of course, I love vinegar and salt chips -- err, I mean crisps.])

jallen: No one wsa more surprised than me when we found a fencing club in Des Moines, Iowa!. There's actually a pretty big fencing community in the Midwest. You can go to www.usfencing.org and look up your area.

Ted: Pages jaunes are so last century! I would google it, instead. ;-)
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
20 September 2007

Concentration Experiment
Purpose: Many people worry that the younger generation, raised on a steady diet of television and YouTube, cannot concentrate for very long and are highly distractable. We implemented a research plan to study this question.
Methods: A fresh-baked batch of oatmeal scotchies was placed on the table between two subjects (see Figure 1). We began with a pretrial baseline period (+/- 15 minutes) when the subjects were acclimatized to the study space, then one of the investigators (P.I.) reached over and took a cookie from the table. The study design called for four cookie grabs, each separated by a 5-minute intertrial interval. At each cookie grab, the investigator did not speak, but did not try to hide the cookie grab or the eating of the baked good.
Results: The study participants at no time looked up from their computers, made mention of the consumption of study cookies, or requested a cookie of their own.
Conclusion: The younger generation is as successful as older generations on focusing exclusively on a task at hand. A side benefit we had not realized until the end of the experiment is that adults may not necessarily have to share special treats with children. Subsequent studies will test how far adults can go with this result. We are in the process of preparing a similar study using chocolate cake as the distractor. We have high hopes that no chocolate cake will have to be shared with the children.

Figure 1. The study design
Concentration experiment
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
21 September 2007

To celebrate the beginning of Fall, the Consort made a supper of lentil nut loaf (vegetarian's meat loaf) and squash soup with crème fraiche. To acknowledge the end of summer, we popped open a bottle of homemade wine: Watermelon wine.


Delicious meal

(The Consort makes all sorts of wines from the fruits of our Iowa garden--elderberry, currant, dandelion, apple, pear. We brought about 4 dozen bottles of our wine with us to NH and this was one of those four dozen.)
friuduric 11 years ago
22 September 2007

The Consort and I went to see Suzanne Vega in concert. When I first saw the announcement for the show, I was so excited.


Fuzzy picture for a fuzzy experience. It was a good show, and she played my favorite song (Caramel). Her new songs are okay, but they seem a bit more forced than her previous albums. I love songwriters who tell stories with their songs, which is why I like her stuff.

She didn't like us (the audience), though. And she made that clear. Well excuse the frack me. Too bad my feelings about the show were hampered by her attitude.

Oh well. She really does have a great voice, and I'm glad I was able to see her live in concert. (Even if the equalizing was off and the bass overpowered her singing at times.)
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
23 September 2007

We celebrated the equinox (2 days late) with a hike in the woods and a picnic lunch by a stream.

Celebrating Mabon

This is a time to be thankful for the harvest. So we ate fresh bread, homemade hummus, ripe tomatoes from the vine, cheese made from local milk, and crisp autumn apples.

I love walking through the woods in autumn, the slightest breeze makes the leaves fall from the trees in a constant stream, like snow falling in winter. I've posted the entire Mabon hike set, too.

Oh, and Rob was asking when I'd be showing some fall foliage. Here's one. It's another tree in our yard, and I'm bummed that the tree I chose to follow through four seasons is turning yellow, whereas this one is turning a vibrant red. Oh well.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh my word... Incredibly yummy looking food!

I LOL'd at your attention span project.. haha!!

I can't take it anymore, I'm going to lunch.

karinga 11 years ago
Aw, Im sad the concert didnt go too well! I agree that bass was too much at times in Helsinki as well, but she loved the audience.. What was she displeased at?

Yum at the meal above!
friuduric 11 years ago
jallen: Thanks for laughing at my geeky humor. ;-)

inga: She kept calling us "polite" and "nice" -- but in a way that implied those weren't positive, you know? We clapped and cheered alot at the end of each song, but people weren't standing up (could that be it?) I don't know, I can't see myself screaming and going crazy while a folk singer does their thing. A rock group, sure, but a song storyteller? I can't tell from your pic how large the venue was in Helsinki, but the Lebanon Opera House is 800-seats. Maybe that was too small for her???
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
24 September 2007

A gorgeous fall day. I brought my laptop outside this afternoon and worked in the fresh air. Zephyr was out there with me.

Sunbathing beauty

Basenjis are African dogs, so they looooooove the sun. Zephyr is also a bit of a wussy dog, and, well, she finds the grass a bit too prickly on her arse.* So I put out a towel for her to sunbathe on.**

*This is an inside joke to anyone who has ever played Baldur's Gate. ;-)

**Rob -- see? More foliage!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hahahaha at Baldur's Gate... Oh geez, talk about an obscure geeky joke.. :)
karinga 11 years ago
The Helsinki venue wasnt bigger than yours, so it couldnt be that. There even was a man disturbing her all the time, saying "you are beautiful" or requesting songs. She called the audience very interractive.

I met my friend who breeds Basenji today and told her about your mother-in-law being a breeder as well. She asked what was the registered name of her dogs, which I obviously didnt know :) It's new to me that dogs have registered names, not only call names :)
friuduric 11 years ago
25 September 2007

28 days later.


What this used to be.
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
Aaargh! Anybody interested in erasing that hair off the pic?

Sure wish I had PhotoShop. But $800+ just isn't in the budget right now.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
check out photoshop elements... might do everything you want photoshop to do for you.

Also photoshop lightroom is a new product specifically for photography- not sure if it erases lines or not (dont think so, but it's way cool and high on my want list) ... But Elements does.

hair? you mean that tiny little hair below the bead. It looks like it's supposed to be there! Leftovers of a hair wrap... :)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
I've missed a lot in the past week. Glad you enjoyed the John Cleese diatribe, it is fun, and CG should take up any questions with him (SA is so metric that we have abandoned the decimal point and insist on a decimal comma, which is weird). Perhaps I should also have referred to Lynne Truss' book Eats, Shoots and Leaves, with which I'm sure you are familiar.

Laughed at your cookie experiment, and at your devastating critique of the Suzanne Vega show (humility is something I admire in performing artists) and vicariously enjoyed your harvest picnic. Thank for reminding me what fall colours look like in NE America.
friuduric 11 years ago
jallen: Hmmm, yes. Impera says they're using Elements in her digital photo class. I'm thinkin' Santa's paying attention, here. And thanks for saying hte picture's OK. To me, it looked like what would happen with old cameras: a hair stuck in the lens, and a black line in all your pictures!

Rob: Oh, the colors haven't even hit their peak yet. Just you wait!
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
26 September 2007

The Democrats come to town.

Barack Corner

Today was the Democratic Debate. Every street corner had a different group of supporters cheering and asking for honks for support. Driving by the town green, I saw campaign workers waiting for the action to start, and lots and lots of television crews (it used to be white vans, now it's RVs!)
friuduric 11 years ago
27 September 2007

When you wake up at 3 am and can't go back to sleep...

When you're done with your Web surfing by 6 am...

That's when you should bake, so your kids can wake up to warm poppyseed muffins for breakfast.

Muffins and jam
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Does that say Homoepathic? what's trying to cure, hunger? :)

That muffin looks awesome- May I? :)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Man...and me without breakfast...

CollardGreens: Oops!
friuduric 11 years ago
Please, guys, dig in! And if you're not in the mood for muffins, there's some homemade granola in that pan in the background.

As to the jam, that's a bit of a joke. We were caring for our friends' cats while they were on vacation, and they asked us to harvest as many blueberries as we wanted from their yard, since the bushes were getting ripe. There were actually very few blueberries that were ripe yet that week. I made a mixed jam from the berries in their garden and ours. So the ingredients list reads: "black raspberries, sugar, a handful of strawberries for interest, and 2 blueberries" -- since homeopathic remedies often include an incredibly diluted "active ingredient".
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Ahh, Suzanne Vega--did she play my favourite song (and one of your's, I'll wager), The Queen and the Soldier?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahahahaha That's a great geeky joke! :-) I enjoy your wit!

Homeopathy works- when I used to smoke- and I would get a bad cold with a terrible cough- smoking a cigarette would fix it temporarily. Go figure.

Not that I recommend it.. So glad I quit. :)
friuduric 11 years ago
Emil: No she didn't. :-\

I would much have prefered to hear that one and skip Luka. I usually don't like songs once they become hits. Plus, it's seems kind of weird to me to have people bounce to the beat and look all happy to a song about child abuse!

jallen: Congratulations on quitting! I know (not from experience, though) that it can be very difficult to quit.

This diary sure is underlining to me how geeky (on oh so many levels) my humor is. Hmmm.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh don't stop.. please! Don't make me the only geek..

However, I don't think geeks are in a short supply in this diary group...

Viva geeks!

ebilflindas 11 years ago
Vivu geeks! ;-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Looked up Geek Week on google and all I got was "flat buns" ! Go figure...not sure what that has to do with the current thread...coffee has not kicked in yet ...

CollardGreens: Oops!
friuduric 11 years ago
28 September 2007

Just a regular Friday. I shared a recipe for fresh tomato and corn soup with some friends, and I took a picture of it, too.

Tomato corn soup
friuduric 11 years ago
29 September 2007

no picture

I took a great walk this afternoon, and came across a very red stalk with some white berries on it. Did I take a picture? No! I only had my iPod with me.
friuduric 11 years ago
30 September 2007

We had supper with the Consort's colleague and his family. Beforehand, we went for a short walk up to their local fire tower.


Fall colors aren't seeming as bright to me as they did in my youth. I wonder if it isn't that there are more and more pine trees, and fewer deciduous trees? You can take a look for yourself in the entire set.
friuduric 11 years ago
1 October 2007

This is our Nature Table. We place items we find during our hikes on the table, and so it represents the state of the season. I add a new item every few days and see if anyone notices its presence. So far, they have!

Nature table

The picture in my stream has notes on some of the items.
friuduric 11 years ago
2 October 2007

Just a plain old day. School, work, supper, Web surfing.

Oh, and me as a bleached blonde.

Me - Bleached Blonde
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Now don't get me wrong, I've got an eye for blonds (was even blond myself a couple times--must dig those out to show y'all), but I think you left the toner in a bit too long!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahahahahahahahah Emil! Me being on dialup, I saw your comment, and then about 5 or so minutes later, saw the picture. I thought, wow, he sure is forward, perhaps a little bit rude....

Now I see... hahahahaha
Tomato and corn soup looks wonderful. I like how you raise your family- down to earth and an appreciation for good food.. Kudos.
friuduric 11 years ago
Aw, come on, you two -- you don't think futuristic android is the new look?


I guess I'll stick with my normal look.
friuduric 11 years ago
3 October 2007

Just so I don't come across seeming like I can find no wrong with New Hampshire, I thought I should post a photo of the line of ant domes we've noticed in the basement.

Ant domes in basement

The exterminator has come and sprinkled murder powder on them, so they should be gone.
friuduric 11 years ago
4 October 2007

Trixie's current favorite breakfast: steel cut oats, made into oatmeal. Sprinkled with brown sugar and frozen blueberries (maximum:15 berries, 'cause I'm stingy like that). She and I have it most mornings.

friuduric 11 years ago
5 October 2007

We took off to the White Mountains for a short camping trip. On Friday, we did the steepest hike we've done so far, up to Mount Osceola. Oh, my goodness, was it steep!

friuduric 11 years ago
6 October 2007

The girls were up for a second hike today, as long as we promised it was a "muuuuuuuuch flatter" trail. We hiked out to Black Pond for lunch and a dip, then picked up another trail to get to Franconia Falls.

Franconia Falls

I love the modernistic look of boulders smoothed out by rushing water.

We'd like to come back in the spring and compare the river level after spring thaw.
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
That's a lovely spot! It must be pretty dramatic during the spring. Nice picture. I was around water all weekend.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Fire towers, stingy oatmeal and smooth river rocks - don't get no better than that...

CollardGreens: Oops!
friuduric 11 years ago
Smooth river boulders, Ted. My fault for not putting anyone in the foreground for perspective. And Rick: Yep, that's a great way to spend a weekend, indeed.
friuduric 11 years ago
7 October 2007

Waiting to get pic.

We went apple picking with some Boston friends, made apple crisp, applesauce, and played Robo-Rally!
friuduric 11 years ago
8 October 2007

Waiting to get pic.

A rainy day, so our guests came over and there was massive WoW adventuring going on: five laptops + one router = an afternoon of fun.
friuduric 11 years ago
9 October 2007

Back to routine after a 4-day weekend. Nothing interesting happened, but I did remember to take another picture of the tree for my Tree Photo Project (which I have been neglecting).

9 Oct 2007
friuduric 11 years ago
10 October 2007

I spent the entire day working on a quilt project. I kind of burned out, but at least I made some headway.


I blogged about it here.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wow... Looks like you are an candidate to post stuff to The Frugality Group that I run....... C'mon over! :-)

I think your new buddy icon is totally funky-cool.. love it!

Those boulders look awesome... Rivers like that are referred to as "Shut-ins" around here. Your version is much smoother than most what we see around here.
friuduric 11 years ago
Thanks, Tim, I'm off to check out that group!

My buddy icon is from a PhotoBooth shot I did recently. (Wouldn't my green and blue avatar go really well with Itinerarts' red and orange apartment?)

I *love* PhotoBooth.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Lotsa oats (lovely muffins too), lotsa hikes, another look at your tree busy losing lotsa leaves, but I'm no wiser how your face got so colourful.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Too bad about the mixed concert experience, but I can't blame Suzanne much--I sometimes don't like my audiences, either.

I'd call that shot less bleached blonde than spectral blonde.

friuduric 11 years ago
11 October 2007

I found a website that gave directions for making pine needle baskets. "Hmm," I thought, "if I could make a small one, I could add it to my Nature Table."

I was so worried about making it too big, I think I went a bit underboard:

tiny basket

Even the mouse thinks it's too small.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
Mouse-size pine needle baskets? That way lies madness.

Dragonhide 11 years ago
LMAO How did you ever have the patience to build something that tiiinnnyyyyyyyy... That's just nutty in an awesome way. wow, I'm impressed. Were you a watch maker in your past life?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Greetings - cruising through the threads this morning trying to catch up...I like the idea of the tree project - don't give up on it. Rocks vs. boulders - fair enough,,,pine baskets - glad to see the penny in place for my broken perspective ! Hope all is well on sabbatical...

CollardGreens: Oops!
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
12 October 2007

We still had loads of apples from apple-picking last week, so Impera helped me make caramel apples from scratch.

Caramel apples

Here is something I believe: part of the reason there is an obesity "epidemic" is that we can have anything we want, with a snap of the fingers. Want a pizza with everything? Call a pizza franchise (the kind that makes pizzas from shipped and prepared dough and sauce). Want a chocolate cake? Mix up a box of Duncan Hines and slather on some ready-made frosting. Want caramel apples? Buy those caramel sheets and microwave yourself a quick snack.

If we actually took the time to make things from scratch, we wouldn't be so quick to eat poorly, because every "special treat" would necessitate an investment of time (to prepare it) and of money (to purchase quality ingredients, rather than boxes of chemicals, preservatives, and "natural flavors").
friuduric 11 years ago
13 October 2007

Another thing this diary is making obvious to me is how much of our life revolves around food! Yesterday it was caramel apples, and today, I made yogurt. You can click on the picture to get more info, as well as a link to how to make your own yogurt, without a fancy yogurt maker (but I certainly get plenty of use out of my yogurt maker).

Making yogurt
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
14 October 2007

We hiked up Mt. Cube, and had lunch at the summit. Now, after you look at this picture, you should go look at it larger.

Snow on the summit

Why? Because you can't see it on this one, but , it was snowing on the summit! (Those little white dots to the right of the picture aren't dust on my lens, but granular snow. Yes, indeed.)

(And I won't even mention the orange and yogurt muffins I made as a post-hike snack. Because life is more than just the food I make, despite what this diary shows.)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wow, making your own yogurt!

And I agree- we've became too "star trek" and have food just magically appear out of a box at the snap of finger. It's nice, but it does have its price.

I love to see traditions continue.. speaking of, time to scoop out a pumpkin and roast the seeds!!!!
friuduric 11 years ago
Oh god -- roasted pumpkin seeds are my favorite! It's hard to share them, because I'd be happy to hoard them all for myself.
friuduric 11 years ago
15 October 2007

The fencing club where the girls train here doesn't have a sitting area for observers, so my routine on fencing nights is: drop the girls off for 6:30 pm, get to the library, and read, or knit while listening to podcasts, until the librarians shoo me out at 8:00 pm.

Library reading

Today, it was a bit of both. (But I still got shooed out at 8:00 pm!)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I always enjoy seeing what people pick up to read.... you serious bread baker, you.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Glad to know you're eating well. I think you're quite right about obesity and immediate gratification.

CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Ditto on the obesity thing. Here we eat all manner of hi cal and fatty things yet the nation as a whole is quite fit. All things in moderation...perhaps...timing and no in between meal snacks...perhaps,...no one really knows but I think it has to do with the fact there is a lot of walking done and carrying of groceries everyday (we can't fit a whole weeks worth of groceries in the apt)...fresh foods etc etc. on and on...
friuduric 11 years ago
16 October 2007

Reading in the waning afternoon light.

Reading in the waning afternoon light
friuduric 11 years ago
17 October 2007

Morning nap.

Morning nap

Zephyr thought that my clapotis was a perfect spot for a morning nap.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Awww cute!
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
18 October 2007

I'm trying to sprout some wheat berries. They first have to soak for 12 hours, followed by two days of rinsing and draining at regualr intervals. If all goes well, they'll be ready on Saturday. After they had been soaking for about an hour, I noticed that there were tiny air bubbles collecting around the submerged wheat. I thought it looked ... well, the watery version of ethereal, I guess you could say.

Tiny bubbles, on the wheat...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Acquathereal !
friuduric 11 years ago
CG: Yep, that would be it! (Except it sounds kind of lispy...)
ItinerArts 11 years ago
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
19 October 2007

The Consort and I took a walk this afternoon. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year here. He's very patient with my mad photo-taking since I joined this diary. You can see the entire walk set here.

Although we walked "in the woods" we saw at least three of these raised manhole covers. Clearly, we were on a wild sewer hunt.


Wherever you go, there humans are!
friuduric 11 years ago
20 October 2007

We played Carcassonne after supper.

ItinerArts 11 years ago
Carcassone? Isn't that a French pastry?

friuduric 11 years ago
Well, it's a pretty city in the south of France that calls itself "the creme of Languedoc" -- which is maybe why you thought of it as a pastry? ;-)

It's a cool German board game that is similar to, but simpler than, Settlers of Catan. We got it several years ago when our girls were still too little for Settlers. That reminds me, I should put that game on my Christmas list!
friuduric 11 years ago
21 October 2007

This was probably the last nice weekend in the Fall, so we tackled Mt. Moosilauke. After a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and faux sausages, we drove to the trailhead (1 hour away). We donned hats and jackets (it was chilly at the base at 9:30 am) and began the ascent. After 10 minutes, the hats were in our packs and our jackets were around our waists. It was hot. It was steep. It was rocky. But the day was so clear, and the views from the summit were gorgeous.

At the top of the world

Entire set here.
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