Saturday, May 23, 2015

frogs at my house

yes, of course i am doing the 2015 venture vermont challenge.

of course i am.

some of the items on the list are repeats of last year.  last year for the item "make a recording of a frog or toad's call at night", i recorded peepers at my uncle john's house.

this year on one of the first warm evenings i sat out on my porch and recorded these guys.

i wanted to get a recording of that ONE REALLY LOUD FROG but it turns out he was singing right from my front porch, so as soon as i stepped out there he was done singing for the night.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

knotweed pie

people living in most states have probably heard of japanese knotweed. if you've heard of it, you probably know it is a pernicious invasive.

what maybe you don't know is that you can eat the sumguns.

MB told me i should make this pie and she don't have to tell me twice to do a thing.

it's pretty good, but i think i would tweak that. MB says lime juice is the key to it.

so here's my pie.

Friday, May 15, 2015

here's your proof

yesterday i patted a puppy.

why, yes. that IS out of character for me, but she's mike's puppy so i kind of have to be friends with her plus it was naptime and she was very cute.

yeah, i know, nobody would believe it, so here's proof.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

some random images

seen in a coffee shop

april 20 at my house

me and my guy


man with a harp guitar

Monday, May 11, 2015

you don't see that every day.

i have a little cup of grass on the windowsill near my desk.

of course i do.

because my mom used little cups of grass as table decorations at easter. and she was so excited about it, showing us how you can "mow" it.

yes, she calls it mowing, even though you're just trimming it with your scissors. but you know, to keep it in really nice shape (and who doesn't love carefully manicured grass?) it needs daily care of some sort.

one of my friends said "that's not a houseplant. that's a PET."

fine, whatever.

so a few weeks ago when i was going to NEFFA, i had to bring my cup o' grass with me. so barb and i are getting into the elevator and i'm holding the cup o' grass in my hand and a guy gets on and he takes a look at me and says "now, there's something you don't see every day."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

spit out the bones

i was riding along on a trail at catamount, working on my mapping project and also looking for forage.  i didn't find the things i was specifically looking for, but i did find this most excellent gnawed bone and some really cool owl pellet.

i am going to have to carry some small baggies so i can collect owl pellets and take a look inside them later.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

cookie day

i make a lot of cookies at my house these days. go ahead, blame it on MB.

anyway, i got it into my head to make some experimental savory cookies, cheese thumbprints with onion jam.

so... they're kind of shortbready. i think if i make them again i will make them something with more tooth, but experimental is just that.

the jam is good, though.

the black flavor is onion jam with a balsamic reduction and mustard, the red flavor is tomato rosemary onion jam, and the yellow is honey apricot onion.

they're pretty, and reasonably tasty, if you like savory cookies.

i do.

MB does.

that's all that counts, really.


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