Happy Earth Day, Happy Birthday! - Today is a special day for us. Not only is it Earth Day, but it is also our daughter Shannon’s birthday. Happy birthday to a very special person! My blogging friend Judy noted that Earth Day is forty-nine years old, almost old enough to be a member of AARP. Too funny! Judy also wrote that … Continue reading Happy Earth Day, Happy Birthday!
Snow-Gauge Clif Celebrates the Triumph of Spring - There’s an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, then these pictures must be worth four thousand words. I will write no more except to add that with this post, Snow-Gauge Clif’s job has come to an end for the year. The remaining snow and ice will be … Continue reading Snow-Gauge Clif Celebrates the Triumph of Spring
Reinventing the Wheel with a Nutritional Yeast Veggie Broth Mix - For someone who cooks a lot—we eat nearly every meal at home—and for someone who eats a mostly plant-based diet, I can be a little on the slow side. (Occasionally, we do eat eggs and some dairy.) For example, I have just discovered the wonders of nutritional yeast, thanks to our daughter Dee and the … Continue reading Reinventing the Wheel with a Nutritional Yeast Veggie Broth Mix
A Week in Two Acts - Act I What’s Making Me Droopy On Monday, Winter let us know it was not quite done with Maine by sending a storm that dropped five or six inches of snow. Once again, Clif had to take Little Green out for a spin, and once again, the town’s snowplow left a tall, hard ridge of … Continue reading A Week in Two Acts
A Shining, Hopeful Example: Wind Power and Orkney Islands - When you are someone who cares about the environment the way I do—Clif and I refer to ourselves as green beans—it is easy to get discouraged. A focus on climate change, resource depletion, and overpopulation can lead to gloomy thoughts. And let’s face it—most of the news we read about the environment is not good, … Continue reading A Shining, Hopeful Example: Wind Power and Orkney Islands
Making Sugar Easter Eggs: A Day of Fun, Crafts, and Fellowship - Yesterday was warm and sunny, a finest kind of day to head an hour north to my friend Beth’s house. With two other friends in tow, off we went in my little red Honda Fit—a.k.a. Sparky. Beth had invited us over for a day of food, crafts, and fellowship. A perfect trio. Courtesy of JoAnne, … Continue reading Making Sugar Easter Eggs: A Day of Fun, Crafts, and Fellowship
Prepare for Astonishment - All right. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s been far too long since I’ve been on the patio. Maybe it’s been too long since I’ve had the fluttering birds around me. But readers, the difference between last week and this week has me in a flurry of excitement. Finally, finally, the snow is melting in … Continue reading Prepare for Astonishment
A Food Store that Actually Smells Like Food: The Gardiner Co-op - On Monday, April 1, the first day of Earth Month—or April Fool’s, depending on the way your mind runs—Clif and I went to the Gardiner Co-op to buy some bulk items. Gardiner is about fifteen miles from where we live, and nowadays, we always enjoy going to this up-and-coming city that was once in the … Continue reading A Food Store that Actually Smells Like Food: The Gardiner Co-op