Monday, November 12, 2018

kitchen adventures

Since vegetarian empanadas aren't common on the east coast AND I just received a small press, decided to use my morning off to experiment.

I look forward to trying again in a real oven (baking several small batches is tedious) and I need to replace my pastry brush~dripping egg wash with a fork isn't too pretty! But, now I have tasty lunches for the week.



It's my LAST commute to Bethesda today. Wheeeeeee. I will not miss the traffic nor the rutted country roads.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

just a beautifully quiet day

It's delightful to be home during daylight hours. And even more so, when there's nothing on the to-do list other than perhaps some laundry. Looking for as much beauty as possible as dire and depressing items fill my newsfeed.

 I found this lovely poem on a new friend's site~and discovered that she and I are practically birthday twins. Tomorrow brings a forage for us vegetarians looking for our Thanksgiving feast.


Show's over, folks. And didn't October do
A bang-up job? Crisp breezes, full-throated cries
Of migrating geese, low-floating coral moon.

Nothing left but fool's gold in the trees.
Did I love it enough, the full-throttle foliage,
While it lasted? Was I dazzled? The bees

Have up and quit their last-ditch flights of forage
And gone to shiver in their winter clusters.
Field mice hit the barns, big squirrels gorge

On busted chestnuts. A sky like hardened plaster
Hovers. The pasty river, its next of kin,
Coughs up reed grass fat as feather dusters.

Even the swarms of kids have given in
To winter's big excuse, boxed-in allure:
TVs ricochet light behind pulled curtains.

The days throw up a closed sign around four.
The hapless customer who'd wanted something
Arrives to find lights out, a bolted door.

Friday, November 9, 2018

past is prologue

Was in Target tonight and saw one of the clothing lines is Prologue. It triggered the line from Shakespeare~and I thought it was fitting for my gratitudes tonight.

These are the darling shoes I found when I heard about the expected Ms.Allie and now CupKate has played Cinderella and found that they suit!

After editing ALL the documents for our accreditation for seven solid hours (our boss did treat us to Indian food and we had a raucous lunch before heading back to our respective computers), it was a delight to come home and find a bday card!

Tucked inside was a long-ago memory.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


A student brought me some homemade saffron ice cream today! First time I've ever tried it~it was like eating frozen flowers. Such a gorgeous colour~think it would be delicious after a spicy meal.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

sigh of peace

While one is sitting at the mechanic's~it helps to have fun new shoes to admire.

My car now has the second alternator of the year~so happy that I got it to the shop without needing a tow AND. And. And, it was covered by warranty! So, I am a safe and happy driver again~new tires, state certification passed, and all systems go.

Since the shop was so busy with shuttle service, they were using Uber for evening rides. My driver was delightful~from Mauritania~in Virginia for three years. Before moving to the U.S., he drove a fish delivery truck from various points in Morocco to Paris. He prefers that to driving a taxi~says he wants to practice English and chat~but most of his passengers get impatient with his minimal English and/or want to be on their phones. Since we were stuck in a lot of traffic~he got a lot of English practice with me. 

Since traffic was awful, decided I might as well pop into Trader's and pick up a few my delight/consternation~these little decadent items are for sale again. Now I can bribe myself through the rest of the week~up to my eyeballs in budgets/reports/proofreading/reconciling/forms for this bless-ed accreditation.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


While I have always voted~from that first time in the college dining commons~today I worked my first election. Still processing all the memories from today~but it was an incredible experience. I kept tearing up to see all ages and all nationalities pouring through the doors to vote. People with oxygen tanks, with wheelchairs, with walkers, with canes, hacking up their lungs with pneumonia, toting babies~we processed over 2000.

2000. In one precinct. I was the only new worker and I was wide-eyed with the excitement of learning process~the pros were ecstatic as we closed the polls with 60% voter turnout. 

So many more things to process, but it was nice to experience democracy and citizenship at a neutral and involved level.

Monday, November 5, 2018

500 miles

Not really, but I hit FIVE HUNDRED days of French lessons!!!! This past year has been one of constant upheaval, so I am uber proud that I have maintained this daily consistency. 

And I learned a new Jamaican word today~frizzlin'. The FexEd guy came in with our deliveries and I asked if it was still raining and he said it was only frizzlin'. It's a delightful word and perfectly descriptive.

Headed to bed with a grateful heart that my car lurched through the day and it was my LAST 14 hour work day. Woot!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

pumpkin patchin'

When you class up your garage with a chandelier. 

Today I learned that there was a fleet of arks with Noah. 

A truly gorgeous fall day to spend at the pumpkin patch.

Tempted to ask if I can move into one of these tiny houses once they close the place for the winter. 

Baby's first hayride. 

Apple cider doughnuts in the sunshine.

A mini-cow train.

Came home $.02 richer and with a cute mini-pumpkin.

My mini-fridge is full of everything sliced/diced/cooked/packaged up. Bring on the marathon week~I'm mostly rejuvenated and ready for it.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

improbably hope

After a rainy night, woke to this outside my kitchen window.

“What Else”
by Carolyn Locke
The way the trees empty themselves of leaves,
let drop their ponderous fruit,
the way the turtle abandons the sun-warmed log,
the way even the late-blooming aster
succumbs to the power of frost—
this is not a new story.
Still, on this morning, the hollowness
of the season startles, filling
the rooms of your house, filling the world
with impossible light, improbable hope.
And so, what else can you do
but let yourself be broken
and emptied? What else is there
but waiting in the autumn sun?

Fun lights at a Mediterranean cafe where I hung out while getting two new tires on my car. Grateful to have that done and to find out that the awful noise I've been hearing is my alternator going out. Next week's task!

Today was simply enjoying a gorgeous day. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

full of grate

Today's Doodle was fun. Whoosh went this week~grateful for a lovely weekend with consecutive days off! Thankful that the school is quiet on Fridays and I plowed through a ton of reorganization. My heart and my cupboards are full after a swoop through Traders. And now, with the rains and leaves swirling outside, it is time for holding still.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Traditional 1 November breakfast of some kind of pumpkin yumminess.

While I haven't taken more leaf photos this week~they are gorgeous. Grateful to be in my favorite month of the year. Grateful that tomorrow lifts me into an easier financial life. And? Oddly grateful that my first full week at work is smack in the middle of the end of our accreditation process.  After this? Normal school procedures will be a snap. (This feeling reminds me so much of the church job I took over riiiiight at Advent 1. I figure if I lived through Christmas Eve, the rest of the year would be easy/peasy.)

Happy fall, y'all.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

All Hallows' Eve

Difficult to see, but I got myself a rug for the bathroom to celebrate one month in this space.

Yes, it glitters!!! But it is also super soft.

The ESL students were somewhat confused by Halloween, but they enjoyed these cupcakes made by one of the teachers and quickly learned to come to my desk for mini candy bars. Hours away from the best month of the year!!!