Sunday, August 28, 2011

thoughts from a sunday evening

~ we had wild weather this weekend and there wasn't even a hurricane where we are. but we had loads of wind and a veritable deluge of rain. that's why the bobbaloos, who had wanted to go on a walk and look for mushrooms, are looking wistfully out at the rain.

~ about 15 minutes before the deluge, i convinced husband to go on a walk with me, assuring him that those clouds weren't going to amount to anything. about half a kilometer from home, the rain began and we ran for it, reaching the relative shelter of the trees before it started to come in buckets. it made me think i missed my calling as a weather girl, since i have no apparent ability to predict the weather and it seems that's a prerequisite for that job.

~ when will i learn not to keep reading a book that sucks? why, oh why, when life is as short as it is and books so plentiful, do i slog on through one that i know i don't like. i'm speaking here of anita shreve's all he ever wanted, but i could be talking about the completely over-rated visit from the goon squad by jennifer egan. reprehensible characters about which i don't care should be a sign to stop reading.

~ we attended our annual crayfish & schnapps party last evening and i am blissfully reminded of how very good it is to spend time with intelligent, interesting people. my husband has some seriously awesome family. and i got my quota of laughter for the week. it's pretty mind-blowing how much energy it gives you to laugh well.

~ looking forward to testing out our apple cider press this week. if it works, we're thinking of hosting a cider event at our house - where people can come, bring their apples, help with pressing them and do other fun, autumnal things on the farm.

~ shokoofeh and i are planning on making a 2012 calendar of our film swap photos. we'd like to know whether you'd be interested in buying one?  please note, leaving a comment does not constitute a commitment to buy, we'd just like to have an idea of how much interest is out there, so please let us know if that sounds appealing.

~ lately most everything we're eating is from the garden - zucchini (courgette)/eggplant (aubergine) ratatouille, herbed tomato salsa, broad bean hummus (thank you, kristina for the inspiration), salads of thin ribbons of zucchini and tarragon with a bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, artichokes with plenty of butter and salt, mushrooms gathered in the forest. i love having a garden. and this time of year it seems like it would be quite easy to be a vegetarian.

~ i made a batch of raspberry jam today. who knew that berries and sugar could smell and taste so heavenly? i'm so glad our raspberry canes are autumn ones.

here's hoping your weekend was wonderful and full of laughter and great conversation.


Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Julie

Please put me down for your 2012 calendar!! Also have you thought about selling your honey-? If so please remember me.

Have a great evening and week!

Tracy :)

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Oh yes--I am reading a great book by Amor Towles--Rules of Civility. Great book!!

Give it a try-I think you would love this book.

Sammi said...

I know what you mean about reading bad books, however I always find that I must finish a book no matter how much I hate it. I hate leaving books unfinished.

Lisa-Marie said...

Hahah, this made me laugh as I really enjoyed 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' and I love Anita Shreve (though I haven't read All She Ever Wanted'. I like books that have 'moment in time'ness I think. But yes, if you are two chapters in and you're not enjoying the book, stop. There's a book you love waiting for you!

It is very, very soggy and very, very windy here too.

Unknown said...

oh jam! Yum! I *need* to get some autumn raspberry canes on the allotment.

celkalee said...

I must say that every time you present a bobbaloo scenario, I am so happy. the garden, yes. I wish I could have this all the time. the calender, what a great idea. sign me up!

Spilling Ink said...

Oh, I so miss the annual crayfish and schnapps parties....and intelligent, interesting people too ;)

Plush Possum Studio said...

Okay, that did it! i'm officially hungry! And am about to head for the kitchen to make a scramble with some zucchini. Thanks for the inspiration!
Your writing, as always is splendidly well done. I can enjoy it every time.Literally, I've never been disappointed by what I find here. So a Thank You would be in order.
Enjoy your week's bounty!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your annual crayfish & schnapps party sounds like heaven :-) So does the raspberry jam!

Love the pics of your daughter in purple on her horse a few posts back. My family has horses and it made me think of them. Thanks.

xo jj