Wednesday, November 24, 2021

assorted kibbles and bits

in which our plucky heroine focuses on what is going well...

I've been indulging myself with assorted small gifts: bright fabric for some new clothing, art supplies (for my planned efforts in the next year to learn more about printmaking), some of the best marzipan in the world, and a new paring knife for the kitchen. I've been missing having a small thin knife for ages, and after reading numerous reviews and recommendations online, I went with the Victorinox knife. While it doesn't look terribly impressive, it arrived sharp enough that I have needed to be very careful to pay attention when I use it. Prepping the persimmons for the dehydrator is a lot easier now, and it is becoming my first choice for many kitchen tasks... (I expect it will make boning the turkey thigh for roulade a lot easier)

A lovely surprise visit... My friends Leah and Randall stopped by to drop off some fancy homemade preserves and flavored vinegars, and some of their gorgeous pottery, including a spectacular carved mug! Leah says it is ideal for wintertime tea drinking, as the narrow top helps keep the contents warm, and the rounded lower bowl is great for warming one's hands. It was good to have a bit of an outdoor palaver, however short and sweet.

Last night I just finished reading "A Psalm for the Wild-Built" by Becky Chambers as my bedtime reading... Short and sweet and rather hopepunk. I love the worlds she builds, and the way she puts words together.

~ creativity challenge ~
trying something new - adding a bit of embroidery to my reverse applique kerchief. The individual flower petals were really too small to be cut away, so adding some fly stitches adds a dark accent and some additional visual texture. (Still not sure what I want to do with all the tiny berries, tried some glass beads but that didn't look right. thinking of maybe detached chain stitch instead)

Years and the better part of a lifetime ago, I saw Steeleye Span in concert, in a tiny concert hall above the Galleria in Harvard Square, with dancing girls and a mummers play; that memory burnished bright. Here is an autumn song medly from Maddy Prior, just right for now: Marigold/Harvest Home

November SMART goals (x=extra)
1 roses kerchief leather thimblerecycle bin
2 6 jars persimmon ketchupteal popover dressyard waste bin
3 6 jars pickled beetsjelly cloth
4 5 jars pear chunks 30 persimmons dried -
5 8 jars quince jelly syrup
moar persimmons dried
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today's gratitude - I found a store in the Bay Area that has the amazing organic Italian marzipan in stock. Usually it is unavailable, even before the pandemic, even before supply chain issues. So I ordered some. Fingers crossed it arrives here safely

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