Fall and winter are popular times for baking. And sometimes people are passionate about getting just the right ingredients. Do you know how I know that? Because when I went grocery shopping the other day, I needed to pick up buttermilk for the Irish soda bread I plan to make later today. I wandered to … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: December 20, 2020
I had to take Sidney in for his vaccinations on Wednesday. He gets extremely stressed out when he goes to the veterinarian (read: angry and striking out at everything and everyone), so he has to be sedated. This means I drop him off early and pick him up a couple of hours later, after he's … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: October 25, 2020
The autumnal equinox passed last week, but thanks to an ongoing drought and a brief cold snap, the leaves started turning a few weeks ago, and have been falling every since. Because I live in a neighborhood with a lot of old trees, it's been particularly autumnal every time I look out the window. I … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: September 27, 2020
A few things from the week: On my day off, I drove all the way down to the botanical garden to photograph the flowers and whatnot, only to get there, have a lovely shot lined up, and then realize that my camera had no memory cards in it, and I had left my regular camera … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: August 16, 2020
Can we be done with summer now? Because I want to be done with summer. For most of the week, we were dealing with a heatwave. That broke on Thursday night when a line of thunderstorms moved through with such high winds that a lot of trees-- including half of the one in front of … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: July 12, 2020
It's been a quiet week around here. I baked, I cooked, I wrote, I read. I'm quite proud of the cooking and baking. I don't do very much of either, but I bought a cookbook written for people in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). They do medieval/early modern reenactments, and their goal is to … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: April 26, 2020
As I write this, neither my city nor state is under official quarantine. The state's number of COVID-19 cases is less than fifty, with no deaths, and few hospitalizations. Obviously, I hope that number stays low. In the meantime, schools have switched over to distance-learning; restaurants have switched to drive-thru, take-out, and delivery only, and … Continue reading Sunday Sum-Up: March 22, 2020
I was idly scrolling through Instagram stories one day when I saw a story from a Bookstagrammer who is self-publishing a series of fantasy novellas. They had posted a brief excerpt from one of their stories and they were clearly proud of it. I thought the writing was terrible. And maybe I'm a prose snob, … Continue reading What Makes Good Writing?