|Parts of a paperback book|
|C will be home soon. She will break him out.|
|Note to C regarding Rocky’s misbehavior|
Other than this episode, Rocky had a good day. He almost caught a butterfly!
Few women appreciate the importance of mending, forgetting entirely the old proverb, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Every housewife should form the habit of doing the weekly mending each week instead of allowing it to accumulate until it becomes a burden. Carefully mended garments denote thrift, industry, and economy; therefore, every woman and every girl should take pride in knowing how to darn a pair of stockings, to patch a worn garment, and mend a tear. Mary Brooks Picken (Woman’s Institute Library of Dressmaking: Sewing Materials, 1923)
|A protester at Occupy Cincinnati. She has a job.|
|And an iPhone. Good for her.|
|Two watermelons. Tomorrow there will be one watermelon and one dozen fresh eggs.|
|Quarts: Pickled green tomatoes; Pint: Pickled jalapenos|
Makes 6 pints
3 quarts green cherry tomatoes, approximately
12 cloves garlic
6 sprigs dill
1 1/3 quarts white vinegar
2 C water
1/3 C canning salt
Wash and pack tomatoes into hot pint jars, adding 2 cloves garlic and 1 sprig dill to each jar. Boil vinegar, water and salt mixture about 5 minutes, or until salt is dissolved. Pour over tomatoes, seal jars, and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Tomato Cherry Red & Yellow Pear Blend Organic Heirloom Seed
75 days. This heirloom blend brings you both red and yellow, very attractive fruit that can be eaten like grapes. Sweet, mild flavor and low acidity make these tomatoes great for hors d’oeuvres, salads, canning and relishes. Produces clusters of fruit all summer long. Cherry Red Pear seeds are dyed red, while the Yellow Pear seeds remain natural so you will know what tomato seed you are sowing produces which color tomato. Provide support for vigorous vines that easily reach 6 feet.
twothree watermelons (one is rotten so we’re going to shoot it)
- a few beets and
- baby lima beans
- a little French melon (not sure it’s going to make the cut; we’ll look at it tonight
- jalapeno peppers
- and a nice batch of cherry tomatoes.
|Preparing to freeze some French melon|
We did it! We got just about everything done. The only thing that remains for this evening is stewing the tomatoes. But the melons (there were two, not one, aas I reported earlier) and tomatillos– which I think I forgot to mention yesterday– are in the freezer. The jalapeno are pickled, as are the two quarts of green cherry tomatoes that I picked just as it was getting dark.
The melon are
Cucumis melo (Reticulatus group)
90 days. Charentais melons aren’t found in your grocery store — they’re too fragile to ship. A true cantaloupe, the fruits have smooth skin with light green stripes, maturing to creamy yellow. The delightfully scented, creamy orange flesh is filled with unsurpassed flavor. One of the sweetest rewards of home gardening!
from Botanical Interests and they going to taste sooo good in January!
Good day. Big life.
- UNRESTRICTED– no permit is required to carry a concealed firearm (Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming, but see Wikipedia and the maps at USACarry for more specific information)
- SHALL ISSUE– permit required but the state is obligated to issue a permit if the applicant meets certain criteria (age, no felony record, no drug arrests, etc.); i.e., the state has no discretion.
- MAY ISSUE– permit required but local authorities (e.g. sherrifs’ offices) have discretion in the form of requirements above and beyond what the state requires. This category is further broken down into Permissive (Alabama) and Restrictive (California) May Issue states.
- NO ISSUE– private citizens are prohibited from carrying firearms (see links above)
- stop ahead
- STOP (2 each)
- roundabout ahead
- a sign that look vaguely like recycling signs, but with more arrows and street names
- pedestrian crossing (at two)
- which way to drive around the median
- YIELD (2)
- one way –>
*A certain small city in which the president of a private collage managed to get three of these things located at three corners of campus.
|Argentinian beef stew in banana squash|
It was a big squash.
This one came from a California cook book I got in the mid 1980s for subscribing to the L.A. Times. (I was a naïve graduate student at the time, which explains why I subscribed to the L.A. Times.) This is an excellent Halloween dish, but be sure that the pumpkin flesh is cooked before your pull it from the oven and serve it. That can take awhile, depending on the pumpkin. The stew is also good without the pumpkin. The variation comes from the season that Marica grew huge Banana winter squash in the garden.
ARGENTINIAN BEEF STEW IN A PUMPKIN SHELL AND VARIATION
|A nice little cottage in Arkansas|
Some thoughts about what we saw along the way…
Cotton farmers work on Sunday.
The HWY 82 bridge is far better than the HWY 49 bridge, which is a two freaking lane bridge across the freaking Mississippi River. According to my calculations using Google Earth, the distance across the river on 82 is 0.44 miles. On 49 it is 0.57. The difference may not seem like much to you, but trust me… . I will never cross on 49 again. Never. Even though it’s one third of a mile longer, I’d sooner take the M bridge. (Plus, I’m pretty sure the ladies’ room in the Conoco on the Mississippi side had cameras in the ceiling.)
Roundabouts are dumb. More on this later.
Roundabout related: College presidents in Arkansas wield too much power.
Quitman County (Mississippi) just didn’t look all that poor to me. Jonestown, in Coahoma County, did.
And some questions…
If they can grow tons of cotton in the delta, why don’t folks have veggie gardens? We were on back roads traveling through tiny towns– just collections of houses, really– and I swear, I did not see a single garden patch. I know it’s late in the season, maybe fall crops don’t do well in the delta…, but I didn’t see any signs of gardens. [I tried to find data on food stamps by county and came up with nothing other than that 39.9% of the population in Quitman County is below the poverty level.]
And on a lighter note, is it possible to over-do thematic decorating?
|A bison– for real|
|A small part of my neighbor’s cotton field|
The first fall we lived here was exceptionally wet. You can’t pick and bale cotton in the rain and mud.
I have more thoughts on cotton in Mississippi, but I’ve lost the context in which I first wrote them. I’ve got my cracker-jack research assistant– my son-in-law– (back-)tracking. If he comes up with anything, I’ll post later. But to give a hint, I calculated that if all of the cotton grown in my county went to make T-shirts, there’s enough to make 4,000,000 100% cotton T-shirts.
To be honest, we’d rather word didn’t get out. Stay away! In fact, I need to point this out: The South is a cultural desert, across which ride Klansmen on horseback and NASCAR fans in F350 Dually pickups. The cultural center is Wal-Mart, and the occasional tailgater before a lynching. Gunshows are disdained as the domain of pointy-headed intellectuals, because they also sell books. No, really, that’s all true — stay away! For the love of God, stay away!
UPDATE: Reader Phil Manhard emails: “I wish to add that we have fire ants, sinkholes, red tide, shark attacks, huge and regular brush fires, sandspurs, sunburn, hurricanes (though, unexpectedly!, none in the last couple of years). Yes, for the love of God, stay far away!”
And the chiggers. Beastly critters you want no part of. Stay in Massachusetts!
The neighbor gets a funny look on her face and says, “Funny. Ya don’t sound like yur from Mississippi.”
|Oxford, Mississippi is so backward it still has phone booths!|
I’m a Jersey boy. I was born there, went to high school and college there, and assumed I’d spend the rest of my life there. But though I loved the people and food, the Jersey Shore summers, and short rides through the Lincoln Tunnel to Broadway shows and Madison Square Garden, I gave it all up and moved south. Very far south. I’m not alone.
The economic and cultural forces driving this migration south have been ignored by the press. And by the Obama administration.
So I figured this Jersey boy who now calls Oxford, Mississippi, home could explain why. This Yankee turned good ol’ boy could explain the pull — no, the tug — of the South.
|Daikon Miyashige White Orgnaic Radishes|
Radish Daikon Miyashige White Organic Heirloom Seed
60 days. Young shredded daikon radishes are often used in sushi, but their light, crunchy, slightly spicy flavor is a unique addition to many other dishes. Mature daikon is pickled or cooked; add to stir-fries or soups. Daikon is a “winter radish,” requiring a longer time to develop than spring radishes, and cool temperatures to mature the edible root. To grow successfully, sow in mid- to late summer or early fall.
This packet plants three 5 foot rows.
In Chicks with Guns, Lindsay McCrum has created a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and in a sense unexpected. The book examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but the guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed. And it defies stereotypes often associated with aspects of the popular culture of both guns and women. Like the 15-20 million women gun owners in this country, the women we meet in Chicks with Guns ( their portraits are accompanied by their own words), reside in all regions of the country, come from all levels of society, and participate seriously in diverse shooting activities. The women here are sportswomen, hunters, and competition shooters. Some use guns on their jobs and some for self-defense. They may not all be classically beautiful, but in these photographs they all look beautiful, exuding honesty, confidence, poise, power and pride. They are real women with real guns that play a part in their lives. By focusing her camera respectfully on this particular aspect of the American scene, gun-wielding women and girls, Lindsay McCrum sheds new light on who we are in America today.