Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday night!
August 24th, 2019

Well, I won't be going dancing tonight!  

And I am having a small hiatus from weaving...

(to give my right knee a little rest from the #2 treadle - 

the knee I hurt water skiing, - a self inflicted wound

inspired by a bout of egoism)

I considered a short session 

of Candy Crush

but decided in favor of a good book!

one that I can take to bed with me....

I have been re-reading Loren Eiseley lately

and am almost finished

"The Firmament of Time"

Probably just about a couple of dozen pages.

Just right to finish before the head starts to nod

and the eyes close

and the book falls

and I waken with a start

and start reading again

but I probably don't absorb the last few pages

and there, I'll have to do it all over again!!! 

This is a book I bought from Thrift Books.

A collection of Essays (or lectures)

beautiful prose, - easy to read

and very thought provoking.

Loren Eiseley was seventy

when he died in 1977

so there have been a number of more recent books

written on anthropology

but I doubt if any of them tell too much more

about man's scientific thoughts

on the nature of the world.

I find that "time is of the essence" these days

in many of the things I hope to do

and so I think it behooves me to take Bruce

out for his before-bed business,

and let Callie in for treats.....

and take myself to bed, together with

"The Firmament of Time".

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Flirting with Melancholy

Tuesday, the
21st of August

A melancholy day....

The sun didn't shine

and the day lacked any great enthusiasm!

The weaving went well,

but still it didn't inspire a little pool of joy....

What was it that so affected the day?

Well of course, perfectly normal...

"You"ve had these melancholy days before", I told myself.

And so I carried on

feeling kind of sad and aimless

and I found this great, sorrowful video

that you might like to listen to

if you should happen to hit a 'melancholy' day

that's Hauser on the left 

I recognize him for his lip accompaniement

to his lovely music

Here he is playing Albinino's Adagio

still very sorrowful

but so beautiful!

Cheer up, I whisper.....

tomorrow's another day!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 18th, 2019

Another pleasant Sunday!

Early rising, and a few hours spent with the birds, over breakfast...

some reminiscing about days gone by, mainly inspired by this

wonderful picture of my love which appeared somehow on Facebook,

as a memory, I presume, as it was taken on the 18th of August, 2011....

A Sunday afternoon, I believe

Lingering over coffee and sweet memories, finally I stirred myself

to go and get ready for an enjoyable outing - luncheon with friends

to say farewell and God Speed to one who has reached the age

when she needs to be closer to her family, - as much as she will be missed here...

I got out my new blue summer dress and my staid white shoes that remind

one of fancy runners, but are just the thing for old ladies with canes!!! 

And off I went - driven by No. 1 Son-in-law!

An enjoyable lunch - somehow I don't get out as much as I did at one time,

when I was younger

So it was rather special.

When we left the restaurant there was an "old fellow"

at the door, and he was driving

a bright red cart, enclosed in a cabin,

 with a very large windshield

and side mirrors that enabled him to see oncoming traffic

and he told me that you can drive

one of these wonderful contraptions

without a licence!!!!

It was the general census of opinion

that I should go right out and buy one of these,

but realism prevailed 

and I decided that wonderful as it was

this cart was made for people in their eighties

and probably people in their nineties

are better depending on generous, sweet, offspring

who will cheerfully drive one around!!!

Well, that settled that, and I came home

and made a Crazy Chocolate Cake

(as in days of yore when there was always a cake

in the "Cake Drawer" for hungry children...)

In a 9x13 pan you put

three cups of flour, two cups of white sugar, one teaspoon of salt
two teaspoons of baking soda and
one half a cup of cocoa.  Mix it up a bit.

Make three wells,
and in one pour three quarters of a cup of vegetable oil,
in another three tablespoons of vinegar
and in the last two teaspoons of vanilla.

Pour two cups of cold water over all
and mix  well with a fork!!!

Bake until done in 350 degree oven
probably about 35-40 minutes
but watch it, - not called Crazy for nothing!!!

If you don't want that much chocolate cake
you can divide the recipe in half
in an eight by eight pan
and it will be just as delicious.

You don't really have to fancy it up

but a nice, thick, gooey icing is nice!