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August 22, 2016

I had a dear old friend come to visit for a few days last week.  I didn’t really take any photos, we were too busy catching up and chatting for much adventure.


Sunshine, lazy days, good friends and delicious wine.  Combine and enjoy.

On Saturday we took the boys down to the banks of the Charles River to watch the Flugtag event.  This was the first time they’ve held it here, and the Boston side was absolutely mobbed.  We were pretty happy with our decision to stay on the Cambridge side.  Although we were further away, we had an unobstructed view of one glider after the next plummet straight into the water.


On Sunday we went to the local Asian market.  We go every few months to stock up on various things, and every time we try to bring home something new to try.  This time we got a dragonfruit.


Consensus, mild flavor and custardy texture.  The boys said it would be good in a fruit salad, but by itself it’s pretty boring.

So there you have it.


August 15, 2016


Larry and Alistair have become obsessed with hot peppers this year.

Last year Larry added habanero peppers to his pickles, and that started it all.

Earlier this spring they bought two plants each of ghost peppers, Trinidad scorpions, and Carolina reapers.  Reapers are known as the world’s hottest peppers, with the Scorpion as the second-hottest.  Ghost peppers ruled the roost for a long time, but now they are at like seventh on the list.  You can read tons more about hot peppers here.

When the first ghost pepper was ripe enough, Alistair tried a bite.  Straight up.  Raw.  Seeds and all.

It took him 20 minutes of milk, bread and yogurt to recover feeling in his throat.  I think he won’t repeat that little stunt, but that doesn’t mean he won’t eat any of the others.

On Saturday we had a little harvest; two ghost peppers and two Trinidad scorpions.


Larry used the ghost peppers for salsa.  One pepper divided into two pint-and-a-half jars makes for a zippy, but not overwhelmingly hot, salsa.

He will make some with the scorpions next.

I’m not sure I’ll be willing to try reaper salsa… stay tuned.


August 12, 2016

Mid-August always tears me apart.

Shops are in Back-to-School mode.  My boys go back on August 30th, and we’ve already bought supplies and backpacks.  Shoes and clothes can wait, since it’s always shorts weather for most of September.

At the same time, we are in the middle of a heat wave here, and my CSA is bringing it’s A-game every week.  We are awash in great local vegetables, paired with grilled meats and cold beverages.

But I’ve also begun my Christmas shopping list, and my Christmas knitting list.

And I’ve booked a weekend overnight trip for the four of us for Labor Day.

And I’m looking at the calendar to figure out just how many beach days I can really squeeze in.

And the office manager at work has announced the date for the holiday party.

I’m not ready to let go of summer but I’m looking forward to autumn.


August 9, 2016

One other highlight of the week:  Larson learned to swim!

He started the week with a bubble, and by Friday…see for yourself.


August 9, 2016

We are back from our annual week at East Hill Farm.


This year we added a different twist on the horse race event,  and we all dressed up as if we were going to the Kentucky Derby.



After looking for one particular geocache since 2014, Larry and I finally found it this year!


There was a lot of pool time, too.  How can you resist, with a view like that?






How timely

July 28, 2016

As I was skimming through my daily feed this morning, I saw this post:

Five Ways We Can Learn About Note-Taking from DaVinci

Given my manifesto yesterday, I feel like I am in good company:)




July 27, 2016

And now for something completely different:  a word about organizational tools.

First of all, you should know that I am a list-making freak.  I make lists for everything. I make lists that refer to items on other lists.

I use the Remember the Milk app for work and personal to-do’s,

I use GoodReads for books (those I’ve read and those I want to read),

I use Evernote where I keep notes, recipes, and recurring lists (Christmas shopping lists, Thanksgiving menus, family vacation packing lists).

I use a combination of Ravelry and a battered Moleskine notebook to keep track of my knitting stuff.

I have a notebook to keep track of stuff we plant in the garden, and how things go each year.

I use My Fitness Pal for food tracking, and Garmin Connect for step and activity tracking (they talk to each other, so the information cross-posts).

Some things also wind up in the Notes or Reminders app on my phone.

I have a weekly schedule hanging in my kitchen, where I list the dinner menu for each night, appointments for the family (color-coded), and any events that may be happening.

Each summer I have my boys keep a summer journal, where each day they write a sentence and draw a picture about their favorite thing about that day.

For work I keep a paper notebook, where every evening I make a list for the next day: to-do’s, as well as appointments.  As the day goes on and other things need to happen, they are added to the list in the notebook. I also use it for meeting notes.

Taken together, it all works pretty well.  But it’s not perfect. There are times when I write something in the margin of my work notebook that I actually need at home, but I don’t have it.  There are times when I forget where I saved something, and have to scour through all sources to find it.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been seeing references to bullet journals and bullet journaling.  I was intrigued.  I’m not much of a journaler, but they seem to be largely a series of lists collected into a single book, which is something I do like.

I used a planner for many years – first the DayTimer, then the DayRunner, and then the Franklin – and I’m not convinced I want to go back to carrying a notebook at all times, but then again maybe I do.

Anyway, I will periodically post about my attempts at this new thing; please bear with me.

In the meantime, here are a couple of sources about bullet journals that may be interesting:






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