Fall Coat Weather soap
Deep red maples and heavy black cashmere.

(This soap contains activated charcoal, honey, and goat’s milk.)

It’s a gentle slope
of a goldenrod blanket,
this cradle of Earth.

Waiting in the Pumpkin Patch soap:
Notes of warm pumpkins, maple sugar, patchouli, cedar logs, and cinnamon stout.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

― Mary Oliver

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I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

Linvilla Orchards:
Honey bee on raspberry bush.
A bit of the orchards (raspberry and corn, here).
Charismatic goats. As described by their website.

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During this pandemic year, I’ve forgotten how to go safely out in the sun for long periods. So I’m sunburnt, but in possession of delishus fruit loot picked by my hands at Linvilla Orchards today (raspberries and crimson crisp apples).

Also, the loot from their market: creamy chipotle sauce and chocolate fudge are hits. Haven’t yet tried the cherry butter, apple sassafras butter, strawberry fig jam, red currant jam, cheddar chive scones, or pumpkin cranberry white chocolate cookies.

I have no mint or lemon juice on hand after the move, but I do have impatience.

3 parts (shots, here) lemongrass-infused gin
1 part lime juice
1 tbsp raw honey

A decent start. This tastes bright. The lemon-green flavor of the herb is coming through loud and clear. Maybe a drizzle of honey in the glass would be nice.

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I like gin, so an idea from Jeff to infuse it with tea for a honey-lemon cocktail got my attention. I set up two for sampling this morning: lemongrass and lavender gins

I just opened them for a whiff and they already smell strikingly herbal and delicious. Especially the lavender.

I forget how to tag here, and I don’t know why pic is sideways when it’s upright on camera, but there ya go. Mm.

Even Steve Jobs would have made a better 45th president, but that's comparing apples to oranges.

(Sorry, can't let that one go. Hehe)

Is it ramblin' time?

I start life coach training in two weeks.

I am excited.

I get to psych-nerd to my heart's content and put READ a lot on the calendar.

Moving on to monkfish. This is based on a Spanish dish with monkfish and shrimp in a smoked paprika tomato sauce; I replaced the shrimp with zucchini and asparagus for balance. Conclusion: Smoked paprika tastes amazing to me, and more so in this sauce.

Tzatziki cucumber-quinoa salad lessons learned:
Try twice as much sauce with three times as much fresh dill
Five-cucumber recipe, glad I used the biggest bowl
Adding quinoa was nice

Attenborough narrates a beautifully shot, crazy oceanic ballet/sardine happy hour. Or sardine unhappy hour, it seems. I mean, which sea predators *didn't* show up to get their omega-3s?


Never cooked a raw fish filet before. Guess I have now...

Baked tilapia taco on gluten-free almond flour tortilla

My first quinoa thing: Mediterranean breakfast casserole

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Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.