Rhubarb syrup is a lovely shade of soft pink, even though the rhubarb stalks from my garden were mostly green. … read more
May 22nd, 2013 / Comments 1
May 22nd, 2013 / Comments 0
Even though our garden is overrun with weeds, the rhubarb is undaunted this spring. I made a rhubarb crumb cake to take to lunch with friends and it was a great success. This cake is quick to make and can be made the day before it is served. … read more
May 8th, 2013 / comments 14
May means sunlit, yellow-green buds on willow trees, familiar bird songs, spring peepers in the pond, and an overwhelming desire to make everything clean. I took a slow walk down the cleaning products aisle at the grocery store and found products with labels that promise maximum force, triple power, instant stain removal and ultimate cleaning. Did I want a heavy-duty, commercial, professional or industrial strength cleaners? Was the wisest choice a gel, a cream, a spray, scrubbing bubbles, a cleaning wand, a cleaning pen or a complete cleaning system? What is a complete cleaning system anyhow? And then there were the “magic” sponges and “miracle” cleaners. Is it ethical to buy Mr. Clean or the Janitor in a drum? Would they each need a room of their own? It was confusing! I was tempted to believe that there might be a product that would make everything sparkle with little effort, but after reading labels with long lists of chemicals with unfamiliar names and warnings of danger, I left empty handed.
I had made a cleaning solution when I was eight. … read more
April 26th, 2013 / Comments 0
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April 4th, 2013 / Comments 0
It’s a bit of a blue day in Ortigia.
We walked into Siracusa.
and on the way back to Ortigia I realized that blue was the right color for today.
Because, our granddaughter Anneke
and her mom and dad are returning to Germany after spending two weeks with us in Ortigia.
March 21st, 2013 / Comments 0
Along via Roma on the way for a coffee,
frescos created by time,
and a third.