Plodding along through time and space…


Going thru a dry period. Not weather-wise, but word-wise. Idea-wise. Nothing is happening in the gray matter with me. It may be the heat that usually throws me for a loop every year. The blood needs to thin out before I feel like a human being, not that I ever feel that human anyway. I don’t like to write when I’m down-in-the-dumps – just not looking for sympathy or anything, so I stay away.

I know. Sometimes writing/talking about it helps. There are so many people who have it far worse than I do. But I have been dwelling on things lately.

Anyway… here is something, actually two things, new here at Crow Cottage.


That, my dears, is a new pressure cooker. What? I can just hear you gasping all at once…

I didn’t need a new one. I ordered it and then, hours later, tried to cancel the order but alas, it was too late to cancel. They said I could “refuse it” when it arrived, but I didn’t. It’s a Kuhn Rikon 2.6 qt. braising style pressure cooker. It was about four times the price of Presto, so I could not afford to buy it. But it’s smaller and I wanted to see if it would be better for smaller items than the bigger Presto. But I never got up the courage to tell Paul about it, and so it is sitting on my NEW SHELVES with a little towel over it, hiding out for now.

Oh, you want to get a look at my new shelves?



These are actually two separate bookshelves. I got them here at Fresh Finds dot Com. Mine are “black” however they appear more dark brown than black to me, which is fine for my kitchen. They come all assembled and you just open up the sides and flip down the shelves. They are quite substantial and I put them up by myself, which was a trick as they were heavy to lift. They have pegs that go under the feet of the top one into little holes on the top of the bottom one. I needed a little more storage space in the kitchen. I was keeping my pans and Presto sitting on the stove and I don’t like things cluttering up the stovetop. So now everything has a home.

The old shelves are here:




I actually have things now sitting in that little shelf in the breakfast room now. My crock pot and my electric dutch oven are on there which previously lived on top of the refrigerator. Now the only thing on the fridge top is my basket of onions and potatoes.

Oh, and of course there’s this:


My ever-present helpers… good doggies.

Just click any of the pictures to see the rest of that album.

So, that’s what’s new here. I spent money I shouldn’t have spent. I am on a very limited income here, and I just can’t seem to get the hang of being frugal. It’s way too easy to buy stuff now-a-days. Each month I tell myself that this is IT. I am done buying things I don’t need.

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I am watching the French Open tennis at the moment. ESPN shows it from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day, but there is no way I am getting up at 5 a.m. to watch it. So I’ve missed a lot of it. I can watch on my computer but it’s not good quality and I don’t care for that. Also, in a few minutes I plan to catch the National Spelling Bee on ESPN. I love that show and I’ve never seemed to be able to watch much of it before this year. I watched some of the preliminary portions yesterday where they eliminated all but the last 50 of the kids. They are so incredibly smart. I am in awe of these young people who can spell like this. There is even a very young girl in it this year, about 5 or 6 (?) and I will be looking forward to seeing her spell today (oops, she didn’t make it thru to this section).

I guess that’s about all I can think of. We’ve had a lot of rain lately so everything is growing like mad in the garden. Especially the grass. It seems that 2 or 3 days after it’s been cut, it’s back up there again screaming to be mown (? mowed ?). Mown. I think.

Oh, I almost lost this entry…better save it and get out of here.

Take care. Don’t give up on me…I’ll come around soon. I hope.



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“Our entry to it is naked and bare;

Our journey through it is trouble and care;

Our exit from it is who-knows-where;

So if we’re all right here, we’re all right there.”

[Jack Rosenthal]

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[Anatole France]

“There are only two seasons – winter and baseball.”

[Bill Veeck]


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6 Responses to Plodding along through time and space…

  1. Bex says:

    No, I didn’t know about Michael, Betty Lou! Thanks for the information.

    I never was in a spelling bee but spelling, grammar, and English in general has always been my passion. When they are abused or misused I go crazy. I think this is why I don’t do Twitter or FaceBook. Our poor English language is so butchered these days with shortened words, no sentences, etc., that it almost physically hurts to read how people communicate these days. I love blogs, and I especially love a blog where the words are chosen carefully, spelled correctly (for the most part), and make sense. I don’t know if they are actually still teaching kids how to construct a sentence or paragraph or story any more, and it’s not a good thing, IMO.

    There, my rant is over.

    Bring writing back!


  2. TopsyTurvy says:

    I know what you mean with trying to be frugal. Recently I’ve been on a clothing kick – well, if you can call it that. About 4 times a year (DH points out it’s when the BIG sales begin) I start looking at clothes. And recently, each season I’ll actually buy one or two pieces of clothes.

    Now honestly, that’s unusual for me. Up until a few years ago I just made do with things that were 20 or more years old and only bought new when something had worn out. Well, I’ve still got many 20+ year old clothes, but now I’m starting to add in a piece or two maybe 4 times a year. ;D


  3. Betty Lou says:

    I don’t know if Michael has told you, but when he was in 7th grade he won our Tri-County Spelling Bee – that’s our County, and the two counties closest to us.
    And, oh yes, I also buy on-line whenever I see something interesting. It’s too hard for me to get to the stores when I think of something I want – or need.


  4. Rhubarb says:

    My dear, we won’t ever give up on you. Write when you feel like it; we share our burdens, the burdens are lessened a bit, for a while. It’s what we do for each other.

    I know what you mean about how difficult it is to be frugal. “Buying power” is a very insightful phrase. It feels powerful to be able to buy something beyond the essentials. And it sure is easy to buy online. Click, and you’re done, before you’ve even really had time to meditate on it a bit.

    I’m right there with you. And shame on them for not allowing you to cancel a few hours later! I guess they count on impulse buyers.


  5. Bex says:

    Well, I don’t have psoriasis, but I used it all the time in my job as a medical transcriptionist. And I had to know how it was spelled. I think the process of putting together elements of language and definitions, etc., and coming up with the correct spelling is incredible in these youngsters. One boy said today that he had correctly spelled every single word, all 500,000 of them, in his big dictionary in preparation for this. These kids will be the adults who will solve the problems of the future. With their analytical skills they will all contribute immensely to the well-being of the Earth, I have no doubt.


  6. l'empress says:

    I don’t watch the spelling bees any more. Someone has taken the fun out of what we used to do. Lots of unusable words and very few usable ones. “Psoriasis” may be fun to spell, but if you don’t have it, how often do you use it in a sentence?


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