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I’m That Tired

7 Dec

Locals walk the streets of Madison Square near the Flatiron Building.

The Flatiron by WW Rock, 1918

Tied To The Whipping Post

1 Oct

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My friends tell me
That I’ve been such a fool.
And I have to stand down and take it babe,
All for lovin’ you.
I drown myself in sorrow
As I look at what you’ve done.
Nothin’ seems to change.
Bad times stay the same
And I can’t run.

Sometimes I feel
Like I’ve been tied
To the whipping post.
Good Lord I feel like I’m dyin.’

Song by Gregg Allman

Rolling Stone and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame consider Whipping Post of the 500 best songs of all time.

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman is a wonderful CD.

David Bowie: The Picasso of Rock and Roll

21 Jan

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Hard to imagine how Iman and Lexi are coping. They can feel our love though.

And, David Bowie’s son Duncan tweeted a telling blog post written by Dr. Mark Taubert, a palliative care doctor. Read it here.

  • I am hoping that some videos were made of David Bowie while he was recording Blackstar.
  • The exemplary music of Blackstar was made by a creative genius who was 69-years-young. What other musicians of this age have made such a successful collection of music? 
  • The Blackstar album is a million times more meaningful than other CDs because it was David Bowie’s goodbye message to his fans!

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David Bowie—Some Of Your Questions, Answered

16 Jan

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Here are some great links, tons of information about Bowie that might answer some of our questions. Well, they answered lots of mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyEIU1MoEzM  Singing Word on a Wing – Bowie’s talented pianist, Mike Garson, posted this link in Twitter
http://mikegarson.com/bowie_final-performance  Bowie’s last public performance
http://www.mikegarson.com/  A song Mike Garson wrote for David Bowie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDq2LfeBxnc  Interview with Lazarus’s musical director, Ivo van Hove

http://www.theuncool.com/journalism/david-bowie-playboy-magazine/  David Bowie’s Playboy interview
https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com A blog about David Bowie songs

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/share-david-bowie-memories/?smid=tw-share​  Share your memories about David Bowie

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/15/david-bowies-last-days-an-18-month-burst-of-creativity  The last months of Bowie’s life

p.s. Sorry about how this looks. I don’t know HTML and can’t straighten out the spacing…UGH!

I Should Wish

12 Nov
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Miss America pageant contestant Yolande Betbeze. Photo by Dick DeMarsico. Date Created/Published: 1950. Courtesy The Library of Congress.

“Without music I should wish to die.”

—Edna St. Vincent Millay

Colectivo Coffee Roasters and Cafe

27 Oct

Colectivo on Monroe Street in Madison, Wisconsin, is one of my favorite places to get coffee. When an employee made me a caffeine drink (I can’t remember what he made me!), it looked like this and I almost wept from the beauty of it:

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Ok, so YOU have received drinks like the endless times before—I haven’t! This was my first time!

While sitting-in-the-cafe-writing-Haiku (ewww?), I ate a delicious breakfast burrito:

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This is my son at Colectivo, who, in case you were wondering, could care less about my blog.

What I also like about this Colectivo is how it’s decorated. It’s cozy. There are all kinds of chairs, couches, tables and a fireplace. The glass walls slide open. It’s very pleasant. I know I like it because it reminds me of a loft I’d like to live in.

I am also, unfortunately, obsessed with the bathrooms. I love the design of the communal sinks and paper towel holder.

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Colectivo Coffee Roasters and Cafe
2530 Monroe St
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 630-8930

Naf Naf Grill in Madison, Wisconsin

23 Oct

I like going to restaurants. I walked by Naf Naf Grill on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin and decided to eat there. Naf Naf is called the “Chipotle of Middle Eastern food,” and I agree. The service was excellent and the food was fantastic. I’m on a diet so I won’t be able to go there often but I LOVED EVERY BITE of my falafel hummus bowl:

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They slather hummus on the bottom and sides of the bowl, then put five falafels on top. I choose purple cabbage salad, chopped salad, and pickles for garnishes and fire sauce for the finish. The pita bread was perfect. When you put all of these different tastes in your mouth, they are delectable!

Fiesta Dinnerware

27 Sep

I love Fiesta dinnerware. When I was in the Boston Store a few weeks ago, I saw these two new beautiful colors: sage and slate. In person the slate is a very dark grey. So beautiful!

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

30 Jul

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I don’t recall how I heard of the book A Little Life (probably from The New Yorker magazine) but I ordered it from the library. Because it’s a new book (published March 10, 2015), the library is only giving me two weeks to read it. That means I need to read around 65 pages a day. Well, I did not read my daily allotment and today need to take it back to the library. But I already put it on hold again. I might buy it. I am addicted to it. Jeez, I need to read it; I need to finish it. The last book I read was The Goldfinch and after I read that, it was hard for me to read anything for awhile—I started watching the TV show Mad Men instead.

Hanya Yanagihara: Fantastic book!

Jung Garden Center

31 May

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That’s it for me. Instead of dilly-dallying around buying seeds at Target or my local grocery store, I’m heading for Jung Garden Center. They have at least 30 different kinds of pumpkin seeds and even more varieties of corn. I bought beet, lupine, and sunflower seeds.

My Favorite Salad #salad #thegreypoupon #WholeFoodsMAD

8 Sep
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Consists of fresh picked arugula from my garden.

Add spinach.

Add spinach.

Add mushrooms.

Add mushrooms.

Add blue cheese. I spend at least $8 on my blue cheese. I got this blue cheese from Whole Foods.

Add blue cheese. I spend at least $8 on my blue cheese. I got this blue cheese from Whole Foods.

Blue cheese added. Yum!

Blue cheese added. Yum!

Add salad dressing that has Grey Poupon mustard in it.

Add salad dressing that has Grey Poupon mustard in it.

Toss the salad.

Toss the salad.

Close up. Yum again!

Close up. Yum again!

The Goldfinch #thegoldfinch

6 Sep
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Cool cover, right?

“The absurd does not liberate; it binds.” 

– Albert Camus from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I was number 600-something to receive the library book The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. When I went to the library the book was there. Turns out the library has a special stash of books that people can check out if they come into the library. So I checked this puppy out. But I found out that the book is one I want to own and I want to take my time reading it. I have also been flagging some special sentences to use in this blog. When I start flagging many pages, I know it’s a book I need to own. I won’t want to take it back to the library every two weeks and re-check it out to myself. It’s 717 pages too! Which is not a problem for me, but I just need to be able to savor it. I don’t want the book to end. I’m on page 144. A couple days ago I ordered a used copy from Amazon and it has already shipped! Today I’m returning the book to the library.

Tomatoes #tomatoes

3 Sep

It’s that time of the year again where I’m going to have “Tomato Talk” with you. This year I decided to plant six plants because last year when I only planted four plants, two of them didn’t do well and I had a sucky tomato harvest. Now that I grow my own tomatoes, I can’t stand to purchase them. A box of cherry tomatoes at the store is $3.99.

With my six plants, I harvest the tomatoes every day or every other day. If I wait too long to harvest, the tomatoes start getting rotty (is “rotty” a word?).

Here is how I freeze tomatoes.

This is a day’s harvest of tomatoes:

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Getting them ready to be washed in a colander:

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I wash them and cut the tops off where they attached to the stem:

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I cut the larger tomatoes into quarters or sixths. I leave the cherry tomatoes whole. I don’t take skins or seeds out:

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Then I scoop them into quart-sized freezer bags:

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And off they go into the freezer:

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In the fall and winter we make tomato sauce. We just throw the frozen tomatoes into the pan and cook them, adding whatever we want to supplement the sauce.

Well, time for a Death’s Door Martini!

And time to harvest more tomatoes.

Hope you had a great three-day weekend!

 

 

Proper Encouragement #annpatchett #deathsdoor

14 Aug

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“Was it possible that, in everybody’s lymph system, a nascent novel is knocking around? A few errant cells that, if given the proper encouragement, cigarette and gin, the requisite number of bad affairs, could turn into something serious?”  

Ann Patchett  This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

On my way home from the store with my friend in the passenger seat.  In case I haven’t made it clear, my favorite alcohol is Death Door’s Gin.  Death’s Door products are made in Wisconsin.

Happy Day!

Gardening Advice From Elizabeth Gilbert’s Sister #GilbertLiz

12 Aug

 

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“How do you decide what to plant? My sister gave me the best advice ever: Find a nursery you like and go there every week from May through September. Whatever’s in bloom that you like, take home three pots (mostly perennials) and stick it in the yard. Next year you’ll have a garden that has something in bloom every week from May to October.”  

Gardening Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert’s sister

I am SO going to do this next year!!!

Eye Shadow #revlon #smashbox #chantecaille

31 Jul

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Sjölind’s Chocolate House – Mount Horeb, Wisconsin #Sjolinds

27 Jun

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Going to Sjölind’s Chocolate House is such a treat!  

My mom bought some chocolate treats for myself, my husband and son.  I had been coveting their peanut butter cup, and mom bought it for me!  Look at that delectable morsel!  I ate it in two days, in case you were wondering.

Their caffeine drinks are excellent.  So are their sandwiches.  Our favorite is the muffaletta. Their quiche is amazing and so are their baked goods.

They have a huge collection of chocolate from around the world, and make chocolate treats themselves.  I’m buying their homemade malt balls next.

They make and bake much of the goodies sold at Sjölind’s.  Tracy Thompson, the master baker and chef of Sjölind’s can do no wrong!

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Sjölinds Chocolate House 

219 East Main Street

Mount Horeb, WI 53572

(608) 437-0233

Cats on Doughnuts #cats

8 May

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My son did not want to buy this shirt, and I would not have let him.  But his friend did buy it!  It’s hilarious and if you want one, perhaps it can still be found at JC Penney.

Happy Easter! #Easter

20 Apr

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As I have said before, I love window clings.  The gaudier, the better.

These window clings really irritated my husband and son.  Yes!  : )

Garnet Hill Sheets #GarnetHill

31 Mar

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I really love my country scene Garnet Hill flannel sheets.  I bought these sheets over 10 years ago and use them sparingly.  All of my guests love them.  I made the deer pillowcases – appropriate for New Jersey and Wisconsin – they are 100% cotton and cozy too.

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