Monday, January 31, 2011
There are disadvantages to being sick, but there are definite upshots to it, too! One of those being lots of time to sit or lie on the couch with an excuse to either do nothing or knit or watch the end of Lord of the Rings (!).
Today, however, is Monday - which means not a minute of respite. The peaceful feel of yarn in my hands while children play Monopoly and the Russian watches the news is a distant memory.
But ah! T'was sweet indeed!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Or you can take a small boat across in less than five minutes and get a close-up look at the base of the fountain. This fisherman smiled for the camera! ;)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
League of National Security
Bronze doors given by France once opened the way to the Assembly Hall in the original wing; after the building was renovated, the doors were made decorative only.
There are those who lament the fascist style of the United Nations building, suggesting it counters the purpose and philosophy of the organisation itself. A good point, but I must confess the style reminds me of downtown Chicago and I felt quite at home!
Swedish marble and Finnish granite add soft, earthy color to a stately design.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Did you know that not a single country can be excluded from the UN for a lack of financial means?
39 feet high and weighing in at 5 1/2 tons, Broken Chair by Swiss artist Daniel Berset is a reminder of the pursuit of global peace. The memorial decries landmines that have taken and broken the lives and bodies of innocent people worldwide.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Yesterday, I translated four texts in one afternoon. And I was wondering... might there be tiny translating fairies hiding in the cable gardens?
You can see her hand-knit zombies, too, over at http://www.bitoflife.com/.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I wish I could take the credit for this filet mignon en croûte, but sadly I cannot. The Russian bought it at the market one morning and left it in the freezer for me to pop in the oven on a rainy day.
Unfortunately for him... he was at an all day meeting the day I did the popping. Poor guy.
It gets worse. I let it set for five full minutes before cutting it like the box said, but a gooey white substance was oozing out the sides, and by the time I did get it cut, we were all rather grossed out. Could it be animal fat?
The kids and I scraped it off and ate the meat and pastry unceremoniously.
What? asked my lover. It was filling! Tasty, salty, herb and onion filling! How could you not know that? Did you even taste it to see?
"No," we skulked. "We were too grossed out to taste it."
Methinks that will be the last time we get a yummy frozen surprise from my man-shopper. :) I'm trying to think how to make it up to him. Any suggestions?!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Brave, I ask?
Rather an idiot, I'd say.
But every time I slip into the car, pull it out of the tiny drive and look down my bobsled street, perched on the edge like the Grinch on his way to Cindy Lou Hoo's house, I think...
This is a step into the tornado. Yeehaw!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Without flinching, she handed her the fossil and launched my daughter on a quest that would fill her pockets five pounds deep!
A small act of kindness that to the heart means oceans of love.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sit, my friends, and let out a deep sigh. Your hand feels warm in mine.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Whenever we are at a fair or happen upon home-made tosche, I buy one! And this time, I won the lottery. This is hands-down the best Gâteau à la Crème I've ever had... and I ate a full quarter of it all by myself (yes, I was a little pig).
It makes a terrific supper with tea and a salad, or a nice 4 o'clock at snack time! Wondering what I could mean by a 4 o'clock? That is what the Swiss call their coffee break long about 4 o'clock of an afternoon. I've grown quite fond of that time of day, I must confess. ;)
So, I poked around at various Swiss blogs until I found one that provides a recipe (in English!) in case you'd like to try it out for yourself. I've never made this recipe, but I plan on doing it!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I will give you that they are majestic, and spectacular and a wonder of the world in their own right... but they strangle me. I drive toward them and cower. They rise up grey and cold and pretentious, ready to pounce like a jaguar, to suffocate like a boa, or to crush like the razor-sharp teeth of a great white shark.
I sit back, sigh, and long for a prairie breeze.
(I've waxed melodramatic, haven't I!?) ;)
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
And it looks different every time, against every backdrop.