January 30, 2010


Welcome: The haggis.

David and Eliza; our gracious hosts for the merry-making evening.

The haggis reading.

Scottish accents: Always a crowd-pleaser!

Poems to food.

Dorthy's amazing salad; like a wonderful still-life.

Reading and singing Burns' works with Scotch Broth and Rumbledethumps.

Scotch Broth with veggies and lamb, and the magical golden sauce for the bread pudding.

Hmm... A bit out of focus at this point in the evening.

Happy Birthday Robert Burns.

January 19, 2010

Snow Day

Snow day today
Approximately 6" of wet stuff greeted us this morning
it had blown in toward the northwest
(as evident from my antennae topper...)

Chivalry was alive and well.

Two more storms due before the weekend.

No blue sky until later this afternoon.

And somewhere under those clouds ahead - are the mountains.

January 17, 2010

Winter Sustinance

Roasted poblano soup with cotijo cheese
Green chile-chicken enchiladas
Laughter and conversation
Dinner with old friends and re-newed friends
And the start of a new Ryder Studio School session.

Welcome back.

January 12, 2010

Guts and Trials

New Year's Guts

A few ideas for Challenge 2010:
"Something New" once a month;
A class-never-before-tried
A book-never-before-EVER-considered
Cooking AND eating something non-habitual
Lessons in a musical instrument to the point of playing an entire song

Upcoming winter challenges that have been reserved and paid-for:

January/February: Spanish Immersion classes - 2x/week for 5 weeks
February: Aikido - 1x/week for 6 weeks
March: ?
( A Hint? Let's just say I received a book
that I would NEVER had purchased for myself...
- I should read it and give a truthful book report, eh?)

Upcoming spring challenges:

April: Cooking class
May: Music lessons?

Ongoing challenges:
Did I mention that I have a fitness center membership?
And I tend to only use it to work as a therapist
in their therapy pool
with 2-3 patients
once a week.
Perhaps the rowing machine
once or twice a week?
I know how to

Get your guts right here.

January 02, 2010


We spend January 1
walking through our lives,
room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done,
cracks to be patched.
Maybe this year,
to balance the list,
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...
not looking for flaws,
but for potential.
~Ellen Goodman

New Year's Day:
Now is the accepted time
to make your regular
annual good resolutions.
Next week
you can begin
paving hell with them as usual.
~Mark Twain

I checked my thesaurus
for "resolution"
and found the term "guts".

more to-the-point.

My plan for my
New Year's Guts?

Find a challenge:
Or a little less regular?

on a specific number
of challenges
to be completed
before the end of 2010,
and write like the wind
to describe them.

Gotta find some guts.