- In a CNN story online this summer about how eating apples helps you live longer, someone concurred in the comment section: "I've been eating seven apples a day since 1811. I'm over 200 years old and going strong." :) Mike and I laughed over that off and on the next few nights, it's so silly. :)
- Whenever I get to visit Vermont, Jericho is on my must-explore list. Have any of you visited? It sounds fascinating and just beautiful.
- When I started this blog, I was working in a deli and bakery to save some money for my move here, and one of the store's resident curmudgeon customers huffed his way up to the counter and asked for however-much white Cooper cheese. I told him that we were out of the white Cooper just then, but that we had yellow. "Ohhhh," he growled at me. "The whole world's gone to hell!" That still makes me laugh. "The whole world's gone to hell" became a catchphrase between me and my coworkers and me and my parents for the next couple weeks.
- I love Sean Hayes' song "Powerful Stuff," and I emailed myself a link to this live performance of it in May 2012. ♥ ♫ "Every day, do like a flower does. Sun rises and she opens up. Sun rises and she sings. . . ." ♪ Mmmmmmmmmm. Gorgeous song, gorgeous voice, gorgeous lyrics
- In the text of an interview with historian David McCullough I emailed myself in 2007, McCullough is asked by the interviewer what he hopes to accomplish in his then-new book 1776. "Most important of all," he responds, "I hope I've conveyed that no one knew how things were going to turn out. All the signs were that they didn't stand a chance, that the war was over and that we had lost. It was the darkest time in the history of our country. The prospects for the United States of America never looked so bleak. But because a handful of very brave people refused to see it that way, we are the beneficiaries. Without them, the Declaration of Independence would be only that, a declaration, words on paper." He goes on to say that, "Ingratitude is a shabby human failing." Beautifully put.
- I'm a sucker for a good how-to-clean-your-home-with-[lemons/vinegar/in this case, Alka-Seltzer] and emailed myself this article years ago. I use the sink-drain-cleaning tip often.
- In 2005, wise and witty Julie of the blog "A Little Pregnant" shared this gem of a conversation that took place in the New Orleans airport that summer. The paragraph begins with "I miss Southern women," and ends with "That, my friends, is grace." Indeed. ♥
- When I was a kid, thirteen or younger, I had a dream in which I was standing inside my grandparents' bedroom with my grandmother. She was showing me a pearl necklace as the dream began, and as I looked at it with her as she held it in her hands, she said, "God has a necklace of pearls. Every time one falls (from the chain), a human life is restored in its place." That was the entire dream. I woke up then and wrote it down, but I would have remembered what she said anyway.
- This banana bread recipe makes the best I've ever had. There is a container of sour cream in it, and the loaf pans are dusted with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Otherwise, it's a basic recipe. But ohhhhh! Truly! Banana Bread Heaven! ♥
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I'm enjoying another cozy rainy day here, and from the looks of Stuffed ever-rearranging himself in his nest of old quilts, I'm guessing he's happy too. I'm thinking pot pies for supper, to use up a mish-mash of ingredients in the freezer. And I'm making an effort to whittle down some of the things I've saved in my email over the years. A few items from my Miscellaneous folder of found quotes, ideas, tips, stories, and General Things I Love and Don't Want to Lose: