Friday, March 20, 2009


I finally had some success making English Muffins (I certainly do impress myself), and the ducks and crocuses are back in Lillian's yard -- hard to believe, but it's beginning to look like spring, sort of. That's the good news.

But here's the bad news. I read today in an associated press article by Audrey McAvoy that nearly ALL of the native birds in Hawaii are in danger of extinction, and then read in the New York Times that 1/3 of all birds in this country are endangered. Loss of habitat - we build, we burn, we spoil - and predators are a great deal of the problem -- feral sheep are blamed in Hawaii (which sounds like a very bad premise for one of those old B&W horror flicks) and house cats are the big problem in my area. There are birds everywhere now, more sparrows and less variety than there used to be, but still. It is hard for me to believe that my grandkids could actually grow up into a world without mute swans and a whole bunch of birds I've never seen and never heard of, but if we don't start to believe it, I'm afraid it could become a reality sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Self (aargh) photos

I've been tagged by Little Black Scrap Cat, and, according to her, "the "rules" of this Tag are as follows: I must take a self portrait of me, of course, and post it on my blog. Not just any old portrait, but a right here, right now, as I am portrait. No leaving the room to make myself beautimous, no primping or changing clothes. Nothing. Just right here, right now."

So I apologize for the photo, but I checked the computer right after I got out of the shower! Besides, beautimous is waaay out of my league!

According to that pesky Cat, I am supposed to pass the tag along. I only know a few bloggers, and I think they are either already tagged or have already told me to forget it! Nonetheless, team player that I am, I tag Snowbird because I admire her (nice way to show it, huh?) and Sham-Lama-Mama because I like the way she thinks. Even if what she's thinking right now isn't fit to print.

Monday, March 2, 2009

A rare night to myself, and it is bitter cold outside. And I have things on my mind that call for comfort food. You know what that means -- turn on the oven! Tonight I baked a loaf of sandwich bread and some skillet cornbread. I am not a total kitchen lunatic -- I cook in one-person batches - just enough for me and lunch the next day - but baking is hard to do on a small scale. It's nuts to bake so much since I live alone, but I have plenty of people who kindly accept my care packages.

I wanted to complain about how cold it is here, and how I am suffering from this long winter, but then I read Cathy's post at Keeping it Real at 66 Degrees North Latitude -- check out their latest blizzard, and feel free to tell me to stop whining. If I ever woke up to snow deep enough to cover the windows of my house, I would not be a happy camper.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wishful thinking

Daffodils at Trader Joe's -- spring must be around the corner!