Banana melon, some 15 inches long. It tasted like a really sweet cantaloupe. I am SO tired of melons that taste like cantaloupe. What ever happened to old-fashioned watermelons that were sweet, juicy and red inside?
Archive for August, 2010
It’s Thursday, and both husband and cat are still alive.
It turns out that Yin’s unwillingness to chew anything for more than a decade makes hiding pills in his food pretty easy. And he doesn’t seem to mind the sub-Q treatment as long as somebody is handing him snacks. So for now, he’s a willing patient who seems to be getting back to his old self. We’ll see how next week goes.
As for the husband, I haven’t had to hide any pills in his food yet. Again, we’ll see how next week goes.
Posted in Cats, Family, tagged adulthood, angry bees, animals, appliances, cats, husband, kidney failure, marriage, married, medications, refrigerator, stress, sub-Q, subcutaneous fluids on August 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
14-year-old cat requires four medications per day, plus subcutaneous fluids. Husband has a dermatological bandage to be watched and changed. The refrigerator is making a noise reminiscent of angry bees.
I have never felt more grownup, married or inept.
What manner of beastie is this? A lemur, perhaps? I remember being quite fond of him when I was a child. Specifically, I remember chewing his long, rubbery tail (you can see it’s a bit stubby at the end).
My mom was kind enough to ferry him home from my grandmother’s house. She was also kind enough to keep the old plastic dolls that would have been entirely too creepy to have in my house.
The lemur, however, abides.
Posted in As Pictured Below, Photographs, tagged baskets, chocolate, coffee, fair trade, farmers, handcrafted, Huntsville, jewelry, mall, non-profit, Parkway Place, pottery, resin, ring, toys, Trade-Fair Marketplace, volunteers on August 13, 2010 | 1 Comment »
A former co-worker told me about Huntsville’s Trade-Fair Marketplace months ago, and I finally wandered in today. The non-profit store, run by volunteers, offers an eclectic array of handcrafted jewelry, baskets, rugs, pottery and toys, along with an assortment of coffee and chocolate. The goal of the store, and other fair-trade organizations, is to ensure that the artisans and farmers producing the goods earn between 15 and 20 percent of the retail price.
It’s certainly the place to go if you’re looking for gifts and accessories you won’t find anywhere else. I found this resin ring for only $5 — all their prices seem very reasonable.
Trade-Fair Marketplace is located at 817 Regal Drive in the shopping center next to Parkway Place Mall.
Posted in Eats, Photographs, tagged cats, farm, farmer, granita, green sherbet glasses, ice cream freezer, ICEE, lime, sherbet glasses, sorbet, summer, tomatoes, watermelon, zest on August 10, 2010 | 3 Comments »
One of my favorite local farmers, the guy who sells tomatoes and whatnot out of the back of his truck in front of Hartlex Antiques in Madison, Ala., warned me last week that the watermelons weren’t all that this summer, but I had a jones and could not easily be talked out of buying one.
I’ve had worse watermelons, but this one was nothing to brag about. Its texture was good, but it just wasn’t very sweet. I’m pretty much the only person in the house who scarfs down watermelons, save for one misguided cat, so I had a lot of mediocre melon to account for.
Luckily, my mom and I had recently discussed sorbet. Mission acquired.
I ended up using a recipe from a blog called Mmm … That’s Good! because it was one of the few that didn’t require lime zest. It did call for the use of my ice cream freezer, which I’m trying to break out more often this summer.
My watermelon sorbet did not fare well. It emerged from the ice cream freezer a sweet, soupy mess, resembling a half-melted ICEE more than sorbet.
Delicious? Yes. Scoopable? No.
Now it’s granita, waiting in the freezer for me to scrape it into fine, pink crystals with a fork and scoop it into my grandmother’s awesome green sherbet glasses. And I have no more excuses to avoid buying mediocre watermelons.
Posted in CSA, Home, Photographs, tagged August, autumn, cat, CSA, fall, fireplace mantel, gourd, Halloween, marshmallows, Pier 1, trick-or-treat, trick-or-treaters on August 9, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
No, Pier 1 Cat, it is NOT fair for something that is so reminiscent of fall to arrive in the CSA box during the hot, hot first week of August. We should be double-checking the marshmallow stocks and finding new ways to dodge trick-or-treaters with this gem on the fireplace mantel.
Posted in Cats, Family, Photographs, tagged books, bookworm, childhood, gaudy, grandmother, mother, stuffed animals, tea set, teacup, tomboy, toys, Tupperware, unbreakable on August 2, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Everything anyone needs to know about me as a little girl is reflected in my favorite childhood tea set, recently rescued from the highest shelves of my grandmother’s hall closet by my mom.
Made of unbreakable, dishwasher-safe Tupperware, it’s decidedly non-delicate, perfect for non-delicate little girls. It showcased an array of gaudy colors, as did I. It included only four teacups, because how many stuffed animals do you expect one little girl to serve tea to at once when there are so many books to be read?