Thursday, June 17, 2010

Loreena McKennitt - The Mummers' Dance (HQ)

Painted birds and other things

Finished reading The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski. Have to agree
with Elie Wiesel's comment: " One cannot read it without fear,
shame, and sadness. "

It was terrifying. Shocking. Brutal. Filled with such hopelessness.
But it speaks of the drive to live. The need to keep going, pushing,
hoping, and then forgetting what it is to hope.

I am not sure about happiness. There is no indication that this
young boy can even think what that may be. I think what he knows
is some delight in his ability to be resourceful, to beat the odds
now and again. To be able to figure things out. To be stronger
than the others think he is. To be able to smile when someone
tells a story in which others see the humor and laugh.

There were times I thought I would not be able to finish reading it.
But I did, and I am glad I did.

"Maybe there's a god above/but all I've ever learned from love/
is how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya"

Leonard Cohen


More rain this morning, which is good for all my plants.
I have blueberries this year!!! They are so cute! They are
ripening and nearly ready for picking. I only have a handful
of them, but I am excited. Think I'll plant some more bushes
this year or next.

The wisteria has gone absolutely crazy! It is over the trellis
which leads into the garden area I have planted in memory
of my dad. I also bought an ironwork double bench garden
trellis, which sits next to the arbor trellis. Looks funky now
but the idea is to have it completely hidden by the wild, trailing
wisteria. So far, the wisteria has started to cover one side
of it.

Garden and mounding phlox, hydrangeas, hostas, speedwell,
sun impatiens, red knockout roses, Impressionistic climbing
rose, asters, day lillies, Stella d'oro lillies, purple and pink
petunias, coral bells, helleborus, salvia, coreopsis, heliotrope,
hardy hibiscus, yucca, liriope, sage, basil, oregano, chives,
lemon balm, lavender, dill, cilantro, flat-leaf Italian parsley, thyme.

Eye candy.

Those are some of the plants growing and doing well in my
yard. Feeding me.

Yes, feeding me.

The Great Gallery, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
I hope to see this place one day. When is there ever time for a driving trip out West? Been to L.A. and San Diego long ago. Took the train out there, three times, which was interesting.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

All the should bes

As in , I should be sleeping.

What a night last night on call! Weather
was terrible. I have driven many, many times
in torrential rain, snow, sleet, etc., but I have
never been as frightened as I was last night
on my way to Muhlenberg Co. for an on call
assessment. It's about a 30 minute drive,
and I drove directly into the storm front.

Felt like my car was in this storm globe--lightning
striking all around, wrapping around my car.
Hydroplaning, rain so hard I could not see the road.
I finally got to the Ky State Police Post on the Pkwy
and pulled off for a little while, only to resume my drive
when the storm reached its peak. I am not sure what
got me through. A blood pressure pill and grit.

Grateful to be here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Neil Young - Philadelphia

Neil Young- Comes A Time Farm Aid '86

What would have been for dinner tonight but will wait til tomorrow

Wes decided to go to L'ton for a friend's B'day.
So, tomorrow I will cook:

chicken with shallots and mushrooms in a white wine sauce
white cheddar mac and cheese with white truffle oil
roasted asparagus

Went to see Neil Young at the Ryman in Nashville a few weeks
ago and ate at the Firefly Grille in the Green Hills area.
On the appetizer menu: white truffle oil mac and cheese.
Oh my--quite wonderful! Of course, mac and cheese is one
of the ultimate comfort foods, but this one raised the bar.
Healthy? Surely not, but oh my--so tasty.

Neil was good, but it was the same exact show I saw a week
earlier at the Palace Theatre in Louisville. Never had been
to the Ryman, so enjoyed that. Will go again.

Blazin', friggin' hot here. Too hot to work in the yard. Surprised
my lovely plants are so forgiving of my negligence!

Some thunder, dark clouds but little rain today. Will water


Almost forgot about luncheon at work tomorrow. I am making
MY potato salad. I do not like traditional potato salad, so over
the years, I have been working on my own, which my family,
friends, and coworkers love. Here it is:

Red potatoes (I never measure or weigh--about 24 for
this luncheon--usually about 12), washed and cut into quarters
Fresh cilantro, washed and chopped, about 2 tbps
Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, washed and chopped, about 2 tbps
4-5 stalks celery, diced
5 scallions, snipped (I use kitchen scissors)
Fresh dill, washed and chopped, about 1 tsp
1 8 ounce container Greek yogurt
Sour cream (about 8-15 oz depending on how creamy you want the salad)
1 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tsps onion powder
Kosher salt to taste
1 tsp celery seed
Cracked black pepper to taste

Cook the potatoes until tender (add some Kosher salt while cooking).
Drain and pour out on a cookie sheet to cool.

Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl. Add the cooled potatoes
and mix as you like (chunky or more smashed).

Chill for at least an hour.


Getting ready to go drain potatoes and make this stuff now!