"Your body is not a temple; It's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." -Anthony Bourdian 1956-2018 - *Words to live by. * Bourdain visited Detroit in 2013 to shoot an episode of *Parts Unknown* and came away with a better appreciation and understanding of t...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I watched a documentary from 1978 called 'Always For Pleasure' by director Les Blank. The film was about life in New Orleans leading up to Mardi Gras, and was primarily footage of street parades, funeral processions and people in amazing costumes. It was beautiful and you should try to see it.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
I took out a box of winter clothes and stuck my foot inside a boot, only to have my toes encounter a stash of egg noodles. Sometime since last winter, mice had discovered a bag of egg noodles on my pantry shelves, squirreled them into the basement and into my boot. I remember finding the nibbled bag of noodles last year and moving them into a storage container, and now see where the mouse was relocating them. Ha!
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Vinyl record for teaching your parakeet to talk - note bird wearing graduation cap on the center label $0.25
I love vintage health food cook books, and I found this one from 1978 which not only provides macrobiotic recipes, but advice for how to dress, bathe, and lifestyle in general. There is a chapter called, "Principles of the Order of the Universe" that offers nonsensical statements like "All phenomena are ephemeral, constantly changing their constitution of yin and yang forces; yin changes into yang, yang changes into yin." $0.50
an envelope of really beautiful vintage post cards - mostly unused - of Florida. They had me with the ostriches $2
Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
A neighbor had a dozen large bags of raw black walnuts free for the taking, so I took one home. They are a lot of work. The fruit are like rotting tennis balls, a thick, fabric-like flesh surrounding the walnut. Step one is peeling off that skin - rubber gloves are a must, as the walnuts contain a dye that will stain your hands for days afterwards
Once the nuts are cleaned (this only represents about 1/3 of them - all I had patience for tonight)
you rinse them and cure them for a few weeks. I will post a follow-up when I get down to opening them up with a hammer and wire cutters!
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Mom & I were driving south on Bayshore Drive last week and I caught a glimpse of this beautiful hillside stone cave behind a house. We turned around and pulled into their driveway - it seemed nobody was home so Mom, with her 83 year old moxie, went inside and looked around. Inside was a sizable empty room, with a rotting door and lots of cobwebs. I imagine someone built it as a wine or root cellar - it would make a great cheese cave!
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A few weeks ago two stray dogs wandered onto the farm: an enormous white Great Pyrenees, and a skinny, skittish Doberman mix. With leashes in hand, I tried to coax them to me. The Doberman was very frightened and ran off, but the Great Pyranees came right over. He wasn't wearing a collar, but I was able to get a leash around his neck and tied him to my deck while I went inside to make some calls. The local vet, the Humane Society - my next thought was to get a photo of him. I went out with my camera to get a picture, but in the 5 minutes I had tied him up, he chewed himself free, and all that was left was the chewed end of the leash.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
A puff-adder snake (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12145_12201-61207--,00.html) was in pursuit of a large frog in the driveway the other day, which caught the attention of the dogs. Frogs emit a noxious tasting slime when threatened, so the dogs left him alone, and the snake played dead (as you can see by his curled tail) when the dogs investigated her. I put the dogs in the house and everyone was left unharmed. I am not afraid of snakes, and it was a sizable snake.