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Sunday, January 01, 2012
Goodbye 2011...

Well then.  That wasn't really too bad - in fact, 2011 was a pretty good year.  A few highlights:

  • Another successful garden!

Fourteen jars of pickles, right there baby!

The basil from the garden that will soon become pesto

  • Good health (mostly)

Nolan, the invalid

  • Two fun trips to the Olympic Peninsula

My beloved cracks a beer in the forest, in honor of Darwin Day

Kalaloch sunset

Michael and Nolan looking appropriately uncomfortable in front of the Twilight store

  • Work at the library is very fulfilling and challenging too

Just waiting for it all to start...

Library display case - Picture it @ your library!



  • We ate a lot of good food, both at home and out

Salmon with caper sauce

Hazmat burger

  • Nolan took up mycology, which means everyone else in the family did too, with mixed results

Nolan learned a lot and was happy to see so many varieties in person

No Nietzsche, nooooooo!

  • Clowns
My clown collection takes shape...

So there you have it.  A nice little review of the year, in pictures.  Let's hope 2012 is even better!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011
May your holiday be scary

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Friday, July 22, 2011
Polish Cauliflower and Sausage Soup

The garden has been going like mad this year, and one vegetable that has really benefited from the cool weather and rain has been the cauliflower.  I've harvested several massive heads - really perfect looking.

Now that we have all that cauliflower, we need to do something with it! Fortunately Michael has several great recipes tucked away in his genius mind - here's one of our favorites.

Gorgeous giant cauliflower!


One head cauliflower
Two carrots
2 1/2 cups chicken stock (homemade is best)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound kielbasa, roughly chopped
3 Tbs butter
1/3 cup flour
Salt & pepper to taste
Cheese - as much as you see fit (Tillamook medium cheddar is our choice)

The recipe, as dictated by Michael:

Head of cauliflower, cut into florets
Two carrots, thinly sliced

In a saucepan, with 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock (preferably homemade); cover and simmer until tender.

Lightly blend and set aside.

So pretty in the blender

Bzzzt - blended

In same saucepan, brown one chopped onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, and about a pound of kielbasa (roughly chopped)

Kielbasa, onions, and garlic

When browned, add 3 Tbs butter, 1/3 cup flour, salt & pepper to taste - mix well and cook for about a minute, remove from heat and slowly stir in 2 1/2 cups of milk

Heat until it thickens and is bubbly, on medium high - stirring continuously - simmer for two minutes

Add as much cheese as you see fit (we use Tillamook medium cheddar)

Over medium heat, add cauliflower carrot mixture and heat for ~5 minutes

Serve with buttered and salted baguette slices for mopping up the soup!


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Monday, June 06, 2011
Your house are belongs to us!

We bought it!!!!


That's not our garage in the distance, btw... it just happens to be in the shot.

In other news, apparently you should be drinking margaritas for breakfast.

Margaritas for breakfast?

Sounds good to me.

The sun has finally arrived!  Yay!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Animal beatbox...

Here's a lovely, very creative song highlighting many of the creatures living here on earth...

Aren't we so fortunate to share the earth with all of these animals?!  And aren't we fortunate that humans have developed to the level of being capable of creating such clever and amusing tributes to the creatures we share our one and only earth with?!

Yes, we are very fortunate indeed.

Happy A Week...

A Week 2011

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Drunk baby rules the world...


The youtubes has energized the creative spark of the peoples!

But I'm not sure the world can take the creative output...

Is that a...? Why yes, the fish is wearing a bikini top!

Speechless.  Tongue-tied.  Flabbergasted.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011
And then, we dance...

Lotus Flower...

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Only in Japan...

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Someday it will be warm again... I think

I saw signs of spring today.  I hope it's not a cruel joke.

Holy Crap! There's hope that spring may arrive some day!

I hope the flowers really do bloom!

We have a lovely weekend ahead of soggy forests and leisure, as we visit the Lost Resort at Lake Ozette for two nights.  It's going to be wonderful!!!  I can't wait to get out to the middle of nowhere amongst the green trees and moss, and just a hop skip and jump to the pacific ocean...

Oh yeah...

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Using my geology noodle tonight...

Dating of layers came up in conversation tonight, so I pulled up an image of a cross-section to show Michael how it works.  That led to a nifty online quiz designed for some geology class in New York.  Unfortunately I couldn't get it to calculate my score (probably not compatible with my browser).  But I think I did all right!  Had to guess on a few questions though, because I sure don't know the geology of New York state!

Either way, it was fun little mind exercise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also think I should take that cross-section picture above and embroider it somewhere.  That would be very cool.

Glacial outwash

Virgin River Gorge

I love rocks.  They have such a solid permanence about them, even though they are ever-changing.  The change is just so miniscule and most often not obvious to our crude sense of sight and time.  I like knowing that they can be relied on to be there, yet could possibly blow at any time!!!

Old Faithful - from a different angle



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