Greetings from 6512 feet where no one left the house all day yesterday. And I mean that in the most literal way, as in no one actually turned the knob on our front door and walked outside. Which is a crazy kind of equation that goes something like: 4 people + 13 hours + 800 sf = a tremendous amount of Crazy Eights games.
I really don’t even know how all that time passed, partly because I’ve got a little bronchitis scritching around my lungs and am feverish enough that everything appears a little surreal. It’s like I’m floating around inside an aquarium, bumping up against the glass, behind which my entire family plays Crazy Eights for hours on end. Except when a small person comes forward to kiss my forehead or some other non-contaminated place.
On the homestead:
Col and Rose got these mini file folders from our friend Maggie and have been adding important future dates for their stuffed animals.
~school party: april 9th (Col is still learning the value of vowels)~
:: We’ve been taking a lot of evening strolls to this neighborhood display, which always sends Rose into a tizzy over Christmas loyalties: “my favorite is the grinch…no, my favorite is all the candy canes…no, my favorite is the music…no, it’s Santa!”
:: Although we did start giving the kids allowance, it’s every girl’s right to earn a little extra money.
:: Locals, have you been to The Southwest Book Trader on east 5th St? If your love of books is greater than your fear of being accidentally buried by them, it’s a really fun place.
:: The kids have been playing so happily together. Seriously. When the kids finished their quiet time today, Col ran into Rose’s room and gave her a hug.
A big welcome to my new sponsor, Namaste Health Center, a holistic medical clinic offering naturopathic care, acupuncture and chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, herbs, nutritional counseling, homeopathy and kinesiology. At Namaste, the practitioners treat the whole person, not simply the collective symptoms (you can read about their approach here, which is so respectful and beautiful it makes me a little teary). I’m booked for acupuncture with Julia tomorrow! Namaste is offering to readers of 6512 and growing: 15% off homeopathic flu shots and 15 minutes of reflexology, free, with every acupuncture appointment booked with Julia Fisher. Yeah!
Dan is scheduled next week at the Namaste clinic for this strange and persistent growth.
:: Turns out macaroons are the perfect companion food to eggnog, mostly because when you separate out egg whites for macaroons, you can reserve the yolks for eggnog (eggnog recipe here).
As good as they look macaroons:
2 1/2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut, 4 egg whites (beaten), 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar/honey, dash of vanilla and sprinkle of salt. Mix dry ingredients first, then add liquid, shape into balls, bake for 15-20 minutes at 325F.
:: Beware the fanged gingerbread men out there, dear ones; happy hanukkah, merry christmas, delightful solstice and everything else!
ps: I have an essay in the edition of The Durango Telegraph that is out right now, and I hear the winter Edible San Juan Mountains (in which I wrote about eggnog kombucha or something equally strange) is due to hit the streets any day now!