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Hello, how are you?
Welcome to October.
This is what I'm up to.
Tell me what's happening in your world.
Watching: Fargo on Hulu.
I adore the movie. Love the Cohen Brothers.
Tried watching the tv series a few years ago. Made repeated attempts and just couldn’t get into it.
Then I tried one more time and I started with Season 3.
I got hooked and watched the whole season over the course of a week.
Then I watched Season 2--didn’t love it as much. It’s set in the 70’s and that’s not one of my favorite decades aesthetically.
Now I understand Chris Rock, one of my favorite comedians, is playing a part in the most recent season, Season 4. So, I’ll give that a go.
Reading: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart.
I’m doing an article for my day job but I’m a huge fan of Amy and her writing.
I have her book The Drunken Botanist, which is really fun if you like to garden or drink or even more fun if you like to do both.
Cooking: If I can be honest, I’m not doing a ton of cooking. I’ve got a real grind going on at the paper right now. We’re eating a lot of frozen food.
I did make a roast last Sunday, which was soooo good.
My best tip for a really amazing roast is to coat it in kosher salt and let it rest in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
I'm drooling over Lisa Fain's (The Homesick Texan) recipe for Jalapeno Pumpkin Cornbread.
You may not know this about me but I can eat an entire skillet of cornbread if left alone for a few hours.
I ADORE it.
Baking: I’m exploring the world of cookies made with cake mixes.
There will be a new recipe next week.
The upshot, I'm not that nuts about cookies made with cake mixes.
But, I know a lot of people love making cake mix cookies so I'm posting a recipe for variety I made soon.
Moving: I'm not quite hitting 10,000 steps a day and I've been just doing a few minutes of yoga in the morning.
And gardening has slowed way down.
It's nearly time to pull all the plants and toss a layer of winter rye over everything.
All that means my belly is expanding so I'm going to have to get back to walking more and doing more asana.
But, I seem, knock on wood, to have clawed a daily meditation practice back into my life so that's something.
So one of my sins is being really bad about putting the gardens to bed properly.
This year, I really want to do it well.
So every night I have this inner monologue in my head about whether tomorrow is the day to tear everything out and get the winter rye planted.
Today is October 3 and this debate has been raging in my head since Labor Day.
So, while I write this to you dear reader, I've made the executive decision.
The plants are safe for one more weekend but next weekend, everything goes no matter how beautiful things look.
Wish me luck.
What do you do to put your garden to bed?
Are you a crazy person like me who doesn't like murdering plants?
Yours truly, madly, deeply,
I don't do any handwork (you know like sewing and the like. But, for some reason I subscribe to emails from a woman who has a crochet business teaching other women how to have crochet businesses. There's a point, here, which I'm getting to.
The Crochetpreneur shared a link for a 2020 Cancer Crochet Challenge, which I'm sharing with you.
Cancer is near and dear to my heart, or rather my head.
I am a survivor of invasive squamous carcinoma, that's medicalese for I had a cancerous tumor growing on my scalp. Three hours in an OR, two surgeons and one skin graft later, it's gone and thank God it was removed before it spread. I have a dent in my scalp and a good size bald spot as a reminder.
Check out the cancer fundraiser if you like to get your stitch on.
One more P.S.
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