Monday, October 5, 2015

Who Knew?

I was at the market the other day and decided to get some apples.  It is apple season.  When did there get to be so many different kinds of apples? Kiku? Sansa?  I remember the choice between MacIntosh and Red Delicious and waiting for my favorite, Northern Spys, to ripen.  Now you have no idea what you are going to get.

This site has an alphabetical listing of around 600 varieties of apples.  I have to confess I really like the Honeycrisp for eating.  I have not tried them for baking.

I like to stop at the Middlebury Co-op when I am passing through on the way to see the grand kids.  They have a variety of apples from local growers and they have trays of samples so you can try before you buy.


I was on my way to get a haircut this afternoon and a car pulled out in front of me while I was stopped at a red light.  The sign on the side of the car advertised "Reptile Children's Parties."  That's a thing?  How much of a call can there be for repitile themed children's parties?  I mean, I am sure there is some, but to make it your business focus?  Well, I think it is kind of creepy.


The yoga instructor today started class with an explanation that fall, in auyervedic theory, is the time of the vata dosha, which makes us feel that life is too hectic, that there isn't enough time in the day.  Ha! And I was thinking it was the stress of moving.

It makes a certain amount of sense--the days are getting shorter.  After the long days of summer, it certainly feels like there is less time.  It's not even 8 p.m. as I write and it is pitch black dark. Pretty soon it will be this dark by five.  There is no ambient light in the country.  When it is dark, it feels like bed time.


I read the blog Times Goes By and one of my favorite features is the Interesting Stuff that appears on Saturdays.  In last Saturday's post, I was especially taken by the innovative use that the Russians have put to the technology of holograms. Sure, I know they are Godless Communists, but let's face it:
           U.S. -- amusement rides at Disney World

           Russia -- protecting the disabled

So I am going to choose to believe that U.S. citizens are so compliant with maintaining reserved parking spaces that we don't need to stoop to such theatrics.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What I Will Miss

I took some pictures on my walk today and thought about the things I will miss once the move is complete.

I will miss my home of the past 22 years.

And I will miss quiet walks in the country.

Land in transition.  The forest is marching its merry way into the meadows.

But there is still meadow.
This is the view of my house from the hill behind it.  The fall colors are unusually muted for this time of year.  I had to look down to see some pretty leaves.

I may be moving into town, but I will still be in Vermont after all.  These scenes are never far away and always easy to find.

But I will miss my house...just not taking care of it by myself.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I Forgot

I hope that I am just tired and somewhat stressed over the whole selling/moving thing.  I am wearing myself out with going downstairs to get something, having to go back upstairs to remember what it was I wanted, going down again to get whatever it was, and then going back up to use it.

I am running out of patience with my lack of focus.  I was glad to come across this information:

Keeping Your Memory Sharp

People with some forgetfulness can use a variety of techniques that may help them stay healthy and maintain their memory and mental skills. Here are some tips:

Plan tasks, make “to do” lists, and use memory aids like notes and calendars. Some people find they remember things better if they mentally connect them to other meaningful things, such as a familiar name, song, book, or TV show.

Develop interests or hobbies and stay involved in activities that can help both the mind and body.

Engage in physical activity and exercise. Several studies have associated exercise (such as walking) with better brain function, although more research is needed to say for sure whether exercise can help to maintain brain function or prevent or delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Limit alcohol use. Although some studies suggest that moderate alcohol use has health benefits, heavy or binge drinking over time can cause memory loss and permanent brain damage.

Find activities, such as exercise or a hobby, to relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. If these feelings last for a long time, talk with your doctor.

I know that there are some of you out there who could remind me that my memory was never a strong point.  Keep it to yourselves!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Failing Fall

This was the weekend of the annual Harvest Festival in town--also the Burlington Book Fair.  The Harvest Festival is usually a big draw for tourists and usually the fall color is doing its best to give us picture postcards of small town New England.

This year the weather has been much warmer for longer than usual.  They are saying that has delayed the fall leaf turning.

Not much in the way of real fall color here...

but there is a clear blue sky!

I baked a pie, but it was a blueberry pie, not an apple pie, as is my usual autumn ritual to mark the passing of the seasons.

In keeping with the failing of fall theme, this was a very soupy pie although it tastes like blueberries.

I was undaunted and tried a creative recipe for Saturday night dinner--a pizza crust made with cauliflower, egg, and parmesan cheese.  It wasn't exactly pizza, but it was not bad.  My son did say that had I put pepperoni and sausage on top, no one would know the crust was cauliflower.  This, however, was a completely vegetarian version with tomato, yellow peppers, onion, and black olives.
I will make it again--saving it for the Meatless Monday rotation.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Packing Up

Have I mentioned that I will be moving?  The closing on my house will be October 30 in the morning and then the closing on the condo I am buying will be that afternoon.  I am not exactly sure how the moving piece is gonna work out but I know that I have to say good-bye to loads of stuff.

Here I am saying goodbye to my craft room.
I should probably write an article about downsizing when I am through with this cause I am pretty sure I am going to be learning it the hard way.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Morning Decision

I have been faced with so many decisions lately.

This morning it was shall I have French toast or a waffle for Sunday morning breakfast?
I ended up making my French toast in the waffle maker and that's how I will make it from now on.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Out It Goes

I packed up "hazardous waste" for the collection taking place this weekend.  It's a free service of our waste management district!

You might have thought I was a construction worker.  Paint cans, used oil, and all kinds of gunky stuff that Mike used out in the garage filled the back end of my car.  (Keep in mind I drive a Prius though.) Then I filled it again for the  regular recycle and ReUse room, plus two bags of trash. The second trip this week!

I asked my next door neighbor to come over on Thursday.  He loaded up all the kindling wood and took it away.  Well, I helped him.  They are both in their 80's and heat with wood, a lot of which he still cuts himself.

My house has two garden sheds, and the garage alone is literally the same square footage as the condo I am moving into, with a small, one car garage.  It will be quite the exercise in downsizing!

One of the prospective buyers that looked at the house wanted to know about whether or not there was storage in the attic.  Well, there is over the garage, but I told my realtor that if someone was dissatisfied with the amount of storage in this house they should seek therapy for a hoarding disorder.

Why do we accumulate so much stuff?  I have been gradually getting rid of stuff for the past several years and I am still overwhelmed by the task of preparing to move.