There are various unusual pets to be found these days, but locally, a tale of two tortoises continues to fascinate me. My friends are the custodians of desert tortoises, and these reptiles have always seemed a very classy, rather civilized creature. That is, until I recently learned that they sneeze, and now require the owners to put drops up their nose. I don’t think I even knew tortoises had nasal passages. I can sort of see where they might be, but they seem really, really tiny.
My retired husband has decided to cook. He is also canning, pickling and preserving, and my kitchen has been hit by the opposite of the Ajax white tornado. It shouldn’t surprise me, as his mother did all those things with the bounty from her garden. First, his retirement produced a massive garden, then his upbringing kicked right in. While that sounds glorious in theory, we have very different ideas of what makes yummy food and what might actually be worth making from scratch.
The winds of the school year have blown my summertime reading window closed, but I made the most of it, as always. I find no shame in admitting I spent many an afternoon, accomplishing precious little and deep in a book. I’d like to hand everyone a copy of the books I most enjoyed, but at least I will happily share the titles. My favorite read of the summer was “Delicious,” the first novel by chef and author Ruth Reichl.
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Selecting a term
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