Friday, February 28, 2014
Since I was going to be at home all day, I thought I would set myself to some sedentary tasks that I have long avoided. That is, doing some mending and sewing on missing buttons. And oh, my goodness, the pile of garments in need of this sort of attention had grown embarrassingly large.
Speaking of parsimoniousness, look at this! I have an old Ball jar filled with spare buttons. This is, I am sure, a legacy from my mother and grandmother, two wily women who were affected by the Great Depression. From them, I learned the habit of saving buttons. Old, worn out shirts and blouses are never just thrown away. First, I snip off all of the usable buttons and pop them into this jar. Then, the larger sections of cotton fabric are cut into dust cloths. I can't not do this. I think it is in my DNA.
With this ample collection of recycled buttons, it was pretty easy to match and replace those gone missing from the shirts still in use. And after a couple of hours of steady work, a good number of clothing items have gone back into service.
Grandma Holmes would be proud of me.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
No doubt, there will be more cold weather to come, more blustery squalls before winter leaves us in peace. But for today, the strong sunshine feels promising, brings hope. Hang in there, it seems to say. It won't be long now.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The British were getting ready to invade Congress Park in Saratoga this afternoon as the Handsome Husband and I cut through there on our way to Chowderfest. The soldiers said that they had returned to free us from this new tyranny. (I didn't ask which new tyranny they had in mind.)
I don't know who originally dreamed up the idea for this event but it was a stroke of tourism genius.
This was Saratoga's sixteenth annual Chowderfest and the city was packed.
I asked a staffer at The Irish Times how their bar business was today compared to other winter Saturdays. Did they do more business? Or less? Or about the same?
"Are you kidding me?" he asked. "More, much more. We've got both bars open all day."
Their chowder (not pictured) had Jameson's Irish whiskey as an ingredient. Nice chunky vegetables, too.
The Handsome Husband and I liked the Hot and Sour soup at Phila Fusion, shown above. I'm not certain it qualifies as chowder, but the Chowder Police were not in evidence today. The soup was tasty and full of good stuff, with just the right zing to warm up a winter afternoon.
Across the street, Sweet Mimi's was offering a tasty chicken and white bean chowder, with a wonderful bonus of a cheddar scone. Really good.
Truly, there were thousands of people in Saratoga sampling chowder this afternoon. The weather felt mild after all of that deep cold and everyone was enjoying being out of doors. Some lines were long but they moved quickly and folks were in good spirits.
Saratoga prides itself on being a dog-friendly city, so chowders just for dogs were also on offer at a half-dozen or so places. This fellow was getting ready to check those out.
In all, over 80 restaurants, pubs, and other food-related businesses participated in today's event. There was free music, contests, you name it. Check it out when Chowderfest rolls around next year.