Ranger_Xmas_2014 There was a heavy frost on Christmas morning which gave it a bit more of a holiday feel. The dogs loved it, frisking about like puppies.

We stayed in town, meeting with good friends as their adopted family. I had only a few things to make but time flew by after the disemboweling of gifts.

As an aside, this recipe was superb – made a large casserole full and it tastes delicious. It can be made with the superb King Arthur Gluten Free flour and/or Baking Mix. (Both products are great – one just has added leavening for poofing.) Note that the “boiled cider” ingredient was hard to find so I made the liquid component from good apple juice, lemon juice, water and just a small measure of Drambuie. A good apple brandy might have worked but I didn’t have any of that either! Just be sure to use a mix of apples – always Granny Smith as a base but add some Fujis or Honeycrisps or whatever you like.

There were only a few knitted things given – my hands were having issues so I just forced myself to finish the ones I’d started and let it go at that. The first is a kind of toss it on and go to the store item. It is meant to drape but mine was a bit stiff so a pin will probably be added by the recipient. It was a strange pattern but not that hard once the OMG Collar cabling was done. Didn’t get a photo of it so…damn it…will have to remedy that sometime.


This one was darling and quite fast in the small Cabaletta_Pic
size – I finished it just in time but never got a photo but others took one at the gifting so maybe I can get a copy. Again, a proper fastening was difficult to find so I added an easily removed ribbon closure. I was happy with it which is not the norm with my projects.

In other gifty news, Sarge was nearly as happy with his (no longer available) Special Pancake Plates – they have a cant to them and a syrup reservoir so that the pancakes remain unsoggy – as his Lansky Puck. It was essentially a Logging Supply Holiday so he also received a nice Spencer tape. His Chainsaw Mill arrived a month or so ago. The video here shows how it works. I can see that I will have to upgrade it one day…he will need a better chainsaw in the near future, too!

Of course, the Glock 19 made her appearance! I bought a cheap kydex holster for now (the kind that used to come with the Glock)and need to order a Kirkpatrick for it. I really prefer leather for its willingness to mold to my shape over time. I will probably wind up with a kydex something or other as a long-term cover-my-ass carry since leather isn’t forever. But we’ll see. I think that’s about it. Time to hit up ebay for some Filson.

I hope all of you had a pleasant holiday!!

At Home

There was a line in this article that I’ve mulled over and over. “I have a nostalgia for a time I have never experienced.” It suits me so well. (Allow me to add here that I could spend hours looking over the draperies in the study and a day in the hall of etchings…) A friend once told me that I had, in prior lives, had a very opulent Russian experience. I think it more likely French but no matter – suffice to say that I have a deep appreciation for the finer things, gentle manners, and the beauty of a vista all my own.

StourheadI look at something like Stourhead’s Temple of Apollo and a frisson of familiarity runs through me. It is a bit sad that I won’t walk through those views but I had surrendered seeing much of the world long ago. Too late for all that, now. So I hold the fragile glass of port, turn on the less than satisfying “yule log” channel, and think of other views.

I have been working on getting the house organized a bit. I have never been a neat person though I do like things in their place. But it had gotten a bit out of hand so it was time to take the quiet evenings and address the mess. This will be Sarge’s last week away – for now, anyway. And neither of us will be going anywhere for Christmas so I’ve settled for making it a bit more Home-like. I do like how much easier it is to clean when you haven’t a dozen things stacked hither and yon.

There was a bit of an interruption in the pattern, however, as one dog needed surgery. This also made me glad for my year-round shopping routine. Finances having taken a hit, I need not worry. And especially not when I learned of someone’s hoarding in the credit union account for a lovely Glock 19! For me! Och, she’s sweet but I will be good and wait for Santa to deliver it.

I keep looking for small places to acquire – land and a roof and a fireplace – for the time when I shove back against all the Stuff and shrink down to the Necessary. But then there is the homeplace in the south that will one day be his…just so damned close to a major city. Think Walking Dead Season 1. But it is temperate…

This place – it should be enough. I try to make it so…Perhaps if I spend less time in it and more away I could find it more welcoming. This part of the reason to acquire a dog ramp recently. I can take them anywhere, now, without fear of injury leaping in and out of a rather tall vehicle. With luck, we can take a wee hike next weekend and start stretching the legs. It is time to ease my mind again.

Home…it is where Love is. I need to remember that.