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I went grocery shopping and . . . romaine lettuce is back!



I saw that today at my grocery store today, too, Birdz. I was afraid to buy it, and got green leafy lettuce, instead.

Were you brave enough to get the romaine?

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Good morning, all. We have 37F with very light rain, heading for a high of 48F. We're supposed to get strong winds later in the day.

The laundry is underway. Other than that, I think it's a lazy, football Sunday.

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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49 degrees and strong winds for hours, but no rain, although the clouds are heavy.

Saw "Freedom Writers," a classroom drama about a teacher in an inner city school in California who got her students writing about their lives. I love classroom drama. This is based on a true story.
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Alka seltzer, Tanya.

It's 35 and won't see 40 before it heads for 27 tonight. I went out to get some coffee going, looked out the window and the backyard was white. I figure we got maybe a half-inch of sleet during the night.

I haven't been feeling too hot and after a while made it to the bathroom. Mostly dry heaves, but I did get rid of a little something and I hope it's what was bugging me. I'm having a Coke Zero right now and will wait until I feel confident eating and have pre-football game brunch.
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Good morning, friends. The birds have gotten their daily ration of pellets and I’m sipping on my coffee.

Mom got flowers and condolences from two of my cousins - brother and sister - whom I haven’t seen in ages, since one lives in OK and one in TX. Both of them have lost a child - one a teen and one an infant - and offered Mom a ton of empathy and assurances that, yes, indeed, losing a child is very painful. It meant a lot to her.

After a month, it’s still hard to believe that Allan is gone.
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Weather update: it’s 32F and dreary as Hell, but that storm is so far hanging south of here.
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We had a dozen folks over last night for finger food and a gorgeous magnum of Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra, Barolo 2010. Our daughter gave it to me last year for Christmas. The wine took a couple hours before it was ready to drink, but man - was it amazing! We got up a little late this morning, went to an outdoor fundraiser for the local Humane Society (friggin' freezing though), grabbed brunch and came home to cook and catch up on an episode of "Frontier".

Got a lamb shoulder braising in the oven with carrots, parsnips, herbs and a bottle of Marquette wine. Should be ready in an hour or so. When it comes out, we're going to leave the pot on the stove and fire broiler up so that we can start cooking tomorrow night's dinner: eggplant parmesan.

More wine will be required! Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 it is!

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I guess I got rid of whatever it was that my bod didn't like. I got to feeling better and have enjoyed another Sunday in front of the fireplace watching football.

Peter, that sounds like pretty good grub. I don't have any wine open so I may fix that before supper.
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I'd fix it sooner than later, if I wuz you Jep!

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Coffee, Tanya.

It's 33 and clear this morning in the hinterlands. The forecast for tonight says clear and twenty-two. That could be a two cat night.

I'll make the chicken soup today, which may be supper if DD goes up to her mother's. I also need to spend time with a vacuum cleaner.
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What is a two cat night? Sounds frisky.

46 this morning and sprinkling.

I'm reading Michelle Obama's book. I'm on the early chapters: life on the South Side of Chicago when Michelle was a child. It reminds me of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and of my childhood during the Great Depression (although Michelle's childhood was considerably later than that). Working class people being creative with limited resources, with emphasis on getting an education against odds. Her strong-minded and creative mother reminds me of the strong-minded and creative aunt who raised me.
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Good morning, all. We have 44F with a few clouds, heading for 47F and a whole bunch of wind. We have a wind advisory for overnight and into tomorrow: "South wind 20 to 35 MPH with Gusts to 45 to 50 MPH." Evidently it's going to rain later, too.

Only puttering on my agenda for today. I should be able to manage that.

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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Realized this morning that I haven’t worked on a magazine article (or any other writing project for that matter) since I finished my last feature in October. I’m almost always working on between 1-3 pieces and this brief drought isn’t looking like it’s going to end soon. I just can’t seem to think of anything to write about.

The last time this happened was about 3 years ago. After several months of being totally unable to come up with a single original idea, I went on to a couple social media platforms and asked folks what they thought I ought to write about. Got some very funny suggestions and that got the juices flowing again.

So what do you think? Anyone got any thoughts?

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So what do you think? Anyone got any thoughts?



Does it need to be related to fishing?

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So what do you think? Anyone got any thoughts?



What happened to the gold, frankincense and myrrh the Magi brought to Baby Jesus? The family should have been rich.

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Why don't you write about Barre, Vermont, Hope Cemetery, Peter? I was much taken with it when I first saw it a few years ago on my very first trip to New England.

Peter will know about it, but for those of you who don't, you can see it at https://tinyurl.com/ybzj7jb6.

It's a very merry cemetery.

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Robbie & Belle: I've written almost exclusively about fishing for the past 15 years. That said, I like to write from the point of view of a guy who celebrates his failures even more than his successes. I wrote about how a day of ice fishing can be spoiled by the hubris that a 4-wheel drive vehicle can elicit, why it can be difficult to fight a salmon when it launches itself into the branches of a nearby tree, calculating the odds of catching a fish while someone watches you trying to do so, and why opening a guide service may not actually be the most efficient way to get in more fishing time for yourself.

These stories could well prove that I simply have no business messing around the water and that I’m just lucky that most fish can’t crawl up onto the shore, hand me back my fly or my lure and then thrash the living hell out of me. I have a particular affinity for these kinds of confrontations and so I was able to write about them with a fair degree of authenticity.

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How about a story about a fish that keeps disappearing from your creel and turning up somewhere else? The fish that wouldn't die?
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Well, I like to do stuff that at least has the ring of the truth to it...

But, I did hook into two fish that committed suicide before I could bring them in. Same stretch of the same river too.

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How did they commit suicide?
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