Something Old

we drink because we’re poets Weekly Photo Challenge – 3: Old

“something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…”

And there it was…something old!

In a world that exalts novelty…get this brand-new giggling joppity great new fantastically never seen before variation of our dish soap… where youth is the by-word and be all of our age…I propose that we look for the venerable!

My “something old” is this gorgeous, vintage sewing machine, lovingly donated to me when my old machine broke down by my dear friend.  It has since been again retired, but the beauty and power of this old machine can’t be matched.

Could we but mend our torn lives,
Patch the holes in our spirits,
Rethread our dreams
With such elegance as this.

A Sheep Date

This is the poem I had initially intended to write for the poetry prompt yesterday. It needed more than I could give it yesterday, but after a (surprisingly) good night’s sleep, it just flowed out. So this is my ode to my dear friend, and inspired by her picture:

 

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Picture of my friend, Sgt. “Bean” Clayton, on her ranch.  Reposted with permission.

A Sheep Date

Woolly touch that creates a connection,
A gaze held between two sets of deep eyes, –
Picture of peace, of quiet reflection;
Beauty defined beneath Oregon skies.

A moment’s respite from the herd chasing,
This testament to the animal wife,
With one leg braced, the other embracing –
The shepherdess understands sheep is life.

These are the dreams I desire when I sleep:
Lakota dancing with Navajo sheep.

Photo Challenge

we drink because we’re poets has also issued a photo challenge:

Last week we looked at the Chinese element of Fire…this week we will look at Water…not the Chinese element, which I’ll talk about much later, this time I want just Water.

 

So I would like to humbly submit: water at my house

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Like the cross section of a tree,
You can count the rings
On the sides of my water barrel
Down to the rocks at the bottom.
I’m sure the tomatoes won’t mind
A few rose petals in their drink.

She asked why I believed in angels. I replied, because I've seen them.

She asked why I believed in angels.
I replied, because I’ve seen them.

All the diamonds in the world Would scare suffice When what is longed for Is water and ice.

All the diamonds in the world
Would scare suffice
When what is longed for
Is water and ice.

Rain collects on leaf In the palms of green hands and Strawberry blossoms

Rainfall collected
In the palms of green hands and
Strawberry blossoms

May I interest you in a cup of tea?

May I interest you in a cup of tea?

 

Nerdy Girl

From the desk of we drink because we’re poets (love the name), I was inspired to write a Nerdy poem.

Prompt: write a humorous poem, in any form you choose (I’d go with a limerick, though, just as a suggestion) about a day in the life of a nerd! You can be as nerdy as you dare!

I didn’t have to go far to find my inspiration: my desk at work.  Where I was sitting.  When I wrote the poem.  It is a ridiculously silly poem, but then, what did you expect?

And just to prove that everything I wrote in the poem was absolutely true, I took pictures.  😀

 

The things upon my office desk
I think make it abundantly clear
Exactly the type of person you’d expect
To find sitting and working here.

Sticky note origami flowers
Form a paper garden beneath my screen,
And my bag of multi-sided dice is
Behind the Loki figurine.

An XKCD comic strip
Is pinned by my model Serenity,
And sandwiched between file folders are
The soundtracks to Myst I, II and III.

The Halo 3 spartan desktop pic,
Thor and Iron Man cupcake rings,
And Lego hoodie on my chair;
Surely there can be no misunderstandings.

Think you’ve got me figured out?
Just one last detail to fill in,
Think you know whose stuff this is?
Nerdy girl with glasses, FTW!

 

Da proof:

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CSA: Week 2

Hello, and it’s another fabulous week brought to me by my Viva Farms produce box.  This week saw the end of the last box and breaking into the new box:

baby turnips, radishes, tat soi, head lettuce, salad mix, strawberries

Once again, I am absolutely delighted with the contents of the box, and doubly excited that there were more strawberries as I’ve discovered the best summer recipe for strawberries: Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup.

Don’t let the word ‘soup’ turn you off.  My dad said it was great, “just, don’t call it soup.”  But whatever you want to call it, it was sweet, flavorful, has a creamy texture and is the perfect picnic or summer starter or even great drizzled over shortbread or ice cream.  Give this a try at your Fourth of July barbeque this year!

Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup

I can’t even begin to describe how fabulous this recipe is.  I didn’t have mint on hand so I improvised and sprinkled a sparing amount of lavender blossoms on top instead.  I’ll have to make it again with mint next time just to see how it tastes!  (Don’t skip the pepper!  Trust me.)

That wasn’t just the only use for the strawberries, of course.  That pint had enough to also enjoy them fresh and, in one case, sliced over oatmeal.

Salad with cheese; oatmeal with strawberries

Of course I made an assortment of salads to take advantage of that lovely lettuce, and it stayed crisp and fresh for the whole week, didn’t even try to go wilty on the outer edges like store-bought will.  This one was lettuce with chunks of almond cheese and sprinkled with basil before it got dressing.

While I was washing up the last of the spinach go in one of my salads, Tucker wanted to get involved and decided to lend a helping hand – er, paw – with the produce.

 

Tucker gets in on the CSA fun

Tucker trying spinach

Fried egg sandwiches, roasted vegetables, strawberry rhubarb soup, and almond milk.

Another great thing to do with lettuce is top sandwiches.  Fried egg and a few leaves of lettuce on home-made beer bread.  I love beer bread, it has the faint taste of whatever your favorite brew is and it doesn’t need to rise before it goes in the oven, I can have a fresh batch of bread on my table an hour after I get home!

Roasted veggies are a great favorite of mine, a tasty way to use any number of veggies up before they go off in the fridge.  This batch was made with potato, carrot, VF turnips, VF asparagus, jalapeno, leek, garlic, olive oil, pepper, basil.

potato, carrot, VF turnips, VF asparagus, leek, garlic, olive oil, pepper, basil

Today I started a batch of soup.  Softing soup is another great way to keep from wasting veggies, it’s made by taking everything in the fridge that’s starting to go soft but hasn’t actually gone bad yet and whatever else you have on hand you want that sounds good.

Everything in the pot.

Today I added potatoes which were growing eyes and starting to look at me funny; carrots, celery and broccoli that was all sorts of soft and unappetizing; some tomatoes and jalapeno I got for salsa that never quite made it there; half an onion starting to turn; and garlic that was sprouting in the jar.  I added some of Viva Farms’ turnips and the last bit of asparagus that hadn’t been eaten yet, 1 1/2 cups of lentils, and some vegetable broth cubes.

Softing Soup: all the goodies in the pot

I usually leave it a broth based soup but today I decided to go experimental and added two cans of coconut milk to give it a bite, then added cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, and coriander to make a nice spicy curry.

Softing Soup: add coconut milk and water to the rim

After I started it cooking, I dug in this week’s CSA box and got out VF’s tat soi.  Had never heard of it before, but it reminded me of bok choi, a nice hearty green and I decided that would go well in the soup. I’ll add that in about an hour before the cooking is done and let it settle in.  This will make for a great dinner with some of my beer bread!

tat soi

 

Thank you once again, Viva Farms and Growing Washington, for making this week’s eating fresh and delicious!

 

I’m not a big fan of recipes for daily use, I tend to go with a more random and spontaneous flair, but once in a while a recipe does come in handy.   Below are the recipes and not-recipes that I used this week.


Chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup

 

Roasted veggies:
Whatever veggies you like, hearty enough to be roasted, a light drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with herbs and just a touch of salt.
Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375F until the potatoes are done, about an hour depending on how thick you sliced them.

 

Beer Bread
3 cups (13.5 weight oz) whole wheat flour
3 tbsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
12 oz beer
Optional: whatever else sounds good to you.  I add 1 tbsp flax seeds and 1 tbsp caraway seeds.  You can also sprinkle the top with oats or drizzle with honey for a sweet touch.

Mix dry ingredients thoroughly, then slowly poor in the beer.  Mix until fully blended and pour into a greased bread pan or muffin tin.  Bake at 375F for about 45 minutes for bread, 25 for muffins, depending on your oven.

Tip: It’s better to measure the flour out by weight, it’s more accurate than by volume which can change depending on how densely it’s packed.  It can make the bread too dry.

 

Softing Soup
Everything in the fridge that’s starting to go soft but hasn’t actually gone bad yet and whatever else you have on hand you want to add until it fills about 1/3 of your slow cooker.  Add 1/2 cup of dry lentils, rice, or 1 can of beans, rinsed.  Add two cubes of broth stock and whatever other herbs and spices you like, then fill up with water and cook on low for 8 hours.  Enjoy.

Yesterday was a good day for inspiration and relaxation.  I took the Keystone ferry to Port Townsend and spent a beautiful, if rainy, day enjoying myself and being inspired to write a story that, as often happens, ended up somewhere very different than what I had been thinking of when I started it.