I got some free paperwhites to beautify my garden area with. I hope the obvious flowers will discourage owners from letting their dogs romp in the garden.
A selection from my kindergarten class. Each student contributed a drawing to a small book that was printed and shared. Students clearly had different interests and abilities.
I got a purple corduroy jacket/overshirt from Goodwill ($10) over the holidays!
Definitely in fashion now, but the similar jackets I see others wearing aren’t normally so bright. The jacket is currently in a trial period. If I decide not to keep it, sibling C is highly interested. She originally found it at the thrift store but it’s too big on her. It’s also big on me, but we’ll call it stylishly large.
I also found a nicely-patterned kid’s shirt. It fits in the shoulders but everything in the torso is a little too short. I spent too much time compared to the cost of the shirt ($5!) letting out the hem by 1/4 inch.
In the process of decluttering childhood items (toys, art, clothes, etc), I saw these two unique pieces by my little sister A:
And one by me (I think).
My parents visited us in New York around Christmas last year. For one of our outings, we went to the Cloisters in Washington Heights.
The museum is an assortment of old European art and architecture that some guy imported. At that time (late 1800s through the 19-aughts), there were a bunch of old abandoned and half fallen-down monasteries and churches that no one was using. I assume people would be more interested in them now, but maybe there are just soooo many old religious buildings in Europe that these would still be considered dregs.
The collector assembled all of the partial monasteries into one eclectic building.
It’s a good place to take your parents 🙂
For my (N’s) birthday last year, we ate at Claro, a Oaxacan restaurant in Brooklyn. I was originally interested in them because they make their own masa (and downstream products, like tortillas) from specially-sourced heirloom corn and use some amount of local produce and meat. They aren’t fully vegetarian (unlike For All Things Good) but do have a good selection and a fair amount of seafood.
J liked the idea of going to Claro because they have a Michelin star.
I don’t really remember what we got. One salad offered that we didn’t get had ground grasshoppers in the dressing.
Everything was really good! We also got to sit in the restaurant’s nice backyard garden.
Friend A who I went to grad school with (also likes cheap/free food, has been climbing with us recently) gave us some mooncakes she made! :’) They were presumably for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which happens around the autumn equinox and is coming up! The days are definitely getting shorter.
The mookcakes are actually the “snow skin” version (recipe that Friend A used), which uses a mochi-esque wrapper. Apparently snow skin mooncakes are easier to make than the traditional baked kind, so a better choice for at-home creation.
I got a melon!!! I didn’t even see it until the other day.
I started the garden pretty late this year, so the plants didn’t have a super long growing season and had to deal with hot weather early on in their lives.
The late start might have also made bug threats worse. The radishes mostly succumbed to some small gray bugs. I was able to harvest three bottoms but the leaves had been sucked dry.
The fence needs some shoring up, especially at the curb. Cars aren’t very careful with their doors and the fence isn’t incredibly sturdy…