Hippie Animals

Yesterday we window-shopped in YS for E’s birthday, then adjourned to HQ (the Tavern), where I had a hoppy (naturally) Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale.  Forgot to take its pic, so just imagine harvesty hops.

Along our stroll, we met three new (to us, old to YS) animal friends.  I didn’t catch the younger black cat’s name, as s/he was fast asleep on an air conditioner (the hot side, for a 90 degree day, but just right for a cat in the shade).

The little dog in the new outdoor lifestyle shop says it all about Ohio.

And Harry the Hippie was receiving admirers at his leisure at Dragon Tree Tattoo.  (He has his own FB page.)

This sign was spotted out on the street.  Probably one of the few places in Ohio it’s true.

At home today, I made this example of a healthy, substantial meal you can make for just a few dollars (if you like eggplant!).  It’s baked with Italian herbs, homegrown tomatoes, onions and garlic, olive oil, a little madeira, and some cheeses.  With pasta, it provides many affordable servings.  You could use zucchini or any other veggie of choice.  Served with flowers on the side!

 

Bittersweet Days

I was up at dawn, setting up for E’s birthday.  I try to make up as best I can for all the losses and abandonment by her entire family.  It’s both a happy and sad day, because it’s also my son’s final anniversary.  I feel heartbroken for him and his family, which includes me.  Not a day to celebrate entirely, but we must live on and adapt, and weigh new paths carefully, so that everyone involved is served, not lost in the shuffle.  Some difficult decisions ahead for all of us.

 

 

Erev RH Cheers

Dawn of erev Rosh Hashanah.  I started preps not long after.

It’s amazing what you can do with simple basic staples to create a holiday feast.  In addition to the holiday challah by E, local apples, and honey, we have:

Turkey with carrots, red potatoes, and fresh homegrown herbs, brussels sprouts, and pineapple ginger spiced sweet potatoes,

middle eastern-style potato kugel, and sweet-spiced apple noodle kugel with apricot, peach, and sultanas,

and a homemade cherry/ raspberry cobbler for dessert.  L’chaim!

Not bad on a poverty budget!  (I should mention, this will feed us for the next couple of days, I just made it all at once, to be efficient.)  It’s like thanksgiving, only for a better cause, and I’m thankful we are able to celebrate to this extent, despite all our personal and national setbacks.

I wish my family, who are going through their own difficult transitions, a year of finding some peace and solutions in the midst of turmoil.