Ealj's Blog

Thoughts on archiving, felines, food and whatever else grabs my fancy.

March on – ;-}}!

Gerry in DRC last September.

Gerry in DRC last September.

O.K. – silly pun – I do not apologize!

At last – here is news I am very excited to share with you ;-]!! I am leaving Willamette effective today, 7 March, and Isabelle and I will be flying to Virginia on the 10th to live with Gerry and CeeCee, his cocker spaniel. Gerry is leaving later that week for a long overseas work assignment, so I will be taking care of CeeCee and Isabelle, introducing them, providing cross-dialect language classes as necessary and promoting civility among the critters. I will also begin my process of getting acquainted with the area and looking for possible jobs. To start, I hope to find an archives where I can volunteer – one of the best ways to get into the ‘system’ in the area and discover the best way into a paying job ;-]. Read the rest of this entry »

Muffins always brighten winter mornings!

Congratulations everyone! You survived January and all the nasty weather racing across the country. I admit the year always seems on hold until April, but this January seemed unusually unkind to those areas of the country I am most interested in – the Northwest because it has been very dry and the mid-Atlantic area because it has been very, very cold!!

I thought a lovely muffin recipe and a good book recommendation might help each of you survive this month. The muffin recipe is from a favourite food blog, Smitten Kitchen, Pear and Hazelnut Muffins. If you click on the name you will be taken by the magic internet elves to the recipe. I didn’t use filberts, as those of us who grew up with these delightful nuts call them, because I dislike intensely roasting and removing the skins from the nut!! Walnuts worked very well. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 – How’s it going so far?

Hope none of you were in the freezing zone, or if you were, you had a warm fire, a good book and lots of hot chocolate ;-]!! For once, Oregon is one of the ‘warm’ areas of the country, not usual for us this time of year. Read the rest of this entry »

This is why I love Christmas!!!


Blessings abound

IMG_20131104_074914_442-1It’s time for “I am thankful….” lists to appear on Facebook pages, Tumblr accounts and in news stories. I usually indulge a bit in this ritual, because Thanksgiving day is such a splendid reminder, but it always seems as though I’m sharing my blessings just once a year. Believe me, every day I am thankful for each friend and family member who is reading this entry. Every day I think of one specific aspect of life for which I can give thanks. Sharing in a more public manner just helps me remember how blessed I am. Read the rest of this entry »

All time best soup for autumn

IMG_20131021_170532_785-1Every year about this time I make the first batch of lentil soup for the season. The actual name for the soup is Lentil-Tomato Soup, but that seems too formal for this warm, comforting, protein packed dish. The creator of the soup said she was in grad. school at the time she first made a batch and it was her mainstay throughout her course of study. I’d say that is recommendation enough!

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 cups chopped onion
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 3 1/3 cups water
• 2 1/3 cups dried lentils
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable)
• 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
• Chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)
• Cilantro sprig (optional) Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Isabelle

IMG_20131013_124943_784The little one has been with me two weeks now and all is well. She is a dear little girl – chatty, curious, affectionate – as well as a pill ;-]! Not too much of one, though. If I am sitting down, she is right there requesting demanding scritches before settling down to sleep. When she stretches and repositions, she makes a comment or two, just to make certain I’m paying attention. And when she comes into a room, she always says ‘Hi’ in a friendly manner. Someone at work, who always has tortoise-shell cats, says these are all typical behaviours of the colour. (Like calico, tortoise-shell is a colour, but comes with personality traits as well as always being female.)

I knew after I first met her that I wanted a name that related to masks and disguise because of the mask-like colouring of her face. Isabelle comes from Measure for Measure, my favourite Shakespeare play. The character Isabelle is a novice nun at the beginning of the play, something you learn is really a mask or disguise to hide her from herself. The name seems to fit my little girl and she is already learning to come when I call her by name. So, she is bright as well!

Hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful Autumn. Ta, RMW

Check out her nose.

One more ;-]


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