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July, 2010 Issue #110

 

A SWEET SIXTEEN YEARS

Bob and Camille promised each other a great life together sixteen years ago and have been showing each other a good time ever since. 

 

PHISHING WITH OUR FRIENDS 

 

Sometimes we get out.  This was our first Phish concert and we had a fabulous evening.  Check out:  Phishing in Raleigh

 

ZEBRAS CAN CHANGE THEIR STRIPES

 

With a little help from their friends, of course.  See more pictures of this artistic enterprise here: Painting Spot

 

THE GOOD LIFE

 

We've settled down in a great place with great friends and great food.  Good gravy - what more can we say?  We love our life and our "poor little vegan" diet which often includes gravy.  On this evening we also ate Russian Banana fingerling potatoes with parsley and chives from our garden.  Candied carrots, also from our garden and home made deep fried seitan cutlets and golden gravy rounded out the meal. Yum!

 

NEW TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Little Linus, the new addition to the neighborhood came to dinner with his momma and papa, Rachel and Scott.  Sam and McCayne will soon be moving to the neighborhood as well.  Spot is jazzed!

 

OLD FRIEND, NEW FRIEND

 

Tim stopped by with his cute dog Eli on his way to the beach.  He lived in our house not that long ago but has since moved away.  Seth is living at David's just a couple of doors down and apprentices at Mark Hewitt Pottery.  Spot was proud to have his picture taken with Tim, Eli and Seth. 

 

FLOURISHING

 

There's a lot going on in our yard between the birds, bees and butterflies.  There is so much food in the garden that every day is harvest day.  Jeremy came by and helped Bob pull carrots and dig potatoes.  Then they sat down and washed them up before bringing them into the house.  Our yard and gardens are a labor of love.  We've posted more pictures on this page: Trouts Farm Yard and Gardens - A Labor of Love

 

A LITTLE BARN TIME

 

Camille hadn't ridden since last October until her friend Lisa invited her over to ride.  Joe is the cutest grey pony and Turbo is a handsome bay thoroughbred.  Spec, the pony Camille rode on this day is missing from these pictures but was featured in May on a page called Lisa's Ponies.

 

YES WE CAN

 

Jeremy and Jenny expressed an interest in learning to can, so we all made a plan and each bought peaches, then dove right in and canned them one fine Saturday.  For more photos, go to: Putting Summer in a jar

 

HA'OLE LU'AU

 

Karen and Lloyd are taking a giant leap off the mainland and will land in Hilo.  They threw a little lu'au party at Chatham Marketplace and we all dressed up and brought something to share.

 

PIPER METHYSTICUM

 

Bob brought kava, a nasty tasting drink made from a pepper root which acts as a relaxant.  On Maui you can belly up to the bar at Wow Wee  and drink kava to your heart's content.  Lloyd was game and drank his bowl of kava straight away as did Mary Beth.

 

FANCY FOOTWEAR

 

Karen wore some very interesting shoes.  We all did our best to dress for a luau.  Camille wore a dress Bob bought her for her birthday several years ago.  Bob wore a Hawai'ian shirt, just like usual.

 

WEEKLY POTLUCK

 

This week was a big one with fifteen happy mouths all eating, drinking and talking story.  Camille was happy that Mary Beth was in town to milk Lisa's sheep while Lisa is at the beach.  Mary Beth used to live at Lisa's place which is just a couple of miles up the road.

 

BIRTHDAY GIRL

 

Rachel's birthday happened to fall on a Thursday, which is potluck night.  So we baked a chocolate cake, Mary Beth lit the candles and took it over to the living room where Rachel was sitting with McCayne.  Seth kept the flames from blowing out.  Rachel will get her wish because she blew the candles out in one breath.  We were careful not to overload the cake with candles because last week there were so many flames on Jason's cake he ran out of breath.

 

IRREPRESSIBLE LIFE

 

Rachel and Scott have brought new life to the neighborhood.  Tami enjoys playing with little Linus at potluck.  Life is where you find it and on a trip to Lowes, Bob looked up to see a plant growing out of a bag of compost.  It tickled us to see irrepressible life pushing its way through the shrink wrap.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"Cooking is universal among our species.  No explorer ever found a human society that did not cook.  Cooking is more unequivocally characteristic of our species than language." - Alfred W. Crosby from his book "Children of the Sun - A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy"

"A potato is just a potato until people sweating over belt lines and giant fryers turn it into Tater Tots." - Joe Bageant from "Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball"

"The canned goods that I buy at the store ain't got the summer in 'em anymore" - Greg Brown from his song, Canned Goods

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