12/28/09

Little Observations



~ I am thoroughly enjoying the manual milk frother that my sister sent me for Christmas, seen in the second photo. It turns milk into a foamy wonder that is better than that from a coffee shop!
~ Today I am attempting to bake bread from scratch for the first time. Results will be known within the hour.
~ I haven't seen as many birds in my yard lately and think I know why. I put out a feeder of black oil sunflower seeds to try to lure the cardinals back several days ago. Lured they were, but whenever they got close to the feeder, a very territorial mockingbird swoops in and chases them off. Said mockingbird doesn't seem to care about eating from the feeders, however - they are still full. It also chased off the bluejay. I hung out a second feeder and hope the cardinals and jays will keep trying, because I miss them.
~ We've lived here for 4 years, but only yesterday finally visited Brazos Bend State Park for a much-needed walk in nature. Compared to western mountains and pines it's far from pretty, but it will do!
~ A large gathering of Bradford pear leaves awaits me in the backyard. They were gorgeous while they lasted. And I actually love to rake.
~ I am finally reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and am quite inspired by it. I do think I will try making cheese and will put in a small spring veggie garden.
~ Likewise, I've just started Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry and am very grateful for his thoughtful words and clear vision.

8 comments:

Marfa said...

How did the bread turn out? I really enjoyed Animal Vegetable Miracle, but must admit it took me longer than usual to get through it...I'm more of a fiction reader. It's so worth it though, and made me want to be as self-sufficient as I can!

Mimi said...

Nice milk frothing :) I also liked "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle"

Meadowlark Days said...

Martha - I think the bread turned out well - a practice run of holy bread. Now hopefully I can help out at church!

elizabeth said...

Nice!!! I love hearing about things in your world...

Pres. Kathy said...

I just love the smell of fresh bread!

Shawna said...

i loved animal vegetable miracle, and i even got my husband to love it by listening to it on audio book. it has lots of great food for your mind in it!

and now i'm coveting your frother. i didn't know that manual frothers could make such creamy foam! i'm a foam addict...my favorite drink i have dubbed a chaipuccino.

Kimmie said...

cool milk frothing contraption!
I'll be happy to add you to the t on tuesday list .... it's a low pressure thing .... just like a tea party :)

hugs, Kimmie

Shawna said...

ps. i went frother shopping and realized they were just coffee presses renamed, so, i got home and used my coffee press! mmmmmm foamy chai is the best! the only thing was it had coffee grounds in it, heehee :O)