Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rhubarb, Redux

Vintage seed catalog image from Pinterest

We’ve had this pie three times so far.  The recipe (and the first pie) came from one of Brian’s retired fellow-teachers.  It’s from Taste of Home and I make it almost exactly the way they do.


4 c. sliced fresh rhubarb
4 c. boiling water
1 ½ c. sugar
3 T. all-purpose flour
1 T. quick-cooking tapioca
1 egg
2 t. cold water
Two frozen pie crusts, thawed (I use Pillsbury)
    Or dough for a double-crust pie
1 T. butter

Place rhubarb in a colander and pour over it the boiling water; allow to drain.  In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour and tapioca.  Add drained rhubarb and toss to coat.  Let stand 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk egg and cold water; stir into rhubarb mixture.

Preheat oven to 425.  Fit one pie crust into the pie dish.  Add filling, dot with butter.  Place the other pie crust over the filling, seal and flute the edge.  Cut slits in top and cover the edges of the pie dish with a strip of aluminum foil to keep it from browning too quickly.

Bake for 15 minutes and reduce heat to 325.  Bake another 15 minutes and remove the aluminum foil.  Bake for another 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.  Cool on a wire rack.

With any luck, we’ll have this a few more times before the rhubarb bolts.

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Friday, July 31, 2015

Quote Of The Day

Image from Pinterest

...  Lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad. ~ W. Shakespeare

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Monday, July 27, 2015

He Who Fights And Runs Away

Leaves his owners with a $200 vet bill.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Somebody Up There Is Testing Me

The Health Department will have a booth at the Cultural Fest this weekend, and I am scheduled to do a presentation on Emergency Preparedness at 2:30.

Right after the local police department gives a presentation on the theory and practice of traffic stops.  To an audience that will be 75% African American.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Know The Feeling

On the plus side, I now have lovely matching left and right hand splints.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Well, That Explains Everything

Me:  What did you do to your forehead?

He:  I was picking up a lawnmower.

Me:  Of course.

He:  It was a riding mower.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

20-Year-Olds are Easy

Due to a humiliating and entirely preventable incident with a household fixture last night, when I walk through the interns’ room this morning my left hand is enclosed in a splint and a sling.

Intern #1:  Wow…what happened to your hand?

Me:  You know that lesbian bar on Main Street, the one about half a block north of the old courthouse?

Intern #1 (her eyes getting big and round):  Yes….

Me:  Well, it had nothing to do with it.

There is a brief pause while this sinks in.  Sean* cracks up.

Intern #1:  You are so mean.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Friday, July 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

Photo:  Jim Purbrick via Flickr

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. ~ George Santayana

Thursday, July 9, 2015

But You Can't Choose Your Relatives

We spent the holiday weekend at my older sister's rather imposing residence, in company with other family members including my niece Elizabeth*.  It's common knowledge that her husband has been a little… wary… of the spousal unit ever since he had The Talk with Patrick* at their wedding.

Oldest sister:  Where's Patrick*?

Elizabeth*:  He's taking a nap.

Youngest sister (teasingly):  We should have Brian go wake him up, wearing his mean face.

Me:  How is his mean face any different from his every day face?

(“If you ever make her cry, I will track you down and kill you like a dog,” which is what he says to every young man reckless enough to marry into our families).

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July

We are visitin’ kin this weekend.  See you Monday.

Quote of the Day

When the Know-Nothings get control, it [the Declaration] will read “All men are created equal – except Negroes, foreigners and Catholics.”  When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia , for instance – where despotism can be taken pure without the alloy of hypocrisy. ~ A. Lincoln.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Knitting - A "Block" Jumper from 1950

From the Australian Home Journal, one of the 1950 editions that’s available on  If you are not able to get a large enough copy off this jpg, it’s also available on my flickr account.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Friday, June 26, 2015

Quote of the Day

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.  But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god.  It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.  ~ Thomas Jefferson