What am I sappy squid blogging?

May 27, 2016

pajama squid“One-week-old pyjama squid, reporting for duty!

See how our pioneering aquarists figured out how to raise these splendid cephalopods right here at the Aquarium.

Btw, no cephalopods were harmed in the making of this photo! The little squid is still in the water, in a petri dish, with the dime underneath the dish.”


From Monterey Bay Aquarium


How am I finding my way?

May 25, 2016

I have posted about interesting manhole covers before and I am always on the lookout for them. Here is another brilliant one from Seattle.
manhole seattle“For several years, whenever I traveled to Seattle, one of the joys of touring the city was the unique way-finding system within, or rather on top of, the manhole covers around the city. The map, designed by Anne Knight in 1977, has a “you are here” polished bead indicating where you are on the relief map of the city. In addition, key landmarks of Seattle are also indicated on the map. An interesting, functional system for a great walking city. One of its flaws is that it has no compass rose for orientation.” Kit Hinrichs at Create




What am I reading?

May 24, 2016


May 23  is the birthday of Margaret Wise Brown, who wrote the iconic children’s book, Goodnight Moon, and a hundred other titles.

Her professional career was influenced by her work at the Bank Street Experimental School in New York City.  This was a time of intense interest in the intellectual development of children. It was there that she began writing children’s books.

Brown was born in 1910 in Brooklyn, New York.  As she matured, she developed a wonderfully independent lifestyle.  She maintained a house in Maine where she would leave champagne bottles on the paths around her house and would skinny dip off her dock to the delight of the local fisherman.  (I cannot imaging skinny dipping in any water I have experienced in Maine.)

Although Brown had no children of her own, I think it was her open-eyed and child-like enthusiasm for life that led to her success in writing for children.  She died too young, from an embolism after an appendicitis – on the eve of her engagement.



What am I knitting?

May 24, 2016



With the cuff, heel flap and turn, gusset, foot and toe defined by different colors – harmonizing, but not matching. I had to snatch them off his feet to get a picture.




What am I sappy octopus blogging?

May 20, 2016



What am I putting on this morning?

May 19, 2016

What is tattoo Tuesday about?

May 17, 2016

squirrel Today is National Walnut Day.  The best way that I know to celebrate this occasion is to go to Moody’s Diner on Route 1 in Waldoboro, Maine and have a slice of walnut cream pie.

Remember – Pie Fixes Everything


If you cannot make it to Maine, here’s the recipe:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups dark corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch piecrust
  •  Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Stir together sugar, flour and salt in medium-size bowl. Stir in milk until smooth. Add eggs, corn syrup, butter and vanilla until thoroughly blended.
    • Scatter nuts over bottom of piecrust. Pour in egg mixture.
    • Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour or until top is puffed and browned. Cool pie on wire rack to room temperature. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Top with whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.

And why not get a tattoo:

waalnut tattoo


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