Reading is

What is reading to you? A high school English teach once described “escapist literature” and my righteous teenage self railed against the insult to Nobel Wonderful Books. This mini library, on Holgate Boulevard in Portland, Oregon, states “Reading is a magic key to take you where you want to be.”

Where is your next book taking you?

Magic Key mini library
Magic Key mini library

First Loaf

Many people obsess on their 401(k) and IRA balances when preparing for retirement. They would do well to obsess on activities. This was central to my planning. The finances were on auto-pilot. The what to do and when to do it took a lot more thought. It’s more personal than financial planning. We each have a fairly unique set of interests.

One of the activities I’ve planned is more cooking. Lots more cooking. This loaf, Irish Soda Bread, is a start. I’ve not baked bread in years, may be even decades.

First loaf of Irish Soda Bread, December 27, 2017.
First loaf of Irish Soda Bread, December 27, 2017.

Doggie in the Window

A bit of photo geekery here. This is an unmodified photo from a Pixel 2XL phone. The tonal range is jaw dropping. The dog is pretty cute too.  This post was created to share the image with some photo friends.

Fritzi in Window
Fritzi looking out the window. Demonstrating tonal range captured by Pixel phone

Returning to Roasting

A friend asked, “what do you miss?” In the weeks when only one foot could take weight many activities were put on hold. Roasting coffee among them. Being on two feet makes the basement stairway walkable. That restored basement and garage access.

Yay! I’m roasting again.

The photo show labels from recent batches of green beans.

Stickers from the bags of recently roasted coffee, November 2017
Stickers from the bags of recently roasted coffee, November 2017

 

The Lazy Dog

If you type at all, you’ve typed it, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”  People with typewriters use it to test them and to quickly fill a page when one can’t think of something else. It’s less threatening to onlookers than “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” running down the page.

Joe Van Cleave made the panagram the subject of this week’s typing assignment.” We were encouraged to write about the dog, the fox, or whatever came up around this sentence. A story of the dog came to my mind.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.