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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Health Food

I just wrote that title to catch your eye. Had to drive to Sleepy Hollow, NY today. It's the legendary village on the Hudson River, not far from the Tappan Zee Bridge. I went to look at the interior design work in a home there. It was really lovely. I wanted to be a dinner guest at that dining room table, pulling up a gorgeous carved wood chair with blue fabric, and have a bedroom as boutique-hotel stylish as that! Plus, the homeowner and her baby were charming.

After, I wanted to go into the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery--open to the public, but closes at 4:30 and it was 4:50. I was there once with Figgy's kindergarten class--they had been reading about the Headless Horseman with their wonderful teacher, Ron Klimik.

Then I headed to the shopping area of nearby Tarrytown, where I happened upon Mrs. Green's Natural Market on North Broadway, across from the post office. [I now see there are a chain of stores. My favorite parts: The little grocery carts for kids to push--these are bright green--and the kids' cooking class taking place downstairs today.

I bought New York State milk in a glass bottle and a pint of local half and half and a six-pack sack of Cosmic Cookies, which were $6.99. They are big, energy-packed, raw and strangely tasty. Ingredients on label: Quick oats, spelt flour, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, flax seed, unbleached cane sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, dark chocolate chips, raisins, water, blackstrap molasses, canola oil and soy milk. Vegans like Fig could eat them.

Then I went to the lower level and got a tube of Arnicare with Pain Relief. It's a topical homeopathic remedy for muscle pain and stiffness, and I want to put it on my calf muscle tonight so I can sleep. When I fell on the ice in Maine a few Christmases ago, my sister-in-law Therese and her friend Bonnie made sure I used this, and it helped.

Must sleep, good night.

Have to look at another house for work assignment early tomorrow morning.

  1. Good dental care.
  2. Hot bath.
  3. I'm sitting at a table blogging on my laptop. I want to stop squinting at that tiny iPhone screen every night in bed.

Under the Covers

H. got this great, small old library book edition of Wuthering Heights in Maine last week. That's one thing I love & admire about him--his broad reading interests, from National Geographic to the Bible [once in its entirety, something I as a lifelong Catholic have never done]. This book cover is beautiful. "I've never read Wuthering Heights," he marveled. I have--thanks, Prof. Elaine Showalter at Douglass College, who made the Bront√ęs come alive, having visited the moors they called home. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Baker's Day

Slept till almost 11:30! in house free of people and pet. Baked panful of vegan Coffee Fudge Brownies [from Alicia Silverstone cookbook] for Figgy, using Valrhona cocoa powder, fine Hudson Valley maple sugar, espresso and Callebaut chocolate. Then made Bittersweet Chocolate Tartlets for book group--not vegan, what with butter, heavy cream and eggs. In between, lots of bowl and pot washing!  Didn't get to church but didn't have car and calf muscle felt too injured to bike. Still, feel bad about that. Good night.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Great Outdoors

Me and our little Figgy up in Maine. One Christmas, H.'s brother John very generously gave us a gift certificate for a sunset sailboat cruise out of Camden.
H. got back from Maine last night [in time for the 9 p.m. movie]. The next plan he hatched was a one-night camping trip with Punchy and Sug on the Appalachian Trail near Lake Tiorati. [I think under an hour from here? I've been there, just forget.]

He and Punch really wanted me to go, but after six days on my own with her, I craved time alone. And also, I somehow pulled my calf muscle pretty badly and have been unable to get into a comfortable position for sleep. Last night, I took pain medication, an anxiety pill and maybe an inch of Grand Marnier on ice [had it in my baking cabinet for chocolate cake recipe]. I finally feel asleep for about 6 hours. But the thought of tossing and turning in a rustic lean-to in the wilderness did not appeal--though I would have loved the stars.

H. has been eager to take Punch camping for a while. When Figgy was little, we camped with her up in Camden and Moosehead, Maine and also down near the Pine Barrens in NJ, if I remember correctly. And that doesn't count Girl Scout camping. So today was a scramble as H. loaded an enormous backpack bigger than Punch--it was the one Figgy used when she hiked the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Maine with a group one summer. He packed hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, food [including raw eggs and potatoes for tomorrow's breakfast], condiments, flashlights, sleeping pad, etc. etc. Little Punch was expected to carry a smaller pack with their clothing. I got them a nice new mess kit on the drive back from Montreal, when my friend Anne and I stopped in a great country store in New York State.

I started fretting a bit just around the time darkness fell, visualizing slithering black snakes and hungry bears. I hope H. remembered to put the food outside the lean-to. The first time I camped with him, on my first trip to Maine to meet his family, it was pouring rain, the food was in our tent and a raccoon was clawing at the flaps a lot of the night, trying to get in. Thank God the flaps were zippered.

They left about 4:30; I texted to check in with them.
Me: Are you guys ok? It's 7:10 p.m. Call me to let me know you're safe or text. Thanks. Love Ali/Alison  [It's a long story--H. calls me Ali for real and Punch calls me Alison for a joke. It's not my name.]

[at 8:24 p.m.] H: All good. She had two dogs with ketchup. I had veggie burger. Heated up your apple thing. Delicious. Now sitting at fire and looking at stars. Gonna turn off phone. Good night, xoxox

I hope the three of them are safe tonight. Good night.

P.S. I tried to scan a really cute photo of H. and Fig camping when she was little, but alas, our scanner wouldn't work.

  1. Had some avocado and used multigrain tortillas to make quesadillas for me and Punch.
  2. Walked Sug with Punch and our friend Obie and her cute son.
  3. Hot bath.
  4. Good dental and skin care.

Rolling: The Skeleton Twins

This movie starring Kristen Wiig was funny and tragic. And it ended before I wanted it to, left me wondering if the characters would get professional help. Good night.

1. Walked 25 min to and from town for blowout, carrying groceries [weights] on way back .
 2. Good skin and dental care, inspired by my friend Kim.
3. Talked to Sis. 
4. Veggie burger on whole wheat bun with H.'s homegrown tomato.
5. Hot bath.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nyquil and Vicks VapoRub

Bring them on, in their soothing green and blue packaging. Sick as dog with cold Punchy generously shared.

Good night. 

1. Squash and salad with supper.
2. Iced and hot tea by the gallon [almost].