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September, 2010 Issue #112

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

 MUSHROOM MEADOW, SWITZERLAND  1975

Happy Birthday, Bob! This month's blast from the past was taken when Bob was only seventeen years old.

 

JILL AND ANDY'S WEDDING

 

We started Bob's birthday month out at Jill and Andy's wedding.  Jill's mother and father walked her down the aisle on a picture perfect day.  Half an hour later, they were man and wife and came triumphantly back town the aisle together. 

 

PRELIMINARIES

 

Tami signs in while one of our gifts, a 12-pack of the Mountain Dew looms over the guest register.  Bob bought this original recipe edition of Mountain Dew with Jill and Andy in mind while we were in New Bern last month. Camille joined the guest procession behind Matt and Dana.

 

OUR FRIENDS

 

A fair number of our friends shared this beautiful day with us, including Noah, Scott, Rachel, Sage, Sherri, PJ, and Jim.  Click on the photo to view a larger file.  Chris, Jeremy and Lynette were in fine form in the photo on the right.

 

YEARS GONE BY

   

We were captivated by these photos of Jill and Andy as youngsters, so Bob captured them with his camera.  Jill and Andy were only fourteen in the photo on the left!  Click on either picture to see the detail.

 

KATE AND BART'S WEDDING

Kate and Bart were married the same day and although we attended, we didn't take any pictures.  Fortunately, our friend Jessica did.  You can see her glorious work on her blog at Kate & Bart - Adventure Buddies for Life!

 

AROUND THE HOUSE

 

Camille is loving her new laundry line and Bob's garden continues to flourish.

 

NEW NEIGHBOR

 

Maggie has moved into the neighborhood and is a welcome addition.  Spot liked her right off as did the rest of us!  Maggie is enrolled in the Natural Chef Program at CCCC and has taken Potluck up a notch.  She made gnocchi for potluck September 23rd and it was delicious!

 

ALL ABOUT THE SUN

 

Lyle and Bob picked up a discarded solar thermal panel which may come in handy one day.  Bob took this photo of a solar pathfinder at Central Carolina Community College.

 

HOLY CACTUS JUICE!

Neighbors Fred and Reda shared their cactus fruits with us and Bob made a brilliant colored sweet syrup.

 

ANOTHER THURSDAY, ANOTHER POTLUCK OASIS

 

Potluck night is a welcome oasis in our busy weeks!  Getting together with our neighbors to share a meal never fails to refresh.  Rachel and Scott always brings Linus and he seems to enjoy the community, too.  McCayne liked his Che Guevara onsie on September 2nd. 

We had lots to celebrate September 23rd with the brightest autumnal equinox in over a decade and Bob's birthday just around the corner, so Bob got a little Crokinole going with Jennie, Jeremy and Maggie.  Shaine couldn't resist giving Bob a pair of horns.

 

BIRTHDAY CAKE

 

Camille made a chocolate love cream cake for Bob's birthday September 25th.  Here's the recipe:  

Beets - 2 cups, grated

Flour - 2 cups

Baking soda - 1 teaspoon

Baking powder - 1 teaspoon

Salt - teaspoon

Cocoa powder - cup

Sugar - 1 cup

Vanilla - 1 teaspoon

Silk soy creamer - cup

Veganaise (Mayo) - 1 cup

Chocolate chips - cup

Simmer beets for 20 minutes in enough water to cover

Grease a 9" x 13" pan and dust with flour or cocoa

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sift dry ingredients together

Beat wet ingredients together, including the beets and add the wet mixture to the dry mixture

Add the chocolate chips

Mix with a spatula until blended but don't over mix

Fold into the pan

Bake 30 minutes - toothpick should come out clean

Set on rack to cool

Frost with Chocolate Frosting

 

WATER FEATURE

 

We got some big rains the last week of the month and Bob and Jason decided to see how the water was flowing in the driveway next door.  Not so good was the answer.  It looks like the culvert has collapsed.  Rather than a flow, there was a pond and a small waterfall.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"To anyone who is paying attention, things look doomed. Fortunately for American capitalism, nobody is paying attention." - Joe Bageant from Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball

"The economists have got it mostly wrong. If you watch a Petri dish full of bacteria, they will keep multiplying exponentially until they hit the edge and run out of food. What the economists have done is given us a highly sophisticated set of abstractions to enable us to reach the edge of the Petri dish as fast as possible. We need more people who have the courage to do the hard thinking, more grown-ups who are willing to acknowledge that capitalism is just an advanced form of Petri dish culture." - Wes Jackson

"If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine." - Che Guevara

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