Well, doesn’t that say fall.
Jolene said on September 24, 2016 at 9:54 am
It certainly does–and in a gorgeous way too.
Just popping in to say that the dedication ceremony for the new National Museum of African American History begins at 10 AM EDT. President Obama and others will be speaking. Will be on MSNBC but, I’m sure, elsewhere as well.
Kirk said on September 24, 2016 at 10:02 am
Obama hosted a White House reception in recognition of the opening of the museum yesterday. I happened to catch his talk there late last night on C-SPAN. As usual, it was thoughtful, entertaining and smooth. The guy hits a home run just about every time he speaks.
Deborah said on September 24, 2016 at 10:23 am
The architect for the National Museum of African American History, David Adjaye is an interesting guy. He’s British, born in Nigeria (I think). There was an exhibit about him at the Art Institute in Chicago last year. His buildings often have lively patterns on them. I think we’ll be seeing more buildings by him in years to come.
Deborah said on September 24, 2016 at 10:36 am
Oops, Adajaye was born in Tanzania.
Sherri said on September 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Roger Angell, who writes so eloquently on baseball, doesn’t write of this election as a sporting event.
Sherri said on September 24, 2016 at 1:36 pm
Ken Starr. I didn’t think it was possible for me to have a lower opinion of the man, but he turns out to have unexpected depths. Art Briles was the real victim of the “interpersonal violence” and “unpleasantness” at Baylor? Guess those women weren’t supposed to complain about getting raped by football players.
beb said on September 24, 2016 at 3:08 pm
Like the British Navy, football seems to be driven by rum, buggery and the lash.
Sue said on September 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm
I went in search of some dill today at the farmers’ market, just on the chance the warm weather had prolonged the harvest of that lovely herb. Alas, no such luck so the last of my beans will be blanched and frozen instead.
I have lots of parsley and so tried to make some parsley pesto. I’m… not sure. When I first spooned it out of the food processor it smelled like I had just pureed a pile of grass. It has a mild but slightly bitter taste, probably due to the age of the plants. Has anyone else tried making this?
basset said on September 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm
First day of archery deer season on Tennessee and temps in the low to mid 90s. Considerably less than optimal conditions.
LAMary said on September 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm
Sue, I make what I call winter pesto with parsley, tomato paste, olive oil, garlic and grated parmesan. A hit of dried red pepper is good too.
Sue said on September 24, 2016 at 10:05 pm
The recipe called for – of course – garlic and parmesan, but also walnuts and lemon juice. I didn’t have walnuts but I think that might make the difference between a so-so pesto and something pretty good. Dried red pepper would probably make it acceptable for my husband.
I froze 4 cups and still have two one-gallon bags of parsley leaves in the fridge. Maybe I’ll get out the dehydrator tomorrow? Or any other suggestions?
susan said on September 24, 2016 at 11:51 pm
Sue – How about tabbouleh? Or tabbouleh? Or, perhaps tabbouleh? Etc..
Sherri said on September 25, 2016 at 12:36 am
North Carolina, where it’s legal to openly carry a gun, but not okay to possess marijuana, because everyone knows that marijuana is much more dangerous. Possessing both while black is a death sentence, though apparently having your truck break down while black is as well. But let’s make sure everybody stands for the anthem, because to do otherwise is to disrespect the troops, who fought in Iraq so that we could shop, or something like that.
North Carolina probably needs to work even harder to keep black people from voting, otherwise the Congressman from Charlotte who told the BBC that black people hate white people might not get re-elected.
Meanwhile, the person who killed 5 people in a mall out here has been arrested, and he is apparently a 20 year old Turkish immigrant. I’m so looking forward to the nonsense that will come from this fact, ignoring the 6 other mass shootings we had in the state this year that weren’t committed by immigrants.
Dexter said on September 25, 2016 at 1:21 am
My granddad was a horticulturist, I never was into it but as a kid I was in 4-H and one of my projects was to grow zinnias in a pot and take them to the county fall fair. nance’s photo…those potted flowers…are they zinnias? They look like those I grew all those years ago.
At Jolene’s suggestion here I tuned in msnbc at 10:00 AM but there was no dedicated coverage on-site, just hit and miss for some speakers. I kept hearing that John Lewis was coming up, then I’d sit through a 4-minute commercial and then there would be more blather by the studio talking heads. I finally set the dvr and hopefully I got John Lewis on there somewhere.
I was delighted to see the Moo U football team just get blown-up all to hell at home in East Lansing. The Badgers came down from Madison to administer the ass-whuppin’. Penn State, a very bad team, visited Ann Arbor and the mighty Wolverines destroyed them. Football is fun again at Michigan Stadium. This year’s team is very, very good.
After watching a concert I recorded from MTV last night, featuring Warren Haynes and his band, I topped off the evening by watching a delightful film called “Basketball Diaries”. Right. This movie is nearly 100% degradation, drug addiction, and violent thievery and depression. This is one of those films in which a young Leo DiCaprio stars…he was very good playing Jim Carroll, who somehow lived to age 60 before his heart gave out.
alex said on September 25, 2016 at 9:03 am
Dex, those are mums. They’re shorter and more compact and bushlike than zinnias and bloom in the fall. My house had some when I first moved in, but they diminished over the years until there was nothing left. So I bought bunches of them at a farmer’s market and planted them all over the yard, very carefully following the planting directions, but they must have been duds because they didn’t return the next year.
I still have roses that came with the house and they’re flowering at the moment, and I never give them any care at all other than cutting them back in late fall or early spring.
Beautiful day here. I’m going to spend at least part of it working in the yard.
Jolene said on September 25, 2016 at 9:11 am
Dexter, sorry for misleading you. The ceremony didn’t start at the time listed on the program. If your DVR didn’t capture the parts you wanted to see, you can check it out online. CSPAN has the whole ceremonythe whole thing. Some very nice moments, including the kind of speech that we have come to expect from President Obama–one that fully recognizes our shortcomings, both past and present, but still presents a hopeful vision of America.
Sue said on September 25, 2016 at 10:13 am
susan – thank you! I will hunt down some bulgur and maybe some mint (I only seem to have chocolate mint in the garden now) and give it a try.
alex and Dexter – those are ‘hardy’ mums. hahaha. I put in a couple of pots every year and the best I’ve ever done is a few scraggles the following year. But they are so gorgeous and usually pretty cheap so I don’t complain.
I love zinnias. Unfortunately, so do the Japanese beetles, which have been a growing infestation for the last few years and really took off this summer. I can’t decide if I should grow them next year or not. I already have many of the plants Japanese beetles love so it’s not like growing zinnias will bring them zooming to my yard.
Julie Robinson said on September 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Alex, you have to buy hardy mums, and preferably plant them in the spring, if you want them to return. The ones being sold at this time of year aren’t bred to overwinter, and don’t have enough time to get their roots established. They’re still good for some color when most everything else is dying.
For some reason I’ve had a bumper crop of zinnias this year, while another old reliable, marigolds, were pretty scarce. My zinnias are still blooming in several locations, and they make me smile every time I look at them
Trying not to think too much about the world today.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm
I make pesto with walnuts sometimes, but more often with cashew pieces. Pignoli/pine nuts are too pricey for my plebian taste buds.
If you’re watching the Bengals/Broncos game, watch for the Ohio University Marching 110 at halftime. I’m hoping they get at least an eight second shot on the b’cast!
That’s what Monday night needs. A break halfway through with a good band.
Julie Robinson said on September 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm
Even for a great marching band I cannot bring myself to watch football. I’ll wait for a helpful soul to post on youtube.
basset said on September 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm
Blade Runner is another popular movie I have never seen, but I am a big Philip K. Dick fan and have heard some of the music so I was most surprised to learn today that Mary Hopkin was the female coice on “Rachel’s Song”:
basset said on September 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm
Blade Runner is another popular movie I have never seen, but I am a big Philip K. Dick fan and have heard some of the music so I was most surprised to learn today that Mary Hopkin was the female voice on “Rachel’s Song”:
jcburns said on September 25, 2016 at 10:50 pm
This is worth reading as a bit of a mental reboot/recalibration: A Letter to my Allies on the Left, in The Nation.
Sherri said on September 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm
I encounter so many people, in so many contexts, of so many persuasions, who quote me that the good is the enemy of the best or the great or the perfect. I pull my hair out and tell them no, it’s the other way around, they’ve got it exactly backwards. Nobody seems comfortable with the concept of good enough. Drives me nuts.
Here’s an interesting analysis of the way the political press works: http://pressthink.org/2016/09/asymmetry-between-the-major-parties-fries-the-circuits-of-the-mainstream-press/
Sherri said on September 26, 2016 at 12:02 am
This is a depressing look at Trumpism: https://medium.com/@resnikoff/phantasmagoria-3beac7fe516d#.xcyxfx5x0
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