One Ringy Dingy

Last month, I canceled my phone service to cut costs and to get ready for my winter move to Montpelier. I still had the cell phone, but soon found that I talked more than I thought I did. The monthly minutes quickly ran out and I had to recharge – and spent almost as much as I would have spent had I kept the landline. Live and learn.   Phone the Computer As an alternative, I bought a magicJack at my local Radio Shack (not a typo – the J…

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Excuse Me, Sir – Your Blog is Running

Some of you may remember back in May, I had a buddy fill in for me here at TrusttheUniverse. Predictably, Sir Buffalo Sushi has grown tired of guest-hosting the blogs of others (including his mom’s great blog, Polka Dot Suitcase ) and has struck out on his own. Not STRUCK out like in a ball game – struck out like starting on a great adventure. And I am sure he has. Sir Buffalo Sushi is making his blog’s mission a good one – to protect animals. I went to his…

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Auld Lang O’Nine

By now, you are all shoving balls of torn wrapping paper into open boxes – or smoothing out those balls for use next year and breaking the boxes down for recycling. And by now, that Christmas dinner doesn’t look so appetizing, and you’re poking around the covered dishes looking for something less holiday-ish. The cookies have been picked through, and there are only jelly chocolates left in the Whitman’s sampler. Maybe you’ve stopped watering the Christmas tree. You haven’t, have you? Hmm? The year is nearly over. Then what happens?…

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Falling back! And a call to all for art…

Hello, friends! I am back to blogging after a few months of inactivity. I hope you missed it. I have an exciting project to share with you! This venture, by a hip and eco-friendly local artist, is at the grassroots level – and needs your participation! The project, called “Art Is” has no specific goal, except to inspire all to dig deep into their souls and share by expression. To participate in the “Art Is” project, please: 1.Pick out a paint color sample card that you like, either a single…

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Finding the Tiniest in Vermont

Although I have traveled to many places over the years, Vermont has always called to me. I knew it was where I belonged, and it was a happy day when I received my Vermont driver’s license and put on the “greens,” the green Vermont license plates, on my truck (the numbers and letters on my plates, after decoding, translate to “bees love honey”). I am madly in love with my new – last – homestate, and with the Green Mountains that climb along its western side. For the last day…

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Cheers Honey

I know – I missed a day. But I had a good excuse. I went to the farm yesterday and added honey supers to five of the beehives. We hope to pull some honey before opening day on the 4th of July. While I was there, I checked out the blueberry fields with owner Byron Winney. A colony of honeybees worked the middle field of blueberry flowers along with dozens of bumblebees. The plants are loaded, so Mother Earth willing, there will be a bumper crop this year. Today, I…

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Dance Fever

I was chair-dancing this morning…I can’t sit still when a good song comes on the radio, and pretty soon my upper body starts to sway in the computer chair, then my arms start to swing, and pretty soon I’m doing a full out eyes-closed, lip-biting, torso-turning half-body groove-thing. Good thing I live alone. I relate to the Seinfeld episode where Elaine shows off her special dance move. Elaine, like me, loves to dance. And like me, she doesn’t fit into the “wow, she can really dance” category. But she’s entertaining….

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Me and My Shadow Puppet

Bennington is rainy and overcast today – a perfect day to make homemade bread and a pot of soup. A handful of dried beans that were soaking overnight, some stew meat, garlic, onion, and some leftover tomato sauce and vegetables, along with the rest of the kale I received in yesterday’s CSA box. Once that was done, I flipped on the office light to do some work…and noticed the shadows on the wall. I remembered that fellow writer Wendy Helfenbaum had suggested learning to make a new shadow puppet. Since…

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Kale, Kale, the Gang’s All Here

I picked up my first CSA share today. Chuck and Lisa’s produce looks fabulous! The shares are still small, as the season is barely in, but I was happy to get a bunch of young kale in my box today (as well as organic eggs, spinach, and mesclun mix). I love kale. It is so packed full of nutrients that I am surprised the leaves don’t explode from the pressure. I usually eat it raw or throw it into stews or soups. But I decided to search for a new…

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Little earthquakes and memories

My friend Wojo just sent me a link to a beautiful speech given at Kenyon College. I want to share it with you. The speaker mentions a 1974 movie line that says “Earthquakes bring out the worst in people.” We all have our own little earthquakes on a daily basis. The tough thing about earthquakes is that they quake whether we want them to or not. All we can do is choose how to handle the damage – with our worst or with our best. Sometimes, it is difficult to…

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Knots So Good

I have a confession to make. I was a slow learner when it came to tying my shoes. As the only left-hander in the family, I struggled to understand the instructions given by my righty helpers. It just didn’t seem, well, right to me. I was eight years old before I could tie a shoelace that would hold itself together for more than an hour. I eventually double-knotted the laces for added security, and still use that method today. But I admit, I am a knot flunkie. When I have…

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The Moose are Loose!

I am so excited – the moose are invading Bennington! And today we will be partying on Main Street, with music and dancing, arts and crafts…and moose! I will post pics later today – and I’m SURE I will find today’s New Thing somewhere at the fest! Update: Before heading to the Mayfest, I stopped at the farmer’s market to see some friends. This is my friend Marianne’s homemade maple syrup from her farm in Hoosick, NY: Then, on to the Mayfest! Here are some of the cool moose that…

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Greens at the Crossroad.

Today I learned a new word; carrefour. It is a French word meaning “crossroads” and was meant to describe a square or a place where merchants gather. I liked this word because the first half was Latin for “four” and the second half was, quite literally, “four.” Four four. Those types of words always touch my funny bone. Not that my bones are really funny. Although maybe they are, to other bones. But anyway… I think of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Or the little Roman guy that said “Pizza, pizza.”…

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Inch by Inch

A while back, I mentioned that May was going to be a bit serious for me. Well, it’s time to fess up. Many of you readers already know that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. So last week, I said goodbye to the tumor that was causing all the havoc, but it left behind a few cells in my lymph nodes. So next month, the docs and I will be working on a plan to get rid of those cells. But hey! Here at Chez Universe, the key…

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Holy Geode, Batman!It’s a Thunderegg!

This week I received a box of goodies from one of my sons – how cool is that? He and his wife sent some organic teas, an infuser and muslin tea bags, and two geodes. At least I thought they were geodes. When I wrote to thank them for the fun surprise, I was told that the rocks were actually “thundereggs” from Oregon. Thundereggs are rough spheres usually about the size of a baseball. They usually contain agate, chalcedony, jasper or opal. They can be sliced open like geodes and…

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Throwing in the Towel Animal

Today, we are going to talk about the elephant in the room. Towel elephant, that is. This suggestion comes from Georgia-based writer and buddy Pat Curry – and I must tell you, I had a blast doing this! Thanks Pat! I have never been on a cruise, so when Pat suggested making “cruise ship towel animals,” I had no idea what she meant. I would love to see one of these cuties on my bed every morning! Cruise ships use plain white towels in their cabins, but here at Chez…

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Gratitude for Sir Buffalo Sushi and the Smell of Spring.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. If I thought you wouldn’t immediately wipe it off, I’d give you a big smooch on the cheek, Sir Buffalo Sushi.I am grateful to your willingness to give the universe some of your unique talents and make us all look at Mother Earth’s gifts in a new way.You rock! I have missed several days of blogging due to a weekend of much-needed sleep. But I’m back in the saddle again and plan to continue learning a New Thing every day! Thanks for hanging in…

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Tomato-Tomahto

Hello, bloglings of the internet. Sir Buffalo Sushi, again. Today I learned that tomatoes aren’t a veggie… they’re actually a fruit. I don’t know if a 5th grader should know that, but now I do. So, make a mental note; tomatoes are fruit. I like fruits better than vegetables. Fruits are juicier and more sweet. But I’ll make a exception to bell peppers (which are my favorite veggie) and my mom’s awesome grilled veggies. Until tomorrow, good-bye, bloglings. (I came up with the word bloglings, meaning “a person who blogs”.)

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