Saturday, December 18, 2021

one more week

 There was a fantastic sunrise this week -

I had to dial down the light coming into the camera; this is how the sky really looked, with that purply-pink color and the pieces of cloud, don't know what they're called.

And now it's cold again. It's been rainy today and may turn to snowy stuff during the night, but it doesn't look like a white Christmas this year. 

I made yogurt today. I usually do it overnight, but this time started it in the morning, and I just put the Instant Pot liner in the fridge. I tell you, the Instant Pot makes the best yogurt! The secret must be it's ability to keep it at a steady temperature indefinitely - today I let it ferment for ten hours. It comes out so thick I don't need to strain it, so there's no waste; if I start out with half a gallon of milk, that's what I end up with, or maybe a little less due to a little evaporation when it heats up initially.

A man and his daughter came up to the children's desk at work yesterday to check out two books. He put them on the counter and began fiddling with his watch. I thought what's he doing? Well, he had a smart watch and his library barcode was on there - he stuck out his wrist and I scanned it! 

We've been having lots of soup this Advent and it's been nice - one more week to go. The other day it was chicken soup with some greens and this piece ended up on the spoon rest (which is really the cover to a plastic container). It looks like a frog, doesn't it? 

It's not.

I made granola today, too. I like to make it at night. I overload the roasting pan with about ten cups of stuff, stir it a few times while it stays an hour and a half in a low oven and then it sits in the warm oven overnight, where it dries out completely by morning. Granola is expensive to buy, but I am not sure it's much cheaper to make, since I like to put so many things in it. 

I went to confession today; I always feel lighter when I come out - I even felt like that as a child. It's a good thing, right before Christmas. It's the second day of the O Antiphons. Eleven years ago I posted each of the O Antiphons with a piece of art from online that I really enjoyed choosing. I can't believe that was so long ago. Here they are, if you're interested. They don't appear in order in the link, so you'll have to skip up and down to read them properly. 

The promised one shall come and rule over us in peace. 


  1. Confession really is a blessing ❤ I love reading about your life ❤ blessed Christmas ❤πŸŽ„πŸŒŸπŸ•―πŸ™❤

    1. And that's why I always think of you when I do these rambling posts. :) xo

  2. I must confess to only having gone to confession once in my whole life. I was 11 years old and it was just before my Confirmation. I think it is mainly cowardice that stops me going now but also, it isn't something that the Church of England insists on. I think that most vicars would be happy to listen to a confession but would be a little surprised at being asked.
    What a beautiful sky you saw! That cloud pattern is what we call here a mackerel sky (like the fish scales). There is also a very amusing weather-related rhyme - do you know it? 'Mackerel sky, mackerel sky, sometimes wet and sometimes dry'. Very helpful!

    1. Oh, but like anything, the more one makes it a habit, the more accustomed to it one becomes.
      I have heard of a mackerel sky! It escaped me, although I suppose there is a more technical term for it, and I think we have a cloud ID book; I like having bird, and plant, and tree guides around, and they work very well when I can make myself go and use them! :D