12 Jun Farmer’s Market!Food Glorious Food | Elizabeth Loupas
Our little town has had a farmer’s market for three or four years now, but I’ve never been before because I’ve never managed to combine the elements of a) being up and dressed at eight o’clock on Saturday morning, and b) remembering that the farmer’s market happens at eight o’clock on Saturday morning. This morning, however! I set an alarm on my computer to remind me and the Broadcasting Legend and I went farmer’s marketing for the first time.
It was fantastic! A huge bag of fresh locally-grown produce (tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn) for a tiny price, plus freshly-baked artisan breada gorgeous crusty baguette which is not sourdough, which for some reason has become suddenly unobtainable at our local supermarkets. This one visit is all it took to make us farmer’s market devotees forever.READ MORE
10 Jun Oh, Yay. Jury Duty.Life | Elizabeth Loupas
Later this month. Well, at least they now have an “ejuror” program with which one can check in online and not have to fill in the endless forms by hand. If only they had a “jury-from-home” option, along the lines of working from home. I don’t really mind the jurying partit’s fighting my way through rush hour traffic to reach the downtown court building (and we’re a long way from downtown) by 8:30 in the freaking morning.READ MORE
09 Jun A New CometAstronomy, Stargazing | Elizabeth Loupas
There’s a new Comet McNaught in town (well, in the sky, actually) and it might actually be visible to the naked eye. (Comets can be unreliable, so no one knows for sure.) Look for it low in the northeastern sky before dawn, in the constellation Perseus. This coming weekend should be a good time to check it out, because there’ll be a new moon on the 12th. More info on Comet McNaught, pictures and star charts here at Universe Today.READ MORE
07 Jun Summer in North Texas…The Silver Casket, Washerwomen's Wrists | Elizabeth Loupas
…means triple-digit heat indexes. Walk early or not at all. Then ice on my wrists and back to sixteenth-century Scotland. I feel for those poor historical washerwomen who didn’t have velcro cold wraps and neatly-packed bottles of aspirin. Although I do have to ask the Broadcasting Legend to twist off the #!*%$# child-proof caps.READ MORE
06 Jun Quotes!The Second Duchess | Elizabeth Loupas
Click over to my The Second Duchess page to see early quotes on the book from Brenda Rickman Vantrease and Cecelia Holland. These two writers are both long-time favorites of mine, and it’s an honor and a delight to have had them read and comment on Duchess.READ MORE
05 Jun Short and SweetThe Silver Casket | Elizabeth Loupas
Am going to try something new herevery short updates more often, instead of longer posts less often. I’m buried in The Silver Casket (no, not really, but you know what I mean) and the very thought of writing extended blog posts with pictures is freaking me out a little. I may post pictures from time to time on the Photos page. And my wrists are hurting a lot. And that is all for nowREAD MORE
02 Jun I Do Love BooksBooks, The Silver Casket | Elizabeth Loupas
“Lord! when you sell a [reader] a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell [the reader] a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night [and intrigue and death and wild adventure and passionate obsession in the Scotland of Mary Stuart]there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.”
Christopher Morley (with interpolations)READ MORE
25 May Boing!Beagles, Washerwomen's Wrists | Elizabeth Loupas
Having recently made the acquaintance (figuratively speaking) of the charming Dr. Fritz de Quervain (who not only had radial styloid tenosynovitis named after him, but introduced iodized table salt), I have been on the lookout for ways to avoid grasping and twisting my wrist at the same time. As an historical aside, de Quervain’s tenosynovitis was once know as “Washerwoman’s Wrists” because women who did washing for a living did a lot of simultaneous grasping and twisting with their hands. But I digress.
I realized that walking the doggies every day with Flexis was probably one of the worst things I could be doingmanipulating the thumb button while the dog pulls one’s wrist in every direction. So I dug around on the web a bit and came up with these:
Bun-Gee-Pup-EEs! (No, I’m not kidding.) Despite the silly name, they are great for anyone with fragile wrists and/or hands. They have padded wrist straps and braided bungee cords, so the dog kind of boings along on the end of the leash whenever it pulls. Much softer impact on wrists, and complete rest for the thumbs.
As you can see by the hanging tongues, the dogs had a good time too.READ MORE