Turtle Survives Raccoon Mauling & Double Amputation–A Bittersweet Birthday Story

January 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Noted, Sticky Acres

I was kicking butt all month socking away $50 here and $20 there from garage sale earnings, sales, and birthday checks toward my goal of being $25,000 richer by the end of 2011. Then, yesterday, my savings for this year went back into the red, when we discovered that a raccoon had mauled our […]

Pink Guava & Key Lime Jam With Black Cracked Pepper

January 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Noted, Sticky Acres, The Jam Fairy

My neighbor has a massively productive pink guava tree. After picking 25 pounds of fruit, I hadn’t even harvested half of the ripe guavas off the tree. Unfortunately, I had to stop picking when a grumpy spider, who was clearly sick of me shaking her tree, decided to take a chomp out of my arm. […]

Her Roman Apartment: The NYC/Caribbean Ragazza

January 25, 2011 by  
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My friend the NYC/Caribbean Ragazza moved to Rome almost four years ago. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t have an NYC/CR moment. “I wonder what she’s doing in Rome right now?” Then I feel depressed. Like I’m never going to get there myself. So today she sent me a picture of […]

52 Letters, 52 Weeks Challenge: Letter Writing For Cats

January 24, 2011 by  
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Last weekend my friend Laura and her five year-old son, Dean, came to visit. They brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers which is now in tatters because Pinky has rearranged them approximately 47 times this week. (Yes, I’m totally aware that this post puts me dangerously close to the crazy cat lady zone. But […]

Pollinator Frocks Are Wearable Gardens That Attract, Feed Hungry Bees…Uhhh, WTF?

January 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Bees, Noted, Sticky Acres

Artist Karen Ingham, with the help of technologists at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, has developed Pollinator Frocks, a limited edition, unisex clothing collection made from specially designed textiles that have been treated with a “nectar-like” solution. The wearable food trucks *cough* I mean dresses will, allegedly, keep bees and other pollinators fed […]

Week #3 of The 52 Weeks, 52 Jams Challenge: Fig & Pear Jam With Wild Turkey Bourbon

January 18, 2011 by  
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I had totally forgotten about the ziplock bag of Brown Turkey figs I’d picked from Julien’s tree back in September. It had been hiding at the bottom of the bacon drawer in the freezer. How I missed seeing anything in the bacon drawer for four months really is beyond me. Julien is a fan of […]

52 Letters, 52 Weeks Challenge: “Attila The Hoot” Owl Baby Hat

January 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dinky Manor, Luxecycle, Noted

Letter #3 of my 52 Letters, 52 Weeks Challenge is a baby gift (included with a congratulatory note, of course) for my college roommate who lives in Atlanta. The only childhood item that my extremely practical college roommate, Georgia Peach, brought with her to college was her stuffed owl, Attila. So when Georgia Peach gave […]

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