five (oops).

My fifth blogiversary was a couple of weeks ago, and I was out of town and totally forgot to post. This space continues to mean so much to me — it is a place to document my world and connect with folks who care about similar things (knitting, spinning, cooking, outdoor frolicking, sweet and wrinkly dogs…) as well as an opportunity to write something, and often to get unstuck (in lots of ways). I like having this record of sorts. I’m a historian, so I guess that shouldn’t be surprising, but perhaps because my academic life, though punctuated with deadlines, has reached the stage where I’m working on a Really Big Project, I particularly value this alternate way of documenting some of the other pieces of my life here in the blogosphere. Thanks for being here — for reading, for commenting, and for blogging! Now, about those socks.

Yesterday marked the ceremonial(?) putting on of the handknit socks — the first time this fall! (These happen to be handspun as well.) We’re expecting a solid seven days of rain from the storms converging on the East Coast this week, and last night, as I was leaving the house, it was just beginning to drizzle. These kept me cozy all evening. Are you wondering what’s under that foil?

Deb’s Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel. You should add puff pastry to your grocery list. Seriously. This tart was so easy that I felt guilty bringing it over to the home of D and T, even though T had seen it on Deb’s blog and requested it. (It felt sort of like microwaving my dinner might feel. You know, if I had a microwave.) These are the basic steps: put puff pastry in pan, add apples, top with sugar and butter, bake. While baking, melt sugar, add a few things, and brush the caramel over the top of the tart. And it is SO GOOD. And pretty. And because my apples were huge and a little soft, I didn’t make the spiral that Deb made. Still tasty, still pretty.

Here’s a snapshot from Friday’s Yoda Thorpe fitting. M brought over some gardening wire for the ears, and we added the appropriate level of wrinkling. I’m hoping to get a picture of M’s Sexy Yoda costume to share with you!

I’ll wrap up today with some sweetness. Boh has conjunctivitis, so he’s been extra cuddly. (Except when I put his eye drops in three times a day. Poor dog.) Yesterday he napped while I graded.

Good thing I’m right-handed! We have a few more papers to work on together today.

These are my favorite trees on campus. There’s something about the golden shade of fall leaves that looks extra brilliant on dreary days. At least I have these trees to look forward during this week of rain ahead. I hope everyone in the path of the Frankenstorm stays safe, warm, and dry.

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8 thoughts on “five (oops).

  1. Happy blogiversary, Rooster! I’m so glad we’ve gotten the chance to get to know each other — virtually and in real life! All of this looks perfect for fall. Hope Boh feels better; hope you both survive grading and Frankestorm. Stay safe, warm, and well pastried!

  2. A belated happy blogiversary! I’m not a historian, but I agree with you about the usefulness of keeping a blog. It’s really fun to look back years ago and see what I was knitting and how far I’ve come.

    Hope Boh feels better soon!

  3. Happy blogiversary!

    Love the handspun socks. Can there be any better kind?

    The puff pastry has been added to my grocery list. Can’t wait to make this!

    I hate reading that Boh is not well. It breaks my heart when my fur-babies have a problem. I hope he soon will be his usual self.

    Stay warm …

  4. Happy Blogiversary. I’m so glad I discovered your blog, I enjoy reading about all of your goings on.
    Poor Boh, I didn’t know dogs could get conjunctivitis. I do hope he is better soon, though he does look comfy next to you.
    I live in SW Michigan and our leaves are almost gone, they were spectacular while they were here.
    Have a great week. Happy Halloween.

  5. I’m grateful for your blog and having the chance to keep up to date with you in many facets of your day to day life!!!!

    {the apple tart looks fantastic by the way thanks for sharing!}

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