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Saturday, July 26, 2003  
Dept. of Justification
Today I went and did the big grocery shopping so as to put right the huge vacuum in our refrigerator/freezer after the couple of days of no power. Nothing like a fresh start I always say! No no - that's not it. Just that nature abhors a vacuum and there was nothing to eat in the frig.

In an effort to justify having bought the food grinder attachment for my KitchenAid, I made sausage today. Yeah, it was like a gazillion degrees in the kitchen, so I worked fast and kept everything in the frig while not in use. And I cooked all the resulting sausage up right away. Froze some and kept some in the frig to put into sauce tomorrow.

Making sausage isn't for the squeemish just because you have to work with raw meat, but it's quite easy otherwise. My recipe came from the newly-arrived Penzeys catalog. Their recipe, which urged the reader to make creative changes called for duck breast. In my shopping adventures today I found a great deal on turkey breast, so that was decided right then and there. Some freshly ground meat, some spices and herbs, a little wine and bam - you have sausage.

Tomorrow sauce and meatballs to replenish the freezer.

Written at: 9:24:53 PM

Friday, July 25, 2003  
You may not know this, but before I was a quilter, I was a calligrapher. I studied for several years with a professional calligrapher and did all sorts of certificates, signs, cards and framed pieces. So you can understand the pitter patting of my heart when a stray CNN link lead me to this. Whoa baby - upclose and personal with a copy of the Gutenberg Bible. Even though the book was, after all, the first undertaking in moveable type as illustrated here, the quality of the font used and of course the fine nature of the illuminations and rubrics just makes my heart sing.

So thank the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin for making the decision and using technology so all of US can enjoy this milestone in history.

Written at: 12:04:58 AM

Wednesday, July 23, 2003  
"2003 Google - Searching 3,083,324,652 web pages"

Wow. I knew I was a small dot in the online world but I'm proud to be one of the 3 billion plus! Thanks Google for making me both findable and timely! Thanks Designweenie for bringing it to my attention.

Written at: 2:24:47 PM

Tuesday, July 22, 2003  
We survived the strong winds and rain last night but were without power and may still be yet. I took my cues from the cats. They didn't seem concerned most of the time and when they were worried, I paid attention too. Lot of damage in the Nassau NY area including some structures damaged but towards home, some trees down, lots of branches and leaves and melting refrigerators. Whew. Quite a storm. So much lightning that it looked like daylight outside.

Written at: 2:28:19 PM

Monday, July 21, 2003  
Rachel on her way to the well.
Little more progress here this weekend. I think the sheep are turning out pretty well. They can't be real black-faced sheep but this gives you an idea. And in the far green area you can see just a hint of the other shepherds waiting with Jacob at the well.

Written at: 1:13:49 AM

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