April 30th, 2018


Monday Update 4-30-18

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 3, 2018
Poem: "You Sure Do Change the Future"
Poem: "Something Dark in Me"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "Escape from the Loneliness"
Poem: "The Sugar Witch"
Friday Yardening
Climate Whiplash
Read "A Well of Sorrows"
Unsold Poems from the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl
Thursday Yardening
Emotional Intimacy Question: Changing Childhood
Review: Choceur Hazelnut Crunch
Read "Hugo Lightfingers"
Good News

Read the poem "Desperate Measures" and its notes on characters, locations, and content.

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, May 1 with a theme of "neurodiversity." Make a note on your calendars, starting thinking of prompts, and I hope to see you then!

Poetry in Microfunding:

"Energy, Made Visible" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Dr. G thinks of a way to make it worth Shiv's effort to answer some introductory therapy questions. Shiv is warily intrigued.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask. Damask and Farce find out what's up with the Scream.

The weather has been mild here, intermittently sunny and gray. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of mourning doves, several cardinals, some dark-eyed juncoes, some brown-headed cowbirds, several blackbirds, a starling, a blue jay, a downy woodpecker, and a rabbit.  Robins, red-winged blackbirds, and brown thrashers have been out combing the grass for insects.  I also saw a blue-gray gnatcatcher in the savanna.  In bloom: daffodils, scilla, white hyacinths, violets, blue grape hyacinths, forsythia, pear, gold currant, blue windflowers, and sundry others.  Lilacs, cherries, and honeysuckle have buds.  I bought a lot of native plants recently and have been planting those.

Review: Chocolate and Sangria

Tonight we enjoyed two goodies:

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Orange Peel 56% Cocoa -- This is a yummy little candy bar at 1.4 oz. The chocolate is dark and creamy, not bitter, really a nice choice when you have people who don't like dark and people who don't like milk sharing a bar. The orange peel is crunchy little candied bits, also not bitter, and very orangey. I would not mind getting this again even though I'm neither a fan of dark chocolate nor orange peel. Recommended.

Sangría Señorial -- This is a nonalcoholic sangria. I've had the regular kind and just was not impressed. But this has all the yummy parts of wine without the sour/bitter notes or the burn of alcohol. It's also way better than the nonalcoholic wine I've tried. It's a deep red-brown color, fizzy like soda, and just a little sweet. It doesn't taste quite like soda or like wine, or even like grape juice. It's really its own thing. We got this from a guy who works at a local Mexican restaurant, and he warned us that it takes a minute or two to get used to the flavor, so give it a few sips before deciding whether or not you like it. It reminds me a bit of the oddball Italian flavors. I have to wonder if this sangria would mull well, and I'm quite sure it would be spectacular in the many "punch" and "wassail" blends that call for wine or sherry. So this has become our favorite replacement for wine. If you need a nonalcoholic celebratory beverage, I highly recommend this one.