Month: January 2017

A Few Favorite Things: Looking Forward

A Few Favorite Things: Looking Forward

When working sheep with Border Collies every shepherd has a “look back” command. It may or may not be those exact words — or the most common whistle for it — but the intention is universal. Border Collies, by default, do very little looking back. […]

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Dark Days Dinner: Tavern-Style Rump Roast

Dark Days Dinner: Tavern-Style Rump Roast

The solstice has come and gone. The days are lengthening, but the daylight comes in sluggish increments at first. The average daily temperature won’t start rising in earnest again until February and then only in fits and starts until about April. With the distraction of […]

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The Great Winter Rollercoaster of 2016-17

The Great Winter Rollercoaster of 2016-17

Autumn held on longer than I anticipated this year, gracing us with forty and even some fifty-degree weather well into December. Winter peeked out for just over a week mid-month, but otherwise largely left us alone until yesterday. Now, as I write this, my fingers chilled from single-digit morning temps, I’m glad it did and even happier that, according to the weather experts, it will retreat again by early next week. We’ll be left with barely-below or just-above freezing temps for most of the rest of January, depending on the day. Which may not be the forties and fifties we enjoyed last month, but is a world of difference better than dozens of degrees below freezing. (more…)

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