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A Writer of Independent Means

So, we celebrated Independence Day.  Which doesn’t mean much — we didn’t head out for fireworks (too crowded on the Mall, and I didn’t even realize we *had* a closer-to-us local display until I heard the pounding in the distance…)


But we enjoyed the long weekend nevertheless, folding in:

  • Fourth of July dinner of hamburgers, Tater Tots (what?!?  Our forefathers would have fought a revolution for them!), watermelon, and homemade apple hand pies (verdict — *perfectly* tart for me, needed some sweetener for normal eaters),
  • Knitting and frogging the first eight rows of a new pattern (Teardrop — first the triangular shawl, then the rectangular one) at least forty times before I decided it just wasn’t meant to be my pattern (at least not with the yarn I have, and at least not while I try to watch TV or do anything else),
  • Orphan Black, at least the first season on binge, and a few episodes of the second season, but we aren’t through watching yet, so no spoilers please,
  •  Private Lives, at the Shakespeare Theater, which was thoroughly amusing in a very arched-eyebrow way,
  • a pedicure (notable for the *bright* pink polish on my toes, but most enjoyable for the chance to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in far too long.)

And there was the usual not-enough-reading, and the eating of the season’s first corn, and the watching of baseball, and the gorging on the season’s first cherries, and, and, and…

And now, it’s the workweek again, and I have a chapter of CENTER STAGE staring me in the face.  So, what am I waiting for!  I hope you had a good weekend, and a good long weekend if you were in the States!

Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 7th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Those hand pies look fab! How do you make them?

And I spent most of the weekend installing and arranging my new desk (and the surrounding room).
Jul. 7th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
I cheated and used frozen puff pastry for the crust -- thaw both sheets and roll them out so that the stretch a couple of inches in each direction, then cut them, three by three, into nine regular rectangles. Peel, core, and slice four large Granny Smith apples. Combine the apples, a handful of brown sugar, juice of half a lemon, some cinnamon and some nutmeg in a pot, and cook until the apples are half-cooked. Dollop apples onto dough, pinching the edges closed (decorating the edges with the tines of a fork if you're feeling fancy.) Slash the tops a few times to let steam escape and bake for 30 minutes at 350. Good as dessert or as an indulgent breakfast!
Jul. 8th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh - I totally meant to reply elsewhere - I love, love, love your new desk! May you enjoy many years of productive work there!
Jul. 8th, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Alas, it doesn't seem to have (as yet) solved the problem I hoped it would (correct positioning to reduce the tendonitis strain). I'm still fiddling with chair height and hoping for the best, since it is beauteous.
Jul. 9th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
Sigh... I've found that chair height and armrest height are the greatest factors in my tendonitis. I know there are consultants who will arrange your workspace for you, but I've never checked out how to find them and what they charge.

Good luck!
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