Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Triumph of Seeds”

I’m just going to start off with this: Wow.. just wow. I had NO idea there could be so much information, speculation and history about something so small, something in which is all around us in many forms, something in which (as i eat my bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, flax and chia seeds in it..) we may unknowingly overlook everyday.

Seeds!

And this book “The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson will quickly take the ‘overlooking’ out of your day.

You will find that seeds are just as complicated, and fascinating as they may have once seemed simple and boring to you. I have thrown many seeds into dirt, between landscaping and gardening; but only now do I find myself looking a little closer at exactly what is occurring as they sprout. I find myself inspecting them before I plant them, even wondering how long they have sat dormant before I put them into the ground.

Did you know that “Some species persist in the soil for decades, sprouting only when the right combination of light, water and nutrients make conditions right for plant growth.” p.xxiv

Everything Else · Idle Hands · quilting

Idle Hands: “My contribution to a mini quilt swap”

A Quilters guild that I had been a member of before I moved, had a large number of quilters who lived all across the United States. During one of our meetings I heard that we had a sign up sheet for a mini quilt swap. I decided to join and see what I could come up with, then I realized that it was a secret swap in which you had no contact to your recipient until you finished. We were all given the Instagram name of our partner and had to go off of clues they left you there or just come up with your own idea.

Book Reviews · Everything Else · Outdoor Wanderings

A great book to embrace your cabin fever and a few reflections on my so-called childhood ‘fort’. Book review:”Winter World. The ingenuity of animal survival”

When I started writing this, there was at least a foot of fresh snow on the ground with more in the forecast and the animals were heading back to doing whatever it is they do during this time of the year. Yet a week ago it was pushing 60 degrees in winter and I was in a t-shirt dreaming of small mouth bass fishing.

I began wondering if they were now suddenly confused. Did they animals start to think it was the beginnings of spring? Hungrily eating all of what they had stored in joy, hopping out of their shelter in anticipation that it was April. Only to find that when the temperature dropped to a chilly 10 degrees the next day, they would return to their barren dens, and immediately question those poor life decisions they made in haste? Or did they know better. Did they instinctively know that this was just a freak occurrence? Just a brief three day warm up so they can look for stale bagels and old french fries at the bottom of a parking lot dumpster in suburbia?

Everything Else · In The Kitchen

In the Kitchen: “Vegetable Barley Soup” and some tips for creating a clear barley soup

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love to cook, and those same people also know that while I will give anyone a recipe to anything I make… It isn’t always so simple because I don’t always have them written down.

(And then I hear “so.. I don’t measure anything? Just toss it in? And cook it for how long? Until it’s done?? what kind of answer is that?!”😂😂😂)

So Bare with me because this recipe is kind of one of those.

But it’s worth it, and it’s very versatile.

Also Remember none of this is set in stone so use whatever vegetables you have on hand, whatever spices you like and season it to taste.

Book Reviews · Entomology 101 · Everything Else

Book Review: “Caddisflies – A Guide to Eastern Species for Anglers and other Naturalists”

For some of us the idea of expanding our knowledge is so great that it trumps everything else in the world, and this book is one of those must have in your library.

I’ve heard once or twice when I recommended this book to someone “what? but isn’t that too much information? maybe it’s a little bit overkill? How could somebody write such a huge book about something as little as caddisflies?”

and then… They opened it up 😍

Book Reviews · Everything Else

Book Review: “The Mountain Story”

This book is not told as the events happen, this book is told by the main character “Wolf “who has decided he can no longer keep secret anymore, the story of what happened up on the mountain and decides to write it down for his son to read.

This book reminds you just how little you know of another person and what is going on in their life. How put together somebody may seem on the outside has nothing to do with what is going on on the inside. And is one of those that you will re read later on so to get a better grip of what just went on in the pages when it was all over; and you sat there saying to yourself… “Holy crap.”

Everything Else · Fly Tying · quilting

Idle Hands: “Weighed Fly Tying Scrap Bags”

When you get tired of constantly having to drag the garbage can over at home and making a mess at tying shows, you break out that sewing machine and sew some weighted scrap bins! I will have these for sale online and at shows in many different patterns including flies, trout, bass, camping, ect. Close… Continue reading Idle Hands: “Weighed Fly Tying Scrap Bags”

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Book Review: “Free Men”

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve heard from enough people and have been in enough book clubs, that I know readers who think a book isn’t as good if there isn’t some kind of an ending that makes you say “oh my god that was crazy wow holy crap what the?!” 😂 Not to say those aren’t… Continue reading Book Review: “Free Men”