We have the best squirrels in our yard. When Regis was making his list of things to do this morning before I went to work, I said to add "take pictures of the squirrels". We have a pair (siblings? husband and wife?) of white-eared squirrels that seem to be around every winter. I don't know much about squirrel habits so whatever. They are certainly healthy looking this time of year with sleek coats and fat tails. They sure keep busy.
I got a birthday box in the mail from Cousin Deb. It smelled delicious as I opened it and it contained three huge bath bombs and some assorted bath things from a company called Lush. Regis, ever curious, called me at school to tell me I had a package delivered, then looked it up online. He sent a text later that said it looked like little kids made soap out of their dead pets. Where does he get this stuff?
After many beautiful days in a row, the sky darkened and it rained a little today. The sky looks November-ish but so far, no snow. I hear they are under a winter storm watch in North Dakota. Poor souls. Time to start making potato dumplings and lard soup.
Speaking of lard, I was in the coffee shop today and noticed they had a sign for lefse: $12.95 a package. I hollered over at a friend of mine to ask if her son was coming down from Fargo this weekend. He gets the same lefse for $4.00 a package. I ordered five packages to get me through the holidays although lefse is a dangerous thing to keep in the house. Some of my family has learned to like it with sugar. I have cousins who are sugar-eaters but my family was not. We were lefse purists. Butter and maybe a piece of turkey but no sugar. Now I have to serve lefse on two plates...sugar and non-sugar. Harrumph.
I sort of wish I had the gumption to make lefse as I used to but I don't. It's in the category with counted cross stitch and hitch hiking: things I did in my youth but wouldn't consider doing now.
Regis and I are trying to plan our weekend. We have several choices for Saturday night:
- A quiet dinner at our favorite romantic spot, Papageorge in Mankato.
- A raucous show at Patrick's by the Irish rock group the Durty Nellys.
- A folk concert at the Bothy by a group called Sweety Patootie.
There are definite +s and -s to each but we're leaning toward #1. As much as I'd love to see the Durty Nellys, it would require a quality nap, staying up until midnight, a tolerance for a large crowd, and probably more wine than would be good for me. A guy just can't deal with that much stimulation without self-medicating.