Monthly Archives: December 2013

Doing the osso buco switcheroo

Today is officially the first day of winter. (Here in the Greater Daglan Area, it’s sunny and cold, with the temperature hovering around freezing — thanks for asking.) And of course, Christmas is getting awfully close. So you’re probably wondering … Continue reading

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Our Christmas tree gets pretty

It’s done. We have a Christmas tree that’s decorated and — so far — our cat Scooter has not attacked it. In fact, he hasn’t even shown any interest. In fairness, we’re having some work done on the house, and … Continue reading

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Winter wins the tug of war

Just a bit more than a month ago, I posted an article about the somewhat spring-like weather that our village of Daglan had been enjoying. I called it “Hello autumn, hello spring (where’s winter?),” and illustrated it with a close-up … Continue reading

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Our Christmas tree: We get real

For this coming Christmas, we decided to make a brave decision about having a tree, despite our cat. So we have bought an actual Christmas tree, and have placed it in our actual house, where our actual cat Scooter could … Continue reading

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My fast French Peking Duck

As November drew to a close in our village — sometimes rainy, sometimes just overcast, usually cold — there’s lots of  time for thinking. How much firewood will we go through this winter? What will be on the menu for … Continue reading

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