Of course it's pretty silly to have a digital web log about life in the analog continuum, because when go I off the digital grid-- this space goes silent.
Some random things:
I have amazed myself by growing the quintessential summer food:
After years of experimenting with cooking corn, I've decided that the very fresh stuff (less than 1 hour off the plant) should be only boiled and eaten with butter and salt. Of course there is a huge discussion about how many minutes to boil. If I google "how long" the first suggestion I get is "how long to boil corn" followed by "how long to boil corn on the cob." Maybe this is just a Midwest thing. Could somebody not in the American Midwest google "how long" and tell me what suggestions you get?
I stick by 7 minutes, but I see this is now considered overcooking.
After eating corn and canning tomatoes, we flew to Montana to visit Family. First I stopped where I grew up.
Then we took every type of road possible in a giant loop through part of the state, were revisited by the VIRUS that took down my younger son, stayed in a non-electric 1930's Forest Service Cabin, visited more family while in Glacier National Park, plunged in icy cold streams, searched for ultra-rare yarn, and lodged in a 1950's hotel where the Sip-n-Dip bar looked underwater into the swimming pool.
I know I'm odd, but one thing I can't get out of my head is the wood cook stove in our Forest Service cabin. There is just about nothing more lust-inducing for an analog-orineted, pyromaniacal, former historical archaeologist, cooking fanatic than this:
I was so preoccupied by demanding kindling, stoking the fire box, adjusting the damper, shaking the coals and moving the pans around (all while also heating water on a Coleman Stove) that I forgot to take a picture. Too much excitement for a photo-op.
Good thing my digitally-capable son took a stove/family video with his I-Pod.
And don't forget to google "how long" and let us know what people in your google-hood are wondering about.