Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The phone woke me at 10 am, I went back to sleep and finally dragged myself out of bed at 10:40. This NEVER happens....but it was pouring, as it had been all night. The perfect day to sleep late -- although I hadn't intended it. By the time I showered, dressed and put up the coffee, it was almost lunchtime. But before I had my coffee, I grabbed my camera. I've been watching the trees change from day to day and this morning, in the dismal gray weather, they were especially vibrant. If this were a painted scene it would be cornball. Look at that red on the left! With a sigh of relief, I decided I didn't need to go further than the mailbox today -- and since it felt like a soup day, it was the perfect day to try the recipe for Mulligatawny soup someone had posted on another list. I had all the ingredients: red lentils, hot peppers, fresh ginger, fresh cilantro, coconut milk, garlic, onions, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and even gram flour (chickpea flour), which I bought a while ago in case I ever had an urgent need for it. LOL. It pays to be prepared for all eventualities. While I was at it, I made the rest of dinner: ground lamb and pine nut-stuffed eggplant and kale salad. The soup was fragrant and delicious and so was the rest of the meal. The only thing I didn't do was bake - because I had to pay my mother's bills. Till that point, the day was lovely and relaxing. Then I had to take another picture. See those little white dots? Yep. snow. A little while earlier it had been so warm there was thunder. Go figure. I brought the plant in. But let's back up a bit... Last night was my collagraph class and yes, I was too tired to write about it when I got home at 9:30. Our homework was to carve into a plate so we could print intaglio and relief with two colors in one pass. WELL. First of all, I am not fond of sharp instruments. Second, I can carve into that soft rubber stuff with a speedball thing but have never carved into mat board with an exacto knife. So, my plate didn't look like anybody else's. All those other people carved gorgeous, detailed, recognizeable objects. I had lumps. Here is how the lumps printed. Afterwards, teacher gave me a carving lesson and I spent the rest of the evening practicing how to do it the right way. Not sure I really needed to know. Good thing we don't get grades.
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