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Apr. 17th, 2009

PC Problems Aplenty

This will be a long post of woe and joy and more woe and more joy and... Well, you get the picture.

For quite awhile now, we've wanted a 2nd computer in the house. When Dawn and I were the only computer users, it wasn't too big of a deal to share the single PC. When Lando started using the computer (to play online Flash games), getting computer time became a bit too difficult. Pretty much anytime one of us would get on the PC, Lando would very quickly run over and declare that he needed to "do some work" (as he put it) on the PC.

So recently we ordered a laptop from Dell. Nothing too fancy, since all it would really need to do is access the Internet.Read more...Collapse )

Feb. 24th, 2009

Still Not Dead

No, I'm not dead. I'm just posting over at SpringfieldLocavore.com. FYI.

Sep. 18th, 2008

Lando's First Joke

We're finally moved into our new house! Well, more or less. We've still got plenty of boxes to unpack, but we can at least find the kitchen, the dining room table, and the beds. However, rather than write about that right now, I'm going to write about something else.

Lando told his first real joke yesterday! He's told many "jokes" in the past, but they tended to be something like this:

LANDO: Daddy! Why did the chicken cross the road?
ME: Why?
LANDO: I don't know! Hahaha! That's so funny!

Okay, he understood the basic structure -- "I say something, Daddy says something, I say something, we laugh" -- but the actual content still left quite a bit to be desired.

Yesterday was different. True, it took him 3 attempts to get the joke right, but he did eventually get it right! Here was his first attempt:

LANDO: Daddy! Why did the chicken cross the road?
ME: Why?
LANDO: To get to the slide! At the playground! Hahaha!
After a brief pause, he realized that he hadn't told it properly, so he tried again:
LANDO: Why did the chicken cross the road?
ME: Why?
LANDO: To get to the playground! Hahaha!

Like a true professional, he didn't let his past failures slow him down! He immediately launched into attempt number 3:

LANDO: Daddy! Why did the chicken cross the playground?
ME: Why?
LANDO: To get to the other slide!
BOTH: Hahaha!
LANDO: Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here through Saturday! Remember to tip your waitress!

Okay, I added that last bit.

Jun. 24th, 2008

A Pumpkin Post

Even if you aren't reading my other blog, you might be interested in reading about Our Volunteer Pumpkin Plant. FYI.

Jun. 20th, 2008

I Am Unique! Are You?

I always thought I was unique. Now it's pretty much official:

LogoThere is
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Follow the link, enter your first and last names, then find out how many people there probably are in the U.S. with that combination of names.

Oh, by the way, my son is unique, too. My wife isn't entirely unique (there are probably 4 Dawn Hartshorns in the U.S.), but she became far more unique when she married me -- there used to be 132 of her.

Jun. 18th, 2008

Come on Over! The Blogging is Fine!

If you haven't already been doing so, you might want to hop over to my Springfield Locavore blog and read what I've been posting. I promise it's not all lettuce pictures. I've got pictures of eggs, cheese, and even chicken!

Actually, I've posted 12 times in the last 4 days over there. Shocking, I know!

Jun. 15th, 2008

No More Lettuce Pictures!

You won't be seeing any more pictures of lettuce or other fresh produce here. I've created a new blog at www.SpringfieldLocavore.com, where I'll be posting all of my locavore-related stuff. I've already copied over the locavore-related posts from this blog, so that there's a bit of content there.

And, if you've been dieing to know what was in the CSA week 5 share, I've already posted an entry about that as well! I've also got several other locavore-related posts already written in mind head, so as soon as I get them transcribed, you'll be able to see them there.

I'll continue to post non-locavore stuff here, of course, so keep checking this site as well!

If you are foolish enough to check on my writings both here and at the new blog, but don't relish the idea of having to remember to check both web sites, you might consider using a feed reader. Two that I've used in the past are Google Reader and Bloglines. If you already are using Google's email, calendar, etc. (as I am), then Google Reader might be the better choice. If not, toss a coin. I've used both, and both are quite good. I'm currently using Google Reader, simply because we can no longer access Bloglines from work. :-( Unfortunately, as I'm writing this, Google seems to be having some major problems, which means Google Reader is unavailable. Presumably it will be back soon.

Anyway, go to one of those services and register, then start adding "feeds". Look on web sites for links that say things like "Subscribe in a reader","Subscribe to my feed" or more cryptically "RSS feed" or "Atom feed". Once you've added feeds to your reader, then you no longer have to visit the various web sites to check for updates. Just go to your reader and it will display for you any new posts.

Be forewarned -- subscribing to feeds is addictive! In addition to feeds for the blogs that I read, I also have feeds for Dawn's Amazon wish list (whenever she adds something, it shows up in my reader), some favorite photographers on Flickr (whenever they post a new photo, it shows up), and similar things. It's quite convenient!

Jun. 13th, 2008

The Jubilee Olde English Faire is Next Weekend

Lord Dirkan Arrives, originally uploaded by Wally Hartshorn.

The Jubilee Olde English Faire is being held next weekend. Here is a photo from last year's event. If you want to see many, many more of them, view the Jubilee Olde English Faire 2007 photos on my Flickr pages.

We've got a picnic to go to on that Saturday (we atheists are using the summer solstice as an excuse to eat food), so we'll be going to Jubilee on Sunday this year. Is anyone else going? We're going to try to be there when things open (10 AM, if I remember right).

Currently, weather.com predicts that Peoria, IL will have scattered thunderstorms on both days, with a high of 82 on Saturday, 79 on Sunday. Of course, that's more than a week away, so who knows what the actual weather will wind up being!

We went to the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire last weekend. I'm hoping to get pictures from that posted this weekend. We'll see. Hold all my calls.

Jun. 10th, 2008

Hill Street Farm CSA Week 4

Here's what was in the fourth week's bag from our Hill Street Farm CSA membership.

The letter said that this week's share included broccoli (yea!), 1 pound of spinach, 1½ pounds of European Mesclun Mix or Rocky Top Lettuce Blend, and garlic scapes.

I think the letter wasn't exactly right. :-) We got the broccoli (yea!), the spinach, and the mesclun mix, but no sign of the garlic scapes. Instead we got a stir fry mix featuring chard and mustard leaves!

If you're like me, "garlic scapes" is a new term. I looked it up and found that it refers to the green tops of young garlic. Later it becomes tougher and lighter in color, but when the garlic is young, the tops are apparently good for making pesto, mixing into scrambled eggs, etc.

But we didn't get any, so never mind.

While we were trying to figure out what everything was, we each took a bite from one of the mustard leaves, not knowing what they were. My first thought was, "well, it's a little bit bitter, but that's about it." Then after a few seconds, "Oh! Okay, wow!" :-)

We still had some lettuce from last week's CSA, as well as the chard stir fry mix, so we've got some catching up to do. Fewer pizzas and more veggies!

As usual, the CSA pickup was at the weekend Old Capitol Farmer's Market. We were out of town, so our good friend (and cat sitter) Jean picked up our CSA share for us.

As a bonus, she also got us a quart of strawberries! (The strawberries are already gone, of course.)

May. 31st, 2008

Hill Street Farm CSA Week 3

We got our the third week's bag from our Hill Street Farm CSA membership. Rather than show you yet another photo of fresh produce, I decided to show you one of the people who is responsible for growing it.

This is Andy Heck of Hill Street Farm. He's at the Old Capitol Farmers' Market every Saturday, distributing CSA shares. So, if you go to the farmers' market and you see him, say "Hi!" He'll be a bit confused, because he won't know who you are, but he's friendly, so I'm sure he'll say "Hi" back. And then try to sell you something good to eat.

As for what was in this week's share, it included Sylvesta lettuce and/or Blushed Butter Cos lettuce (I think we got the latter), one of 3 varieties of radishes (French Breakfast, Cherry Bell, or Easter Egg), Walla Walla Spring onions, and a stir fry mix (featuring chard).

We chose Cherry Belle radishes last week, so this week we chose French Breakfast.

If you want to see pictures, hop on over to the 100-Mile Diet / Locavore set on my Flickr account and take a look.

We'd used up most of the lettuce from last week's CSA, but we hadn't used the chard stir fry mix yet, so we had that for lunch today. Actually, rather than having it as a stir fry, Dawn decided to experiment, boiling it and one of the onions in a vegetable broth, then serving it over shell pasta. It was pretty good! I'm not sure how to describe the taste, other than to say that it reminded me of spinach.

As usual, the CSA pickup was at the weekend Old Capitol Farmer's Market. The only other thing we bought this time was some rhubarb. The rhubarb apple crisp that Dawn made last week was very good, so we're going to have some more!

Oh, and I stopped by the booth that said "Strawberries Soon" last weekend and asked whether they had an update. They did: Strawberries on Wednesday! I can't wait!

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