Because of Winter

snowprintOver here in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, March came in like a lamb and it’s going out like a lion. Of course, I’ve already cleaned and stored away my down coat, quilted bibs, and other cold weather gear. Rather than have to wash them again, I’m making do with multiple layers of spring and summer clothes until the last frosty lion of her pride has sauntered north. Continue reading Because of Winter

Dark Chocolate, Manchego Fudge

bagheera volunteering to helpA short time ago, while fixing a roll-out cupboard, I found an unopened tin of powered, dark chocolate lost in the shadows of the ‘way-back’. Just a few feet away, in the refrigerator, sat a hunk of Manchego cheese my cousin had brought home that very same week and, there I was in a kitchen with a stove. Call it serendipity. Call it destiny. I was not going to let this moment of culinary kismet pass without attempting to make a candy, Continue reading Dark Chocolate, Manchego Fudge

Good-Bye Little Buddy

spark plug wire, damagedEven though I’d fixed the spark plug wire on Bruno and it seemed to be running better, it’s not. Yesterday, I was left with one more inexpensive fix to try.

I got in my car this morning with the intention to drive it another 40 miles around town, to reach the magic goal of pushing 100 miles worth of gas through my injectors to prove or remove a fuel clog. Continue reading Good-Bye Little Buddy

Catheryn-stein’s Mattress

Back to van life, with just a few adjustments. The most exciting being a change in my snoozing situation.

For these last six months, I’ve had the good fortune to sleep on a most comfy bed I inherited from a friend. Upon it I’ve enjoyed a sweet night’s sleep and some lovely naps. It’s one of those ‘just right’ things. The problem: the mattress width is 38 inches and the van bed space is 26. Continue reading Catheryn-stein’s Mattress