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Today we are supposed to learn about composting. I’m sure composting is a good idea for some people, but I’m not going to compost. My dear dad dabbled in composting, or at least I remember something about him going out to stir the compost pile. I also remember that it attracted a variety of vermin even though he was very careful about what he composted. We don’t live on a farm. We live in the city with an alley behind us. Alleys attract vermin of the most despicable kind and there is no way in hell that I am inviting them to dine on my leftovers.
Today, more or less, around 1453BC, the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and the Renaissance era was believed to have been begun. Obviously, without Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube it took some time for it to go viral. In any case, Da Vinci is one of my favorite renaissance men. I love reading the letter he sent to the Duke of Milan when he was applying for a position, especially the last line….”I can further execute sculpture in marble, bronze or clay, also in painting I can do as much as anyone else, whoever he may be”
It’s also Coq Au Vin Day. It sounds so exotic, so fancy, so French, but I guess it comes down to sticking a rooster in a pot and covering it with a little wine. If you don’t have a rooster, a chicken will do. Well, it’s a little more complicated than just finding a rooster or chicken to boil, as the recipe has a lot of steps to follow. I have seen simple Coq Au Vin recipes, but I want the real deal. Time to make reservation at a French restaurant.
Today’s birthdays include Bob Hope (1903), John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917), and Annette Bening (1958). If your birthday is today, a big happy birthday to you!
If you made toast today in a pop-up toaster, be sure to give a shout out to Charles Strite, who invented and patented the pop-up toaster in 1919. When I chaired my last auction at Cole’s school, a very fine stainless steel toaster was donated. My sweet mother wanted it. She thought it would be fine enough for her and her toast. In order to make sure my bid was the winner, as auction chair, I had to go to extreme measures. No one complained, of course, because they knew that if they did I would suggest that they chair the next auction.
Speaking of my sweet mom, she is hopping on Amtrak and will arrive in 7 days and I can’t wait. I am looking forward to her help with figuring out curtains for my bedroom and the lighting fixture for my bathroom! And, of course, we shall do lunch! We love to do lunch.
Cole will be home in 3 1/2 days. This New Orleans trip has lasted forever. It’s time for that child of mine to be sleeping in his own bed. College will come soon enough but until then, he is mine! Well, mine with a car and friends but I can live with that (sort of)….
This is my favorite “find” today:
This post makes me wonder if you compost, or have ever eaten Coq Au Vin. Do you like your toast lightly toasted or on the darker side? Odd Loves Company!