food, haiga, haiku, photography

I Dig This Challenge

Photographer-poet Patrick Jennings posts a weekly challenge to create something inspired by one of his photos and a single word.  Challenge #219 is posted with a photo and an appropriate haiku (using the challenge word “dig”).  Fortunately for me, it is OK to reuse Patrick’s splendid image in a haiga with my own haiku.
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© Patrick Jennings | Dig ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #219

Low Tide at Seaside Creek Beach
|To dig for clams is why
|we are here, beneath this sky.
|No clams?  No problem!

Two Cheers 😀 😀

The first is for anybody who noticed that changing the haiku’s initial line

To dig for clams … ⇒ Clam digging …

would make the haiku comply with the 5-7-5 rule.  The second is for anybody who noticed that the version of the initial line with 6 syllables has a better rhythm.  The actual editing change was from 5 syllables to 6.  Does that seem like an odd direction to move?

The outside story says that a haiku “is” a 3-line poem in blank verse with syllable counts 5, 7, and 5.  While this story is oversimplified, it is still a good place to start.  (Some haiku poets disagree.)  The inside story is more complex.  Various poets bend or break various rules at various times for various (and often good) reasons.  Tho messier, the inside story is ultimately the better one.  Just ask the clam digger who went home with an empty bucket but a full heart.

food, humor, language, photography

Lime Time

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The color word lime is used for many light or yellowish kinds of green.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime or Light Green

New leaves often display a version of lime.


Actual limes display several versions of lime on the outside and …


… yet another version on the inside.


Got tequila?

Dry Margarita

A bottle of premixed margaritas is convenient, but the contents are too sweet for me.  To get a drier margarita with minimal mixological effort, I use roughly equal amounts of premixed margarita and dry white wine.  Tho admittedly not a world-class margarita, the result is a good no-fuss drink.

food, frugality

Cold Brewing for Old Yankees

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It’s true.  Cold-brewed coffee tastes better.  It also sits better in my aging stomach than hot-brewed.  I drink mostly iced coffee anyway, so heating water and then cooling it down offends my sense of frugality.  Reading an article on cold brewing in Consumer Reports encouraged me to try it but discouraged me from buying any of the fiddly and pricey gadgets reviewed in the article.

Guess what?  It is easy to make really good cold-brewed coffee with cheap gadgets U may already have.

Tho mindful of my carbon footprint and sustainability and such, I dislike permanent mesh coffee filters because they pass sludgy fine particles that paper filters catch.  (I would tolerate the nuisance of washing permanent filters if they were more effective.)  I also had a generous supply of paper filters and did not want to waste them when I switched to cold brewing.

Apart from a fridge and whatever brand of coffee U like, here is all U need for cold-brewing:coffee_350x287

  • shallow cup
  • #4 cone filters
  • coffee measuring scoop
  • stapler
  • large covered pitcher   (The cover should let U pour with the cover on.)

Pull a filter open and use the cup to hold it open.  Measure up to 6 scoops into the filter.  (Maybe U could fit in more after some practice.)  Fold and staple as shown in the photo below.  Unless U like weak coffee, do it again with another filter.  Yet again, if U like strong coffee.


Put the sealed filters in the bottom of the pitcher and fill to a convenient level from the cold tap.  Cover the pitcher and leave it out overnight.  (Diffusion thru paper filters is much slower than dripping thru mesh filters.)  Refrigerate after that, so the coffee will have more hours to diffuse while cooling down from room temperature.

The same common kind of pitcher cover that would let U pour iced tea or lemonade w/o pouring out ice cubes will also let U pour coffee w/o pouring out the filters.  Just leave them in the pitcher until all the coffee is gone.

My 4-quart pitcher has both quart and liter markings; I find it convenient to fill up to the 3-liter mark.  For that much water, I use 2 filters, each with 6 scoops of espresso.  U could start with amounts like these and experiment to find what works for U.

Given the lead time between when cold-brewing starts and when the coffee is ready, having 2 pitchers in the house is helpful.  Buying 2 pitchers still costs less than buying a fiddly cold-brewing gadget.

birds, food, haiku, humor, seasons

Spring from Another Viewpoint

A few seconds near the end of the delightful music video from a CDHK episode have inspired a haiku that looks at a familiar subject from an unfamiliar viewpoint.
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I consulted the plants in my yard for my first response to

Carpe Diem Special #194
A Trip Along Memory Lane — with a twist

but I did not consult my plants this time.  They might be shocked.

Spring from Another Viewpoint
|One fat little bird
|welcomes spring in its own way.
|Cherry buds are food.