I’ve been avoiding this like the plague, but here goes: I’M FULL. I’m existentially FULL. Stuffed to the gills.
And, I’m as busy. I’m busy doing the things that I’m supposed to be busy doing and it is leaving me unable to think of wonderful new delicious things with which to be busy. And even if I thought of them I’d be too busy to photograph and write about them. Alas, paid work and mothering is taking a front seat to my unpaid ramblings.
Instead of just embracing that and looking around at the new and exciting situation, I’ve been fretting about neglecting PIE, and by extension, you.
Since this is not a mommy blog. I’m not going to blog instead about my day to day happenings. I promise. But I did just want to say this:
PIE isn’t going anywhere. Occasionally, I’ll throw some fun new recipes up here, so sign up for the email alerts and you’ll be the first to know. But they will be slightly less frequent. Approaching PIE’s 4th birthday, it is hard to believe that I posted 3 times a week for a few years. Now, I’m lucky to squeeze in 1 per week.
You might see some changes on PIE when you do visit. There are over 350 posts on this blog and they are not too easy to navigate unless you know what you are looking for. I’m spending some mental energy on fixing that. So if you see something new, let me know what you think. And don’t have a heart attack on my behalf if it looks like PIE went KABOOM. Last week I made the whole she-bang disappear for 3 hours with the push of a button. But here we are again. No risk, no reward. I might have to mess it up rather thoroughly, and make a bunch of mistakes to accomplish what I want to accomplish. But I have this rather strong desire to confront the technology I have been so blithely using for 3 years and see how it really works. This will all likely result in a rather expensive call to a site developer to clean up my mess. But rest assured that I have ample back-ups and will get it all straight eventually. However, if you cannot live for a few weeks without a banana nut bread recipe, you might want to print it or save it because I cannot promise that it will be sitting where it is supposed to at any given moment. Three hours later, yes. But, maybe not at the exact moment that you need it.
One million blogging “experts” agree that you are not supposed to make excuses for not posting. But if you have taken the time to make any of my recipes or read my posts, I consider you a friend. And friends don’t leave each other hanging. So, don’t worry about me. I’m here and I am well. I’m just busy as popcorn in a hot skillet.
Just for fun, some of the things with which I have been occupying my food time might interest you. I have my little cinder-block garden in full Spring swing. I have tomatoes and potatoes and herbs growing like mad. I had a ton of dill, but I have given that over completely to a dozen caterpillars which I believe will turn into swallow-tail butterflies. I just couldn’t evict them. I thought I could. But, I couldn’t. Thankfully, I’m not too crazy about dill. If it were my basil at risk, the outcome could have been different.
I also finally built a compost bin and it is huge. We had several panels of grid-wall sitting around doing nothing and I re-purposed them into a big box secured with nothing more than zip-ties. It is a rather cool design because one whole panel just sits on top, again with zip-ties for the hinges, so I can keep creatures out. Of course the dogs dig in the side to try to get the yummy decaying food scraps but I’m judging that to be “help with turning the pile,” so I just shovel what they paw out right back onto the top of the heap. Every evening I visit my new bin with a bowl of egg shells, coffee grounds, and vegetable scraps and so far it is working gang-busters. Best yet, I was able to salvage a minimum of 8 bags of leaves from the bulk trash pile which will now become part of my garden. I’m also trying very hard to reduce my water usage and to collect clean water that I use in the kitchen to water my garden. For instance, I saved the water from boiling corn on the cob, let it cool down, and watered my tomatoes with it.
The drought is on my mind and my mother and my Aunt Betty are both turning their lives upside down to challenge themselves to save and re-use water when they can. I’m in! There is a bowl in the sink at all times to collect veggie rinsing water, for instance. No running the water when you brush. Hand watering plants. Once one makes it into a personal challenge, it is actually quite fun. This is something we ALL need to do. Eliminating the long hot shower will be my crucible though. My hometown of Wichita Falls published this great list of 100 Ways to Save Water, in case you need some ideas of ways to get started. The local paper, The Times Record News, is daily publishing on the front page a reader tip about how to save water. We all need to do this. I showed you the photos of the lake where I used to live. We were playing football in the lake bed.
Back to the technology game with which I have been occupied for PIE. WordPress is the software I use for this blog. Then there is a “theme” that gives it structure and puts all of the posts and things where they are supposed to go. I want to change the theme to a different one, and add a new “child theme” that provides further structure. Plus, I’m going to start using a “plug-in” that formats the recipes as you saw it in the last post. I use a lot of those, but this one codes the recipe for “rich snippets,” an evil but genius data tagging notion that lets Google know that the content is a recipe and not a movie review, for instance. Plus, I want to add a “slider” that will show older recipes right at the top all of the time, so we can all be inspired to go back and try them. I’m going to simplify the site and change the appearance a bit. The trouble is, it is all totally new to me. It is a huge learning process. Fortunately I have help. But I’m pleased to get to play with it all. It is fun. It is like renovating a house, but from my desk…and with code instead of nails. Are you still reading? Can you believe I get a kick out of this? I do.
It is all FUN! I like new challenges. There are a million more that just don’t fit in this space. Be well. Be happy. Keep cooking. Come visit PIE. Also, come visit me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. I’m still here. I’m just being a little bit quiet for a change.
And, if you think I have a green thumb you are incorrect. My yard is a mess. I shoot my garden with a macro lens so you can only see the pretty stuff and not the mess that surrounds it. Small steps in the direction of greatness, I’ll say.