Pancakes

I’m picky about pancakes. I heartily dislike most restaurant offerings, tasteless, plate-spanning platters of half-cooked batter that serve as nothing more than topping delivery devices. My Mom’s were the best, feather light with a slight crispness around the edges. She used Bisquick mix, made no additions, and didn’t do anything special that I could see Read More …

Art in the (State) Park

Well, maybe not art in the sense of a mural, statue, or even graffiti. But there is so much stray stuff–stones, branches, bits of garbage–scattered around the trails and lakeshore, and sometimes people mess about with it, then leave it for other people to find.   X marks the spot–such a simple thing. For all Read More …

Bonsai Progress cont’d

Last month, I attended a Tropical Bonsai Workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. A month had passed since the Beginning Fundamentals class ended, and my job since then had been to keep the ficus outdoors and make sure it was well-watered and fertilized. Over the weeks, I trimmed the larger leaves to encourage back-budding (the growth Read More …