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happy new year!

Closed out the old year by checking off one neglected project off the list- finally bottling that wildberry wine that’s been wanting attention for, oh, way too long.  As usual, the thing I put off went relatively quickly and painlessly- a good reminder to just do it already!

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Before and after…


Tart and tangy, but with a kick!

New Years Eve was bittersweet- spent the beginning with some neighbors, making veggie tacos, and then some doubles ping-pong (I’m terrible but it’s fun no less).  The fella brought Loki to the studio, and I took the crazy pup for a walk and let him romp with Zeus in the yard to get the two of them some much needed exercise, then each got a chicken leg for a New Year’s treat.  Back to the studio for some chinese takeout with the fella, as was always our tradition.  Then I rang in the New Year with a solo cup of champagne and a beer in the basement bunker of our neighbors at VK farm as fireworks and semi-automatics went off all over the west side, then when I deemed all the bullets had come down, called it a night and walked home for bed.  Had hoped to go up north to a friend’s party, but the weather just wasn’t conducive to that, and I’m trying to take it easy on myself as I’m still getting over being sick a couple days ago.

We’re getting our winter’s biggest snowfall for New Years… it’s gorgeous, although not the best moving weather… was hoping to get the rest of my stuff into the house today and tomorrow but will have to roll with the punches and drift with the snowdrifts, and focus on organizing what’s here and trying to get a toasty fire going.  Sounds terrible, I know.  Cheers everyone, and here’s hoping for good things in 2014!

Fermentation, Transformation, and Retreat


I like this idea… but don’t like buying stuff when I can alter something I already have to do the trick. I’ll post pics of the experiment when my camera is back online (I’ve recently been hit with a double-whammy technology mutiny of laptop-meltdown and camera-on-strike… hopefully a new battery will bring the camera back, but the laptop has been pronounced dead. Memorial services forthcoming, after I return the refurbished hard drive that did not resurrect it. Sigh.).
So… plastic jar lid + holesaw + drill should = bungable mason jar, $0. Hooray! Time to go raid the airlock and stopper drawer! Yes, we have one of those. Or rather, two. A whole drawer of each. I know. It’s a sickness… I call it Hobby Disorder, or other more colorful but FCC-banned epithets when I’m frustrated with trying to impose order on our oft-chaotic and crammed-to-the-gills with mostly-useful-but-often-in-the-way-or-superfluous-stuff studio…

I dream of an uncluttered space but I don’t think it will ever happen, at least not here, and certainly not now. I look at craigslist ads for yurts the way some folks dream of a time share in the tropics- escape! Tranquility! Exotic destinations! For me that would be just a little fabric room out back that will have NOTHING IN IT… ok, maybe some candles and a tatami mat. A girl can dream, right? I’d take a strawbale studio too… I’m not picky. With a rocketstove cob bench and a desk in front, I would never have frozen writer’s fingers again!



Instead, for now I’ve got the Frigid Future Pantry Bathroom office (current temperature, a frosty fourty-eight degrees Farenheit, but it could be worse…)- a computer on a tabletop perched on the claw-foot tub, as it’s waay too cold to shower at the house till the spring. Thank goodness for our cozy studio two blocks away with a full bathroom… and also for lots of blankets, the woodstove, and buckets and buckets of scrap wood to burn to take the chill off…

But back to fermentation talk… we’ve got an exciting brewing event coming up next week… most likely Wednesday, 12/12/2012!, we’ll be brewing a batch of New CapitALE: to celebrate transformation, flux, and future festivities… the beer will be brewed and ferment at the New Capitol gallery (3114 W. Carroll) and will be kegged in time for the January 6th open studio! Stay tuned for more details about this delicious performance piece! Our dear friends (and one a future neighbor! we hope we hope…) will be rocking the crowd with a life-size Alligator puppet (A. is the head, and B. is the butt… delightful ladies both! And a damn fine alligator, I’m certain). They’ll go on around 9, and we’ll be brewing from 6ish till we’re done. Stop by! Celebrate the beginning of the world with us!