Howl

Spring Buds By David Jacobi

“Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.”

Vladimir Nabokov

The Roundup

View of the new crops through the trees on our acreage

Have you ever looked around in your pantry and wondered what you could make with those various ingredients? Check out SuperCook, where you can search for recipes by entering the ingredients you have on hand. From their About page: “Supercook wants to make life easier for everyone who cooks at home! Our mission is to enable smarter, quicker decisions about what recipes to make and what ingredients to use using advanced technology and all the recipe content on the web. Based in New York, Supercook has a distinct focus on solving the practical problems of modern home cooks: how to waste less food, how to use up perishable or seasonal ingredients and how to keep track of everything in the kitchen.”

It seems I am always making lists of subjects I want to learn more about and included on these lists are usually some movies and shows I want to check out. For the last few months I have been using JustWatch to find where they are streaming on the internet. A handy tool.

Prologue magazine “brings readers stories based on the rich holdings and programs of the National Archives across the nation—from Washington, DC, to the regional archives and the Presidential libraries. Prologue was published quarterly by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for nearly 50 years. The Winter 2017–18 issue was the last printed edition.” A treasure trove of history.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) “leads and facilitates collaboration among administrators in their efforts to reunite unclaimed property with the rightful owner.” Perform a free search to find out if you have some unclaimed money floating around.

The In Between

Lilac Blossoms By David Jacobi

When you are born

It begins

Welcome to the cycle

That includes your death

If you consider

The in between

What can you make of it?

Is there beauty?

Could there be wonder

And joy

With the others

You are with?

There is a window to look through

And a wall to die against

Time well spent

And wasted

Eons came before

And eternity will follow

The time of you

The In Between

2020 By David Jacobi

The Gift

One of my early teachers in elementary school was a short, round and very nice lady named Mrs. Smith. She wore thick glasses that made her eyes always look to be smiling. She seemed almost ancient to me, but as a little kid most people are older than you, some much older. She was very helpful if you had a problem with the schoolwork, and would bend over your desk very close so as to guide you through your trouble. And that is when it became apparent that the only thing wrong with this wonderful, devoted teacher was…her breath. It was horrible, burning your nose and leaving a terrible taste in your mouth, or so it seemed. When she was helping other students up close you could see the different methods deployed by them to avoid it: leaning back, nonchalantly holding a hand over the nose, holding breath. I felt sort of sorry for her, and I wondered if she did not know or maybe didn’t care, but it was just something to put up with because none of us would dare tell a teacher her breath was stinky enough to “gag a maggot” as the saying went. It was not uncommon back then for students to give teachers little gifts, and one day Mrs. Smith had one sitting on her desk, wrapped in pretty paper with her name written on it. She announced she would open the anonymous gift in front us. With a smile she unwrapped the gift and there in her hands was a giant bottle of Listerine. There was some snickering and guffaws as she held it up proudly for all to see, and then gently set it back down on the front of her desk, making sure the label faced the class. She thanked us for a wonderful gift, and started in on the lessons for the day. As the days then weeks went on the bottle continued to sit on her desk where she had placed it, her breath no better, her cheerful attitude unchanged.

Planting, Birds and a Bunny

Crabapple Blossoms By David Jacobi

This spring so far has been a cool one. There have been a few mid 70 and 80 degree days, but not many. We finally finished picking up the sticks and branches blown down over the winter so we could mow the acreage for the first time this year. We have been having fires in our outdoor hearth and in our fire ring as much as possible when the wind is calm. There is so much kindling it will probably take all summer and fall to burn what we have accumulated. Shelly has purchased all of the plants and seeds for the freshly tilled garden but we are going to wait for the current cold spell to pass before we plant. We recently planted bulbs and sweet pea seeds along the southern end of the house and some bulbs along the side of the ditch. The farmers around us are done planting and the crops are just beginning to come up. The birds we have in most abundance around the acreage are robins, followed by finches, swallows, sparrows, grackles and starlings. There are pheasants living all around us, and at dusk we can hear them calling out, joining the chorus of robins we hear every sundown. A few days ago we had a fire in the outdoor hearth and I walked over to where the dogs had been rolling around to pick up a few sticks. Right where I was about to step was a tiny bunny, sitting so still I thought it was dead. I called Shelly over and she picked it up and it blinked and moved a bit in the palm of her hands. She took it to another part of the yard and it hopped away. The dogs walked the area where the rabbit had been sitting, sniffing, wondering how they could have missed it.

Website Review: DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo

I began using DuckDuckGo as my primary internet search engine a couple of years ago after getting fed up with reading the non-stop articles about Google tracking locations, storing search histories, creating advertisement profiles, storing information about apps and all YouTube history, bookmarks, emails and on and on. From the DuckDuckGo About page: “You deserveprivacy. Companies are making money off of your private information online without your consent. At DuckDuckGo, we don’t think the Internet should feel so creepy and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds.” I initially tried comparative searches using the two search engines and was happy with the results from DuckDuckGo. Give it a try.

Low Carb Keto Bagels

Low Carb Keto Bagels

Here is another Keto recipe my wife found online. (Source: Kirbie’s Cravings) We tried them and thought they were delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs divided (reserve one egg for egg wash)
  • 1 ¾ cups superfine almond flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Topping Ideas

  • sesame seeds, shredded cheese or everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together almond flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Add mozzarella to the cream cheese and melt slowly.
  • Add cheese and two eggs into the almond flour mixture and mix well.
  • Lightly coat your hands with oil and divide dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each dough into ropes about 1 inch thick. Form the rope into a circle and pinch the ends shut. Carefully place circle onto lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Place 4 bagels on each baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Add the final egg to a bowl and whisk. Generously brush surface of bagels with egg wash. If you wish to add bagel toppings, add them at this time.
  • Bake one sheet of bagels at a time for about 14-15 minutes in the middle rack of your oven, or until bagels are golden brown.