Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Beer #1 - Gingerbread Stout


Made with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout captures the terroir of Central Virginia in a rich, creamy libation with a velvety mouthfeel and an intriguing evolution of notes from milk chocolate and vanilla, to honeycomb and cinnamon, to a snap of ginger in the finish. 

This beer was tasty but I couldn't finish it so I give it a 3 out of 5.  I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it; if someone gave me one, I would drink it, but would need to share. (Paul didn't like it at all, so I need someone else to share it with.)

Sunday, January 23, 2022

The List for 2022

I'm a little late with my list this year and I haven't hit 52 items this year.

1.  Tennessee
2.  Seattle - DONE
3.  Dallas, Texas - DONE
4.  North Carolina
5.  Washington, DC
6.  Grand Canyon
7.  Vancouver
8.  Eagle Harbor, MI - DONE
9.  Oxford, Ohio
10. Go to new wineries in Livermore (6) - Bent Creek, 3 Steves
11. Brewery - tasting
12. Distillery - tasting
13. Organize and pare down
14. Work on bread making skills - make new breads
15. Bake a pie with homemade crust
16. Make homemade pasta
17. Make biscuits and gravy - done (December 26, 2022)
18. New recipes
19. Try new beers - tried a few
20. Story Corp interviews
21. 1SE  (one second everyday) project - done
22. Participate in the A to Z Challenge
23. Work on scanning old pictures
24. Work on scanning WWI era letters - Done
25. Finish watching Tom Baker episodes with Nevada
26. Watch the Prisoner
27. Hang pictures in the house
28. Finish Count of Monte Cristo
29. Walk 1,000 fit bit miles - 841.22
30. Take a bike ride
31. Picture diary (once a week)?
32. $1 finds
33. Send a postcard / letter / card to someone ...
34. Finish Grinch quilt
35. Knit a blanket
36. Make pillow cases
37. Refinish towel rack / quilt rack
38. Make a quilt for Jack and Abram
39. Make a new soup
40. Do the 100 day project

52. Make a list for 2023...

and as always, eat less, exercise more.

When I come up with more things, I will update the list.  

It has been an interesting January -- will post about that later.


Sunday, January 2, 2022

2021 Update

Here's my update on my list from last year.  Not a great completion rate.


Completed #s 1 and 3.  I had wanted to do more visiting but that didn't work out, what with moving and COVID and all that.  


Completed 11 & 14.  I probably should have looked at my list more to remember to do the things on the list.


Completed 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, and 30.  I posted daily pictures (well mostly) which increased my blog posts.  Here's the 1SE project.

I interviewed my grandsons for my Story Corp interviews.  I scanned some of the old pictures and scanned some of my grandfather's WWI era letters.  I also finished hemming the curtains at our house before we moved.


Completed 31, 37 & 40.  I've done a ton of reading on my Kindle; I started the Count of Monte Cristo -- still need to finish it up.  I did the picture diary -- about 1 picture a day.  I think I'll probably keep doing that this year.  I did send a few cards out.


Completed 42, 46.  Again, didn't get very far on these.  I am almost done with the Grinch Quilt.  Next year it will definitely be done.  Yay!

So that's it.  I completed 16 out of 52 -- or I will once I make my list for 2022.  I am starting to work on the list.  I want to pick things that I really want to do and then do them.

Last year, my niece did a cheese tasting thing (where they tried lots of different cheeses) and that seemed like a pretty good thing.  I won't do cheese because that's a copy cat thing -- however, there are other things I could work on trying.  Just trying to come up with something.

Week 52 : Dec 24 - 31

Dec 24

Dec 25

Dec 26

Dec 28

Dec 31


Week 50 : Dec 10 - 16

Dec 10 - Gingerbread house

Dec 11 - bread - final rise

Dec 12 - chilling out 

Dec 13 - rainy day


Week 51 : Dec 17 - 23

 Dec 17

Dec 18 - Christmas Sleighs

Dec 19 - making cinnamon bread 

Dec 20 - early morning moon

Dec 21

Dec 23

2024 : Week 11 - March 11 - 17

    March 11 - llama socks     March 13 - swimming         March 14 - hanging at the pool       March 15       March 16 - easter smashpillow...