Old Bones

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Its well into October now. Celtic Colours is in full swing here in Cape Breton. People visit from all over to drive the Cabot Trail and take pictures of the landscape bursting in flaming reds, oranges and yellows. The air is sweet with the mulchy scent of dying plants & acrid with woodsmoke. The weather is cool but sunny. Its the best month of the year.

Im sitting here eating bone marrow spread thin on cream crackers and having a glass of nice German wine from the Mosel valley. Am I not the fanciest motherfucker who ever did live? For lunch I had apple juice and a kitkat bar so I guess it evens out….

Yesterday I made some bone broth, because I have been craving onion soup. But for real onion soup, with good dark broth, sweet onions, lots of red wine and gooey cheese. So I roasted some beef bones, making sure to collect the marrow that had melted into the pan below. Liquid gold.

I was going to include a recipe for bone broth here but its pretty straight forward so I wont bother. But you should give it a go, its cheap and makes your house smell so, so, so so , so so , sosososososo.. so good.

We have been binging episodes of Hannibal lately and I think maybe he has inspired something in me. I’ve been craving nice wine and the sweet soft butter that lives inside bones. Hopefully this is as far as his influence goes, being a serial killer seems like a lot of effort.

 

Hurricane Matthew went through here last week, causing massive flooding and pulling down enormous trees all over Cape Breton. We made out just fine though, thankfully! We lost power & water but we had fun in the morning cooking up sausages and pancakes on the new woodstove. Then checking social media we felt immediately guilty for having fun, because a lot of other people had horrible flooding in their houses.

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Apple pancakes! While CB was cooking I wandered around the immediate neighborhood assessing the damage, picking up debris, and collecting all the apples that had blown off the tops of the apple trees. Im going to make HURRICANE JELLY! Yeaaah! We then made apple pancakes, my favourite.

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In order to flush the toilet we collected water from the old well beside Joans house. This is a picture I took while thinking about all the ghosts of dead settler children must be haunting this creepy fucking well 1 minute before I fell into it. The plywood beneath me was rotten and gave out under me. Luckily my butt stopped my fall. Its so handy. That would have really ruined my day. Sweetpea would NOT have Lassie’d me out of that situation for sure.

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A few days before the hurricane blew all our shit all over the backyard and made everything in our fridge rot, we had BEAUTIFUL weather! CB & I did a hike on gull cove road to take pictures of mushrooms and to tire out Sweetpea. She is such a bog dog. She is happiest when either sleeping in bed between us or racing around like a psychopath covered in muddy bog water. Here she is majestically leading the way into the forest.

I stopped approximately every 1.47 minutes to take a picture of a “cool” mushroom. By the end of the walk I had a sore neck and 300 pictures of mushrooms. Here is 1% of the mushroom pictures I took. Those golden yellow beauties are chanterelles. They are the only mushroom I am confident in recognizing, so I put them in my wool kitten ear hat to carry them home. I forgot them until 4 days later when I put my hat on my head and wondered what all the hard lumps were. Oops.

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Well.. I think thats the end of this blog. Bye!

 

“Folly On, Folly On”

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Yo yo yo

Some coffee, some omelettes, some pretty trees, and some news!

CB and I are going to move to Cape Breton in November!!

This island is one of the most gorgeous places on the entirety of planet Earth, but after two and a half years it’s about time to move on. We will miss so many things, so much. We made some really, really good friends here, who I hope keep me in their life because I want to keep them. In a little box, in the attic, forever. Nice and safe.. nice and safe.. my precious……. But if you know us, you know we suffer from a chronic case of itchy feet. I’m not just talking about the fungus, Im talking about the push for new stuff to see and do. It feels sad, but also really deep down good, to think about the next thing. Exciting! Fresh! Bold New Flavours! This is sounding like a Juicy Fruit commercial..

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Today we got up and made some breakfast, drank copious amounts of coffee, and talked about the future. It was nice. LOOK AT THAT BREAKFAST! Damn. Then we went out for a wee walk. It was chilly, but with no wind and lots of sun so very pleasent. I took pictures of mushrooms, as I do.

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So pretty, the sunshine on the super green moss and blue-white snow. Little mushrooms poking out.

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Crunchy crunchy ice.

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Spikey moss

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Peeking through the trees at the pond

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Frosty grass, the pond is covered in thin patterns of ice like glass. CB through rocks on it, and they cracked through like a spoon through creme brulee. So satisfying..

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Pretty red leaves and black berries

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Birchy birches

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These mushrooms looked so beautiful in the snow

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Thats the end of the walk. I was going to tell you more about our plans but I think i should probably stop watching this Richard Pryor documentary and get in the shower, get ready for work. Alright alright here I go. SEE YA!

Octo.. burrr.. gerrrrr…

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Well hello my dumplings. Oh me? Just relaxing, sipping on some orange pop and crown royal like a professional criminal, just having a real good time. I thought Id write a blog because its been a while.

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Its nearing the end of October, my favourite month. This month SO MUCH has happened! First my baby brother and baby sister are now officially both old wrinkly crypt keepers who are basically just dust held together with phlegm. Happy B-days to them! (B-Bot I did buy you a present but I haven’t mailed it out yet, so in case you’re thinking I love K-Dawg more, you’re correct. But I’m still supposed to love you too so I will send that out on my day off on wednesday!!)

Oh yeah, and I kind of got a MOTORCYCLE. And I am all like:

***BRRRRRUHHHHHHPPPP BRUP BRUP BRRRAAAAUUUUUUWWWWRRRRRRR*** *stall* *BRAAWWWWWWPPPP*

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Ta-dawwwwww. Oh lawd. Yes. Look at that sexy piece of German engineering right there. Das ist gut, ja? Das ist sehr gut, ja!!

It is a 1978 BMW R100/7. It is smallish just right for me, but with a 1000cc engine it moooves and it sounds like its gonna eat you when you get’er going. It sounds serious, and it pulls like a horse when you start off. SO. MUCH. FUN. I havent been out on her yet because the weather has been cold and snowy off and on. CB is my hero forever for this bike. We drove to Gander, where he got on a plane to Halifax, picked up the bike and rode it to sydney, said hello to his Nan and then onto the ferry from Cape Breton to Port au Basque NL, got a boost from some truckers on the ferry when the battery went dead, and drove all the way home. Over 1000 kilometres. In the cold. In rain, and hail, and snow. Fueled by balogne sandwiches and sheer will. That is romance. That is real life romance. Be still, my fart.

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There she is in the drive way, being gently covered in snowflakes. How beautiful. I like everything about this bike and I cant wait to get riding finally. Last week I ducked out of work and took my text for my motorcycle beginners licence and passed, which was great. Its so damn much fun. Im so addicted.

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This was us trying to put it away once it started snowing. Cory was all like “awesome, the bars fit perfectly through— aw shit. Right, the engine.” We are 2 mm’s away from being able to put it safely away in the basement, so she is still sitting out there in 2 motorcycle covers, and I feel guilty.

IMG_2049_2This is a picture from an event we had at work on Thanksgiving. Thats Chef Lynn Crawford lovingly sprinkling sponge toffee over my apple fritters for the dessert course. I think maybe half of it actually made it passed her and onto the dessert. Toffee, fiend. That event was amazing, and I felt so proud to be a part of it!


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Today at work the local Cubs are coming in for a spooky halloween movie, and a costume contest, so we made some treats. I love making halloween treats. Those are rice krispie treat pumpkins

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Severed witches fingers, and a few toes for good measure

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Some little chocolate dipped Frankenstein monster heads

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And some snowball bats, a big witch’s cauldron full of caramel corn, and a vat of blood punch with floating ice cube hands in it. YAY! HALLOWEEN!!

Thats about all thats been happening. I kept my promise of treating myself better. I have been better about being in touch with my Fams. I spent a whole day in Gander getting my hair did, and buying make up, and eating frozen yoghurt and cheese burgers and pizza and being nice to myself. I have been at work less. I have beeeeeennnn.. oh Ive been washing my hair with beer and eggs for about a month which is doing a lovely job! On my skin I use coconut oil and vitamin E and it feels nice and smooth. I dunno, Ive been doing better with myself. Its a slow process, but Ill get there. One day Ill be Good.

Oh! My blogs been a bit butts lately so I havent had much traffic but these are the best Random Search Terms From Freaky Ass Strangers for this month:

humpling tabel

squashball squeezing

wwwww.iamdanpotatosaxy.con

two old ladies talking

waffles baking girl illusions

I dont know why but “humpling tabel” made me laugh so much. What is that even supposed to be. And also thats way too many w’s for a website, also everything else is wrong. All the other search terms seemed to centre around different combinations of dogs and small girls which makes me a) reconsider the content of my blog because I am going seriously wrong somewhere and b) maybe have the FBI make a list of these people, using my blog for bait…. creepy…

Thats all y’alls, BYE NOW.