For anyone who doesn't know, I'm from Vermont. I was actually born in Ohio, but spent most of my formative years in Vermont and consider it home. There have been quite a few times in the past when I've been proud of my home state. Today I am proud again. Not because of yesterday's primary (but I WAS pleased...), but because of the resolutions passed in the towns of Brattleboro and Marlboro.
Brattleboro is a cool place. I like it more every time I visit. It's just a short drive from where I live in Western Mass. There are a lot of funky artsy people there doing funky artsy stuff. There's good food and a great old movie theater. They have the annual 'Strolling of the Heifers' parade (It's a parade of cows. It's awesome.). Also it's legal to be naked on the streets of Brattleboro - just as long as you're not George Bush. Residents of Brattleboro and Marlboro, VT passed nonbinding resolutions yesterday authorizing police to arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for "crimes against our Constitution."
Vermont is also nearing record snowfalls this winter. I was up visiting my parents a few weekends ago and the snow on the sides of the path to their front door was higher than my head. It's like walking through a tunnel. I exclaimed that it was just like when I was little and my mother pointed out that I'm much taller now. Oh yeah. Lots of snow. And they've had a lot more since I was there.
We had a storm here on Saturday and I refused to deal. I'm sooooooo ready for winter to be done. I didn't go outside all day. Traci and The Ragamuffin came through the 'secret passageway' (our basements are connected through the bulkhead) to my house. The Secret Passageway has become a great treat that we only use when the weather is bad. We watched some Sponge Bob, drank some juice boxes, ate pickles and danced to Elvis. I made scones.
These are Cheddar Pepper Scones adapted from a free recipe from Cabot. I didn't have fresh chives and I used dried thyme. I also didn't brush egg on the tops - just sprinkled on some extra cheddar. They were tasty. And now I have lots of ideas for other kinds of scones. I like my scones savory and find that most bakeshops make them way too sweet. There may be lots of experimenting in the coming weeks.
I also finished the Baby Soft Jacket for Haley's first birthday. This is not a color I would normally choose, but Haley (and her mom) need as much cheerfulness as they can get I think. Haley started chemo a couple of months ago and I hear it is making her quite sick. Her birthday party is Saturday, but I'll be in Texas this weekend, so this is going in the mail today.
Baby Soft Jacket from The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes
Just over 3 skeins of Araucania Nature Cotton (on close-out at Webs)