Every year at Christmas I make catnip mice for all the cats of my acquaintance, or in some cases, for the cats of my acquaintances. In any event, the nip has always worked in the past, so this year I was a little surprised when the two test mice I made for my own cats elicited no reaction whatsoever. We had to make them take the mice. They poked them a little and one cat endeavored to at least try to act interested, but overall, the mice were a resounding failure. I blame the nip.
The catnip I used advertised joyous rapture for kitties on its label, but it was commercially grown nip sold in plastic bags, so I knew it wasn't going to be great. But judging from my cats' less than tepid reaction, it may as well have been parsley.
With the arrival of holidays and winter, many of us who have limited income are feeling the squeeze financially. Here's a way to stretch your budget: Get 3SquaresVT!
If you're eligible you'll get a payment card (it looks like a credit card) to use at grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and food co-ops. If everyone in the household is 65+, the 3SquaresVT benefits may be deposited directly into a bank account. Seniors also may use medical expenses as adjustment to income, which may help you qualify.
This year, the Beard household is having a big, whiskey-soaked fruitcake. In years past I've made small fruitcakes, one pounders that were tasty and spirited, but this year it's a bundt cake. The small loaf is gone too fast!
We were a store-bought, tea-totalling fruitcake family growing up. Nobody liked them, and nobody ate them. When I began making them my opinion of fruitcake changed. I went to all lengths, soaking brown paper and wrapping it tightly, tying in cheesecloth and keeping in a pot, baking in a Bain Marie. To my relief, I've found that regular baking techniques work just fine. A standard spice cake recipe with alcohol-soaked fruit bakes up perfectly. I continue "feeding" the cake every other day until serving.
It's time to put air in my tires. Since it is impractical to try them all, I thought I'd ask you for your opinions on local area air pumps.
Has any service station out there installed any new, innovative air pump machines? Have there been any technologiocal advancements in recent years? Where is the best place to fill tires? Any good deals?
Up until now I often stop in at one of the stations near Exit 3, but I don't have to go there if there is a better option.
Does anyone have experience using a phone from Net 10?
If so, can you rate the reception and coverage around town?
The BAJC "pop-up" gift shop will be open for several days this week and next. Chanukah candles are available, along with menorahs, dreidels, chocolate "gelt" and other Judaica and gift items. Although you can't purchase anything on Shabbat, you can select your candles and gifts next Saturday morning (12/13), and pay another day, when it's not Shabbat. (You can send a check to BAJC.)
The gift shop (in the BAJC office--the cottage behind the shul) will also be open on Monday 12/8 from 3:00 to 6:00, on Wednesday the 10th from 1:30 to 5:30, on Thursday the 11th from 3:00 to 8:30, and on Friday the 19th from 4:00 on.
Does anyone know of resources to facilitate an honest discussion with a naturopath for a patient who prefers to keep it "in the family," rather than making a formal complaint?