In my humble opinion, the best chocolates and candies in the world are made at Lowery's Candies in Muncie, Indiana. It's probably too late to get most orders delivered in time for Christmas unless you live close to Muncie. However, if you have a sweetie who deserves a wonderful treat for Valentine's Day, you might want to bookmark Lowery's url and order early. I lived in Muncie, Indiana for about sixteen years and have sampled most of Lowery's products. When I attend Magna cum Murder, the mystery convention held in Muncie in October, visiting Lowery's is a must.
So far, so good. I'm still grooving.
My best writing time is between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM, so I usually read or watch television or a movie in the evening. Last night (after Survivor), I wept my way through My Sister's Keeper. What a tearjerker! A well-acted poignant drama. Tonight my husband and I have a date to watch the most recent Star Trek movie (which I think is a prequel).
A Problem With One Christmas Gift
I had purchased a copy of Mark Ludy's The Grump as a gift for one of my grandnephews, but after reading the first page, I decided to keep it for myself. Mark is a Northern Colorado author and illustrator. I'll be able to track him down at his Windsor coffee shop and have him sign the book for me. Grandnephew received a copy of Mark's The Farmer instead.
I make my soups with a little of this and a little of that. This pot started with beef short ribs simmered most of the day with chopped onion and celery, water, and a can of low sodium beef broth. Mid-afternoon I added more water and two 15 oz. cans of low sodium diced tomatoes. I removed the short ribs to cool so I could dice the meat and discard fat and bones. I also skimmed excess fat from the simmering mixture and added my ground rosemary, Herbes de Provence, chili powder, and a couple of bay leaves. When I added back the meat, I tossed in some barley and a bit of white rice along with a glug, glug of low sodium V8 juice. A little later, sliced carrots and frozen green beans. Finally, chunks of potato and fresh spinach and a bit of salt to taste. Yep, we're having soup again tonight.
And now, back to the WIP.