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February calendar

I’m hardly the first person to observe, with a certain sense of irony, that February is the longest month.

I might (you never know, the internet is both a Small World and a Big Place), be the first to observe that having a not-really-official-but-hey-I’ve-been-doing-them-since-last-October-haven’t-I? sort of post of monthly observations hanging over one’s head will only make it seem longer.  But also shorter, in that “I’m February, and I can be both” sort of way.

But, leap year, right? That’s a whole extra day in which to… procrastinate.

It was a month for projects that just never quite came together.  I didn’t actually abandon the kitchen completely (despite what I might have said last month), but, well, February.  There were a few successes that I simply lacked time or energy (or daylight) to document; on other projects, I took photographs that I’m happy with, but the recipe itself needed work.  And then there was that one recipe that was a resounding success, absolutely scrumptious, that I did spend a lot of time photographing, but failed utterly to find any way to make it look like something you would actually want to eat.

I did get a lot of reading done…

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” is the phrase that usually ran through my head whenever I tried to come to grips with a February post.

So.

So long, February.  I know we haven’t exactly seen eye to eye, but, while I can’t say I’ll miss you, thanks for the memories.  I think we made real progress, and I’ll try to make the most of our time together when we see each other again next year.

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V (Shiny!)

From: Shiny!

"Very" is a word which, like gilding, should be used sparingly and well, lest its impact be diminished.

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I can’t resist sharing some extra detail shots from today’s subject for “U”…

Detail of an Underwood Typewriter

The machine belongs to a friend, who was kind enough to let me photograph it…

Detail of an Underwood Typewriter

In some detail…

Detail of an Underwood Typewriter

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U (Words Per Minute)

From: Words Per Minute

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T (Under the Weather)

From: Under the Weather

There was a time when I thought that the answer was a bigger box of crayons... But I've learned that sometimes, the solution is more interesting when I resolve it by working with the crayons that I already have.

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Jars of Ancient Orange Cinnamon & Clove Mead

Last October, I started some mead, with a vague notion of holiday gifts (the recipe said it took about two months).  But the holidays came and went.  Today, I finally got it bottled—well, put into jars.  It turned out to be the perfect thing for a bleak, snowy February afternoon.

Jars of Ancient Orange Cinnamon & Clove Mead

Not only is it delicious, it took the dreary February light coming through my kitchen window and turned it into October sunshine.

Jars of Ancient Orange Cinnamon & Clove Mead

I pretty much followed this recipe: Ancient Orange Cinnamon & Clove Mead (well, except for the two month part).

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S (Main Street)

From: Main Street

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Sometimes, it's easy to forget the world beneath our feet—  Sewers and storm drains are small reminders of the many feats of engineering that we seldom notice, until they cease to function.

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