Ice Follies


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Today, we go way back. No one has seen this A&J sunday comic since it first appeared in newspapers in 1986, when I’d only been drawing the strip for a little over a year. Looking through the old stuff, it caught my eye because of our conversations so far this week. Obviously, this is an early example of my work; it’s unusual in that it is entirely a visual gag. As I have mentioned, I did very little of this sort of thing in the early going. I’m sure when I drew this one, I was very proud of myself for stretching my chops. Yes, it could have been a little funnier, but you can say that about all of them.

59 thoughts on “Ice Follies”

  1. Good morning folks!

    JJ, around here any ice cubes that hit the floor become cat toys for a moment, then get picked up before they can become mini-puddles. Of course, having a fridge with the freezer on the bottom helps stop the problem from the get-go.

    Ghost, harking back to yesterday and your oyster stew recipe-I would try it but I’m the only one here who eats oysters any more. My grandmother made really good oyster stew, but my Mom sort of ruined it for me by dumping copious amounts of ketchup in her bowl. Not a really good look for oyster stew.

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  2. Gilbert used ‘bereft’ in a song in ‘The Gondoliers,’ but I cannot find it. We don’t know which of two republican [small ‘r’] gondolier brothers is actually the long lost king of Barateria, so they both are crowned. Being opposed to royalty [but now with misgivings], they sing a duet that includes the phrase ‘two kings of undue pride bereft’, but I don’t find it in my complete G&S book. Later.

    Found it, first duet with chorus in Act II.

    Marco & Giuseppe: Two kings, of undue pride bereft,
    Who act in perfect unity,
    Whom you can order right and left
    With absolute impunity.
    Who put their subjects at their ease
    By doing all they can to please!
    And thus, to earn their bread-and-cheese,
    Seize every opportunity.
    And thus, to earn their bread-and-cheese,
    Seize every opportunity.
    Ah! We act in perfect unity,
    Ah! We act in perfect unity,

    Chorus:
    Of happiness the very pith
    In Barataria you may see:
    A monarchy that’s tempered with
    Republican Equality!
    Republican Equality!
    Tempered with Equality! There will no be a quiz.

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  3. Gilbert used ‘bereft’ in a song in ‘The Gondoliers,’ but I cannot find it. We don’t know which of two republican [small ‘r’] gondolier brothers is actually the long lost king of Barateria, so they both are crowned. Being opposed to royalty [but now with misgivings], they sing a duet that includes the phrase ‘two kings of undue pride bereft’, but I don’t find it in my complete G&S book. Later.

    Found it, first duet with chorus in Act II.

    Marco & Giuseppe: Two kings, of undue pride bereft,
    Who act in perfect unity,
    Whom you can order right and left
    With absolute impunity.
    Who put their subjects at their ease
    By doing all they can to please!
    And thus, to earn their bread-and-cheese,
    Seize every opportunity.
    And thus, to earn their bread-and-cheese,
    Seize every opportunity.
    Ah! We act in perfect unity,
    Ah! We act in perfect unity,

    Chorus:
    Of happiness the very pith
    In Barataria you may see:
    A monarchy that’s tempered with
    Republican Equality!
    Republican Equality!
    Tempered with Equality! There will not be a quiz.

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  4. Thanks for the G and S, love their lyricism. Wish I had someone besides me who liked it. I keep saying when my oldest was about 9 her lament was being forced to go to the Houston Opera with me, so I dragged three unwilling hostages to be tortured and even light opera was too much for them.

    In November we are going to Louisiana if not further on an oyster safari. It is a rare bivalve who finds its’ way to Oklahoma.

    Love, Jackie

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  5. I’m fairly sure that 1986 cartoon could relate to how Nature may have wired men’s brains to single-mindedly chase prey, but I don’t have time to think it out. Even if I am strangely drawn to pursue that line of thought.

    Jean dear, my regard for ketchup as a condiment has actually increased as years have gone by, never having really cared for it as a kid. (Have I ever confessed that I prefer tartar sauce on French fries?) But ketchup in oyster stew? Ew!

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  6. Yay, a new Vintage A&J, from the year after I was born! I saw so little of them at the time, being involved in learning to walk and get out of my playpen- or so I hear. Strange, the one line I never hear at family reunions is “Susie, you were such a good baby.” Though I hear that I learned to sleep through the night after a month. Still do, even if I have to be put to bed by my nearest and dearest. Last thing I remember last night is “The Boss Of My Life sticking her head in the library door and saying, “Susan Anne Schroeder, it is 2 AM!!”

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  7. Ghost, if I ever find that $5 million in treasury bonds that everyone swears my dad left (can’t find any) will you marry me or at least let me keep you in style?

    I LOVE tartar sauce on French fries but not on fish much and hate catsup with a passion, nothing worse as a condiment I think.

    You don’t like Gilbert and Sullivan, opera and the ballet do you?
    I already know you are articulate and well educated!

    Love, Jackie Monies

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  8. Ghost, if I ever find that $5 million in treasury bonds that everyone swears my dad left (can’t find any) will you marry me or at least let me keep you in style?

    I LOVE tartar sauce on French fries but not on fish much and hate catsup with a passion, nothing worse as a condiment I think.

    You don’t like Gilbert and Sullivan, opera and the ballet do you?
    I already know you are articulate and well educated!

    Love, Jackie Monies

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  9. Dang. why is it doing that?

    My bottom freezer waits until you open drawer and then dumps the tray out in back of drawer instead of receptacle. And they still go on floor, I kick them under the fridge and my mom thinks it is leaking.

    Jackie

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  10. I can never resist a lady named Ginger…especially when she says “pretty please”. 🙂

    Ghost’s Oyster Stew

    2 dozen raw oysters, in enough liquid to cover
    1/2 stick butter or margarine
    2 green onions, chopped

    1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    3/4 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp white pepper
    1/4 tsp paprika
    Dash of red cayenne pepper

    2 pints Half & Half

    Heat butter in a large cast iron skillet, sauté onions until tender, but not brown. Add oysters, liquid and the five seasonings; heat until edges of oysters curl just slightly. Add Half & Half, heating slowly, but do not boil. Serve with a lump of butter and dash of paprika. Makes 6 servings.

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  11. Thank you so much! Sounds like all I need to do now is “add butter”! No celery? I’d a thought you would have some finely chopped celery, but that’s ok with me. Now that our r-less months are behind us, I’m ready!

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  12. At our house it was oyster bisque severed with those little hexagonal oyster crackers. One of my first cooking jobs was picking through the oysters (we used the refrigerated ones in the pint jars) for pieces of shell.

    OYSTER BISQUE 4 to 6 servings

    3 tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    dash of pepper
    dash of paprika
    1 tbsp minced onion
    1 cup top milk or light cream *
    3 cups milk *
    * my mom would just use a quart of whole milk
    1 cup coarsely chopped oysters
    1/4 cup butter
    1 tbsp chopped parsley

    Combine tapioca, salt, pepper, paprika, onion and milk & cream in top of double boiler. Place over rapidly boiling water and cook 10 or 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add oysters and butter. Mix and keep hot over hot water 15 to 20 minutes to blend flavors thoroughly.

    Serve in cups or bowls; garnish with parsley.

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  13. With all the disasters befalling us lately, I was wondering if you lost a finger in the bisque?

    We are eating mixed greens sautéed, fresh sweet potatoes and spiral ham for lunch. I forgot to cook any corn muffins or such.
    Fall garden is awesome, especially all those greens. Right now we have prolific mustard, swiss chards, turnips. Spinach and kales aren’t big enough yet.

    And sweet tea for mama and my gardener, plain for me, in big old mason jars.

    Love Jackie

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  14. I had a banana topped with Grape-nuts for lunch, and a cup of skim milk.

    Hush, little baby don’t say a word,
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a mockingbird,
    And if that mockingbird don’t sing,
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
    And if that diamond ring don’t shine,
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a bottle of wine.
    And if that bottle of wine gets broke,
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a billy goat.
    And if that billy goat don’t run,
    Daddy;s gonna buy you a BB gun.
    And if that BB gu don’t shoot,
    Daddy’s gonna buy you a swimming suit.
    And if that swimming suit don’t fit,
    Daddy’s gonna say, “Oh, heck, I quit!” – heard sung by a little girl on my noon walk

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  15. Prayers for and hugs to all our Villagers with ouchies both visible and invisible.

    Jerry, Debbe knows what a henway is, I bet!

    Jackie and Ghost, I also like tartar sauce on French fries. Thanks for confirming that my taste buds aren’t just wonky.

    Jimmy, I have a sweet husband (he falls asleep after seven breaths and almost never has a restless night) who does bed checks on me (I often get up to read, knit, or embroider in the course of the night). Arlo might expect to find Janis up and texting, or perhaps gardening by moonlight!

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  16. Haven’t eaten a French fry since Junior High, and I hate ketchup (too many carbs) but I dip my brisket that I pick off my BBQ sandwich in a ramekin of Worcestershire sauce, mixed with butter if available. Not too familiar with tartar sauce. We used to get it in a little paper container for school lunches on Fridays when they served fish, but I just ate the salad and veggies anyway and tossed the rest – after asking if anybody else wanted my leftovers. Strangely, nobody ever did, except some boy would snarf my roll

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  17. One of my favorite gumbos is made with a mixture of all the kinds of greens you can find, the more the better, some bitter, some mild. It is called Gumbo Z’herbes, Green Gumbo or Gumbo aux herbes.

    It is a traditional recipe in south Louisiana and there are meatless and vegetarian versions, as well as those with meat. I would guess that those I ate were semi-vegetarian, that is you didn’t see the meat pieces. I make it with meat like pork or ham and chicken broth for liquid. In fact, I should make some ASAP with all the great greens.

    It used to be hard to find this on a menu but with all the foodie people proliferating and new, adventurous chefs coming along, I would suspect they have adopted it.

    Actually I LOVE eating in most of the new trendy places because emphasis is on originality, fresh produce, fresh ideas and not a pretentious rehash of “tried and true” or same old same old.

    I would eat at Gene and Mary Lou’s bistro if I were in their area, or even driving through! It used to be a family joke when we were winding around some mountain on a one lane road that at the top there was a Four Star restaurant I had read about in Food and Wine magazine, located in an old silo and a dairy barn.

    Often true.

    Love, Jackie

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  18. I am more than happy to go with The Man In My Life and the rest of the family to new places he hears about. Usually the food is good and he and I visit the kitchen. I love visiting restaurant kitchens! I like to poke around in the walk in when everybody else is arguing about ingredients

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  19. Castler-
    Thanks for the great idea for a research proposal; “Ice-Melt Predictions for the Kitchen Floor”. Heck, that might be good enough to finally win me an IgNoble prize!

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  20. Denise:

    “Arlo might expect to find Janis up and texting, or perhaps gardening by moonlight!”

    Or he might not. I did that most of the time if I woke up at night. I expected she’d be there, but did it anyway, gently, seldom waking her. If I did, or she was already awake, probably would get a hand squeeze. It is good to know someone is there. I also think she did the same, but I was seldom aware of it.

    Today’s cartoon is as close to ‘peeking in our window’ as JJ has gotten, before Dec. ’10.

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  21. Lily black – Best modern take on that song I’ve ever heard. 🙂

    Jackie – That is exactly what I do to the ice cubes that hit the floor when I’m bailing ice for the fountain machine. Drives my one employee batty. What can I say but payback?

    Today was just as bad as I figured it would be. Exterminator sprayed for wood spiders; a repellant that has thus far only worked on my pregnant assistant – she went home sick. She said the stench was too much. Which is weird because I am more sensitive to smells than her, but I was okay. Which is fine because she was lazier than normal and wasn’t doing anything, and since corporate completely ruined my hours budget for this week, her leaving was a double win for me.

    New electrical boxes means shutting off power … and electronics turning into paperweights. No router (read: no debit/credit, ATM, or store computer – AKA no paperwork or emails and corporate loses its mind, but all the techs are at another, bigger store with fuel issues.); no main register (read: can’t close out tomorrow morning); and our only surviving register’s power supply is plugged into a mostly dead power strip (with four other devices) which is plugged into an extension cord which runs across the floor into the back room because only one outlet under the whole counter works and it has ANOTHER mostly dead power strip with the rest of the devices plugged into it. UPDATE: Just hung up with the assistant on duty. No lights in freezer or cooler. Cooler is dying. A/C is dead. My boss is semi-seriously thinking of arson. At this point it would be a mercy killing.

    … and my furnace guy stood me up.

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  22. GR6, I see you’re an in the container thinker; old pilots seldom fly outside their envelope. Think Bryan has a better chance for an IgNoble. A good starting point:
    Q=MC?T(ice)+MLf(Ice/Water)

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  23. Prof, I feel like JJ is looking in my windows all the time. It is eerie, I am Janis, garden fanatic extraordinaire, my husband is Arlo, complete with schooner, cat, food and wine. Although he doesn’t cook much anymore and technically the schooner has been in other hands for many years but if you build one, it stays “yours” forever, like a child you birthed.

    Oldest daughter went to Hilton hotel/restaurant school and is now going back into restaurant field she says, get the last few hours on her MBA, if they’ll have her back. youngest worked in food service for seven long, long years while getting her MBA, so even the Gene, Mary Lou thread hits so close so often. One granddaughter, same age as Gene and Mary Lou’s old before her time child.

    No other cartoon strip has ever caught me like this one does. I used to think Charles Schulz did a long time ago, but no, not really. There is probably one of those little hidden cameras like they use in the television spy stories now!

    Love, Jackie

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  24. Glad you’re life is mirrored in A&J, Jackie. I know no strip that echoes mine except maybe Annie (nee Little Orphan Annie) whose life seems full of tragedies but she stays happy and has a nice doggie and “Daddy” Warbucks as a benevolent presence. I shall live my own comic strip, though my readers in the Dark Side will comment that it is repetitive and boring and attribute all kinds of things to me.

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  25. GR6: Melted ice will take the shape of the inside bottom of the container (not the whole inner container unless there is enough ice) only if there is enough melted ice to cover the entire bottom. Having to account for the rounded shape of the creeping water-front & the attractions between the water and the inside bottom container material would seem to imply that a solid prediction cannot be made with certainty.
    Clearly, I could be wrong.

    Oysters? Yecch…never could stand them [for their dimethylsulfoxide-like flavor]. Ketchup can be useful; tartar sauce is tasty – sounds good on fries; I will have to try it.

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  26. c ex-p: No, I think you got it, other than specifying that the container would have to be under either Earth-normal gravity or at least a significant fraction of 1 G. (Sometimes I throw out incomplete statements just to see what others will do with them.)

    On the other hand, I believe one could fairly confidently predict the shape a melted ice cube will assume if melting takes place in zero gravity and in the absence of air currents of sufficient strength to cause deformation of the resulting sphere of water.

    Definitely try a good tartar sauce with crispy French fries. You might also like malt vinegar as a dipping sauce for fries.

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  27. Lily, the thing is that sometimes you get to pick your own reality or unreality as it were. Choose the light, my son!

    If I focus on the tragedies of my life I am one of those horrible crime shows on television and then that will be my reality. Or I can choose to focus on the good or the beauty, the funny or the humor I see and that becomes my reality/unreality.

    We cannot always control the events that happen to us but we can control how we react or behave afterwards. That can be our choice, not someone else’s behavior, but our own.

    So, I choose A and J, and yes the panels are so often me and mine. No darkness, just the light.

    I still cannot believe that Dale Earnhardt is my messenger from beyond and the hereafter! Why Dale? And he knew me!

    Love, Jackie Monies

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  28. The Dutch all ate mayonnaise on theirs when I was over there, it was served to you in little containers. The Texans all wanted their catsup, which the Dutch didn’t have of course. I settled for the mayo and it wasn’t bad substitute for tartar sauce.

    Herbs are looking good in garden, I need to do something fresh with dill or the basil looks great.

    But a really good tartar sauce made with freshly made mayo and fresh chopped additives, I am salivating typing this. Although I have to confess not whipping up my own mayo for some time, but it is totally simple to do. I think it was the raw eggs that scared us all off fresh mayo.

    Sorry Debbe!

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  29. All: FYI.

    http://www.inquisitr.com/1499745/two-donkeys-at-polish-zoo-separated-after-sex-scandal-reunited/

    One of the delights of working in or visiting zoos, or even watching pairs of dogs in public, is watching the people, esp. those w/ little kids. Watching primate facial expression can also be enlightening: I knew exactly when a male baboon in the Winnipeg Zoo scored. Let’s try an emoticon. : o , sort of. Wide eyes, mouth a perfect o. Mother [human] busy ushering her kids out of the bldg.

    Two mutts at the U. of OR Marine Biol. Sta. on the OR coast, in a tie smack in the crossroads among the one story bldgs., again, curious kids and hustling parents, summer of ’62. Actually, a canid tie is hard to explain, esp. if a parent doesn’t know the anatomical peculiarity involved. I’ve seen only one diagram, in a ’50s French vol. on ‘Mammiferes’ by Francois Bourliere, one of their last neo-Lamarckians.

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  30. I saw some people in France eating Pommes Frites in sidewalk cafes. They dipped them in the sauce the steak came in, usually bernaise or brown butter. Me, I asked the garcon if they had anything besides pommes frites. They invariably did. My favorite was from the little cafe down the street from our hotel when they gave me three little plates with minuscule servings of asparagus, haricots verts, and cauliflower, each with their own sauce. The chef came out and glared at me and I thought I was in trouble, but he said he just wanted to see an Americaine who ate biftek without pommes frites. He had a great mustache!

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  31. Good grief, it’s 10 pm in New Hampshire and I haven’t read today’s funnies yet. You guys are so fascinating, I had to read this first. Busy day, drove mini-van to two supermarkets and carefully selected the foods I needed. Drove home, cooked, ate supper. Before that I spent a lot of time on Facebook. There is a marvellous photo of my grandson Peter, the cinematographer. I don’t know who took the picture of him, but there are a bunch of “production stills” that he took, and very nice, too.

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  32. Jackie – You might get a kick out of Sharyn McCrumb’s book St. Dale. In her comments about how she came to write it, she talked about how she had always wanted to do something along the lines of the Canterbury Tales. She was also fascinated by what she referred to as “secular saints” – think Elvis, Princess Diana – but had never figured out how to work that into one of her books “and then Dale Earnhardt died”. I wasn’t really a NASCAR fan when I read it and understood such fans a lot better afterward.

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  33. Somehow NASCAR has always baffled me, I cannot figure out the addiction which even my husband has succumbed to. I told him it was like the gladiators or Christians and lions, the same blood spectacle of everyone waiting for a giant catastrophe. Just watching everyone go around in circles.

    I tried to watch “Talladega Nights” but that didn’t help either!

    So having Dale Earnhardt appear like that was more shocking than if Elvis had sat down at my kitchen table and asked for a peanut butter and banana and bacon sandwich.

    I never so much as got to go see Elvis perform anywhere but my cousin was president of his fan club in Louisiana and apparently a groupie of sorts, along with my aunt who fostered this particular obsession. Cousin was underage, kind of a Priscilla in drag kind of look from early years. So, I snickered about all this since I didn’t much like them anyway and knew what was going on.

    It is hereditary perhaps, as her son cultivated an Elvis persona look and his son became an Elvis impersonator and appeared at his grandmother’s funeral in full white concert jumpsuit and cape.
    Don’t tell me the South isn’t full of secular “saints”! And weird relatives.

    I need to write this all down before I develop dementia myself!

    Love, Jackie

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  34. For those of you who are curious, I had that stone blasted into dust yesterday, with a laser. I am very happy to report that I was sound asleep when it happened, and spent most of yesterday sleeping off the anesthetic. Not only that, whatever it was they gave me finally got rid of the muscle spasms in my back.

    Although getting upright and sitting down are difficult, I managed, more or less at services today and hope to Friday. If you want to know why I’m having trouble, think about how the laser was inserted, and what kind of after-care is needed. The one good thing is that I may not need all of the Vicodin I was given. (10)

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  35. sideburns, hope you make a fast recovery and feel better at once!

    Husband has to have two blasted same way in November. Not sure why November but that might be earliest date the rock crusher is available. It seems there is a huge increase in kidney stone formation, think we all talked about this and why? Don’t know we solved it?

    Housekeeper’s husband is on list for surgery/removal/blasting of his at the VA hospital. God bless our veterans, they are not being treated as well as I think they should medically but it is all many of them have to turn to.

    Everyone begin consuming large amounts of fresh lemons or limes squeezed into water or weak iced tea. It helps with stones and you won’t have scurvy probably either or Vitamin C deficiency. I swear, good advice from urologists, along with diabetic and cardiologist who probably just want to keep fluid intake uptake.

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  36. My sympathy for your husband, Jackie. I’ve had kidney stones and they’re not fun. If they’re kidney stones and still attached, they can be broken up by sound waves. Mine was a bladder stone (formed there) and needed the laser because they couldn’t have pinpointed the position accurately enough.

    If the other gentleman’s on a VA waiting list, that’s good news. It means that the condition isn’t serious enough to be scheduled ASAP. In my case, it was about three months between being diagnosed and having it removed.

    As far as the lemon juice goes, we have a Meyer Lemon tree just outside our back door. I like lots of ice water in hot weather, with lemon juice added for flavor. I’ve been keeping my intake up ever since I learned about the stone and am planning on keeping the habit.

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  37. Actually a pretty good report, sideburns, even though you may not think so right now. Happy New Year 5775.

    Lily, you want a little Lite Southern Gothic, read Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, if you haven’t already.

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  38. Skip the sugar on above beverage I forgot to say. Either drink sugar free or use substitute. I am not using artificial sweetners on anything as they have found it causes blood sugar surges and drops in type 2 diabetics. I have been drinking this forever actually along with tons of water but mine isn’t actually for stones.
    It is however, what they are telling all my family members with stones to do and I just checked reliable references on net who verify the info. I like Mayo Clinic or Web MD who seem conservative and well written, when in doubt.

    Good night all, just watched Anthony Bourdain and a ton of Cajuns killing and cooking pigs and other assorted “road kill” as my kids call it. It came with cautionary warning for those faint of heart.

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  39. Ghost, one of the best Southern horror stories ever! I still see that indented pillow and the long gray hair. My favorite is still “The Reivers” which is pure fun and funny. Best car road trip buddy novel ever and only movie I truly loved Steve McQueen in.

    Love, Jackie

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  40. Good morning Villagers…

    Yes, Denise, our hensway about 2.5 to 3.0 lbs. And they are pumping out 154 cases (that’s 360 eggs per case) as of yesterday.

    Indy Mindy, be thankful you don’t have to remove 600 feet of eggs off of a broken egg belt….that’s on the bottom!!!!! (As I was hand picking eggs off, I got to thinking we had 144 cases the day before, there are 10 egg belt lines, and that’s roughly 14.5 cases per line!!!) We’ve had to do that the past 4 flippin days….The Boss told Andrew to let it go for a few days, maybe that will teach us to pay closer attention to the end of the belts as they roll around…yup, another flippin belt wrap. But you know what, the building is 30 years old and all the equipment is antiquated (I love that word).

    The Boss is too busy right now at his two feed mills….lots of corn coming in and no where to put it…..farmers around here aren’t too happy about the price of corn per bushel right now as we had a bumper crop year.

    Mark….you have my sympathy…been there too with a broken wrist…have an itty, bitty plate in there too.

    Jackie….indomitable? Sometimes….fake it till I make it.

    GR 😉 just what has happened to ole Tanya Tucker……never hear anything about her.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…

    =^..^=

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  41. “. . . a Meyer Lemon tree just outside our back door.” I have a flowering crab outside my dining nook window, lots of fruit this year, larger berries > last year / more rain. Hope I’m there when a flock of Bohemian Waxwings strips the tree. Other critters, incl. grey squirrels, eat them, but the Bohs are the most spectacular. In Europe/UK, they are just waxwings. They don’t have our Cedar Waxwings for contrast. CWs could also strip the tree, if they don’t fly S. first.

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  42. Good morning, Villagers. Great, cool run this morning with a magnificent sunrise. I love Fall.
    Jackie, I have a mug of sweetened tea in front of me as we speak. The Man In My Life keeps a jug of weak, sweet tea in the kitchen fridge at home not for prophylaxis but because our tap water tastes bad, especially this time of year. No lemon or lime though. Have to go to the fruit bowl in the breakfast room for that.

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  43. So far Lily…I’ve counted a ‘pot’ room….breakfast room…library room….just how many rooms does this ‘dwelling’ have….could one lose a ‘body’? 🙂 Just kidding…but the ‘pot’ room was not I had conjured up 🙂

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