Sunrise is at 7:55, sunset will be at 4:42. Saturday, January 12, 2013.
Cold, mostly blue sky, low sunlight (both in brightness and height; slanted yellowish light). Not very pretty out there, today. Everything is dun and sage, covered in frost but the frost just makes things look dull. Everything is crunchy but the leaves are all rubbery. I had to cover the daphne but I despair over its being alive for much longer. It lost about half of its leaves last year in all the frost and snow and I am hoping the branches that still have leaves will have blossoms. February is the month in which the pink tips start to show. I'll cross my fingers, keep the towel over it, and hope for the best!
Teachers and librarians often look for books with recipes in them. It's a good way to teach multiculturalism, science, chemistry. It's a good way to share character with the reader without having to use narrative. You know, if someone is a little kooky or nutty, they may get a box of cookies laden with almonds or pecans. There's really great picture book out that takes place in an apartment building and someone on one floor is ill. Everyone in the building comes by with their own culture's version of chicken soup. It's a really cool book (if I can remember the title, I'll fill you in) and shows how much more alike we are than different.
More chapter books about cooking or with recipes: Pie, by Sarah Weeks; Close to Home, by Joan Bauer; Dumpling Days, by Grace Lin; It's Raining Cupcakes, by Lisa Schroeder. This would be a fun list. I'll keep adding to it as I come across more titles. I'll do a picture book list, too- Thunder Cake, Everyone Eats Bread, Chicken Soup and Rice....