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In addition to house sparrows in one bluebird box, I think there may be tufted titmice in the other box.

I did see a bluebird this morning. It was sitting on a basketball hoop.

Work continues very busy. Now is a good time to fantasize about running a small-town Internet cafe.

[Note: I know that in real life running any kind of establishment that serves any food or drink is hellishly hard. This is just a fantasy.]

There will be computers, wireless Internet, fair-trade coffee, and baked things that I'll make myself. (wakanomori can handle the computers, wireless Internet stuff... We will both have to quit our current jobs, but no worries; this is a SURE THING!!) There will be lots of interesting magazines and books lying around. grayheyes's cards will be on sale. We can also display people's artwork on the wall. People will be encouraged to hang around as long as they want, working on their novels and dissertations and poetry and lj entries and fanfics and manga. Maybe there will be a cat.

And also maybe a dog (with a different personality from our current dog). Once I went into a shop that had weird imported furniture and arty things (like a toilet painted all over as if it were Italian pottery and a chair decorated with different colored bottle caps--that kind of thing). It was very small, and no one seemed there. I said, "Hello?" A Big Dog came over. I got the feeling he was in charge. There was a cash register in the back of the shop. I wondered if the dog could run it. Anyway, I told the dog I was just looking. He wandered back to the back of the shop and flopped down again. I never did see a person, and there was no "back in five minutes" sign on the door of the shop.

Maybe there will be some semi-tame birds living in the eaves. There will be a cozy garret-type place up above where we can live. (This could be rough given the size of our family and the number of our books. But this is a fantasy. That garret will be like a tardis... there will be adventures up there, involving demigods, but that's another story)

Now I'm going to go take pictures in the swamp. Then, maybe, do more work. Or plant my bushes-that-got-delivered: one red currant, two blueberries. No, I'll probably do that tomorrow.


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Apr. 22nd, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Maybe there could be something like the Algonquin Round Table there.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
definitely, literary discussion will be welcome!

but this will be a small-town, small-space cafe, so informal and relaxed rather than daunting

oh, and tea will also be available. I know how to make chai from scratch--I learned from someone who had lived in India. But regular tea too, and herbal infusions.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Oh Bless you. My Sufi teacher (from Sri Lanka) made chai from scratch...heaven on earth.

So you must share your chai and your maple syrup. I'm at a loss to give any culinary gifts. My only two offerings...your choice...cheese omelet, or, or, oh well, umm...my one offering make that. It's yours if you want it.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
I would love a cheese omelet recipe.

As for the chai--this is what I recall him doing:

first, get your spices out: cinnamon stick, about ten insides from cardamom pods (<--that's the key ingredient; that was my first experience of cardamom), one or two cloves)

second through fifth, fill up a saucepan with milk. put the spices in. put in some tea in a tea-ball, or else use tea-bag tea. Heat until just before boiling. Add honey to taste--it should be sweet (or you can use sugar, but I think he used honey).

last of all, maybe grate a little nutmeg on top. And enjoy!
Apr. 22nd, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks...Cardamom was the missing ingrdient...

I'll give you an omelet recipe tomorrow...it's easy....Pascha tonight :)
Apr. 22nd, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
Application request:
Hey, can I man the coffee roaster?
Apr. 22nd, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Application request:
Apr. 22nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
blueberries! another synchromicity with you, i just wrote the silliest song about blueberry smoothies yesterday. here hehe:

my blender broke
it's getting hot
i need something
i loved a lot

blueberry smoothies
they got me through the day
when nothing seemed good
nothing was ok

blueberries and bananas too
honey, protein and a little juice
sometimes you can do it with milk
make it creamy and feel like silk

it't too hot to think about much
it's too hot to do such and such

in tucson you never turn the oven on
only in brief winter when the heat is gone

blueberry smoothie Im a blueberry gal
I used to read Blueberries for Sal
I like Blueberries so much that
I 'm like the blue girl in willy wonka who got fat
Apr. 22nd, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
I love this poem--it's so much fun! Did you ever read the picture book Bread and Jam for Frances? She only wants to eat bread and jam, but by the end of the story she tries other things and likes them. But at one point she sings a jump-rope song about jam that is a sister-spirited poem to your blueberry poem. It goes something like,

Jam on biscuits
Jam on toast
Jam is the food that I like most
Strawberry, raspberry blackberry
Any berry, I LIKE JAM!

It's raining today, so I still haven't planted those bushes.
Apr. 23rd, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
wow I remember that but can't picture it all. I will have to go look for that, to read it again. Thanks for that, it is great.

Oh send any unwanted rain to Tucson. We need it.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
I have a similar fantasy sometimes. Sometimes it is a used bookstore/cafe too. Also: yuummmm, blueberries....

Apr. 22nd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
O yes, I think the used bookstore part should definitely be added to the fantasy too. In fact, wakanomori said he already mentally was including that as part of the package.

Do you really still like blueberries after picking them for pay? That's encouraging...
Apr. 22nd, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oooh, can I work at your imaginary cafe?? Maybe instead of food/drink, we could just sell some old books? I'm game if you are. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Of course you can! And you can help choose the books too.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yes! You could have a tea garden which dips down into levels with huge ferns and yukkas. There could be stone carved goblins amongst the overgrowth which would look peacefull and serene in the rain and covered decking where one would soak up the serenity of nature and muse the wonder of things.
There would be a menu of healthy foods, including treats like grated carrot with mustard and olive oil, grated corgette with fresh mint, Chopped nuts with oil and soy sauce, cus cus with tumeric and chilli and the finest selection of teas in the whole of America.
A constantly evolving formula to create the worlds greatest vegi burger would be established.
Apr. 23rd, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh, the garden sounds so beautiful! And the food sounds delicious.** In fact, I'm going to make some of that grated carrot w/mustard and olive oil tonight--mmm, it will be great.

**can you come be the cook--or maybe the visiting cook in residence? You can go out and meditate in the garden any time the cooking gets to be too much. Really, you must be a good cook, because every single thing you described sounds marvelous.
Apr. 23rd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
*blush* Thanks!
I have loved cooking for a long time. I am a vegitarian or should I say "pescitarian" and I went out with a girl who was really into nutrition. She well and truly left her mark. At first I hated the idea of nice clean food, but now I adore raw foods with little or no salt. You cant get me to quit bread though.
I always fantasised about owning my own cafe. I often flick through magazines and imagine the decore.
Are you really going to go ahead with your plan? It sounds great.
Apr. 23rd, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
I *wish* I were going ahead with those plans but I'm scared that it wouldn't really work, and I don't have any money to start a business (sigh). So for right now it's just a fantasy. But sometimes it's just so fun to work out all the details, even though it's a fantasy--like you were saying about looking through magazines and imagining the decor.

If I ever do, and if we're all still lj-ing, I really will invite you over to be the guest cook :-)

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