I have had a headache for over a week. After a few days, I began to cast about for a probable cause. First on my list was carbon monoxide. The detector was purchased and installed immediately, and indicates that we do not have a carbon monoxide problem.
Next of my list is the position of the computer monitor. However, I have been lax about adjusting the pile of books under the monitor. Perhaps I can talk myself into experimenting with monitor heights over the next few days. Then again, if I procrastinate long enough, the headache may disappear with no adjustments necessary.
The last, but most likely culprit of the pain-in-my-brain, is that income tax form lurking in the corner of the living room. It is not that I mind receiving my refund for overpaid taxes, it is more that I detest lining my life up in little piles of paper. I keep telling myself it will be over soon enough; at least for this year. It would be easier to just hate spinach.
The weather remains cold. In spite of this, Attila arrives home with a happy smile. Now mind you, that smile may not be the expression he wears all day in the cold wind. It is quite possible that the show of teeth at the back door every evening, represents a happy hunter, home from the hills.
We took possession of another half bushel of pears last week; they have completely disappeared. Attila and I have discovered Pear Chutney; we are enamored. It is wonderful on toast, on crackers, on pappadums. Our annual "must make" list now includes Pear Chutney.
We peeled, quartered, and microwaved the few remaining pears. Last night we had them with almonds and sugar. Today I ate the last of them for lunch, topped with granola. While I do not care for raw pears, cooked pears are a real treat.
I have been working on this site for the last few days, making changes that no one will notice. However, left as it is, sections of this site would become "deprecated" and therefore less accessible. That would not do, not at all. So I have been very busy removing aging font and center tags, and just generally cleaning up the code.
I did consider reading and editing past entries but decided to leave my writing authentically flawed. After all, only Attila and I edit this journal; he is usually sleepy while reading, and is definitely biased in my favor.
Marilyn's Pear Chutney
3 pounds fresh Bartlett pears (about 7 cups), unpeeled, cored, and diced
Combine brown sugar and vinegar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the pears and remaining ingredients. Cook slowly, stirring from time to time, until the mixture is thick, about 1 hour. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal. Chutney may also be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks. Use as a relish with lamb or ham or as an appetizer with cream cheese and crackers. Yield: 5 half-pint jars
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