As I write this, it's Armistice Day. It's a very important Armistice Day, in fact--the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. So let's have a moment of silence, please, and consider the sacrifices made during that "war to end all wars." But solemn as I believe this holiday ought to be, I… Continue reading Rilla of Ingleside and Wacky Covers
It should be mentioned here that I love reading advice columns. It's always nice to know that someone else is having bigger problems than me. Back when I my local paper carried Miss Manners, that was my go-to column, just because I've always loved the style of it. The paper has since stopped carrying Miss Manners (for… Continue reading An Austenesque Advice Column
I know, the title's a bit strange. But so is the story. Keep reading--it'll be fun, I promise. On its own, my hair is a dark auburn. Or, if we're going to wax poetic like an English teacher of mine once did, "chocolate with red highlights". Very pretty, when I look back, but at the… Continue reading The Great Walnut Experiment of ’17
In my previous post, I began a who-knows-how-long series on homeschooling. I consider myself to be an authority on the subject, considering that I am, after all, homeschooled. This post, I think, is about the 'funny stuff': all the humour related to the fascinating and mysterious world of homeschoolers. So: questions. In no particular order,… Continue reading Homeschooler, Part II
I realize that this is a strange post for a Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice blog, but bear with me here. I. Cannot. Make. Mayonnaise. In theory, it's all very simple: you take an egg yolk, stir briskly, add olive oil, stir more, add more oil, stir--until you have a wonderful, creamy emulsion that is clear… Continue reading Mayonnaise
I am currently digesting the remains of a Thanksgiving supper as I write this, and it occurs to me that this may not be the best thing to do. I am also wondering how and why I ate as much as my family members, and the only logical reason I can come up with is… Continue reading Did They Actually Eat That?
In all fairness, the title should read, "This Week in Pride and Prejudice," because starting on the 12th, all Hell seems to break loose in the Bennet household, Jane is invited to Netherfield. And, by a clever (and mildly insane) plan of Mrs. Bennet's, nearly dies. Oh, wait:This covers about the 12th through the 14th, at… Continue reading Today in Pride and Prejudice-A Slough of Events