May Newsletter


It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

~ Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective

Dear Readers,

I don't know about you, but I definitely have a case of spring fever.  This is the time of year where I want to stay out from dawn 'til dusk, like I used to as a kid.  This is the time of year when the urge to run barefoot in the grass, or to sit and watch the stars come out, takes on a certain charm.  

We have a nest of baby mockingbirds outside our window, and the cats have been very, very interested.  They've even offered to babysit, although the mommy mockingbird hasn't taken them up on it yet.  The babies have one call at the moment, a piercing sound that's a cross between a peep and a whistle.  Hungry! Hungry!  The parents, hauling back bugs to the nest every few minutes, must be exhausted (but not enough to hire a sitter, apparently).  Once the babies grow up, they'll quickly learn the bird-calls of many other species (their scientific name is Mimus polyglottos, or "many-tongued mimic").  When you hear a bird cheerfully reeling off about 20 different calls in the space of a minute, you've got a mockingbird on your hands.  They're so persistently happy, It's no wonder that up until the early 1900s, people used to catch them and keep them as pets!  

I have a couple nice cures for spring fever for you.  If you're in the mood for opening your windows wide and chucking all your possession out on the lawn in an impromptu yard sale, you may enjoy reading Colin Cowie Chic: The Guide to Life As It Should Be.  Mr. Cowie is welcome to reorganize my home anytime--he's inspired, and unlike some organizing guides I've read (among them the immensely popular The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I reviewed for my Best Books of 2015), his book does not examine the theory of organizing in such microscopic detail that you find yourself feeling a bit claustrophobic as you persevere through the pages.  Colin Cowie Chic has lots of lovely pictures, recipes, and more to get you going.

If you're in the mood for fresh fruits and vegetables, may I suggest a visit to your local farmers market?  If you're new to the area, or just haven't tried the local food scene yet, Yelp can be a reliable source of information for tracking down a good market. And before you go, you may enjoy my latest post, Ten Commandments of the Farmers Market (thou shalt share it with thine locavore friends, too).  

On the other hand, if you're in the mood for chocolate (which is always in season), you might like to try our new recipe for Decadent Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake.  You'll need a springform pan (we have this one from Pampered Chef) and a bit of practice if you've never baked a cheesecake before.  Practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, however: I wrote a piece recently about why recipes don't always turn out as planned, and why cooking can be frustrating (especially when you're first learning). Although come to think of it, some people, like my new brother-in-law, are just born with the "cooking gene" as they whip up delicious meals with the greatest of ease.  If you find one of these talented souls, you can become a very appreciative eater, which will save you the trouble of having to learn to cook!  Win-win.  

I hope May brings you all the best, spring fever included!  

Yours Truly,