Friday, March 13, 2009

So this one is the Joe's Ancient Orange Mead. I couldn't resist.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

That right there is my first baby. Boy, is she a big one. That is my blueberry spice wine.

I have not stopped knitting but I've had to limit my knitting to weekends because when i knit I can't write and this new endeavor tends to leave my hands free and doesn't involve constant supervision.

If all goes well it should clear up in about a month and should have an ABV of about 10%-12%, so it won't keep for a long time but it's got alcohol in it.

Monday, March 9, 2009


It's Monday. I can hear traffic and the wind blowing and I have no desire to get up and open a single miniblind to see what the day has in store for me. Instead I'm propped up in bed, writing this and an application and thankful that my work can be done anywhere in my apartment. I forgot to give Chela food last night, so she kindly woke me this morning to remind me of my duties as a servant to the realm. Now she's some where sleeping the food off, probably wanting me to get up and turn on a movie for her, but I won't because I am not that whipped.

Wines are coming along nicely. One more week for the Merlot, then it's bottling time. Two more weeks for the blueberry, then I can rack it into a new container and let it settle out for a month. Three more weeks for the mead and then it's into a gallon jug for at least 2 months. I figure I can start new batches of wine in about 2 weeks.

Here's a picture of the mead in the primary. I'll take another when I check my gravity in a week.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Another Day, Fewer Dollars

Well, it's a sunday afternoon and I'm sitting in a tiny windowless office with only the internet and catalogs to keep me from losing my mind. I did bring some knitting to do but I haven't been motivated to start and finish these very cute fingerless gloves. Instead, I'm obsessing about wine, and getting things in order to do some serious writing in the upcoming weeks. I'm hoping to head to Wisconsin this month and do a few interviews, and to Portland in late April and do 5 or 6 there. With any luck I'm hoping to start doing phone interviews within the next 2 weeks.

I have no idea what has caused this sudden work spurt but I'm not going to think too deeply about it. Maybe it's my desperate need to finish school before my 20th highschool reunion, or my desire to 'grow-up' and get a real job, but whatever it is I hope to ride it until at least August.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Well I think everything in the world is looking bright and great! I'm writing and knitting and the winemaking has taken the edge off my inability to write. I'm not sure why or how, but this is a gift horse I will not look in the mouth. I started a batch of blueberry which is looking like a hot mess at the moment. Hopefully, in the morning I'll have some fermentation and i can try to thin it out a little more. Right now it's doing nothing.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Hobby or...

When will I ever be finished with my dissertation?

I recently gave in and bought the equipment needed to start making wine. I got a kit because I figure a few batches of wine that were almost but not completely foolproof would bolster my confidence. I figure I will work out the kinks and come spring work on trying to make fruit wines.

To the left is a picture of my fermenter pail with an airlock and wrapped up to keep out the light. It's bubbling but you can't see it. I have to move it to the secondary fermenter next week, after I get back into town.

Ah wine, a merlot, I can't wait to make someone else try it first.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I feel soul tired

I feel like no matter how much sleep I get (and I have been getting 8-10 hours) it's never enough. By the time 2pm rolls around I've been yawning for hours. I haven't been feeling sick, but the exhaustion is there always, bulging right behind my eyes, the bags and dark circles I see are the only outward signs that something is just not right.