Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #86

    I spent most of yesterday sitting on the couch trying to do some research on collard greens for this column.  I have a lot of plant, herb, gardening, cooking and preventative health books, so I figured that I would be able to unearth something without getting on the internet (which any of you could do on your own, anyway).  I didn't find as much as I thought I would.  Anyway, the reason I was looking for info to share on the aforementioned collards is because it is now the middle of January and I still have a fairly lively collard plant growing in my back y

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #85

Memorabilia...It's hard to believe that summer is already over.  I swear that I must have missed it this year.  I suppose that I'll be saying that every season from now on ñ the years just zoom by after you hit that 30 year old bench mark (and I hit that a few years back).  I remember when my mom turned 50, she remarked 'well, that went fast!' and I can still recall that intense feeling of dread I experienced at that moment.  I hate how everything just seems to be over and done with in the blink of an eye.  Luckily we've got out memories to s

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #83

    Spring Cleaning...I haven't written a column for awhile and I'm feeling a bit rusty.  I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet, because the combined forces of procrastination (I'm waaaay past the S&L deadline) and inspiration are at a bit of a loggerhead with me these days.  There's always a column spiraling through my head, but when challenged to sit down in front of the computer and actually get all of the bits and pieces out of my head and on to the screen, it's like pulling teeth or putting off that all important spring cleaning.  You know that you'l

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #80

    It feels as though summer might finally be here to stay in the city of suds (Milwaukee, that is).  We've been plagued with weather akin to the Pacific Northwest (cool/cold and rainy) ever since winter ended...but with the Midwest bonus of huge bloodthirsty mosquitoes that will eat you alive as soon as the sun goes down.  Today is HOT and sunny and I'm proud to say that our little communal house garden seems to be flourishing out there in the back yard.  We've made plenty of mistakes (this being our first garden endeavor) like digging out too small of a bed

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #79

I swear that every time I have a column due, nothing exciting/interesting happens that month, but the months prior are pretty chock full of goodness (that I never remember to write down in the moment). I've got a bunch of rambling to do now, so let's get started, shall we?!  It's finally feeling like spring around here.  A couple of really warm days and the whole city's got spring fever...myself included!  Yesterday, our whole household (all 4 of us) got down and dirty outside doing yard maintenance and digging up a garden plot.

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #78

    Ahhh, yes! A new year, another column to procrastinate on until way, way after deadline and the usual round of babbling on about various subjects which may or may not be of any interest to anyone. Let’s begin, shall we?! I’m sitting here at 1-ish in the morning, eating a piece of vegan chocolate mousse pie from one of our local Milwaukee food co-ops and waiting for my Douglas fir tip tea to finish steeping. It is damn cold out...somewhere in the 9 degree area, but possibly even colder with that darn wind-chill factor.

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #77

    About a week ago, I was really gung-ho to write this column...and now it just feels like pulling teeth to sit down in front of the computer.  Probably because I’ve been having so many stupid issues with hotmail and ebay in the past couple of months that it just isn’t funny. Don’t you just love it when you get denied access to an account because you’ve forgotten your password (EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVEN’T!!!).

Ask the Bartender, Ask the Plants, Ask Karoline #75

I’ve got spring fever in the worst possible way. We had a late winter here in Wisconsin, with more snow in March than at any other time during that dreaded season. Earlier this week the thermometers were topping out in the high 80’s and now, as I write, it is in the 30’s. Pretty much everyone I know is going through some massive cabin fever, and no one really knows what to do with themselves with this unpredictable climate.

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