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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This and that

After the great day on the swamp on Friday, I worked the next two days in the VC.  Business has picked up as predicted, so at least there aren’t hours and hours of no visitors.

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When I drove to work on Sunday, I noticed one of the pine trees about to explode with pollen.  Luckily I’m not allergic to this pollen, as it has been coating everything for a couple of weeks.

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I found each end of the branches to be very geometric with the round spread of needles, and the bouquet of catkins in the middle.

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The centers kind of reminded me of those ‘snakes’ you light with a match.  Remember those?  As a kid I loved the smell of the sulphur when you lit one of those little black pellets that grew before your very eyes.  This looked like a whole box got lit at once to me.

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                                              A SMALL FOREST OF CYPRESS KNEES IN THE SWAMP

I was pleasantly surprised to get an email yesterday, on a National Holiday, from the Volunteer Coordinator at the National Elk Refuge (NWR) in Wyoming.  I had applied to volunteer there for the coming summer, but it is a very competitive process since lots of people want to volunteer there.  It’s located in Jackson which is close to both Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP. 

My friends, John and Diana, have volunteered there the last couple of summers, and alerted me early last fall to the possibility of some openings for this summer.  Folks that volunteer there tend to return for several years.  So I was happy to hear that I’ll be granted an interview within the next couple of weeks.  I’m thinking I’m good to go, but one can never tell.  Diana, of course, has put in a good word for me.  Winking smile

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                                                                  WILD BLUEBERRY BLOOMS?

I seem to remember some bloggers like Gypsy mentioning that they really like Biscotti.  I’ve never really had it before, so when I saw it at Publix this morning on the buy one/get one free table, I decided to try it.  I don’t need two boxes of it since I didn’t know if I’d like it, but at Publix if you only buy one you get it for half price.  I chose a package with cranberry/pistachio Biscotti.  I tried a piece tonight, but the jury is still out.  I’ll see if the taste and dryness of the bread grow on me.  Do you like it?

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

44 comments:

  1. Oh, that good ole pine pollen! Covers everything a nice shade of yellow.

    I'm not crazy about biscotti...seems like I had chocolate? Of course, I'll eat anything with chocolate!

    I hope you get the job you want at the Elk Refuge...

    Until next time...

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  2. Fingers crossed for the Elk Refuge for you. That would be a great place. Not a biscotti fan. I know a lot of folks like to dunk it in coffee but since I'm not a coffee drinker - well.

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  3. I'm with Jim & Sandie. Not a biscotti or coffee fan. But I am a BIG fan of pine trees and love your pictures. They are so artistic both the pictures and the trees. Do those trees have a wonderful piney smell???

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  4. We have a recipe for cranberry pistachio biscotti. It's "to die for" dipped in coffee, hot tea, or milk. Amazing how it's so dry, but when dunked, it dissolves in your mouth. Definitely too dry to eat plain.

    Hope you get that job you're after!

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  5. Yup, yesterday I got Turtle Pecan and Salted Caramel biscotti at the BOGO table. Both are good, kinda nice when you have a sweet tooth. With or w/o coffee. We like.

    Methinks the Nat'l Elk Refuge would be a grand place to spend a summer! (fingers crossed)

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  6. After Paul retired from teaching, we did chain saw craving. He used cypress knees to do a ton of smaller cravings. I have one hanging in the fifth wheel. It is a tree spirit. He did beautiful work.

    Biscotti are definitely a dunking cookie.

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  7. The location of that elk refuge sounds perfect to me. I hope your interview goes well!

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  8. Yes like the others above have said Biscotti is a dunkin cookie. Most Italian house holds keep in ready supply.

    I love the picture of the little Blueberry blooms so delicate.

    I know you will do well at the interview but good luck anyway sounds like a great summer job.

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  9. You lost me at ~ I loved the smell of the sulphur when you lit one of those little black pellets that grew before your very eyes. ~ holy moly ... burning sulphur? ew

    well? biscotti is absolutely wonderful with coffee as said above ... It's usually in big ol jars at coffee bars... good stuff.

    If you don't like coffee then it would certainly be very dry... don't know if it'd be as tasty in hot tea or such ... never tried it.

    Hope you get your Jackson job... sooooo beautiful there...

    Love pine trees... grew up with them ~

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  10. I have made biscotti...you have to dunk it in coffee for the full effect...It is very dry without that...Oh, I so hope you get to go to Wyoming this summer...another totally different place, and we loved it!

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  11. Biscotti works in tea or hot cider. I like it dry but have to break it in pieces- lasts longer too!
    Good luck with your interview.

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  12. Fingers crossed that you get to go to Elk Refuge!!

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  13. Sure hope you get the elk refuge. Will be a great excuse for us to head to the Tetons for another visit with you and Emma. :)

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  14. The elk refuge is a really nice place, hope you get it. The Biscotti is an acquired taste that grows on you.

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  15. Good luck, Judy. I hope you get the job. What a beautiful place to spend time. For selfish reasons, I'm anxious to read your blogs about the area, and to see the beautiful pictures you'll take.

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  16. I hope you get the Elk Refuge job. I like Biscotti dipped in my coffee or tea.

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  17. If it's too crunchy and crispy to suit your taste, just dunk it in coffee (or possibly tea). Don't leave it in the liquid more than a second because it gets soaked through and soft, and will break up in your coffee. I love the almond biscotti with chunky almonds, and one side coated in chocolate. I need to run out to Costco tomorrow and get some!

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  18. The Elk Refuge sounds great. You need to come out of the swamps to land and dry off. ;c)

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  19. as hobopals says, blog posts from the Elk Refuge would be awesome. . .and with Grand Tetons NP and Yellowstone being so close. . .well, the sources of blog fodder would be endless. . .fingers crossed for you!

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  20. John told me to tell you to dip you biscotti in your morning coffee and you will love it. I've never had biscotti and hate coffee, so I cannot second that motion.

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  21. I also did not like the dry bread, so I used it to make French toast. I drink my coffee black, so didn't think about dipping it. Hope you get to go to Jackson, one of our favorite areas. Will you have to physically go there to interview, not Skype?

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  22. If you get the Elk Refuge spot, it just might prompt us to make Yellowstone our late summer destination! Fingers crossed all around!

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  23. butterbean carpenterFebruary 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Howdy Judy & Emma,
    I LIKE THE TURTLE PIC!!! Iloooove biscotti(any kind) BUT you MUST dip it in SOMETHING or you'll break your toofies!!! I'm a coffeeholic (10 MUGS a day), so I use Folger's for my DUNKIN'!!!! Wyoming is GREAT country to spend the summer in, if only there weren't so many out of state people there!!! You will see some 'strange birds' though!!! Emma will like the elk, they'll chase her!!! YOU WILL GET THE POSITION!!!
    A blog without a 'gator in it; Judy, you're slippin'!!!! Hope the hip's getting stronger each day!!!

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  24. Those snakes were my favorite fireworks for years.

    Biscotti makes me think of the hard toast we used to give to teething babies.

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  25. We've visited the National Elk Refuge but never volunteered there... great opportunity to see Yellowstone and even on up to Glacier (my favorite!)... hope your interview goes well. That pine pollen is really hard on folks with allergies.. and it's really bad about coating vehicles and motorhomes with a coat of sticky yellow dust. UGH!

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  26. Love,love,love dunking Biscotti.

    You are a shoe in for any job you set your mind to.

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  27. Love the turtle soaking up all those rays. He knows a good thing doesn't he? Good Luck getting the refuge job, sounds exciting.

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  28. Love Biscotti with cappucino! Best wishes on the summer job in WY!!

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  29. Not keen on biscotti either. Hope you get the elk refuge job, it's a cool place!

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  30. Good luck on your interview.
    I like biscotti dry or dipped, but I don't get it often as it isn't good for my waist, hips etc..lol

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  31. Biscotti just tastes like stale bread to me - I think those Italians have put one over on us!

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  32. Oh, Judy, won't it be fabulous if you can get to the Elk Refuge this summer! Wow! It is incredibly beautiful there.... And biscotti is really good with coffee, I like to dip mine... Nannie

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  33. Beautiful photos! WOW! All the best on your interview!!

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  34. Oh, and also: those might be huckleberry blooms - they bloom earlier than blueberries.

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  35. Oh yes, another one rooting for the Elk Refuge here! We just got the word we have a job in West Yellowstone for the summer so we're definitely coming over for a visit to meet in person!

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  36. My son loves biscotti dipped in milk! I'm not crazy about it, although I did teeth on it when I was a baby. I was born in Italy and it was easy to get. Mother said I wouldn't touch the teething biscuits she bought at the PX.

    How long are you going to be in south GA? We are hoping to leave next week (YES!!!) and are planning to meander through So-GA on our way to FL and Disney. Would love to meet you and Miss Emma! :-)

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  37. Good luck with the Elk Refuge. We are volunteering with a couple who have worked there the past five years and speak very well of it. They are going to Alaska this year so they may be one of the vacancies!

    Mark

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  38. I like the chocolate and carmel biscotti and dunk it
    in hot chocolate.. I know bad me...lol Cold Stone hot chocolate.
    thanks for your comment on my pelican
    donna

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  39. Biscotti is best dipped in your favorite coffee. Yum!

    Good luck with your interview. They would be blessed to have you on their volunteer team.

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  40. Yes, as others have mentioned a little dipping in your morning coffee or evening hot chocolate is good. The Italians traditionally dip it in Vin Santo, a sweet wine, for an after-dinner treat. My favorite biscotti is simple almond.

    Good luck with the interview, I always find phone interviews more stressful than face-to-face ones!

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  41. Catherine really likes biscotti- she is a dunker. I don't like stuff dunked in my coffee so I don't eat it.

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  42. No opinion on biscotti. I prefer my extra calories in good chocolate and ice cream! They will be lucky to have you in Jackson!

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  43. I hope you get the position at Jackson--since I'll be up at Mammoth Hot Springs, we can get together!

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  44. I like the biscotti tht are dipped in dark chocolate. They go well with a cup of mint tea.

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