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Wally Hartshorn
Springfield, IL
I blog about my life at and about food at
Interests: science fiction, skepticism, web development, photography, computers, genealogy, locavores, food
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I'm toying with the idea of blogging again. Step 1 is remembering how this thing works. I'm still taking plenty of photos (although probably not as many as I once did), which I from time to time post on Flickr or Facebook. However, neither of those work as well as I would like for presenting the photos with more than a few lines of text, so a blog might work better. We'll see. On the other hand, I might just put this back into storage again and forget about it. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Talking to Myself Again
My son finally decided to get his hair cut shortly before he started 3rd grade. He was 8-years-old and for most of his life his favorite color was pink. He eventually got tired of correcting the waitresses (although he always did so in a very calm, matter-of-fact way) and announced that he wanted to have his hair cut. Here are before and after pictures. . I still miss his long hair. :-(
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2014 on Ike's Hairz, A Love Story at amalah . com
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This counts as a mess in your house? How quaint! In our house, if we were to take "before" and "after" pics when embarking on a massive cleaning effort, these pics would be the "after". (I'm jealous.)
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Well... crap. Now I feel sad.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2013 on An Ordinary Day Like Every Other at amalah . com
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+1 for using the phrase "baby flying spaghetti monster". :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2013 on WWTHID? at amalah . com
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Have you ever taken Noah to see a play? We recently took our 8-year-old son to see "Peter Pan" and he loved it! I'm not talking about a Broadway, big budget extravaganza. I'm talking about community theater, where the special effects are simple enough that Noah can tell that Peter is being hoisted by wires, and that the dog acting as the children's nurse is just an actor in a suit, and that Tinkerbell is just a laser dot on the wall. That might help him understand the difference between real and pretend, especially when the cast comes out afterwards to take their bows.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2013 on Sideways at amalah . com
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Glad to hear that Ezra is fine, but what I'm wondering is, WHAT ABOUT NOAH? Is he going to get the green band?! Come on, Mom! He can totally do it! Swimming in the deep end is waiting!
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2013 on Boy Meets Pavement at amalah . com
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I'm bored! I'm so bored! Enough with the diaper talk! How about something about Legos? :-)
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For those of you geeking out over Clue, you might be interested to know that will be covering Clue in 2 more weeks, if I remember their schedule right. Film Sack is a very funny podcast in which 4 guys sit around talking about movies that are available for streaming on Netflix. Speaking of which, Clue is available for streaming over Netflix. Go forth and enjoy!
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2012 on She's Lump, Part Who Cares at amalah . com
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You're being WAY too nice, Amy. None of this was accidental or merely a misunderstanding. If it were me, I'd be hiring a lawyer to ensure that she doesn't just pick someone else to plagiarize.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2012 on To Whom It May Concern at amalah . com
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July 20, 2010. That was the date of the previous posting on this blog. Over 18 months ago. (*does some math*) 562 days ago. So. What to write about? Well, there is plenty to write about. Trying to summarize a year and a half in one blog post is... overwhelming. So I'm not going to try. I'll just get us caught up to the present. I spent quite a bit of time becoming addicted to Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), which moved to a "free to play" business model in September 2010. (That might explain the lack of posting.)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Talking to Myself Again
So. I haven't posted here in over 5 months, with very few posts in the months before that. So let's cover the entire year with a single blog posting, shall we? Home Improvement Repair Last year it was a new septic system. This year it was a new heat pump to replace our dead/dying air conditioner and furnace. Back in January, I realized that our furnace just wasn't heating very well. We had someone replace the bit that wasn't working and it worked much better. Crisis averted! Or was it? Come spring we had someone come out to recharge our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Talking to Myself Again
Murder in the Garden, originally uploaded by Wally Hartshorn. I took this photo on the same day as the previous one. It's on the other side of the same bush. Yes, the Japanese beetles are back in the area! Hopefully they won't be overly fruitful and multiply. Actually, they're very nifty beetles. I had a large insect collection when I was younger, and I really liked these. Of course, I wasn't much concerned with gardening at the time, so my perspective was a little different. Don't worry; the title of this photo is overly dramatic. It's merely assault and battery,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Talking to Myself Again
Flower by our House, originally uploaded by Wally Hartshorn. These very large flowers were planted by the previous owner on either side of the garage door. They're beautiful! And we want to get rid of them! Seriously, the are gorgeous, but the plants are too big for that space, and they droop out over the driveway This will be more of an issue once we finally start parking both cars in the garage. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at Talking to Myself Again
Don't go away yet! I will post again! I promise! Today, even! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Springfield Locavore
Spring onion slices roll. That is all. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at Springfield Locavore
So how did things go on Thursday? Breakfast Eggs from Loyd Family Farms (Williamsville), with colby cheese from from Ropp Jersey Cheese (Normal). Lunch Green beans from Voss Pecans (Carlyle), strawberries from Livesprings Berries & Produce (Chandlerville), challah bread and... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Springfield Locavore
Remember to bring cash. That is all. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at Springfield Locavore
We might try it. However, we just located a source for locally made pasta (Pasta Alley in Decatur), although it is made from non-local ingredients. (See today's post for details.) When I was saying the pasta wouldn't be the right shape, I was talking about things like elbow pasta (macaroni) and shell pasta. In other words, pasta that isn't flat. You're right, though, that if he makes it himself and gets a bit creative, that might get him interested in actually eating it! :-)
Wednesday was an important day for us! First, it was the opening day for the Old Capitol Farmers' Market. Secondly, our 5-year-old, Lando, was "graduating" from Preschool in the Park. Both events were happening in the morning, so we had... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at Springfield Locavore
I've seen a suggestion to use a turkey baster to suck up the cream. We've been using a fine-mesh strainer, which catches most of it. However, the idea of using a beverage jug with a spigot sounds appealing. The main complaint seems to be that they all leak. However, one person left a review on the one above in which they said that a couple of rubber washers can fix the problem. $50 is a lot of money to spend on something that might not work, though!
Hi, Jennifer! Welcome to the area! I've had a couple of people suggest that we make our own pasta. How much work is that? We might give it a try, as a friend of ours says she already has a pasta maker. I have a feeling my 5-year-old son might object, since the pasta we make won't be the right shape. Young kids can be very particular about what food is supposed to look like! A few weeks ago Dawn made Rice Crispy treats herself, rather than buying the pre-made bars. Lando wouldn't eat the ones Dawn had made, because they didn't look exactly like the bars he was used to! :-) Then again, the fun of making pasta might overcome his concerns about food being the right shape. We'll see!
Hi, Darla. It isn't really the septic tank itself that fails. What happens is over time the leach field eventually becomes clogged and stops absorbing water at a fast enough rate. (The previous owner apparently wasn't even aware that she had a septic system, so it's unlikely that she maintained it properly.) In our case, the system was 37 years old, so its time had come. It was 2 months before the new system was installed, in part because there was a bit of a delay while we investigated hooking into the city sewer system, but also because it just would not stop raining! We had 11 1/2 inches of rain in October, another 3 1/2 inches in November, and 4 1/2 inches in December! That's a total of 19+ inches of rain, when the average total for that 3-month period is less than an inch. Over on my other blog, you can read all of the details (complete with numerous photos) in 2 posts called Life without a Septic System and Septic System Saga.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2010 on Day 1 Results. Not. at Springfield Locavore
When my alarm clock went off, I hit the snooze button to get a few more minutes of sleep. The next time I woke up it was an hour later. Yikes! I'd overslept! (Actually, if you think about it, getting... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Springfield Locavore
On my way home from work yesterday, I stopped by Roberts Seafood Market and bought local milk (from Kilgus Farmstead in Fairbury, IL). This milk is pasteurized, but non-homogenized. That means that, before you open it, you are supposed to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Springfield Locavore