Happy St. David’s Day

March 1, 2023

St. David is recognized as the Patron Saint of Wales – the protector and symbol of that country. He was a well known priest and teacher during the 6th century and is a symbol of the culture of the Welsh people throughout history – first standing up to the Norman invaders and later to the diminishing of the Welsh language and culture in more modern times.

I, personally, like leeks – although I have no desire to eat a raw one, but I did make Potato-Leek Soup this weekend. It is one of my favorite soup recipes and is good for lunch, dinner, breakfast, snacks, hot, cold, lukewarm, etc.

The recipe:

4 leeks chopped mostly the white part

1 medium chopped

sautéed leeks and onion in 3 Tbs. of butter until soft

peel and chop 4-5 russet potatoes

add them to the leek and onion mixture

add 6-7 cups of chicken broth

add 1/4-1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

cover and cook 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are soft

Let the mixture cool for a bit, then buzz in a blender

Add fresh or dried dill – I used dried – about 1 1/2 tsp.

You can add 1 cup of half and half or cream before serving, but I don’t think it needs it.

It looks something like this. I cannot show you mine because I had it for lunch.


I forgot to post this

March 1, 2023

For Engineers’ Week – it’s still funny


So much we still do not know

February 28, 2023

Link: Visual Capitalist


Just sappy

February 24, 2023



February 22, 2023

Interesting street art by Roadsworth in Montreal

Read more here


Perspective II

February 18, 2023

Plastic waste in the ocean is a real problem, but the teeth-gnashing and hair tearing I hear regarding America’s guilt regarding ocean plastic – or any plastic – (especially since I make a living working with talented people who conscientiously research the production, use and re-use of plastic to benefit humanity) – is over the top.

“Some might think that the countries producing or consuming the most plastic are the ones that pollute the oceans the most. But that is not true.”

Read the whole story here.


Sappy Cat

February 17, 2023


February 16, 2023

More star stuff

February 16, 2023

This time, closer to home

“A massive new composite released earlier this year reveals a confounding number of stars in the Milky Way. An international collaboration gathered from multiple telescopes at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, the stunning work captures a staggering 3.32 billion celestial objects across 130 degrees of the night sky—for context, the NSF’s NOIRLab team, which is responsible for the 21,400-image composite, shares that this stretch “equates to 13,000 times the angular area of the full moon.”

This quote and image are from This is Colossal. Read the whole story at the link which includes a panoramic view of the Milky Way – the photo above is just a snapshot.


Workers fall into a vat of chocolate

February 15, 2023

Here is the story: https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/mars-wrigley-fined-after-workers-fall-into-vat-of-chocolate/

I hope they are okay.

It reminds me of the Smothers Brothers’ routine…

Thanks to Robb for the reference