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Moose the Cat

We have a beautiful old bureau in our living room that serves as an art-project purgatory. One of my big accomplishments this week was organizing said dresser and pulling out all the art work that, until recently, I felt I didn’t have time to finish.

Like this portrait of a cat.  I finished it this afternoon, but it was started over a year ago as part of a barter.

Last year, my partner came across a suspiciously inexpensive Egon Schiele painting for auction on ebay.  Expecting nothing more than a larf, he bid on the thing just before bed.  In the morning, we discovered that we’d just acquired a beautiful ‘original’ Schiele for $65 + shipping.

Whether or not this piece is really the handiwork of one of my all-time-favorite artists, I can not say. On the one hand, the signature is spot-on, and I think that the subject looks a lot like the artist’s wife, Edith. On the other hand…it cost $65. Whatever it’s origins, we really love owning this gorgeous piece, and it means a lot to us as one of the first pieces of art we collected together.

We asked our friend who works at a framing shop if she could dress up our new acquisition. We wanted to spare no expense: archival everything; wood frame…the works. In exchange for the fabulous job she did, I drew a portrait of her dearly departed cat, Moose.

I had spent several evenings in Moose’s genial company.  I knew her to be a very serene old broad, and– even more than most cats– a connoisseur of fine sunshine. I wanted to convey her tranquility and recreate the contented expression that we loved about her.

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THE BOTULISM QUESTION

After I designed a label, J and I spent the better part of an entire day bottling barbecue sauce.  It was one of those deceptive Pinterest-inspired ideas that we thought would be a cost- and effort-saving way to get our holiday gifts made in one fell swoop.  

Bottling tomato-based elixirs is more complicated than just dumping it into a tupperware bin and loading it into the freezer.  However, we weren’t aware of this until we’d already ordered bottles, created and printed labels, and bought $60 worth of ingredients.

Rather than a delightful afternoon of giggling and dabbing tomato sauce on each other’s noses while It’s a Wonderful Life played in the background, we were surrounded by stacks of sticky pots and pans, muddling through an improvised sterilization process for which we were completely unprepared. Starting by boiling bottles and caps for a half hour, but finding ourselves without the recommended pressure cooker to finish the job, we opted for another boiling water bath after the bottles had been filled with steaming sauce.

The bottles were left out to cool, and we were pleased to find the majority of the lug caps had suction-popped inward. However, visions of angry phone calls from hospitalized, botulism-riddled friends and family lead me to load the bottles into the fridge as soon as possible, and toss in a recommendation to “KEEP FROZEN and once open, consume within 2 weeks.” We gave (sentenced) our loved ones to consuming 14.5 oz. of barbecue sauce in a 14-day time span. Merry Christmas.