Another mythologizing animal sharing a spark of intellectual passion!
Once a week we usually have some friends over for dinner and gaming or video-watching. For the night falling on Hallowe'en week I decided to celebrate a bit with a special recipe: Rat on a Stick! Here it is in all its delightfully messy glory:
1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup finely crushed cheddar cheese crackers
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 lb. cheese (Colby, Colby Cheddar, or Jack Colby)
1 Tbsp. honey
1 cup barbecue sauce
8 wooden meat skewers or equivalent
- for optional tails -
4 pieces spaghetti
red food coloring
I'm working on making more costumes and other outfits this year, for fun and enjoyment. One of the things I bought for an upcoming planned steampunk costume is a "sort of" leather cincher. It's not really a corset, and I don't usually pull it really tight since I dislike the stiff, stuck-in-one-position feeling corsets and such give me. Oddly, I've also found I tend to breath more shallowly in such restrictive garments, which isn't smart. Anyway, I used it this year for a quickie impromptu costume, and one of my housemates was kind enough to snap a photo of me.
Also some random silliness: I was paused at a stoplight by a Mini car sales-place, and four of them were parked on the corner side by side. They were all black, with some odd painted designs on them, so while I waited for the light to change I studied them idly. The black wasn't so bad, but the ruby red on the front bumper and grill looked weird — sort of vaguely lips-like. The curling silver stripes on another one wasn't so bad…
-and that's when it hit me: the four little Minis were painted up like the four members of the Kiss rock band! They were hilariously cute — a great "mask" effect for the Hallowe'en season! My only regret was not having a camera with me. :)
I had some bisque-fired ceramics, and a friend had some coupons for Fireworks, a nearby ceramics-glazing shop, so we decided to get together. The shop is one of those places where you select the bisque-fired ceramics you want, glaze them in the colors of your choice, leave them to be glaze-fired, then pick them up a week later when they're all done. The people there are very nice, and will allow you to bring in your own ceramics as well, charging you slightly less for just the glaze and firing.
I ended up with four pieces, all of which were intended for Solstice or holiday gifts. I didn't want to show them here until they'd all been given to their respective new owners, but now they have… so here's the photo. I was so pleased with how they all turned out! All the new owners were deeply touched as well, so I think I'll be going back to Fireworks again — it's a great personalized gift idea!
Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.
Help yourself & me too!