Apparatus

I had already bought a photo copy stand to help with digitizing the old family photos from my mom’s apartment. But when we unearthed a box of tintypes, I knew I had to step up my lighting game. That’s 2 off-camera flash heads, plus a lamp to give me enough light to focus by. These all have polarizer gel over them; the polarizing filter on the lens then blocks just about all unwanted reflections.

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Not Clear

Summer St. in front of my office was a bit of a slushy mess this morning (and not much improved by this evening). The sidewalks in the area, however, are in pretty good shape.

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Soup is good food

Especially on a snow day. This is a new recipe for me, Caldo Verde from Serious Eats, with potato and kale.

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Confusing

Balaclava, baklava, whatever. I took them both to work this morning.

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Multitasking

I’m using today’s extreme cold as an opportunity to make both chicken stock AND beef stew.

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Documentation

My mom is downsizing again and my brothers and I are going through her apartment, ruthlessly discarding junk and documenting the rest for family members to claim. This, for example, is the toy banjo that we siblings each annoyed my parents with when we were kids.

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Tiny little trunk

If only I remembered where I put my doubloons, I’d have someplace to store them now. Beer coaster for scale.

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On Schedule

For once, our Christmas cactus has got the right holiday this year — in the past it’s been everything from a Halloween cactus to an Easter cactus.

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Clock

If my father’s research is accurate, this clock — which has been in my family since new — was made in 1857. It’s a pendulum-regulated, weight-driven clock and still works fine after all these years.

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It’s so BIG

Quite possibly the largest garlic clove I’ve ever seen.

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