October 7, 2012

"The candidate listens, sympathetically."

Nina goes to a political fundraiser, gets a picture of the candidate, blogs it with lots of unrelated photographs, and never names the candidate. The post is titled "chill" and seems to be mostly about its being cold here in Wisconsin.
Soon after we retreat, not being the "stay and mingle" types. We take a yard sign with us.

At the farmette, I snip nasturtium....
Politics! Don't want too much of them.

33 comments:

sydney said...

Her nasturtiums are very beautiful. Much moreso than a politician, I bet. I'm going to go pick my nasturtiums now.

Michael said...

Nina is insufferable. G. A. G.

edutcher said...

Somehow, I don't want to know what a "farmette" is.

ndspinelli said...

She's talking about what I call "head tilters". They tilt their head to the right and look very concerned. Tammy is a Hall of Famer @ that.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

There's no such thing as vegan chili.

rehajm said...

Amusing in that slightly disturbing way..

The post is titled Chill

Alternative title: Xanax

Dr Weevil said...

Nasturtiums (nasturtia?) make tasty sandwiches, too. Just put the leaves on bread with a little mayo: as I recall (it's been 40+ years, but I remember them well) they have the consistency of lettuce but with a tangy oniony bite. Wikipedia says the flowers are edible, too, and they would probably improve the taste, and certainly improve the looks, of a salad.

rcommal said...

I liked Nina's post.

pm317 said...

Those flowers look great and yes, they are edible. I want them in my garden next season.

Dr Weevil said...

The leaves are really cool, too: round, with the stems right in the middle, like little umbrellas.

MadisonMan said...

And yet the clouds stuck around all night so we didn't freeze. Hooray!

Moose said...

Kinda like watching Seinfeld without the humor.

madAsHell said...

You can eat the nasturtium leaves?
I've only eaten the flowers, and they taste like honey mustard.

pm317 said...

And beautiful Fall picture in Nina's post. When will we see yours?

We have started to see color turning here but not much yet. I have the prettiest commute to work everyday, despite it taking an hour each way, it lifts me up. It is the tourists circuit around DC, (how cool is that) and majority of it goes through Rock Creek Park and then along the river. It is like living in Rome and driving by the Colosseum everyday, or in Paris and walking by Eiffel Tower, or Florence and walking by the Duomo everyday.

Inga said...

Nina has a gorgeous blog, love her little yellow farmhouse and gardens. As for all the Tofu eating, no thanks for me, I assume that was a Tofu hot dog. Chili without meat seems, well, sort of sad.

Hmmm, just who was that candidate?

wyo sis said...

There's a place for the Nina's of the world...
Wisconsin it seems.

Earnest liberalism is comforting. It makes me remember liberals are people trying to do their best as they see it just like conservatives. It's the intellectuals with an agenda and the shrill angry people we need to scrutinize. On both sides.

nina said...

Thanks Ann and the rest of the commenters, too.

It's hard these days not to be political about everything, but my attendance at the political event notwithstanding, I just haven't the heart for politics. I think my parents, who still at ages 89 and 86 live and breathe the stuff, sucked it right out of me. So I mention these things, but I try hard not to give them too much space, because in the scheme of things, they simply do not occupy that much of my attention.

As for the vegan chili -- as I noted, I like vegetarian chili alright (though ground turkey rules!), but I prefer one without the addition of "pretend meat."

And yes, we got all set for a deep freeze that never happened.

pm317 said...

Nina, you are so right about not getting sucked into politics. But it is difficult. I got sucked into it in 2008 because of the excitement of electing the first woman president and half way through the primary, when it stuck all of us that it was rigged, we still fought on. When May 31, DNC meeting here in DC happened with the DNC giving the unearned and even a few of Hillary's delegates to Obama, we were all livid and came to know what was fully afoot. But the disappointment of it all is real and it stays.

Erika said...

There's a place for the Nina's of the world...
Wisconsin it seems.


The rest of them live in the very beautiful Puget Sound area around Seattle. My mom is one of them.

Ann Althouse said...

"The rest of them live in the very beautiful Puget Sound area around Seattle. My mom is one of them."

We might move there.

rcommal said...

A retirement possibility? Beautiful scenery, the opposite of dry and hot, seasonal changes but not the extremes. Sounds about right for you, based on previous references you've made over time.

ndspinelli said...

Liberal city w/ shit restaurants to a liberal city w/ great restaurants. And they call U. of Washington UW..w/ a nicer stadium and colors. You can boat to the game.

rcommal said...

When I was just started out, I really thought I might end up in the Pacific Northwest. Now I think it really would be a little too rainy for me, and in any case, it seems I will end up on the opposite coast, and I think that once I get through this move, I'll likely never do it again. I'll be done (though, economic circumstances permitting, I'm not at all adverse to getting a secondary condo or small place in Florida or Texas or something like that in 15-20 years). But a total transplant and big complicated move? Nope. Getting it out of the way now.

sydney said...

I picked my nasturtiums. Now they sit on my kitchen table like a little bowl of sunshine. Thanks for the cue Nina.

wyo sis said...

The Oregon coast around Tillamook or Vashon Washington are on my top 10 list of places to retire. But, our kids don't live there. It looks like it'll be red rock Utah...about as opposite as it gets.

MadisonMan said...

I couldn't live in the PAC NW. The ever-present cloudiness and dampness would doom me to perpetual grumpiness.

MadisonMan said...

If I were to live on a coast, I'd choose Maine. Or the Michigan coast of Lake Michigan/Lake huron.

rehajm said...

We might move there.

Expect more slugs in the garden than you can imagine. Buy a Costco sized bottle of Sluggo along with the nasturtiums

Erika said...

No no no, no Sluggo for the critters--give a six year old boy a saltshaker.

I've also heard about putting out a bowl of beer into which, reportedly, they will crawl and then drown, but I have no personal experience in the matter.

The scenery in the Puget Sound region is spectacular and there are many things to like about living there, but it is true that it is gray and overcast nearly all the time. We had one notorious winter, around 2001 or so, during which it rained every day for 90 days straight. I don't mind the gloom but that was a bit much.

Ann Althouse said...

@mm There's a climate oasis we've heard about.

pm317 said...

La Jolla, here we come, in 15 years..

Sorun said...

I lived on the Hood Canal for a few years. Very beautiful but winter runs from late October to the 4th of July. Summers are great but the other 9 months suck. And you should really want to look at a fir trees, because that's about all you're going to see.

@mm There's a climate oasis we've heard about.

There is somewhat of a rain shadow north of the Olympics. It's a nice place to visit.

Now I live in Madison, and I couldn't be happier.

Erika said...

I meant to say that the PNW is full of Althouse types. Freethinking, artsy, self-described hippies. Lots of biking goes on there. I think you and Meade would enjoy it.