Thursday, February 3, 2011

Grasshopper Thoughts, Vol. II, February 2011

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I haven't had Grasshopper Thoughts in ages.  Well, let me rephrase that. I have had them, quite the tune of probably several hundred in any random day.  I just haven't written about them.

Earlier tonight, I was talking with a friend who was snacking on pretzels.  So the obvious questions followed.  Pretzel sticks, or the traditional rounded, woven kind?  Then the next question was inevitably, with dip or plain?  And is it me, or does anyone else think their fingers smell like celery after they've eaten pretzels???  Something about the lye they spray on the rising dough to give pretzels that crunchy, glossy outer shell after they bake leaves a celery fragrance on them.  No, I'm not kidding and I'm not imagining it.  Sniff your fingers the next time you eat pretzels and tell me what you think.  Celery.  I promise.

So, why can't someone come up with a happy medium between ladies knee high stockings and trouser socks?  Is that so hard to invent?  The textile factories exist for both, so the technology is already there.  There are days when knee highs, ugly things that they are, are too sheer, but that same day, trouser socks are too thick to wear with heels.  It makes our feet look like sausages crammed into our high heels, and that just ruins the whole purpose of buying cute shoes.  Ladies, I know you get me on this one.

Mustard seeds.  I just got a big bag of them from one of my favorite online companies.  Right now I have a jar of leftover pickle juice in the refrigerator, half filled with dried mustard seeds.  I stumbled on that idea a couple years ago when I had finished a jar of dill pickles and had the liquid left over; there were mustard seeds swimming around in the pickling liquid.  I use mustard seeds in potato salad, egg salad and a couple of other dishes, but it takes a while for them to rehydrate in the salads.  So, I dumped some into the leftover pickle juice in the jar and tried them a couple days later.  Et voila, instant pickled mustard seeds....and a foody addiction was born.  In about two days, I'll be enjoying them again.

I don't know about you, but someone has to have the answer to why almonds and mushrooms squeak when you bite down on them.  They're not sentient, or even breathing, after all.  Why do they squeak???  Another random food thought, I realize, but these thoughts do take up valuable pondering time in my day.  I just thought I'd pass along....and share....the torment with you.  I'm very generous that way.

You know, sometimes you have a really crummy day.  It starts out with just a bad moment and that's never good.  For me, that happened earlier this week and within an hour, instead of the bad compounding, I was literally inundated with Sunshine Moments.  They were dropping down upon me from every direction.  The bad moment faded into insignificance, blotted out by the cheerful, determined rays of the sun being gifted to me.  I am still feeling the effects of all that radiance, which is probably why I have all this energy late at night to Grasshopper!


  1. Dawn good one that got the mind turning. Also glad that the day turned out better for you.

  2. Whoa! so many thoughts on such diverse things. Well, the mind is like a grasshopper which hops and hops. Does it ever rest. You know I am falling a prey to using this term "Grasshopper Thoughts." I am going to use this with everyone and I am a techer, so, the students . . .

    Thanks for the term and ofcourse the thoughts.

    Stopped here from Blogplicity.

    Joy always,

  3. Scott, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad the day took a bright turn as well. They usually do, even in the midst of gloom. We just have to remember to LOOK for the sunshine, because it's always there. I'm glad you enjoyed the grasshopper moment! :)

    Susan, feel free to "facelift/bloglift" the grasshopper thoughts any old time! I always enjoy writing these, as it is a sort of mental housecleaning process and it's just pure lighthearted fun. I hope your students enjoy the exercise; I find it really can produce some interesting writing. It's a good one to break writer's blocks also. I sent you a friend request in FB just now, btw. I believe we're destined to be friends! And now I'm off to visit your blog in return.



  4. The ladies socks.... well here even during the winter time most ladies wear sandals the one known as the T strap! Well some genus invented these socks that when you wear them there is a slot for the big toe and the rest for the other toes so us ladies can still wear T straps during the winter months!!!!

  5. Great post! I loved all the diverse thoughts...never noticed that about pretzels before...I'm going to have to be more observant next time I eat them!
    Glad your day turned around :)

  6. Wonderful post! I'm really going to have the try the mustard seed idea. That's great!

  7. Great comments they made me smile. I understand the problem of your brain not shutting up lol. It can be a pain but it is also where the creativity comes from... At least that what I keep hearing from my brain :)

  8. I don't like any kind of nylons of socks on my feet at all. Unfortunately in Chicago, a few months per year require them.

    I like the way mushrooms squeak.

  9. Savira, those socks sound like a brilliant idea! Kind of like the ones that are used with those sandals that accompany formal kimonos, maybe? I went to a business meeting this morning and didn't wear stockings or socks w/ my heels, and goodness, when that cold wind blew, I was regretting that decision! Thanks for stopping by, dear one! <3

    Jessica M., let me know if you get the celery scent on your hands next time you eat pretzels! You don't really detect it when you're eating them. It's afterwards, there's a lingering celery scent on your fingers, I swear! I'm glad you enjoyed this post. :)

    Mary, I hope you do try the mustard seed idea! It's a staple in my refigerator these days. I get mustard seeds in 2 lbs freezer safe bags from for this very purpose.

    Jim, I'm glad I made you smile! Grasshopper thoughts and yammering brain syndrome can either drive you batty or provide inspiration. Since I also suffer from what I call Low Boredom Threshold, the occasional grasshopper moment keeps me entertained, and I can pass that along to my friends who follow my blog. I'm glad you have grasshopper moments too! :)

    Helen, I have a dear friend in Chicago who just spent the past two days shoveling snow. Bless all of your hearts; I don't envy that activity, although I do wish we had more snow here in Knoxville. Mushrooms squeaking - see, I KNEW someone out there would agree with me that they do squeak!! I don't mind it all that much, I just wanted affirmation that I wasn't imagining it!!! Thanks for giving me a chuckle in return. :)

    Happy Grasshoppering, everyone!

    ~ Dawn

  10. I will definitely be thinking of you the next time I eat celery. Or pretzels. Whichever comes first.

    And why oh why did you make a comment about mushrooms squeaking? I hate mushrooms. That made me shudder.

    And almonds have an oil in the soft white part of them that makes them squeak. Don't quote me, but that's what I think. .

  11. sorry to make you shudder when you're already feeling under the weather, Marticus! I'm a bad friend for laughing, but I couldn't help it. It was borderline snort larfing, but I managed to keep it almost under control. ;-) I hereby promise to never cook anything w/ mushrooms when you and SG visit in the future, hand over heart solemn vow.

    Oil in the soft white part of almonds makes them squeak, hmm? Interesting theory! It's as good a concept as any I've been able to come up with. I don't know why I didn't ask you about this first! Thanks for visiting & grasshoppering w/ me. :)

    ~ Dawn

  12. Another sick person? That's not good. Get well, Duane!!!

    I never noticed the celery smell. Will have to check that out next time I have some.

    And I share Duane's mushroom-squeaking shuddering. There are some other foods that I can't think of right off the top of my head right now where their sound or texture just makes me cringe.

    I really hope to take part in the next Pleasantly Disturbed Thursday! I have to be better by then, don't I? (Actually, I feel pretty good right now, so I think it's almost gone)

    Great stuff as usual, Dawn!

  13. Dave, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only person who feels the mushroom squeaking. I've had people tell me I'm crazy and imagining things, but you can't imagine mushrooms and almonds squeaking...not when you feel and hear it happening!

    You could do your next Disturbed post on cringe-able foods! I think everyone would relate well to that one. I hope you feel better soon; I don't like when my people are all unwell. I'll be sending you and Marticus healing vibles and prayer. Thanks for visiting and leaving a fun comment!

    ~ Dawn