1. Today’s new word is affineur. As you might guess, it’s French, and refers to the person in charge of affinage, or the refining and ripening of cheese.
2. Speaking of cheese, the Hawaii Island Goat Dairy on the Big Island is looking for interns: They’ll give you room and board and you’ll give them two to three months of bottle-feeding kids, feeding goats, farm work, and making cheese.
3. And speaking of farms, yesterday I received the color card (like a fabric swatch book, but with yarn) that I had ordered from a merino sheep ranch in Montana. Now, usually natural fiber yarn has either no smell or a faint-but-not-unpleasant animal smell. I don’t want to sound like I go around smelling cats, but it’s comparable to the smell of a cat: clean and fresh but furry. But the Montanta yarn on the color card, even in two-inch sample lengths, smelled like cold springtime air and flowers. Seriously. I don’t know what they’re putting on their sheep up there, but I want to go visit and see/smell for myself.
My cat’s breath smells like catfood….
Two excellent points.
Can we talk about the smell of domesticated animals now?
Why mess with the uncomfortableness (for both of us, trust me) of the whole ‘identity reveal’ thing if you won’t be able to attend anyway?
Besides, I was not sure what role Mr. Isbell played in the situation. If he’s going to dinner with the family, that’s an indication that it’s not appropriate for me to be asking you to concerts.
Sunday I’ll be the referee at a family-plus-Mr. Isbell dinner and smelling the parents’ cat.
And my brother has a point…
It would be nice if she knew who the hell you were too!
So. The last recital in the Eccles Organ Festival is Sunday at the Cathedral. I would be delighted if you would join me. Even if you do smell cats.
I bet the intern “quarters”, aka terrifying trailer, will look pretty appealing come January, though.
Did you see the “intern quarters”??!! I think a tent would be better…..
[shamefaced] Caught by my own words! Hi, my name is Karen and I smell cats…
The ranch is in Dupuyer, and I have no idea where that is. (Other than in a land of nice-smelling yarn.) Here is the ranch home page: http://www.beaverslide.com/
Don’t try to hide your cat-smelling ways!
Where in Montana is the ranch?