". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Oh boy, my first time to get "tagged"--what fun! (Thanks, Elizabeth!)

Let's see . . . seven things I have learned in life . . .

1. When you move to a new place, the first people to become your friends usually aren't the ones who last. It takes time to find those.

2. It's really, really hard to cook a good pot roast.

3. It's almost impossible to tell what a cantaloupe is going to taste like on the inside by looking at it on the outside. (If anyone wants to help me with this one, feel free!)

4. I can't play chess. My son can.

5. Never buy a house with a sunroom.

6. If the owner of the house you are considering buying has moved out but has left behind a mop, ask WHY.

7. When the owner of a house you are considering buying says "we don't use that" what he really means is "it's broken."

So, does the fact that I could continue with this list indefinitely mean that I have made more mistakes than the average person?


Susan said...

Cantaloupe. Look "under" the vein-thingies. The skin will not be orange, but there should be an orangish tint to the green. If you're looking at a whole pile of them at the grocery store, and if you want the ripe one, get the oranger one.

There should be a little tiny bit of "give" if you push down gently next to the "navel." But it shouldn't be soft. If you sniff the navel, there should be a faint smell of cantaloupe. If you can't smell any cantaloupy smell, it's not ripe enough. If you smell it easily, it's probably overripe.

If you have really good hearing, you should be able to shake the cantaloupe, and hear the seeds slosh around just a wee bit when it's ripe.

Right now I have a bunch of cantaloupes for the fruit salad for the wedding. They're ripening on my dresser, and as I get to proper ripeness level, I plunk it in the fridge.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Susan! I have previously heard/read the advice about the smell and the softness of the navel. I have also head that the veins should be very pronounced, but don't know if that's true. But the orangish tint and the shaking noise are new bits of information for me.

Caitlin and Evan and I love cantaloupe (when it's good); Phil and Trevor don't. It doesn't help my cause (getting them to appreciate it) to serve up tasteless cantaloupe! But just this week I cut one open that was smelling nice and was fairly squishy at the navel, and it turned out to be less than sweet and juicy inside.