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Cloud of the Month
One of the good things about living in these overheated parts is that we get tremendous cloud formations, leading to even more tremendous sunsets and afterglows. The past few weeks have provided less rain than we needed, but some remarkable skies as compensation. This evening's, though, may have been the best of the bunch. This cloud here is like the Platonic ideal of thunderheads:

Fifteen minutes after this shot was taken, the same cloud and its almost-as-beautiful siblings were glowing a pale white against the Prussian blue of the heavens to the northeast. And then lightning started to make them glow from within, like Chinese lanterns slowly bouncing in the breeze.

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chefxh From: chefxh Date: September 14th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
proto-anvils dancing *smile* make me miss Tucson!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 14th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It misses you. But the economy being what it is down here, I'm glad you're there. Not that it's rosy anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, mind you. It's just that Arizona's economy was so thoroughly dependent on new home and strip mall starts that everything has imploded during the "downturn."
chefxh From: chefxh Date: September 14th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
not a bad time to have a state job, I agree.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 14th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yup. Especially in a state with a budget!
alsoname From: alsoname Date: September 14th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I saw that very cloud when I went out front to pet the neighbor's cat, and even thought about taking a picture of it, but then I thought, "Why bother? Charlie is sure to document this and his photos blow everyone else's out of the water anyway." So I took a picture of my dinner instead.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 14th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ha! I almost didn't take it and then almost didn't post it, either, because I couldn't get the sort of "arty" vantage point I like. But I decided that it was too spectacular not to lower my standards temporarily.

In other news, I thought you could just make yoghurt by adding a little store-bought to new milk?
alsoname From: alsoname Date: September 14th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, you have to hold it at 110 degrees for many hours for the bacteria to thrive. I've heard tell that you can do this with a slow cooker, but I don't have one, so I sprang for the yogurt maker with the cute glass jars.

By the way, it came with a box of powdered yogurt culture. I can't use it because it has skim milk in it. If you ever want to try your hand at making your own yogurt, let me know. I'd love to get rid of this stuff.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 14th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Huh. I thought you just added the starter to milk at room temperature. Shows what I know!

Why no skim milk?
alsoname From: alsoname Date: September 14th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah. I also had to tinker around with sweeteners and thickeners.

I couldn't use the skim milk because I was making soy yogurt (Ron and I are vegan).
alsoname From: alsoname Date: September 14th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Although for all I know, maybe it's true that you can just leave it at room temperature, and I was scammed out of $30 for this special machine!
seventreehouses From: seventreehouses Date: September 14th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I only wish we got that here.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 14th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, we pay a price for the skies, what with the often nearly intolerable heat. But they sure are amazing.
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