Wednesday, September 30, 2020


I watched all of the debate last night, and found it riveting. The cats got up and watched with me, but couldn’t make much of it. They knew, however, that it was the middle of the night, and nobody suggested breaking off for a bit of cat food.


What if he wins again? I was terribly reminded of the debates with Hillary four years ago (for which I also got up in the middle of the night). Everybody was so sure, then, that she would win – my sister, Real Clear Politics, Hillary herself – that party with the glass ceiling that she never, in the event, got to.


Rachel and Ed should be here any moment. This evening we’ll sit on the step and drink gin and tonic – at least they will. The weather isn't as good as yesterday, but perfectly all right. Tomorrow we will have lunch in a restaurant except that I have just had a worrying message from my sister about the inadvisability of that.


I have been making kimchi again today. I am obsessed with it, and have made inroads already into the last batch, which is still rather young. I hope this one will have time to ripen properly before I finish its predecessor. I have discovered the system, I think – in case any of you ever make kimchi. Namely, cut up the vegetables and make the gloop in the morning, then have lunch and a nice nap and only then salt the cabbage. It needs about two hours. All that remains is to rinse the cabbage and combine everything and stuff it into jars.

All terribly good for the microbiome.


I finished dealing with the loose ends of the EPS this morning (before cutting up vegetables and making gloop). All that remains is to block it.


  1. Jean, you are so far the only person I know of who watched the whole thing. We managed about three minutes. My colleagues for whom politics is a professional interest report 5-15 minutes. Horrifying, is all I can say. And yes, what if he does win again? It is all too likely, alas.

  2. I didn't watch, heard the lowlights on the today R4 program. Have spent the last two evenings tinking a complete round of my cabley Cat Bordhi throw version of the shawl which I discovered I had accidentally joined into a circle.

  3. I never even tried to watch. I am not that much of a masochist, and I have already decided which candidate gets my vote! (BTW, love the sweatshirt!) I did wear a disposable medical type mask to day - much easier to breath in. I was getting a flu shot.

  4. Anonymous11:03 PM

    Like Mary Lou I couldn't bear to watch. My son did, at the same time as talking on-line with his three friends in Nevada. Lots of male roaring, they're worried Democrats.
    They all computer game together and stream on line,doing so every day during the pandemic. On election day they're planning a special, to take everyone's mind off what may, God forbid, happen.


  5. Jean, I hope that you know that if he is re-elected, we are all coming to live with you in Scotland..

  6. Watching clips of those two old chaps slugging it out, you couldn't help thinking "Michelle Obama, where are you when you are needed?" With the world in the state it is in at the moment, how can those possibly be the best choices for leader?