Monday, May 21, 2012

All nature is but art

An Odd Fellows Breakfast

cooked for the No. 311 occupants this morning,
 the last bit before popping into my mouth
just as it laid - I played it/ate it as it laid -
with the scallion segment resting on top
of the potato, unposed

4 eggs
1/3 cup Parmesan

From farmers market:
1/2 red chili pepper from our big jar, ground in mortar
Dill for visual, snipped into bowl from overhead perch
while bowl held underneath
Scallion, one complete with leaf end 
cut fine with K. Keadle Cut-Co paring knife

From Pick n Save:
two small Russet potatoes
cut up in pieces and boiled for 10 min.
then fried high heat till goldenized

Ahead of time
Whisk eggs, 1/4 C milk milk, parmesan
dill and scallion in a bowl
Then when potatoes ready

pour into skillet over potatoes
reduce heat a notch
Do not over-scramble
What it looks like when scooped
from skillet is important

(serves two)


The house next to the old Jimmy's Grotto
was open house yesterday,
so Dee and I went to take advantage of this rare chance to see the inside 
of the (to me) long-curious dwelling.
Built in 1877, the Volney L. Moore Victorian Italianate brick two story -
with a 3rd level tower (boarded up) is on the market today for only $89.900.

The Realtor, Kim Johnson of Shorewest Realty Co. proves her mettle by undertaking
this difficult sale.  A widely known and respected professional, Kim
is not afraid of a challenge, and this property in its current condition is just that.

The place has been through time and some h**l.  Over the years and in an incarnation as a make-shift rooming house
it has been roughly used, but the sturdy bones of the structure, many/most of them, appear still there.
(Condition subject to professional inspection.  Being sold As Is.)

People who have been in Waukesha for a while remember the original Jimmy's Grotto Italian sausage stand.  Many a time in the 1950s I pulled my Willys Jeepster in front of that friendly little stand next to the Moore house, as did hundreds of others, not just from Waukesha but from far away sometimes.  My distant dad in Wash DC made a point of returning on visits for an historic and good-eating sandwich from Jimmy's.  Mmmmmm! The unique and peculiarly tasty sausage, on a thick juiced roll with steamed green peppers and optional hot pepper seeds!  Dad for years ate those aplenty.  And I still do.

Jimmy Rucci of Jimmy's used to live in the Moore house.  Sometimes he would invite regulars inside the mansion for other Italian delectables.  Originally there was a stable in back.  Now Jimmy's Grotto, still in business with the same recipes including the now-famed Ponzarottas is, under different ownership, right across the street, and has been there a long while.

All is far from lost.

You can see the new Jimmy's through a second floor window of the Moore house.  Deserted Christmas tree lights and dismalities in the lonely house notwithstanding.......

This is the picture from Realtor Kim Johnson's data sheet.  Remuddlers somewhere along the line cut off the arched windows and finished them square. 
If ever there was a home with the word
written on it, this is it.

There are original remaining features like the recessed arch for a wood stove in the wall (top photo). hardwood floors (beaten-up but fixable), newell post, rails and bannisters, arches and ceiling medallions, one unlike any other we've seen:

Ceiling fixture medallion is ill-fitted with a hardware store clip-on glass shade.
This and some other SRN photos taken with a  Lower Crustacean Z221 cell cam, sharp detail lacking 

Brave women

Realtor Kim Johnson stands with Dee explaining more about the Dr. Volney Moore house.
 See it when able!  Look up the history at the research desk at the Waukesha Historical Museum.
Call for app't first.

The Realtor's data link:

This illus. courtesy of John Schoenknecht

Excerpt from "An Essay on Man"

ALL are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body Nature is, and God the soul;
That, changed through all, and yet in all the same,
Great in the earth, as in th' ethereal frame,
Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze,
Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees,
Lives through all life, extends through all extent,
Spreads undivided, operates unspent:
Breathes in our soul, informs our mortal part;
As full, as perfect, in a hair as heart;
As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns
As the rapt Seraphim, that sings and burns:
To him no high, no low, no great, no small—
He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all....
All nature is but art, unknown to thee:
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see:
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good.

Excerpt from "An Essay on Man" by Alexander Pope. Public domain