June is Busting

I love flowers. My friends said they knew my relationship with Ken was serious because I moved perennial flowers to Turtle Lake. One of the first to open was this short Siberian iris that opened a couple days ago Today this yellow iris opened Although fewer in number than some years, the wild daisies are starting to bloom This fragrant tree is about to bloom. A friend told me it is a hawthorn. And it …

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The Shift in Attitude:The Long Haul

Last week while cleaning and sorting, I found some 1/4 inch elastic. This had been in short supply. I had gotten mask kits and made twenty masks for local health care workers, but had been cobbling together something each time I did go out Now that I had elastic I faced something. What had initially seemed like a short disruption in routine, this virus has become something we will need to work around for a …

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Food Experiments

Monday I helped Loyal bottle the last of the maple syrup and the birch syrup. The maple was the settling of each batch. If one lets it settle and pour off the top, clear syrup then filtering and bottling goes quickly and smoothly as pictured in the last batches bottled a while back. Tuesday morning I bottled the small amount of maple syrup that had not gone through the filter. I can use this”sludge” for …

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Nettles!

‘Tis the season! Nettles are popping up – fresh, green and nutritious! Yup. Stinging nettles. But after you pick them carefully, dump in a bowl of water and rinse, the sting recedes and disappears. First I made nettle soup. I sauteed onion, added to some cooked carrots and potatoes in soup stock. Herbs like thyme are nice, too Next I added the nettles to wilt and ran the soup through a blender. Just before serving …

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Stimulus – Where should it go?

When I got my stimulus check, I recalled something Ken said often. “Each cent you spend is a vote for the future.” So I thought about what I could do after paying off a couple bills. First a local artist who does wood cuts: Emily Gray Koehler Then another wood cut artist in Vermont: Mary Azarian I bought some socks from Maggie’s and some underwear from Decent Exposures. These are all women owned businesses. Next …

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Pin Loom Progress

Late yesterday I finished joining the pin loom squares. There are still a couple steps before the project is finished. I need to weave in some loose ends. And once the lock down is done I will approach a friend for a refresher on crochet so I can do a border

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Not a Jigsaw Puzzle

On this rainy grey day I return to one of my projects. Some people do jigsaw puzzles – not me. I am joining small woven squares. These are scraps from a knitting project two winters back I wove the scraps on a 4″ x4 ” pin loom, and am now joining them together. I had laid the squares out and determined the pattern, and then bundled rows Today I passed the halfway mark! Nice quiet …

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Sunday Morning in the Kitchen

Sunday at 5:30 a.m. I lit the oven and pulled the second rise of the dough out of the refrigerator. As the Two Dutch ovens heated in the oven, I inverted the first two loaves – one in a greased bowl and one in a rice floured banneton Here’s the difference – still doesn’t look like much! I slice the tops and mist and place in the Dutch ovens and into the oven I clean …

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A Clarinet Breakthrough

This week I had a major light bulb moment. It’s funny. As a teacher (of other things like swimming) I had seen students pause or stall for a time before moving forward, and then at some point they became ready and wow! Weeks, if not months ago, my clarinet teacher had started to explaining the circle of fifths (sometimes the notations are reversed and called circle of fourths – especially in jazz groups). I had …

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The Distraction Packets

As we headed to lock down here, I realized I wasn’t going to see some of my favorite people – farm kids. And they would be home trying to stay engaged with school work and avoid boredom. So, the idea of “distraction packets” was born. Creating these packets was fun and I avoided boredom as well. The first week I sent a mailer with a sheet of postcard stamps and a bunch of postcards from …

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