The Warm Up for Weaving

Long ago I bought some loopers for a potholder loom – probably before Ken died in 2017. After Ken died I just couldn’t weave; I would sit and stare into space, or cry or weave all uneven. After I knit a bunch of necks for friends, I bought a pin loom and started weaving small squares on a 3’x3″ loom. I have laid them out but haven’t decided on the pattern and how I want …

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Winter Seems to Be Here Early

Most years we have a frost in September, warm, sunny days in October, and then a grey month of November before winter arrives. This year September was warm and very wet, October cloudy and rainy and now in November we are experiencing typical December or January weather. The geese pull up their feet and sleep in a group. Here is the view out my window after our first snow!

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After the Farmers Market

Although the farmers markets here have ended, I am still gleaning and preserving. These slightly blemished peppers came from a farmer friend. I offered to clean and chop, bag and keep a portion and give back a portion so I could have more than I had bought and frozen over the season. Peppers are marvelous. Ripe bell peppers have vitamin C. They are a joy to chop, and don’t need blanching before freezing. So Saturday …

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Back Again, Back Again, Jiggity Jig

Just flew back from Arizona, and boy are my arms tired. Groan. I did go visit my parents in sunny Arizona, and missed the first snow of the season. This is an old photo that Ken took of me by Jerome some years back I didn’t bring my camera this trip. My parents are camera shy and I need to lose weight. As nice as it was to see them it was nice to get …

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Progress on the Storm Damage

Remember that huge Basswood that came down in the big storm? Well, this week all the calls to adjuster, bids on job, etc came together as Mr. Smith came to Keppers Pottery He started with the top of the tree and there is a pile of fire wood. Then he started down to the trunk. More fire wood He cut the trunk into lengths we can split for the wood stoves Here is Loyal to …

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As our Wedding Anniversary Approaches

Thursday is my wedding anniversary. I feel a mix of emotions: sadness and gratitude. It I am honest, I just wanted more

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Summer Returns!

After a week of cool, rainy weather, it felt like fall had arrived. But today it climbed into the mid eighties with high humidity Both pets wanted inside and moved to where they found it coolest within the house They both flattened out like pancakes!

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Fall Projects – Stacking Wood

After more than a week of rainy weather, it was great to get sunshine today. This morning, before the heat and mosquitoes, I headed out to start unloading a trailer of wood and stacking it for the cook stove. Before the mosquitoes bothered me I had between a third and a half of the trailer unloaded. the shorter or longer pieces went to bulb crates. Long pieces will go into the larger wood stove on …

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Progress on the Pin Loom Project

Remember the necks I knit last winter? Well, I knit quite a few. And I had some yarn left over. I bought a pin loom, a tiny wooden square with nails along each side. And I wove squares from the bits an pieces left from the necks Then I came up with a plan for a lap blanket. I used some other left overs – grey and brown for in between the colored squares It …

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From Culls to Future Treats

There are always culls on a farm. Ken and I used to gorge ourselves on ripe melons that had a soft spot; they couldn’t go to market or a CSA box. And then my parents sent us an ice cream maker and I tried melon sorbet. It was a hit, so once we had eaten our fill, I cleaned, peeled, seeded and cubed the melons with a soft spot. Once cubed I packed for the …

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