Snow in April

Wow.  This has been quite a month and it’s only half over!  We had lows in the single digits earlier in the month, and Last weekend many of us got a foot of new snow after an earlier eight inches.  So, today I was shoveling.      Today sun was in the forecast, so I went down and opened vents and shoveled out the area by the door.  The sides have so much snow!   …

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Bread and Crackers

I took on Ken’s sourdough when he died.  I am still learning about bread baking, but can do a passable loaf.         I ended up with extra sourdough.  I guess this is a fairly common occurrence.  I am not a big pancake eater – one of the ways to use the extra starter, but I decided to try the recipe using starter in crackers.  Today I made my first batch, and I …

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Taking on Tasks Ken Did – Starting Seeds

Ken and I formed a team.  People are often surprised at areas where our skills did not overlap.  Ken loved planting seeds.  And he had his set up on the lower level adjacent to the pottery studio.  A few years ago he built a germination cabinet.     Ken started each season with the onion seeds.  On a trip to the root cellar I could walk by and see him planting.  Sometimes we’d discuss what …

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Bread – Ken’s and Mine

Ken was such a good cook and baker.  His experience was broad and deep.  He grew up cooing and canning from a garden in his back yard.  His grandmother owned and cooked at the Afton House.  Ken worked in restaurants, a bakery,  pizza shoppe, hospital kitchen, and finally as a private chef for one of the Pillsbury family.          I grew up in a food family, too.  My maternal grandmother had a …

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Snowshoes on April 5th

Yes, those are snowshoes, and yes, this IS April 5th.  Although this are often gets spring snows in April, it is usually after the frost has come out of the ground, and the snow melts quickly.  This year the frost has come out only in some areas, and the amount of snow was greater than I remember.       So, I got out the snow shoes to get to the greenhouse at the bottom …

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Keppers Pottery Annual Spring Opener

This year Keppers Pottery is fortunate to join the Earth Arts Spring Art Tour on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th from 10 – 5 both days.  Again this year Joyce Halvorson of Barron will be demonstrating her blacksmithing skills and offer her wares for purchase.         As many of you know Ken died December 19, 2017. I will be here as well as the usual cast of characters – Big …

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Memorial Service for Ken Keppers

  Memorial Service and Celebration for Ken Keppers     When: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1 p.m. Where: D D Kennedy Park Shelter, Amery, WI 54001 What: Sign in, music, readings to remember and celebrate the life of Ken Keppers BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS

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Small Things that Take Time

Ken viewed everything as a potential material for a project of some sort.  He loved finding things.  He was a hunter and gatherer.  Some people called him a pack rat, but he used what he had.  Who else could build an entire chicken coop from scavenged materials?      People called our place the “Reuse center.”  But now I want my house back.  I am sorting through boxes, drawers, tubs of rags people gave me …

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Cat Inside Today

Big Red was out last night as he has been since we got some warm weather.  But he came inside early this morning,       And has been following the sun all day as it shines through various windows

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Snow on March 30th

Well, it has been an unusual spring.  although there are often late snows, this one followed a day in the fifties and the forecast is for six of the next seven nights in the single digits!       I pulled the sled out to the coops with water and sprouts this morning.       Although the geese were having a party,           the chickens were not too sure about …

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