Progress on the Wood Front!

Today I had a great surprise.  A young friend, Ryan was in the area and was ready to help buzz up some of the kiln wood.        There is a pile of mixed length Ken and I had stacked for the side stoke holes in the pottery kiln.  Ryan jumped up and cut.  I pitched into a trailer.       Once that one was full, Ryan moved it close to where I …

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Snow Adds a Texture

Oscar the dog seemed to go for a walk even though it is the first snow and the weather is cool and cloudy and damp!  So I brought my camera.  The fall foliage is a bit past peak; I have enjoyed it for weeks and keep forgetting my camera.      But with snow I found sights that make me smile: the sedum with darker shaded small blossoms below,         Leaves still …

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Trying to Snow

Well, our first snow fall of the season!  The snow is drifting down in big flakes, and I fell like I am inside a lightly shaken snow globe.       Looks like clouds all day, but with sun and higher temperatures as the week progresses, this snow wont stay long.

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Jammin’

One way to empty freezers is to use some of the older or surplus for jams or wine.  I made batches of plum jam (right) yesterday and strawberry today.  Here is a photo as I pulled the strawberry out of the hot water bath.  I am happy to report they have all sealed! Ping ping!   And thank you to Otto and Sadie for the wire creations in the back.

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More Changes – Open Space on the Main Floor

Ken and I had a large cooler by the front door.  It contained produce for sale.  Since I am not raising or selling produce any more, it seems foolish to keep it.  Friends can use it.  They came Saturday to move it out and take it to their farm.  Thank you.  I hope it works for them as well as it did for us all these years       The next thing was to …

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Opening Space for a New Use – Downstairs

Ken and I raised chickens and pork.  Now I just have a very few chickens for eggs.  We had a freezer for produce like strawberries and green beans and two smaller ones for meat in the fall when we had chickens, pork, and sometimes venison or beef.     When Ken died I realized one person – the less active at that – would not need all this food.  And if I went through it …

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NEED HELP: Wood

Many people have offered to help.  I forgot who and with what.  Here is what I need: someone to start a working splitter and help split half a trailer of wood.       AND someone to buzz 40″ wood that does not need splitting into cook stove lengths Thank you to everyone who has helped so far.

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Pets Rule

It rained last night.  It is cool, cloudy, and damp.  I was thinking about staying inside today, making bread, working on sorting paper,  and maybe taking a nap.  Once I fed the dog, cat, and chickens I headed over to make my bed.  Oscar and Big Red had claimed turf for napping and were giving me the Do Not Disturb looks. So I left them. After getting the bread dough mixed, I checked on them; …

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Wood Progress

Last year Ken cleaned up some older logs on the driveway; since he had not gotten the sawmill up and running the wood had gotten old.  Now it was no longer lumber grade – only good to burn.  He cut the logs in lengths that could be split for the side stoke holes on the pottery kiln – 40 – 42.”   Then the splitter was giving him trouble.  And his health was also giving …

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Needed: Help on Wood; Got a Chainsaw Handy?

When my husband Ken died last December, many people asked how they could help.  I was in shock and doing things like attorney, banks, taxes.  I honestly can’t remember who offered to help with what.  Now I need help. With wood – the jobs Ken did, and I don’t know how to do (see below).  I have three piles of split wood about 40 inches that needs to be cut to 16″ for the cook stove.  …

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