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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The Loop is Back!

After the recent storm, I was so lucky. I had so little damage. One minor inconvenience was an oak had come down across the west side of the driveway loop Young friends helped me so much. They cut and lifted and moved wood off the drive and the loop i once again open! I am so grateful

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Starting the Wood Project – with Help

Let the stacking begin! With deep gratitude toward two young friends who have helped me clear the drive and start cutting the old, dry kiln wood to length, I started stacking by the house The first trailer load is done, and after that dry wood is moved close to the house the empty space where it had been stored will be perfect for the green wood that came down in the storm – close, but …

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#Me Too – an Update

Reading the accusations against Placido Domingo last night was sad. As a victim of harassment and date rape, my bias is to believe the accuser. Courageous victims who speak out have so little to gain and so much to lose. Most victims say they come forward so it stops and another person is not harassed. Reading their stories brought up that familiar pattern: a person in power offers “help” and the help isn’t; in reality …

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