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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Progress on the Wood Front

Today I got the two trailers mostly unloaded.  What remains is wood that will NOT fit in the cook stove, but WILL fit in the larger wood stove.  I need to bring it to another wood pile on the other side of the house to another pile.  I waited until I was done so that it would just be one trip.   Here are the two trailers           And that third …

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Raining Cats and Dogs

We had quite a storm last night – enough wind to blow down branches and pull laundry off the clothesline.  There were puddles in the driveway this morning – that hasn’t happened most of the season.  Last night Oscar was inside – he hates thunder.   And today during the day long drizzle Big Red decided that napping in the house was preferable to any place outdoors. I was working and at one point I …

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Mostly Local Lunch

Eat local challenges in August always amuse me.  The REAL challenge is to eat as much as local as possible all year round.  This morning and again at midday I felt like some greens would perk me up.  So I tried a wrap.       Wrap and avocado are NOT local.  But The quark from Cosmic Wheel Creamery came from Amery, the radishes from Whetstone Farm, the greens from Steady Hand farm, the tomatoes …

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More Preserving to Come

Each summer I canned organic peaches for Ken.  Ken loved all stone fruit like peaches, plums, cherries, etc.  The stone fruits consistently show up on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of foods that have high pesticide residues.  So I made an effort to find and can organic peaches in pint jars;  Ken could take them out to the field with a spoon and have a mid morning and/or a mid afternoon snack. With …

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