Jammin’ Soon

Yesterday we had some rain.  Some years when it is warm and damp the plums start to mold where one plum touches another fruit.  I wanted to avoid this.  So today I went out to check on the plums.  And just look at what I found!     Ken loved plums, and my mother does, too.  I like them and will eat lots, but some will go for jam.  So, soon I will be jammin’!

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An Addition – When Most Things are Going

Most of my time now is spent cleaning, sorting, and divesting.  But last week I added.  My ten hens did not have a rooster.  I had given the one I had him to Otto so he could have fertile eggs if he got a broody hen.  I like having a rooster to protect the flock – and  also to have fertile eggs if I want to let a hen hatch.  A friend Erin was happy …

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Preserving Starts

So, it has begun.  Now when there is surplus and some blemished produce, one starts to freeze, can, dehydrate.  Since I still have many jars in the root cellar, I started here with freezing melon.  Smoothies or sorbet come next spring when we get heat before we have fresh fruit Thank you, Josh and Rama!  The first sorbet goes to you.

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Another Ending

Today another chapter ended.  The retail produce cooler is ready for a new home.  This hinged on reducing the poultry population to a manageable size – and reducing egg production.  I have stopped selling pots and produce – except eggs – since May.  Time to clear it out!         So, where do I put the surplus eggs?  Thanks to Charlie and Karen we have a little “beer fridge” in the basement.  I …

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Ragging Out!

After posts of my progress on clearing the main floor – some IS getting pitched; some is getting sorted, labeled and moved out to a shed – I am seeing that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel!  I am down to two boxes of garments and two boxes of knits on the main floor ( there may be more lurking upstairs ).     Currently I am trimming off seams and disassembling by …

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Pleasant Surprises

Today I walked down the drive to open the gate for someone.  First, among the rye I saw hollyhocks!         And then on the west side of the drive, I saw a greyish lump and thought something had killed a turkey.  No.  As I approached she lifted her head and moved off some babies.  Hope she is a good mom!

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Local Lunch

No, the rice isn‘t local.  but the beef came from a neighbor, and the vegetables came from the St Croix Falls Farmers market – broccoli, carrots, radishes, snap peas, and the last of our onions. Please support your local farmers.  Bon apetit.

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Summer Flowers

Flowers cheer one.  And this week I cold use some cheer. So this morning I wen out to sample what was blooming.  I did two arrangements.  This first is a purple cone flower, astillbe,  bee balm,  butterfly weed, daisies and black eyed Susan.           The second is  the same type flowers minus the cone flower.             The bee balm or monarda were one of Ken’s favorites.  …

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With Deep Gratitude: Ken’s Memorial Service

Yesterday was Ken’s Memorial Service.  After hearing Ken say frequently after a funeral, “That minister (priest) didn’t even know …. (fill in name of deceased).”  Like writing his obituary, I decided to take on the planning for the service. I have a tendency to be that little red hen in the children’s story.    First I realized an open air setting would be best, but I wanted a shelter in case of rain.  Then I …

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End of an Era

Last weekend kind friends helped me continue a decades old tradition of selling Ken’s pottery and produce for our “Spring Opener” the first weekend in May.  Since Ken’s death, many people have asked me what my plans are.  Until now I have simply answered truthfully, “I don’t know.” But after last weekend some things have become clear.  And I can state unequivocally that I have no desire to do pottery and produce retail sales on …

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