Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Mr. Ripley believes he should be part of every adventure. My daughter, Laura, and I were suddenly overtaken by the need to 'Fall clean' the house. Included in that endeavor has been all kinds of odd sorting through things and disposing thereof.
We went through a couple boxes of fabric scraps...
We have a solitary grapevine on the garden fence. My son planted it 10 or 15 years ago and the most it has ever produced was a box or two of grapes. This year has been a phenomenal fruit year and we harvested 6 big boxes of purple grapes for juice and jelly! It's all canned and tucked away in the cellar.
We had a cider-making potluck party with a group of friends and sent them all home with jugs of the fruits of their labors!
Today I picked a box of Jonagolds and one of Libertys to store in the outside fridge. I tasted my way through our 20 year old orchard. We planted it when we first bought this land and we are definitely reaping our reward in harvest this year!
Many long hours of crafting were represented in my shelves & bins at the show. This buzzard was one of a kind and didn't last long.
Our next show is only about 7 or 8 weeks away and it's a Christmas show. I've already started on a dozen Old Worlde Santas and some little snowmen, Lots of work to do to be ready, and of course we still have things to can!
Well, the garden is finished for the year, other than mowing the remaining vegetation down and trimming back the raspberries. I've closed some of the windows in the rabbit house and we've combined the young and old chicken flocks. Four of the goats will head off to the auction, the haying equipment will be moved under cover and the porches de-cluttered and ready for Fall & Winter winds and rain.
This morning we had the first frost of the season and a fire in the cookstove. The sun came out later and it was warm enough to open the windows once again, but the weather forecast is calling for winds & rain for the next few days so it's time to fill the wood box and get the kindling chopped. Soon the sunshine will be gone for good.
Mr. Ripley is growing and learning how best to torment Maddie the chihuahua. He appears out of nowhere and then disappears just as fast, but can usually be found if you put out a box or basket.
My son & younger daughter and I were talking at
This is just a smattering of what we've been up to on the hilltop and there's still much to do before the farm can sleep for the winter. What a blessing it is to have such a bountiful harvest!
Monday, August 29, 2016
Being attacked by a flying bundle of teeth & claws is hard to get used to, but we're working on it.
These are just a few of them. To be totally honest, my camera chip is full and I've been either too lazy, too tired or too forgetful to take care of it.
Call me ignorant (but not to my face!), but I found out the hard way that the little memory disc/chip that goes in my camera has a teeny tiny little lock on it that slides up or down.
We spent a couple days camping at the beach and I couldn't take a single picture because I couldn't get my camera to work. Of course I would have Googled the solution if I'd been home, but we had no Internet service while camping.
Hard to live without Google, lol!
Today we canned a dozen jars of green beans and started the applesauce. I'm aiming to can about 48 pints of applesauce, maybe a dozen apple butter and then a bit later, apple pie filling. We're working through the Gravenstein apples at the moment and waiting for the Kings to get ripe for pie filling. We will not starve this winter.
One can only accomplish so much, which is quite a bit, but then we run out of gumption. Wonder where you can get a nice big pile of gumption?
The next day, this little beauty showed up in the kitchen at our building with my name on it! What an unexpected blessing!
When I was a kid we would gather in costumed groups and stop at as many houses as we could to Trick-or-Treat and gather up as much candy as possible. I remember many happy moments spent later in the evening, our bags dumped out on the floor in front of us as we all examined and compared our loot! The neighborhood was a safer place back then. Oh good grief! Here I am, talking about the 'good old days'...and me so young! (DO NOT LAUGH AT THIS POINT!)
It's a tiny chainstitcher machine. Isn't it cute? It's very small.
My hubby has a nasty cold (at this time of the year!) and I have to go to the dentist tomorrow for a night-guard fitting because I clench my teeth. Life is full of such things, but God is good and blesses us every day. Until I write again, may He hold YOU in the palm of His hand and may you know Him better!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Have you ever lost someone you loved so very dearly? Almost 9 months have somehow passed since we lost my mom and still some days I am shocked and heart-broken anew. Did she know we loved her so much? I still dish up too many plates for dessert sometimes and a few days ago I stood in the room that was hers and cried. I miss her company. Sigh. More time. More time will ease the ache and loss, though never the hole.
It seems like our summer was here and now gone.
First, it was day after day of HOT, unseasonably
so, weather. Up in the 80s, the 90s...Way too hot
for us Western Washingtonians! Like boneless chickens, we lose all ability to do anything useful as we wilt. Too hot to do any more planting or weeding outside. Just when I finally had gone through my closet and found capris, short sleeved shirts, sandals.....South it went! Now, the low temperature tonight may supposedly reach the upper 30s and it's been nothing but gray skies and cloudbursts and gullywashers!
I LOVE IT!
What else have I been up to? Hmm. I had loaves of onion mustard sourdough and Italian Hersbs & cheese breads in my freezer, left over from the Farmer's Market & Spring Festival, so I sliced & diced & dehydrated them!
It's going to be a 'fruit' year for sure, if the pests don't get all the goods. The apple trees are loaded with little apples and even though Dave hard-pruned the pears, there are quite a few of them, too. The Italian Plum is loaded, but one huge major branch split and needs to come down, so not as many plums as we thought. What can you really do with plums, anyhow? I mean, you can eat SOME, but boxes and boxes?
Mama Deer has twins this year. She's very flighty and we only catch an occasional glimpse of her.
The perfectly pretty peonies pleased Pam. There. Say that 5 times real fast!
Hobo Dinner. THAT is not a new thing and it is so easy that you'll want to run to the kitchen right now and fix yourself one for dinner. Or lunch.
Yum, what a feast!
NOTHING is better than this bean dish. Try it. You'll thank me.
It's great for potlucks, too.
I realize that a lot of women go to work and spend many hours away, but with a chronic illness like Lyme Disease, it was a hard road to travel and none of us has recovered very well yet.
Well, I'm sure more stuff has happened than I have remembered to write, but I'll stop rambling for now. God has been good to us and I thank Him every day for His love and blessings to us. This farm is my happy place. All those years when I was a child, living in duplexes in the city with my single mom, I dreamed of living on a farm. Well, I also dreamed of eating all the whipped cream I wanted, but never mind that! Until next time!
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A couple weeks ago, my husband & grown kids and I camped at Ft Stevens in Oregon for 4 days. It is the first time we've been camping all together in a couple of years.
The wreck of the Peter Iredale rests on the beach there. If you Google it, you can find pictures of when it was newly washed ashore in 1906.
Now we're back to our usual chilly and damp sort of late Spring days, waiting for the sunshine to reappear!
We didn't do anything extraordinary, but we walked a bit and the kids rode the bike trails. I'm pretty much a homebody and the third night was just a bit too long of a stay away from the farm for me, so I was glad to get on the road and head back.
We had a hot dog roast in that campfire ring during one of those nice weather days recently.
So far this month, we've been vendors at a two-day craft fair and just a few days later camped in the next state for 4 days. We had another vendor space for our annual Spring Festival at our local grange (for which I baked 18 loaves of bread and my daughter baked 18 pies) and then we spent 5 hours sitting at yet ANOTHER
vendor space (Farmer's Market). That one was outside under a canopy and the weather cooperated NOT! It was rainy, cold and windy! Took me hours to finally thaw out!
The Spring rush on the farm is slowing down a bit. We just weaned Pinky the calf today and now we're down to once-a-day milking! A great relief for the hands. We're still bottle-feeding the last two kids for another couple of weeks.
I've been totally frustrated with my computers. Both of them are older, reconditioned creatures. Both of them downloaded Windows 10 WITHOUT MY CONSENT and now my craft room computer is STUCK on the download and awaiting....well, someone to come and figure it out. My laptop now seems like a stranger with its new operating system and I can't get it to cooperate very well with my camera. I feel like an old dog trying to learn a new trick!
One should always console oneself with dessert, so I picked Rhubarb and made this lovely cobbler.
I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) and you can find it here:
With a dollop of whipped cream on top and a steaming cup of coffee alongside, well, you could practically conquer the world. Or maybe even Windows 10.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This is our first time to vendor at this event and I've been making primitives and stressing about it for weeks! My girls are working with me and both have items ready as well.
We walked around and checked out all the other 'seasoned' vendor's spaces, filed away some great ideas for the Fall show and came home.
I think we're ready...All we have to do is get up in the morning, have the milking & feeding done by 7 or 7:30 and then get ready to jet off for the day! I think I'm tired in advance, lol!
I'm definitely going to need a few quiet days to recuperate from all the activity but I think it's going to be fun and hopefully profitable.
I'm off to rest up until tomorrow and then I'll check back into blogland next week...or when I recover :-)
See you there!