Monthly Archives: December 2018

2018
12/14

Category:
food
Knitting

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Felici socks started

Socks:

These are going to be an interesting pair of socks.  The colors on the ball are pretty enough, but I’m starting to have doubts about how they will look.   However, no one will see them under jeans anyway, so I’m plunging onward.

FOOD:

Remember these very green tomatoes that I picked a couple of weeks ago and wondered if they would ripen.   Here they are today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden:

I’m not sure what happened in the raspberry patch, but some of the supporting posts are lying on their sides. It may be that they have just rotted off.  I’ll have to inspect, but for today, I just trimmed them back to knee high.   We only need a few.

 

2018
12/13

Category:
farming
Life

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Swollen wrist

What an experience – not to be repeated.   It was so wet when I cleaned the barn last week, I put down extra shavings.  That worked great because it was much easier to clean this week.  The problem: because of less weight I used the shovel instead of the pitchfork.   That would have been okay if I had handled it like the pitchfork.   Instead, without realizing it, I used a different motion. I have been unable to use my right hand because of a swollen wrist from muscles not usually in play.   For an extreme right handed person, eating or writing left handed is a challenge.  Needless to say, I felt very tied down during those days and I am so happy to have wrists and hands normal again.

Before the wrist incident, I knitted these socks to this point, but find I don’t like this wool and gauge for socks.  I will start over with a different yarn.

GOTTA LOVE a SON

We have an adult son who lives in a part of the house and with whom we share a kitchen and laundry room.  I told him, it was his turn to buy laundry detergent.

Here is what I saw when I walked into the laundry room.   We only use 2 a year and he informed me that he had just saved us several trips to Walmart.  I don’t think that is the only reason I shop Walmart.   But we have laundry detergent for what looks like 4 years.  Sometimes, life is just amusing.

2018
12/07

Category:
Life

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Remember when

Remember when this was the best there was?

My parents saved to be able to purchase this:  a record player/radio inside a nice cabinet.   It was a joy to them to be able to have such a nice item.

They were able to purchase a matching record cabinet to hold their albums as they accumulated.   Because they took very good care of anything they acquired, all the albums are in excellent shape.

I chose to keep these more as furniture memories than anything else.  They have filled 2  corners in the living room and serve as a table for various “treasures”  This week as we have been putting up the holiday decorations, I looked to see what records might be in this cabinet.   Ah, Christmas music – what fun to go back through those albums.

We have been enjoying listening to these old records – songs, Handel’s Messiah, etc.  After Christmas there is Hawaiian music, classical, and spiritual music.   I’m so happy I saved these and someday I hope one of our children will treasure them as well.

2018
12/05

Category:
food
Life

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Tomato sauce

It’s been bright, but freezing cold outside, so what better to do than processing food.

In  the summer, when time is at a premium, the tomatoes and other vegetables often get bagged and frozen for when there is more time.   So yesterday, I pulled out the tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery tops, and other items including small left overs to make a tomato sauce which simmered all day.   I started with 24 quarts of produce in 2 large pots.  This morning, we jarred and processed it.  I ended up with 12 quarts of tomato/spaghetti sauce.

This is what I saw walking up to the barn.   Such a nice ram.  It was cold and the hen found a warm woolly blanket.

The tree is standing now, the ornaments are pulled out and currently there is one big mess until the tree is decorated.

2018
12/02

Category:
food
Garden
Life

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Citrus plants, garden

Citrus plants in the Pacific NW:

In front is the lime tree – a bit straggly, but has three limes.

 

 

 

The orange tree has 3 large oranges, but they are so very green.   Does anyone know if they will still ripen? – They are in the heated hoop house.

Lemon lost one of its lemons so has one small lemon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden:

The hoop house garden is nearly done for this year.  I still have to clean it up.  I picked what was left, and still have the aisles to clean.  There are new potato plants and garlic across the back a long with three kale plants.   There is some winter broccoli up front and that will be all we will do in here this year.

Will these tomatoes still ripen?