Saturday, August 30, 2008
1. I am the black sheep of my family. Before you feel sorry for me, please realize that I no longer have to make lame excuses to try to get out of tedious family gatherings, or suffer through said gatherings due to lack of lame excuse. They just don't invite me, which saves a ton of money at Christmas. :)
2. I get contact dermatitis from tomato plants.
3. We own five dogs, one cat, two guinea fowl, 26 chickens (three of which are roosters), innumerable rabbits, and one rat.
4. I was once offered the position of Trophy Wife. You know, the vapid little airhead that decorates the arm of the fat, balding attorney. Sadly, I am neither little, vapid, nor an airhead, and was therefore forced to decline. Ironically, I ended up with an uber hot hubby in place of the fat balding guy; I also ended up being a Trophy Wife of a different sort. All of hubby's friends are envious when he says his wife is home splitting firewood, painting, roofing, canning, etc.
5. I'd rather haul wood than go shopping.
6. I fence, shoot a bow, throw knives, use a chainsaw, a machete, and an ax, but have no idea how to change a tire.
7. I've been to Australia.
8. I'm from the south. I hate winter. I have no idea why I live in a state that has winter most of the year, but I'm thankful we opted not to move further north (we considered Maine and Alaska).
9. I am a hermit. I'd be content to never leave our property and never see anyone but my husband and children.
10. I tend to put up with too much from people. I can take all sorts of abuse with a big smile. But once the abuse is directed toward my husband or children, I can be found wearing the skin of the abuser, eating a very messy barbecue dinner.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
*I mix the dough in a big bowl, knead it there, and then spread oil in the same bowl for the dough to rise. That way, I don't have a mess on the counter.
If you don't have a loaf pan, you can make "Hawaiian" type loaves: separate dough in half and shape into balls, place on greased baking sheet.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I made a nice pot of harvest stew for lunch today:
Made from tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, green beans, quinoa, and herbs, all from our garden. It tastes a lot like minestrone soup. I'd share the recipe, but I just sort of tossed the stuff into the pot and didn't measure anything. It was good, though.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Just your run of the mill goldfish. We got 10 of them for less than three bucks, and by the next morning they had completely wiped out the mosquito larvae. I think there are still three or four of the fish living in the 'pond'.
It's been a fun science project. We've been to the library and checked out all of their tadpole books, as well as the frog field guides. I think we have about four different types in the pond.
I'm off to deal with this...
That's one peck of cherry tomatoes! I saved this bag from my last apple purchase at the Farmer's Market, since I really didn't know how to measure out a peck all on my own. lol It's about 10 lbs of tiny tomatoes.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In case you jokers haven't noticed, it's the friggin' middle of August!! It is way too early for this sort of tomfoolery!! Leaves change color in fall, not in the hottest part of summer!! Thanks to you guys, I'm frantically trying to get the wood cut, as well as the garden harvested and the canning done. I look like a bee on speed!
And while I have your attention, make with the rain, already! It's downright crunchy outside!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Friday, August 15, 2008
Picking the corn was a lot more fun that I had anticipated. We cracked a lot of jokes. I waved around a cornstalk and yelled, "I think I'm being stalked." Both girls said, "Mom, that's so corny." I said, "I can't hear you, please speak into my ear." *waves ear of corn*
Yeah, lame, I guess, but it was fun. We all giggled and got itchy from the corn. You just can't buy that kind of fun. lol
I think we'll at least double our corn plot next year...maybe even triple it. It is a really good return when you realize that you get at least one ear of corn from each kernel you plant. Of course that means I have to get a bigger freezer...
Thursday, August 7, 2008
While I was looking for the deer, an indigo bunting buzzed my head.
When I woke up this morning, there was a red squirrel sitting outside my window eating sunflower seeds.
As I was putting up the hay this afternoon, I watched hummingbirds and butterflies in the field, saw a groundhog run into the neighbor's field, and nearly fell into a rabbit burrow. lol
I spent a couple of hours this afternoon picking wild blackberries.
Some mornings, I have coffee while walking through the woods... in my pj's.
Right now, I'm listening to crickets, frogs, and katydids.
I really don't think I will ever get tired of this.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
First, notice my counter is gone? I couldn't get to my blog, the message said IE couldn't access it, abort, etc. So I googled that and found that it was caused by my counter, even though it hadn't happened before. I deleted my counter and everything was fine.
Then I started having problems with my ISP. We are probably one of the few people left on the planet with dial-up. For some reason, my pc refused to dial my ISP. So I went around it, logged on, downloaded the newest software, deleted the old software, installed the new stuff, and voila! my pc dialed my ISP with no problem...almost.
The next issue was that once online, I couldn't get my browser windows to open. Not even by clicking IE. I somehow accidentally found that by turning off one of the processes, the windows would pop right open. Now I am in contact with my ISP to find out what the heck is causing that.
So...here I am. Exhausted. Someone explain to me why canning is so tiring? I made bread and butter pickles tonight. Tomorrow I'll make some more, but using zucchini (of which I have exactly one bajilliondy seven). I'm hoping to make zucchini chips, and blanch and freeze whatever is left over.
I also have an entire wicker laundry basket of green beans to process. I think it weighs about 30 lbs. :/
Anyway, the point of this post was to let everyone know I'm still here. I have some great recipes to share but that will have to wait till I'm awake. Also a few wino updates. :)