Monday, August 2, 2021

Up to my ears in ears and maters and peppers and beans

 We finally pulled the corn this weekend. Not that I'm finished with tomatoes, peppers, or beans. 

So far I've made three black berry cobblers that require four cups of black berries and I think I've put up six bags of four cups each so if you're not up to the math that's 36 cups of black berries. Plus 2 batches of blackberry jelly. These luscious berries didn't pick themselves. 

Then, I put up 6 pints of green tomatoes. An experiment. Will advise if this is good for humans or gets thrown to the chickens. 

Canned 21 quarts of green beans. Canning isn't the hard part-it's keeping the beans weeded, watered, and snapped. 

Put up two quarts of jalapenos so far (they're just getting going good-the fools love the heat).

Put up two quarts of bell peppers-my colors this year are purple, orange, white, and green. 

I put up 12 gallons of corn and still have some left in the refrigerator to process. 

I've made mint tea and extract.

Two batches of strawberry jam. Peach jam. Blueberry jam.

I've water glassed three containers of eggs (if this actually works I'll write another blog about water glassing).

And sometimes... I'm ready for a vacation.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Secrets

 I've got a secret. Actually it's not my secret, but I'm not allowed to talk about it and it's killing me... I totally suck at this. I really don't know how I've survived Christmas and birthdays each year. It's so hard. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Best part of waking up

 So the commercial goes "Best part of waking up, is Folgers in your cup" and I agree with this on some level. I don't function without two cups of coffee in the morning. Oh, I can go on auto pilot with just one small cup, but if you want me to cook something and you expect to eat that something, I need to be on my second cup. Same thing for anything involving directions.  I need my second cup at least started.  For the love of all things good, please don't ask me any important questions before my first sip. As a matter of fact, best not to trust anything I say before that first sip. 

I think another good part of waking up is sitting on the porch with that cup of coffee. Watching the last of the lightnin' bugs  fade out and the sun come up. Scratching a belly or behind the ears of some fuzzy kid and listening to the wind chimes. 

Sometimes I pretend that the wind is speaking to me. Maybe a voice from heaven telling me it's going to be a good day. That I've got this and beauty is every where if you just open your eyes. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Waterfall #3 Packrat Falls

 


On my journey to visit 12 new (to me) waterfalls, the third was Pack Rat Falls. The hike was touted as an easy .70 mile hike-not so. It wasn't very well marked either, but my sister Lee and her sons Hopper and Rowan made this hike with me. They are all much younger and in better shape and would not have described this hike as an easy one. Beautiful scenery and the way up and if we had been brave enough-Upper Pack Rat Falls was another half a mile up the hill, but maybe another day. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Decoration Day at Log Hall aka Smith Cementary

 Very often Decoration Day is celebrated with Memorial Day in small towns across America. I thought this was just a day to place flowers on the graves of loved ones and remember those that lost their lives in the service of our country.  Well, I was only partly right. It's sooooo much more. 

Yes, you are encouraged to put flowers on your loved one's resting place, but my husband explained that I needed several individual flowers or arrangements. I asked how many and he told me that I needed at least a dozen. So, I went to work and made little bouquets of carnations that didn't  look half bad. In fact, they were pretty.

When we pulled up to the cementary, you would have thought that there was a funeral going on. Cars were lined all around and lots of people were there. The graves themselves were a sight to see. Decoration Day is day you go to pay respects to those you've lost-so all those little bouquets were loving placed at the base of stones bearing names that Dwight had loved. There were several bunches of flowers placed at the base of every stone. All colors, shapes, and sizes. 

There were a lot of people laughing and telling stories about people that had gone on and it was great to see so very many smiles, but every once in awhile you could catch a glimpse of someone that had mist in their eyes. I was one of those. I managed to keep in all in check, but there were times it was hard to breathe so I just swallowed a lot of air and kept going. We put flowers at his mom's grave, his grandparents, great grandparents, an uncle that died in his teens, his favorite aunt's and one of his aunt and uncle's that meant a lot to him as a small boy. I think that's what got me most of all. Forty years after these people were gone, a boy turned man still thought it was important to pay his respects. What wonderful people they must have been. Looking around at the other graves, there were a lot of wonderful people that had left this earth. So many flowers-I like to think each one represented a happy memory. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

More Happy Places ie the Lauren edition

 Happy Places with my little Lauren? Boy, this one is hard because I'm not trying to write a book.

The first one that comes to mind is "Beach". Lauren wasn't even six weeks old when her toes touched the waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of crying when the waves touched her feet, she laughed and put her arms in the water. I believe she was three when she found her first sand dollar. Later, there was Cumberland Island, Amelia Island, Key West,  Vero Beach, Bowman's beach and the Lighthouse beach on Sanibel Island. I never asked if she had a favorite. She seemed to love them all as I did. We collected shells, watched gators and dolphins, played with starfish, walked with wild horses, swam with manatee. Admired the sun going down and coming up and we laughed. Rain didn't stop us or the laughter.

Her "spaceship". She really didn't travel out of space, but in our RV-the bed above the driver's seat. She came out to eat her lunchables and just handled everything in stride. Just like when the airlines lost our luggage and we were bound for a wedding. Everything handled in stride.

Falling Water Falls-it's a beautiful place. We've jumped a couple of times now, but I'm still afraid of heights and she still makes fun of me and lets me jump when I'm ready. It constantly reminds me-there's nothing to be afraid of if you've got the right person by your side. 

"The field" the one behind the house where we let the horses run or slowly walk and take it all in. The mountains. The smell of fresh hay. The sound of eagles. The smell of leather and the feel of a good breeze. I don't know how many times we've ridden across the field but I'm glad that it's too many times to count. The conversations we've had. The problems that Abigail, Kate, Sassy, Miss Priss, and Blaze have helped us solve. 

"The River"-Our annual float trip from Hasty to Carver. Laughing at you in the gar hole. Playing in the holes of water. Watching Ash swim so gracefully. Crossing the river on horseback even with snow at the river's edge. 

My kitchen-watching Lauren master chocolate gravy. Making poppy seed chicken. Numerous oreo balls. Coffee and more coffee. Making jam.

And I can't forget the "porch". It's where we've enjoyed coffee, tea, and other adult beverages. We've watched the sun go down and storms come. We've watched the dogs jump a five foot fence(not mine obviously). Listened to eagles and whipporwills . 

You see what I mean about a book? I could go on but I think I'll go out and maybe make some more happy places.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Water Fall#2 Carwash Falls


 Twelve new waterfalls in one year? We'll see but here's the second one for me. Carwash Falls down a long, long dirt road.