Happy Thanksgiving!

We do have some things to be thankful for this season. For me, getting my big printer to finally accept my new computer is a biggy! But mostly we are thankful that we are finally getting RAIN! Supposed to start tonight. Well, there is always a “fly in the ointment” isn’t there?! Snow level also dropping below pass level. But he thinks it won’t be enough at that elevation to cause a problem so we are going anyway. We could take my Gimmy which has 4-wheel drive, but he wants to get lumber so is going to take the truck, which doesn’t. I expect we’ll get over fine and have a nice Thanksgiving with Sis and her dh and plenty of shopping on Friday (Yikes! the only day we have for this) and then we’ll find out if we are going to get home or are going to have to go the loooong way round. But either way, I am thankful for this rain/snow ‘event’ finally here in California. I know it is going to be a mess for some people, those who have suffered through the fire have now to face a lot of black & nasty mud. But still better than fire.

Out west we have the heavy rain and back east you have more snow. So you all take care and if you are also going, do drive really safely! Here’s a little turkey and some corn for you!

Hazel

November

Beautiful fall here this year but sooo dry! It is still fire season when we should be having rain and thinking about the first snow. Watching other places in California go up in smoke, it’s scary. Could happen here just as easily if someone gets careless. Please be safe!

But I’m doing a little “recreational weaving”! Ellie is getting ready for the party season! My camera is getting weird, tho and wants to digitize my downloaded photos! What’s up with that?!

  

October in Washington

We spent 10 days on the road– more or less. I got so buy at Fiber Fusion that I totally forgot to take any pictures while at the festival, but it was fun, interesting and even slightly profitable. I had three very nice  ladies in my class and they all caught onto and seemed to enjoy the weaving and went away with at least one finished wash cloth.  We did a 2nd one using the kitchen cotton and a type of scrubby. I had acrylic, cotton and a fuzzy sparkly one to choose from.

After the show we left, avoiding the freeways, and wandered though the forests of Washington in vaguely the direction we thought we wanted to go. Randy says that while he might not always know where he is, he is never lost, and sure enough, we eventually came out just where he wanted to be!

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That was into the Cascade Mountain Nat’l Park. The Cascades are the youngest mountains in the US and are high rugged craggy peaks. Very scenic and steep, prone to rock slides, the signs warn. There are large lakes and rivers, of course. Washington state builds lots of dams for power generation. One of the major exports, it appears, but in at least one occasion, they had totally stopped the river from flowing past the dam, a practice I, and I am sure others, disapprove.

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But it is very scenic. We spent a cold night in the parking lot of a closed Nat’l park with 3 other rv’s and a half dozen tent campers. There were Lot so rv’s from pick-up’s to giant pushers & the tenters, so I really don’t know why the park system thinks tourist season is over on labor day! Anyway, I was glad I had my heavy wool quilt with me! If you were at the last two events we were at you saw that one on the table.

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But we really enjoyed the trip through the park tho he would have liked to have gotten off the ‘beaten track’. It appears that there is no ‘off’ there unless you go hiking which he’d love to do but we did not have time for that and it’s not a great time of the year for hiking there, anyway, with the weather looking iffy. But here are some pictures. Well, the pictures are at scattered but you’ll find them here somewhere! I don’t seem to be able to get along with this “new” editor but am not going to try to ‘fix’ it now as I’ll just make it worse I’m sure! But I’ll try to add some here.

After we left the park we went into Apply Valley. Apples of several types, lots of cherries, these were covered with nets as they ripen to keep away birds. There were also grape vineyards, they seem to be the purple kinds and further down the valley they grow hops. This is a rocky canyon and the orchards and vineyards were tucked into all sorts of spots where there was enough dirt to grow them. Beautiful colors in the orchards and the wild trees. Dams along the Columbia river, too, with their power plants.

I wanted to add this one but missed it. It’s the netting that overs the cherries in their primes, all neatly rolled up waiting for the next crop.

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So then we headed up  hill. Some 2000′ of elevation in 6 miles of curving road and we were on the Palouse, the top of the World up there. Mostly Geology and wheat fields here.

 

 

Hot time in the old town tonight…

A little too hot, in fact. It hasn’t got to town yet but is threatening East Fork. They’re having a meeting tomorrow so maybe we’ll finally get some news. Went up the hill yesterday afternoon to take a look and some pictures. Not so scenic as it was last week. I haven’t been to Redding yet and am not looking forward to that. Those who’ve been find it heartbreaking.

But I hope to be going soon in order to get my new computer! Boy will I be happy to see that! I’m going to see if this one will download any photos tonight. Well, they’re pretty fuzzy but the best I can do. Pray for rain.

It looks like a long way but is only about 7 miles across the lake and within 1 mile of those folk over there.

 

 

Hi. Finally.

Well, this machine is still sick and it gets frustrating to try to post but I’ll give it another go. As soon as all this fire business is over I’m taking it to the guru and see what can be done. Meantime we battle along.

We’re clear and sunny today, first time in a couple of weeks. My solar lights are soaking up their charges and the garden is getting charged, too.  Nice to be able to breath deeply again for us mammals.

What’s happened…? Well, we went to Albany Oregon for the Black Sheep Gathering the first of July and back again the first of August for the Mother Earth Fair. Mostly we’re been working around here. Himself has jobs that he’s always behind on as well as looms, I have garden and looms I’m generally behind on. You get the idea. Dunno why, it just seems to work that way. I haven’t done much yarn stuff but I’ve found a lot of interesting recipes for using up zucchini. Canned peaches this week and it’ll be green beans tomorrow. Got a turkey in the oven. I had to get it out of the freezer to make room for incoming things. It’ll also get canned- or most of it will anyway.

Had some friends/neighbors up for a couple weeks. They live south of the fire but have the cabin next door. They came up to get away from the smoke but eventually had to go back and they said it was still smokey. Naturally, almost as soon as they arrived up here we had heavy smoke! Now that they’ve gone the smoke has cleared up. hummm…..

I bought some gadgets for fermenting veggies at the Mother Fair and have stuffed a quart jar with cabbage in hopes of ending with sauerkraut.  Don’t have a clue what I’m doing, just following  a ‘recipe’ from the internet.  Time will tell.

The garden has grown a bit since the last pictures I posted! The fence rails are 10′ and the sunflowers are just an inch or so over that.

I accidentally ended up with three zucchini plants. Last year I had two and got two squash, this year I have enough to feed the community. Unfortunately most of the rest of the gardeners here do too! lol But I’ve found some interesting recipes for it. The tomatoes are producing well, but aren’t the greatest I’ve ever raised. Peaches are luscious! I’ll be canning green beans tomorrow and I think we’ll have egg plant with our turkey for dinner. Is that a workable combo?

I forgot to mention that we had a visit from this pair last month. The one on the left was the first and the other the next day. On my porch! They may have been hunting mice, we do have a problem with those little varmints, but I’d really rather they hunt elsewhere. They are hunting somewhere up Ramshorn now, Randy dumped them both in the same spot so if they were friends, mates ,or siblings they can be together if they wish, but not here. The difference in the patterns and coloring is interesting, too, I thought. I assume they are the same kind of rattler. As far as I know we only have one kind here, I think it’s called a Western rattler, but I can’t remember for sure. Haven’t seen one since, which delights me.

 

I have neat picture of some balloons that took off from the airport across the fence from where we camped at the Linn County Fairground but it’s on my tablet and I dunno how to get it here except to email it to myself which seems complicated. It was early, first cuppa, when we heard them and they were still quite low with the moon behind. And I got a shot of two of them with a jet above!

Well, I printed out a recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins which I think wants to be made while the oven is hot.

So… See you next time!

 

Memorial Day

I spent most of memorial day the way my Dad would have. Working in the garden. He was a vet but mostly he was a gardener. Randy, with my help, got the fence up around the new bed and I planted the first plants. Two zucchini and one unknown from the compost pile that I think may be a cucumber. There’s also a Borage for the bees.

 

The white around the plants is crushed egg shell. Hoping to keep hungry crawlies at bay. The sharpish edges are supposed to discourage them. If they happen to have wings or are good jumpers, I guess that will be in vain, but I’m trying.  There should be more melons and winter squash along soon and we’re saving a space for some corn and sunflowers.

I also tried out my new Mean Green Machine, a food processor, gifted to me by my MIL. I mentioned that I was wanting one and she said she was never going to use this one. I have been trying to decided between a new bread machine or one of these guys. I only have room for one. Today’s recipe turned out well, but it was a bit big for this machine. I’ll try a smaller recipe next time, but if I can get one that’s worth while I think the bread machine will lose its place as I can use this one for chopping dog’s veggies, too! And there’s even the possibility for finding other uses for it!

Now I think it’s time to go try out the new recipe for oven-fried chicken. Sometimes my excursions into cooking turn out well. I hope this one does and I am already hungry for it! Hope your weekend is as lovely as ours is starting!

PS: The chicken tasted good but it was certainly not Crispy, as the recipes author promised. 😦

Photgraphy lesson: “Architecture” ,

  

  

The Jays know how to keep their young families safe from cruising ravens. They build under, usually under an overhanging roof if they can find one. We’ve been raising Stellar Jays for many years. I like to think it’s great great grandchildren returning every spring. The one on the tree branch is really a squirrel nest but the Jays play around in it, too. We raised two families this spring. I think they’ve abandoned the one in the rose bush that they used for years because we use the deck out there now at that time of the year and they feel that’s a little close, I suppose.  But the other two are on opposite sides of the house. The first one is the newest nest. Randy put up the shelf brackets and strung chicken wire between them as a platform. It was in self defense as they wanted to build in his supply of fence panels and we were going to be needing them!

But the subject is architecture. They build rather free form but it is a tight and sturdy nursery. And safe, as I have mentioned. We have other birds around but these are the only ‘house’ birds. I had a house wren build a nest in the pocket of a pair of my pants which were hanging on the clothes line. By the time they were done with it the pants were pretty faded but I could not bring myself to oust them.