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.

A quick note…

I posted  again under Pages but it apparently doesn’t send out or post to facebook. I need to explore this option more, I guess. Anyway, if you want to see the bit about weaving with wire you’ll find the link above.

MIL goes home tomorrow so I’ll be spending the last day with her. We’ve had a fun week but naturally I haven’t got a lot done on the looms or in the garden. Hope you are enjoying these brief spring (or autumn) days! It’s been lovely weather here. Two signs of spring.. Lupin and strawberries!

Color

The lesson for today says add some color. There is all kinds of color… and not all off it looks like a clowns wig. I kind of like what are called “earth tones”. In fact, I took that rather literally and gathered some dirt and started painting Dirty Pictures.

   

Water..

Anther blog photo lesson. Water is an important subject now days. Seems like there is either not enough of it or there is too much of it. This year we appear to be edging onto not enough here. And it’s spring with summer not looking wet at this point. But immediately water to me means Treasure Creek, the stream running though my garden. Not very big but a pretty stream, it’s my “white noise”, masking traffic on the road and loud talking neighbors. Dog can get a drink, I can dip my watering can in there to refresh any dry looking plants and local wildlife take advantage of it too. We see frogs and some little trouts.

 

And last summer we had a family of raccoons wading up steam. Not unusual to see one or two but these were 4 babies and I got some fuzzy pictures. I spooked them and they hid behind an alder and peeked around at me. Of course, the camera focused on the maples leaves in front of me where I wasn’t paying attention. Still a cute, if fuzzy shot, I think. And one with Water! 🙂

 

Bliss..

The next lesson in blogging is a photo explaining what Bliss is to me. How far back to we need to go?  Five years old and seeing the tree lighted christmas morning?  My first bike? Falling in love? Holding my first baby, my first grandchild? All of those and more. Bliss been, for the most part scattered throughout my life. There are many more instances of bliss in my life, but I think these days bliss is the first snow, coming with a full wood shed and a full pantry. Add a couple nice yarn projects, a kitty in my lap, Himself keeping the wood stove stocked and that pretty well covers bliss. Well, I could just add that the cookie jar might be full of brownies!

First snow on Dorleska Court

The next theme is to be “connection”. I’ll have to think about that for awhile.