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Friday, October 19, 2012

chilly and rainy this morning--we are getting what seem to be normal fall rains now and i am very glad. the trees are shedding their leaves very early so hopefully the increased soil moisture will help them as they enter into dormancy.
worked in my list of "interruptions" and spent some time yesterday just getting my bearings and starting on sharon's card. today is housecleaning day and i really want to do a serious job so the house is nice and clean as we head into winter. hopefully this weekend all the outdoor "stuff" will get put away and the statues will get covered up with tarps so we can hunker down for our winter nap.
tired something new last night--roasting brussel sprouts in the oven YUMMY. you just slice and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper and put them on a foil lined cookie sheet in a 425 deg. oven for about 20 minutes. turn them once halfway along. they are fabulous. i put some parmesan cheese on them, but they really didn't need it. i think i will do it again but then chill them and make a vinigrette for them.
also roasted the last of the peppers from my garden and packed them in olive oil in the frig. this is something else i need to work on this winter--strategies for becoming more self sufficient and keeping our food chain "closer to home". we have the land and the space to do this, now i just need to research and figure out what is sensible and practical for us to do ourselves. first up on the list is worm composting. this is something i have wanted to try for quite awhile. rob is wondering if we can develop a strategy by which we eliminate our trash pickup. this would involve more recycling, the worm composting and trash sorting so we could make one trip a month to the landfill with "unrecyclables" ourselves. i want to rethink our cold frames so they can be more productive too. they need to be moved, so we might as well redesign them while we are at it. that leads me into the exploration of food preservation--my friend marianne is a pro at it--i just have to decide how much of it i can do--how much time can i devote to it and things like that. we haven't grown fruits and veg. in years--the flowering plants took over everything--but i think its time to back up a few steps and return to it. i am also thinking seriously about a dexter cow--these are miniature cows for homesteaders. that is a long term prospect though--a lot of learning and infrastructure would have to happen first. fortunately marianne has kept cows and cindy rescues and raises "difficult" calves for a local beef producer so i have access to two knowledgable people. i do think a lot of this is going to cause some big overall changes in how i live my life day to day and how my business moves forward. but i feel like it is time for a change. we'll see where it all leads.
have a great friday and lovely weekend!
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LIVEDAILY 10/19/2012 7:20PM

    Oooo...another lovely photo!! The vase is especially lovely! Were those the last of the peppers and tomatoes? My parents moved to a farm after my Dad retired from the Navy. Neither of them had grown up on a farm. It was originally a daffodil farm. VERY labor intensive, those, which is why you pay so much for them in the spring! My father did research, and put in 5 acres of rabbit eye blueberries. I think there were about 2 dozen different varities. They wintered rather well, and had no real pest or herbicidal issues. You just had to make sure you watered them and pruned them. They had a pick-your-own operation. They also had a huge vegetable garden, and my Mom grew raspberries. She grew straw flowers for a couple of years too. They had a sandy area down by the creek that was where the asparagas grew. They grew their own garlic, corn, tomatoes, beans, peas, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, cucumbers (my Mom made pickles), zucchini, eggplant, cantalope. What couldn't be canned, was frozen. I was the jam maker :-) I made lots and lots of blueberry jam from berries that I picked myself. Nowadays I have to buy the blueberries (ouch!). Winter is the perfect time for investigating a garden. I have fond memories of my Dad pouring over Burpee catalogs in the winter and sketching out the plan for next year's garden.

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CSDAYS 10/19/2012 6:54AM

    Good luck with the cows!!!

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EWL978 10/19/2012 6:53AM

    You are so active, I'm jealous!!!! Great luck with all your efforts... I can't imagine all that effort being an old-time big-city girl.

Keep on keeping on...you've got a winning spirit!!

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