Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bye Thanksgiving

Packing Up Thanksgiving stuff...

More Christmas decorations to come.

This flag could be considered cheating?
I did agree to wait until December to put out Christmas stuff...
But it was a gift from Holly!
hee, hee
I'm tricky...


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Relaxing By The Woodstove

I think Tom is tired after moving all
the firewood.

Love the wood stove.
The wood stove is our heat source
and in the Winter I enjoy cooking on it occasionally.
Lots of fun!

After the rain storm passes
I'm looking forward to getting out in the forest
and working on my paths.

It is always a lot more fun moving the leaves
around on wet ground 
and avoiding making dust clouds.

I've been thinking about researching how I could
improve our fencing
to slow down fox and coyote.

 If the wildlife wants over the fence
or under it
then they are going to get through. 

I really don't want to use electric fencing.
Maybe chicken wire
up against the existing fence?

Saturday, October 15, 2016


We miss our dearly loved Morgan very much.

She used to love to sit on the stairs and keep watch.

I had to stop writing this. 
It has been awhile but still too soon to see these photos.

My Paths

Paths I Raked Last Week

Moving leaves with shovel and rake.
Those are my gloves airing while I take a break.

I added more fallen branches
to border the paths.

This part of the path is wider
because the trees have grown farther apart.

Raking the paths is an ongoing process that keeps me fit.
Well, at least keeps me moving.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rain At Last

Rain is very welcome!

I have been busy raking leaves
for the past several weeks.

All the raking
is really my exercise program.
But it is very nice to have clear paths to walk.

We are very thankful for the rain.

Friday, August 05, 2016

What's For Dinner!


Well, we kinda skipped dinner
and I got hungry later.

Make some rice?

I didn't take photos
because my hands were floured.

I covered the cutting board with freezer paper.
It worked well for cutting biscuits
but it is too slippery for kneading dough.
But later...

Half white and half whole wheat flour.
I think I will go have another
biscuit before they cool down.


Thursday, August 04, 2016

Tortillas Or English Muffins?

The English Muffins Won!

Yes, I did take photos...
Next time I make these
I will use a lower temperature
and be sure to use corn meal to keep
the muffins from sticking
while rising.
They were hard to pick up
even though I floured the bottom and top.

The yeast I had was a little old
so I added a bit more.
And it proofed.

Rolling out the dough balls
was a lot of fun!

Corn meal on the top and bottom of the muffins
would have kept them from sticking.

I used the soup skimmer sieve to skim
off the milk solids.
The clarified butter worked great.

The muffins are very good!
Next time I will double the recipe.


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Whoops! photo

There should be a photo here of the 
flatbread I made today.
Even some photos of the flour mess I made
mixing and rolling them out
would have been good.

Perhaps I was too hungry?
I didn't think about taking pictures.
As soon as the flat bread was ready I ate it!
So, no photos...
But next time I make them I'll take photos.

To make up for the lack of pictures
here is the video I"m going to use next time.

And here is the video I used this morning.

I learned not to let excess flour get in the skillet.
Burned flour...not so good.
But I ate the flat bread anyway.
It wasn't burnt.
Food Wishes has several videos
on making flat bread, pita bread, etc.

I really like these two cooks!
And use a lot of their recipes.

And these cake pops look good too.

I was going to load the videos.
But ended up loading the links instead.
Click on the links.

Have fun!
Be happy!


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

What's Happening Today...

Tom said the bread board was covered with ants this morning.
Ants like bread?
Our plug in ant repeller thingy is missing!
Not me... I didn't do anything with it.
I think it got taken up stairs to work on repelling
the visiting squirrel.

I forgot to mention the olive oil, olive oil lotion
and balsamic vinegar we got at the farmer's market Saturday.
I was going to get some honey but we still had some.

While I was in Idaho I bought a hat.
It's too big.
Fits down over my ears
Keeps the sun off though!
So that's good.

And I bought some Idaho weights.
I have plans to get a treadmill before Winter.
I need to stay somewhat in shape.

And I bought a new mouse.
It scrolls!
My old mouse was in bad shape.

And finally a photo of the front deck.
Without leaves!
Yep, I swept off the deck around the house today.
My big accomplishment!
I could sweep while taking careful steps.

One foot/toes are still a bit messed up
from a tumble I took.
But getting better.

Morgan went to the vets today
and along with blood work, etc., she got her nails trimmed.
No more clicking!
Now she needs an appointment with the groomer.
She is a dirty dog.
We put up with that because she is old and hates
to go to the groomers.
But enough is enough.


Monday, August 01, 2016

Saturday Farmer's Market

Went to farmer's market on Saturday.
Then slept most of the day and evening.
Too late to post.
Around 2am Sunday managed to get this much typed.
My sleep cycle is all messed up
because I have been staying up at night
keeping the doors and windows open to cool the house.
I'll finish this tomorrow...
Well, this is the day after tomorrow.
Since this blog is about what goes on around here...
not much today.
It's cooler.
I slept in the day.
I"m up...soon to go to bed.
This is what I saw in the hall when I got up this morning.

I did kick the leaves closer together
for the photo.
Morgan brings the leaves into the house
after she collects them on
her walks in the forest.

Not much to post about
but, hey, this is what's happening.

Market stuff
The fridge is stuffed with
fruit and flat bread
that we bought on Saturday.
Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes,
pears, loaves of bread,
and blueberries that we already had.

I'm enjoying eating fruit and yogurt!

In 5 weeks there will be chickens to buy
at the farmer's market.
Processed and ready to cook.
Farm chicken raised by a local farmer.
Looking forward to that!
I'm going to buy some to cook and some to freeze.

I'm hoping to get to bed before 2am
and turn my sleep schedule around.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Glad We Have These Things On Hand

Soda and Vinegar
helped put me to rights today.

I had a stomach ache
and a little bit of vinegar and water followed
later by some soda
made my tummy 
happy again.

Nail clippers!
Morgan is hiding under the table
to get away from the iPad.

She hates, really hates having her photo taken.

Even more
she hates having her nails clipped.
Today she was limping.
Kristine found that the problem was caused
by two of her nails overlapping.

Tomorrow she gets her nails clipped.
Like it or not!

This blog is about what happens around here.
Not much happening today.
Too hot.
Over 100 degrees.
Morgan is suffering from the heat.
She is getting lots of ice in her water.

Time to put more ice in her water.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pink Winter Socks

These are the first socks I have knitted.

Tube socks knitted with super saver acrylic yarn. 
Practice socks.

Next I want to learn to knit short row heels and toes.

These socks are for Winter use
with my muck boots.

Next socks I knit will be with sock yarn.
This pink yarn is thick and not for use with shoes.

Fun socks!