DREARY WEATHER-MENDING-HERBS FOR WINTER-CANADA

23 10 2014

 

GREETINGS

Torrential rains are coming down and have been for most of the past few days.  So far no water in the barn.  Trenches were dug and they seem to be holding up.

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  I will keep checking it. This is part of a nor’easter that is coming up the coast.   The weekend looks lovely.  Many leaves have fallen off the trees now, this year we somehow missed the vibrant reds.  But there is still color in the woods.

MENDING

We are living in a throw away society, I think that is changing now.  Blogs and you tube sites are offering instruction to mend socks, sweaters and clothes and I hope that Tom of Holland will write a book about mending.  I find mending very therapeutic.  This week because I must remain somewhat quiet I will be mending a sweater that I handspun and hand knit many years ago. And a flannel blanket that I have had since I was a child.

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  My Grandfather sewed  old cloth feed bags into sheets and pillow cases all done by hand. I use them still.  I also remember he and my Uncle Roger mending their socks.

HERBS FOR WINTER

Every year around this time I wish I had saved some basil or was able to buy some plants.  While in the store yesterday I saw some on sale and quickly bought them.  Now I have Bay, Thyme, Basil, Chives and Rosemary growing on my kitchen window sill.  It will be delightful to have fresh herbs to use through the winter.  I hope I can keep them going.

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TO MY NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS IN CANADA

You are in my thoughts and prayers in this bad time for your country.The times we live in are so hard but we will carry on.  

Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day, I hope your day is pleasant.    Carole  Read the rest of this entry »





GLAD TO BE BACK-NEW THING-CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

21 10 2014

GREETINGS

MOre rain is coming, I am feeling well enough to do some necessary things to get the outside chickens in.  I am hoping to get 3 chickens in today and leave the two new gals out  for a while more.   

GLAD TO BE BACK

I have been under the weather for a while now.  I have a digestive disease and have had it for some time.    For the most part life goes on with it but there are times when it rears its ugly head.  Lots of stress tends to bring on an attack.  I am in contact with my doctor and a medication was called in and when I went to pick it up last night at one of the few locally owned pharmacies left, the Pharmacist came out to tell me that the script was $450. for a one months supply.  I have been on the phone with the Nurse this morning and hopefully we can find something that is less expensive.  Our health care system is in shambles and has been for years. I remember when I worked in Maryland many seniors could not receive all the meds they needed each month because they couldn’t afford them.  Other countries manage quite well why can’t we?  A lot of it has to do with the drug companies with all their free lunches and trips and dinners out.  Both working in a community heath center and a mental health clinic I saw how they operated.  I was so proud of the community heath center, they would not accept free lunches ( which cost 250 and up and could be had from 5 different drug companies each week. the only thing they accepted from the drug companies was samples of medication.}

NEW THINGS

There are so many benefits to living in a small town.  One is a local newsletter available on the internet which lets you  know of the goings on in town.  I learned that the town has a grant for  a Foot Nurse.  SHe is available on Wednesdays and one needs to make an appointment.  I went a few weeks ago, and learned for the first time that I had flat feet.  No wonder I have been having problems.  I picked up the recommended supports and my feet are so much better.  She also told me about a product she makes up and recommends for keeping your feet fungus free.  One bottle of cheap listerine type mouthwash, a glass jar with a lid on it and some small cotton balls.   Fill the jar with cotton balls and then add the listerine.

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 Use after baths or showers, just by patting the cotton balls all around your toes.  So easy to do with little cost.

PEEPS AND TWEETS UPDATE

Its wonderful to have them, they are so cute and full of life.  The run around constantly and Morticia calls them for new treats.  Today they had some clover and the noise from the room!  Mama was happy and so were they.

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PEEPS

I think Peeps might be a Rooster what do you think Anne?

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CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

There is still time to get into the Primitive SUnflower class at Sheep and Shawl.  It will be this Saturday.  Also still time for the Hooking with yarn class too.  Call Liz to get a place in these classes.

As the leaves begin to fall and the chill gets in the air I look forward to the quiet time of the season.  Fall and Winter are quiet times at the farm.  Time to get inside projects done and my have time once again for my beloved rug hooking, spinning and sewing.  Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.    Carole

 

 

 





NEW SPACE FOR CHICKS-WOOD ON THE PORCH-PUTTING MORE FOOD IN THE FREEZER

14 10 2014

GREETINGS

Local Woodpeckers have found the dead tree in front of my house.  They are very busy.

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I watched the news yesterday morning which is now something I do rarely.  It’s all sad and depressing.  I was in the grocery store yesterday and found that the same.  Prices going up and  packaging getting smaller.  Thank goodness for co-ops where you can buy things in bulk. 

MOVING DAY FOR MORTICIA AND THE CHICKS

Soon the wood stove will be going and it will be too hot in the kitchen for the chicks and there was not much room for them in the cat carrier.  I moved them into the south bedroom in the blue cage where Hazel and Mrs. Brown were last winter.  It suits them with plenty room and sunshine .  They are both more active now, even the smaller one Peeps is running around .

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PUTTING WOOD AWAY

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1-1/2  cords of wood is safely on the porch plus another 1/2 of a cord which I didn’t use last year.  Tyler and Charles came over around 9 yesterday morning and starting putting it on the porch while their father stacked it.

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With only a break for hot cocoa they finished just before noon.  A huge help for me as it would have taken me days to do it.  

PUTTING FOOD Up

I was busy trying to use up the tomatoes yesterday.  I made a wonderful mozzarella,tomato,basil and garlic mix and left it to marinate all day long.

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It will top thin spaghetti drizzled with olive oil.  A great supper.    I froze string beans and peppers on a cookie sheet to pack in bags later.

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 And picked some spearmint to dry.

Soon I will start getting things ready for the chickens move inside.  Lights need to be cleaned and timers need to be set,   Everything cleaned and insulation added to the windows.  I am going to start this afternoon but think that it will take several days to get it all done.  I hoe you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER AND THEY SMELL  WONDERFUL

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER AND THEY SMELL WONDERFUL





NEW PRODUCTS, TWO CHICKS

12 10 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday was damp and dreary today its sunny but a bit cool out.  It will warm up some and then I plan to do some painting.

MORE NEW RODUCTS

Yesterday I made up some lovely fall potpourri.  

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Its not quite complete.  Orange slices are drying in the dehydrator.

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I made a cookie dough of ground cinnamon and some spices and white glue and water, mixed them up then added some cinnamon essential oil and rolled them out in the shape of hearts and stars.

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 They are almost dry and according to directions the smell should last for years.  This mixture is usually made up into small ales with cloves in them but I thought that the hears and stars would add a bit of interest to the potpourri/   I used a mixture of orange and cinnamon essential oil in the potpourri.

 

 

 I also made up some bags of rose hips.   Good to use in a bowl by themselves or mixed with a potpourri mix.

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NEW CHICKS

The two new chicks are doing well.  Growing and changing colors.

Morticia and Tweets

Morticia and Tweets

Peeps is very tiny and was probably born a few days later than Tweets

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Peeps

 

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I Hope you have a wonderful day;  Carole and Owen IMG_3899

 





NEW BANTAM CHICKS-MORTICIA AND mRS. bROWN SHARING DUTIES- SAM-GOODBYE GARY

9 10 2014

GREETINGS

Today start out very windy but then grew into a beautiful sunny fall day.

NEW BANTAM CHICKS

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A big surprise Yesterday when I found 2 sweet little bantam chicks under Morticia.   I added more hay and Mrs. Brown was standing guard so no other hens would come near the new babies.I left them in the Caravan for the night but took them out today and put them into a cat carrier in the house.  They will stay in there till the others come in which will be in a week or two.  They both seem to be doing well.  Mom is good and taking good care of the little ones.  Peeps and Tweets are their names.

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SAM

Sam has another infection and is on antibiotics.  The vet also suggested Lysine for all the cats.  I have started giving them it.  It helps with stress.  The old cats have been under stress with the new cats coming and the new cats were on lot of stress being moved around.  He is acting much better today.

 

SAMMY

SAMMY

GOODBYE GARY

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Gary left today by Amtrak..  He will be home sometime after 9 pm and may come back up for Christmas.   The Brattleboro station is always interesting.  They are very friendly there coming out and giving updates on the trains arrival and what is going on at the station.  In May they invite people to come and learn about train safety     There are many lives lost each year by people walking on the tracks.  It’s a very good program for children who often tend to play on the tracks or put pennies on the track.  If a train hits the pennies in the right way they will shoot faster than a bullet.  I hope that my Grand children can make one of these weekends.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole and Owen.

 





DRIED TOMATOES-THE MOHAWK TRAIL-SAMMY

8 10 2014

Bad weather was coming through my area last night and in some parts of town it did.  There was at least one micro burst in town in which cars were in trees and 100 year old trees were thrown around..   Some things on the porch were knocked over but no water in the barn.  I made sure everything was dug out before I went to bed.

DRIED TOMATOES

The tomatoes dried nicely and I will do more today.  It takes a lot of dried tomatoes  to fill a small jar.  The recipe called for blanching the dried tomatoes in wine vinegar and patting them dry before putting them into the jar.  I packed each jar with sprigs of rosemary and some basil salt and pepper, covered all with a good olive oil.  Olive oil should cover the tomatoes completely.  I will be checking the jar for a few days and adding more olive oil as needed.

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 This jar is for my Son in Law Rick who really appreciates things like this.

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THE MOHAWK TRAIL

Yesterday we took a little ride on the Mohawk Trail.  Things have changed so much there that we cold hardly recognize where we visited as children.   It was a beautiful ride though and we saw the famous Indian statue.  The Indian culture is so much apart of this area.  There are shops and Pow Wow’s are held nearby.

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  Many parts of the road were washed out during the last hurricane.

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 The scenery was spectacular.  So many hairpin turns.

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SAMMY

Sammy has been coughing and sneezing so its off to the bets we go  It is his very first visit to Dr. Funk’s.  He has made this his home and found a lot of wonderful places where the other Sammy liked too.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Carole





YANKEE MAGAZINE-TOMATOES-TREE OF LIFE-TURKEY’S EVERYWHERE

6 10 2014

GREETINGS

I thought we were going to get  a frost last night but we didn’t  It was quite chilly.  I need to pick the rest of the cukes soon and get them made into pickles.  I Put the new dog house for the roosters together yesterday and now will work on their small enclosed  winter space.   In a week  I plan to move the outside hens inside so the rooster area must get done.

YANKEE MAGAZINE

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This months Yankee Magazine has some wonderful articles in it.  One in particular caught my eye.   The Mohawk Trail is 100 years old this year. So many wonderful times were spent on the trail.   It was a great distance from our Holyoke home in our Chevy Sedan.  My Grandfather and Uncle Roger, Mom and Dad and myself piled into the car early in the morning, a picnic lunch packed and we would enjoy the drive with many stops at local souvenir shops and look outs. My friend Francine joined us on many of the trips and when my Cousin Gary’s family came  to visit this was one of the day adventures.  Lost of things have changed on the trail but its still as beautiful as ever and the tourists still come.

TOMATOES

I finished one box of tomatoes today and have started on the last one.  I am drying more tomatoes to put in the rosemary/olive oil mix.

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 It will take a lot of tomatoes to fill a jar.  And I have another pot of tomatoes, eller, garlic and onions cooking .  

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THE TREE

Yesterday Gary and I went up to a friend’s house to pick up some lumber that would work for the area around the rooster house.  On the way there was this remarkable tree.  The tree has lots of rot but still grows.   It reminded me of life ,going through life brings some hurt and sadness which seems to take a little of our hearts, but most of us survive that and we keep on growing.  Just like this tree.  

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Lots of turkeys around lately.  Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly morn.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

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