21 08 2015


We had lots of needed rain last night and I  had dug a deep trench so no water in the barn.The sun is out now and some of the humidity has come back.  Hoping that we get a little cooler weather.



Hazel is improving slowly,whatever happened didn’t affect his ability to crow.  I am hoping his recovery continues.



Today I froze scallions, peppers and a small squash.  These will all go into soups and stews this coming winter.


I have string beans to pick and when the weather cools a bit I plan on picking all my beets and pickling them.  They will taste so good this winter..  I have had wonderful luck with the beet crop which was planted late and was an afterthought.  I never thinned them but they grew anyway.  The cukes have started coming in and I hope to make some pickles.   The Farm Stand called and said that the tomatoes were ready, I can’t take a box till next week..


I have been using the same recipe for Pesto since the late 70’s.  Its simple and quick and freezes well.

2 cups basil (thick stems removed )

1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (I do prefer pine nuts but they are very 


I give these two items 3 or 4 pulses in my food processor


Add 4 garlic cloves minced 

Just a little less than 3/4 cup of  grated Romano cheese

Pulse again a couple of times

1/2 cup of a good Olive Oil

Turning your processor on slowly add the olive oil

 I like my pesto textured but if you like it more like sauce keep checking till it’s the right consistency.

It takes less than 10 minutes.  I put it into Zip lock bags and flatten them out and put the in the freezer.  That way I can take out the packet and use just what I need.



9 years ago I got a frantic call from another cat lover.  Please take this kitten she needs a home.  I tried to explain that I had over 10 cats at that time, which was already a lot.  Then she told me the story of this little mite.  Mother and siblings eaten by something she was found hiding and terrified.  Thrown in a cage and was brought to the vet where she got some shots and a clean bill of health.  Then in another cage.  I agreed to give this little one a home.  Somehow in my wildest thoughts I thought that she would just adjust.  She promptly found all the hiding places in my bedroom and I didn’t see her for a month then only her tail.  So for the past 9 years I have only touched her maybe 10 times.  I have tried to get her to the vets with pills in her food but it never happened.  She made friends with the other cats and lost them along the way.  Yesterday she was sleeping in the hut and I was able to take a picture of her for the first time.  Last month I saw her upstairs for the first time.  She has had to make changes as the cat population here has dwindled.  There is still hope for catching her and getting her to the vets for a check up and shots.  Meanwhile she is safe and warm here.  Little Marion also know as Baby.




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







4 responses

22 08 2015
Sharon - creativityandfamily

Little Marion is beautiful. How sad that she has never got over the trauma enough to trust you. xx

22 08 2015

Yes it is sad but humans did bad things to her some cats can get over it but she just can’t she has changed so who knows. I am fine with it, she has food and shelter and friends.

24 08 2015
Sharon - creativityandfamily

Yes, it is terrible what some people will do to animals. It is lovely that she has you to care for her even if she doesn’t have the confidence to return it. x

24 08 2015

I am glad that I could help her she does want to trust me but the old issues come back to haunt her. Thanks for the kind comment. Are you better now?

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