8 10 2015

The weather is still holding out but rain is coming tomorrow. Picked over a quart of sting beans,I  will get herbs picked over the weekend and dry most and make pesto with the basil.


I spent most of last winter sick and in bed with an unknown illness.  My family Doctor thought I needed a sleep study! These days you need to be your own physician.  My friend Danielle lent me a book on Lymes and many of the symptom were the same ones I had. Years ago I did get a bite and had the bull’s eye rash and was not treated.  (I no longer go to or would recommend that practice)  I did find someone who listened and knew a lot about lymes but they hesitate to treat unless your testing is positive. Many people have lymes but don’t always test positive.  So life hangs in the balance while I wait for symptoms to show up.  Better treatment can be found near Boston but that is more than 2 hours away.   If you are not treated so many horrible things can happen to you and you would never think about the tick bite.  I wanted to have the tick tested but its $50.  You would think that the state would do it for free considering the epidemic that is happening here.  


Carol is an inquisitive sheep.  She always wants to see what is going on.  When I went up into the barn it smelled skunky but that can happen with a skunk spending some time there.  Yesterday while I was out in the yard she came over to the fence and she was pretty stinky.  At least it wasn’t around her eyes and the smell will eventually get out of her fleece.  It seems that no one else got it, her favorite sleeping spot is near the barn door, that may not be a good spot for her.


I have been want to make these cute decorations for a few years now.  The instructions called for hooked pieces.  I spent some time figuring out how to get it done with wool material and of course changed it up some.  After a few attempts this is how it came out.  I want to make a Christmas tree, a cat and a sheep.  


Hope to have it stuffed and glued to the bobbin tomorrow.


Today I spent a good part of the day canning pickled beets.   It’s a process.  First the beets have to be washed and then cooked.  The outer skin has to come off and then they can be sliced.  A mix of vinegar, sugar, water cinnamon and ground cloves was brought to a boil and the beets put  into the sterilized  jars  and covered with the vinegar mix.    They are then put into the canner and brought up to a boil and 30 minutes after that they can be taken out.  I got 2 quarts, 2 pints 1 half pint and a jelly jar.  I am pleased considering I grew beets as an after thought and never thinned them   They were heirloom seeds so the beets are all different colors.    Next year I plant to get more of the half pint jars.  It makes more sence for me to have more serving sizes.  The whole house smells of the vinegar mix.


Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole



6 responses

9 10 2015
Eliza Waters

Lyme is definitely no joke. I recommend Dr. Emily Maiella out of Brattleboro or Montague. She is an naturopathic expert on Lyme.
I love the smell of canning in the house!

9 10 2015

Many thanks for the great tip. have looked her up online and she even test ticks I need to change my insurance this year and on Tuesday I will call her office to see what she accepts. I certainly think she will be a better fit for me. A thousand thanks.
The house still has that faint smell of cinnamon, cloves and vinegar this morning I love it..

9 10 2015
Sharon - creativityandfamily

It must be frustrating for you Carole, if it is Lyme disease you really do need it to be sorted. I hope that somehow you can get to the bottom of it. I love your turkey, the colours are lovely and the beets must look so cheerful in the pantry 🙂 xx

9 10 2015

It will get all sorted out. Our health care providers have their heads in the sand about this disease.
Hope to finish the turkey today and start on a black cat for a friend. The beets are heirloom and are all different colors, yes they look wonderful in the pantry. Hope all is well with you

14 10 2015
Sharon - creativityandfamily

Hi again Carole. I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award.. Please don’t feel obliged to join in as I know life is busy but I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. Sharon xx

15 10 2015

Thanks Sharon, I don;t know anything about it. COuld you explain? I e XXnjoy your blog very much too

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