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





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