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Good plans, Joan, and I'm very glad you've got your spirit back! It looks a wonderful place to live, very special to someone in the city!
This is L&L Paradise Acres, at least that is what I call it. It is built on huge sand dunes left over after the last Ice Age, and the Great Missoula Flood that swept over this countryside, helping to form the small hills and valleys hidden by the forest. New second growth forest. This property was stripped of all its trees in the early 1900s. There are about seven cedars on the 17 acres. The rest is covered with red and white Fir, and occasional Larch where there i s more water.
We have a good aquifer and it provides for our two families. The house nearest the county road, to the North, is Michelle's and Jared's home with there five children. The house at the bottom of the page, South, is where Laura and Larry live. The good thing is I have my spirit back. They are still clearing the forest back from the houses for fire protection. The chicken coop is at the Northern house. Dominic and I take our daily walk to the coop to give them fresh greens from the greenhouse.
I will be renting my home to Larry's son and his wife. I know the property will hold its value through the coming depression while cash and investments will evaporate
Randy, I put out some new bird feeders and look forward to watching them as the snows come.
We have had a few snifters of snow, not enough to shovel, but enough ice to make driving hazardous.
I picked some spinach, kale, celery from te greenhouse today and made a huge salad with leftover turkey. We had a nice loaf of sourdough and that was our evening meal.
Kathy, do you have the recipes for your Mom's beets and green tomatoes?
Daniel, your energy level astounds me! Where do you get all that energy? Your garden will show some appreciation when spring comes. All those leaves that you give back to the soil will reward your efforts.
I always keep geraniums when I have them, and sometimes I take care of other people's plants in my garage. It is so easy to bring pots in from outside if they are not too heavy.
Daniel, you seed bed will bring you pleasure at blooming time. The echinacea, rudbeckia, and carnations will bring you pleasure.
I feel so much better here, having Laura and Larry to chat with at meals and we each go to our computers, L & L to work and I to read. I have a few chores that include Dominic and the chickens. A big male cat of Michelle's started coming up to take on the mice population that seems to have exploded at this site. He is a great hunter and proud of his catches.
We continue to have beautiful, sunny and warm weather between snow showers. We've had no heavy snowfall.
Daniel, I've never seen cacti that brightly colored. They are not attractive.
Daniel, when I first saw your cacti photo, I thought "wow!". Then, it sunk in--GROSS! Just not right.
Joan, it's good to hear you're out of your blues (my word for depression). Most of our birds have migrated, but I now see blue jays and cardinals more often. I don't think sandhill cranes have left for Florida just yet--at least I haven't heard them.
Dug up the last of my carrots and stuck them in my fruit cellar along with potatoes. Still eating basement ripened tomatoes. And out of the garden, I'm getting kale, collards, and small brocolli heads. My Brussels sprouts were pathetic this year.
One more thing: I caught (trapped) my third rat in my unattached garage! Dog Dot nails them when the rats are released. Primal instincts. Hopefully, that's all of them.
Spud, I liked pickled pigs feet, too, when I was a kid; not so much now. The taste of fermented foods suits me fine, now, especially since I have time to make the varieties. Yes, lemon still feels wonderful for me. In fact, I made salmon fillet for dinner tonight and cut lemons for squeezing over them. I like to pull the fruit away from the skin and eat it. Refreshing and tart, with just a hint of shiver as I eat them.
Randy, you missed a wintertime treat by not making up a batch or two of pickled beets. The beets I used were from the grocery store, and they turned out very nicely, tart, without too much sugar.
I didn't see many bird varieties but heard many different songs. Dominic and I spread more sunflower seeds today; I doubt the bird populations will notice because there are many seed heads of their favorites flavors available.
Daniel, I like my things from scratch, too, whether they are plants or home-made pickles, even homemade sourdough bread, and soups. Our turkey soup turned out deliciously. I have a few jars of turkey stock for future cooking.
The greenhouse still provides kale, parsley, hot peppers, and broccoli heads begin to form. Maybe they will mature for winter solstice dinner.
I am happy to be back at L&L Acres. Depression started to devour me at home and being with animals, family, and the forest pleases me.
I love pickled beets. Unfortunately, I "forgot" to make any this Fall. I did make dill pickles, however. Yum.
Joan, I very much liked your story of your pickle-puss-girl.
I remember me liking vinegary things when I was young. Pickled pigs feet, pickled gherkins, and probably several more that I can't remember now. Don't care for them now.
Munching into lemons was also something I enjoyed. I'd probably still enjoy them once in a while, but haven't eaten any for years, because I want to save my teeth from an early death.
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