"I've returned to the dusty, musty boxes and albums that were left to me in my parents' estates, and left to them by their parents and my grandparents' sisters. Gardening has always been part of the lives of my family. Here…"
"Randy, I take kind of the same attitude - I'd rather be doing something like cracking walnuts, or digging, or something else methodical, but useful, that a lot of other things. I call it puttering meditation.
Toast on a…"
"Thanks Spud, Joan, Randy, for your walnut stories. I suspect these are black walnuts, from the few that have broken husks. If so they are both a challenge and a treasure. Randy, how do you preserve the walnuts? …"
"Joan, am I calculating right, Ginkgo survived 3 mass extinctions? That's pretty durable or adaptable. From wikipedia, they originated 270 million years ago.
I like to think that the trees I plant will do something, or leave…"
"Each fall, I like to post update on my dad's Ginkgo tree. He collected the seeds from a neighbor's tree. That neighbor was a German freethinker, whose son-in-law inherited the house and tree, after he died. He was a…"
I've probably made 5 or 6 batches of apple sauce that way now. I froze a couple of batches for later use, in quart size freezer ziplock bags. I love the stuff! Also it's a great use for windfall apples.
"Randy, I don't think you'll catch anything from those mushrooms, although I don't know much about them!
That pizza sounds interesting. The most unusual I've had lately was on a trip to Cannon Beach last Veteran's…"
"Randy, how was the sweet tater pie? Same spices as pumpkin pie?
Our church dinners were either potlucks, BBQ, or spaghetti suppers.
Regardless, if they try to serve you squirrel brains,it's best to decline"
"Here's a book I just finished. I thought it was kind of light and enjoyable reading. I love learning about dinosaurs. This book was well written and interesting. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. A New History of a…"
"Joan, those larches were beautiful. I don't think I knew they grew in WA State.
Here's another article regarding American Chestnuts, what happened, and attempts to revive them. It's interesting how many…"