Monday, August 4, 2014
It's been 5 years since my last post. DDD is no longer 13, she is now 18. Whew, don't know how that happened. Son is nearly 23 and still living at home. I think I might need therapy for that one. We are no longer milking cows, but we are planting crops. I am still a custom seamstress, winemaker, etc, etc, etc. New pics and posts coming soon. I believe I am now "over" the facebook addiction. I suggest everyone do the same. I have removed as many pesimistic people as possible from my life and my facebook postings and friends lists. That was challenging, because I simply do not like to be mean, so instead I became very honest. If you cannot be optimistic, you will be asked to change your ways.
On a more upbeat note...although this summer has gone by dramatically fast, there was a ton of stuff packed in it already. We are heading into August, just like everyone else, and then September and October as well. These months hold more reunions, weddings, cowboy action shooting events, etc, than anyone can attend. Please don't be offended if we can't come, or can't stay long, or just send a card!
Hopefully I will keep up this time so, ready, set, and GOOOOO...more to follow.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I also bottled Apple Raspberry, which isn't shown. I was impressed that you can see the trees through these, and was so darn excited about it all that I ordered a Blackberry Cabernet KIT. I haven't made any from a kit yet, but it sounded intriguing. Supposed to be everything I need but the water and containers. It was. It is now in the secondary fermentor.
I have blueberry started (5 gallons) as well, and a smaller batch of blueberry pomegranite (3 gallons). Tomorrow I will start jalepena pepper wine (1 gallon batch), and Pineapple (also, 1 gallon), and maybe pineapple orange (1 gallon).
I gotta remember to keep my stuff on schedule, so I have empty fermentors and carboys when the rhubarb and dandelions come. I also asked the Milk Man's wife, Heidi, to save some barley at harvest in the fall, for a little barley wine. It sounds like I am getting carried away, but some of it doesn't work out, and some of it does. The raspberry wine was for someone else, and I only took a little for the supplies I used. The blueberries were from my late parents...10 lbs of them...and who can eat that much pie. We would all be obese. And how about the dandelions? There are so many of them just waiting to be plucked.
About that rhubarb...hmm...it makes great pie, crisp, bars, custard, jelly, etc...it gets as bad as zuchinni. You know, you have to lock your house and cars in the fall around here, because if you don't the neighbors leave you zuchinni! Well, it's the same with rhubarb. Not that I mind, but a person needs to be inventive about ways to use all that bounty. (Incidentally, I have found a recipe for zuchinni wine, which I REFUSE to try. That seems to go a bit far.)
Well, the fam is in for supper, and of course it was a chore to do chores. Maybe a smidgen of raspberry wine and some good hot food will tame the savage beasts. Or not. Night all.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We were only there for about a half an hour, and the fire got MUCH bigger, and LENGTHENED out over more acres.
Below are before and after...pictures taken a half an hour apart. Sorry about the double image, but my daughter was pretty excited.
Here are a final shot as we left. There were people out there, all over like ants, trying to fight this fire. This picture was taken about a half a mile away. The thing had at least tripled in size in the short time we were there. My husband and brother in law went back to see if they could help...Will try to supply after pics in the morning. Although there are no homes in the direct path of this fire, if it crosses the gravel road there will be. Pray hard for those fighting it and near it. The wind is picking up here...