where's the babees?
have one of babies that pjk sent me. i'll post it as soon as i get a chance. the cold and the rain and the boston red sox have wrung me out. (but i'm rooting for the brewers). and my grandfather died. he was 104. just finally ran out of steam one night. he came to this country on a boat out of Naples a couple of months after the Titanic sank. on the upside: lots of apples that i've been smushing into applesauce and freezing. and lots of mushrooms. shaggy parasols, oysters, hen of the woods. even picked a bunch of chanterelles a couple days ago and i usually pick them up at the end of august. racoons got into the last of my late (very late) sweet corn and totally tore it up. took almost everything. but it looks like its going to be a really good year for fall color. suposed to warm up and dry out later in the week and that should really give a boost to the traditional indian summer thing. i hope so anyway.*
104? wow. sounds like he went out well tho.i only make lodi/transparent applesauce. they made good apple crisp too. the mac apple crisp was so sweet. gonna try the zestar next year.need to get a cabbage. + dried onions, and more peppers. oh did i make a good pot of my pepper soup. quasi minestroni.
minestrone. thanks for reminding me of that. i've been meaning to make some of that too.*
Napoli!You know the category who most of the decent people I've met fall into?the "you're an old (your faviorite racial slur/term of endearment here) straight off the boat from Way Back in the Old Country!", and perhaps 3 generations thereafter.My dad made it to 66, my Father in Law to 60, an uncle as young as 39- but the WimmenFolk seem to average around 90. I guess if I could handle the aches & pains at 104, I'd rather check out in a hurry vs. lingerin' after a good stroke or illness.That may be an old picture; Caleb (the black&white model) has an almost Amish-like black beard Nowadays.Barn needs cleaning out, Bad. Rear discs over the weekend on the wife's car were almost enough to cripple me as it was.We need a midget Bobcat. With a compost attatchment. Like a mini-combine for used hay.Or bigger doors. Or both.It dried out here, so hopefully it gets to you & yours.Enjoy the leaves before 60 mph winds rip 'em off.
i need more freezer bags.
So, Buy! BUY! Stimulate the Ziploc economy!Because ya know what they say, What's good for Ziploc is good for the U.S. of A!
GLAD dammit! or i need to buy one of them air sucking machines on qvee cee.
Operation minestrone soup was a success. and yeah, those air sucking machines work pretty good. best for things you want to freeze long term because the bags are kind of expensive and you can't reuse them like you can with the ziplocks.We need a midget Bobcat.Could get away with an ATV with a loader on the front for a lot less $. Warn makes a loader that hooks up to the ATV winch just like the snow plow blade does. About $200 for the loader kit. Be good for moving around mulch and compost and stuff that isn't too heavy like that. DR Power equiptment in Vermont makes a leaf vacum and mulcher you can tow behind a yard tractor for about $1500. Has a hose on it so ya can walk it around and suck up leaves instead of running them over. Bet that would work with straw too. A whole lot less expensive than a Bobcat. They also make a small mulcher that looks like a wood chipper but you'd have to load straw and/or leaves into that by hand. Or just pile it up and compost it without mulching it. Add some hay or grass clippings to heat it up. Could sell that stuff to gardeners in the spring. I've bought compost like that (except its made from cow manure) from a dairy farm near me. They sell it roadside and get $3.50 per bag (about 5 gallons). They sell mushroom compost too. They also have ovens to sterilize the compost and kill any seeds - but still... can make money from goat shit and straw compost I'd bet.And I'm glad summer has retuned, at least for a little while.*
makes up for june.
makes up for june.Or most of August and Sept which were rainy and cool. But looks like its going to start raining again toward the end of the week. Maybe a lot. I'm not looking forward to that. Don't need it at all. I need to cut wood and I can't do it in the rain. I spent yesterday clearing around a couple big standing-dead ash trees (cut one down) and have to move that one before I can get to the other. And another big one next to a boggy area which I was hoping would dry out some because I'll have to winch it across the bog and that won't be any fun at all if its too wet. All this because I couldn't get up to my usual cut because the rain washed out the road in the sept floods. And I really don't want to be cutting down trees in the snow. At least the Brewers are winning. *
you ain't a yankee fan? oh, why not leave the 3rd tree til next year?
you ain't a yankee fan? oh, why not leave the 3rd tree til next year?Can't be a Yankee fan if you're a Red Sox fan. But I'm not a Yankee hater either. Need all the trees I can get. Plus, these trees have been dead for 2-3 years already. If you leave them too long they rot and are no longer good for firewood.*
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