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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I wanted to stop by to assure you I'm still here, just working many more than the usual hours with the shop, as well as away from here. Which is good. It just doesn't leave me much time to create blog posts. I'll get by here when I can, and trust that you'll be savoring these golden fall days.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Days have been busy with classes, setting up a booth at the Market, working at a local shop as well as the New Earth shop. But I've managed to finish one small project I've been wanting to do for some time. The cabinet that holds the PC has panels on the inside, a perfect spot for a small chalkboard. So, after taping and a couple of coats of chalkboard paint, I now have two spots to make notes. It's the little things that make me happy.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The light is shifting. The shadows in the afternoon are becoming longer, and the days are softer, with an occasional chilly night. I am loving these days, after the record heat this summer. The pups are enjoying being outdoors most of the day. I so enjoy having the windows open, bringing the sweet, fresh air in. I've already noticed hints of tangy autumn scents on the breeze.
Purple and yellow flowers take center stage now; black eyed susans, goldenrod, and obedient plant among them. The native muscadines are ripening, and every evening I gather a pocketful on my walk. The pups sniff out the fallen ones, and enjoy their fair share of them too. I'm hoping I'll soon have enough grapes to make a batch of jam with them. This Sunday will be the last Market I'll participate in this year. It looks like it's going to be a lovely day to spend outdoors. Wishing you the loveliest of late summer days!
Monday, September 10, 2012
The weekend was mellower than many lately, including a 50th birthday party we attended. I hope yours was an enjoyable one. Herbs were gathered yesterday-- first jiaogulan, which I'm drying, and will turn into a medicinal tincture. I planted the vine two years ago, and this was the first harvest. There are a number of claims to this herb; adaptogen, immune strengthening, cholesterol lowering, anti-aging and cancer inhibiting among them. It is often compared to ginseng. More info here. I'm looking forward to trying this one.
Friday, September 7, 2012
The days have been full these past few weeks. There was a family gathering of Mom and her brothers families over Labor Day weekend. Eggplant and green beans from the garden have been canned. A batch of apples were dehydrated. I've started dehydrating pears and begun pear vinegar with the peelings and cores.
I recently found some new canister sets donated to a local thrift shop. Enter a diamond drill bit, a carbon filter, and voila... new compost crocks in my shop!
I've been wanting to ramp up my compost making for some time. There are two compost bins chock full, so I asked Joseph to create a compost sifter for my birthday, and he obliged. Now, which plants will get all that rich, organic bounty? Have a wonderful weekend, friends!