Saturday, June 11, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
We've waited and waited for the soil in our garden to get dry enough to cultivate and plant. It finally did and late last week my Garden Fairy came out to help us. We are not planting as many things this year as we've done in the past. For instance, I'm not going to plant carrots. The reason is that doing a lot of hand weeding is hard on my hands as I have some arthritis in them. Our garden is 75 feet long by 100 feet wide. This year, instead of "playing" so much, it will be more straightforward. We both came down with COVID - 19 at the end of February and although we are fine, we don't have all of our energy back yet. That requires cutting back in some areas. The rows in the garden will be far enough apart that our rototiller will easily be able to do most of the cultivating.
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
For 11 years I took in sewing, mending, and alterations to raise a little more money for us. My "bread and butter" was hemming blue jeans for my customers. I was thinking about that this morning and how when I was a girl, we did not hem jeans that were too long. We just folded the hem up, like this!
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Behold the Peppernut!
The thing to do is make the peppernuts a few weeks before you plan to eat them, because you want them to become very stale and hard. They do not taste stale, however. They are good. I always say when I eat one, it's nothing special, but I can't stop eating them!
I decided I wanted to make some this year, but the original recipe calls for lard and also just white flour. Today I made a batch (actually half of a batch), left out the added fat and used whole wheat flour. They turned out just fine and are very tasty! Of course, they aren't dried out yet, but if the weather cooperates, they should be hard by Christmas Day.
Here are some pictures of the progression and I'll leave the recipe I used at the end.
Here's the dough in the bowl.
Then, using a pair of scissors, cup the ropes into small pieces and arrange then on a baking sheet.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Only occasionally have I blogged about anything that really wasn't "homemaking" related. Something very troubling happened yesterday...
My husband had some surgery a couple of days ago. He's fine. Don't worry. He had to spend the night at the hospital for observation so I spent the night in a motel. Yesterday morning I left my motel and drove to the hospital to await his discharge. Just one city block from my destination, I was in the middle lane of a main road in that city. I stopped at an intersection and looked over to the right. I was surrounded by other cars. It was a busy time in the morning. I saw a man standing in the middle of the intersection road near the intersection. I thought and probably said out loud, "Hey, mister. Get off the road!" Then he started to walk a little and collapsed on the road. Shortly he got up and was staggering around and fell a second time. He was completely disoriented. He came onto the road I was traveling and fell again and someone actually honked at him! He moved a little closer to the curb and sat there. I wanted to stop and help him and didn't know what to do. I hesitated and I got honked at! I concluded there was no safe way to stop, so I proceeded to the hospital parking lot and called 911 emergency services. The woman I gave the report to said they would send police to check on him. I have no idea what happened. He could have been struck by a car. I will never know. It broke my heart! I wanted to take him by the hand and say, "Hey, let's get you onto the sidewalk" and then call 911.
I got to thinking about it later and I believe that if it had been a DOG or a momma duck with babies behind her, most people would stopped and traffic would have stopped and the dog or whatever would have been rescued. I don't understand people. I imagine some of them did not notice him, but a lot would have had to see him. It's tragic.