Today I repotted my aloe plant & only broke off 3 branches.
Everyone here had really miserable gardens this year. So of course I planted a small garden in pots for the first time in 5 or 6 years. I picked 4 small green tomatoes & sliced for frying later on. Then I pulled the scrawniest & most leafless tomato plant you will ever see. I repotted some of my rosemary to bring in for the winter. I don't usually have good luck with this but I love the pine smell in the house.
Since I couldn't put it off any longer, I did dishes from last night. Then I filtered & froze some chicken stock I made yesterday.
Now my back hurts from standing so I am going to rest until time to stand more & cook dinner. Some days I feel every one of my 69 years.
I won't tell you what I have done so far today, because it's not much. And the rest of the day isn't looking so productive either.
But yesterday is another story. I attended a family reunion with the family members of Anna Marie and Verner Carlson (Karlson)...my grandparents.... who emigrated here from Sweden in 1909. The day was a celebration of their strengths and hard work to travel to America and raise nine productive children. A small son died during the voyage and was buried at sea.
Pictures were passed around. Grandma's house never had plumbing nor electricity. When seeing a picture of the kitchen, I swear that I could still smell Aunt Marge's strong coffee and the lingering smell from the kerosene lamps. Coffee time was coffee(with lots of cream for the kids) and Aunt Marge's homemade bread with strawberry jam.
It was a beautiful day....with a really good attendance....good food. We shouldn't let so many years pass between these reunions.
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008.
Wow, you both were busy the last couple days! Good to see you Wandak!
All my real job days are seeming to be the same. Leave at 5 a.m. Home at 3 p.m. Pick tomatoes, pick beans, check out the garden. Slice apples for the dehydrator, put a second batch in the fridge to put on in them morning before I leave (thank goodness for the apple peeler). Pick up dog poop. Exercise dog. Take a veggie of some sort to neighbor. Feed dog. Tonight it's tomato juice. Give dog her carrot. I cut up all the stuff and put the pans in the fridge last night. Today when I got home, put them on the stove. Went to basement, enough had ripened overnight to add to the pots. Cooking them now, will strain them out tonight. Give dog treat bone (she has a real routine here.) Check in here. I put fat green beans or slices of zuke in her Nyla bone. Then tomorrow can the juice up on my day off.
Supper gets made somewhere in there! And have to get jars out and wash them....
Day off, so I'm at it again. Raining since 2 a.m., heard it. Got up 3:30. Drying more apples, canning up the mater juice, it's in the pressure canner now. Moving on to laundry since we are having plumbing work tomorrow. Who knows how long that will take. Might venture to the garden between raindrops.
Started the laundry, then decided to wash down the outside of all the appliances! Things can sure get dirty! Freezer, fridge, washer, dryer, water heater. Put a pork butt roast in the slow cooker. I'm thinking to throw sweet potatoes in with it around noon and some of my garden celery. Oh heck, an onion too. Fresh garlic, why not!
Post by brownrexx on Sept 29, 2015 10:21:53 GMT -5
Pork sounds good. I do that in the crock pot too and hubby loves it with my home made sauerkraut on the side. He likes mashed potatoes and then dumps the kraut on top.
I just came in from picking the first chestnuts. Not much else going on in the garden. I did some laundry too and I have a trail riding class at 3 pm. I really like these classes because we start out with galloping across huge farm fields, then go through a big wooded area and end up walking back along a river with a walk into the river too. There are always good birds to see as well as enjoying the riding. I thought that it would be cancelled due to rain but it's holding off so now I need to figure out something quick for dinner since I won't be getting home until about 5.
The stable is near a really nice market so I may just pick up a rotisserie chicken and bring it home with me.
Post by desertwoman on Sept 29, 2015 10:24:03 GMT -5
I'm still sipping my first cuppa with my morning reading. I slept in til 8:15AM this morning- and I am 2 hours behind most of you. Mumsey, you were getting started just 2 hours after I went to bed! (you're central time zone, right?)
We've started to freshen up the guest bathroom and will complete phase one today. We put tung oil on an old Mexican wood cupboard that became the sink cabinet/vanity or whatever that is called.Time to move things back in to that room. Will go to town to do the weekly main grocery shopping and run errands, And will stop to check on a house renovation project friends are doing. They are out of town and I am their eyes for now. It's a more relaxing day that the past 3 have been.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
Yup, central time. I was a working machine today! The rain stopped, sunny and MUCH cooler! Went out and ripped out 5 1/2 volunteer tomato plants. I left 1/2 of one because I saw a nice bunch of tomatoes there! They are not the crappy ones, so left it be for now.
The batch of apples are done (10 quart jars full of dried apples so far, goal is 20), put in a batch of eggplant that I will make into powder. Walked the dog, fed the dog, now to feed us!
Geez, gotta go to work tomorrow. I'm thinking Fall is busier than Spring! Think I'll have a small Bloody Mary before dinner.
How does one dehydrate garlic? Slice the cloves? I'm thinking about doing that after everything else is done.
Post by brownrexx on Sept 29, 2015 17:40:33 GMT -5
I dehydrated some garlic last week. I just cut the cloves into thin slices and put in the dehydrator with my peppers. After drying I ground them up in my coffee mill and it made a really nice garlic powder.
I read this somewhere and it really worked. Clean the coffee mill by grinding up some white rice. I did not think that garlic flavored coffee would have worked out too well but the rice cleaned it right up.