|Preparing for the Freezing Temps,|
Rain, Sleet and Snow
|All Newly Planted "bagged"|
The postal worker was on the phone when I arrived (normal) and she managed to make the exchange with little interruption to her conversation. I checked the return address on the package and, sure enough, it was from my bamboo seller.
Back at the old farm house, we opened the box carefully and found the 50 rhizomes we'd ordered, plus some bonus rhizomes. We placed them in a bucket of moist dirt, awaiting a break in the rain so we can plant them. Another of our experiments, I'm excited to see how the bamboo grows here.
|Judy Unpacking, Inspecting the Rhizomes|
|Joe, adding dirt over|
first layer of rhizomes
|Joe and Mr. Bamboo Rhizome|
Of course, the freezing temperatures resulted in our having to head over to check on the water pipes at the Pond House. While we were there, we took a walk down to the pier and saw the osprey was on the nest. She is already working on the next couple of osprey youngins.
|Osprey sitting on Eggs|
This afternoon I answered an ad on FreeCycle for some forsythia plants. We have some more ordered, but they haven't yet arrived, so, we might as well get some local offerings for free, right? The response came back welcoming us to stop by and help ourselves. She, the advertiser of the plants, would come out to meet us when she saw us out in the front yard. So, we got in the Isuzu and headed over. Sure enough, when we arrived, another taker of free plants was just pulling out. We got out and greeted Dot at her front gate. She immediately said, "I know you! You sing and play guitar in the choir at St. Therese!" to which I had to admit she was correct (as I tried to pinpoint who she was). She continued, "You sold me a violin once!" Oh, yeah, NOW I recalled who she was. Nice lady with a lot of energy. Her son played violin but was tiny and she was having trouble finding one his size. I was playing the violin at church one week and she came up after the service to inquire as to whether I gave lessons. She also told me she was looking for a small violin for the boy. As it turned out, I had a 1/4 size violin which fit the youngster perfectly and which I did sell her. That was at least 15 years ago!
We chatted for a while, admired her goats, chickens, cats, dogs, gardens, trees, bushes, and commiserated with her on her WATER drainage issues. We arrived to pick up the plants at about 5 PM and did not make it back to the old farmhouse until 7:30PM. By that time we'd had the grand tour of her house, knew of her divorce, her grown children and the grandchild she is raising. We'd admired her new hardwood floor and discussed options for diverting the water that wants to flood her basement. We declined the offer to take a couple of her Siamese cats, and admired her son's photography and drawing. By the time we left, I knew more about this woman than I had ever known, though I have been "acquainted" with her for many years.
|Dot's Goats, 1/2 Pygmy, 1/2 Nubian|
Still, I have been having quite a bit of fun "baking" in the crock pot. I have found I can buy a $1.00 cake mix and make it according to directions. I then add other ingredients and bake the cakes, two individual sized cakes at a time, in the crock pot. I store the extra batter in the fridge and each day make two more. I can get 12 individual cakes out of a single box mix. Some of the delightful flavors I have baked are chocolate cake with big beautiful California white raisins (thanks to Olga) and chopped California walnuts, chocolate cake with cherry pie filling, yellow cake with white raisins, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. The latter was a really neat result, with the raisins staying put throughout the cake and the chocolate and butterscotch chips sinking to the bottom. When the little cakes are turned out onto the plate they are lovely moist cakes with chocolate and butterscotch topping.... YUMMY.... served warm with ice cream!
|Chocolate cake with Cherry Pie Filling|
|Covered with Foil|
|Fresh out of the Crock Pot|
|Turned out on the Plate|
|Served Warm with Chocolate Ice Cream|
The weekend is upon us again and we have big plans of getting a lot done. I sure hope the rain takes a hike and the sun and warmer weather grace us with their appearance! Otherwise, I suppose we will simply have to keep knocking out those indoor projects we've been putting off.
|Peas are Coming Up|
|Asparagus is Poking Through|
|Killian wants to garden too!|