Olio: A miscellaneous collection of things
It is truly autumn here, near 70ºf one day and 40’s to 50’s the next. Sunshine and gloom, but more gloom than sunshine of late.
With the last of the harvest from the garden (still some chard and herbs), it was mulched down last week. The 8 quart bucket of the last of the peppers brought in though I kept forgetting to buy ziplock freezer bags. I avoid the use of plastic for the environment, but some things that go in the freezer don’t have another good option. Son in law picked up a box for me yesterday and last night after dinner, daughter packaged and labelled while I chopped. I didn’t specify how to label them and she tends to be a creative sort when not given specific direction.
There are some interestingly labelled chickens in the freezer for the same reason. It makes me smile each time I pull out one of the packages.
The shorter days have slowed egg production from about a dozen a day down to about 8 a day. It amazes me that with 30 acres to prowl, that those 16 birds can foul their coop so thoroughly as quickly as they do. This morning, I could smell ammonia again, so I opened the pop door, the coop door, and all three windows fully to hopefully dry some of the straw, but hardly got back in the house when thick gloom formed again. A weather app check said rain was due before 10 a.m. With the garden dormant and a winter to break down the hot fertilizer, I forked the fouled straw out of the coop and onto the dormant beds and spread new straw in the coop, closed the main door and lowered the windows to a ventilating crack. Back in the house, only 8:30 and the rain has already begun.
I hope the rain will stop by early afternoon. Jim and I have been working together for the past 8 weeks to improve our health. This has included behaving better at meals and eliminating most snacks, altering the types of snacks we do eat, and walking daily. We started with a bit over 2 miles at a pace the hare would laugh at, but yesterday we did 3 miles at 15.05 minutes/mile. He is willing to go to the gym and walk the treadmill, I am not, plus we don’t encourage each other doing it that way. I walk faster when I am with him and I think he does also, so I don’t like rainy days that interfere. When it gets cold, he will go to the gym, I will layer up and continue to walk outdoors if it isn’t raining. So far, though I don’t see much weight change, I have dropped a size in my jeans and had to purchase a couple of new pair yesterday as I was constantly pulling the old ones up.
The first Holiday Market is coming up and I am spending car time and evenings, knitting hats and fingerless mitts with small skeins of hand spun yarns.
If the day is cool or windy, hopefully they will sell. Each new item also goes into my online shop with the link on the side of the blog.
Lately, I have been missing my Dad. It is approaching two years since he took sick and passed. On Halloween, while looking for a photo of my daughter doing professional grade Darth Maul makeup on her little brother to show her son who she was doing as the Joker from Batman, I stumbled on this photo from many (maybe a dozen) years ago at a holiday meal at his home. This is my sister and me with Dad with a silly smirk that I saw so often. I’m not sure why my little brother wasn’t in the picture as well.
I had much shorter and much darker hair back then. This morning, while sitting and eating my breakfast, I was watching the birds on the feeders. Please excuse the dirty window, I can’t go safely out on the deck to clean it.
He always had feeders full for the birds and squirrels and most of the ones I can name when they visit are because of his lessons.
One of the things I really miss is our weekly call that always had a discussion of what we were currently reading and his recommendations of many excellent books I have read over the years because of him. I did have a nice long conversation with my step mom yesterday though.
I think I will end with a picture of the best buds.
They had been wrestling over a ball and she putting her whole head in his mouth, but then they they just collapsed into a puppy pile to snuggle.