Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.
The ice storm came, half an inch of glassy coating on every surface, but we didn’t lose power.
Followed last night by the first accumulation of snow, only a trace. And wind, freeze your nose off cold. The chickens think it must be my fault. After not letting them out in the ice storm yesterday, the coop was opened this morning and the coop cleaned of “fowled” straw, new straw added. They panicked around me as I did that and then hunkered down in the new straw rather than go out in the cold and snow.
Last night’s break from craft show prep to work on finishing the Christmas stocking for our 7th grand child, born last summer. Each grandchild has a personalized stocking made with love by me. Most given for their first Christmas, but all having one. Now they are all knitted, but our children’s are crewel work and one grandson’s is quilted, but all handmade by me.
Canning was supposed to be done except for enchilada sauce once the peppers are all dried, but the bag of cranberries at the grocer was huge. I guess I could have used part and frozen part, but instead, 4 1/2 pints of cranberry orange relish were made and three of them canned this morning. One left unsealed for Thanksgiving, the small one to be used for oatmeal.
Eldest grandson likes Cranberry sauces and relishes, especially when I make them. Perhaps he can take a jar home after Thanksgiving.
My 200 pound goofy helper sunning his belly in his favorite spot, right behind where I was working.
One of the 4 pumpkins spoiled, so the remaining three will be cooked this afternoon and the pulp frozen in 2 cup amounts for pies and breads for the upcoming holidays. There is a tiny one in the fall table display, it may be cooked and replaced with one of the slightly larger ones so that a stuffed pumpkin can be enjoyed in the near future. The chooks will get the spoiled one with the bad spots removed once they come out of hiding.
The header picture though several years old looks like it did yesterday after the ice and was coated white this morning.