Saturday, March 10, 2018


While it may not be Spring yet on the calendar, we are definitely feeling Springlike around here.
Ron's new machine arrives just in time for Spring projects! The side benefit for me is I will have nearly exclusive use of the Kubota and will be able to leave the rotovator on all summer!
Snow is gone, grass is green, trees are beginning to have leaves, sun is shining, and the plants in the greenhouse survived the winter.
Life is good!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What a Difference a Day Makes!

Snow in the Pacific Northwest in February isn't totally rare, but usually by February, signs of Spring start popping up, and we get some sunny warm days where I can plant peas.
This year, we had a two week cold front that came through the last two weeks of February, where the temperature dropped, the ice began to advance on the lake, and we were dumped on with snow two separate times.
After the second snow storm, we had accumulated about 8" of snow.
Ron took the tractor out and cleared the driveway so that we could all get out, as the snow seemed to be concentrated at the 500' level where we are located.  Once we got out on the main roads, there was little or no snow.
The gravel is going to need some rearranging when this is all over, but we weren't stuck at home.
Since it was time to plant my garden, I dug out the plastic containers I've been hoarding and started some seeds on my dining room table.
The apple containers are perfect for the larger seeds.  I can label them with a magic marker.
The peas are already popping up - I planted them on February 25, so it took just 4 days for them to get started.  When they get too tall for the container to be closed, I'll cut the top off and discard it and let the peas continue to grow until the ground is ready for them to be planted outside. Before planting them in the ground, I will move them outside to harden them off on sunny days. The roots become more and more visible through the plastic, and they come out of the container easily when it's time to plant. I'm always looking for ways to extend my growing season, and these containers are the best. (And they're free!)
March 1 - the only snow remaining is what we shoveled off the patio and the snow that slid off the roof.  It feels and smells like Spring outside and we're ready!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A mid-winter trip across the country

After driving over 6500 miles in the past month, to a lot of the country, I have to say that we didn't experience the "crumbling infrastructure" of the country.  It appears to us that there is a LOT of road and bridge building all across the country.  My unofficial truck count is way up and things seem to be booming everywhere.

First stop, visiting my family in Los Angeles area.  Pretty area with lots of sunshine and an interesting little farm in the middle of the asphalt jungle.
Enjoyed a great visit with my sister and niece and family.
On to Georgia, where we enjoyed views every day from the house.

Sunrise in the morning. Wheel line over the peanut field outlined against the morning sun coming up. 
(East view)
  • Sunsets and lake views from the front of the house.

(West view)
We enjoyed watching the bass fishermen boiling up and down the lake on Saturdays for tournaments.  It sure felt like Spring!

Lots of blooms and warm sunny days made me anxious to get home and get the garden planted.  It was warming up nicely in Washington when we left in the middle of January, and I usually plant peas in February.
Then we took a trip to Florida and visited our good friends Patti and Fran where it felt like summer.  I was really ready to get home!
OK I get it - it's still winter.  Too many years without snow has left us expecting early springs every year.  The sun is shining, and it's beautiful, but it doesn't look like I'll be planting peas yet.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Back in the South

Every time we come back, we realize how much we love our Georgia property.  
Bright sunny days make 65 degrees seem just about perfect.
We had to shed our sweaters for our walk around the cotton and peanut fields.
Love watching the views on beautiful Lake Eufaula - boats, birds, and fishermen.
The view from my easy chair is nearly as good as the one from the patio.
Sadly, the time has come for us to part with this property.  The trip across the country takes five days of driving, and we are just getting too old for it.  We are hoping to find a buyer who will love it as much as we have, and who will take over our place in this neighborhood of great people.  For details, please check out our blog:

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Maggies Cookies, Chapter Two

I suppose I could take the time to figure out Blogger and how to place pictures, but after trying ALL of the menu links, it wasn't obvious, so I'm taking the lazy way. The recipe for the dough is in the last post.  Once the dough has been refrigerated, the fun part begins:
Dredge a large cutting board with powdered sugar and roll the dough multiple times until it is flat and less than 1/16th inch thick.  The more you roll powdered sugar into the dough, the flakier your cookies will be.
I use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares.  Then put about a teaspoonful of pineapple preserves and about a teaspoonful of chopped walnuts on each square.  (Note:  Pineapple preserves are hard to find so I make my own using 2 cans of crushed pineapple and 4 cups of sugar and one package of pectin - I make it ahead so it's ready when I make the cookies).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
To be clear, these are NOT diet cookies, and not easy to make, but they are well worth the effort in my opinion.  I thought I had better share this recipe while I still can so the tradition can continue. 
Link to a short story about my recent spa experience.

Maggie's Cookies

 Every family has traditions.  Sixty-five years ago, a beautiful lady where we bought chickens and eggs, gave my Mom a cookie at Christmas when she made her weekly chicken trip.  The cookie was so good, that my Mom asked for the recipe, and the kind lady shared.  So Maggie's Cookies have become a family tradition.  Not a great great grandmother kind of thing, but a special tradition and a favorite Christmas cookie for my family.
To start, in a medium size mixing bowl, place 3 cups of flour, one tablespoon of dry yeast (original recipe calls for a yeast cake, but those are nearly impossible to find these days) and a pound of butter.
Work as for pie dough, until butter is in pea-size or smaller bits.
Crack 3 eggs into a measuring cup, and add enough milk to fill to the one cup line.  Add that to the flour mix, and mix well.


Cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.  (Can be stored in the fridge for several days).  Dough is ready -I'm going to have to do a new post for the actual cookie making as I can't seem to get Blogger to put the pictures in the right place - to be continued!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

All Better!

Look at that beautiful blue sky!  A rarity in December, we lucked out and were able to complete our roof repair while the sun was shining!
Having great supply people, and a wonderful contractor, took most of the anxiety out of the job.  Good weather really was a blessing! The day after they buttoned it all up, it started pouring rain again!
We had frost every morning, and I asked Keith, our roofer, "Which is worse, rain or frost?"  He said "Definitely rain! Especially on a metal roof!"

We still have a tiny bit of painting to do where the eave on the office broke. Repair is done and cleanup complete. So we start our new year with a new roof, and a new attitude - looking forward to good things in 2018!