Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quiet days

Much happening, but I've had no words....like floating down a river with a camera, you may not take pictures for a distance, but you still traveled that distance..

Con got her first deer. I was very worried that something might go wrong, but it didn't. She made a perfect shot, right through the lungs at about 70 yards, and that was all it took. He was a big one, five points on one side, with the other side missing, so he would have had a nice spread. We will mount the one side and the stump of the other for her anyway.

We had venison for Thanksgiving, and it was good..

Everything seems like it's waiting, very still and silent.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ten babies!

The first day I only saw one baby bun, the next day I saw three, then it snowed Thursday and I didn't see any. Yesterday I saw three again, today there are ten!

I was standing by the enclosure and watching them, when I realized one was quite a bit smaller then the others, and up came another, and another, and another....til there were ten babies bouncing around like cottonballs. Of course no camera, but maybe tomorrow...

Friday, November 12, 2010


Monday, November 8, 2010

Jubilee year

Turned 49 last week, and so this is my 50th year....my year of jubilee.
I've been pondering this, and what it means to me, if anything.
It's the year of freedom from bondage, of lands reverting to their proper owner.

I think I'll start by releasing all emotional debts....forgiving any and all offenses against me from the past.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bare trees

was an old Fleetwood Mac album before the witchy one came on board.

Also the view from my window. The little ash tree dropped everything in one day, but the locusts are still hanging on a bit.

Time to get the garlic in the ground, probably next week. It wouldn't be proper to plant when my fingers don't freeze! I actually bought some grocery store garlic to try, as well as the named varieties. Fifty cents a bulb beats 1-2 dollars and it will at least be edible. I probably won't be able to tell the difference, since my pallate is untrained....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


3 cups warm water
1 1/2 T salt
1 1/2 T yeast
6-7 cups of flour (I like to mix it up a bit, add some whole wheat or fresh-ground cornmeal)

Stir yeast and salt into warm water, stir in flour.
Dough will be somewhat sticky, that's ok.
Set bowl aside for 20 minutes in a warm place while you work on the rest.

Saute some chopped onion and garlic if you like it in oil, add some finely chopped summer squash and continue to cook. You can also use thinly sliced and chopped winter squash or pumpkin. I like Kabocha and buttercup for this, but any squash will work.
I like to season the sauteed part fairly strongly with adobo, curry, ras el hanout, or whatever your favorite blend happens to be.

Take about a fourth of your dough (flour your hands) and roll it out on a lightly floured board. Oil a cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the rolled out dough on the cookie sheet, poke it all over with a fork so it doesn't puff, and bake at 350-375 till slightly browned on the edges.

Take out, spread with your sauce of choice, sprinkle on your toppings, and smother in grated cheese, again your choice, and slip back in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Remove and enjoy.

Other toppings we use are green chilis, fresh when we have them, canned if not, olives, canned mushrooms, chickpeas, shredded chicken, etc...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Some photos

Helloooo in there....

Kissy face!

It's cold this morning!


Driving home at sundown: a tree full of blackbirds, sleek little outlines like leaves, a blue heron launching against the fading light, going wherever they go at night..

We put up our new mailbox last night and Con painted the post with an old can of gold spray paint we had hanging around. Not sure how long I can keep her from painting the box itself, it is plain grey, after all....