I spent years making camp fires out of dry leaves and moss. Need a fire? No problem! Five minutes later, you've got a warm, toasty campfire with a neat ring of little boulders around it and a pot of hot water beginning to boil. Tonight I decide to build a fire in the $2000 wood stove and what happens? SMOKE in the house. Smoke everywhere, billowing out the ash pan, door, damper, every gap possible. SMOKE, SMOKE, SMOKE! Now the house is filled with it. So, I'm crawling around on the floor, blinking my burning and weeping eyes, trying to open the doors and windows and turn on fans. Well.fooey... ! The kitten has run outside. Gotta go get the kitten. Should I grab the fire extinguisher on my way back to That Evil, Smoke-Belching Dragon? Sure! I grab it and the little ring thing falls off, the extinguisher hits my foot on the way to the floor. Ha! Well, so, that should just about do it for the day. Nope! The kitten runs back outside. I run out after her and slip on the wet concrete porch, landing in a wonderfully cold, icky, puddle of algae water. Oh, nice. Very, very nice.
But wait! I'm not done yet! The smoke alarm is now bleating an insanely loud, hi-pitched squeal, sending all 5 dogs into a barking frenzy, as I try to crawl out of the water and back into the house--yeah, the same one THAT IS STILL FILLED WITH SMOKE! Should I take a xanax now, or wait until it is all under control then just go to bed?
When did it all go wrong? When did I lose all control? When did I become ineffective at the simplest of tasks? Why would a normally sane individual (not referring to myself) scream obscenities at inanimate objects just because they won't cooperate and light themselves on fire? Why would a generally patient person take a broom and beat a smoke detector off the ceiling like she was hitting a piñata? I know, I'll ask the Curator. She can look it up in one of her BOOKS. Which one? How to Stay Alive In the Woods, Backpacking in the Sierras, Outdoor Survival, or Finding Your Way Outdoors, Effective Self-Defense With A Broom?
Well, the smoke has cleared. Doug has returned from the barns and has missed all the fun. He flipped the switch on the gas logs and the room is now a toasty 65 degrees. "Your hair smells like smoke," he says, just before I hit him with that pretty brass broom that came with the wood stove.
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I have about 15 projects on my desk that need to be completed. Yeah, they've all been started and are sitting at varying stages of completion. A part of me is afraid to finish one of them for fear I'll replace it with two more, which is my modus operandi as of late.
I'll finish this later.
measures 6 inches deep by 13 inches wide. The conservatory stands about 12 inches tall--the door is hinged.
There is a battery (replaceable) operated LED light in the cuppola.
The swing in the garden really swings from the crochet bonsai tree.
Most of us have ugly memories of persimmons when a mean pal or sibling thought it would be funny to entice us to eat an unripe persimmon. That memory really never fades, but for those of us who survived and had the courage to try one that was "guaranteed to be ripe" we have arrived on the other side and are huge fans of the last fruit of the summer, well, around here, anyway.
When I was in California, I was introduced to the persimmons grown there which are easily the size of baseballs. You may have even seen them in the "exotic" section of the fruit aisle at the grocery. Fuji Persimmons. At any rate, I loved them! But when I returned to this part of the country, the only persimmons available to me in the wild were the native persimmons which yielded fruit the size of a ping pong ball in a good year. And they are full of huge seeds. They taste wonderful, but they are hard to cook with. Besides that, I had to clothe myself in camo with grease paint and skunk scent, crawl along the edge of the woods, snatch and grab the ripe ones before the wildlife got them all. Not a pretty sight. Not at all.
I received a catalog about 3 years ago from Jung Seeds. In the back were fruit trees. Lo and behold, there was a persimmon tree that yielded two to three inch fruits with small seeds. The variety of this tree is called "Nikita's Gift," a cross from Russia between a native, cold tolerant persimmon and the asian 'Fuji' persimmon that I was familiar with from California. Hesitant to spend $30 or $40 for one of these trees, I finally gave in and got a couple of them. I now see the prices are much higher than that, now. Whew! I'll be babying these gems, for sure! We had a very cold winter. I didn't protect the trees from the cold, but when I planted them, contrary to the "rules" I added some of our WPR-Compost to the hole because our hill is nothing but gravel and clay.
This year I got a bumper crop of these lovelies. I pruned off the little ones in the spring, leaving 1 fruit for every 4 or 5 inches. Unable to wait until they were completely ripe on the tree, I plucked 5 or 6 that were still firm, before our first freeze (Oct 22). I put them into the freezer for two days. Took them out and let them thaw on the kitchen counter. They were delicious. I picked a full bushel of them 4 days ago which are all ripe and ready since we've had a couple of good freezes on them.
This is how I process them: Core each fruit like you would a tomato. With a little bit of water (16 ounces for a 74 ounce Ninja blender container) I add about 10-12 of them and puree for about 10 seconds on medium speed, until they are all liquified.
Here are a couple of good recipes I've tried thus far:
Basic Persimmon Pie --A very, very, low -to- no added refined sugar pie.
Blend all the ingredients and pour into the pie crust. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes. Let cool to serve. Can top with more cream cheese, marshmallow cream, cool whip, or whipped cream.
Persimmon Cookies--again, low sugar. These are very soft cookies.
Blend all the moist ingredients then add dry ingredients, then the nuts and craisins. Blend until all moistened. Spoon out onto well-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 min in 350 degree F. oven.
Options: Canned pumpkin works well in place of persimmon.
Ok, so I've been a little absent lately from all things technical. Sometimes we just need to sit and twiddle our thumbs for awhile and regroup. I'm not done twiddling my thumbs and I haven't regrouped. Therefore, my newsletter will remain unwritten for a couple more months. My house is a wreck and will likely remain so for at least another month. All those needlework projects will stay in my head for a few more weeks. I have managed to bathe regularly, keep my teeth brushed, and get dressed each day. Woohoo! Life happens and sometimes puts our best intentions on hold. In conclusion, there is a mystery I have yet to solve. I have been in western Kentucky for 22 years as of this past Labor Day. To date, I have yet to comprehend where "YONDER" is located, and for the life of me, which direction is "OUT?" "
"Y'all" enjoy the holidays, and I'm "fixin'" to head to a baby shower.
who are we?
We are avid seamstresses and crafters since the ORIGINAL 1970's, and we're still going strong. We're also yarn, fabric, and pattern hoarders. ("Speak for yourself," protests Alice.) We, ok, I haven't parted with my stash in over 40 years until now. Maybe we'll have something that you just can't live without! Enjoy browsing!
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