Saturday, November 28, 2009
Michael and I were able to make a quick trip down to Albertson, NC, where Michael was raised to see family there.
Pat and Him were at the old homeplace living there from Utah for a few months.
Pat did us all proud with a lot of wonderful food!
Their youngest daughter, Janelle came from Fayetteville with her two guys, Lane and Cole. Her husband is in Afghanistan but will get to visit at Christmas.
Eleanor had her boys over on Sunday for their big dinner as Alan had to work and the others went to in-laws so she came over for a great meal!
Janelle has a beautiful chocolate lab named Thunder! He lives up to his name but is a good dog, but really big!
Jim as always was a wonderful host and we had a lot of great visiting!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Their show was called Alegria - A baroque ode to the energy, grace and power
After all of the years of watching them on TV, this year we got to see them in person TWICE! We saw their Beatles Love program in Las Vegas. This troupe was a lot smaller than that group but I think they may have done more acrobatics at this show.
It was wonderful and we sat spellbound for 2 1/2 hours. We were on the side, on the first row in the balcony so we are about even with those doing the high things and it was a neat perspective. What a fun night!
it. I was able to get two 23 pound turkeys. It's so easy to can turkey and
the meat is wonderfully moist and so tasty in casseroles or many dishes
calling for chicken. At .40 a pound, a pint costs me about .75!
Here is how:
You thaw the turkey.
Pressure can it whole for about an hour.
Let the canner cool and get out the turkey and debone it.
Fill the jars with turkey and use the broth for the liquid.
Add 1/2 t. salt for each jar.
Boil the lids and screw on the lids. Can for 75 minutes for pints of 90
minutes for quarts. Walla, you have canned turkey.
I had cooked up a bunch of collards from the garden on Saturday so I decided
to can those as well.
I love canning and seeing the fruits of the labor. I think it's beautiful.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Another new plant we're growing is Brussel sprouts. I have about five plants and the sprouts are starting to form!
I'm shocked at how many collards are produced by about five plants!
We also planted a couple of Chinese cabbages.
and a purple cabbage.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
We found a wonderful place to get mushroom compost to use along with some peat moss and vermiculite to make the soil. I love this stuff and plan to compost raised beds when we put them to bed for the winter.
Michael used his geometry to figure out how much from each bag of vermiculite and peat moss we needed to mix the soil. My job was to bring the buckets of mushroom compost from the truck to the wheelbarrow where Michael would mix it all.
Thank goodness the soil is very loose so I can pull them up pretty easy. It's hard to take all of these beautiful plants to the compost pile! I have given away some plants to anyone that wanted them.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Ida is very late for a hurricane this time of year. It hit landfall in Alabama and then quickly came for a visit.
Because of another low, it kind of stalled and stayed with us longer than we were first told. In total, from Tuesday to Thursday morning, we got about 4 1/2" of rain. This pond does have a little dock but it's underwater.
By today, Thursday, the skies are starting to clear and the rain is stopping.