Tuesday, August 28, 2018

'Tis the Season

Corn for Two

James Kochalka - Corn on the Cob 
Verse 1
"I don't work for a living
I don't need a job,
I'm just doin' my own thing
Eating corn on the cob"

Monday, August 27, 2018

Dock Final Fix 2018 Video

A 90 second video with music and credits.

We really appreciated having these younger folk remove a leaky barrel and replace it with a new one. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dock Repair Barrel Replacement, Part 2

Exactly 20 days later the dock is level again! It was a difficult quest at first to find the precise size replacement barrel but it was right under our noses at a local merchant's store. $17.00 new - not a bad price, eh? Since our "crew" of four already knew how to tip the dock and get the barrel under, all that was yet necessary to do was to attach and secure it. You should have been here to hear the "Oooo's" when the men first went into the lake. It has cooled down a good deal since all the rains, washouts and low temperatures. A sigh of relief is heard by all when the project was completed! Good job, Denise, Alex, Amy and George.
Sisters work well together
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Use and Juice

The three tomatoes that came yesterday were quite over-ripe. They couldn't be sliced so I skinned and tore them apart. My main mission this year is to save Oxheart seeds for next year. At first I thought I'd make stewed tomatoes but they were so juicy I just made juice. It is easy to do.
Yes, I popped a few pieces into my mouth.
 The result is 5 cups of juice, no water added!
I puréed the pieces in my blender.
Strained for removal of bits and seeds.
Added a little onion powder, celery salt, sugar, salt and pepper.
Brought to boil and simmered for 15 minutes.
Not canned, just stored in refrigerator to use soon.
It is TASTY!
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Ample and Satisfying

Yes, I made a peach cobbler this morning. It took three peaches to make the four cups of slices in my recipe. I have four smaller ones left to make a pie and then I'm finished for the season. We'll have the cobbler at lunch with whipped cream!
As you know, I save seeds every year for the wonderful tasty and meaty Oxheart tomatoes. Missy, our PA daughter, starts the seedlings. Hers did not survive this year but, thank goodness, she shared a few of her started  plants with a neighbor and this morning she brought us three. The neighbor said the woodchucks bit into most of them in his garden! I placed them on a dinner plate before use. Aren't they pretty?
She also brought a few started seedlings to our NJ daughter who grows them well in a "cage" to prevent squirrels' ravages. Hers have grown to over 7 feet this year. They are in a good place, perfectly protected and producing fine for her family!
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Just Peachy!

The sun is out, a nice breeze drying the air and grounds and it is a good day here. We took a ride out to the farm produce store and saw all the damage done by the flooding. It was awful and people are trying their hardest to clean up. It will take a while.

We brought home corn that the Mister picked out of the bin as the owner was unloading his container straight from the field. Some was saved from the floods. The cantaloupe we bought was also one that was on high ground so a few were spared. Best of all, our favorite - VERY favorite peaches, the Lorings were big and beautiful and we bought them too, along with the small basket.

One was eaten at lunch - we shared it. Let me tell you, they are:
#1- the easiest to pit (a simple cut and twist will open for easy removal)
#2- the easiest to peel without blanching ( I peeled with my fingers!)
#3- the tastiest (perfectly sweet - texture-wise, not mushy, not pithy, not hard)
#4- the juiciest (if you were to bite into one, the juice would run off of your chin and down your arm and drip to the floor from your elbow!
#5- the most flavorful (the peachiest flavor of all peaches)
#6- very fragrant, and my home smells like peaches!

Quick! Before they are gone into pies, cobblers, shortcake, dried,  I thought to get photos so I did and then couldn't choose which I liked best. Here you go.....
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And...I still have some frozen and dried I hoarded from last year!  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Missy's Washout 2018

This video shows some of the terrible damage that was done during the storms that washed out so many properties in our area. Our daughter lives across town from us and they now have a lot of work ahead. Others in the area were victims of worse devastation but it all is serious and sad.

She, family members and friends were able to take many but I just picked a few to tell her story. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

August 2018 Cleanup 2nd Version

I am still learning and experimenting with newer system changes for slide shows and movies. This one shows the entire images and uses no Ken Burns effect of images moving in and out to viewer. That effect cuts of some top and bottom parts of original image.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Dry Day!

At last I can take a ride to see the changes since the biggest wash. The arrow points to the large basin nearest our place.
The next shots are the "cleanout" of the next one up the road.
Our neighbors still have work ahead.
 This is kind of pretty!
 OH! He flew to the upper end...
 And I caught him again on the backside of the dam....
 The spillway runs well
Home again - notice all the GREEN
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Washout August 17, 2018

4 minute movie of the mess in action

Rough Rainy Night and Clear now.

The water was RUSHING down behind our shed last evening and I took a few photos. Then this morning I snapped more. You will get the picture from the pictures!
Last Evening
This Morning
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There is a large pipe up the road being cleaned out by a hired excavator for a beachfront property owner.