Saturday, April 27, 2019

No words

I don't really need words here, do I? The beauty speaks for itself, doesn't it?

But since I'm not one to swallow my words, here are some:

We've been soooo enjoying spring, with all the blossoming things around us, and the garden thriving, and walking barefoot.

I don't like wearing gloves or shoes when I dig in the soil to plant or weed. I love the feeling of dirt, although I have to admit that stepping on a slimy slug is not so great.

Anyway. At the end of the day, this is what my feet look like.  Also, my face looks tired, because it is. Working in the garden all day isn't as easy as it used to be 25 years ago...

These spring days are so full, so physical, and so welcome after a long, cold winter.  We love sitting at the end of the day, watching the kids frolic outside, helping with chores in the garden, or raking grass, or jumping on the trampoline.

Our friends gave us this trampoline a long time ago when their kids flew the nest.  We we put it over a big hole so it would be on the ground lest someone broke their neck falling off it.  We've gotten a lot of mileage out of that old thing.  The kids love it, and I like it mostly for stretching out on my back and staring up at the sky.

Talking of relaxing: Another favorite thing at the end of the day is sitting on the porch with a glass of our homemade Oregon Grape wine.

Two years ago, we picked 20 pounds of these wild berries in our wild forests and made them into wine, and oh my goodness, I need to tell you: this is the best wine I've ever tasted. Better than the store bought stuff, honestly.

Also, it has a bunch of medicinal properties, so I feel good about drinking it. Ahem.

If you want to try it, come to our Homesteading/Wilderness retreat in August, and you get some.

 Another fun thing this week: driving over the the Methow Valley, just over the North Cascade Mountain Pass on the East.  The road over the pass closes every winter and doesn't open again for six months, and this year it opened super early.

So off we went, because the mountain biking is good in the Methow, and one of our kids is mountain bike obsessed. Since he's homeschooled, we get to do these adventures in the middle of the week when the crowds are almost non-existent this time of year.

Heaven, I tell you. Heaven.

This guy didn't get to go. He was sick. Excuse me for publishing this photo of you with a fever. You're a good sport.

This guy did get to go. Lucky dude.


  1. Just absolutely lovely. And can I thank you again for having an ordinary blog with so much information! I've been recommended other blogs and when I check them out they're slick as a whistle and look like they hired an advertising agency and there are ads embedded in the blog text which I look at like this: "uh oh! there's another bog pit for me to navigate around to get to the good stuff." I understand why bloggers do it. They're just trying to make a living. I like the way you try better than the way they try. That's why I'm giving you the pittance I give every month and I don't give it to them! Keep going Corinna. I hope your "old" back holds out forever!

    1. Thanks for this feedback. I hate blogs where you have to sift through all the friggin ads. It drives me crazy. And people do want to make money when they blog, becuase it takes time and effort and knowledge. That's why I started the Patreon thing, and I soooooo love that you are supporting us!!!!

    2. You are so welcome!

  2. PS my goat cheese turned out very very soft this time. Like Greek yogurt. What do you think? I drained it for 2 days and even put a "press" on it. I refrigerated it because I didn't think letting it sit on the counter for that long would be a good idea.

    1. Well, I wonder if this could be a rennet issue. Sounds like it didn't firm up enough, which is often due to rennet. Was it old rennet? And where's the milk from?

  3. Maybe. Bottle says "best used within 7 months" and it's probably over that but I have no idea how long over. Next time I buy some I will write on the bottle when I purchased it. That being said, who knows how long it was in the store before I purchased it! They should put a date on it. I always refrigerate it too. The milk was fresh from my friend's goats. Not from the store.


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