The weather turned suddenly to winter, with high wind and nighttime temperatures in the 30's. Time to put the flannel sheets on the bed, and dressing in layers becomes a necessity. Since the house got down to 50F, indeed it is cold enough that I turned the furnace on, though I had hoped to put that off until the new furnace filter (ordered but still in transit) would show up here.
I am resigned to sneezing and wheezing until a fresh clean filter replaces last years dusty used filter. I normally buy a new furnace filter each autumn; it did not occur to me, back in February, that my time of isolation would last into the next heating season. Now I suspect that this withdrawal from the wider world will be indefinite. Life was simpler when shopping was in person and not online ordering, but as I have so far remained healthy, the inconvenience is bearable, and I remain grateful for the sheltering roof of Acorn Cottage
The young quince tree is really a gem, as it only went into the ground here in 2018, and was pruned back to about 2 ft high at that point. It is now a sturdy small tree about 5 ft tall, and I will continue to prune it carefully to allow growth but not much more height, as I myself am only a little over 5 ft tall!
Last year, the persimmon tree in the parking strip had about 40 pounds of fruit harvested, this year only three fruit... I am studying up about how to better prune and care for the tree, as I have heard that with careful pruning it is possible to smooth out the feast or famine cycle of bearing?
I've never tried drying parsley before, but the new recipe I have, for homemade tahini "goddess" salad dressing calls for parsley, and parsley doesn't keep at all well in the fridge.
|⅓ c oil
2¾ T tahini
2½ T cider vinegar
2 t tamari
2¼ t lemon juice
¾ t salt
1 T minced parsley
1 T minced chives
1 minced clove garlic
(or ¼ t garlic granules)
Mix together the tahini and the oil first,|
to allow the tahini to be smoothly incorporated.
Then mix in all the other ingredients.
You can add some water at the end,
if the dressing is thicker than you prefer.
Truly this recipe is adaptable to variations,
for example, I use safflower oil rather than canola.
pretty sure that this is Aconite
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||6 jars dilly beans ||wheelie bin scrubbed||yard waste bin|
|2||3 jars vanilla port pears||east window repaired||old window trim |
|3||Xanthy||replace screen handles ||yard waste bin |
|4||3 japanese books ||washed two screens ||recycle bin |
|5||Xanthy hat||moar apple pruning ||yard waste bin |
|6||Xanthy flower skirt ||reattached phone cable||recycle bin |
|7||6 jars St Clements marmalade ||repair kitchen shade pull ||yard waste bin |
|8||6+ jars Awesome Sauce ||taller salad table barrier ||x|
|9||8 jars tomato sauce||kitchen window screen ||x|
|10||Xanthy beaded bag ||refurbish cabinet latch ||x|
|11||5 flavor eggplant cooked ||mesh barrier anchored ||x|
|12||Nandina boots ||perennials protected ||x|
|13||7 jars Awesome sauce ||x||x|
|14||6+ jars orange marmalade ||x||x|
|15||2 new rice bags ||x||x|
|16||Nandina beaded bag ||x||x|
today's gratitude - I have the most excellent bedroom slippers! The very last shopping excursion I made, back in February, remains vivid in my mind. I rode the #75 bus down to the Hawthorne shopping district, and went to a fancy shoe shop, where I tried on several styles of Glerups which are wonderful slippers from Denmark. They are made from a mixture of Gotland and New Zealand wool, thickly and very densely felted about a half inch thick, so wonderfully warm and insulative. They have lasted much longer than previous wool slipper/clogs I had tried, and are in just as good condition now as at the beginning of my time of isolation.