March 27, 2012
things have been pretty busy around here as you can see in the photo. richard and i have been very busy too. the extended warm spell and dry conditions have given us plenty of time to work in the gardens and other parts of the property. to add to our excitement, richard found an add for free red raspberries; all we had to do was go dig them up, so we did and we now have enough for a market garden size raspberry patch. we are busy transplanting them right now, i hope all goes well.
right now, we have: peas, radish, beets, carrots, lettuces all emerging. we have several volunteers coming up such as kale, cilantro, a few carrots and onions; we leave them where they are and plant or weed around them. the garlic wintered nicely and is looking very happy. along with the raspberry canes, i have planted potatoes and spinach. currently we are in a bit of a cool down spell with storms predicted the next few days. i’m hoping to get in another succession planting of lettuce in the ground today.
the compost heap is working nicely and we have started our second batch. when we moved the first batch to bin number two, it started cooling down. still haven’t figured out why it stopped cooking. i’m going to research that and think we can figure out just what made that happen.
hope you are having a pleasant spring.
January 18, 2012
what a great winter it’s been for being outdoors.
i took this photo just a couple of weeks ago. it was hard to believe it was janurary; the weather was so warm that day. today, we woke up to a temperature of 10 degrees. brrrrrrr
i can tell that the days are getting longer little by little, which is very encouraging to me this time of year.
January 13, 2012
we finally did get snow. yesterday. since it’s been so warm and dry this winter, i kind of like the snow pelting me in the face. it made me feel alive.
recently, richard requested that i make a pot of vegetable soup. i started to do just that, well my standard version, and then thought of being a little more creative and try making a root vegetable soup; partially inspired by a few parsnips i happen to have. i love parsnips and carrots together. also, i happened to find several shiitake mushrooms growing (or actually drying) on richard’s mushroom logs. the parsnips should be coming out of my fall garden, but the seeds didn’t germinate……
as it turns out, i came up with a hearty vegan soup. lets call it ‘root vegetable with mushroom’ soup
olive oil for sauteing
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 or 2 parsnips, chopped
1 large potato, chopped
shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup soy milk
saute onion in olive oil for a couple of minutes and add garlic, mushrooms, and other root veggies. cook a few more minutes. add rosemary and thyme. add vegetable broth and simmer vegetables until tender. add soy milk and heat through. if it’s not ‘soupy’ enough add some water.
great with homemade yeast or corn bread!
you could use a variety of root veggies in this recipe. use what you have on hand and experiment. also you could use coconut milk and curry seasoning instead of soy milk, thyme, and rosemary. there’s no way you can mess up such a simple soup :).
on anti-consummerism :
consider buying what you need second hand. second hand charity stores are a great way to find what you need and also help others.
July 8, 2010
it’s been quite hot here as of late. when the thermometer reaches into the 90’s, i start thinking of things to do other than sit in the apartment in front of a fan. one of my most favorite (and cool) places to visit is the public library. it’s a great place to socialize too! some of the other hot weather activities that i like to do are swimming in the lake (even better if you have a friend with a pool) and hiking in the cool woods. work in the garden has to be done in the morning or evening. afternoon siestas are rejuvenating too! living in indiana, you can always count on the weather changing and sometimes pretty fast. mother nature will provide respite from the heat for us soon.
how do you escape from the heat?
June 24, 2010
cool and windy here on the prairie this morning. it’s expected to heat up, so the kids and me are packing our lunch and heading to summit lake to picnic, swim, and sun ourselves.
i live right next to the railroad tracks and snapped this photo earlier today on my way to the post office which i also live right next to.
i like to tell folks the kids and i live in the business district ;).
happy summer day!
ps does anyone else see a strange face in the window, or is it just me?
March 11, 2010
what wonderful mild weather we are having here on the prairie! the sunshine and warm wind has done wonders for my mood. it’s also been quite kind to my gas account; the heat hasn’t kicked on for several days now. it was wonderful to fall asleep with the silvery moonlight from the full snow moon pouring through my window.
most of my favorite photographs taken this past winter have been black & white. i’ve been drawn to black & white photos for a long time. recently, i was inspired by a collection of ansel adams photos. another favorite photographer of mine is herni cartier-bresson. oh! as far as black & white in cinema, if you ever get the chance, please see the passion of joan of arc. it’s fabulous. i promise.
with the passing of winter, it’s time to look forward to spring and all of the fun outdoor activites that come with it. along with spring comes color.
i’ll miss you black & white.
February 16, 2010
another day off from school due to blowing and drifting snow. what a snowy winter it’s turning out to be!
i see this building every day when i come out my door and i never tire of looking at it. no one lives in it and it’s actually filled with old pianos and things piano related. the more imperfect things are, the more i’m drawn to them. i like it when things stand out; it makes me want to get to know more about it, study it.
this interest in the imperfect applies to people as well as objects. i like trying to figure what makes a person tick. it’s also been very helpful to me in my work with the disabled. it’s very rewarding for me to be able to help someone learn to overcome the stigma a disabled person sometimes has to deal with and especially to be able to convey to them that i accept and admire them for who they are instead of what they’re not.
i believe that a kind and compassionate approach always produces a positive result.