Good work for a chilly, damp day!
Good work for a chilly, damp day!
Jack In The Pulpit
There were three separate spots like this, each covering an area about 5 ft by 5 ft,so the animal(s) were pretty big. Or was it just a dog?
We will definitely be going back, with bikes. Supposedly, the trail goes for quite a few miles. I'm off to see if I can find out about it on the internet.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday!
Four servings, 2 fettucini, 2 spaghetti
I'll be walking on the pavement now instead of the dirt ;)
Good news: Target sells these in their dollar section.
Including the package weight, these are 5 ounces each. So if there are three ounces of seed in each, I could scatter 6 ounces of wildflower seed this week. The forecast is rain this weekend, so I will save these until Thursday for the best conditions. Crossing my fingers...
So Rob, I'm still trying. And I hope to post some floral surprises this summer! I'm also sending a quick shout out to everyone to maybe pick up a packet of seeds and toss them into the wind :)
There were also marsh marigolds and lungwort, but they were too far to photo from my phone. Each week I've noticed different things. This time I was struck by the contorted roots of the trees that grow on the banks of the brook. I did not bring a headset, choosing to listen to the sounds of the bubbling, and sometimes rushing, water. There were more bird songs than I could recognize, and a few folks were scouting the birds with binoculars.
A few families were rollerblading, with tykes clinging to mom, unsteady on their new wheels. One dad was definitely in his zone, making long sweeping glides. His little son was trying to keep up. I'll bet he napped in the car after that. The little boy, that is. Not the dad :)
The weather has been beautiful for the past few days, and I'm anxious to see if any of the seeds I've planted along the roadway have sprouted. The problem is that I just scratch them in along my walks and haven't put any markers so I couldn't find them if they haven't sprouted. I have been careful to plant them in spots where the weeds don't get tough and the road crews don't mow. I'll be walking again tomorrow, with a packet of sunflower seeds. The odds are that some of them will bloom. Even one sunflower would be a benefit!
I've done a lot of thinking, now that selling my condo has been put on hold for this spring/summer. It was a depressing realization and I know that the time will come, but I have to adjust my plans for the summer. I had packed up quite a bit of my things to have the condo show well, and I'm only going to unpack what I absolutely need, like warm weather clothes.
So instead of scouting my future little house, I'm going to make use of this time by learning a few skills. I've pulled out the "country skills" type books that I have accumulated over the years and will start practicing now what I intend to use later. Basically, I want to learn how to use milk to make yogurt, soft, and hard cheeses. I have made bread for many years but never kept a starter, so that's near the top of my list. I have gardened and canned, but never fermented. I've read about sauerruben, and that sounds interesting to me. It's listed on a few blogs and I was glad to find it in one of the books. I've made dandelion wine and wild grape wine, but never gingerbeer. Certain things, like smoking fish and meat, will have to wait until I have my own property. But with a cool basement, I can do some food preservation, even in a condo.
Tomorrow's grocery list: yeast.
I love the shapes that were added to some of the pieces in this one.
Today I'll be on the path, hopefully before it gets crowded. And I have to pick up some veggies on the way home. But there was one item I passed up yesterday. I wonder if it's still there? Should I?
Last week I read this report in the NYTimes about the Indian Point reactor, 35 miles north of NYC. The water that it uses from the Hudson goes back into the river, contaminated. They are not meeting acceptable limits and are violating the federal Clean Water Act. A letter from the Department of Evironmental Conservation said that "radioactive material had polluted the Hudson after leaking into the groundwater."
Now, I realize that this plant generates much of the power needed for NYC and that there would be a calamity if they had to shut down, but at what cost can they keep it running? Is it okay to kill off some fish and wildlife? How about knowing that this stuff is going into your drinking and bathing water?
Yes, we're just enjoying forsythia here. It's been in bloom for almost two weeks. Daffodils are almost done, azaleas just started. Spring is a beautiful time of year.
But wait, there's more! Tonight my doorbell rang with a cable salesperson who had my name as recently discontinued, with an offer for a package deal of $80 per month for cable, tv, and phone. (The normal rate for "Extended Basic" cable tv alone is about $65 per month. I was paying about $18 for bare-bones basic.) He was stymied when I told him I no longer own a tv and don't use a land line.
It's not about you, cable. It's me....really.....we're just not going anywhere, y'know?