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my office

Well, Right now it’s a hodgepodge of old furniture and odds and ends that don’t go anywhere else – but it’s coming along.
I have put my window seat in the room right now. It may one day be replaced with a day-bed for guests, but for not it gives me a place to sit or lay down.
I’ve moved a bookshelf in the room and placed my favourite books, yarn and other such knick-knacks to make me feel more at home.
We’re planning on taking the big clunky desk out of the room and replacing it with an armoire – which will hold the TV and DVD player left behind by my son.
Once that’s in place I’ll have a lot more room and may even be able to add another bookshelf.

before we bought the house, this room was a nursery and the chair rail they put in is pretty high up. It was used as a crib rail, for lack of a better term and instead of taking it out, I plan on adding a cork board run for my notes. Above that I plan to add a large white board to hold drawings, sketches and more notes.

The paint in here is a coffee shade of brown and where as I am normally fond of earth tones this is a lifeless flat color. I haven’t decided what color i am going to paint it yet… but I will paint it. I can’t have a room that leeches out the life and creativity from everyone’s soul.

Anyway I just wanted to say, I’m getting excited!

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Honey Cornbread

Honey Cornbread

Ingredients
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 375 to 400 degrees F.

Grease pan
Into a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the whole milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.

bake for 20 minutes or until edges are golden

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Roasted Sunchokes

Ingredients:
2 to 3 large sunchokes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves removed
3 to 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Scrub the sunchokes under cold running water and slice 1/4-inch thick. Add the sunchokes and garlic to a roasting pan or baking sheet and toss with the olive oil so the bottom of the pan and the sunchokes are lightly coated. Add more olive oil a tablespoon at a time if you don’t feel like the vegetables are coated enough, but not too much; you don’t want them swimming in olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and rosemary. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the sunchokes are tender inside, like a potato.

NOTE: for people who do not normally eat them, (or legumes) they may cause gas.

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Vacation

Tis the start of my vacation – which has, in fact, turned into a stay-cation due to finances. (I mean really, you work so hard and finally get a vacation and then you don’t get to do anything. Bah-humbug. 😉
In the very middle is our 22nd anniversary! 🙂

So, since the time has already been taken, we plan on doing things around the house – (which has transformed our stay-cation into a work-cation… which is even worse If you ask me.)

Since I don’t want him to spend his entire vacation working, I planned it like this.
In the morning we’ll dwaddle and have coffee and spend time together talking and socializing.
In the early afternoon, he’ll move some stuff for me to work with and have the “Me time” that he never gets.
In the evening we’ll eat and spend time relaxing (ie computer, driving, watching T.V. Etc)

I plan on doing a lot of grilling so there are limited dishes. I plan on doing a massive clean sweep before it starts (because you KNOW I am not doing to do any housework while he’s home) and with any luck it will be an enjoyable easy-going va/stay/work-cation.

Gratitudes:
I am grateful that the hubby has time off and is willing to help around the house during his vacation. I am happy and grateful that we will have a week to spend together – whether in work or play, to cement our dedication to each other. I am grateful that we can turn the disappointment of a lost Vacation into a happy occasion staying at home.
Mostly I am grateful that after 22 years, we still love each other.

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Menominee Tribe – The Menominee Version of the 23rd Psalm

“The Creator above is the Great Spirit and the Great Mystery, His gifts are plentiful therefore you want not. He holds out a branch of love and protection and He draws you to where the ground is undisturbed, where the air is pure and the water is clear and clean enough to give life.

You walk, you breathe, you feed, for you are pleasured. The times when your heart is weak, your circle is out of balance, He lifts you up again and draws you to the good Menominee road, for He is strength and wisdom.”

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This is a prayer from the Sioux, but it should be a prayer from all of us.
It is the path we should all be following…

SIOUX PRAYER

Grandfather Great Spirit All Over The World

The Faces Of Living Things Are Alike.

With Tenderness, They Have Come Up Out Of The Ground.

Look Upon Your Children That They May Face The Winds

And Walk The Good Road To The Day Of Quiet.

Grandfather Great Spirit

Fill Us With The Light.

Give Us The Strength To Understand And The Eyes To See.

Teach Us To Walk The Soft Earth As Relatives

To All That Live.

~Sioux Prayer~

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Farm update

I have a little rooster crowing now. That adorable squeak toy sound echoing the Lead Rooster’s call.
If their crowing could stay that way I’d have a lot more roosters in my yard. Heh

Genetically speaking, I ought to find out who the crower is and definitely keep him. He should pass on his early maturity to all the pullets he sires.

My newest chicks (the sudden broody induced chick explosion) are growing strong and I still have about 38 of them. They have found ways to go in and out of the cages so predators have been picking off the stragglers. I am trying to keep their wandering in check.

The rabbits are growing well, and It looks like the first breed date will be in August. Hopefully by then, we’ll have the colony cage built. If not I’ll have to get nest boxes made for the cages they are already in. Even with it being their first litters, I should have approximately 16 rabbits born in Sept. they will be ready to be processed in December – 3 months.

I don’t know if I posted this or not, but the Hubby found 3 of his hazel nut trees alive and well. They have now been cleared and mulched and are receiving water every other day. With any luck, in two years I’ll be harvesting hazel nuts.

My grapes are getting big. They went from little tiny flower buds to round green pellet sized grapelets, however I am beginning to doubt that I’ll get to taste any, because something is eating them before they ripen. I’d better get at least one!

The figs are still on the tree.. green. I sometimes stand outside and stare at them, chanting “Ripen Ripen Ripen!”
but the tree looks fantastic. This warm easy spring was JUST what it needed to get some growth on it.

My almond tree looks like a willow branch. It’s growing tall, but has no trunk strength. I’m going to have to do something about that.

No flowers on my apple trees and I was really hopeful this year. Sigh. but they too are growing strong. Maybe next year I will be able to pick an apple rather than drive to get them.

Berry bushes are doing alright this year. Not a lot of flowers but the stems seems stronger. I do have some yellow raspberries growing right now. They are my favorites.

The topsy-turvy planters are interesting. Originally the strawberry plants were doing wonderful but now they seem to be lagging behind the rest. I have about 8 tomatoes growing on the heirloom Black prince varieties and the rest of them have flowers starting up. Even the eggplant that I thought was going to die is doing much better.
Maybe the strawberries just need a little extra food.

That’s all for now,

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