~ Woo-ee! I think we are into some winter time weather. Today the sun is shining brightly, not a cloud in the sky, there is no wind, it's 11 a.m. and our temperature is 6.8°
~ Although that lovely sun is streaming in all possible windows, we have both wood stoves corking away to make it cozy in here.
~ Just went down into the basement to get some onions and garlic. Onions are holding out very well, but I see now I didn't plant enough garlic and we'll run out in a month or so. Skippy-dippy good thing I increased this year's planting.
~ I have a huge pot of will-be broth simmering on the stove using yesterday's turkey carcass and leavings. I'm finding I really prefer turkey broth over chicken broth as it seems richer and has more flavor.
~ I should zip into town today to pick up a special order at the Co-op, materials in at the Library, and make a stop at the hardware store. When it's possible, I prefer going into town first thing in the morning and being able to check it off my day's list pronto. Today I'm playing my Wimp's Card and waiting to see if the temp has warmed up a bit after lunch.
~ Retrieved some baking apples and potatoes from the root cellar this morning. We're so pleased with the way things are keeping. Maybe we could wish for the carrots to look better. They're growing "hairs" . . . but are staying firm and crunchy. I'm still perplexed about my carrot harvest this past season. The two new-to-me varieties of "purple" carrots I tried grew big and fat and long. A success. My main crop of Scarlet Nantes which normally do the same came out of the ground nearly pencil thin. Long but skinny. And they were all planted in the same raised bed. Very strange.
~ I can hardly believe how fast this winter is going by. Oh, sadness and woe, I had plans for spending so much time in my quilt room, but day after day goes by filled to the brim with daily chores and a bit of move-ahead progress, and I don't seem to get in there much at all. Never mind, my little sanctuary filled with beautiful fabric (and tons of ideas) will be there whenever I can sneak in. Life is good.
The Garden and other bits
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