Tag: homesteading

Hallelujah Tomatoes!

As we finish off this kick ass tomato season in the garden (I’ve decided to attribute it to the poopy duck water from their tub that we used as occasional fertilizer), I decided I wanted to celebrate the remarkably strong season we had, enabling us (after inhaling multiple bowls of caprese, of course) with our 14 plants to preserve 10…

Week in Pictures

Greatest hits from our Long Beach escapades…from the gorgeous fog on the bridge to Astoria to the only good sunset shot (from behind the dunes to avoid the cars on the beach) to Dan’s first time in an American arcade (and – clearly – licorice ice cream!) to some snuggle time with Ruby…ultimately he and I? Stronger than ever. Our…

Week in Pictures

From the 99% zone, we got a kick out of the eclipse. Nothing like folks an hour or so south of us where hundreds of thousands gathered, but we did see the sky go into sudden dusk mode, street and store lights turn on, shadows go from clear to fuzzy (I didn’t notice any ‘snake shadows’ but I didn’t know…

The Meat Man Cometh…

As my sweetheart prepares to hit the big 5-0 in a couple weeks, I decided to surprise him a bit early with a birthday present (we like making birthdays last as long as humanly possible) and gave him a meat grinder with sausage stuffer, something he as a meat fanatic had been dying to have. He was STOKED! It was…

Week in Pictures

  the heat wave is over!!! the inside of my car is normal, the bees have stopped bearding outside the hive to cool off, and summer is back to its regularly scheduled programming…yayyy! August is in full swing and the gladiolas are finishing up, the cardoons – which after a 3′ year last year are now well over 7′ tall…

Week in Pictures

Just before the jackasses in pickup trucks showed up to terrorize the beaches. I fucking hate how there are still places they allow people to drive right on the sand – it’s dangerous and disrespectful, both environmentally and to people trying to have a quiet day at the beach away from all that kind of thing. Ugh. But it was…

Week in Pictures

Definitely a low key week for me work-wise, as things are going at a very slow pace compared to first half, and while there are always times of the year like this, it’s definitely always been a challenge for me to “just chill”. But hey, it enabled us to have some friends over for breakfast, to get the house cleaned…

Week in Pictures

It’s like watching paint dry waiting for tomatoes to get red. Our tomatoes I will say have definitely made up for lost time, I mean it isn’t even the end of July yet and after such a late start with the rainy spring, to have the first few glimpses of orange-turning-to-red, I’m pretty stoked. Crossing fingers that blossom end rot…

Eco-licious

My girl looking up at me as she lays at the end of our bed on the floor.  Whenever I’m feeling crappy she does this, it’s so sweet. This week has been gorgeous weather – high 70’s, low 80s, perfect for the garden. I personally prefer low 70’s but as long as the house stays cool I’m happy. This year…

Week in Pictures

Dan’s April charcuterie project was Bresaola! He bought 2 lbs of Oregon Country Beef‘s top round beef and cured it with a combination of #1 pink salt, juniper berries, bay leaf, salt, sugar – after having soaked it in red wine. WOW this is good – and I am not a huge fan of beef. It is so lovely so…