Wednesday, November 23, 2022


 Bought two bags of cranberries at the market Monday; then found more in the freezer.  Which asks the question, what do I do with three pounds plus of cranberries?  Was not up for plain cranberry sauce, so I Googled a look around for Cranberry Chutney.   Oh my!  Ask and ye shall receive.  Finally decided to look closely at David Lebovitz's recipe, which of course I altered.

I took all the cranberries fresh and frozen, probably about forty ounces, and threw them in a large soup pot.  Added about a cup or so of date paste, juice and zest of a large orange, a grated Granny Smith apple, chopped up dried pineapple, cherries and a fig. I added about a cup of apple cider vinegar, and monk fruit sugar.  Let it cook until the berries began popping them added cinnamon, five spice, ginger, two tablespoons of my home made vanilla, a pinch of salt, and a pinch or two f chili peppers.  I let it simmer until it was nice and thick.  I also added a bit more vinegar.  Filled jars to go in the freezer and kept some for use.

It's quite tasty, but I think it would be better with f some lemon or lime juice, raisins, pinch or two of clove, and perhaps some green tomatoes  Now I wish we hadn't eaten them all.

We'll see grasshopper.........we'll see.........

The birdie is a male house finch of a pair visiting the feeders this morning.  Not a great photo as I took it with my iPad through my glass slider.  It's so nice to see at least this one.  We used to have them in the dozens.  Not sure what happened to them and the gold finches, but nice to know there are a few about. 

I wish every one a very Happy Thanksgiving. Celebrate in good health!

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Friday, November 18, 2022


Wednesday morning I ordered tea from Upton Teas.  By 2:00 PM yesterday I was enjoying a cup of my favorite Finest Russian Caravan,  This morning I am drinking Mincing Lane, a relatively new morning blend which I enjoy at any time of day.

Being in Massachusetts they are not that far from me here in RI, but it still lovely to have such prompt service when I have been reduced to tea bags!

Realized last night that I never brought in the bamboo that sits in the top of the pond filter.  I'll bring it in this morning and see if I can save it.  It's not too much of a problem as I have three pots of cuttings.  It is not in my nature to toss a cutting or shoot!

Toes crossed everyone has a great week end.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


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Friday, October 28, 2022

First Pot Friday

 This is the very first pot I ever made, way back in 1965.  Only potted for about six months before life got in the way.  Twenty years later I did a beginner class because the professor I had intended to return to uni to work with was on sabbatical. (Knew I had to do something as Proge was going away for high school.)

The eeriest thing was that as soon as I put my hands n clay my body remembered how to center and pull up.  A lot of really bad pots followed!  Within two weeks I was wondering why I ever stopped,

Through all the ups and downs of my life, I always kept this first pot.  Guess it was trying to tell me something.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


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Saturday, October 15, 2022


 My aloe farm:  

Two years ago my first aloe had babies. So I carefully potted them up.  Then my original plant got so unwieldy that I cut it off, trimmed it down and gave it a new pot.  I forgot about the stump until it started sprouting new growth.  Originally there were five; one fell off so it too got a new pot.  This summer what were the original five baby plants became too rambunctious so they each got a trimming and repotting.  There were also new babies which I potted up.  I stuck all the old stumps in a large pot…..just because.

The upshot is That I now have an aloe plantation.  I will probably move some of them to  my bedroom when I bring more plants in.

We’ll see, grasshopper…….we’ll see……..

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday

My darling KikiLaSois died yesterday.  We adopted her when she was somewhere between two and five years old so she was probably in the vicinity of eighteen, a good age for a kitty who began her life living out of a dumpster.

 She had the quietest purr and mew I have ever heard.  We used to say that Aloysius , the other half of the dumpster duo, was making up for it by being a very loud boy.  

Sleep sweetly my little girl.

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