Archive | June 2013

Playing a Game

We were playing a game – and this card came up…

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So – in lieu of our usual stick figures, we will give our clues in pictures….

We had a wonderful week.  The teen invasion made us younger than our years and older than time…full of energy and oh so tired… but mainly just happy to have spent time with two sweet young ladies.  It is awfully quiet here now. 

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A Good, Good Day

Yesterday, we woke up and said…

Today’s going to be a good day…

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Today’s going to be a good, good day

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And, it was a good, good day at the beautiful Cumberland Gap National Park.

 

We didn’t have much to do today…

We

Here they are!

Here they are!

…welcomed some chicks

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Someone is very interested

Someone is very interested

 

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Used a mill to grind flour

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Made bread

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Broke in a new ice cream maker

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Homemade vanilla ice cream on a hot Monday afternoon!

 

Made homemade pasta

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And started on a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

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Tomorrow we’ll try to be more ambitious!!!

Pickle-licious

How did this?

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Become this?

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Well…

We did this…

Soaking the cucumbers in a stone crock

Soaked the cucumbers and pickling lime in a stone crock

And this…

Made up a syrup of sugar, vinegar, pickling spices, cloves, celery seeds, mustard seeds, and cloves

Made up a syrup of sugar, vinegar, pickling spices, cloves, celery seeds, mustard seeds, and cloves

And this…

Then soaked them overnight in the syrup

Then soaked them overnight in the syrup

Then,  we…

Boiled them in the syrup for 35 minutes

Boiled them in the syrup for 35 minutes and packed them into the jars

Processed the jars in a water bath for 15 minutes...

Processed the jars in a water bath for 15 minutes…

And, voila! Like magic…

Perfectly Sweet Pickles (recipe from Perfectly Sweet Pauletta)

Perfectly Sweet Pickles (recipe from Perfectly Sweet Pauletta)

A Tale of Two, A Dog and a Kitty

It was the best of times
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It was the worst of times
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It was the age of wisdom
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It was the age of foolishness
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It was the epoch of belief
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It was the epoch of incredulity

Inspection of doggie crate

Inspection of doggie crate

….with apologies to Charles Dickens

P.S. Day two was a little better, but Nutmeg is still not too sure about the new addition.

Yesterday…

Yesterday….
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All my troubles seemed so far away
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Now I need to find a hideaway – oh, I believe in yesterday
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Why they had to go pick up Scout?
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I don’t know – I couldn’t say…
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Things are oh so wrong…
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Now I long for yesterday, ay ay ay….
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At this time and the foreseeable future, no pictures of Nutmeg and Scout together are possible…