Opening the kitchen curtain, it was a surprise to see snow in the back yard! Time is flying by.
On Saturday last Attila harvested what we think will be the last of the Swiss Chard and the Kale. The Kale is cooked in the Instant Pot, cooled, stored in reused plastic bags, sealed, and frozen. The Swiss Chard is blanched for two minutes, drained, cooled, stored in reused plastic bags, sealed, and frozen. There were two packages of Kale, and two packages of Swiss Chard, which is enough for four casseroles or soups. More and more our cooking experimentation focuses on tasty ways to eat available vegetables. As a friend recently said, “meat is a condiment”. This is true at Mist Cottage.
On Sunday Attila harvested some of the Brussels Sprouts, and they were delicious. Cruciferous vegetables are sweeter tasting if they are harvested after they freeze.
It was another busy weekend, and very relaxing at the same time.
Attila is beginning to move things around in the basement so that he can repair the floor joist under the kitchen, the big project for the winter months. I continue to find a place for things that have accumulated all over the house since last spring. Bit by bit I am making room for our Christmas Tree. A few weeks ago I made my first visit to a retail outlet since February, 2020. It was a big adventure, inspired by the decision to purchase an artificial Christmas Tree. We didn’t catch Covd-19, no symptoms anyway, although it is spreading rapidly in our area. Last year we did not risk a visit to purchase a live Christmas Tree, which we prefer, and had to make do with our little $5 3′ high artificial tree. It was certainly better than nothing, but I wanted a full size tree this year. And it is a good thing that purchase was made, as a news article came out this past week, describing how there will be a shortage of real Christmas Trees, which would have made it virtually impossible for us to obtain one. But whether real or artificial, floor space will be needed to put the tree up.
Attila and I, over the last few years, have taken to buying a practical joint purchase for Christmas, rather than exchange gifts with one another. This year, after a particularly prolific tomato harvest, we settled on a Tomato Mill. We found one on sale that was made completely from metal, so we splurged on that, and were pleased that it came with a meat grinder as well. We have thought often of making our own sausage, without the nitrites and sodium, so I think we will have fun giving that a try in the years to come.
I admit to visiting the SPCA, and similar sites, to look at the cats and kittens up for adoption. I would love to have a cat again. But when I view the hoops one has to jump through to adopt an animal, it becomes clear that too many financial expectations are tagged onto the animals for our budget. Signing a paper allowing the workers into my home to check on us, and committing to expensive veterinarian visits, are just two of the intrusive and expensive requirements to offer a needy animal a loving home. But the biggest barrier is the Pandemic. I would not want to adopt an animal without meeting him/her to see if we are compatible. When I visited Mist before adopting her, she and I experienced an immediate connection with each other. Until visiting in indoor settings is completely safe, no such meeting can take place.
A temporary diversion of my energies has come up. After updating my operating system, I discovered that the process overwrote and destroyed my password database. Yikes! This will take weeks, possibly months, to rectify. I do not use cloud services of any kind, I don’t trust them, although almost everyone else does. The frustrating thing about it is that I had just backed up the computer, and the needed backup file is missing. I’ve written to the software company, they might have something helpful to suggest, but I am not hopeful in that regard.
And so we are quietly slipping toward winter, with shorter days, longer nights, and cooling temperatures.
Updated on Mon, Nov 15, 12:05 PM
FEELS LIKE 0
Wind 13 NW km/h
Humidity 81 %
Visibility 24 km
Sunrise 7:03 AM
Wind gust 20 km/h
Pressure 100.8 kPa
Ceiling 700 m
Sunset 4:41 PM
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