One Gallon Jars

One Gallon Jars

I damaged the pan for my bread machine. It is still functioning, it was the non stick finish that was damaged. What happened? When putting away the glass flour jar, I discovered it was cracked, and a one inch piece of glass was missing from the side. I looked everywhere for that piece of glass. It could not be found. When the bread came out of the machine, there was a chip out of the finish of the pan, and a long scrape. Then I knew where the piece of glass ended up! It had been undetected in the measuring cup full of flour! When this was discovered, the whole loaf was put into the compost bin. How sad it is to send a whole sweet smelling loaf of homemade bread to the bin. Attila even found a piece of glass baked into the bottom crust when he was throwing it in. I am hoping the bread machine pan will continue to work well. It will be best to keep an eye on it.

A second loaf is being baked as I type.

We aren’t spending money these days. But today it was necessary to buy another one gallon jar to replace the broken flour jar. On Amazon, the prices were consistently around $20 for one jar. I found them on Uline for $5.35 each, if four were ordered. That is quite a difference! The shipping was just over $12, but still, at $8.35 per jar, the choice was obvious. It used to be that one could buy things in bulk at the grocery store, in one gallon glass jars. Those are almost all plastic now, useless!

We managed to get to the Camp for the first time in 2021. We just read that the stay at home orders allow people to visit their non-residential properties for maintenance, staying less than 24 hours. We took advantage of that, and made a day trip. Not knowing what to expect upon arrival, it was a relief to find very little damage. One small tree had been damaged beyond repair, probably from a snowmobile. The ground was not torn up, so the incident most likely occurred during the winter when there was snow cover. It might have been a plough, but who would be ploughing our drive in the winter? Clearly we need to visit our Camp during the winter months to see what is going on. A walk around the property to see if someone is stealing our trees for firewood is called for.

The first visit is always a maintenance visit. Attila used the strimmer to cut the long “grass”, which is actually native plants, no grass. Ticks are supposedly bad this year, and they love to hang out in grass, so permethrin treated clothing was worn on this trip, to ensure protection. I disinfected, then cleaned the interior of Grace the trailer. Every winter mice attempt to take over the trailer. I think of travel trailers as fancy mouse houses. We have tried many different things to keep the mice out, but so far without success. Six mice perished in our winter trap, so they were buried. There were copious amounts of mouse turds everywhere, and much worse were the dozens of places where they had peed, so gross. There is a new mildew issue around the base of the chesterfield, where the slide ends. We will need to investigate on another visit.

I have a list of things to do at the trailer. The tub needs new caulking. We have never used the tub, but perhaps someday. A grey water pit needs to be dug. One window mechanism is broken and needs fixing. The more you own, the more it owns you, or at least owns your time!

The current Gypsy Moth infestation in Ontario is in evidence at the Camp. There were thousands of them. No measures are being taken however, it is a bush, it is wild. One or two trees would receive mediation, but not an entire wild bush. We are hoping they don’t defoliate the entire property, but time will tell. There was no evidence of Army Worms this year, a first!

Although it has not rained at Mist Cottage for several weeks, the Camp must have received rain during that time. Everything was green and vibrant, and the water level in our swamp was high. It was interesting that around our fire pit the ground was extensively churned up. A herd of deer! There were hoof prints everywhere. The unshorn “grass” must have made an excellent grazing field.

Several of the dead trees in the bush had fallen since last fall. They will be cut for firewood at some future visit.

Our maintenance trip was a success. It was such a relief to find no significant damage. The next visit will be a lot more fun, with the big jobs of grass cutting and cleaning done for the spring.

The garden is wonderful! Attila is emptying the second little greenhouse, planting his seedlings in the ground. The only harvest is Rhubarb, four harvests so far, and more to come. The lettuces are growing rapidly, so it won’t be long before fresh salads are once again on the menu. Due to the pandemic raw vegetables have been avoided for the last year or so. It is time to think about making croutons and salad dressings.

I am feeling much better, almost back to normal. Just in time too, as harvest season will begin in earnest in a few short weeks, as will the food preservation season. In preparation the canned items that remain from the 2020 preservation year will be rearranged, so that they will easily accessible to be used first, once this year’s bounty is canned and on the shelves.

Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Bugleweed, wild geranium
Attila brought me flowers!
Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Bugleweed, Wild Geranium

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7 Comments

  1. Eileen Barton

    Hi Maggie,
    Glad your back is feeling much better. The flowers are beautiful! I love columbine. Will have to get some for my garden. Sorry to hear about the bread machine mishap. Hopefully, it will still bake lovely bread for you. Stay well.

    Cookie

  2. Thanks Cookie! I love the flowers. The Lilac, Bugleweed and Lily of the Valley we brought with us from the Country House, little bitty bits of plants five years ago. They have flourished here. The Columbine was in the side garden here when we arrived, and it was growing in odd spots as well. We transplanted it to the backyard. There is one Columbine though that is a volunteer. It grows out from under the cement pad of the porch. Attila has transplanted it twice now. Or so he thought. He takes the roots and plants them in the garden, where they flourish. The little bits of root that are left grow into another healthy Columbine. And so we have one in the front garden, one in the back garden, and the one by the cement pad. I imagine we will have more as well, as the transplanting continues.
    I am quite disappointed in my error with the glass, the scratches are deep, and there are many of them. If I have to buy a new bread pan, I will. But for now I’ll see if this one can continue on without the interior finish peeling off into our bread.
    Stay well! Enjoy your garden!

  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Perhaps if you have to replace the pan, it might be better to get a stainless steel pan that lacks the ‘non-stick’ coating. I’ve heard of so much potential health harm from those coatings. The flowers are beautiful!

  4. Thanks Joan! There are no pans available for the bread machine that do not have the coating, so I will buy a new pan with intact coating. We did not eat the bread with the coating bits in it, so glad I caught the issue! This was an expensive error on my part, just a fluke really. Things happen.
    The flowers are sitting by my computer, where the scent can be enjoyed.

  5. Bex, I know! It was so lucky that the pan was badly scratched, enough for instant visual identification. We might have tried to eat that loaf, and ended up in hospital, or worse. The new pan is ordered and is on the way. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, so glad our luck was with us on this one! I’ll be checking my jars carefully from now on.

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