Thursday, July 30, 2009

Go directly to jail and do not pass "Go."

Here's a photo taken at our new place. Brad and I took Truman and neighbor Karl for a visit a few weeks back. Karl had me retake the picture below so that you could suck in his gut - I caught him off guard the first time around.

Also, Karls' been in jail for a full week now. We still don't know how long he's "in for."

I'm going to visit him after work tomorrow.


Everyone behave themselves and sorry it's been so long since I blogged:(


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Busy weekend...

I actually have interesting things to blog about, but no time to do so at the moment. I have to get to work pretty soon, but we had a very busy weekend. It was Trav's birthday, we picked and froze black caps (my dad is a great "scout"), and visited Seed Savers in Decorah, IA (more on that later); went to Trempeleau, WI for Lizzie's birthday and had a great brunch the next morning, and made 20 more batches of Cream of Turnip/Kohlirabi /Reutabega soup (100 cups of broth and 80 cups total of those three to come, because it took us ALL day and I'm still in the process of freezing).


PS I would have blogged yesterday, but I can seriously use the excuse that we had no electricity for several hours after I got home from work. A squirrel fried himself on the power line behind our house in the alley, and for some reason it took hours for the electric man to flip a breaker switch. I was sitting there using our brand new vaccuum packer (Trav's birthday present from his parents), and all of a sudden heard a big POP, which all of us neighbors agreed sounded like fireworks, which we are totally used to because somebody shoots them off daily in our neighborhood(even in the winter and regularly during the day when you can't even hear them). Regardless to say that squirrel put a big holt on my food processing and blogging last night.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


This is part of our parsnip patch, which we finally got weeded and mulched last week. My grandparents saved their old grass clippings (from WI), which worked great and smell fabulous. I'll be outside and get a whiff of pine. So these things stay in until spring, and then we get to dig them up. Trav added more seed in the bare spots, so hopefully they will be nice and big before winter.
For supper tonight (not that everyone probably cares what we have for supper every night, but anyways) we tried mashed kohlrabi and potatoes with venison and gravy. It was interesting.
Mom and Dad, I hope you finished haying tonight (and aren't out there unloading right now).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Trav made supper tonight!

Vegetables and steak (steak cooked separately)
When I got home from work, Trav already had cut up Anaheim and Pablano peppers, rutabaga, kohlrabi, zucchini, and onion. Mmmmmm... all from the garden.

Garden pic of the day...
A, still green, Heirloom Anna Russian Tomato from Seed Savers
Its just an interesting looking tomato. There is only one plant, so we have it in a container (actually its in a container because Trav ran out of room in the garden).

We've had to start watering everything like crazy, but once we started all of the plants seem to really appreciate it (which always makes it worth it).

I realize all I've been blogging is garden related, but that's really all we've been up to lately. Maybe we'll have something different after the next couple of weekends. One thing's for sure, we'll need to get out on the river when it supposed to be so nice out later this week.

Well, better go check the grill,

Monday, July 13, 2009

More Garden Pics...

A random sweet pea

First ripe tomatoes (cherry)

Swiss Chard and Lettuce

Trying to stay up to date, with the sprawling garden,

P.S. Mikey Lax and family, welcome to the blog!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


One of a billion turnips that made it into 16 batches of Cream of Turnip soup

Bouquet of cabbage

These pictures are at least a couple of weeks old. More updates to come...

Good night,

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy Summer!

I keep meaning to blog, but then we get busy. I've been on weed control duty lately, and its a big pain; but, we've finally got a handle on those impostors. I can tell that Trav's already scheming about the seedlings he's going to plant for fall crop. We just finished harvesting our last broccli and cauliflower yesterday, so we've got an empty space now. Plus, the peas are starting to dry up. Anyways, here's our first sunflower, growing right in the middle of the peas. Trav thought it would help support them, but really it just looks pretty. We have some sunflowers growing behind our garage to hide our compost pile too; though a row of sunflowers growing in the alley sticks out more than it really "hides" anything.
Hope everyone is enjoying the sunny season and had a good 4th of July.