2017 36st Recap
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~September 16, 2017
The dust factor has replaced the hazy smoke situation. The harvest is reaping the crops, and by this evening we are going to look dreadfully bare when we head toward town. One of the two nearby cornfields is being chopped –to go to a local dairy. Last evening as the wind whirled through the corn across the road is made a sweet melody. I suppose it is the song of harvest, for soon it will be gone too! For all the talk about a warm fall, we are thinking about needing a jacket. To the west in Unity, Patty lite a fire in their woodstove yesterday–she reported 39 degrees. (brrrrr)
The farmers are looking forward to the winter. Getting harvest, fall planting, and spring prep done means they can look forward to a little time off. Snowmobiling and skiing are a welcome diversion. On a small hobby farm such as ours, it is a bit different. We have critters and birds that require a watchful eye regardless of the season. There is much to be ready before the first snowflake flies. Predictions cite an increased chance of another La Niña for the Pacific NW.
A repeat of last winter doesn’t give us the warm fuzzies. More moisture and extreme cold is something we prefer to avoid. Many locals are still cleaning up from last winter’s wrath–some may not be finished before the first ravaging storm. We sincerely hope Mr. Winter is kinder to us this time around. Even more, we earnestly hope that winter holds off so that we enjoy a lovely temperate Autumn.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!
We are thrilled to have such a grand mix of updates this week. We have a young OwyheeStar’s beginning, adding a second girl to the family, grouse hunting, and Porche who is acting as a type of support for her Mama. Then there is the beloved Clyde–another sofa back sitter. Isn’t it fabulous? Thanks ever so much to each contributor!
Sunday— September 10 — Adding A Second She
Monday — September 11 —Thursday, September 14, 2017
Tuesday — September 12 — Berkley
Wednesday — September 13 — Grouse Opener
Thursday — September 14 — Porche
Friday — September 15 — Clyde
On a very personal note
Our recent schedule around the farm and the farmhouse has left us wanting. Outside the spiders are moving in and some have taken up residence inside too. I am in a battle with the dust. I am pretty confident that dust is winning. Christina helped push back a bit, and I made a promise to get after this soon.
Our neighbors gave us a bag of peppers and a few tomatoes. At first, I was thinking what am I going to do with them? Cliff doesn’t eat peppers. I don’t eat many myself. Then I decided to try to make some pepper sauce — kind of like you would find on buffalo wings or sticky chicken. I have done this before; however, it took a lot of sugar. This time I made it without the sugar. Then I cut up a chicken breast and just lightly coated it with plain flour and fried it in coconut oil. Once browned, I tossed in two or three heaping tablespoons of the pepper sauce. I let it simmer and coat the chicken and removed it to a serving dish and sprinkled it with a generous dose of sesame seeds. It was surprisingly good. Cliff tried a piece and nodded his head–he was eating gluten-free football pizza.
I used the rest of the peppers to make the sauce, but I don’t have enough stevia and erythritol to make another batch. I froze a half gallon of this super hot unsweetened pepper sauce. What was left found itself getting some crushed pineapple, green onions, and vinegar–to make a sweet-n-sour sauce. None of this took much effort. All I did was cut the peppers into pieces and cook them on top of the stove. Then I removed the large chunks of pepper and whirled them in the Vitamix (adding some crushed tomatoes). Finally, I put it all back on the stove to simmer and thicken. All I had to do was check it once in awhile and keep the exhaust fan going so the aroma didn’t burn our eyes.
OwyheeStar business has been the focus. I am still running behind here on application replies and general upkeep. Cliff has been mowing, irrigating, tending the Weims, and he hatched some more quail. Then too, there is the ongoing general cleanup. He cleaned out some of the remaining things left from his father in the carport storage. It is amazing how many times we have filled the dumpster. It is heading for another overfill this week.
I am still obsessed with the Cyclamen. Nevertheless, I left this until last. We are gaining blossoms, and soon we will have a baker’s dozen–maybe more. What an amazing plant my friend Eleanor brought to me during the 2012 hospital stay. Who could have imagined it would live let alone produce hundreds of blooms. Until I broke the top off, there was only the one two-week period when there was not at least one bloom. Most of the time there were multiple flowers or the angelic host of blossom as I called it.