Whew, busy days are keeping me either indoors or out of town, and not so much in the garden. For Harvest Monday last week, I had only three eggs to report, with no fruit or veggies. Not that there wasn’t anything to harvest. I just wasn’t home to cook. I did a little better this week, but not much.
Harvest for week ending Nov. 21, 2010
1 Granny Smith apple, the last one, 7 oz
1 lb 10 oz. tomatoes
4 oz. yellow onion
TOTAL 2 lbs 2 oz. produce plus 3 eggs
Can you believe that I’m STILL getting tomatoes? Me either. A half dozen tomatoes remain on the vines and one silly plant is still blooming up a storm. I seriously doubt that any of the blossoms will set fruit, but I can’t bear to rip them out while they’re still trying.
The last Granny Smith apple had taken on a pink blush. It was so pretty that I should have photographed it. But I didn’t. I grated it and put it into apple pancakes.
Our chickens are molting and not laying right now except for Chicken Little, so we’re hoarding eggs. I make pancakes instead of eggs for breakfast these days because pancakes take only one egg. We’ll see if we can make it without buying eggs until they start laying again. With only 2-3 eggs a week from Chicken Little and holiday baking season upon us, I may actually have to (GASP) buy eggs.
Our exciting news isn’t from the garden, though. It’s indoor news. Our new family room furniture arrived yesterday. We’ve been busy the past week clearing the family room of the old stuff and cleaning the carpet. I had hoped that a Corps Member at the Orange County Conservation Corps would want our old furniture, but alas, there are no kids setting up a new household right now. St. Vincent De Paul hasn’t returned our phone call, so I’m going to try Salvation Army next. Meanwhile, we have extra furniture tucked into every room just to get the new stuff to fit into its space.
Our furniture is from Woodworks, an Amish business based in Indiana. It is quarter-sawn American oak stained a medium cherry, with green leather cushions, all handmade. Even the door handles are hand-forged in the US. Nothing from China.
We got a sofa, glider chair and glider footstool, coffee table, entertainment cabinet, and an additional cabinet to hold my extra cookware. One of the disadvantages of having a hobby of cooking is all those extra pots, pans, appliances and gadgets. They have to go somewhere, hence the new cabinet next to the kitchen counter.
We put our old loveseat into my new artist’s studio in the garage office, which I use regularly. I paint with watercolors a couple of times a week and just love having a nice space in the garage for that hobby.
The old sofa is staying at least temporarily to provide us with enough seating in the family room. One of these days, we may get a loveseat to match the rest of the furniture, assuming that one of the bushes in the garden turns out to be a money plant. Hahaha. Yeah, right.
I want a big flatscreen TV, but for now our old TV will have to do. I haven’t found that money bush yet, but I’m looking.
Our old entertainment center and coffee table are awaiting pickup from some charitable organization. Vic and I actually hated to see the coffee table go. We bought it at a garage sale 30 years ago for $15. It’s homemade with pine 4x4s for legs, very sturdy, stained dark, very 70s. You can’t say that we didn’t get our money’s worth with that piece. Most of our furniture is antique and/or from garage sales, so new furniture is a really, really big deal in our lives.
The other thing that has had me busy is a trip to the Mojave National Preserve with Vic’s birding class, but that’s a tale for another post.