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A week on the ranch (September 29 - October 4, 2009)

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by , 10-06-2009 at 01:38 AM (3022 Views)
Autumn poked its head around the corner again, and it is once again blissfully cool at night and when I wake up in the morning!

This week was the first where I instituted a weekly and a daily "to do" list on my blog. I have to say, it is working out beautifully. It is *just* enough to keep me accountable and to get me to try to meet my daily goals. It is also a great way for me to prioritize and make sure I leave time for all the things I need to do!

I made a new bread this week: 100% Crunch. Definitely a keeper! It is a whole wheat bread, with molasses, honey, olive oil, and sunflower seeds - SO GOOD!! I may try it with other seeds as well, possibly flax, but I was very happy with the results overall.

I harvested persimmons this week!! It has been a battle between the birds, squirrels, and me when it comes to my fruit trees, so I was happy to get about a dozen ripe persimmons. The trees are very young still, so I hope this is just the beginning of some great yields!

This also seems to be the first year my pomegranate bush is going to carry its fruit to full term! It tends to form the beginning of the fruit, to the point where the blossom end just starts to swell, and then all the fruit falls off. Well, this year, I have FOUR big red pomegranates ripening on the branches! I am very excited!! I've had this tree for a couple of years, and I had just about given up on it!!

Squeak the baby zebra finch joined her parents and the rest of her flock this week. She still flies out of the cage to hang with me, when I open the door, but she seems content to rejoin them when I have to leave the room. Another baby successfully raised to adulthood!

Finally, this week marked the return of my two "foster" dogs, the two Chows that I am pet-sitting for a friend of mine while he is at his mother's house. She lives in the bay area and is dying from cancer, so he is trying to spend as much time as possible with her. I call my place "doggie day camp" for his pups.

Working hard on the ornament swap, and I have to admit that I'm pretty happy with my finished product. I just hope everyone else likes them (and would settle for everyone else just being able to figure out what they are)!

Well, I am writing this blog a day late, due to some issues that FV had with me yesterday, so I'll keep it short and keep some in reserve for the upcoming week's blog!!

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  1. Judi Dial's Avatar
    MH --

    Your posting about the persimmons reminded me. I have a recipe for persimmon cookies that I only make when they're salvage persimmons here. If you want the recipe, I'll PM it to you. I don't make it often, and haven't posted it here as persimmons around here are usually a luxury item, rather than anything a frugalista would use. But let me know!

    Sounds like, as usual, you are one busy busy lady!

    Best --

    Judi
  2. madhen's Avatar
    I LOVE persimmon cookies!! I don't have the kind of persimmons you need for baking, just the fresh-eating kind, but the Hachiya tree is on my list for this winter!!