Saturday, October 18, 2008

$470 Dollar Grapes

Can you believe I paid almost $500 for these grapes? No, actually they were free, but when I drove down the alley where they were growing I hit a huge rock or something and busted the oilpan in my VW Golf. I plan on making some jelly, but I gotta say I have some resentment against these grapes. But I will get over it and put love into the jelly. Otherwise what's the point?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This is just wierd

I know I live in North Idaho, but this is wierd.

This trailer is parked in some random spot along the backroads south of Sandpoint. Is this thing;

A) a mock election booth for confused voters then killing them and dumping the bodies in the lake.
B) serving free breakfast for McCaine/Palin voters on election day
C) stolen from the recent Idaho GOP convention here in Sandpoint and ditched by Obama supporters
D)Food booth for hunters, because lord knows all hunters are Republican
E) Actually one of McCaine's many vehicles.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Preservation....Still Going

We've done a fairly good job of preserving this year, but we still have plenty more to do. Our tomato harvest was a bit lower than I was hoping for, but I managed to get some sauce done and we've been enjoying a lot of salsa. To make my sauce I have an old Squeezo. It's amazing for getting the skins and sauce while maintaining the juices and pulp. It also works well for berries and grapes. In fact I'm hoping to get some grapes to make a few pints of jelly.
The Infamous "Squeezo"

Apples have also been a the project of the weekend. We didn't find any really good wild trees this year, so we bought a 40lb box of second organic MacIntosh and Ellstars for $25. We got quite a bit of sauce and several half-pints of apple butter made. I think we'll buy another box this weekend.
It was hard to keep KIA from the Apples

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Morning Reflection

With autumn in full swing and winter right around the corner, many people enter into a nesting mindset. I was struck with the feeling of moving-leaving the state. Then it struck me. This will be the first time since highschool (and I'm 31) that I will have lived in the same house for 2 winters in a row. Even the same town for that matter. It's kind of depressing really. I have a decent job and nice rental and I still want to move on. I guess I don't know the meaning of stability.