- This time of year we’re mostly eating vegetables and fruit from last Fall. I read a quote from a transcription where Srila Prabhupada discussed when he first encountered frozen vegetables. He said he was intrigued until he tasted them and pronounced them “tasteless.” He went on to recommend drying vegetables in the sun so that they’d preserve their flavor. We can’t dry vegetables in the sun because it is usually cloudy at harvest time, but they dry nicely in our dehydrator after being blanched. We dry zucchini, strawberries, kale, chard, celery, string beans, tomatoes, carrots, beets, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, apples, pears and more. Dried vegetables are great in dahl, casseroles and soups.
- Twasheek our geriatric horse has been fighting an abcess in his foot caused by stepping on a nail. His recovery has been a rollercoaster. The farrier stopped by the other day after I told him that Twasheek would not bear any weight on the affected foot and Twasheek proved me wrong by barging past us to escape to a greening up pasture. He was actually trotting on his bad foot. Today he is very sore again and we’re continuining antibiotics and pain meds. The old guy is a fighter.
- You can see pus oozing out of the heel. We’ll be soaking the foot in Epsom salt today.
- Nap time.
- When I went for our daily japa walk there were two eagles right above us on the path making a racket. It was an adult and a juvenile. Although they are our national symbol, the eagle is actually a bird of low moral character, according to Benjamin Franklin.
- We’ve started our rootstock for grafting tomatoes as an experiment. The incubator is running, but needs some adjustments to keep the heat even at all levels. It has a fan to bring hot air from the top and thermostat, but the air needs to circulate more fully. We’ll try a second fan.
- This is a harmless garter, the first I’ve seen this year. It coiled up and acted aggressive, however so I didn’t get too close.
- When the Cowlitz river was dammed in Mossyrock in 1963 there were still some large old growth fir trees in the area. One of my neighbors has a picture of a log on a truck that was wider that the semi-truck hauling it.
- Their Lordships Sri Sri Balajii and Giriraja,
- This is the time of year to harvest willow bark because the rising sap makes the medicine more potent. We make a tea if we have muscle aches or a head ache. Modern asprin is synthesized to resemble the active ingredient in willow bark. I didn’t get around to harvesting any last year, but the 2 year old bark is still potent.
- Rakshana is enjoying running through a grassy meadow on our japa walk.
- I was working in the garden when I heard the chickens raising a commotion. I ran over in time to see a raven carrying off a chick. The hen and four roosters went running after the raven, but it landed in the middle of Dee’s pasture and began dismantling the poor chick. The adult chickens followed the raven, but didn’t confront it. Two days later I heard a similar commotion and there was another chick missing. We’re now down to 5 chicks.