Wednesday, September 21, 2016

a dove at the front door and in my heart, too

It seems appropriate to do a celebratory shout out to my beloved alma mater out in Indiana. Last night, a group of Earlham students made a big splash in NYC...check out what happened here.

As the elections draw nearer, the madness seems to grow, and so I will feed the light of peace whenever I am able. 

Peace, friends.
It's all about peace and love and hope and light and justice right now.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

why we sow

  • carrots on the right have gone into the fridge, carrots on the left are stored in buckets of sand in the root cellar.
  • edamame plants from our csa at anchor light farm.
  • steamed and shelled edamame.
  • a bumper crop of onions.
  • garlic. some to eat, some to store, some to plant for next year's crop.
  • fingerling potatoes! our first effort with spuds.
  • the jack-o'-lantern pumpkin patch.
  • last year's apple crop was outstanding in vermont, this year, we are happy to have a few.
  • the last of the lacinato kale. some folks call it dinosaur kale. :-)
Oh, these days are full. I've been back and forth to my Mumsie's in Massachusetts a bit and it looks like the new normal. It's hard. But this is how life unfolds and it's how the generations intertwine. 

In between visits, life here condenses to accommodate the time available. 

We are creeping into my favorite season and I pinch myself every day as I awaken in this beloved spot. Cooking with the food that has grown out of the dirt right outside our door, as the late day sunshine streams into our splendid new kitchen...this...this is our very own bit of earth.

Meditating. Eating well. Stitching. Mending. Sleeping. Breathing deeply. Harvesting. Acting locally.

All of it under the sanctuary 
of the bright blue sky and pitch black night.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

triptych 36

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

roasted cherry tomatoes

Batman starts some of our garden bounty from seeds, early in the season, tucked along various sunny windowsills around the house. But we usually buy tomato starts at the farmer's market...this year down in Norwich. (I think we went to King Arthur Flour for breakfast on the way). Priced to sell, Batman bought a bunch of starts and now, a whole summer later, we have cherry tomatoes galore! 

We can't keep up with the volume of sweet little orbs that practically drop into our hands as we pick them. So, I have been roasting them in the oven and freezing them. Last winter, we often used the frozen tomatoes as a topping on homemade, wood fired pizza, baked in our Home Comfort.

It's super easy to roast tomatoes in the oven, be they fresh from your own garden or your local farmer's market, or neighborhood store.
  • preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • rinse and drain your garden fresh tomatoes.
  • spread them out on a parchment paper covered rimmed baking pan.
  • drizzle a bit of olive oil over the tomatoes and move them around to lightly coat them.
  • add some freshly cut herbs, yesterday I used oregano and rosemary.
  • sprinkle with sea salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. 
  • roast them in the oven for about 10 minutes, then give them a bit of a gentle stir.
  • after stirring them, give them another 10-15 minutes, until they have all burst open and shriveled a bit.
  • remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.
  • I usually remove the twiggy bits leftover from the herbs and drop them in the compost.
  • put appropriate portions in small freezer bags, clearly marked with the date and content.
  • store in your freezer until you have forgotten what garden fresh tomatoes taste like. 
  • open your freezer, grab a bag to defrost and start your pizza dough!
This sew and sow life really comes on strong at this time of year. Harvesting and stitching and living the dream.

What's happening in your kitchens at this time of year, friends?

Monday, August 29, 2016

triptych 35

After being away again for a bit, I spent some time wandering around our place today, soaking in the last little bit of August and I took lots of colorful pictures.  These three, tho, with their muted colors and gentle mood caught my attention. 

-Sweet Wilma
-dried poppy seed heads from the gardens and a bit of birchbark, stashed for an upcoming winter project
-Honeybee's paws

I'm going to try to be around here at sewandsowlife more often, with show and tell.
Autumn is my favorite. xo

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

honeybee and wilma and getting along

My Mumsie's kitty Honeybee has moved to Vermont to live with us. She is on the left, above. Her life has been turned upside down and she misses my Mumsie (who is working on some of her own changes), her home and the peace and quiet she used to enjoy.

Our growing kitten, Wilma, is on the right. She is SO EXCITED to have a new friend and she just won't give Honeybee much of a rest. 

They are working things out, very slowly. Honeybee does much growling and hissing with ears laid back and she gives warning swats. Wilma just dances around her on tip toes, chirping kitten chirps and follows Honeybee everywhere.

Make no mistake, there are "time outs" during the day and they are shut apart at night. We don't want to push our luck...

But twice now I have caught them napping in the same room.

I watch them and wonder why new relationships are sometimes so difficult to navigate. "The Other" looms large for so many of us. 


Over and over again the magic word is patience.

Maybe trust, too.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

these days

These days are filled with changes. I've been away for a bit, but am back at home for now. Recharging my batteries for whatever comes next.  Soaking in the restorative air here on the ridge. Watching the fog drift around the birches. Breathing in and out. 

Gathering supplies to dye with plants.

Reorganizing my ebb project, to extend the size of the piece. An "in process" photo has been submitted for consideration for inclusion in a special exhibit by the VTMQG at the Champlain Valley Quilt Guild show in October. (eek!)

Reading The Housekeeper and the Professor for book club this Friday. We share a themed meal along with discussion. I plan to make these to take along.

How about you, dear readers...what are you reading, knitting, sewing, growing, thinking about these days?