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Little pink houses for you and me

Well not so little maybe and only pink because of the sunset. But that's home for me.

Interesting weekend. Tiring too. Last Thursday night to Friday I collected 2 gallons of lightning water. Enough to cleanse all the stones I've been buying/colecting over the summer. Saturday we drove up to Burlington, WI and got my new/used car. Still haven't settled on a name but on the way back, she was getting about 35 mpg near a I could tell. I think the previous owner used her mostly as a city driving car so it might take her a tank or two of gas to really live up to her potential gas mileage. At least I've noticed that on long trips with other cars. She went down to the farm 89 miles on less than 1/8 of a tank so that's good. We had been planning on taking my truck back to the farm Sunday but Deb developed a cold so I left her in the city Sunday and headed to the farm myself. First order of business was to head over to my aunt Peggy's house and fix some things on her barn that Dad didn't get to before he left. She rewarded me with a plate of carrot cake with creme cheese frosting and also a plate of apple cake...like I needed either one of them. It started pouring on the way over. It was about 40 degrees out. A little colder and we'd have had snow....damnit. DON'T WANT SNOW.

Snow is only good under 1 of three circumstances:

1) You are a little kid and it gets you out of school and you can play in it all day.
2) You are a big kid and it gets you out of work (it has to snow at least a foot here to get us out of work)
3) You want to go skiing

Under most other circumstances, snow sucks. And yes, I know we are still in a drought and we need all the moisture we can get but geez, can't I have just a little more moderate weather before it snows?

Oh, I almost hit a red-tailed hawk on the drive over. It had just killed a rabbit and was taking off with the edible parts and I don't think it saw me until too late. It pulled up just seconds after I'd slammed on the brakes and was starting to slide sideways. In fact I think it was probably the sound of my tires skidding that alerted it to it's possible plight. Luckily, truck, driver and bird were unharmed. Plus he kept hold of his dinner. Nifty trick that.

Got back to the farm after dark and started in on the last of the summer tomatoes. I'm actually tired of canning tomatoes so I juiced them all. Mixed all the yellows, pinks, harlequins and reds together and got a gallon of juice. I'll mix it with some other veggies this week and get some V-8 juice. Then I rendered a few pumkins. Nope not for pie. I hate pumpkin pie. But fresh pumpkin makes the best pumpkin bread. Lighter in color than the canned stuff and much more moist. Rendered some sweet potatoes as well for the same purpose though I don't mind sweet potato pie so it's not the texture thing.

I've got about a bushel of very hot peppers left to do something with. Used about a peck last night and made a slightly greenish yellow hot sauce. I'm going to have to cut this stuff with some more vinegar methinks because it's almost too hot, more heat than flavor. It would be good to add to something else but not so good as a topping by itself. Problem when you pick them green is they don't have the chance to mature and build the good pepper flavor. They still have all the heat though. Mercy! I had very clear sinuses last night.

While doing a load of clothes, Dad called to ask me to record West Wing since he had missed it and with the dish, I get both an east and west coast feed and so could record it later. He also told me the bad news about the NC fireworks show in the Spring. Mainly, there likely won't be one. Had I not been talking to my Dad, my expletive would have been stronger than "SHIT". So I'll say it now, Fuck Fuck Fuckity Fuck!

I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. Boy Scouting does not escape from political maneuvering. For 6 years we have done the Campfire show at the Council Spring Camporee for East Carolina Council. for six years, volunteers on my Dad's end of the council have filled most of the volunteer slots for the Camporee. They knew they had a good thing going so they kept asking us back and the show kept getting bigger and bigger. Not costing more per se, I just found ways to preview more effects and weeded out the things that didn't work so what we were spending the money on was essentially more bang for the buck. Plus, Jim, the plant owner donated X amount of stuff as well because it was for the Boy Scouts. But over the summer, the District Executive, who had done lots of the leg work previously was transferred to Central Carolina Council in Salisbury and last year the Scout Executive rertired and a new one came in and suddenly the volunteer power seems to have shifted up to the Northern end of the council up by Roanoke Rapids and such.

So now, the northerners, hereafter referred to as the Yankees, don't want to do things the way the southerners did it. Where have we heard that before? They want to do it their own way. And of course their own way now seems to not include fireworks at the Camporee even though for six years the response has been overwhelmingly positive from both the Scouts and the Scouters. hell we even had people getting up and dancing when the soundtrack included AC/DC last year. and that could be part of it I suppose. The Yankee elite don't want to party the same way as those rednecks down in Havelock and Kinston and Heaven Forbid, Chocowinity. Nope, it will be back to good ole boring skits around the campfire this year I'd wager to guess. Those in favor will call it "Traditional" Given a choice of a 30 minute fireworks show in a state where fireworks are basically illegal or sitting around watching shy kids try to act out skits around a bonfire, which would you choose? A lot of the kids tell us that their little towns don't even have 4th of July fireworks shows so this is a big treat for them. Something they look forward to and many of the adults have reported that kids have actually joined their troops because one of the highlights of the year is going to Scout camp and seeing the fireworks.

What they will eventually get around to giving as a reason will be the money. The Council hasn't raised all their revenue as of yet this year and in the face of Natural disasters and escalating fuel charges, giving is down. I know we've all felt the pinch. So in order that it not be an issue, I've offered to submit a budget for a scaled down show. I've even offered to be just a part of the campfire program instead of the whole thing. And lest the naysayers bring up the question of profit, I say right now that in 6 years I've never made a profit on a fireworks show. In fact I've never made a profit on any fireworks show in the 10 years I've been doing fireworks. it's a labor of love dude. Sometimes I get a check back that covers gas but most often I actually go in the hole, especially on the NC show. We do a show at the farm the week prior to the 4th. We go about 20 minutes and we do it for $500 in actual cash expended. Of course with our shooters discount that amounts to about $1200 worth of fireworks. And I'm willing to do the same thing for the Scouts.

If the politics of "I don't want to do it you way" is the only factor, I think they are going to have a lot of really dissapointed kids and adults on their hands. So I asked Dad to talk to the powers that be and let them know I'm willing to work with them on something less expensive and extensive. We'll see. Right now I'd say we have about a 70/30 chance of still doing some kind of show this Spring.

Dinner last night was Fried Green Tomatoes. My traditional "end of the gardening year" treat to myself. Leave it to Southerners to come up with a way of making vegetables fattening.




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Oct. 24th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
so... what message was Hawk trying to alert you to?
Oct. 24th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
I think it's tied up with lessons of past lives and seeing the big picture and taking opportunities when presented. I've also been getting lots of Opossum messages in the last few days. Somethings going to happen that will take a little stealth to get through.

Plus I met with my sister Starhawk a week ago and we talked quite a bit about past lives. Also in a journey I did for someone else Hawk came up.

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Oct. 24th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me and the ten ghosts who live there like it a lot.

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Oct. 24th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
I never understood the fried green tomatoes thing.. maybe cuse I am a Cali girl.... you can dry those pepers out and crush them and put them in a jar for seasoning.. YUM!
Oct. 24th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
If you only knew. We have hundreds of pounds of crushed pepper powder. Plus I make 2 varieties of pepper sauce and a sweet hot salsa that I ship all over the place.

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Oct. 24th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
"So now, the northerners, hereafter referred to as the Yankees"

I like fireworks... I wouldn't say no. Not all Yankee's are bad.
Oct. 24th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
I agree. I was just referring to the ones in NC which technically would be Northern Southerners I guess.


Oct. 25th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
God. Damnit.

There's always my backyard for a small show. The only drawback is the trees.
Oct. 25th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Hey, trees wil grow back...eventually. I know you get a good thing going and they have to fuck with it. It's because I did a Tarheel with lancework last year I'll bet. Pissed off the State fans.

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Oct. 25th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Lovely home! I enjoyed the title too! I love that song. Reminds me of my dad.
Oct. 25th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, that was Grandmas house before mine. We always used to come and visit so even now it still feels like I'm visiting sometimes.

Oct. 25th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin yummies

Ages ago when I was the cook at the feminist ranch, we had a bunch of guests show up when the cupboard was bare. It's a long way from the ranch to the grocery store. These were guests that needed impressing instead just feeding.

I invented something we served frequently after that I called "Harvest Bowls" I baked one big pumpkin (large circumfrence but short stature) and a whole bunch of those little tiny pumkins normally used for decoration. Also 3 - 4 acorn squash. Damn. Now I can't remember what the rest of the things were -- you know, the sort of things that are all over the garden this time of year.

I made a dry (no egg) stuffing out of good quality multi grain bread and and used that as the basic stuffing. Then I mixed different things in for different pumpkins -- pecans and dried fruit in some, black walnuts and celry in others, roasted pumpkin seeds and pieces of peaches in another -- different spices in each one. I had particualar fun with the curry It was great fun, and really pretty when served on a big platter with baked apples and pears.

I can't remember what we used to use for the "meat" dish. I would be prone to do this with quiche for myself/

Oct. 25th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Pumpkin yummies
Mmmmmmmm thanks for the hints. I'm visualizing something for an office party we have coming up with some VIPs.

Oct. 25th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Apprentice in the art of full cycle
I'm undergoing an apprenticeship in the art of full cycle. For me that means recognizing when the "black lines" of thanatos have accumulated to the point that it's time to let the thing die back so that it will bloom even better next time around.

I'm really really really really really bad at this right now.

In my defense, I can tell that part of this is a integrated issue that has to do with my "role" Historically and unconsciously, I either draw those black lines my direction and ground them or kick up and kick in my energy output to a higher level to balance them. Then when things blow, they blow BIG.

Since I'm NOT doing that while I'm under this apprenticeship, the world around me is almost as confused as I am.

I'm starting to see that if I shift my perception of grace, it's possible to shelter the "seeds" of something special like your Scout fireworks through the dark season while folks that have all that agenda stuff work it out and wear themselves out.

At this point, I'm getting pretty adept at recognizing and facilitating the "season" and "seed" patterns in the lives of my clients . . .and just getting worse at sorting it out in my own.

But that's the onset of winter as well.
Oct. 25th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Apprentice in the art of full cycle
I've been thinking about that. Perhaps if I let this be my only release of animosity and focus on conciously allowing the various factors to work this out, that I can manifest the results that I want. I'll work on it.


Oct. 25th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
you could also make pumpkin soup. i want to make some so bad but i don't have a food processor and i'm not sure it would be the same if i just mashed the squash. and homemade V-8...stop making me drool!!
Oct. 25th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, we only live 2.5 hours from each other. Homemade V-8 is only 2.5 hours away. Hmm maybe I'll make pumpkin soup tonight.

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