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Poems: Haiku 3

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November 17, 2017

Haiku 3

November 17, 2017

Brisker river wind
Sweeps cobwebs from mind and heart
Long nights rest the soul

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November 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

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November 9, 2017

Mercola Post:  Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

This Dr. Mercola post about diet sodas came though on my email feed the other day.

Here’s a synopsis taken from the blog post:

Story at-a-glance

  • By lowering appetite suppressant chemicals and encouraging sugar cravings, artificial sweeteners raise your odds of weight gain. They also promote insulin resistance and related health problems, just like sugar
  • Two years ago, a consumer group asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other companies for false advertising
  • Class-action lawsuits have now been filed against Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc., charging them with false advertising for the deceptive use of the word “diet”
  • By using the word “diet” in their brands and advertising, a reasonable consumer would think the drinks are a diet or weight loss aid — a notion refuted by scientific evidence
  • Each of the three lawsuits cover a class of consumers living in New York, who between October 16, 2011, and present day purchased Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Dr Pepper brand diet beverages.  

Here’s the link.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/31/soda-makers-false-advertising.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20171031Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM164232&et_rid=103497905

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November 9, 2017 at 11:10 am

Turkey Tracks: The INDOOR Belfast Farmers’ Market

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October 31, 2017

The INDOOR Belfast Farmers’ Market

Oh my goodness!

I was totally blown away by how many vendors are at this market.

Run folks!  Don’t walk to visit.

And it’s going to go all year around.

As I entered from the back side:

Rows and rows of vendors:

And a nice area where one could eat the delicious foods they had just purchased.

At some point, when I recovered from being totally overwhelmed, I pulled out my camera:

These earrings are WOVEN:

There were booths carrying every food imaginable:  meats, cheeses, vegetables, pastas, baked goods, canned foods, ready-to-eat foods.  There were all sorts of fiber crafts.  And wonderfully smelly things involving herbs and plants and spices and…you name it.

One of my favorite booths was manned by Jet Vaillancourt of ECO TOTES.  Yes is from a farm in Swanville, Maine, and she is a woman after my own heart because SHE IS RECYCLING.

Here’s what I first saw:

She was making a bowl out of plastic bags.

Then I looked closer:

Totes, like I’ve been making:

But she’s gone much farther:

Wallets:

Open wallet:

Little zippered bags:

We had a nice conversation about ZipIT, an easy store that sells gorgeous zippers, zipper heads, zipper fobs at reasonable prices.

On our way out, the man who put this all together had a nice conversation and a nice “good-bye” for us:

Yes, many of the vendors were dressed in Halloween gear.

What a fun visit.

 

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October 31, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2017 October Retreat, Part 4

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Turkey Tracks:  October 24, 2017

The Coastal Quilters’ 2017 October Retreat, Part 4

Coming Home

This girl was waiting for me when I got home–reminding me that it’s nice to go away but even nicer to come home.

Betsy Maislen’s flowers were still beautiful.  Betsy stayed with me between voyages on the J&E Riggin, a windjammer out of Rockland, Maine.  Betsy volunteered for six weeks in September and October this fall.  She LOVES to cook with Annie Mahle and to be on the Riggin.  She also loves to get her clothes washed, to sleep in a real bed, and to be recharged and ready to go out again.

And she made and sent me one of the cards I was kitting up for our retreat group to make–as a little gift for those who came.  Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) designed this card project.  You can find directions in her WONDERFUL book NO SCRAP LEFT BEHIND.  I did a recent blog entry on these cards.  Didn’t Betsy do a great job?  Don’t miss the little owl on the right.  I loved getting this card from Betsy.

Betsy was at our May 2017 retreat and is planning to be at the May 2018 retreat.  She retired this past June and is discovering that she loves to quilt.  Rhea Butler introduced her to the Lucy Boston paper piecing blocks on the Riggin this summer–during the Slow Sewing cruise–and Betsy fell in love with them.  She’s just finished her second one now.  Pretty, huh?

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NOW, here’s a challenge for those of you who choose to accept it.  Some of us are challenging the Coastal Quilters to make Jen Kingwell’s pattern “Long Time Gone,” starting in January.  This quilt is an improv form and uses a lot of different blocks, so it is a terrific learning project.  Besides it’s just fun.  Betsy is going to do it with us from Vermont!

I’ll post pics of your finished quilts here on the blog.

Let’s have some fun!

Here’s a version.  To see others, google “images” for the pattern.

 

Turkey Tracks: Old Raspberry Canes Project

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Turkey Tracks:  August 16, 2017

Old Raspberry Canes Project

This treat is now a thing of the past.  Frozen berries are never as sweet as the ones just off the canes.

I have been hard at work in the garden over the past few weeks.  Here I’m cleaning out the old raspberry canes–the ones that fruited.  Seven wheelbarrows full.  The area in front of the wheelbarrow has two raspberry problems:  two much shade and purple raspberries turning all the raspberries purple.  I pulled them out.

Now I need some plants to line this border.  Small shrubs?  Colorful perennials?  The two blue hydrangeas are not doing a thing this year.  That happens.  It has been a very cool, dry summer.

The full moon arrived last week.  It was so bright that when I turned out my reading light, I got out of bed and went downstairs to see what outside light I had left on by mistake in the yard.  I could have read a book with no trouble outside.

I seem to have a purple loosestrife infestation in the rocks next to the driveway.  It is terribly invasive and has clearly been there more than one year, hiding behind the trees and shrubs that come up in those shale rocks.  I got out what I could, but climbing up on that shale is not in the cards for me.  Oh my.  Not sure what to do about this problem.  The plants are wound around the rocks and are now full of seeds.  I was not looking for it up there anyway, as the area is so dry, and this plant likes wetlands.  I always look for it in the tiny meadow in front of my house as it can be wet.  My neighbors are going to kill me.

I have trimmed out what small trees and shrubs I could reach–the grandsons helped one day as well–but will have to call for help on the upper reaches.  If these trees are not cut back when young, they will grow and fall over the driveway in winter storms and be much harder to cut when larger.  Karma yoga with this project.

I have so enjoyed this summer.  Lovely family visits.  Cool weather.  Glorious strawberries and raspberries.  Beautiful flowers in the garden.  And Blue Hubbard squash vines that have gone quite beserk!  It’s the Little Shop of Horrors plant of my garden.  And it’s loaded with squash.  I hope they have time to mature.  Perhaps, as September is now the new August.  Blue Hubbards are HUGE.  And a lovely dusty blue.  They are great keepers and delicious!

We’ve had a lot of fog just along the coast this summer.  I went into town yesterday, and it was socked in.  Here’s what a pea soup fog looks like–from Laite Beach in Camden, Maine.  That harbor is full of boats, but they have…disappeared.

I actually love these fogs.

No rain.  Maybe Friday.

 

 

 

 

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August 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm

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Turkey Tracks: Second Family Visit July 2017

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Turkey Tracks:  August 12, 2017

Second Family Visit July 2017

Hello there!

I have not disappeared totally.  I have just been enjoying the richness of a July filled with family visits.

Both sons came in July, bringing their wonderful families with them.

I posted after the younger son’s terrific visit–with some pictures for family and friends who read this blog.

The older son’s family left last weekend–also after a terrific visit.

All sewing pretty much halted, except for some hand sewing on the millifiore here and there.

So, July life was busy and full of shared experiences.

The children in my older son’s family are older now–so are “up” for exploring.  Some or all of them went on an eco tour on the Lively Lady to learn about lobsters and other Bay life, to Squirrel Island, to Hupper Island, and to Bar Harbor.  They, too, fell in love with the Ducktrap river, where it runs into the bay.  They hunted in the low-tide shallows for green crabs (at one point taking all my kitchen tongs to help in the capture), enjoyed the flora and fauna of this spot which is so different from southern beaches, and swam the river on the incoming tide by using the forceful inner flow to carry them from one side to the other.  (Maine has big tides.)  They can all swim to the float at Barret’s Cove on Megunticook Lake–a rite of passage.  And, one day, they were terrific help with gardening tasks, from mowing, to weed whacking, to pulling and storing this year’s garlic, to trimming trees and shrubs, to weeding crab grass, to dead-heading, etc.  They were amazing.

Somehow I have only these pictures, taken by their parents at Bar Harbor atop Cadillac Mountain.  I was having too much fun to carry around my phone for its camera.

Good visit!

 

 

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August 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

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Turkey Tracks: Hope’s Edge CSA Goodies

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Turkey Tracks:  July 15, 2017

Hope’s Edge CSA Goodies

Tuesday is CSA day–or a visit to my Community Shared Agriculture Farm “Hope’s Edge.”  (Hope is the name of the nearest town, and this farm is on the edge of it.)

I stopped on my way out leaving to take this picture of a row of cabbage as the colors were so beautiful.  This cabbage must be in the red family, but I’ve never seen this lavender and aqua form before now.

Bryan and Corinne were fascinated with my garlic scapes.  I made pesto with mine, and Corinne steadily inhaled it over the next few days.  Sadly, I could not taste it as it has aged cheese in it–Parmesan–which would trigger my Histamine Intolerance, which went off the charts this winter.  More on that later.  Maybe.  I am doing much better after eating a low histamine diet since November and have lost 35 pounds.

Here are some Hope’s Edge scapes.  And look at the color of that lettuce.  I can’t wait to eat it.

My own lettuce in my cold frame is thriving, but beginning to bolt.  I has fed so many of us for weeks and weeks now.

I reseeded, and some of those seeds have sprouted.  It is VERY dry.  The “D” word is on people’s lips, as in Drought.

I picked some of the last strawberries at Hope’s Edge this morning.  They are tiny, due to having no rain and being among the last to ripen.

Meanwhile, another BIG HAUL of raspberries here this afternoon.

I will likely get another quart from the bushes with ripe berries.  Meanwhile, look what’s coming along:

The garlic looks good.  The veggie plantings are light this year in terms of crops as I’m not sure if I can eat beans or not.  I have tomatoes for the visitors and squashes (yes, I can eat) planted.  And that’s my Georgia grandmother’s mint on the right front.  I almost lost this mint a few years back.  I’ve had it for about 50 years and in three houses.  One of my childhood memories is being sent out to her garden to get mint for the sweet ice tea served at “dinner,” in the middle of the day.

I’m enjoying this summer.

 

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July 15, 2017 at 10:14 am

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