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Late Spring loose ends.  It's still Spring, you know.  The Solstice is next Sunday and we have been planning a big bonfire for some time.  I suppose this is the week to prepare the fire ring.  It's supposed to be pretty hot this week--high eighties--and I am hoping to hole up in the house or on the front porch.  I'm just not a fan of the heat, though I do enjoy all the fresh foods that Summer brings.

Ice Cream Ball

The clear-outs continue for our friends and family.  Last week saw us add a big washtub, a snow shovel (mine is rusting out), beeswax candles, more books, and this ice cream ball.  Now we have three ice cream makers.  This one is pretty quick, though it only makes enough ice cream for one sitting.  We made kefir ice cream, which is frugal and tasty.   No worries about taking on too much clutter, though.  The box of books is still sitting on the front porch with a few more having joined it.

Tea Time

In spite of the bright outside world and long days, we've been having more candle-lit meals.  In part, it is for privacy as our dining room oversees the neighbor's busy yard, which is tremendously distracting for Roan.  Willow says it is like Green Valley to have a candle.  With Mike home for the weekend, we certainly did luxuriate over our meals.

Mike Mows

We made a trip to the cabin yesterday.  Does anyone remember it?  We hadn't been in years.  My parents are such busy people that they always had something else to do whenever I asked about going.  So, we went ourselves.  The place was, well, in rough shape.  The yard had small trees growing in it, so Mike and I took turns mowing it.  About like mowing the forest--soft and lumpy and full of old leaves, with all manner of things growing in it.

Swallowtail Azalea

Always faithful, the azaleas did not disappoint.  We got done with our work just a rain shower blew in.  It was good timing, I suppose, though the whole visit was fraught with oddities--multiple road closures, an old stone house we had loved was burned, there was a bear cub, a general off feeling about the whole thing.  I really hope we can nudge my parents to go back and tidy up (oh, the mice!) and make it a family place once more.


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Jun. 16th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
It gets heavy with the ice in it, but it's probably the easiest way to make ice cream. Want it? ;-)
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Jun. 18th, 2015 10:31 am (UTC)
Yes, I need to make a stop at the thrift store today. :-)

Their cabin is way out in a wildlife area, a small island of private properties. They bought it the year we bought our house and we went there with some regularity until Willow was born. It is a magical spot, so Mike has volunteered to do some cleaning and mowing and get our little family up there more often.
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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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