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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


What a beautiful day today to get things done and work in the garden.

After my morning chores at the farm I got ready to run my errands. My first stop was at the Co-op to pick up some large boxes to finish packing my ceramics bisque. For some reason there are no boxes on Monday but if you go early enough on Tuesday morning, there a good choice of assorted sizes.

 I got a really nice parking spot close to the store. I picked up my boxes and went to the garden center to pick up some vegetable and herb seedlings and to pick some fly stickers by the case for the farm.  I noticed that the price was $.19  for a pack of 4 stickers. I knew that they were left over from last year so I asked if they had any more. I picked up all 5 and a half cases for 2.28 each. I know that they are old and will not be as easy to unwind but for that price I was willing to take my chance. I use a lot of fly stickers at the farm and I change them every day especially  in August  when the flies are plentiful.  By then usually it's difficult to find fly stickers.

Then I went to the Newspaper building up town to pick up more roll ends of papers to finish packing my bisque. She only had a few rolls left so I picked up three. I went down town to make a bank deposit for the farm and I got a prime parking spot as I turned the corner and with my luck I didn't need to put a cent in the meter as there was still 23 minutes left on the meter. I thought that everything had been just in my favor all morning and I was very grateful. Then I went to the feed store to pick up some pumpkin seeds for my husband.

When I got home my house keys were missing from my purse. They must have fallen out of my purse as I took my car keys out. So now I have no house keys. Minor details. I'll have to back tract to see if someone found them. I'll probably end up getting some more cut.

I got busy planting my garden today. It was hot so I had to take some breaks from the sun once in a while. So now I have sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, shallots, leeks, celery, basil, parsley, yellow beans, green beans, cucumbers and swish chard and I still need to plant zucchini, cabbage, broccoli.

I've been so busy lately that I've neglected to get my sourdough starter  going. So this evening when I came in from the garden as the mosquitoes were really bad, I sat down at the computer to check the blogs and saw that Doris from Moments in Time  had made some yummy sourdough waffles I decided that since the weather has warmed up, I'm going to give it another try. Doris uses the very same starter that she made ages ago and she keeps some frozen just in case she needs to replace her starter that she keeps in the fridge. Doris uses sourdough starter a lot. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this time. Wish me luck.

It only took me a couple of minutes to get it ready. Here is the recipe.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp dry yeast
2 cups lukewarm water

Mix dry ingredients throughly and add the lukewarm water. Cover and set in a warm place  85 degree F. or 30 degree C. to sour. Stir several times a day. In 2 to 3 days the sourdough starter should be ready.  If you use a plastic wrap, poke a hole to let the gas escape. I have used a heavy crock pot  this time.
There's a lot of information on the web on how to care for your sourdough starter.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.   JB


  1. I am going to use your recipe. I couldn't find mine and I love sour dough pancakes. You are always so busy. I bet I could never stay up with you.
    I hope you don't over do it. :)
    Hugs from me to you, my friend.

  2. Good luck with the sourdough starter. Doris gave me some of hers about a year ago and I've been babying it along hoping that I don't lose it. I haven't made waffles, just bread.
    Julia, you are such a busy woman! I wish I had half your energy.

  3. Wow , Julia you were very productive today. The sourdough starter sounds good.i need to make some starter when I get home. It's been years since I made something with it but what the hay!

  4. Sourdough is my absolute favorite! I just made amazing sandwiches with some yesterday. Homemade would be great! I'd love to taste yours.
    You leave me the best comments, Julia. Sometimes you touch my heart in a sweet way just when I need it. I know if we lived closer, we'd be really good buddies...thankyou!

  5. WOW! you certainly are productive, I think even I would have a hard time keeping up with you. Sour dough waffles with homemade syrup sounds delish! I hope you find your house keys! Have a wonderful day, Julie.

  6. Again you amaze me Julia, I read your post to my husband he said I haven't see a fly sticker for years. My grandparents owned a small farm and they used them all the time. Good luck with your sourdough. We are in for a few days of heat here I love summer but not the 90 to 100 degree stuff.
    thank care

  7. Thanks for the starter recipe. I plan to start some this summer when I get to the new place! I can't wait to see your vegetable garden grow!! I want a garden so badly this year...but we'll see what I can plant in July!

  8. I'm encouraged to get a starter going. I used to have a good one but somehow it ended up with fruit flies. I was very unhappy! Not eager to start again anytime soon. I think I'm ready to try again.

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. As usual, I'm tired out after reading all that you do in a day! I hope you find your keys - that can be a pain. Maybe some good samaritan will turn them in.
    I haven't seen fly strips in years. We always had them hanging in the cottage during the summer. I remember I used to beg Mom not to hang them near the kitchen table!

  10. We have fly strips hanging over the kitchen table ever summer. Although there are not a lot of flies in town, there are enough that it makes them worth while to have. As Bill says, "we're not too proud to have sticky paper hanging over the table" and he is right!