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Is there a trend here?

by Jessie K on November 5, 2011

In the past week alone three couples have mentioned to me they’re seriously considering installing a fireplace or an outdoor wood furnace as a hedge against raising oil costs.  On the face of it, that’s not too surprising, given where I live.  A lot of people in the country want or need an alternate source […]

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A walk through town

by Jessie K on October 24, 2011

It’s a gorgeous October morning in my small town.  Here’s a glimpse of what I see when I venture outside my office for a cup of coffee. A grouping of gourds. Delightful. Pretty petunias. A row of greenery. A massive assortment of bumper stickers on a truck. The side of the truck is fused with […]

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Having never heard of something so imposing and impressive, a few readers asked me about our outdoor wood furnace and because I can’t think of anything better to write about today, here goes: The outdoor wood furnace is a giant thing-y  that heats the house by some such. No, seriously, it resembles a deluxe outhouse with […]

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Ga-ga for gourds

by Jessie K on October 18, 2011

 

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Wha–? What is that? No.  It can’t be.  It’s…. …the OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE!  Nooooooooooo! Take it away!  I can’t look at it!   The fierce italicized letters taunt me. One of these mornings very soon I’m going to wake up and see my breath.    Which means June and I are going to have to […]

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It’s just the way it is

by Jessie K on October 15, 2011

This is my mailbox.  As you can see, it’s bashed on one side, a wedding present from who we think was a bat-wielding redneck driving by our house the night of our wedding five years ago.  An act of malice, or just another Saturday night in the country?   We’ll never know.  What I do […]

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Wild mushrooms

by Jessie K on September 23, 2011

What is that?, you may be asking. It’s a bag of wild mushrooms, foraged by my friends Chad and Rachel, Brendan and Susan.  Chad is the expert in the group. The bag contains maitake, chanterelles and black trumpets. I don’t have many recipes for wild mushrooms.  But it will be fun figuring out how to […]

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Solha update!

by Jessie K on September 22, 2011

The soldiers attempt to build new office space as Solha decides it’s a better time for rough housing. Does this look like a puppy who nearly died from a snake bite? Nope, not in the slightest.  “Take that, snake!” Jake tries to calm down the ferocious attack dog. Ferocious like a butterfly.  

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My new foraging badge

by Jessie K on September 22, 2011

I’ve been granted a “browsing permit” for foraging. So that sound you hear? That’s me, pilfering through your backyard.  (You weren’t going to eat that dandelion, were you?)

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Afghans conquer on the court

by Jessie K on September 14, 2011

Here’s something I didn’t know about Afghans:  They’re crazy good volleyball players.   Jake’s been playing volleyball almost every night after work at the base where he is stationed — comprised of soldiers from all over the world: Britian, America, Bulgaria, Afghanistan — and he said the Afghans clean up every time.   Above, my […]

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