Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I'm feeling cosmically overburdened. My refrigerator is so full that I am having a hard time shutting the door. This is what happens when one receives a vegetable share every week. I support a farm by purchasing a share in its growing season, it's called Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. This all works fine when I'm home, we eat lots of veggies. However, in October (I counted) we were not home for thirteen days of the month. The dogsitter did a great job but only ate pizza and soda pop. We are having to compost green things. It's gone so beyond just a full refrigerator. It's now scary refrigerator.

I'm relieved to be home, but part of that meant I started dealing with the overflow. Yesterday I filled up my biggest cooking pot with bits of apple and started cooking. This morning, I canned 41/2 pints of applesauce. I still have something like 7lbs of apples from the farm to go!! I just didn't have strength to start again with more of the applesauce right away. I managed something far more interesting. I found a professor who specializes in antique apple varieties from my alma mater, and he suggested I mail him samples of the apples and pears. (My graduate degrees are from here and here but as far as I'm concerned, a school that can ID old apples and offers courses in beekeeping has to be my all time favorite, hands-down) Meemeemeee. La la la "Far above Cayuga's Waters with its waves of blue, proudly stands my alma mater, glorious to view...."Ahem. Right. Back to the blog.

This kind professor will do a tentative identification for me if the produce is still in good shape when it reaches him. Apparently he does this for several abandoned or old orchards a year. So, I rushed off to the post office, and dropped by the library because it's next door.

Meanwhile, I've been to the vet. with the dog (she's healthy), had a visit from a locksmith, scheduled to pick up a 1/4 of a cow--yes, locally grown, grass fed beef of our own-- and then drop off part of that at a friend's house, since we just don't eat that much meat. The professor and I have been through the photos from the last festival, I've scheduled a meeting with my editor, and we're having guest over for dinner. Oh, and it's Halloween, so even though we don't get many trick or treaters, I bought the requisite candy. The dogs get bones since they'll hang out in their crates for the festivities. Yes, I bought the bones right when I bought the candy.

This is the sort of household minutiae that's exhausting on its own terms, but I'm glad to be home. Thanks for all your cheery comments, supportive ideas, etc. When I'm able, I'll broach some more knitting and spinning stuff. For now? I think I'm going to start cooking. If the refrigerator is still overly full in 2 or 3 hours? Well now, that would be more than just a little scary. Can apples, greens, and squashes multiply there, in the dark with the door closed?
I did try to get my film developed, but the drugstore's machine was broken--and well, there's only so many errands a person can do in three days. Photos and more will be available soon. In the meanwhile, keep enjoying that goat picture, Marti!


Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

I'm sure you will find a creative and delicious way to take care of that full refridgerator!

October 31, 2007 at 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to be peeling apples in preparation of making apple butter tomorrow night. Yum! Sadly, my favorite apple tree at my parent's place was cut down years ago.

November 1, 2007 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

You are one busy, busy, very talented woman!!!!

November 1, 2007 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

By now I'm sure you've tamed the scary refrigerator since I'm so behind in my reading. Our refrigerator is always a scary place since anything with a door tends to take second place to all the stuff actually out in the *open* that needs to be dealt with!

Let me know if you need someone to do some spinning, Joanne, I'm up for it and I'd love to help out! (I was tempted to say I'd give it a whorl, ar ar ::groan::)

November 4, 2007 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

ps - I forgot to mention that I love the goat photo too.

November 4, 2007 at 10:09 AM  

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