Beautiful wife and I started the week by listing tasks to ready Serendipity Farmhouse for planting season and the changeover to warm weather routine. More than 35 tasks emerged from this session. Many of these are non-trivial and labor intensive.
When the list was complete, sweet and loving wife looked at me, smiled at the thought of how beautiful SFH would be once the tasks were accomplished, and then looked at me with a stern expression that said: “Well, what are you waiting for? Get to work.” And so I did, and so I have been doing all week. But, I must add, my industrious spouse has been working just as hard as I have.
Highlights: Here are just two recollections of this week’s many memorable events.
Highlight: Spring has given Serendipity Farmhouse a wake up call. It’s time to shift gears from the reflective and peaceful calm afforded by Winter to the active and physical preparation of SFH for yard and building maintenance, gardening, canning, and RV touring. So, here’s a day-by-day list of just a few of things we accomplished this past week. Continue reading “SFH Journal: 2019-04-01 through 06”→
Highlight 1: Warmer weather has arrived, bringing an extended period of dry air and clear skies. Mr. Monte has found his long-awaited sunbeam. The flowers have begun to blossom, the trees are coming to life, and beautiful wife’s herb garden is coming alive with sprouting garlic.
Highlight 2: With the change in seasons, warmer temperatures, and a shift to Daylight Saving Time, I have moved some items out to the wood shed and reset the sundial. You will note the sundial reads precisely 1:13 PM EDT.
SFH WX Station Report: The tables and charts tell the story – the seasons are definitely changing.
Highlight 1: As Winter’s end draws near, the provisions stored for the long season dwindle. Blessings to be counted: There was enough; the bottom wood dried and burned well; and Serendipity Farmhouse kept warm and cozy. God is good!
Highlight 2: Winter visited SFH for perhaps its last time this year. It was not overly cold, nor was it a visit with a bluster. It left a beautiful reminder, painted with a single brush of white. God is very good!
Highlight 1: This has been the most hectic week since Christmas. The days have been nonstop, go-go-go, do this, do that, do it again. But, beautiful wife and I have survived. Now, we come to a wonderful time of year. It’s a season, it’s a state of mind, it’s an oasis. March 6th will be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. There is no way to over estimate the value of these coming days. Continue reading “SFH Journal: 2019-02-22 through 2019-03-02”→
Highlight 1: A walk along the bank of the river here at Serendipity Farmhouse brings us two signs of seasonal change. Daffodils have broken through searching for sunshine and warmth. Meanwhile, wild chives have emerged to give company to the daffodils.
And, although most of you have shown no interest, several more garlic sprouts have pushed away their blanket of soil. They appear to be gauging the temperature and angle of the sun. They will know when the time is right to make their move. – – Yours truly, an inveterate garlic lover awaits. I am expectant.
Highlight 2: The Serendipity Farmhouse roving photographer recently made an excursion to the streets of Washington, D.C. It’s quite amazing what sights can be captured on the streets of our nation’s capitol.
The picture to the left has three points of interest. The first is a large propane bottle next to the driver’s side door. The second is a warning sign that clearly state: “DANGER – PROPANE – NO SMOKING – NO OPEN FLAMES“. The third point of interest is the lit cigarette in the left hand of the driver, directly above the propane bottle. – – – It is quite appropriate that enormous flames are pictured on the side of the truck.
(Please note: we changed the phone number on the side of the truck, otherwise the photo is untouched.)
SFH WX Station: The best you can say for the period is – changeable. The cold weather is coming back. The daffodils, chives, and garlic will be watching conditions closely.
Highlight: In early November last year, beautiful wife decided that Serendipity Farmhouse will become “garlic self sufficient”. (See SFH Journal: 2018-11-04 through 07 for details.) Oh, she didn’t say it in exactly those words, but I could see it in her determination as she was planting. Her “garlic independence” was set to begin from the moment she had planted the several garlic cloves we had remaining from our local community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm. Enterprising wife was ready to be the “captain of her fate” – at least so far as garlic goes.
It remains to be seen whether her quest for self sufficiency will be rewarded with an abundance of that most delightful of nature’s garden herbs and spices. But, on this day, January 25th, 2019, at least three sprouts of garlic, enthusiastic about life and sunshine, have shown they are waiting to make dear wife’s dream come to fruition this coming Spring. – – – There is great hope that the soon to be famous SFH Test Kitchen will be filled with the joyfully delicious aroma of garlic tops, and cloves of fresh garlic will follow in early Summer!
SFH WX Station: The day has finally come! The SFH WX Station near real-time weather readings feature is now installed on the blog. The feature shows up as a widget on the far right hand column of the home page. It will look like the picture to the right of this paragraph.
Starting with our next SFH Journal post, we will discontinue the daily weather summary. Now we will provide an end of month summary. We will also provide a summary for any week that has been unusual or extreme.
Highlight: The Serendipity Farmhouse motto is Pray, Prepare, Preserve. Recently, we here at the Farmhouse have had to live by that motto. Two family members have had to undergo serious medical procedures. This has been a time where our close family has grown closer. We have prayed with hope and humility. We have prepared for outcomes, both the favorable and the not so favorable. We have preserved our faith in God and our trust in each other. As a family, this is what we do and who we are.
Now you can understand why we may have seemed a bit preoccupied and why there haven’t been many posts. Family takes precedence. Even Mr. Monte knows that. This week he has been exceptionally well behaved – no teeth and no claws for yours truly and he has stayed close to my beautiful wife, ever showing that he understands her concerns.
In need of cheer, my wonderfully talented spouse brought color and beauty to the soon to be world famous SFH Test Kitchen. It was a simple addition and it was a truly welcomed addition – a few colorful flowers, simply arranged in a porcelain five-finger vase. Now, the place where we make our meals has also become a place to lift our spirits. It’s just another way, in a world so filled with doubts and fears, to Pray, Prepare, Preserve.
SFH WX Station Report: The wood stove has had a workout this last week; temperatures dipped into the single digits. Another cold spell is expected within a few days. Winter is upon us.