Author: Mme. Annette

Ruth Jackson Green

Its In The Blood

Bloodlines are important to some people and I find genealogical work very interesting, exciting, and sometimes frustrating.  Most of the work done on my family tree was accomplished by Grands who had the time, money, and inclination to get into a car and drive to the courthouse or collect data from family bibles protected by various relatives. makes the search much easier though one still needs to be careful to not create family connections that aren’t really there; be sure you are looking into the same person each time. Anyway, this article is not about genealogy but about generational challenges or troubles that follow a bloodline. Some would argue that these challenges, depression, anger, poverty, are the ‘sins of the father’ visited down into the 3rd and 4th generations (Exodus 20:5).  For example, a parent with a gambling problem (sin) can produce a ‘curse’ of poverty and debt that is passed down to the children, who can then pass it down to their children, etc. Learned behavior or a curse?  Tomato, tomahto. I am currently …

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Knitting For Dishes

Knitting and crochet have been part of my life for a long time and making items that can be used in the home is paramount.  One of my favorite patterns is a simply knit dish cloth.  It wasn’t until my mother in law (MIL) moved in that I realized that some stitches, while making a nice looking dish cloth, create a cloth too thick to be easily rung by aging hands.  So those, more densely stitched cloths, will be used for something other than washing dishes and I began to knit the cloths that my MIL has used in the past and are easier to wring out.   This cloth is knit on the diagonal and the pattern is simple enough that one can knit while ‘watching’ t.v., chatting with family, riding in the car (unless you get carsick).  The original can be found here. I use peaches and cream yarn and size 6 (US) needles. Cast on 4 stiches. Row 1: knit 4 stitches Row 2: knit 2, yarn over, knit remaining row.  Repeat row …


How Does One Find Happiness?

For me, I just walk out the back door, and there it is; happiness and joy just lying everywhere. In the dirt, plants, chickens, bird song, rain on the gravel, etc.  This morning Luna went with me to the backyard to let the hens out of their coop and fill the woodstove and it was then that a wave of satisfaction and happiness washed over me.  It’s 40 something degrees, the ground is wet from a midnight rain and the hens are clucking for their morning grain. Roque Wild Farm posted this quote from Denis Waitley that does a good job of summing up what is happiness: Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. I am grateful for the life I live, for my family, friends, hens, and Luna.  For what are you grateful?


A Bit Of Snow

In case you are coming to the area to ski, there is something you need to know…. The slopes are currently open on Thursday – Sunday, meaning closed Mondays – Wednesday. Tubing is closed. The ski slope webcam can be found HERE. < this is actually pretty cool. So far, we’ve had a pretty mild winter, compared to recent winters; not that I am complaining, or anything. The Hagerstown Almanac doesn’t call for much snow in February either, a few days of heavy show between the 17th and the 19th.  We will see. Stay Warm! UPDATE  The slopes were only closed during that time as they were making snow.  All slopes and tubing are now open.  The webcam is cool to watch, even at night when they are just making snow.

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How To Get A Fresh Egg To Peel Beautifully!

Those of you with chickens and those of you who buy fresh eggs from those with chickens already know that fresh eggs do not peel well.  I think I can help.  This comes from a young farmer friend of mine and we have tested this out over a dozen times.  Ready? Steam your eggs.  Yup.  That’s it. Place the eggs (not more than a dozen)into your steamer. Steam for 15 minutes. Plunge into cold water until cool enough to handle. Peel. I am not going to try to tell you how to use a steamer; if you have one then, chances are, you already know how to use it.  Our results have been pretty consistent;  I am not going to say this is foolproof 100% of the time cause, well, life is not 100% foolproof. So next time you are wanting to use farm fresh eggs in your potato salad or for deviled eggs, fear not; pretty is here!