NOVEMBER 2017, ISSUE #198

Lots to be thankful for this month, such as our neighbors (past, present, and future), and mild weather, blooms from the yard, fresh turmeric and ginger just in time for flu season, fun and fulfilling work, fried green tomatoes, our grandson, Nolan, and a Thanksgiving that couldn’t be beat!

 

NEIGHBORHOOD EVENT

  

Jenn and Kam string lights inside the tent in preparation for Sparkroot Farm’s debut event, a two-day workshop on Learning Elderhood, while Bob sets up the Use Yer Foot hand wash stations. Sparkroot Farm is the brainchild of our neighbor, Alisa, and their fiscal sponsor is Tami’s nonprofit, Abundance NC.

 

MATT, DANA, AND BABY GAEL AT THE PLANT

    

Former neighbors (and hopefully, future), Matt and Dana, stopped in at The Plant and introduced us to their new son, Gael.

 

STILL FLOWERING

  

Due to another mild fall season, we saw hydrangeas, azaleas, daisies, and roses in bloom during the same week. Camille picked this bouquet on November 5th.

 

HARVESTS

  

Camille brought in a nice haul of ripe peppers well before the first frost. Bob began digging up his fine-looking ginger.

 

GINGER PLANTS

  

This is what ginger looks in the ground and uprooted, and turmeric and ginger rinsed.

 

PROCESSING STATION

  

This year, Bob has done all the ginger and turmeric processing. He cleans the roots, scraping away the tougher bits, then processes it before freezing in tablespoons.  He has also found a market for cleaned, unprocessed ginger with local kombucha brewers,

 

VOILA!

  

From root to ready-to-use!

 

WE LOVE TO EAT!

  

We probably mentioned this before, but food is super fun, and we love to eat! On the left are fried green tomatoes from Shelley’s garden. On the right, our Thanksgiving tofurky roast, and Vegan Chestnut/Sausage Dressing adapted from Camille’s Nana’s recipe. Mm..Mmmm.

 

BLIZZARD BRANCH EXCURSION

  

Bob drove down to South Carolina with Rose to fetch some fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice for Fair Game Beverage Company.
More photos at Blizzard Branch Cane Juice Run

 

THANKSGIVING WITH TAMI AND LYLE

  

And Ed, and Arlo, and Uncle Glen…

  

Emily, Lindsey, Michael

  

Tatyana, George, Michael (again), Aunt Joyce and Jordan (preparing the dessert table).

 

BACK DECK PORTRAIT

Lucky us, to be included as part of the family!!

 

A TWO-YEAR-OLD’S BIRTHDAY

Nolan turned two years old on November 19, and his parents, Emily and Tyler made sure he had a whopper of a party.

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THIS MONTH’S QUOTES:

“I didn’t feel sorry for him at all. The troubles were entirely of his own making. You can’t go around bothering people and not expect some inconvenience yourself.” – Charles Portis “The Dog of the South”

“When it is really your time to save the world, when you have some power and know your way around, when people can’t mock you for looking so young, I suggest that you work for a socialist form of government. Free Enterprise is much too hard on the old and the sick and the shy and the poor and the stupid, and on people nobody likes. They just can’t cut the mustard under Free Enterprise.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in his Address to the Graduating Class at Bennington College, 1970

“No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.” Isaac Asimov

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