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And Still It Won't Go... [Feb. 28th, 2017|08:23 pm]
e_moon60
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I know it's been over a month since my last post on January 20.  That's because of too  much stuff and too little time.  The highlights: on January 19, I found out I would have to find a new host for my four websites (each with an embedded WordPress blog) and get them moved, by March 31.   I also had (have) a book to finish, one I was supposed to turn in by February 1.   We also have a new Administration in D.C., one with which I am not in sympathy (to put it at the most...gentle...)   And I acquired another health scare, on top of the ones already slowing down my work output even without the other.  All this coalesced in the last weeks of January.


At present the websites themselves are in their new home.  The WordPress blogs are misbehaving and not working with the new host's software for some reason no one has yet figured out.  Time marches on.   I also have had to notify those who use my SFFnet email that it's going to go *poof* and some of those people have not responded to let me know how to change the email on the various listservs to one of my other email addresses.   In January I'd started making all our bread again, as a health measure and that's working, but it's also taking up time, as it does.  I'm an experienced bread baker, but making bread from scratch, by hand, necessarily takes time in the prep, the actual making, the baking, and the cleanup.  Unavoidable (good bread, though.)


Bread-02-28-2017
Today's whole wheat bread


Near-meadow-drainage-2-27-17
Intense green defines the natural drainage E to W in Near Meadow.

This picture, taken from behind the #3 gabion on February 27, 2017, a week after heavy rain, shows the lush green of the drainage from the gabion pool toward the south fenceline;  it forms a sinuous curve and at this point was still flowing very clear water across the main trail across the near meadow.   Becaise gabion (and the check dams up slope from it) slows down runoff, drainage now is gentler, wider, and clears more quickly even after heavy rain.  What was once bare ground with seasonal weeds now supports sedges, native grasses, forbs, and even a few trees.  Wildlife use is continuous when there's been enough rain to form pools: amphibians (leopard and cricket frogs),  crayfish, aquatic insects, dragonflies and damselflies.  Birds and mammals water here as well.
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[User Picture]From: seekerval
2017-03-01 11:56 am (UTC)
Technology is a wonderfully helpful thing ... until it decides to get capricious. I hope the issues you're running into get solved quickly--and inexpensively.

The bread looks delicious. Warm bread with melted-in butter...NOM! But, my goodness YES! What a time-devourer to bake all your bread from scratch. Although I occasionally use the Bread Machine, I haven't done the whole mix it, knead it, wait for it, bake it program in many years. Thou art a seriously more dedicated baker than I, ma'am.

Your meadow and drainage pool look fantastic. Such an improvement over bare, dry dirt!
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[User Picture]From: tuftears
2017-03-01 06:05 pm (UTC)
That bread looks GREAT!

Hope the health and email issues work out!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-01 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2017-03-01 09:28 pm (UTC)
The bread looks lovely. I'm afraid I mostly use bread mix in a machine, but it does make good bread - and I always enjoy making it from scratch, on the rare occasions I do (mostly flatbreads, these days, or pizza base).

Meanwhile, most listservs don't let you change your email address; you have to unsubscribe with your old address and resubscribe with your new one - that is usually the quickest option, anyway.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-02 05:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip about listservs! I'll try that in the next day or so.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-02 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh--and I don't think using a bread machine needs an apology...if it weren't that I like handling the dough, and the feeling of connection to past generations, I'd use one myself. (I do now have a stand mixer with a dough hook, for small batches of the really stiff doughs, like pumpernickel. I like pumpernickel but found mixing and kneading it really hard.)
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2017-03-02 02:39 pm (UTC)
I've never made my own pumpernickel - I am not even sure what the ingredients are, and whether they are obtainable over here. Well, they must be, as we can buy it, but I don't buy it that often as my husband isn't that fussed on it, although he likes it occasionally.

Meanwhile, when I do make bread from scratch, I usually start it with the dough hooks on my hand-held electric mixer, and then take over to knead it by hand once it has all come together nicely.
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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2017-03-07 08:32 pm (UTC)
I agree - there's no shame in using a bread machine! However, after several attempts to use mine, I realized that for me it made wonderful bricks. Whereas when I did everything by hand, it came out beautifully. Sigh. So I just grab the big mixing bowl when the bread-making urge strikes.
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[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2017-03-09 01:21 am (UTC)
I enjoy making bread without a machine, but I find that using a bread machine results in actually making bread as opposed to thinking about how much I'd enjoy making bread by hand.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-03-02 05:18 am (UTC)
Your lands are looking just beautiful. I love hearing of all the life you have attracted and homed there.

All the best to your health.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-02 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you. When the current crunch is over, I hope to be posting more about the land both here and on the 80 acres blog. That is, if we can ever get the blogs working in the new domain host.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-03-06 12:26 am (UTC)
It's an absolute pain changing over hosts, and especially an email with everything attached to it. Knowing how independent you are and may need a bit of prodding otherwise, consider talking a younger family member or friend into helping with the more methodical parts of the change, such as notifying the services which aren't online and don't require a login with a phone call or something, so all you'd have to do is provide them (the friend) with a list of whom to call about the change of email -- once you have acquired one of course. Might take a bit of load off the task.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-06 05:34 am (UTC)
I have a friend helping me with some of it. I do at least have a stable email other than the sff.net one.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-03-06 10:57 pm (UTC)
Nice.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2017-03-02 07:39 am (UTC)
Lovely bread, and lovely photo of the land.
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From: ext_1778971
2017-03-03 07:19 pm (UTC)

Delicious looking Bread

You make me want to try making bread again. It looks absolutely delicious!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-04 07:02 am (UTC)

Re: Delicious looking Bread

I'm always happy to enable other bread-makers. If you had a bad experience and gave it up for awhile...consider the age of the yeast you're using. I had a horrible time with yeast once, and it turned out the yeast I bought off the shelf was already getting old (not the most popular brand of yeast so had been sitting there awhile. Also if you're going to buy bulk yeast, do it in the early spring. I was told that sitting in a hot warehouse makes yeast age faster, so buying a lot of yeast in October means it's probably spent some time in the heat in August...or maybe most of the summer.

If on the other hand you just got busy (it's happened to me) don't let it be too long before you try again.
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From: ext_1778971
2017-03-05 07:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Delicious looking Bread

Definitely need to try again soon. Mostly a case of "haven't had time" here (and the recipe I've used is one that sits overnight - with two curious cats around, that's not that easy to do.

You've also been an enabler in other things - soup-making for example, I've gotten a lot braver at that in recent years, and also knitting socks - haven't completed a sock yet, but enjoying the very slow progress I've been making (as a non-knitter).
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2017-03-04 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're able to make your own bread, & that it's helping your health issues. Also, it looks fabulously yummy, & I'm available for adoption. Just saying. ;)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-05 03:24 am (UTC)
I haven't found a way to travel with it except driving. And I'm not going to be making long driving trips. SIGH. Provide me with a kitchen, the time, and the makings for it...I have made bread for people away from home.

Bet you could make it yourself, though.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-03-04 10:45 pm (UTC)

green

You have green growing. we got a dusting of snow last nighr.

jonathan in nh
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-05 03:25 am (UTC)

Re: green

We're supposed to have green growing things! You're supposed to have snow still, right?
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-03-05 07:55 am (UTC)

Pak's Word

I know you have probably answered this question may times in many places, but are you going to write anymore books in Pak's world?
thanks,
Diana G.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-05 10:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Pak's Word

Honestly, I don't know. That's because of both publisher interest (needs to be there for a book to be published) and personal LifeStuff (like needing eye surgery before I start another book, not knowing what level of vision I'll have afterwards or how long the recovery will take, and how that might affect my writing speed, and other things like 'the economy' and politics, and being of an age where a stroke or heart attack is more likely and less likely to be survivable.)

I would like to write another book (or several) in Paks's world but there's a lot of uncertainty around, and I can't promise that it will happen. I might try doing indie with a Paksworld novel if my publisher doesn't want to risk one, but that takes a lot more work (all the things publishers do for writers) and as mentioned I'm not getting any younger.
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