e_moon60 (e_moon60) wrote,

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And Still It Won't Go...

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.)

Today's whole wheat bread

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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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!
That bread looks GREAT!

Hope the health and email issues work out!
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.
Thanks for the tip about listservs! I'll try that in the next day or so.


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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.
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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Lovely bread, and lovely photo of the land.
You make me want to try making bread again. It looks absolutely delicious!
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.
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. ;)
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.



March 4 2017, 22:45:15 UTC 3 years ago

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

jonathan in nh
We're supposed to have green growing things! You're supposed to have snow still, right?

Pak's Word


March 5 2017, 07:55:11 UTC 3 years ago

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?
Diana G.
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.