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Well, I picked up some extra roma tomatoes, some garlic from the garlic stand, and some local honey (yes honey) for my tomato sauce.  I managed to somehow get the ‘tomato machine’ working.   The sauce has been cooking for about 8 hours, at least, and I will be slow cooking it even more.  I’m hoping to get 8 quarts or so out of it.  (In pint jars.)

It brought back so many memories!  I’m glad I can do out here in Dubuque what I used to do as a kid in Brooklyn.  I hope it turns out nice, I want to ship it out to my family all over.  If it works out, I’ll be doing this all over again either next weekend or the weekend after.  Maybe even both, with the way it smells and tastes so far!

And somewhere in the middle, I’ll be attempting jelly for the first time.  Mountain Dew jelly.  Can’t stand the stuff (Mountain Dew) but it is a novel idea, and I know some people who will get a kick out of it, so if it works out, I’ll send it their way.

I’d just freeze the sauce like we used to when I was younger, but I really want to share the sauce with family and friends.  I miss them, being out here in Dubuque, this is a good way to connect with them, and connect with the family I left behind by carrying on traditions.  (Including insisting my son help, and then telling him, “no no no” and doing it myself, and then insisting he helps again.)

I did just notice I’ve got one heck of an ache in my shoulder. Cranking that tomato squeezer takes a lot out of you!  I can imagine my next visit to Dr. Besler (my chiropractor). “What did you do to it? Wore your textbooks on one side again?” “No, cranking out tomato sauce. Literally.”  The man is a miracle worker, though, so I’m not worried.  Some Ben-Gay, until then.

Oh and besides the above ingredients, I have some wine in it, olive oil, and a lot of the basil from my garden.  I had a basil BUSH, just about. I’ve got to start freezing it, like mom suggested.

I’m mostly glad to send it out to Dan, who will be working for a while at Lincoln Center, it looks like. We’ll know this week, I think. At least he’ll have something home cooked when he’s out of town.

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Originally uploaded by Kibbles

The new camera I got for cheap-cheap at Shopko seems to be working nicely. For $55, can’t beat the quality, if you ask me. This is a mini iris in my front yard, so this is a macro.

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Moss Acres – Gardening with moss and growing moss

I wonder if I could do this in certain patches of my yard; I already have some moss growing, and if instead of just having it, I could pick the kind I like and design with it, it would look lovely.

I already planted a LOT of wildflowers, and started with some grasses and other more ‘cover’ type stuff.  I’m tired of pansies and petunias.  My veg garden is 3-4x as big as last year.

The whole lawn thing is getting old.  I’ll still have one, but I need more. I want a garden AND a yard. Not just a yard, you know?

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Originally uploaded by Kibbles

After 9/11, a Dutch bulb company has been donating 500,000 bulbs a year to NYC. As of April 2007, the daffodil has been named the official flower of NYC.

For this reason I hated them.

It was similar to why people hate some lilies. It reminds them of death. I didn’t want to be reminded of that, I didn’t want to be reminded of what happened. Couldn’t stand them.

And then I moved from NYC to Iowa.

I was homesick. It is so DIFFERENT here. I like it, but it’s not NYC. Never will be. Couldn’t figure out how to shake it.

Then last fall I was in the store, looking for bulbs. I got a little of everything, except the daffodils. And then I thought to myself, “why not?” I bought a few, and here you go. Daffodils. Well, a daffodil. I have more, but not in this picture.

So the memorial for the victims of 9/11 is now my little piece of home in my front garden. I think I can grow to like the things.

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