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I'm OK with most fall preparations.  I'm especially OK with the ones I do myself because they relate directly to my comfort and the safety of my property.

But darn it, I'd like some warning when the city comes in to do their fall preparations.  I pay towards the pool that pays for those services, shouldn't I get a little courtesy in return?

Minor grump done, now moving on.

I have hauled all this:

25 feet wide, 12 ' tall, 10 feet deep

to the curb for the Big Trash Day coming up.

I still don't have the heavy duty tools to chop this sucker up:

The Zombie Maple

Gathering in fall crops to start preserving them for winter use.

First Harvest

I've got most of my fall preps done, and am almost ready for winter to arrive. Here's hoping it's not as brutal as it was 2 years ago, or even last year.

I've been folding roses out of fallen leaves:

Maple Roses

and collecting acorns to turn into acorn meal:

Acorn Harvest

How are your fall preps going?

Originally posted to Itzl Alert Network on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM PDT.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:51:04 PM PDT

  •  As I mentioned recently, my fall preps involve (8+ / 0-)

    making stuff to sell online and at the holiday craft fairs coming up. But first, I had to stock up at the Blue Portal, a little gift shop in Albuquerque's Old Town, where I also sell things :) It's interesting to note that some things sell well there, but not at the craft shows, and vice versa. So pays to diversify!

    Anyway, on Monday I took in some new items, like these two necklace & earring sets:
    Bead crochet necklace set, multicolor

    Bead crochet necklace set Red Pink 090912

    These are made by crocheting the beads into the wire. I'm still perfecting the technique, and I think I've about got it. But I have sold several necklaces of this nature previously at the gift shop, so I must be doing something right!

    I also took in this lovely scarf:
    Scarf Black sequin crochet bead fringe 091212-001
    That's a brand-new variation I came up, adding the bead-fringe trim to a crocheted scarf. I've put the bead fringe on fabric scarves before, and I've made a ton of crocheted scarves, but never put them together like this. It was the sequins in the yarn that inspired me. Unfortunately that type of yarn is no longer available and the bead trim is in short supply, too. So who knows if I'll make more, or if this will truly be a one of a kind item.

    So those in the Old Town marketplace, but I have much in my online store, Jan4insight Handmade Gallery, on Zibbet. My friends here at DKos get a 10% discount on every purchase with the coupon code KOSSACK.

    And that's my story for today.

  •  The leaf roses are neat. (5+ / 0-)

    How is it done?  The acorn meal thing intrigues me, too.  Everything I've read about acorns makes me think it's a lot of work to make them edible.

    My Fall prep consists of spending the balance of my free coupons at the farmer's market to get things I can keep.  I don't can, but many things freeze well.  Last year, I got enough green peppers at the end of the season to last me for several months.  I chopped them up and froze them, using them later for soups, rice dishes, and to make taco taters.  It was the last day of the market and the vendor didn't want to take things home.  As I was carefully counting out the number of peppers to use all of my coupons, she was shoving uncounted ones into my bag.  :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:50:37 PM PDT

    •  I start out with colorful (2+ / 0-)
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      Maple Leaves

      I don't have any in-process pictures and it's too early for colorful leaves (we need a cold snap for that), so I'll describe the process:

      I fold the leaf in half with the stem down the center - the stem becomes the stem of the rose, then roll it up to form the center of the rose, then fold and wrap smaller leaves around it to form the petals - as many as needed.  They are secured with thin floral wire, then set into unfolded leaves to show them off.

      When I'm done, I have "roses" that last a year or two before they fall apart:

      Maple Roses&xC5;

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 12:02:40 PM PDT

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  •  what exactly did the city guys sneak onto your lot (5+ / 0-)

    to do? sneak = no notice

    we get LOTS of notice around here; our electric utility is in a right-of-way down the center of the block, so cruisers come by to evaluate, & later contractors or employees come by to work, and we get door-hanger notice of either type, because they definitely have to go through yards & fences... we usually get a couple of weeks' notice, actually.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:58:07 PM PDT

    •  All the usual stuff (2+ / 0-)
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      trimming the trees from the power lines, digging up the city sewer lines, running new power lines, trimming trees that overhang the street (and blocking drives as they do so, sometimes for hours).  

      Most of the time, it's not an issue, unless they choose to block a drive while they haul tree trimmings to mulch them up.  Because I live on the cross bar beside but not at a "T" intersection, they like parking in front of my drive or the neighbor 3 houses over because they can haul all the tree trimmings from the shaft of the "T" and well as the cross bar without having to move for a while.  Once they get set up, they don't like moving. The problem comes when they choose to block the driveway - there's plenty of room at the curb without blocking any drives, but they'll block the driveway out of preference - they have more paving.

      If they come and go while I'm at work, I'm mostly OK with this, unless they leave so much debris behind in the entrance to the drive that I have to get out and sweep it all up before I can get in and park.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:07:35 AM PDT

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  •  I've been curious about acorn meal (3+ / 0-)
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    for years, ever since I read "My Side of the Mountain" when I was a kid. I've never had the gumption to actually make it though.

    FloridaSNDad has a doctor's appointment today, so I get to cover both kid's schooling (where as usually I do the bulk of one, he does the bulk of the other). This means I will be in and out today more than usual, at least until Kosability goes up tonight as my diary is going up today for them.

    And yes, we're back, net is up and running. I'm a bit peeved with At&T. We've been having issues with the old modem for over a year, we've made multiple calls and they've always gotten the thing running again, BUT, according to the woman Caedy talked to Thursday this modem was recalled for manufacturer's defects shortly after we got it. So instead of sending us a new one and recalling it while it was still running, they wait for it to die completely before bothering. And of course that happened close on a Thursday night, so the thing didn't get mailed until Friday (via UPS), so that the weekend days added to the time offline. That's not even mentioning, the lag we've dealt with, or the frequent drops then picking up again before we would bother calling the company. Hopefully that's fixed with the new modem as well. We'll see.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:59:01 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (4+ / 0-)
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    YAY For internet! Seriously, I have never been so glad to see a small piece of electronic equipment as I was yesterday (and it took its damned time getting here too!).  We also had some weird issues trying to get it hooked up that had both me and the technical support woman about at the end of our ropes! FORTY-FIVE TO FIFTY MINUTES on the phone with this woman and it didn't get running until about ten after seven last night.  

    It was crazy.

    Taking FloridaSNDad to a doctors appointment, and then to lunch and then some groceries before we ultimately come home and spend the rest of the day catching up on what we need to email box wasn't all that scary (my stream on the other hand...).

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:31:59 AM PDT

  •  Today we are taking a ride on the ducks (3+ / 0-)
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    In Branson.  Memories of the Wisconsin Dells.  Hi 80's today and sunny.  
    What do you do with acorn meal?  I could give you some acorns.  The squirrels woke me up this morning dropping them on the r.v.   Or I could give you some squirrels.  Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:51:09 AM PDT

    •  I replace part of the (2+ / 0-)
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      flour in pancakes with acorn meal, and make tortillas, muffins, bread, and cookies.

      From the "grits" (coarse ground or chopped acorns), I make "grits" - a cooked mush-like dish, like polenta.  And like polenta, it can be cooled, sliced, and fried.

      The "grits" can also be fried or baked crispy to add to snacks and granola.

      The "grits" can be roasted, then ground further and used as a "coffee".

      Whole dried acorns that have been leached at least once before drying can be glazed like almonds and eaten as a sweet snack. I like roasting mine first for a crisp crunch. These can also be chopped (if you use the giant bearded oak acorns) before toasting and glazing - and then added to granola mixes, baked into pies (like a pecan pie, or as a nut in apple or cherry or cranberry or raisin pies), added to ice cream toppings, stirred into cake and muffin batters, stirred into squash or creamed soups or used to top hot cereals.

      Sliced and dried acorns (after leaching!) can be lightly toasted or left "raw" and used to make an "oatmeal" type dish.

      Acorn meal, cooked half and half with cornmeal, makes a tasty hot cereal, and an even better sliced side dish covered in a rich sauce (kind of like polenta).

      Boiled acorn meal can be fluffed with butter and cream (not milk - milk is too thin) to make a good substitute for mashed potatoes.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:42:46 AM PDT

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  •  Got my snake back! (3+ / 0-)
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    After my escapade with the first snakelet escaping in the car, I thought my days of loose snakes were over.  Alas, when I went to feed her sister last week (I put them in feeding cages so they don't accidentally attack each other as they're chasing down crickets), I put her in a cage with a lid that didn't close tightly.

    So there's been a pencil sized snake loose in the house all week.  And Terminex has been trying to make an appointment to spray for bugs.

    Half an hour ago, I saw her wiggle out from under a rug and slither to a box that was sitting on the floor.  After a few careful maneuvers, I nabbed Jujubee (much to my everlasting relief) and now she's back in the cage with her sister.  The "too loose" feeding tank is relegated to "place to keep mealworms" (which don't escape.)

    In the process, I also found a newly hatched Mediterranean House Gecko visiting my mealworm farm and acquired the tiny little thing.  I'm a little skeptical of keeping him alive (reptile hatchlings have a high mortality rate) but so far he's doing okay.

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