Large Fruit Bowls

A request for two matching fruit bowls, this is always a challenge. So Steven and I both headed out to the studio to see if we could get to bowls to match. We started with 7 lb chunks of Porcelain clay. The object is to get two bowls that are very close in size and shape. Here is the first days try. We both threw two bowls and as you can see they did not quite match. Today is another day and another try.

Large Fruit Bowl
Throwing 4 Large Fruit Bowls

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Dandelion Tea

We set out this morning to harvest a few dandelions from our fenced acre.
Wanting to make our own dandelion tea. After washing and separating the leaves from the root, we decided to try the leaf and flowers first. Using hot (not boiling) water, we seeped the leaves and flowers for about 20 minutes. Strained the liquid and served it up to both Steven and I. The taste was somewhat bland, however not a bad taste at all. I think I will add in some fennel seeds and ginger root next time.

Dandelions
Dandelions picked from the yard.

Some might think of dandelion as a pesky weed, but maybe that’s because they haven’t been introduced to the herbal powers of this humble-looking little flower. Let’s take a moment to peek inside the tea bag and get to the root of what makes Dandelion Root tea so special.

Dandelion is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as skintoner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic.

Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections, and cancer.

In foods, dandelion is used as salad greens, and in soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.

Just as a common-seeming little backyard flower can pack an impressive wallop of herbal power, a cup of tea can provide far more than just good taste and warmth.

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Baring Falls, Glacier National Park

What to do with bad teenagers. Several teens broke into the high school and did a huge amount of damage. They broke sinks right off the wall and much more. It could be $50,000 in damages. Three boys did all that damage. Some people want them to do community service, others want them locked up. Montana is known to be harsh when dishing out punishment, sometimes they really get carried away. At least they won’t have to guess what kids were involved. The kids are students at the high school, and it seems they didn’t notice the cameras. Ya, lots of cameras all over the high school. It only took an hour to round up all the guilty ones. Something tells me this isn’t the first time these kids have been in trouble. That’s quite a bill for the community to suck-up for a little teen fun.

East side Waterfall
Waterfall east of the Summit on Going To The Sun Road
Baring Falls
Baring Falls on the East side of Going To The Sun Road

The Humming birds are back. There were just a few around till this last week, now our place is a buzz. Becca has planted lots of flowers already, Dahlias, Sweet Peas, Marigolds and Nasturtiums. The Lilacs are smelling up the place, we sure do enjoy them. It’s a fast show with the Lilacs, another week and show will be over, just walking outdoors and you get a whiff of those sweet lilacs.
The Going To The Sun road in Glacier Park will be opening up a bit early this year. Becca is out of school and can’t wait to get up there to do some hiking and picture taking. Spring fever around here is not just cleaning up around the place, but the idea of getting out into nature and exploring.
A couple of nice one day hikes are on our agenda for the coming week.

On your next trip to Glacier National Park, near Saint Marys Lake, checkout Bering Falls.

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Healthy Potatoes

Another reason to grow your own food or buy organic.

I just want to say that it is not a very good sign to buy a potato, set it in the window and wait for it to grow eyes so you can plant it, and nothing grows. I have never seen a potato that would not grow eyes. It sat in the window for at least three weeks, nothing happened, it did not grow and it did not rot. What is wrong with this picture.
I for one do not want to eat a potato that has so many chemicals added to it that is lasts that long and you can not plant it and grow more. Why would anyone want to put that in their body or feed it to their children?

Purple Russian and Yukon Potatoes
Purple Russian and Yukon Potatoes in a pottery bowl on the Deck.

First, most potatoes in the grocery store have been treated with a sprout-inhibitor that prevents the potatoes’ eyes from developing while in storage and on the shelf. Seed potatoes are NEVER treated with sprout inhibitors.
For nearly 50 years, chloropropham, or CIPC, has been considered the standard anti-sprouting agent. But today, the future of the compound is uncertain. Due to health concerns, the U.S. EPA has classified CIPC as a carbamate and has placed increasingly strict limits on the amount of CIPC residue that can remain on potatoes sold to consumers. Other countries have established even stricter limits on residue levels-some have even imposed zero tolerance policies.

Chlorpropham is moderately toxic by ingestion (2). It may cause irritation of the eyes or skin (2). Symptoms of poisoning in laboratory animals have included listlessness, incoordination, nose bleeds, protruding eyes, bloody tears, difficulty in breathing, prostration, inability to urinate, high fevers, and death. Autopsies of animals have shown inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining, congestion of the brain, lungs and other organs, and degenerative changes in the kidneys and liver.

Read more about what’s on your potatoes.

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Poem from Jeannie

The visit
My friends they came to visit…
Just the other day…
We talked about a lot things…
There was many things to say…
We went outside into the yard…
A little vault was there…
It was very cold inside the vault…
Too cold for us, I swear…
Becca tried to teach me…
How to access my poetry page…
But shucks it just did not sink in…
I blame it on my AGE…
We gave up on that real quick…
So we went back inside…
Until Steven stood up and said…
“Becca I guess it’s time we start the drive”…
We stepped out front onto the lawn…
When a mushroom cloud appeared…
Spewing high into the air…
Then it disappeared…
A ball of fire lit up the night…
From that factory down the street…
It burned so long, and got so close…
We could really feel the heat…
Thankfully a little luck…
Had fallen on our side…
The fire stopped just short of us…
And they took it right in stride…
They jumped into their car just then…
And headed down the street…
I watched the car as it disappeared…
It was really bittersweet…
To Steven and Becca!
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