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Saturday, October 8, 2016

YES, There will be Applesauce at Easter!

LOL it's been crazier than usual around here (not a happy crazy but a depressing crazy) and I may have gone off the deep end, ready for the loony bin, but I crack myself up. It's either that or curl up in a ball. I'd much rather try to lighten the mood and try to keep morale up.  Medical issues aside....

I hadn't planned on canning any Applesauce this year. We usually end up getting apples and other fruit and veggies from friends and neighbors who have an over abundance. With the drought I know I didn't plant a veggie garden and I'm sure a lot of others fruit trees are suffering through and not producing as well as before.
Anyway we hadn't received any. Totally understandable.

I was out in the garden one day and saw an apple on the ground. I picked it up and it looked fine. We do have a 3 in one apple tree my parents gave up us but it usually only produces a handful of apples. I looked at this tree and there weren't any apples on it. I thought maybe that was the one for this year and promptly ate it!  When it was given to us, we didn't really have the room for it, even though it's a dwarf. I ended up planting it along the walkway behind the pond.  Unfortunately the Podocarpus
 that is next to it has grown into a beautiful shade tree for that area and pushed out the Apple, probably the reason why it only produces a few apples a year. Anyway, last year I limbed up the Podocarpus and did a good pruning on it so the Apple would be able to get more sun without bending horizontally to reach some light.

Long story short, I kept finding apples on the ground but there were never any on the branches. This was driving me crazy.
I happened to be there when one fell, it sounded like it came out of the Pittosporum that is on the other side of the apple. I started making my way through the Pitt and guess what I found hiding hiding in there. A huge crop of apples! 

They had weighed the branches down to 
where they were inside the Pittosporum!

Can you see any apples?

Starting to pull them out

I can't remember the 3 kinds of apples that are on this tree but I think these first ones were Granny Smith. Crisp, juicy and sweet

Since then the next type has come in. 
They were a softer apple - not as crisp, a lighter green

The last few were also really good and 
turned a bit yellow,
 so maybe a Golden Delicious?

It doesn't matter, that little tree produced it's heart out. Amazing what happens when you get some sun! Imagine what would happen if I watered it!  did I forget to mention I don't water it? Nope, I don't, poor thing. I think I will from now on.
And this year the Podocarpus will be losing a large limb that blocks more sun over the apple tree. 

So with all those apples, I canned Applesauce and we will have my homemade Applesauce at Easter!

It's kind of become a tradition and I was already getting flack from my kids about not making any. You can find my recipe here.
Why do they have to have homemade, well, the store bought just doesn't hack it once you've had homemade

So YES there will be homemade Applesauce at Easter this year
Woo Hoo!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Paint'em Pretty ~ #PutTheNailinIt

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, help Safe Horizon to raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence.

Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence. We will lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence.

Safe Horizon is a proud partner of
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 Join Safe Horizon and donate to help end domestic violence through #PutTheNailInIt, a campaign that gets people to paint, donate, and share their stories.

Celebrities  are showing their commitment also.
Here's just a few.

Tamron Hall is the latest to join in their newest PSA. In 2004, Tamron Hall's sister, Renate, was found beaten to death in the backyard of her Houston, Texas, home.

Step 1: Donate
Step 2: Paint your ring fingernail any shade of purple
Step 3: Share it on your social networks.
Now that you’ve donated, paint your left ring fingernail any shade of purple and share it on your social networks.

Here's mine :)

My purple is Tempest by Sinful Colors.
My other polish I picked up at a garage sale (For Shame!) LOL
and all the labels were off. It's a maroon-ish color. Time to start transitioning to Fall colors :(

OK Your turn
Purple On!!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Clint Eastwood at 84

My Twilight Years at 84....

If you realize each day is a gift, you may be near my age. As I enjoy my twilight years, I am often struck by the inevitability that the party must end. There will be a clear, cold morning when there isn't any "more." No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat. It seems to me that one of the important things to do before that morning comes, is to let ...every one of your family and friends know that you care for them by finding simple ways to let them know your heartfelt beliefs and the guiding principles of your life so they can always say, "He was my friend, and I know where he stood." So, just in case I'm gone
tomorrow, please know this: I voted against that incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, radical socialist, terrorist excusing, bleeding heart, narcissistic, scientific and economic moron currently in the White House! I won't be voting for the 'that' woman who is running to replace him with the same old s***. Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids."
Regards, Clint
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