Snowline Tree Farm

  (Molalla, Oregon)
A Family farm for the Seasons
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Time is Flying

Oh how time flies. 

Had a hard time looking at my calendar and realizing it really is the end of the month.   My email inbox is also telling me that the end of the month is near.  This is when the cards are due; now is the time to pay the piper so to speak.  All of my harvest indulgences are coming due.  Those extra lights so I can string up just a couple more trees and the outdoor ornaments for trees to go down the driveway, and the ribbon….oh the pretty ribbon I found this year.  Yep; now is the time to pay for it all.  Only problem is I got so busy that I never did get those trees up down the driveway or string lights on the trees in the yard.  But I will next season…..well I will try next season.  And the ribbon, I did control myself somewhat with the ribbon this season and only got a few rolls but when I was cleaning stuff out of the attic so I could put everything away organized and labeled (what a concept!) I found two totes filled with all kinds of ribbon for bows.  I am not totally sure where it all came from but I have a lot of it.  I am not going to have to buy ribbon for several years.  Now to remember that when they put out all the pretty new colors and patterns next season. 

But I am getting off subject.  The month has almost gone by and I have nothing done.  There are taxes to get filled out and sent off, then more taxes to get to my tax lady so they can fill out all those forms I don’t understand.  It’s also time to renew ag and business licenses, farm plates for the pickup, registrations for the associations we belong to and a whole bunch of other things.  I think I need a secretary. 

The past week has been beautiful, for everyone down in the fog in the valley I am sorry.  Your nasty weather gives me great days.  If the trees weren’t all iced up on the sunless side I could have gone out and done a bunch of clipping.  But it warmed up enough today for the last of the snow to melt so now I can go get some work done.  Wait isn’t it supposed to start raining tonight?  Thought so, weather is also calling for snow/mix for the farm by the weekend.  I’m doomed to leaky raingear.

But today was a good day, it was seed day.  I finally got to sit down with my spread sheet and my calculations and order seeds.  I have some really cool stuff for this season.  A tomato that is hollow for stuffing, a pink cherry tomato, a couple new summer squashes, some lettuce that is supposed to be great for making salad mixes, a couple neat looking peppers and a winter squash that looks like it has peanuts glued all over the sides of it.  Almost makes me anxious to get started on the seed starting.  But I have the feeling that will come soon enough.  Another  week and I should be able to start hardy greens for the greenhouse.  YES!  I am so looking forward to a good salad with some baby swiss chard and spinach in it. 

Using that as a jump off point, don’t forget it is time for CSA subscriptions.  For those who sign up early you can also have some good salad with baby chard and spinach……just saying…..  J

But now it is time to go get dinner started to take down the hill.  Youngest boy has an all evening youth group thing he is going to so I am just prepping dinner here then taking it down the hill to the BF’s house.  A bachelor kitchen is not a real place to cook.  Chicken satay with coconut rice and salad, minus the baby chard and spinach L
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Lost coffee cups and Another Blog??

Okay, here we go again, 

I love to write, something about putting words on paper and knowing that maybe I can make someone smile a bit or even get a chuckle out of the trouble I get into is a great thing.  But I have commitment issues.  As you will all soon probably see I will start this out and do great for a bit but then my entries will get a bit less until I hit another blogging spurt and do great again for a little while.  But I am going to try much harder to do a regular blog, hopefully at least once a week.  I am usually into more than enough trouble to write multiple entries (probably daily) but will contain myself.  Now onto the more important subject, my coffee cup. 

I have a coffee cup I love; it's a Thermos coffee cup.  It can roll around on the dash of my dodge for hours and not spill.  It keeps stuff hot all day in the rain and cold of Christmas Tree harvest.  Did I say I love my coffee cup?  But this season I lost my coffee cup.  I set it on the fender of the tractor and then took a family out on a hay ride to get a Christmas Tree.  Several hours later I realized the coffee cup was gone and I was without my much needed coffee.  Everytime I took another family out on the tractor or as I was running out on the quad to cut a tree I would look in vain for my coffee cup knowing that it is going to be a hard thing to spot a black coffee cup in the dark wet Oregon mud.  So I got online, looked hard and found a new coffee cup.  Gulp!  It was much more than it originally cost me at Costco when I bought it.  But it is a good one so I bought it, the last they had in stock. 
Cut to a few days later and several cold cups of coffee in the rain.  I am looking forward to my cup soon arriving.  While having a conversation with my other half or sometime to be other half he asks if I have found the cup yet.  No I tell him.  That's too bad he replies, those are great cups.  I have always wanted one but haven't been able to find one around here.  A few days later and my cup is here!  But as I look at it's shiny newness in the box his words ring in my ears.  Now the man has a coffee cup; it's not a bad one but it's not great.  He also is not very verbal about telling me what he would like for Christmas other than something practical.  I've found  good book I know he will like and as much as I hate to admit it my new coffee cup would go great with it.  So I gaze at the shiny newness of the coffee cup put it back into it's box and slide it under my bed.  

Christmas comes, and the other unwraps a beautiful awesome coffee cup and is very grateful.  I however am anticipating the arrival of a new one because I went ahead and ordered one again.  But today I hear the shouting of "I found it!!" coming from by the shop.  There stands the youngest with my much missed coffee cup in his hand.  He and the oldest were out trying to get the old Chevy out of the woods when they found it laying alongside the road.  Thankfully not in a mudhole.  I am once again happy and will be drinking hot coffee long into the day.  Even in the coldest of weather. 

Now what to do with the extra.....I think I am giong to hide it under my bed.  I never know when I'll need a spare.  And I don't need a hay ride to lose it.   

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