Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Walkabout: Gray Days and Big Logs

First, a coffee bean roasting update from yesterday’s post – we STILL haven’t tried it yet (I think we’re chicken – it smells burned!). I promise we’ll be brave and try some soon. And I’m sure we’ll do better next time. Jayme reassures me it takes a few tries to get it right… thanks again, Jayme!

Most days over the past week have been, well,

a little gray. So again, this walkabout reflects the gray days. Did I mention the gray, long, when-will-spring-arrive days?

Cardinal silhouette in tree, Red Bud tree seedpods, donkey weather vane, coneflower seed head, geese in flight, allium perhaps ‘jumping the gun’ a bit, and at center – birdhouse reflection in big water puddle.

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I also thought the giant logs Mr. W dragged up on Tuesday were blogworthy (and very much appreciated since our woodpile is dwindling fast!). The logs are Water Oak and Black Oak/Scarlet Oak. You might see glimpses of our little helpers here & there…

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Mini-journal update for the last week--
I’ve been really bad at keeping notes this time. And now, I have a headache and a temporary memory lapse…

Friday evening – I had an enjoyable evening with a dear friend & neighbor.

Weekend – spent mucking through the mud!

Monday – Among laundry & other Monday tasks, I cleaned one nightmare kitchen cabinet out – the  under-sink cabinet. It was scary, but not anymore.

Tuesday – a follow-up doctor’s appointment for me. Mr. W dragged up two giant logs for the woodpile.

Wednesday – Mr W worked up most of the two gigantic logs he brought up Tuesday. We burned, I mean *roasted* green coffee beans in the afternoon :)  A fun, learning experience!

Weather: has been gray, overcast, some rain, decent temps for this time of year – 30’s in daytime hours with a couple of colder days mixed in. Two days with peeks of blessed sunshine.

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Hope your week is going well!

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18 comments:

from our front porch... said...

Hi Tammy! Geez, you've had a busy week. Your log mosaic looks like our side yard!
I think you were brave to at least try the coffee roasting! I am going to show this to J, he will love it & try it!
I hope your follow up Dr appt. went fine. Are you o.k.?
I finally got the nerve to change my template. Now I have to learn the programs you gave me tutorials for :0!!
Have a wonderful day, Tammy and kiss those girls for me, and the kitties, and the dogs.....
xo, misha

Down On The Farm said...

I am so ready for spring . . . and guess we have another blast of winter coming in the next day or so. NO MORE SNOW!!!!!

Sandra said...

Your photos are great and I did see a couple of helpers. We never expect spring until May. But that doesn't stop me longing for it in Jan. Especially as the garden catalogues start coming to my mailbox, causing the yearning to increase daily. BTW, those are some BIG logs. : )

Sharon said...

Hi Tammy :)

I found your blog through Linda at Prairie Flower Farm. My husband and I roast our own coffee beans too and we love Sweet Marias. After using home roasters and popcorn poppers, we found that the Hot Air Popper (the kind that swirls inside) work the best and let you control the roast better. You probably found out through Sweet Marias that every origin bean has different flavors and different levels of roasting bring about those flavors. Some may require a city roast and others you would go for a second crack, etc. My husband roasts about 1/3 cup at a time. It takes longer but the results are better. You will get better the more practice you have and then it is so much fun creating your own blends using the descriptions of the beans. Don't give up! NOTHING beats home roasted coffee :)

Have a blessed day today :)

Sharon

Kritter Keeper said...

the logs remind me of when dad would take us logging and we had to haul them up a big hill...so tiring and hard but little did i know that those days taught me to work hard even when i didn't feel like it!

GardenofDaisies said...

I like your gray pictures... they are so soothing. I like rainy days too, for the same reason.

I love all your cute little furry helpers! :-)

Amy @ River Rock Cottage said...

We've had our share of grey days, too. Today... SUN!! Finally.

Okay, you got to try the coffee... We're all waiting anxiously!

Karen said...

Our days have been gray, making me a bit cranky. But your photos show the beauty in that color. Perhaps I need to take another look. Hope your have a good rest of the week.

Tara said...

Glad you had some sunshine! Nothin better! Love the pictures.
Hugs,
Tara

Rural Revival said...

Oooh, I LOVE the donkey weather vane...if I saw that anywhere else I would think of you immediately. : ) Did Mr W make it?

I don't think anyone's going to let up until we get a report on the beans!

Be well~Andrea~

Cheryl said...

Hope you are well~Doctor appointments yuck~ I go Wednesday my sugars are up~
Love the picture of the puddle and birdhouse reflection! Your helpers are so cute. It sure takes lots of woods to keep our homes warm doesn't it...

~Tonia said...

Love the pictures!! Hurry try the coffee I want to KNOW!!!Lol

from our front porch... said...

Tammy, I am having an Ariat Boot giveaway! Can you spread the word :)
Come by and enter. Maybe you can get a new pair of Fat Babys!
xo, misha

Rural Rambler said...

Good Morning Tammy! I love to check out your Thursday walkabouts. And your collages, can't miss them. We are out of town for a few days so I am missing visiting blogs. It is hit or miss on interwebs connection :)

Oz Girl said...

*sigh* Much of the same grayness here, but we did have a very beautiful, bright, sunny and warm day this past Wednesday! Before all the snow arrived on Friday...

Ann On and On... said...

You made wood look amazing. I happen to really like wood, but you made it look really beautiful.

How do you make your collages? If you can email me I'd appreciate it. :D amerskine@hotmail.com

elvira pajarola said...

Ciao Tammy......so lovely your visit in my tuscany, thank you!!!!

I do love your "helpers", I know cutting the fire woods is so much easyer with their "big support"!!!!
I might have seen this kind of Imagine just close to our barn too....! Our helpers look so similar and have got velvet paws also...!!
Wonderful Pictures!!!!
have a very happy sunday!!!!

Catherine said...

I love your mosaics and you animals.The log is huge! hugs catherine (thank you for your visits)

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