Koi fish

Keeping Koi in the Northeast

We've had a koi pond for almost 20 years.  It was a "present" from my husband for my birthday.  I wanted a pond, and he got busy with the backhoe....and we ended up with nearly a 5000 gallon hole in the ground.  A bit larger than he intended. I love hearing the water run over [...]

homemade bread

Making Cast Iron White Bread

Seems like almost every magazine in the couple years features an article about  bread made in 5 minute a day, rising slowly overnight, and baked the following day, often in a cast iron pot.  I like making yeast breads .  I like the calm repetitive motions of kneading bread dough, and the small of bread [...]

Deaf dog

How to deal with a Deaf Pet

Our male Border Collie Speck is deaf.  Never having had a deaf pet before, it took me a bit of time to figure it out. For starters he seemed very stubborn as a puppy.  He never listened to me.   Occasionally my husband's deep and louder voice would get his attention.  He seemed willing to learn, [...]

huckleberries

How to Blueberry (Huckleberry) in the Adirondacks

July and August means wild blueberries - what my mother would call huckleberries- and here in the Adirondacks where our soil is sandy and acidic, blueberries love it. We have these wild bushes all over our property.  I took an hour yesterday to go gather a quart. Only a quart in an hour, you say? [...]

Senior Pets for Senior Citizens

I caught this story on line - what a great idea.  I can only hope more places would "adopt" the idea.  Pets give a senior citizen a reason to get up in the morning, to have a purpose, namely to care for another leaving being. Older pets have shorter lifespan, and so a senior person [...]