Polly, I am doing instructional coaching in Math for a school district near by, working half time. I am a retired elementary school principal. Yes, look out, next year I still have half of my 64 foot iris bed to fill up, lol. This year I added 69 new varieties through trading and purchases.
Mary Ann, how did the pear butter turn out? I add a bit of ginger, along with the other spices when I make pear butter. Gives it a bit of zip. I haven't made it in years though, as I don't have a source of pears yet. Did you try the crock pot method?
I did! It was an adventure fraught with peril, however. I thought I had the crock pot set on Lo -- it was set on Hi. So at one point when I checked on it to stir, etc., I found dried pears stuck to the side of the pot, and burned pears on the bottom. Thought I ruined it!! And turned it off in disgust. Next morning I removed the dried out pears, and cleaned out the burned pieces -- then added the sugar and flavorings and tried again. This recipe called for adding orange juice, grated orange rind and nutmeg. Later in the day when I checked on it, and it was hot again, all I could taste was terribly sweet, and very very orange -- and I had used half-quantities from what the recipe called for! So again -- I thought it was ruined. But I finished it out, packed it up in jars and put them in the fridge. I fully expected to be throwing them out the next day.
Magic occurred in the refrigerator that night! When I sampled the pear butter on Bay's English Muffins the next morning, it was............ good! The orange flavor had settled down into a subtle back-flavor, and the sugar had mellowed out into greatly to become just sweet enough. I'm not sure how that all happened -- lol -- but I was real happy about it!!
So that's my pear-butter saga!
How long have you been retired, Tom? Every once in awhile, I think about going back to work -- but I honestly don't know how I'd fit it into my days. I'm five years out from (early) retirement -- and every year it becomes less likely that I'll go back. Ya never know, though............ I give you credit for doing that.
Polly -- my avatar is a picture of me riding. I haven't been on a horse in three years or so -- not intentionally, sometimes life just intervenes. I hope to get back to it. Which is why I spend innumerable hours hand-weeding the riding ring, and weed-spraying the riding ring, and grooming the riding ring......etc., etc. I was looking at it the other day and speculating how many varieties of Iris I could fit in there..................
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
The sun is shining and the outdoors is calling my name, so will take some pictures of the before and during and after today of the field, and do some charting, then will come up to the patio and make the iris stakes, ahh to be outside again.
Hi,! Nice day, here ,also! Cool, heavy frost this A.M.,but supposed to hit 65. Pulled a few dead leaves from iris and daylilies, "toed -in" 2 walnut trees,and watered the new iris.Still waiting for some to arrive, hope I don't need a pickaxe to plant them!! Rita was bitten by a dog this A.M.,while on her walk , so now we are waiting for the Sheriff's Deputy to come and make a report, check the dogs shots,etc.She's got 2 pretty bad punctures on the back of her leg(our son is an EMT,so he treated/bandaged it), but it really scared her !This P.M.,I need to mow the quack grass!Camping Mon. afternoon till thursday morn.( I'll be close to where I used to work, as I have to go in on Tue., to give them a hand on something!)So not to much more"gardening" will be done, this week!...Arlyn
I retired in 03, took one year off for travel, then worked for the State Department of Public Instruction part time for several years as a consultant. I was funded through a federal grant, and last year that grant ended, so I spent the year off. It felt like my head was turning to mush, so when I had a chance at this job, and took it.
Name: Paul Smith Pleasant Grove Utah Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I watered all of the iris today....probably only a couple more times this year before fall/winter. I made some maps and lists and checked and rechecked. I took some pictures of some my roses to add to the rose data base on ATP. No iris bloom now I'm making some chicken noodle soup and rolls for supper. Gemini
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