Eddie and Megan brought me veggies from their garden! How lucky can a mom get? I got these wild colored carrots along with Swiss Chard and garlic! Oh...YUM!
Today I blanched the carrots and froze some and put a variety of them in the little dehydrator along with another tomato and an apple.
My thought is...I won't run the little dehydrator with just one tray of anything. I like dried apples while hiking so I chopped one up and tossed it in along with the tomato that needed to be processed. The carrots will become strange twisted colorful shapes as they dry.
I'll put some onions, carrots, tomatoes, and green beans together in a packet for dumping in a stew or soup later this fall or winter.
My morning was fun. I did the grocery thing at 7AM then chores, and this afternoon I'll be introducing my neighbor Olive to our mules. She is a master Chef and also a mom who works for MOSA with is an acronym for Midwest Organic Services Association. I think she can work from home.
She and my ex neighbor Terri work together.
Olive spent time cooking and doing the Master Chef thing all over Europe and I imagine .... everywhere? I don't know much as we haven't had time to talk about all of that. However, she used to be a groom and rode/exercised horses in Europe.
I'm thinking this could be a really great friendship in the making.
She is my neighbor on the ridge. She likes foraging, hiking [night hiking or day hiking], riding, and cooking.
Could I learn something from her? Oh yeah.
Face it. Being a Caregiver for a very difficult spouse is tough. So I'll forge friendships. Those friendships KEEP me sane.
2pm rolled around and Olive came trotting into the yard. I had gotten my two gals, Sunshine and Siera out and had saddled them.
It is that time of the year that they somehow find burdock and manage to get it in their tails. So I was finishing that.
Olive fit in my Simco saddle just fine and we went over the 'how' to operate Siera. She's easy. She is very lazy, so a whoa works well.
I got up on my little red mule and we headed towards the hay and oat fields to ride in between the strips of corn.
Siera did her normal thing like turning towards home when she thought Olive wasn't paying attention. I let the two of them work it out. Siera won't bolt or run off, it isn't in her nature. She'd rather stay with the other mule.
Anyway we circled the fields and then I asked if Olive would like to try some hill work. We went down into the neighbor's woods and rode down the steep trail and into a dry run. We sat on the girls and chatted down in the deep woods for a bit, then returned home.
We were so busy chatting and talking Mule/Horse Talk and getting to know each other...that I only took one photo.
I think this sums up everything.
Olive asked if we can do this every Tuesday. I'm like....um, yeah! Of course, with weather and schedules permitting.
It will be nice to exercise The Fat Bottom Girls together with another enthusiastic person.