The apples are falling from the trees at my parents' house, so we've started to dehydrate them. I'm starting with those that are bruised, or nicked a branch on the way down and had cut through the skin - basically the ones that won't be able to sit and wait for later. If all goes well and we can get the funding to open the store, the plan is to put them into 25-cent vending machines for people to buy and feed to the small animals. What a great way to promote feeding healthy snacks to your pets!
And of course now that the dehydrator is going, and pushing warm air out the top - Mabel has decided that it is also her new favorite place to hang out. I caught her napping there this afternoon, but she stood up when I pulled my camera out.
We celebrated a birthday recently, and the birthday child requested a watermelon cake. You cut a watermelon into cake sized rounds, cut off the rind, cut it into cake slices, and then cover it with frosting (heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar) and decorate with fresh fruit. This time we had strawberries up the sides, a raspberry on each slice, and the top was sprinkled with chopped dried mangoes.
Since Mocha's trip to the vet, the kittens have been doing well. They seek out human attention, and love to cuddle and play. (Nether)Quartz loves to explore his ever expanding territory, and little Trinket will wander off to find someone to pet her. Today I caught Trinket using the litter box for the very first time. Yay!!
With my brother leaving soon, we finally made it to the landscape place to pick out a couple rocks to mark Mowgli and Bentley's graves. This one is Mowgli's and it's gorgeous. The black portions are recessed in and the red portions are textured out. The photos show the sides of it (beautiful from any angle).
Bentley's marker is red and black quartz. It looks like the pattern you see in so many granite counter tops, but it's not polished.
Tonight I also picked some tomatoes. I got three Lemon Drop and four Blondkopfchen. The Lemon Drop ones are slightly larger and a paler yellow. We ate the first Silvery Fir Tree tomato and I was not impressed at all. We will be saving seeds from all varieties in the spirit of trading, but we likely won't be planting the varieties we don't care for next year (bring on something new!).
I've been working on getting my designs updated on RedBubble. Some of my older designs were only available as greeting cards or stickers or shirts due to size requirements when they were uploaded. RedBubble has since updated their programming to allow one design to be edited to fit multiple products. It's still a work in progress, but I'm working from my oldest designs forward. Please feel free to check out our RedBubble Shop!!
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