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Susan Albert
I'm a full-time writer who enjoys gardening, fiber arts, family, and living in the country.
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Typepad HTML Email Our small town churches dont have food giveaway programs, Leslie, and the nursing home regulations dont permit donated food. Those are good opportunities for urban gardeners. Those of us who live in remote areas, not so much.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2015 on Writing Spider at Work at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Were both calorie watchers, Debbie, so zucchini bread is a once-in-a-blue moon treat for us. Im researching alternatives. J
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2015 on Writing Spider at Work at Lifescapes
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It is--and a bit overwhelming, too. I wish I lived closer to a food pantry that would take squash!
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2015 on Writing Spider at Work at Lifescapes
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SCN is a wonderful community--if you're interested in writing, it might be the place for you, Fredericka. Re: snake diet. I stay away from the buffalo gourd patch by the barn. Lots of mice there, so there are probably a gazillion snakes
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2015 on Let there be . . . squash! at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Linda, its a challenge. I keep them in a bin in the kitchen, in a storage closet, and in the fridge. I also freeze cooked potatoes (cubed, mashed). I dont usually have this many potatoesthis was a big crop for us this year, because of the rains. Were definitely going to be eating lots of potatoes!Thanks for your comment about SCN. I cant tell you how much I appreciate it. Theres a lot to do, but Im looking forward to the challenge!
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2015 on Let there be . . . squash! at Lifescapes
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Wish I could give you some of our squash, Linda. More than we need this year! It's always hard to know how much to plant. This year, I planted too much!
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on In Bloom This Week: Chaste Tree at Lifescapes
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I'm in Iola, Susan--southeast corner of the state. Such beautiful prairie around here! Uh-oh--it may take some work to get that plant out of there. It is pretty persistent. But the longer you wait, the more of it you'll have to remove. Or maybe wait for a lightning bolt to come down and do the work for you? :)
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2015 on Finding Home: The Compass Plant at Lifescapes
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No, after the Lake Union relaunch, it became available only in Kindle. Sorry.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2015 on A Wilder Rose Ebook at Lifescapes
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Ive added that to the list of corrections for the mass market edition, Chris--thanks. Unfortunately, they wont make changes in the ebook edition (costs too much). So it is what it is.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2015 on In bloom this week: Spirea at Lifescapes
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I was looking around the Internet and found lots of different things people put on those skirts--fun! I still wish I had one. :)
Toggle Commented May 19, 2015 on In bloom this week: Spirea at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email I think the secret to freezing squash is to slice them, flash-freeze on a cookie sheet, then bag them. I always cook them when theyre still frozen. I steam them in the microwave for just a couple of minutes.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on In bloom this week: Spirea at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Bobbi, sorry to contradict you, but I am definitely too old for a poodle skirtexcept maybe in my dreams. J
Toggle Commented May 16, 2015 on In bloom this week: Spirea at Lifescapes
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It was a nuisance in my garden this year too, Sandy. I pulled it by the bucketful for the chickens.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Native Herbs: Henbit at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email The good times, yes, Sherry. Interesting that your mom and my dad had the same instincts about casseroles. Dad liked food that he recognized as separate items on his plate. Wonder what Michael Pollan would say about that.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Feeding a Family in the 1950s at Lifescapes
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Ah, yes, the nutritious cheese food! I read not long ago that people in the U.S. use more Velveeta than real cheese!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Feeding a Family in the 1950s at Lifescapes
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Thanks, Amy--Ive bookmarked that site and will spend some time with it. Fun!
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Feeding a Family in the 1950s at Lifescapes
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Havent seen that book yet, Susan. Thanks for the suggestion. Domesticity is a loaded word, at least for me. But I do feel extraordinarily privileged for being able to work (for pay) where I live--for me, the best of both worlds.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2015 on Milkweed and Monarchs at Lifescapes
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Margaret, I agree. I'd have to be really hungry before I'd dig them up. But with all that pretty, tasty is a bit much to ask, don't you think?
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Oh, yes, and theres always something to play with! When I retire from writing (Bill keeps prodding me) I want to do more paper. Yours is an inspiration.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2015 on Native Herbs: Henbit at Lifescapes
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Must be a good year for Lamium all around, Gin. Nice to hear from you. Are you doing much paper these days?
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2015 on Native Herbs: Henbit at Lifescapes
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Thanks for the reassurance, curvywitch. Maybe what I suffer from is postpartum blues (when I finish a book). Hope you're feeling better & can get started on the garden next week. Love rainbow chard!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on In bloom this week: Guild Iris at Lifescapes
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Linda, I grow veggies in raised beds, 4'x12'. I dig two deep (12") trenches down the length of the bed, about a foot in from each side. As I dig, I pull the dirt up on either side and down the middle. You can see this here: http://www.modernvictorygarden.com/potatoestrenchingmethod.htm BUT: I plant down the length of my bed, instead of across the width. I plant the seed potatoes in the trenches, 12-15" apart. As the tops grow, I pull the dirt up around the stems. I add a fertilizer for root crops a couple of times during their growth. I've been planting earlier and earlier, because our springs are warming. I planted some right after Christmas, others in Jan, 2nd and 4th weeks.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2015 on In bloom this week: Guild Iris at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Rainy weekends do cut down on gardening time! Will I see you in April at M/B?
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on In bloom this week: Guild Iris at Lifescapes
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Oh, absolutely, Margaret! Laura's manuscript speaks volumes. I'm very glad to have it--just wish we could have it without the distracting encumbrances.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2015 on Pioneer Girl: An Artlessly Gritty Tale at Lifescapes
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Thanks, Sherry--ROSE was a labor (a long one!) of love and an intense personal investment. For me, there will never be another book like it.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2015 on The Loveliest Thing in the Woods Today at Lifescapes
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