Sunday was cold. Instead of really working in any committed capacity after morning chores, we went for a little hike in the woods. We gathered up some limbs to use as fence posts and we marked a bunch of sugar maples with the hopes of tapping a few of them for syrup. Tapping and making syrup will be more of an exploratory exercise than an actual focused venture I’m sure.
Anyway, the leaves are changing and the walnuts and buckeyes are dropping. We gathered up an entire plastic grocery bag of buckeyes from a somewhat dry creek-bed. Annie said we could make a pretty penny selling those babies at the auction but I elected to attempt to eat them instead.
Apparently their tannin levels naturally border on poisonous so we are soaking them to steep out the tannins. Once they’re ready, well score their shells and roast them. I hope they’re delicious. We had a Chinese Chestnut tree in the back yard of the house I grew up at and those nuts were delicious so maybe the buckeyes won’t be far off, being in the same family and all.
Lindsay and I cooked lunch, which was leftover potato soup and grilled cheese. Lindsay was also stuffing peppers with goat cheese and baking them in the toaster oven. When I then turned on the electric teapot we blew a breaker, only we did not know we blew the breaker for some time. I stood there, cutting butter and cheese, preparing for the next round, and eventually thought, “Man, these grilled cheese sure are taking forever,” after which, I deduced the problem… five more minutes later. Idiot. Oh well.
After that I wandered around looking for various things for an art project I’m slowly working on and a solar space heater I haven’t started at all. After balancing across some fallen trees in the woods, traveling between barns, I crossed paths with Annie on my journey and helped her finish harvesting some amaranth for the goats as it started to rain.
We had some tea and I went off to take the coldest solar shower to date. Somehow even though I could tell this was the coldest shower, I could also tell that I handled it better than that which previously held the record. It might have helped that it wasn’t 11pm and windy and that the sun came out while I was in there. After showering I started some laundry and then took some pictures of my new sleeping quarters… The Happy Nest!
Aaron has moved out of The Happy Nest and into The Dogwood Chalet and I have moved out of The Bunkhouse and into the Happy Nest. It’s a re-purposed stock garden shed that was going to be thrown away that was renovated into a living space. It’s got a bunk bed and a desk and that’s pretty much it. Under the barn wood walls is some straw insulation that will hopefully make this little home a comfortable place to winter… especially with a tiny space heater in there—mm, toasty.