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November, 2005 - Issue #54

 

BOB AND CAMILLE MAKING THEMSELVES AT HOME

 

STARTING THE MONTH OUT RIGHT

With good friends, Rob and Sharyl and a rousing round of Tiddly Winks.  After which, we walked over to the Mexican restaurant and had a nice meal.

 

    CELEBRITY GUESTS

Joe and his friend, Shaun stopped by on their way across the country in these two biodiesel cars.

 

A SATURDAY DRIVE

Winter comes to this valley.

And it's inhabitants.  Although this bald-faced heifer looks like she's keeping warm on this day.  It looks like she is about to stick her tongue up her nose (like they do.)  Funny little heifers!

 

WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

 

Er, um - at least where they're pastured.  We looked and looked for deer on these ridges and finally saw one by the creek below the road.

 

SPEAKING OF WATER

Here's a pretty reservoir with almost no sign of human habitation.

 

A BIG SCORE 

Camille holds a 5-pound box of local, organic Shitake Mushrooms.  For a short photo essay about how these are grown, click on Inside a Mushroom Operation.  She then spent the afternoon sautéing them with onions for storage in the freezer.

 

FOSSIL FUEL ZOO

These vehicles seem so passé, given the decline of fossil fuel reserves, that the sight of them behind this fence quite reminded us of a zoo.  There are hundreds of these for sale on huge lots.  It used to be a cheap way to retire - buy an RV and travel around the country, but not since we reached  peak oil reserves and the price of fuel began to skyrocket.

 

MEANWHILE

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We continued on our early Sunday morning walk down the empty streets and past some public art made with a blowtorch from a piece of steel.

 

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?

It's those Armantrout girls!  Coming to eat Chinese food on the day after Thanksgiving.  For more on this story, go to Sharing the Wealth.

 

HABITAT

Bob walks along the last few panels of this pole barn on November 27.  We volunteered to help tear it down for Habitat for Humanity.  The barn was a donation and will do good service as storage space for tools and equipment once it is rebuilt on Habitat land.

 

Dangerous work, this.  Bob is a brave man.  For more photos go to our Flickr Photo Album, Habitat Pole Barn Demolition.

 

 A SPROUT TOWER

Bob grew these and Camille helped him eat them.  They are full of vitamins and as local as you can get.  Sprouts have replaced lettuce in our diet until the Farmer's Market kicks in next spring.

 

MY LITTLE PONY

Bob gave Camille a cute little pony named Trixie on November 28th.  It came with the opening of a bank account and is now Camille's constant companion.  Trixie is as soft as a horse's muzzle with bright little eyes and a wispy mane, tail and forelock.  She even has nostrils and a red bandana!  Am I smitten?  Yes!

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"The bible doesn't say that money is the root of all evil; it says the love of money is the root of all evil. That's what we have today: an orgy of people who love money and are willing to abandon the common good in pursuit of their own individual fortunes." - Jim Hightower

"Well, having money doesn't mean you can't rise above your class interests. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are 2 sterling examples of people who did." - Jim Hightower

If you treat people right they will treat you right - ninety percent of the time. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Visit Plastic Farm Animals to find out what we are really thinking.

 

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