Category: Seasons & Celebrations

Lucky Thirteen

By , August 12, 2019

Yesterday we celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of moving to the homestead.

We’re smack dab in the middle of Reserve Week, when we try to avoid social obligations beyond Michelle’s birthday, our homestead anniversary, and our wedding anniversary, in a couple of days (see August 14, 1982).

We’re also smack dab in the middle of a drought! While that causes a lot of serious problems, it also means that we held our celebration in sunny, warm weather.

And, we’re also mid-tourist season, and since Michelle and Aly work in the industry, we had to celebrate in a flexible way.

The Zeiger Family Homestead 2019

The homestead from the water, 13 years since we moved in (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Vegetable Soup for The Starving Time

By , April 21, 2019

Spring, in many traditions, carries the sobering name of “The Starving Time” or words to that effect. Here we are at the time of year when the winter food stores are all but exhausted (if not literally used up) but the planting, just started, hasn’t produced any edibles yet.

As it happens, while today we will eat a more traditional Easter meal in our homestead, it will feature leftover vegetable soup from last night.

pub soup

Pub soup’s final touch (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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