A great deal has been going on around here of late. We are quickly building up our greenhouse potted plants spring inventory, as you can see in the picture about.
Lizz has been cleaning greenhouses in preparation of us moving plants into them in the next two weeks. There are huge amounts of seedlings ready to be transplanted into bigger pots, cuttings being done and big seeding cycles each week now.
Winter has finally arrived here in Canon City. It seemed like it would be gentle and warm fall forever, but at last the cold has arrived. We had one snow so far, but it was only 2″ in-depth, so we are still sorely behind in moisture. We’re hoping that more snow starts to happen soon and the moisture factor improves. All that said, in the greenhouses it already feels like spring as we prepare in earnest for the busy season.
And there are other things happening in the greenhouse right now too. The citrus is ripening and it will be an exceptional crop this year. I picked a giant pomegranate this morning, which I plan to indulge in over the weekend.
There are a lot of figs that will be ripe soon.
I’m picking red robin tomatoes and purple beauty bell peppers by the bowl-fulls these days. The way things are going with these two veggies, I’ll be sharing with our local food bank before much longer. That’s fine, because they are always in need of fresh produce.
The wallpaper from hell is finally off the wall!!!!! I was pretty convinced that project was going to be the end of me, but the wallpaper is finally removed and today I started patching the walls. My hope is to get the kitchen and bathroom painted by Christmas, but we’ll see if I’m successful.
On December 2nd Chris and his jazz friend musicians played for First Fridays at the Kitchen Pantry here in Canon City. Each first Friday of the month all the merchants and eating establishments on Main Street in Canon City stay open late. People stroll up and down the street enjoying good food, good company, and even do a bit of shopping as they go along. Many of the shops have live music for First Fridays. Gloria, who owns the Kitchen Pantry, has hired Chris’ band in November and December and everyone enjoyed the music very much.
The Kitchen Pantry is a commercial community kitchen which people can rent space in to prepare their food products or even a large catered meal. Some of the people who use the kitchen have their products for sale there as well. I bought the most delicious berry tarts to bring home. There are jams and cookies and pickled chutney…all sorts of gourmet foods you can purchase made locally in the Kitchen Pantry. You can also stop in there for breakfast or lunch and enjoy some home cooking. I’m told their green chili burritos are pretty yummy for lunch.
Anyway, now that I’ve made you hungry thinking about tasty food, let me introduce you to Chris’ band. There is Dan on bass, Avalon on drums and Chris on guitar. They play jazz and it is amazing! They also had a great deal of fun while we all enjoyed listening to them.
Now this is the photo that resulted from a very frustrated squirrel, who tried for nearly a full day to carry this acorn squash off. It was a small squash, but still half as big as the squirrel. The squirrel was trying to carry it up the stone chimney and then off to its home, but sadly for the squirrel, the squash got wedged between the gutter and the chimney and wouldn’t budge. The poor squirrel finally gave up and the squash is still there.
And this is the evidence of a very naughty little boy cat! Willow has decided that toilet tissue rolls are purely for his play enjoyment. After two nights of this behavior, I’ve removed the TP roll and it is now in a basket where he can’t play with it! Growing up young cats is not for the weak at heart or spirit! Willow and Pal are constantly on a mission to find something new to play with.
Have yourself a very Merry Christmas. Maybe it will be a white Christmas or maybe not, but I’m sure it will be a nice Christmas.
With Green Thoughts, Tammi and Chris