for the love of home
I walk out the door to Dan rallying the kids, “we’re gonna have some fun this morning, kids – we’re gonna gut a chicken and pick some apricots!” With knife in hand Dan starts singing, to the tune of Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac, “you can gut your own chickennnnnnn.”
Just like that, we’re back in sandals, shirtless (some of us), eating mule deer steak and what I like to call toothy garden greens. Within 5 minutes of arriving home (after nestling the salmon safely into the freezer, hallelujah), I was in the garden fawning over broccoli heads and pulling weeds, half of which went into the salad bowl; Rose picked and shelled every last ripe pea pod while ecstatically drinking an emergen-C out of Dan’s empty beer can; Col scurried around the yard, devising a trap for the raccoon that (presumedly) killed our chicken while we were away; Dan disappeared into the root-cellar-in-progress to check for slumping. The sky was sheer blue until the clouds thundered in, delivering rain like a special package, and everyone sang their own version of the song, paradise.
Rose reunited with Karen, who lives downstairs. These two LOVE each other. When you ask Rose what she likes to do with Karen, Rose replies: we paint nails, eat crackers, drink fizzy water and talk.
Lambs quarters in the colander – one of our favorite salad weeds.
Also, purslane – little nugs of omega 3′s.
Salt Lake City airport. Without any words, Col gave a little boy his “Eagle Flyer” paper airplane, and the boy gave Col 3 of his army figures. Meanwhile, Rose has never been “without any words.”
Grand Junction, CO airport: foot races.
Tender new dandelion shoots discovered popping up in the shade! Dandelion pesto recipe here.
Poster boy for leafy greens. Raise your hand if your long term partner still makes you weak in the knees.
Happy late summer to you all; hoping you’re still deep in summer-euphoria and not thinking about the upcoming school year (yikes!) too much.
* also, I’m currently writing a story about the Paleo Diet. Anyone had any notable results or interesting tidbits from following this diet?
* also #2, I’m teaching a FREE class at DNF next Tuesday, July 31st at Durango Natural Foods, 6-7pm. The topic is: Plant Identification. Dissect a flower and suss out its anthers!