Before The Frost = Autumn Poem

Before The Frost
Before the frost sets in
the flowers follow the sun defiantly
with no less beauty
next to faded blooms
The neighbors set out
potted mums and pumpkins
after the rainy days
to cheer for harvest
Bees set about their never-ending
task of gathering pollen
from the last yield
of delicate blossoms
Trees set the stage in glorious
colors, their farewell to summer
Among them squirrels take their
ease with nonchalance
The set of park benches abandoned
still beckon for the people
who whiled away the warmer days
as players stopping in time
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The world hurtles past these scenes
missing the rhythm of Autumn
that slips by us
Before the frost sets in
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© CKatt 2018
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Cold Weather = Freezing temps – Sunday Snow- Surprises!

Surprise! Snow was falling this morning, when I looked out the window. Yup. There it was. Now it’s gone, gone gone.  The snow only lasted a few hours.

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Suddenly Snow October 14, 2018

Yesterday I found roses in my neighborhood that were still blooming. Although, I don’t recall seeing roses this late in the year, it was a big surprise to see these beauties.

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Red Rose October 13, 2018 CKatt

Third Surprise was a  phone call today from my friend in Sweden. She was working in the garden.

Here are photos of the dahlias and roses in her garden. They are having really warm weather.

“Indian Summer”, so she told me.

 

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good week wherever you are with some nice surprises.

 

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“There’s only one answer that matters / Even if your heart and your dreams have been shattered… “ — M o o r e z a r t

Originally posted on Art of Quotation: There’s only one answer that matters Even if your heart and your dreams have been shattered Whatever you want, whatever you are after Love is still the answer Jason Mraz, songwriter, song quote from Love Is Still The Answer Love Is Still The Answer Jason Mraz The question is…

via “There’s only one answer that matters / Even if your heart and your dreams have been shattered… “ — M o o r e z a r t

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Fiesta Friday #243 Farmers’ Market = Fresh Baby Ginger

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Happy Fall Days are here. The Lyndale Farmers’ Market is teaming with produce and all manner of food stands. It’s raining all week in Minneapolis. I’ll see what this weekend brings. Looking for more veggies to freeze for the winter. Such a nice surprise to have something to remind me of summer and sunshine.

The weekend before last I cooked up a storm. Refrigerator Pickles, Corn and green beans for the freezer and fresh baby ginger which I bought from a nice elder Hmong farmer woman. I asked her what to do with it as it came with stalks and leaves. She told me all of it!

Baby ginger plants are harvested in September here. After cutting off the nodules of the ginger, I washed and used a gentle vegetable brush to remove all the beautiful black earth to clean them. Then dried it with paper towels.

Next: Checked out how to freeze it. It’s so easy to prepare. Make thin slices and bag them. Place in the freezer flat for easy stacking.

Then I cut off and cleaned the ginger leaves off the stalk. Wash them thoroughly in cool water and let dry on a towel.

Prepared the stalks cut into 1-inch pieces. These can be used in making rice, quinoa, pasta, or soups. Remove the stalks before serving just the same as for Bay leaf  in cooking. The stalks can be used fresh or freeze them for later.

Finally, after patting the ginger leaves to help in the drying process, I cut them with kitchen scissors and left them out to dry. The small quantity made enough tea of dried ginger leaves for a couple of cups of tea.

My source for the baby ginger instructions was a website that I found called Windcrest Farm – Certified Organic Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers in North Carolina. My kitchen was a buzzin’ with all the new ways of prepping that I was learning. Suddenly the website was stuck and a light went on in the old bean! Windcrest farm is in North Carolina and they are in the middle of the hurricane Florence! They lost power…luckily I had done all the work before that happened. The website is up and running again. North Carolina was flooded and that certainly will be hard on the farmers there.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Please enjoy a healthy and happy weekend.

 

 

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Bodhisattva Cricket Chirping — The Dōgen Institute Reblog – Dogen’s Poem

Naturalis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Dogen’s Chinese Poem (9) 「同(山居)」 Mountain Dwelling (7) Grasshopper thinking and insect chirping; how earnest. Soft breeze and hazy moon are both calm. Clouds envelop pines and cedars round the old hall by the pond. By the mountain temple autumn raindrops fall on the empress tree.[1] 蛬思虫声何切切 (蛬の思い虫の声何ぞ切切たる、) 微風朧月両悠悠 […]

via Bodhisattva Cricket Chirping — The Dōgen Institute

“Mountain Dwelling (7)

Grasshopper thinking and insect chirping; how earnest.
Soft breeze and hazy moon are both calm.
Clouds envelop pines and cedars round the old hall by the pond.
By the mountain temple autumn raindrops fall on the empress tree.[1]”

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