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Robin Edmundson
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Attended Clay High School
Lives in Solsberry, IN 47459
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My favorite spring blue.   And in the absence of blue skies, I'll take as much of this squill as I can.
My favorite early spring flowers are up - Scilla [Siberian Squill]. I love that color. Usually the bees are all over it, but this year the wild bees [or neighbors' bees - no way to tell which] are robbing out what's left of the pollen and honey in my hives instead. I'm OK with that.
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Liquid soap success!  I learned a whole lot of stuff along the way.
This is a batch of liquid soap paste. Making liquid soap starts with the same basic process as hot process bar soap [only with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide]. You mix it, then put it in the crock pot to cook for a few hours until it looks like dark vaseline.
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Squishy weather is a great excuse to try out new soap stuff.
The weather put the kibosh on some of our plans last week, so Claire and I seized the moment to make a couple of batches of soap. This was a really fun one. We tried three new things: 1. A new recipe using a lot of rice bran oil. 2. Coloring using alkanet. 3. Coloring using charcoal.
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While the snow falls, I'll be catching up on these great rural blogs.    Happy reading!
Winter has decided to stay for a while longer here. In the meantime, I'm catching up reading some other terrific rural blogs from around the world that you might like, too. All of them are guaranteed to make you feel good about life. Wellington Farm is a blog out of Canada.
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I'm hoping for some actual fruit this year.   Fingers crossed.
A few years ago I cut some elderberry branches, rooted them and stuck them in the ground. They grew. And they survived last year's horrible winter. I saw little pink buds last week. The two by the chicken coop are the happiest. The ducks hang out around there and poop all over the place and that ...
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It's nice to sit down and go all right brained once in a while.
Once the garden is done for the year and the cold sets in, I have time to practice painting. It's a slow, painstaking process. I have to remind myself that it's OK to paint a lot of bad paintings and that practice is often messy. But sometimes things turn out OK. I like the water and the trees ...
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We're adding a new fruit to the garden this year.  
I'm trying a new fruit this year in the veg garden - garden huckleberries, Solanum melanocerasum. [Pic: Rareseeds.com] These are different from the wild huckleberries of the mountains, which are related to blueberries. If you go to the link above, make sure you read the reviews carefully.
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Cocoa butter soap, with cocoa powder coloring.
A long while back, on a whim, I ordered a block of cocoa butter to use in soap. It came. It smelled divine. Creamy white chocolate heaven. I left it on the table for 4 months just so I could smell it. Eventually I hunted down a recipe for cocoa butter soap and tried a batch. Fail.
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So many beautiful little things around right now.
It's easy to overlook things. There are good reasons for overlooking some things. Focusing on the negative only leads to unhappiness, so it's a good idea to overlook little things that would otherwise harsh your mellow. Since winter here has been intense, I thought it would be a good idea to pay ...
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This is what late February usually looks like.   I miss it.
The creek is pretty all year long. Even in the winter. It runs all the time so never freezes over entirely. And the vast majority of time during the winter it looks like this. Forty shades of icy brown. With a little touch of moss at the edges. Posted by Robin Edmundson at 3:30 AM ...
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I hope they're still there under all that snow....
Before the snow this week, the buds on the cherries had started to swell. Which means that spring will come. [Like it does every year.] Even though I fear that this year it won't come. [Like I do every year.] Posted by Robin Edmundson at 3:30 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!
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Locust under snow.
Hi there! I'm Robin. Rumor has it that we live so far out that a few miles beyond us thar be dragons. Don't believe it. The only things that smoke around here are the dye fires in the fire pit. And once, the pasture next to us - but that was just a freak of nature. It had nothing to do with me.
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    1981
  • University of Utah
    Linguistics, 1985
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    Linguistics, 1992
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Rurification: Garden Huckleberries
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I'm trying a new fruit this year in the veg garden - garden huckleberries, Solanum melanocerasum. [Pic: Rareseeds.com] These are different f

Rurification: Liquid Soap
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This is a batch of liquid soap paste. Making liquid soap starts with the same basic process as hot process bar soap [only with potassium hyd

Rurification: More Soap Experiments
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A long while back, on a whim, I ordered a block of cocoa butter to use in soap. It came. It smelled divine. Creamy white chocolate heaven. I

Rurification: Soap, Soap, Soap
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The weather put the kibosh on some of our plans last week, so Claire and I seized the moment to make a couple of batches of soap. This was a

Rurification: A Few Other Rural Blogs from around the World
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Winter has decided to stay for a while longer here. In the meantime, I'm catching up reading some other terrific rural blogs from around the

Rurification: Winter Creek
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The creek is pretty all year long. Even in the winter. It runs all the time so never freezes over entirely. And the vast majority of time du

Rurification: Whatever Happened to the Elderberries
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A few years ago I cut some elderberry branches, rooted them and stuck them in the ground. They grew. And they survived last year's horrible

Rurification: What I Do in the Winter
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Once the garden is done for the year and the cold sets in, I have time to practice painting. It's a slow, painstaking process. I have to rem

Rurification: Buds
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Before the snow this week, the buds on the cherries had started to swell. Which means that spring will come. [Like it does every year.] Even

Rurification: Marmalade Recipe Roundup
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It's Februrary and that means it's marmalade season. I love marmalade. Nothing is as beautiful this time of year as a jar of citrusy sunshin

Rurification: Rabbit Stew
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This is the time of year I see a lot of rabbit damage on our trees and on any exposed greens tucked in the corners of the beds. We are lucky

Rurification: Deep Mulch Garedening
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The truth is that I'm a bit slow when it comes to gardening fads. I'm totally clueless about most of that kind of stuff. [That's true for li

Rurification: 0 for 2: Another Deadout
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Well, this winter hasn't been any better than last for the bees. I lost the first hive in December and the other hive to that cold snap at t

Rurification: Walnut Tree
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We cut down two walnut trees a few weeks ago. This is what one looked like the afternoon it was cut. No doubt from that center that this is

Rurification: Even More Handspun Yarn
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This is some of my favorite yarn of all this year. I made the first skein and loved it so much I spun a bunch more. Not my normal colors, bu

Rurification: Early Garden Tasks: Saving Milk Jugs
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It's time to start thinking about the garden. In January, I start saving all of my milk jugs so I can use them to start seeds in at the end

Rurification: More Handspun Yarn
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I spin during shows, but never end up with much, so I end up with a collection of smaller bobbins of yarn in pretty colors. This winter I pu

Rurification: Thinking about Maple Syrup Season
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It's time to start thinking about maple syrup season so that you've got your stuff prepared and you're ready to go in February when the sap

Rurification: Installing Windows
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We brought some of our new windows home during the holidays. We went with a stock size so we could afford to get bigger windows. These are 3

Rurification: Winter Garden Soil Amendment
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I miss the garden in the winter and whenever the weather is warm enough to work comfortably, I'm out there fiddling with things. And thinkin