Posts Tagged ‘Books’

With the time change, everyone keeps telling me that I am supposed to more well rested. Well, my inner time clock is truly messed up. The last few weeks I am up later than I ever was before the time change and I am waking up a lot earlier than I ever did before the time change. This week my inner clock has changed again. I am practically falling asleep at 8:15pm and still waking up super super early. What they heck!?

One thing that I can work out, is that it is time to announce the winner from last weeks giveaway.

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your interest in the book and your wonderful comments. Normally, I respond to all comments on my posts, but this time I just read and enjoyed them. It is always fun to get a little glimpse into what others are doing and it was neat to read about the different stages of preserving each of you are at. Some of you want to learn, some of you are just learning, others have been canning and preserving a while and others know someone that would really enjoy and use the book. That is great.

The second part I liked about this giveaway was  seeing the comments start coming in; to learn that there are people actually out there reading my posts! ha. I love the interaction and tidbits that come from comments. It is always neat to hear what others are up to and when you share a bit of what you are doing there is always someone who is learning from it. I would encourage you all to comment more so that we all can learn and share together along what ever path we are on.

No more waiting…. Let’s get on with it!… Without further ado…

Congratulations to Fran (narf77) at The Road to Serendipity. Fran, I hope you thoroughly enjoy the book! I will send you an email so that I can get your information and get the book sent your way.

Thank you again to everyone that entered the giveaway and I look forward to learning more about you from your comments in the future.

Sincerely, Emily

You can see what else I am up to over at Sincerely, Emily. The topics are varied, as I jump around from gardening to sewing to making bread or lotion and many things in between.

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I love old books…the yellowed pages, the stained covers, the old book smell.  There is something about an old book with out of date writing style and pictures of people from long ago that I just adore!

My favorite bookstore to hunt for old books is Powell’s Books.  If you old book obsessed then Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon is truly a spiritual experience,  if there is a bookstore in heaven it will be Powell’s!  A few years ago when I was wandering its maze of aisles I found myself in the gardening section…ok I admit that is usually where I end up!  I spotted among the new and shiny garden books, with their covers of perfect cabbage roses and sophisticated Japanese maples,  this plain water stained cucumber green, enormous but squat book. It had  nothing on the cover but the words “The Complete Book of Composting by J.I. Rodale and Staff”  My first thought is how in the world could there ever be over 1000 pages worth of information on just composting?  My second thought is darn this is one ugly book!  I flipped to the Introduction page,

“Compost is the core, the essential foundation of natural gardening and farming.  It is the heart of the organic concept”

Across the page was written “SIXTH PRINTING-DECEMBER 1969”.

I didn’t know that there even was an “organic concept” in 1969!  Next I checked out the Table of Contents, here are just a few of its 27 chapters:

The History Of Compost,   The Basics of Compost,   Composting Methods For The Gardener,   Applying Compost On The Farm,  The Earthworm’s Role In Composting, Personal Experiences,   Compost And The Health Of Animals and Man,   Humus-The End Product, and even Compost And The Law

I was hooked, its old, its about composting, and not just a superficial look at composting either but a 27 chapter 1000 page behemoth of composting . With its great old black and white pictures and price tag of only $8.95 how could I resist?

After owning this for years and referring to it often I can say that anyone who has either an old book, or compost fetish that this is a great addition to your library…if you can find it!


Never judge a book by its cover!


You’ve got to love a woman who composts in a dress with her hair done up!  Very attractive compost bin.


I thought this was a novel idea.  A compost bin with a cement floor that slopes down to grooves that funnel the rain water turned ‘compost tea’ in sunken cans in the ground.  With the amount of rain we get around here I would need a couple of 5 gallon buckets instead of little coffee cans!

So do you collect old books?  How about old garden tools?  Maybe even great old farm signs…

Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and… a camel!

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I was supposed to post the winner yesterday, but Kim’s Righteous Rant stirred such a lively conversation that I didn’t want to interrupt it. So, without further ado, the winner is Stacy from the Little Blue Hen. Email me your address (my email is on the contact us page) and I’ll get the book in the mail to you. I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to hear about the breads you make. For the rest of you who wish you won the book, you can get it here (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes), or you can try your library. (I tried that, but had to wait weeks to get it and couldn’t keep it long enough.) I thought I could copy a few recipes and be fine, but the cost of copying almost the whole book was more than buying it. If you dream of great bread, but don’t have the time, this is a book you should own! (AND USE!!!)

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Take Time to Read

Chiot’s Run is located in NE Ohio, so gardening outdoors is pretty much not an option during Dec/Jan/Feb. The earth it covered in an insulating blanket of snow and we’re snug as bugs in our warm little house.

Since I can’t garden, I take the winter months to recharge, getting some much needed rest from all the garden chores. I also make sure I read a lot of books about gardening, natural health, nutrition, novels, cookbooks, old favorites, and more gardening books. This is my time to learn things that I can put into practice during the gardening season.

I find myself often sitting in a chair by the window with a good book and a cup of tea. Throughout the year I keep a reading list on my computer and add books to it as I come across them. I start requesting the books from the library in November and keep a big stack on the table throughout these cold winter months. I read while drinking my morning coffee, during lunch and dinner and in the evenings.

This winter I’m reading through the Little House on the Prairie books again. I loved them as a girl and since my nieces are reading them, I thought it would be nice to refresh my memory. It gives me something to chat with them about. They’re wonderful books for young and old. Great stories of true homesteaders living during a time when life was much more difficult than it is today.

I’ve got a list of things I want to learn more about this winter. I need to read up on maple sugaring before the sap starts to flow. We’re hoping to get a good amount of maple syrup this year. I want to read Eliot Coleman’s new winter gardening book; The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses to see if I can put some of it into effect this coming fall/winter to give us more food from the garden in the winter.

What’s on your winter learning/reading list?

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