A Few of My Favorite Things
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 16:28

With the newness of the year and the slow but sure return of the sun, I reflect back on the previous year and those things I don't want to take for granted, those things that help me make it through the dark winter.

I've chosen a few of my favorite things from each month of 2009 to highlight.

January (besides bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens)

Field Sunset and Striking ColorsJanuary Sunset behind the High TunnelMothership CloudJimmy attaching a ratchet strap with the use of a pool torpedoMy birthday cake

Dramatic sunsets and clouds that look like motherships. Birthday cake and my true love.



February (besides snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes)

Hauling dirt and compost from pile to high tunnelBeds 4 and 5Calliope Hauling in Dirt and CompostCalliope Close-UpMaggie Close-UpHomemade Loaf

Hauling dirt and compost into the raised beds in preparation for our first planting in the high tunnel (and Maggie and I taking close-ups of each other). Oh yeah, and homemade bread...



March (besides silver white winters that melt into spring)

Fertrell SignSoil Lovin'10-day-old Baby 'Maters

A trip to Fertrell to pick up a little lovin' for the soil... and baby tomato plants in the kitchen.



April (besides cream colored ponies)

Worm BinWarm April DayEarly Spring Seedlings in Bed 5First Harvest Ever - D'Avignon Radishes

Starting our worm composting bin, warmer days, first flushes and first harvests.



May (besides brown paper packages tied up with strings)

Sweet Mama QuailMama Quail VideoIrrigation Hub InteriorIrrigation Hub ExteriorFirst Spinach Harvest

Pottery Dome FrontPottery Dome Back with the ECBees! (Bjorn Apiaries at Honeycomb Farms in Dillsburg, PA)

A quail friend, irrigation, spinach harvests, a Natural Spaces Dome and a Beekeeping Class.



June (besides rain drops on roses)

Beau & AngieGirls Day at the Pool2007 Pool Party GirlsBrooke and me in Alaska!

More girlies at the poolLara and Lil'GPhish Friends at the CabinCarinne's Wedding

Sweet friends.



July (besides girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes)

Angie!DRAKECharlie's Angels

Pool Party 2009Hillary and Matt at the BrewerySummer concerts

The Greatest Funeral EverGirls at the ConcertABC

Summer parties, summer concerts.



August (besides schnitzel with noodles)

Kitchen full of tomatoes!107pounds of tomatoes in 1 week!!Snow White Cherries!Canning tomatoes in August with Melinda

Greek salad with my matersSailboat VA BeachKaya GirlMicah Boy

Tomato harvests. Trips and family visits.



September (besides whiskers on kittens)

The beginning of dripline - irrigation in Bed 5Sweet Bodhi in the sweet basil

Transitions. Irrigation in the high tunnel and new seeds. Findings in the basil.



October (besides crisp apple streudel)

DahliaPink SnapOctober High Tunnel, Northern SideOctober CosmosEarly October GoldenrodWitchy Woman and Madame Butterfly




November (besides wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings)

Island Pork Tenderloin SaladRaspberry ShortcakeGrilled Beef Shank, Rice, Guacamole, Sauteed Swiss Chard and ChimichurriSara's Strawberry ShortcakeFruit Tarte

Kids Christmas CookiesChristmas BreakfastChristmas DinnerMom's Christmas Carrot Cake

Emeril's Winter Squash Chowder wth leeksMy Pecan PieMolten Cake MixMolten Cakes!

Food. Wondrous food.



December (besides door bells and sleigh bells)

Me, Brooke and the Kids!Angel Napkin at Christmas by Ella and DaphEmanKaya and Micah TubingMe, Mama, Eman and Dylan

Dad and AngeLil' Dylan with his reindeer antlersThere's a possum in the tree!The Earthy Cowboy and the kids

The celebration of winter with these fantastic creatures in my life.


"...When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad."