THE U-Pick GARDEN IS CLOSED

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska
99835


Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 3:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is downtoearthupick@gmail.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We Took A Little Trip

We just got home from Dallas, Texas, where we attended our first Sport Show of the season. On the way down to Texas I stopped off in Oregon to see my Mom and Dad. We didn't do anything wildly exciting, but it's always fun to see the folks. We ate out....


Did some knitting and crocheting.....


 And tied a comforter for one of the little greats.


And then, it was off to Dallas for the Sport Show. Here we are at one of the banquets...


The food was as delicious as it was beautiful!


While we were in Dallas we checked out the site of President Kennedy's assassination in Dealey Plaza. Here's the "grassy knoll"......


And here is the Book Depository. Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president from the second window down on the right. There is a cardboard box in the window to mark the spot. There is also a white "X" painted on the street to mark the spot where Kennedy was at the time of the shooting.


It was very interesting to see this area in person.

Now we are home and it has done nothing but rain since we got here. We are spending most of our time catching up on the mail and other business, but we did take out time to work on one little project.....We put in a new faucet!

Here is the old silver, leaky one....

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And here is the new black, shiny one.....


I must say, it classes up the place, and it doesn't leak!


Thanks for helping me, Mr. Adams!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Levi Was Here!

Levi came home for Christmas break. It's always fun when Levi is home!

First he decorated the tree for me with his good friend, Kristina..



This is his favorite ornament....made by his Aunt Kelley....


 And of course, we had to measure him again....


He's tall.

He helped Dale hook up some flying simulator games on his computer....


 And we all went out to the shooting range....



 Good shot, Levi!




 That was fun.

And then.....it was time to open Christmas presents!!!


 Levi got what he wanted.

And as for me....I did too! The ivy in my kitchen window sill has been dead for over a year now.


 That's right....100% stone dead. I've been too busy (or lazy) to do anything about it.


 So, Santa brought me a new one and I spent the day after Christmas taking down the old one and potting up the new one.


It looks SO NICE....like a breath of Spring, right in the house! Merry Christmas to me!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

If you were nice this year you probably already received your Adams Family Christmas card in the mail by now. But if you were naughty, you didn't.  So, this post is for the ones on the naughty list.

This year's Christmas card had a nautical theme.....


I cut up some of our old nautical charts for the background....


Then added a sprinkling of glitter.....


Then topped that with a sheet of plastic that had a compass rose printed on it.....


And sewed around the perimter with the sewing machine to adhere all the layers and trap the glitter for a "snow globe" effect......


  Once that was done I set to work making little paper boats....


 And the little paper flags for the little paper boats......



And the little paper masts to mount the little paper flags onto the little paper boats.


The paper boats were then glued to the cards along with some paper trees, and a metal brad was attached to the center of the compass rose....

 
Each card looked a little different.....each one was unique.


Finally, the good tidings were stamped in the inside of the card using white ink.



And all of the cards were done in time for Christmas....that's the real miracle!


Here is a photo of what my cat thought of all the craftiness going on around here....

 "Hey, pay attention to me! This is mine.....all mine! And that...that's mine too."

And here is a copy of the letter that was enclosed with each card....

This year’s Christmas card is made using pieces of our old nautical charts. Today we navigate with modern, computerized electronics, but there was a day when the paper navigational chart was one of the most important pieces of equipment on the boat! When we bought our first boat we had very little navigational equipment….a compass, and a depth sounder, and a few charts. Those paper charts meant EVERYTHING to us as we wandered around the vast ocean. Every mariner now has a pile of old charts stashed in the back of their closet. As I was sitting in my crafting room making these cards, I started noticing little interesting things on the charts.

At first I was just fascinated with all of the interesting names for the bays and points of land….some of the names are just crazy-weird, and you have to wonder how in the world they got to be called that! There truly is a story for every single rock and harbor on these charts. “Someone hit a rock here and sunk their boat.” “Someone went aground there, but they waited for high tide and got off okay.”  “I saw a weird sea creature in this bay and no one believes me!”  “We rode out a tremendous storm in this harbor and I was so glad to be safe!” There are literally thousands of these stories….happy stories, amazing stories, and very sad stories.

Some of the charts are in perfect condition, and some of them are creased and wrinkled. Many mariners folded their charts and stored them in drawers in the pilot house, and after years of use the creases turned into tears which necessitated the inevitable use of Scotch Tape. If your boat was big enough, the charts could be stored in large banks of shallow drawers, open and flat without being folded - but that was a luxury that most of us didn’t have. As for us, we kept our charts rolled up like scrolls and then we stored them above our heads between the beams in the ceiling. Everyday wear and tear did a fair amount of damage too….. coffee stains, rips and tears, and blood can be seen on some of the pieces. You can see that many times a chart was gripped by someone that was worried about something….where to fish, which way to go to get out of the weather, or how close they were to the rocks in unfamiliar territory…the list is endless, but I know that many of the wrinkles were put into the charts by a mariner that was wringing their hands agonizing about what to do.

Any important information about an area would be noted directly on the chart. I found all sorts of marks showing compass and loran readings and flashing buoy light sequence rates. And there are little notes that say, “Oysters,” or “Fast tides,” or “Good Anchorage,” too. This information was either learned the hard way or was passed down by an experienced mariner to a less experienced mariner.  A lot of this information was considered “top secret” and it was a great breach of security if someone snooped through your charts.

Even though the paper charts are basically obsolete, I found it very moving to hold them and think about what they meant to the mariners of the past, and wanted to share of piece of history with you as we wish you a… VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, from “Our snug harbor to yours!”   Dale and Lori Adams


photo circa 1986

Monday, December 22, 2014

Project Sunflower

This Spring I tried something new....I planted Sunflowers. Lots of Sunflowers. And not the kind that you buy in little tiny seed packets.


 I planted the Sunflower seeds that come in a great big giant bag that are intended to be fed to birds.


And look, they were specially formulated for Alaskan birds! How about that!?????!!!!??? Hmmm.


Anyways, I think I had dreams of a virtual field of Sunflowers, because I broadcasted half the bag out - all over our property.


Even on Mr. Adams' half of the property! The ducks LOVED the rare treat.


They gobbled up lots of them. Well, they are Alaskan birds, so I guess that makes sense, right?


I was not spuer impressed with the results of this experiment. The germination rate was pretty poor. Ironically, the best germination occurred where the ducks were able to get to the seeds. Weird! Anyways, we did have Sunflowers lining the driveway,




And alongside the house.


The plants were on the small side with one flower per stem, and most of the flowers had green centers.


IN the end there were lots of pretty Sunflowers, and a few of the heads even matured enough to produce some edible seeds!


Honestly, the best Sunflowers I've ever grown have been volunteers from seeds that have fallen from plants in the garden the Fall before and sprouted the next season on their own. I guess that IS nature's way of doing it, so it makes sense that it works the best. The plants were stronger, tip over less easily in the wind and seem to be the healthiest. So, maybe I'll go out and broadcast the rest of the bag of seeds NOW, and see if that makes a difference. I'll let you know what I find out next year.