There was no Saturday morning coffee pot post Part II because I awoke Saturday morning to a power outage, which is unusual at my house. Even during the ice storms that knock out most people for at least a day, we tend to be lucky in that respect, even though we are probably better equipped to handle it than most people, due to our free-standing woodstove.

By the time the power was back on, I was focused on the day ahead. I had wakened during the night with some kind of stomach ailment, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make my papermaking date with Susanne at 10:30. But by that time, I was pretty much over it, and I made paper from 10:30-2. Then I came home and caught up on the sleep I missed Friday night.

I made a nice dinner with pork chops from Bradd’s farm, which works in a team with Goat Lady Dairy. They feed their pastured pigs with the leftover whey from the dairy. I marinated them and cooked them in a cast iron pan, then topped them with an organic sweet BBQ sauce. To my sauce, I added this hellishly hot Mexican stuff with smoked poblanos that Deb brought by the other night. It was a good combination. The side dish was “green” beans, garlic, fresh dill, and new potatoes from the Back Forty. I was bad with the dessert though, and reverted to a recipe that I haven’t made in a long, long time. I made what my family refers to as Blueberry Dump Cake. It’s one of the easiest desserts that I know of – fresh or frozen fruit on the bottom, a box of yellow cake mix, chopped pecans, and lots of butter dotted on top, then bake for 30 minutes. Best with vanilla ice cream, which we didn’t have. I looked at the ingredients in the cake mix, and it made my hair stand on end after all this time of eating organic and whole foods. Oh well, I can’t be good all the time.

About the papermaking – it fit me like a glove. I caught onto it quickly, and I pulled about 60 thin sheets of 9×12 paper! I’ll have enough to play with for a while, and will save some for Daniel Essig’s bookmaking class in October. I’m looking forward to setting up my own operation here, but it is something better done outside. I could probably do it on the front porch with a fan on me, but it would freak out poor Miss Peanut, who really has a hard enough time with life. Miss Peanut is the reason that I keep putting off painting the front porch railings and pillars, which need it badly. Our lives revolve around these cats. Anyway, Susanne says that she’ll be glad to put pulp in her beater for me (prepares it for the actual making of the sheets).

I won’t have time to get it together before I go, but I’d love to make paper at the lake house where there is a screened porch with a cement floor.

Thank God we finally got a little rain last night. Not enough, but it brought down the heat. I’ll try to do some weeding today and put down the cardboard I collected over the past two weeks.

Now I have to update the Sierra Club web site. This is a task that I’m officially resigning from as of August 31, and they (the Piedmont Plateau group) need someone to step up and volunteer. If you’re interested, leave me a comment. My only reason is that I’m trying to spend less time on the computer and more time on art and gardening and life.