January 30, 2015

Organizing the Basement: Canning Jars

We are using the long, dark, snowy days of winter to reorganize, clean, and reset my home. Over the years, my beautifully set-up storage basement in the Winter House (where I live) has gotten quite disorganized. Things are mixed up, shelves are confused, more stuff has been added without thought as to where it should be put, etc. Just like any closet or pantry, a space like this has to be reorganized periodically. That’s what we are up to right now. The big beginning or SPRING CLEANING.

It is hard work and it helps to find the correct storage bins for your use: Home Depot, Staples, Target, and The Container Store are good places to look for an organized system. Try to buy one type of bin in several sizes that will give your space a neater appearance and still offer practical, safe, time- and space-saving solutions.

Once you start, it is hard to stop—you will be so pleased with the results. Now that my canning jars are very organized, I can start making more jam and jelly with the berries that are still in the freezer from last summer.

January 29, 2015

Winter Sun on the Farm

Oh what a difference a day makes!  With sun, the farm and everything on it glistens. The blue sky is reflected in the snow, and the fencing and trees cast beautiful shadows in all directions, all day long. I was not home yesterday—in NYC for business—so Susan Carmichael, my new executive administrator in Bedford, got out her camera and took these lovely photos. Enjoy!

January 28, 2015

The Blizzard of 2015

Despite news predictions that this was going to be the record-breaking blizzard of all time, with 30 inches of snow, and 60 mph winds, the blizzard was actually a mildly severe winter storm in the New York City area. All transportation was shut down, offices were closed, and everyone was advised to stay home and not go out. Of course some areas were hit severely—Long Island, Nantucket, Boston, New Hampshire, for example—but here at the farm, as you will see in the photographs I took today, it was not so serious.

We did drive around, we had time to cross-country ski a bit with friends, and we enjoyed observing nature in winter. The wind is still howling tonight as I post this blog, and the drifts are still drifting, but so far nothing has been damaged, and every living creature seems okay.

Hope you all weathered the storm as well as we did. Enjoy another “black and white” blog, which really is in color as is obvious from a few of the photos, most notable the one of the cardinal.