port of Cleveland

port of Cleveland

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Quiet Reflection Sunday- Fathers Day



Nothing I have ever done has given more joys and rewards
than being a father to my children.


Bill Cosby


Fatherhood is pretending the present you like most is soap-
on-a-rope.


Bill Cosby

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Strawberry Jam





Making strawberry jam is a tradition in my family.  When my children were young we would
pick strawberries together at a farm in my area called Fitch's. While I can no longer pick strawberries, my daughter makes the trek and brings the haul home. Last year she took my grandson,
apparently being three means eating the strawberries as you pick them.

I make freezer jam as I find that to be the easiest for me in my current circumstances. I use liquid
pectin. The directions are clear and the results are perfect every time. They even make a low sugar/
no sugar package of pectin. I managed to get 7 jars of jam this year.

The wonderful part is during the winter months we have a touch of spring as we spread the jam
on biscuits and toast. It is also wonderful on ice cream. Strawberry jam makes a wonderful gift, especially for people who cannot pick their own. I have some elderly neighbors who just love
receiving a small jar of the jam every year. I have some small Ball jars that I put the jam in for them.

If you haven't made strawberry jam, this is a great start. It's simple and delicious.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ohio Barns










I have decided to photograph Ohio barns this summer. There are so many in the area. Some in good shape others not in great shape or deserted. All of the barns above are on working farms.

I took these photos in Amherst Ohio, about 40 miles from where I live. That day I was on the hunt for fresh cherries. There was a farm in the area that had wonderful cherry trees. After getting lost, and finding all these wonderful barns we arrived at our destination. There are very few left in the house now.

I like to support local farms as much as possible in a climate that gets below zero in the winter.

Well I hope you enjoyed looking at these barns as much as I enjoyed taking photos of them.

Please do not Pin my photographs. Thank you.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Quiet Reflection Sunday





It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim
upon men's hearts, as for the subtle something, that quality
of the air, that emanation from the old trees, that so 
wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.


Robert Louis Stevenson