Can’t you hear Peter Paul and Mary singing? Seriously. Where are they? Every May I undertake the big winter clothing to summer clothing switcheroo. And every year it’s the same mystery. The winter season leaves us with a pile of left handed gloves. This year there are 12 orphan gloves. I gave the family 24 hours to locate the gloves’ partners and then off to the trash bin they go. But not really. It is merely a threat. I bag them and put them in the winter outerwear box snuggled next to the gloves with partners. I am secretly hoping that at least half the gloves’ mates will be discovered in summer. Where will they come from? A glove or two is usually mined from the hayloft when we put in summer hay. A glove or two is unearthed from the mud or found hung on a gate or in the middle of a field, dragged off by our dog Tony. And the right hand glove is always missing because “they” (not me - I shove mine in my pocket) take off the right hand glove to open a door, undo a latch, untie baling twine, use a knife. Tony contributes to the glove disappearance. Tony has a shoe, glove, hat, boot fetish. He steals clothing from the mud room or anywhere we discard our clothes or shoes and hoards the stolen goods in a pile – usually next to the fire. He covets them, guards them and won’t let us have them back without a fight or at least a bribe. In the summer, his trove is harder to find. He often secures a lair in the high grass in the back pasture to stash garden gloves, flip flops, rubber boots, bandanas and sun hats. The mower usually finds them before we do. We need to borrow a hunting dog to do weekly recons and lead us to Tony’s treasure.
|Winter's Left Handed Glove Leftovers|
|Susannah Plucking Chickens|
|Tom Eviscerating a Chicken|
|Shelves in our Farm Store|
|Pate de Campagne|
|Pickled Ramps, Ramp Pesto and Bacon Marmalade|
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