Author Archives: justjoe

About justjoe

Reader, writer and retired entrepreneur. Enjoying life!

#notmypresident – really?

It seems people across the country are out in the streets protesting the election results.    It is perfectly reasonable to be unhappy or happy with the results of an election, but to deny the result without any claim of fraud … Continue reading

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Making Rhubarb wine

My garden produced a bumper crop of rhubarb this year.  After using all we could and giving away as much as we could, there is still a small forest of rhubarb.  Because I hate to waste anything, I searched the … Continue reading

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#Truth in Politics

I’m not sure where I first read this but it seems like it was written for the election  this year. “To me, truth is not some vague, foggy notion. Truth is real. And at the same time, unreal.  Fiction and … Continue reading

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Thank God Someone is Honest

The big news story yesterday was Pope Francis and Donald Trump in a “war of words”. After reading the background to the glaring headlines I must say, “Thank you Pope Frances for being a person to call a spade a spade!” The … Continue reading

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Finally, after 2 months of fermenting and racking and waiting, I bottled my wine. In my last post, I described a first racking.  A couple of weeks after that, I racked again and added four ounces of medium roasted American … Continue reading

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Making #wine – fermentation

I did all of my research, gathered the fruit, prepared everything and dropped in the yeast.  Now it’s time to sit back and wait, almost. There are two stages of fermentation according to the recipe I am following.  The first … Continue reading

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Making #wine – starting the process

On my last post I described the convoluted process I went through to get enough fruit.  It had to be all wild fruit, nothing from the store, I know it’s silly but I am doing this for fun as much … Continue reading

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Making #wine – the Berry Hunt

In my last post, I described how I got started with this wine making craziness.  Now, after all of my careful preparation, I discovered that I would not have nearly enough elderberries for a five gallon batch of wine.  Instead … Continue reading

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Making #wine

A long time ago – before the web and Google had answers for everything, I tried to make wine.  With no direction, my experiment came out even worse than you might expect. I made that wine entirely by guess and … Continue reading

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A #Joyful day

This was an amazing day!  After days of rain, the sun came out.  I went outside and spent the entire day there. With all the rain we had, everything was brilliantly colored. The greens were almost glowing. The lilacs smelled … Continue reading

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