Sunday, February 18, 2007

Gould Farm Dictionary, Part 2

Hump day / Dump day -- Wednesday... it's the day the farm takes its recycling and trash to the dump on "dump run". Say the word again if you didn't get it the first time. Nao (the guest who came up with that idea), we'll miss you terribly.

Container -- the thing we are supposed to try to put "the elephant" in after we "process" it, but alas the container is usually way too small... Just try keeping a discussion about which stairs to use to less than 15 minutes... And that's only a piece of kale (not even a sixth the size or wiggly-ness of "the elephant").

Piggyback -- if you hear someone say "kale" in a meeting and you are thinking of something like "lettuce", you must do this -- jump in and speak about lettuce because it reminds you of kale or has something to do with kale or could possibly have something to do with kale. And then, if someone hears you say "lettuce" and they are thinking of "Christmas trees", they will in turn piggyback. This is essential to get the full effect of "processing".

Kale -- what is that steamed green stuff on the buffet line, anyway? And haven't we had it every day for the last seven months? Ah, yes, our gardeners grow lots of things, but their forte this year was the ever beloved kale. Thank you, Bastian and Flavio, our chefs with really cute accents, for the harvest report involving the kale cooking competition... It was impressive.

Harvest reports -- the time at Thanksgiving when maintenence men put drills in holsters and cowboy hats on heads and sing opera; when residential people collect adjectives for mad libs involving "Snotty House" and searching for people "in the lagoons"; when farmers recite poetry (but, wait... at GF, that happens year round...); when kitchen folk stage a kale cookoff... You get the point. Join us for Thanksgiving sometime -- it's worth it just for the kale and the harvest reports.

Enough for now... I'm sure I'll think of more as time goes on.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Gould Farm dictionary, abbreviated

Broomball -- people on skates, boots, shoes, carrying shovels, brooms, hockey sticks, batting a deflated soccer ball around the pond behind Main House. As you can imagine, lots of flailing to catch balance, lots of confusion as people figure out (or try to) who's on which team, lots and lots of fun.

Sula -- a really good book by Toni Morrison -- get it on tape with her reading it, and it's even better.

Eight -- the number of new guests in the last couple of months; it's a lot at once for us, but we're glad to be almost up to capacity for the first time in quite a while.

Kate Winslet -- the most recent celebrity sighting in Great Barrington. Evidently one of our guests ran into her (quite literally)... she's the newest addition to our critter report.

Critter report -- the blank paper on which people record interesting critters they see. For a while, our Roadside Bear was one of the most popular entries.

Roadside Bear -- this is actually a double entendre... whooda thunk?... Bear was the name of a crazy rock climber / tree sitter guy who was dating one of our volunteers for a while -- he had broken something like 53 bones and fallen out of 3 40-foot trees or something. He was a regular at Roadside until he headed off to climb more mountains and break more bones. He was replaced by an actual bear who visited Roadside every once in a while, almost putting the Roadside Bear in the running for farm mascot.

Process -- to talk about something until you are sure it's dead or you are sure that no one knows what we are talking about anymore

"The Elephant" -- either an animal we are supposed to "get our hands around" or an animal that's evidently in the room, though none of us can see it. He is vying with the Roadside Bear for farm mascot.

Hot Chocolate -- evidently a very effective alarm clock for certain people... Thank goodness it works on two of my toughest wake-ups. Whooda thunk?

Sponges -- one of my pet peeves. I crocheted four dishcloths for East House... thanks, grandma for the yarn and the pattern.

Issues -- the part of any meeting where anything (up to and including which set of stairs we should use to get to the third floor of main house) can be "processed" (see above)

Space heaters -- things they evidently don't sell in the middle of February at K-mart.

Tank tops -- things in abundance in the middle of February at K-mart.

Cleaning and laundry -- things I hate to do but that can "distract" me from running nearly every time... That and blogging (though there's not the "hate factor" with blogging)...

Robert Louis Stevenson -- the writer (I think) who said, in effect, that he hated the act of writing but loved having written.

Running -- a word that I replace with "writing" in the above statement.

The zone -- the thing I'm trying to get to (and do every once in a while) when doing the thing I hate to do but love having done...

Music -- my saving grace (in the case of choir and paino) and the bane of my existence (in the case of organ and guitar)... but I'm determined. Hooray for power trips.

Four months -- hopefully not the amount of time before I blog next...
But, regardless, until I blog again... blessings to you all!