Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Time to hang yet another load of laundry.
I overheard a neighbor talking about us the other day.
His friend asked when he was going to hang out his laundry?
He replied, "I'm not a robot. They're robots! All they do is work!"
I was so flattered!
Then back to mowing the grass we still have.
As time passes there will only be grass in the play are.
Vegetables will be growing everwhere else!
Life on a homestead is always busy and never boring!
It is good to see how far I've come and good to have direction for my life!
Truly, can you tell me what better view I could find than this?
The leaves cook up nicely as a spinach substitute. The seeds are good seasoned and roasted or cooked into a casserole as a protien.
Now, you absolutely must not eat any wild edibles from areas you are unsure of. Are pesticides, herbicides or inorganic fertilzers in use? Any run-off from farms or roadways? It is far better to go without than risk your health!
Go pick some plantain today! Happy, healthy eating!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
If you haven't started to stock-up on all the winter necessities, now is a good time to start.
Why wait till the first week of October, when all your neighbors are in a panic?
Friday, August 28, 2009
With all the food recalls and prices going so high, it is critical that we all know of all options available.
Today is a good day to take a nature walk with you kids. You'll be amazed how much food you'll find!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The first book I am reading (rereading) is "The Book of the New Alchemists". I read through this book a couple times last year and went back to sections several times because I just couldn't get it off my mind.
Today I am starting over fresh. I am going to reread it, check the internet to see how their designs worked, then apply all I can to my lot.
It will be interesting to see how I fare on these projects compared to them!
This way we can gauge what we are stocked up on and go back to rotating stock properly!
All those boxes we kept tripping over held way less food than we thought, but now we know where we stand. That is a very good feeling!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Once finished, the pergola will be open from the top of the fencing to the top of the posts themselves. Above the posts we will mount a framework and top with latticework.
Roses, wisteria, clematis, etc. will climb up the posts and drape fragrantly over our car.
Got to go prep these for processing... talk to you later!
Now that it's stirred, I'll let it cool and see what we've got.
Check back in a couple hours to see the progress. See you then!!
Remember that last batch of laundry soap I made? Well, it separated as it cooled and did NOT clean our laundry completely. I was reduced to using commercially made products as I did not have time to address the problem.
Today I am going to redo the batch. I am not going to throw it out, but reheat it and add another 1/2 batch. I am thinking I did not heat it enough last time.
Stop back later for the results!!!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
How much better would it be to use animal bedding? A soft bed of pine or cedar for those precious, tender paws?
And, as long as your cats are vacinated, you have a free source of fresh manure for you garden. An addedd benefit is that you know what they eat, so you know, specifically how clean it is. After all, who can say how safe all the hormones they treat cattle with are in those bags of cow manure?
Fresh animal bedding helps you and your feline family!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Cherry tomatoes, pear tomatoes, sweet corn, strawberry corn, banana peppers, wax beans, green beans, summer squash and cucumber.
Anybody want to loan me a dehydrator (or 6)?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I am still using the same Excaliber Dehydrator... It runs non-stop for days without complaining.
This year it is helping me store a good crop of squash and tomatoes. We'll eat well over the winter!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I grabbed 4 and promptly peeled and sliced. Then I seasoned with more Adobo (blue cap).
The house will smell so good tonight with all the veggies cuddled up together in the dehydrator!
This makes for an excellent disguise if you need to plant where others may see them. Most people look at the oddly-colored veggies and think these are spoiled. They walk past a 'rotting garden' and never know the trick we played on them!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
When it is all in bloom, it will cover one corner of the garden. I am so glad I moved and divided it this Spring.
Now we'll be able to enjoy it from the patio!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I think the placement under a deciduous tree inhabited by voracious racoons was the deciding factor! Besides the leaves mucking up the water, the racoons quickly ate every creature we put in.
This time it is not under a tree and the racoons have moved on. We're hoping for a pretty pond and a lot of butterflies.
Friday, August 7, 2009
How sad to only have a pipe and a metal plate instead of a headstone. How much more sad to see it has been vandalized!