Sitting waiting for my homestead to sell has given me far too much time to think. I think about the animals we have had and the animals we would like to have. I consider types of fencing we have used and what we may use in a new location. I look at dozens of houses online and wonder if any of them will be where … Continue reading the story "Goldilock farm"
Post Archives from the ‘Gardening’ Category
To start I need to apologize for my absence. For a lot of involved reasons I have not shared our progress in over two years. It's not that I haven't sat down to write, but anxiety has gotten the better of me. That means I have a lot of catching up to do. Firstly, our family will be moving out of Texas. My husband is an … Continue reading the story "Let’s Get Moving"
So I have to admit that I always get drawn into the spring planting season to the point where my computer time (posting for all my readers) falls to the wayside. Sorry for that.... Happily, this garden season is off to an incredible start! I have 11 tomato varieties growing out for planting in warmer weather-my goal is about 200 tomatoes (which is far more than … Continue reading the story "Enter the Volunteers"
Real quick, I have set a new goal for this month: I want to plant something everyday! Every February I practice frugal grocery planning, eating up things in the pantry and freezer and only buying a small amount of groceries. As part of that this year, I am also trying to cut back on the number of seeds I buy, instead using what I have in … Continue reading the story "February Planting Goals"
So 2015 ended up being a trying year; my husband was out of work for a couple of months and the job he is currently working is a limited contract out of state, we had unexpected losses wit our rabbit kits, two of our companion animals (a cat and our oldest dog) died tragically, and I had unfortunate losses in my garden. These were pretty … Continue reading the story "Jumping into 2016"
Unexpectedly, my husband lost his job last week. This causes all the usual panic and monetary considerations, and we certainly are no different. Fortunately, we started looking around and realized that we were not too badly off. In January we chose to slaughter all of our pigs due to the nuisance they had become; the freezer still contains many, many pounds of pork. We have eggs … Continue reading the story "Now it’s for real"
So, its been far too long since I sat down to write. A lot has happened since last summer... Sadly, not all of it was good and 2014 was a very personally challenging year for my family, my husband, and myself. Happily, we are moving forward. While I try to get back in the habit of posting, I thought a short update was in order. Too much … Continue reading the story "Back in the Groove"
I love fresh-from-the-oven bread! I think my brain is hard-wired to respond to that rich yeasty smell. The problem is I have never been good at baking bread for myself or my family. Like many people I simply bought bagged bread from the grocery store, often regretting the lack of flavor and the terrible texture. For special dinners I would go to a bakery, drink in … Continue reading the story "The Joy of Bread"
A little more than a week ago my family and I began our (second) annual Frugal February practices. If you have not heard of Frugal February I will give my explanation, which maybe different than others. I was introduced to this concept in December of 2012 via an online article. Essentially the author purported the practice of spending the month of February eating up the things … Continue reading the story "Frugal February"
It is the middle of January and I am in full gardening mode! I have been cleaning out my existing garden beds to get ready for the new season. Usually, I do this in November and December, when things are dying back, but we had an extremely busy holiday season and I let this chore slide. … Continue reading the story "Spring Planting"