One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Homegrown and Gifted

One of Hubby's co-workers gifted us a good amount of homegrown English walnuts.  I will be putting the kids to work and cracking these for some delicious recipes.

I spent yesterday weeding my herb garden.  The heat index is high, and at 8:30am today, the heat index is at 86°F.
The forecast is predicting the heat index will reach about 96° today about 1:00pm. That is too hot (and risky) to be outside at that time.  First the garden is flooded, and now it's getting scorched.


Mattie, another one of our indoor cats, is going to the vet today.  She's developed a growth on her head, and it needs looked at.  She's about 14 years old and still has a lot of spunk.

Last night, my son helped me move the metal roofing still hanging from the barn, so my 16 year-old could get the go-kart out.  She had that thing flying all over the property, and with different kids in it for a ride.  She'd stop at the door and honk, asking if anyone else wanted to take a ride (smiling ear to ear).  I said, "sure, your brother will ride, won'tcha?"  He did.  He had not been in the go-kart at all since we've had it.

My son found out that his sister does not hold back when she's driving  - he he he!  So later, we look out and see him driving and giving her the ride of her life. I have to say, it was fun watching them have so much fun.  I had just had a shower, or I would have gone for a spin.

I have to say, it feels weird not having anything to can, dehydrate or freeze.  This may be the worst garden year ever for us.


Little Homestead In Boise said...

Weird weather all around. We got a late start, but we're loaded. LOst all my lettuce to the early heat. I'm guessing the fruit trees here will ripen right when I go back to work :) Figures, first surgery, not much I can do, then no fruit til I'm back, oh well. Glad I have a freezer atleast. I can freeze whatever....

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

We didn't get to put anything up either...really.
About of bushel of potatoes, about 1 lb of green beans, and we are just now getting some tomatoes. That's it.
We had a go cart when the kids were home...I loved it! So did the kids.
Good times!

The storm damage was substantial at your place...will you be getting to claim it on insurance to help with repairs?
We always have to weigh the cost of repairs ourselves vs. claiming it and deductible. Sometimes it's just not worth it. The last claim we had made our insurance go up...they said it was the changes with the Obama administration, taxes, etc. But...I don't know if I buy that or not.
Hope you're able to get it all fixed.

Candy C. said...

Be careful with that heat! Sounds like the kids were having a good time with the go-kart! :)

Willow said...

Miss the old days of go cart riding , use to be great family fun when we would all go off to the go cart track as kids.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my gosh, with the prices of walnuts, such as they are these days, what a wonderful gift THAT was! I'd be smiling ear to ear, I'm sure!... I'll be sending a prayer for your kitty, so cute... Keep as cool as you can. It's REAL HOT here too, and it just going to get hotter still, they tell us! Stay hydrated, and stay in! ~tina