Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, August 23, 2013
Gardening Season Ends ~ Others Begin
Mornings are rather quiet, but exceedingly demanding. I have been catching up on watering flower beds, dead-heading flowers, weeding, checking the tomatoes, and so forth. Not to mention putting up the last of the 20 pounds of blueberries. All of the onions are pulled, except for the red onions. Half were rotten, and what was left, were very small.
We missed our chance on planting a fall garden this year, but that's okay. We are "burned out" from the repair list here, and need a break anyway. The car breaking down put a halt on the rest of the barn repairs, the goat fencing etc.
I have already emptied one rain barrel this fall, by watering flower beds and herb gardens. The grass is turning brown from lack of rain now. I have emptied a second rain barrel by about half now.
I have been able to get about 7-8 tomatoes from the garden. Most of the tomatoes are rotten with black spot. I have enjoyed cutting them up for a breakfast omelet, along with my garden basil.
My 21 year-old son is now working for a construction (concrete) crew and making good money. Even though his car is still broken down, Hubby found a solution to dropping him off and picking him back up, so he could work.
A fast food "joint" called the other day, and wants to interview my 16 year-old for a job as well. We are 7-10 miles from any town for work, so she'll eventually need to buy a car too.
...a little story about the raccoon and the camper....talking with Hubby, he said when he heard the door banging, he got up and "squared up" and then threw open the door. He thought it was someone trying to break in our camper. I can just see him with his fists up, ready to defend his family, and finding a raccoon sitting there munching away on the table. It made me think about what we did have in the camper to protect ourselves. We'll have to work on that. You never know in this day and age.