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.

Adopted Motto

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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Prosperous Weekend

(garden before we tilled it)
The garden is getting back into shape.  We secured the pea fence again, dug out the plastic and stakes, and mowed down weeds.  We started to till it, and get it ready for next year.  We battled tons of mutant lady bugs though.  Just standing to take the photo, I ended up covered in them.  I moved back pretty far to take the photo, and even then, you can't see all of it.

Our garden space is 2490 square feet, not including the raised beds or the garden out by the barn that we have not worked on yet.  Our very first year, we had 450 square feet.  Then the following year we added another 1161 feet, and  the third year added another 879 square feet.  We were going to cover it, or even part of it, but it's too expensive to tarp or use sheets of plastic.

I am still weeding flower beds and my herb garden.  With the cool nights, the weeds are pretty easy to pull.

Hubby got one more "get'er done" item off his list.  He installed a solar powered, motion sensor light on the barn the animals are in. Unfortunately, Sunday football cut our time short on getting anything else finished.

I finished canning Cinnamon-Cider jelly for Christmas - 21 jars this year.  

My son picked the pears on our property (three large bowl fulls), and this is the first time, we've had enough of our own, to stock up with.  I'm thrilled. Thankfully, they need to ripen, so I have time to decide what I will make, or do with them. In the past I have made pear jam, and Crackly Pear Cake.  I know the kids have already asked for a pear pie.

I was able to stitch a few more cards and work on a knitted dishcloth, and even work on a few more Christmas ornaments.

And finally we are getting a second opinion (this week), on the wood stove repairs.  We want to be absolutely sure that repairs are necessary.  It may cost me for a second opinion, but I will rest better.


Mama Pea said...

Your rooster card . . . cute as could be!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thanks Mama Pea!

Kim said...

Cute idea for the cards.