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~
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Simply put. . . ending the day with Cherry Lemonade
Hubby and I spent one day, over the weekend, shopping for specific needs. I can't remember how many stores we went to, but we ended up at the hardware store too. We bought a 4 x 4 x 8 post for $7.49 and cut it in half ourselves. We simply put them in the ground with post mounts, and attached flower pot hangers and added solar lights on top.
This not only will help prevent tractors tearing up our driveway and yard, but add more light to that part of the property. We hope it will prevent shady characters from pulling in and thinking that part of the drive goes to a run down barn. A "private drive" sign may be added to a post later.
When we got the two posts in, and took photos, I really had to thank Hubby. They look very nice, and add some beauty to the property. I haven't decided if I will paint them white or not. We have decided, however, that we will be putting two more in on the north side of the drive.
We are praying we do get rain today. We really need it. It would give me an excuse to stay indoors today, ha, ha! You know how the "list" keeps growing? Well, our list is never-ending. But that's okay too. When the list is long, I am not a patient person, nor is Hubby. We are working on that. Here's a portion of our "list" ~
~Replace goat/chicken barn roof (possible barter set up to get this job done soon)
~Build chicken fence
~Replace the brakes on my car (bummed we could not get them done this weekend, but self repairs are worth the wait to save cash)
~Tear down big barn
~Knock down two trees, cut and split the wood (carried over from last year's list)
~Create a crawl space entrance and get under the house to wrap pipes etc
~Replant two rose bushes we lost over winter
~Replant new trees when the two are cut down
~Replace kitchen faucet
Etc. etc........I still have more tomatoes and watermelon to plant. I totally forgot about cantaloupe this year. Or seeds were ordered via catalog (non-gmo), so it may be too late to even order more.
The kids have 6 more days of school and then they are home for the summer. I'm already teaching them how to cook our family recipes, so they can help this summer.
I haven't had time to do any handiwork, or I've just been too tired at the end of the day. It took all the strength Hubby and I had to watch the movie "The Monuments Men" last night. We have noticed that everyone is fatigued more and has been eating less with this heat lately.
Yesterday, I did take the time to pit enough cherries to make us each a small refreshing glass of cherry lemonade. If you are interested the recipe is from the Eating Well magazine. Although our lemonades were not as red or clear as they appear in the magazine, they were delicious and healthy. I did not link the recipe, because the website had so many ads on it, but if you search for the recipe and the magazine, it's easy to locate. It's basically cherries pureed then strained, organic lemon juice, sugar and water.