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, January 20, 2015
Winter Slow Down ~ Making Decisions ~ Christmas Ornament
Although it is snowing right now, we did have a warm up, and the weather was perfect for drying laundry outdoors. And it was warm enough to let the ladies out and clean the coop. We tried last week (to clean the coop), but everything was simply frozen to the ground.
I've taken some time to think on things, and ....
I'm not participating in the Farmer's Market any longer. Last year we cut it down to one month (which meant two Saturdays). Maybe down the road, when I have no children at home, but for now I'm not. You not only have to register for a tax I.D. number, but there are insurance issues now if you sell food (it was mentioned that they may be pushing it more for sellers to purchase liability insurance of some sort). So, the fact you make very little, and then have the expense of the table space, the hard work involved in the creating (and all that time), and the hauling....I'm taking a break.
I will be visiting them from time to time, to buy produce we may be lacking at the time, but I pretty much make everything they sell, myself. It is disappointing to see tables selling Tupperware, catalog jewelry, Thirty-One bags, and other type items. I understand they are just trying to make more money, but it goes to show, that less and less are making homemade/handmade items any more.
In fact, if you don't know what you are shopping for, some folks may be disappointed to find out the ingredients in some jellies and jams sold, are from the grocery store (like canned pumpkin in pumpkin butter).
Now onto another topic - handmade Christmas ornaments. I was flipping through photos and came across these.
I'm not sure that I ever shared these handmade Christmas ornaments. I made some that I shared on my S.C.R.A.P. Blog using a Christmas theme, but these were a bit different.
I made them for a friend a few years ago - one for her and one for her daughter.
I used scrap pieces of fabric to cover the backs of the recycling canning lids. You can visit my S.C.R.A.P. blog to see how to make these.
Five Minutes for Me ~ I'm lacking in this department.
Sadie has three small lesions on her liver, and one must have ruptured, but we are not certain if it stopped bleeding on it's own just yet. She's a bit herself, and then again not herself (but not lethargic as she was early December). She's being watched around the clock, and Daughter is up every two hours during the night to check on her. We appreciate all your prayers, kind words and comments. There are no more surgeries for her, unfortunately.
Last night the girls got out the family videos and we watched so many moments that were refreshing. We watched Tiger and Jasper (cats) from birth, Sadie as a pup, Gus (Son's first dog), the kids (they have grown so quickly), and of course myself (the kids have noticed how much weight I have lost). It doesn't seem like that much time has passed already. Sigh. Jesse, as a pup, was so funny to watch too.